Welcome dear reader,
Have you done overtime in your life? Did you have that one project that meant a lot to you, and you really wanted to get it done?
Are you currently working 10+ hours?
Currently I’m working on a project and I know that every hour I don’t invest in the project could potentially mean failure. Failure would directly affect me since I personally gave my word to finish this project because I believe it can be done. It would mean dishonour, loosing trust and potentially severe consequences for people that trust me to get things done.
All good reasons to do overtime, no?
|Overclocked and Overworked © by Bryan S on flickr|
“Working longer hours creates more work than it accomplishes”
- Writing Tickets to resolve Bugs and retesting them
- Defining Test-Cases for manual testers
- Organising test runs and all pre-requisites
- Taking care of a sub-project that is critical for the projects success
Don’t do work that you shouldn’t do
- Feeling tired and exhausted
- Not having time for your loved ones
- Learning, Sports and other activities are things you always want to do “next week”
Be professional and make it transparent
If you want to be professional in your job this is something that you have to highlight.
This can start by saying NO, when you’re asked to do something that you shouldn’t do.
Now please don’t confuse that with narrow roles and the typical “this is not my job” statement. In a cross-functional team it’s the whole teams responsibility to get the job done.
But there are limits to this and you most probably know best where those limits are.
So whenever the limits are broken for yourself think about what you can do. Simply saying NO might not always be an option. But there are other possibilities:
- Highlighting the broken system (in my case showing how the quality is not sufficient)
- Talking with a sponsor, mentor or stakeholder
- Giving suggestions on how a possible improvement could look like
Improvement – Everyone is responsible
It should be the responsibility of each and every person in a company to improve. If you don’t get what I mean by that read this great blog post by @WoodyZuill to understand it better.
Think about the long-term success of your company and answer yourself the question: should it continue like that or are there better alternatives?
If you have one or more alternatives find the right person to talk to and start improving TODAY.
There is no reason to wait any time longer. You’ve waited long enough.
I hope this gave some of you a little bit of inspiration to start improving.
I’d be glad to hear about your improvements in the comments or on twitter @MrSnow76.
Thx for reading,