Cool things I read about this week (03-Aug-2014)

Fun things I read this week.
1. redBus startup drama
2. A pilot complaining about “automated flying”
3. The case against time zones
4. Not all team members are equal
5. Make recruitment a daily habit

My notes:

1. redBus startup drama
A pity. From all I have read, redBus had passionate, hardworking and highly motivated employees. This 2012 article from YOURSTORY showcases the passion and commitment of their employees.
2. A pilot complaining about “automated flying”
I saw this piece linked in one of Michael Bolton’s blog posts. The material hit close to home since the testing field suffers from a similar problem.
3. The case against time zones
Right. I too wish the world were easier to capture in software. Just kidding – I need complexity and bugs it spawns to be in business. I do not know what but something about this post made me simultaneously go “wtf?” and “so true”.
4. Not all team members are equal
Though provoking piece from Mike Cohn. I guess the weight you give someone or somebody’s opinion depends heavily on context. Experience and track record is one parameter in our opinion.
5. Make recruitment a daily habit
Qxf2’s ratio of (people interviewed : people hired) is at an abysmal 38:1. This advice can save me some heartache.

Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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