Posts Tagged ‘Work’

Scrum Team

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Blurbs, Workplace

The pressure is on as we take on the challenge to be a self-managing cross-functional team. Despite the very short sprints and a mountain of challenges and impediments, Batch 1 Dash 4 Scrum Team will push on.

With or without coffee!

But all work and no play makes for a dull team. Come on, you honestly think a group of 9 men won’t goof off when left on their own?


The First Week

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Workplace

Monday: Report for work.

Got to the site early. Turns out buses were on strike.

Met 5 other people who were starting that day. One of them I’ve already met previously, so it smoothed out the awkward conversations you usually have when meeting new people.

We were introduced to each other, given brand new laptops and tasked to make a presentation due on Wednesday.

Tuesday: Holiday.

Wednesday: Presentation Day.

Got a scare thinking I’d be late. It was impossible to catch a ride on FXs. By 8, I had to decide. I had to commute to EDSA and catch a Bus there. I barely made it on time.

We kept busy with our research. Discussing topics that are unclear amongst ourselves. We made some nice PowerPoint presentations, but the show won’t be until 5.

5:00 P.M. Preparations and invitations set us back to almost half an hour. Presentation began in a jam-packed room filled with people who’ve been there and done that. We were nervous as hell but we pulled through.

Questions came flying around throughout the entire presentation. It was apparent during the first speaker’s turn that the presentation was going to take longer than scheduled, and the live Q&A made it worse.

Nonetheless, it was a really good presentation, and I couldn’t be any prouder for it.

Thursday: E-Learning.

HR gave us timesheets and gave us some details regarding salary. There were some good news.

The activity we were supposed to undertake wasn’t quite ready so they gave us some online materials to study for the rest of the week.

Friday: E-Learning II.

We get a visit from another co-employee who’s yet to report for work. He’s starting next week. SB and G wanted him and one of the guys in the team to work out a suitable test to measure applicants’ skills.

Continuation of E-Learning. Too many information to digest. One of the guys has ideas about the topics we need to learn and gave some explanations on some of the items we’ve gone through.

5 P.M. Time for Team 3’s second sprint presentation. No G in sight, so the first 2 teams took it upon themselves to grill Team 3 at their presentation.

Going home was a huge hassle. A lot of shoving at the MRT, and it was very hard to catch a ride home. So I ended up walking the long way home.

Closing the Book on SP

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Workplace
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It’s been a roller-coaster four-year ride at FTSP, and, it’s finally time to say goodbye. These are shots taken during the last couple of days of my stay at the company.


All That We Bleed

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Blurbs

In between the lines there’s a lot of obscurity
I’m not inclined to resign to maturity
If it’s all right, then you’re all wrong
But why bounce around to the same damn song?**

Another year’s gone by. What changed? What’s new? Absolutely nothing and everything.

After four years, it’s finally time to let it go. Time to move on to new challenges, and a huge challenge it is that awaits just beyond the horizon. With luck and His help, perhaps this will be the job that will see me through retirement.

I owe the company a lot. It’s where I first felt that what I know counts for something. But now it’s lost its way. It’s been losing its way for the longest time. It’s been self-imploding, alienating the very people that serve as its foundation. But the sad part is, even now that it’s realizing its recent decisions were absolute mistakes, it won’t admit to it and won’t actively take corrective measures.

It’s bleeding left and right, losing engineer after engineer. Its precious skill pool now almost a vacuum, it attempts to remedy the situation with new blood but still neglects to take care of its old wounds. And so the bleeding goes on.

It’s a very sad state of affairs.


[Quote taken from the opening lyrics of I Know You Know by the Friendly Indians.]