The Admiral’s Pipe

Brad Adams posted this piece. I hope none of *my* management is reading this!

I was recently reminded of a story one of our development managers told me.  Before he started his career in software he was a sailor aboard a Russian sub.  Inspections by the admiral were a regular occurrence and involved a huge investment of time to clean the entire sub… As you might expect Russian admirals were fairly demanding and always expected to find problems.  In fact they kept looking until they found the problem however unimportant they were.  Apparently the sailors came up with a creative way address placate the admiral.  They would leave one, fairly obvious, pipe un-cleaned. The admiral would find this pipe, insist that it be cleaned and feel satisfied that he found a problem and not dig any deeper.  This practice became known as using “the Admiral’s pipe”. 

I will leave it to you to apply this to your work with your own management whether a Russian admiral or IT manager… 

The Admiral’s Pipe

BTA is hiring!

We’re looking for smart, talented folks to join our core group in Systems Engineering. If you get what Career Calculus is all about and are already practicing it plus:

– You have a bachelor’s degree
– You are smart
– You have good written and spoken English
– You are a developer, not a programmer (ideally even Program Managers would have been a developer at some point in their career)

then you might be the perfect fit for one of our positions below. If you are then drop me a mail with your resume to the following address: [email protected]

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Associate Engineer – Systems Engineering

This position will implement internally developed web based products in an Application Service Provider environment for a growing U.S. company servicing the global financial services market. Understanding client requirements and ensuring that products are correctly installed, configured, and customized will be key responsibilities of this position.  You will be involved in a wide variety of projects and will be working closely with the U.S. staff to implement and configure products for a variety of clients.
Qualifications:
– Knowledge of XSL, ASP, T-SQL, XML, VBScript/JavaScript, ASP.NET, C#.NET, and Visual SourceSafe are required.
– Strong writing and communication skills are preferred and a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is required (a BS in Computer Science is preferred).
– Travel will be required.

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Engineer – Systems Engineering

This position will develop web based products in C#.NET, ASP.NET, C++ and MS SQL Server for a growing U.S. company servicing the global financial services market.  You will be involved in a wide variety of projects and will be working closely with the U.S. staff involved in the full development life cycle.

Qualifications:
– 2+ years experience in researching, designing and developing software based on system requirements.
– Visual Studio 2003, Visual SourceSafe, VBScript/JavaScript, XML, and T-SQL skills are required.
– Strong writing and communication skills are preferred and a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is required (a BS in Computer Science is preferred).
– Travel will be required.

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QA Engineer – Systems Engineering

This position will work with product teams to define, document and execute test plans to ensure the web based products satisfy business requirements for a growing U.S. company servicing the global financial services market.  Specific responsibilities include:

– Designing, developing and implementing manual and/or automated testing procedures for various applications and participating in reviews of application designs and functional requirements.
– Leading QA project planning and strategy sessions.
– Creating test plans and cases based on business requirements and technical specifications.
– Documenting, maintaining and monitoring software problem reports.
– Designing and executing (automated, manual) test scripts.
– Maintaining and distributing quality metrics and contribute to business and technical risk assessment.

Qualifications:
– 3+ years SW QA test experience.
– 2+ years experience in test planning.
– Experience with Quality Assurance Methods and Practices (automated test, manual test etc.).
– Experience with running and/or writing Test Scripts and/or Test Plans.
– Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with business and systems personnel.
– College degree or applicable work experience.

– Travel will be required.

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Program Manager – Systems Engineering

This position will plan and manage all stages of product development and implementation for a growing U.S. company servicing the global financial services market.  You should posses a proven track record of defining, managing and meeting project deadlines, milestones, and critical path on a consistent basis.  Specific responsibilities include:

– Developing and managing project scope.
– Identifying client issues.
– Creating schedules and timelines.
– Communicating with clients and internal teams.
– Managing client deliverables to keep them on schedule and meet project milestones.
– Guiding the team through unexpected issues, quickly analyzing situations and driving the team towards optimal resolution.
– Providing leadership to the team by obtaining clear, realistic goals.
– Motivating cross-functional teams to solve product issues and meet aggressive schedules.
– Working closely with product and client management.
– Communicating frequently with all levels of the organization.

Qualifications:
– 4+ years of client-facing, engagement/project management experience is required.
– BS degree or equivalent, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, MBA preferred.
– Demonstrated leadership ability and excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Familiar with software project management, including resource management, budgeting, and implementation planning.
– Familiarity with MS project preferred.

– Knowledge of database-oriented, web-based applications a plus.
– Strong technical knowledge, systems implementation experience and the ability to interact with clients at peer and senior levels, as well as excellent organizational skills, and ability to effectively prioritize and execute workflow is necessary.

– Travel will be required.

BTA is hiring!

zone24x7 is hiring

Dhammika from zone24x7 just forwarded this ad to me. They’re looking for Software Engineers and Web Developers, click on the thumbnail below to see the full ad.

I personally know a handful of the guys who work here. Starting with Dhammika (a brilliant mind) who worked with me at GBS (now AOT), Kanchana (she started the first QA unit at Virtusa) who also worked at GBS and Shoba one of my M.Sc. batch mates. Definitely a good place to work at.

Zone24X7

zone24x7 is hiring

MVP Summit Day 1

There was one particular event on Day 1 that I can safely say wasn’t under NDA so I’m free to blog about it.

What do you think happens when 200 testosterone driven ‘super geeks’ are entertained by some really sexy exotic dancers?

Exotic Dancers Belly Dancer

They go NUTS taking pictures without enjoying the actual show. Now, I wonder what they’ll be doing later with those pictures…

Geeks taking pics

Some more pics

MVP Summit Day 1