Monday, 29 June 2009

Not the best effort - more practice required

Time for me to learn about SAP

So what better place than the main SAP site itself and some white papers and brochures
Especially one about "SAP best business practices for customer relationship management"

Click on the 'read the brochure' link

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slight hint of irony that a best business practice file is not available...

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Finding the time

Read an interesing blog post about 50% time - 40 hours of work and 20 hours of self-improvement.
Very topical to me at the moment as I've just had a change of assigment and it made me wonder about how many hours a week I spend on self-improvement

Currently joining in with the rat race commuter crowd and spending 2 hours on trains each day plus two 25 minute walks. This means I am losing two things - weight and surfing time.

I'm making up for this by catching up on my big pile of books to be read - fairly easy on the morning ride in, can be a struggle on the way home. Podcasts are a possibility that I should investigate

I've cut down on the blogs I read and find that I'm only scanning the mailing lists I subscribe to. Haven't started a discussion for a while on the Software Testing Club site nor really joined in with the ongoing discussions
( still find the time to deal with spammy users though )

To counter this, the latest assigment is a challenging one and one I'm learning a lot from - you have to put the theory into practice at some point ! And the walks are a good time for reflection - except when you find your path blocked by tourists and free newspaper sellers

That work-life-improve yourself balance thing can be really tricky

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Moving Online

The absence of blog posts the last few weeks has been to me moving house and not arranging for my Internet connection to be moved until the last minute and finding out it takes 2 weeks :(

Finally back in contact with the world again, the hassle of changing address begins, maybe not as bad as it used to be as it can all be done online.
Or maybe not - current count is two places where I got 'service temporarily unavailable' when logging into my account to try and change address.

A lot of work went into the error pages - see the pic above of the apologetic toaster when I tried to access my electricity account. I'd much rather the pages worked 24x7

Or look on the bright side - if these sites don't work then there's some testing work needs doing

Now back to catching up on my 542 blog feeds and 129 mails