Thursday, 25 August 2011

The amazing FBM Rebugger

Recently, they introduced a new tool called FBM rebugger in our project. It is an amazing tool! While I can't describe all its awesomeness in its entirety, I will try to give you an overview. The main advantages of the tool are as follows

1.       Teaches you more patience
I used to be an impatient person before using this tool. Now, thanks to the invaluable experience gained from this, I am able to easily handle the queue @ dentists and billing queue @ lifestyle/West Side showrooms!

2.       Increases interaction among team mates.
Thing is, once u enter in to the gigantic labyrinth of the fantastic rebugger, chances are high that you won’t be able to come out without external help. So you will be forced to seek help from your colleagues thus improving knowledge sharing and team interaction! In fact, I have interacted so much with my team mates over the last few days that they are getting mysteriously away/offline the moment I ping them!  Way to go!

3.       Social networking
Seriously, is there any other testing tool that helps you to interact with clients as well as testing team from other companies? Nope, I presume! There lies the specialty of rebugger! As soon as I log into rebugger, I receive sweet messages from our XTS testing team as well as clients asking me to kindly log off. Now, I am close buddies with two XTS people and one client side techie! We regularly IM each other!

4.       Increases your average time
Any day from today till the end of the quarter, I can walk out of office @ whatever time I choose and  can still  maintain 9.15  average hours per quarter . I know that most of you will be turning green-eyed with jealousy on reading this. You are welcome to join our project anytime u wish! We are very open hearted people who accept new comers graciously!

5.       Increases creativity
Now this is the most important advantage as far as I am concerned.  I even started infy blogs while waiting for my job to enter Rebugging state. Now I can’t imagine living without rebugger. Imagine the joy of submitting a critical analysis job and waiting for hours for it to enter rebugger. U can blog away to ur heart’s content while waiting!

       Thing is, I believe that this magnificent tool should not be confined to our project team alone. It is not fair to the rest of the organization. They also deserve a chance to work with this. I am hoping the higher management will take due note of this fact.

P.S. work of fiction. Any resemblance to any software, active or obsolete is purely imaginary!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

India - A society without vision

Yesterday, I was getting tea from the office food court. The girl at the counter was nearly my age, and while getting tea coupon from her, this random thought crossed my mind. “Thank god that she did not want to be an engineer! Or who would be giving me my tea?” While my thought was definitely exaggerated and probably selfish, it points to a serious problem our society is facing. A healthy and balanced society requires not just engineers and doctors but it requires   mathematicians, geologists, agriculturalists, historians, and so on...
  Unfortunately, there is complete lack of planning in our country. We chuck out probably millions of engineers who end up as small scale mechanics in service sector. (Including myself). This trend will probably obstruct our overall growth as a society. We have to plan for a balanced job force and form our education policies accordingly.
   Whenever I hear India is developing, I ask myself - "Is this development in the right direction?” One of the major things showcased as development is our growth in IT. But what does this so called elite IT'ians do? Speaking from experience, I do  small small  patch work for an American Insurance client. It is not even development! To be perfectly honest, I do not consider TCS or Infosys as success stories. They are just the plus effects of our comparative proficiency in English and the profit made in dollar-Rupee conversion.
  I would have called it as development if India had an Intel or Microsoft to boast of. Because they does the real thing... the real foundation development of engineering.  But this work in service sector is like building without foundation. God only knows when it will collapse! We are second-handlers, to borrow Ayn Rand's phrase.
    The reason for this deformed growth is many. One of them being the financial insecurities of middle class. I wanted to take up political science or literature for graduation. But I heard too much reasoning about lack of opportunities in that field. Coming from a middle class family, @ that time, job and money meant the whole world to me.  Also I was not sure I would get a government job. See, I belong to the unreserved class, paying for the sins of our supposedly 'Upper class’ forefathers .Anyway, so many people end up in IT because it is easy (?) money and because of lack of job opportunities in the field of their choice, like me.
    How does this lack of opportunities in Non IT fields arise?  There is the issue that we do not have leaders with vision. Almost all polices our leaders roll out are short-term oriented. A good leader should think far ahead, should plan for at least 2-3 generations. But do we have a leader who can at least plan ahead for the next 10 years... (I shudder to think of the day when Rahul Gandhi becomes Indian PM.. Anyway, better him than Mayavathi who blamed Team Anna for not including a dalit in LokPal bill committee. It is high time she learned that some things are not birthright, but earned by merit!)
   Another side effect of our short-term vision syndrome is the absence of real research carried out in this country. According to my friends in research field, the only place in India where real research is taking place is TIFR (Tata Institute of fundamental research). Coming to TIFR and our only pride ISRO, they exist today only because our founding leaders had vision. They are not our achievement to be proud of but just left-over legacies from previous generation. The question is, what type of legacy we are creating for the coming generations?..

   P.S. leave my case aside. I am not very talented. But it is saddening to see people who would make excellent lawyers, teachers, artists, designers, authors... etc, wasting their days in IT without really contributing anything meaningful. Just imagine the situation if all of them had the chance to pursue their field of choice and talent. India would have been unstoppable!