Month: May 2015

SUNDAY 28

Place: Devi Residency

Time: 7:00 AM. 5/24/2015

I returned to Bangalore yesterday morning. It was a very fruitful couple of weeks trip for me.

Last week I stayed at Beeramguda for the most part. Went to Aliabad on Thursday. The week was very interesting in the office. Monday is Mr. Mani’s last day and Mr. Bhanu seems to have decided to leave as well. The week involved lots of twists and turns with the Bhanu affair. Bhanu’s and Vivek’s ragging of Mr. YK was thoroughly enjoyable. Also enjoyable was the way MR. YK exploded at the end of it all and destroyed his relations with almost everyone there.

Bhanu was mentioning there might me some changes in the Org structure in the coming months. He was speculating that the new folks might be moved under Mr. CP . If it turns out to be this way, there is a chance that I might be moved under CP, but as long as I am reporting remotely, it shouldn’t matter much to me. Given recent developments, it might not matter much anyway.

About the recent developments:

1. As soon as I reached the room yesterday, I was informed that the guys had booked tickets to Malaysia again in September. I was very disappointed that when they booked the tickets, then didn’t inform me. I went ahead and booked the tickets for myself. It cost me 5K extra when compared to their tickets. These again are non-cancel-able. Which means I get no refund if it doesn’t work out. It was kinda risky but I went ahead and did it anyway.

2. Mr. AB informed me of a scheme of the Canadian immigration called Express Entry where Canada is offering PR to skilled workers. The process might take about 6 months and would cost around 1.5 Lakhs. I spoke to Bro and he said that its a very good opportunity so I decided to do it. I will have to first apply for IELTS exam and clear it. Then do the application process in the website.

3. I completed the application for Jagriti Yatra yesterday and submitted it. I just now need to wait and see if I get selected.

4. Most important of all, I had a conversation with Pinni this week regarding the Sambaipally girl. I told her that I am basically willing to marry the girl but not of this moment. But I have given the go ahead which is a big decision. I am sure she will keep the matter to herself over the coming few months but still this is something that I cannot go back on now.

On the whole this has been the most happening week for me for a long long time. I don’t think I have made so many big decisions in the matter of one week ever in my life. These decisions might have far reaching consequences on how my life turns out.

There is no followup required for points 1,3,4 but there is a lot of work to be done for point 2. I think from this week I will have an additional thing to concentrate on. For the next week my target is to gather as much details about the immigration process and by the end of the week, schedule a date for IELTS.

Ratings:

SSC : 5 — Lot of self testing in the week.

Mig : 3

ES: 3

Avg: 3.67

Sunday 27

Place: Beeramguda

Date 5/17/2015 10:56

Its been an extremely fruitful and eventful week. Highlights:

1. Ms. N left on 15th. I managed to visit Uppal twice and spend some quality family time. She reached safe and sound without any hassles. I had to do a lot of traveling during the week and ended the week with a broken body which had me sleeping the entire day yesterday.

2. There was a lot of drama in the office this week at Hyd. Maninder resigned and we hosted a treat for him at absolute barbeque on Friday. Bhanu had also put in his papers because of frustrations with Mr. CP but put his resignation is put on hold after discussions with Mr. Director.

3. Broken body mentioned earlier had me cancel my bus to Bangalore. I will have to spend another week here in Hyd office. I will probably be traveling on thursday.

Ratings:

Core :4

Rest: 3,3

Avg: 3.33

But Why?

So I was reading the blog waitbutwhy.com yesterday and I have to admit I enjoyed the read. Quite a lot of what the guy has to say resonated with me. It gave me an idea that I want to explore in this piece.

Eisenhower-MatrixSo what he basically says is that successful people spend most of their time in Quads 1,2. And that the more productive work you get done in Quad 2, the more successful you will be.

Now the post itself was about procrastinators and their life. I don’t think I am a procrastinator per say but I am one lazy guy. So what was written in the post applies to me.

I have spent quite a lot of my last few years in each of the 4 Quads mentioned above. I want to think back to when I have put in significant work in Quad 2 in the below phases of my life.

College (Year 1-4) — I don’t think I spent any time in this Quad in the first 4 years of college.

College (Year 5) — I think the GRE and TOEFEL test that I gave were the first effort investment I made in this Quad. It didn’t come to much though. The second Sem of college was again mostly spent in Quad 4.

Mphasis (Year 1) — The first year at Mphasis was a productive one. Whatever was in my hands at the time and I could do, I did it. It was the best phase of my life in terms of productivity in a long time.

Mphasis (Year 2-3) — It was around this time that I joined the Sabre team. I took up running during this time and also did well at the office so this was a pretty good period for me.

Mphasis, Oracle — Where was I this time last year? Oh yes. I had given a couple of interviews and was going through a rather difficult time. It all turned out pretty well at the end and I think this period has worked out the best for me in the last decade.

What now?

I don’t think I have missed any of the last 7 Sunday posts. This shows a good consistency coming together. I think I am the most productive when I am the most organized. Lack of organization wrecks havoc with my productive drive.

I have the formula down for the next 6 months. I realize that this period will be the most crucial for me going forward so I need the best approach towards it. I think the One Year on thing that I will do in October will be a good checkpoint. The goals for the rest of 2015 are, in order of priority.

1. Continue to develop technically. Increase the rate of development if possible.

2. Work on the certifications. The first certification that I need to do is the GG one. I think I will target this certification in the last week of June. If it goes well, I will next try the OCA certification, first exam in July and the next in August. Then the only remaining target for me for the year will be the Exadata certification that I will try to do in November.

3. Continue the work being put in the Gym.

4. Continue the good work with building relations, specially with the Ravula’s.

If I think about it, the goals that I have set for myself are not that hard. It just needs a lot of patient work. Kind of like building up the marathon fitness. Which I will have to do literally.

So am I preparing for 2 marathons at one go? The literal marathon has a goal and that is to cross the finish line. What is the goal of the figurative marathon? A goal is not something that is vague and generic. It has to be clear and quantifiable.

I think I can include the other 3 goals mentioned above in the Fig Marathon. Points 2,4 are easy to define. Certifications, you complete them or not. Point 4 can be judged based on the number of calls or the number of hours that I spend talking to the folks. The difficult part will be quantifying success for Point No. 1.

The goal is personal development but it can be judged based on the contribution to ACS. I will only be able to contribute more to ACS if I improve technically. So I can develop a metric for contribution to ACS. Now there are 3 components to ACS and my goal is to cover all 3 components. So I think I can have a weekly metric where I judge myself for the 3 components of ACS on a scale of 5 and take a cumulative, each week. Then in the last week of December, the cumulative of all the weeks can be calculated.

So what should be the pass percentage. Should I be ambitious and set it to 4.5. Or should I be realistic and set it to 4. Or should I give myself leeway and set it to 3.5?

We are talking about goals here and if I think my goal is to cross an aggregate of 3.5, there is no point in me going through the trouble of doing all this. Ideally I should aim for something between 4 and 4.5. Middle 4.25 sounds good but after some thinking (covered in Edit 1) I think 4.0 should be a good goal. Sounds good?

So the goals for the figurative marathon is the following:

1. Complete the 3 certifications.

2. Have at least two relation building conversations every week this year.

3. Work hard in the gym and build up fitness for the upcoming runs. Goal: To have satisfactory runs.

4. This one has 2 parts.

Part 1: To rate myself every week in this Journal.

Part 2: To have an aggregate rating over 4 by the end of the year.

Both the above mentioned parts will be equally difficult to achieve but there is no reason for me to be incapable of doing so.

Off to retrospectively edit this weeks Sunday.

Edit 1: I was having breakfast and I started thinking about the rating system. The reality is that I will not be able to contribute meaningfully in all 3 components of ACS in the same week. So every week will have a default rating of 3. Even if I put in supreme effort and make 5’s for the other 2 components, which is highly unlikely, my average rating for the week will be 4.33. If I don’t get any opportunity to contribute 2 to of the components, my best rating will be 3.66. Given this fact, the goal of doing 4.25 by the end of year is not feasible. I think 4 will be a good goal to work towards. Edited the above with the same.

SUNDAY 26

The guy who picked up the car did not notice the damage.. party because I cut out the flappy part of the plastic. The deposit must have got refunded by now.

The recommendations report is good. V.V and I had some more discussion regarding the requirements and there was some further work involved in the week. The final report was accepted.

Submitted the assessment report. It involved 3 more days of work during the week. I thoroughly felt the first timer blues during this project. It’s a nice learning experience though. Sadly, it will be a while before the next assessment comes along. The presentation is not done yet so the feedback has not yet arrived. Will have to wait and see how that goes.

Came to Hyd on Friday. Ms. N is leaving next week so I thought I will work for a while from Hyd. Its super hot here.

Had a discussion with Manga yesterday regarding the politics during the marriage. Tried to convince her that it wasn’t as bad as was reported at the time. It wasn’t a pleasant conversation but it was enlightening. Looks like I have to start taking more interest in the Ravula side of the family.

New section starting this week. Details covered in Random Musings.

SSC: 5

ES: 3

Mig:3

Avg: 3.66

SUNDAY 25

Returned today from the mini trip. It was a good trip with the only disappointment being the damage to the car. Don’t know how much the guy will deduct for that.

I had asked for an off for the weekend but Vimal did not give one. So I am working from home currently. Very tired.

Submitted the assessment before I left for the trip. Gopi was supposed to do the review but he was busy getting engaged and then Balaji was supposed to do it but he got busy. Manish has asked V.V to do it. Will have to see how it goes.

The recommendations work is also left a little. Otherwise should be a little free the next week.

I have ASM scheduled for this week. Have to see how that goes.