Friday, 5 December 2014

My Last Working Day at UOL

“Last Working Day” User Story (inspired by Agile)*:
Description: As a Team Leader, I would like to move on with the rich experience & exposure gained here at UOL, so that I can improve self and the following company substantially over a period of time.

Acceptance Criteria:
1) Meet and greet people.
2) Acknowledge present and past colleagues with whom I worked.
3) Complete all relieving formalities.
4) Send this email L
5) Pick personal belongings and leave the office premise.

* ’ User Story’ is equivalent to Software Requirement Specifications in traditional software development models.

My career at UOL started as Member Technical in Production Engineering team (maintenance projects), continued with Senior Quality Engineer in Strategic team (long term projects) and now as Team Leader in Agile teams (Scrum & Kanban). After a long time (i.e. close to 10 years at UOL) ... I made up my mind and decided to move on for better prospects in my professional career. Today is my last working day. Honestly speaking, this company has given me more than enough and it is the sole reason for whatever I’m right now. It has been a fantastic journey with great learning experience where I’ve enjoyed each and every moment. I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with each of you with whom I’ve interacted.

I would like to acknowledge and extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following people who helped me in shaping my career at UOL: MVK, Bala Kishore, Renuka, Krishnan, Jayapal and Ravi Krishna.

Thanks to Ratnakar & team for creating employee friendly and homely atmosphere at office. Thanks to Nageswara Rao for being nice with me and for ensuring our salaries are deposited in time J Thanks to Anil K & team for providing better systems infrastructure which helped me work seamlessly. I still remember my joining day (i.e. 4thApril 2005), when Sheetal (then HR) took me around office and introduced me to all leads and managers. Thanks to Harini for making me comfortable when I approached UOL office for the first time for an interview and similar soft nature continued with Varnika. It was a decent act from Sheetal and Harini though I was insignificant, but it had created a significant image on this company. Small things make big difference!

Thanks to my close colleagues (Anil Nadella, Praveen Singh, Phanibhushan, Sri Ram, Arun Varadarajan, Kiran Inturi and Vaibhav Dutt) for keeping together and encouraging me at all times.

Thanks to all my “now and then” team who made my stay really wonderful.
My NOW QA team: Durga Prasad, Ashok, Archana, Suhasini, Chandana, Ravikanth, Kumar Anand, Jyothi, Vinay Kumar.
My NOW Scrum team: Geethika, Alamelu, Rajani, Poosa Anand, Sunil Kumar, KrishnaKanth.
My THEN Classmates QA team: Raveendra T, Krishnaveni, Anil Uppala, Anil Madineni, Devi C, Vikranth, Bharani, Praneetha, Lakshmi, Keshav, Ravi Sankar, Gopal, Pradeep, Naveen, Kashiram, Balakrishna, Raveenda Babu, Madhu Kiran, Krishna M, Sandhya, Sravani, Rajani T, Srinivas D, Shiva Chandar, Koti Reddy, Srikar, Nagaraju, Manoj, Deepthi, Bhima Raju, Praveen Bandari, Praveen G, Sulakshana, Kalyani, Kiran Rapaka, Anupama, Shalini, Punnya Koti, Sireesha, Navya, Saurav and Karthikeyan.
My NOW & THEN colleagues: Ranga, Srinath, Santosh M, Manoj, Veeraiah K, Tarak, Murali P, Gajendra, Siva Reddy, Ravindran N, Sailaja, OPM, Kishore, Raja P, Vijay, Kalyan, Satya, Sateesan, Haritha, Vandana, Prem C, Parthiban, Vamshi Krishna, Krishna Pothula, Laxman M, SriRam T, Naresh, Venkat, Aravind S, Padmasri K, Sandeep M, Piyush K, Teja B, Subbu, Samba, Hanumanth M, Hanumanth S, Abinaya M, Mahender B, Chaithaya I, Saiprasad R, Subramanyeswara B, Vinay, Vijay, etc.
My Now and Then Seattle 
colleagues: Janardhan, Karthik Anand, Payal P, Felicia B, Erin K, Khan Klatt, Shiva V, Prakash V, Jacab B, Ujwala K, John S, Gerald, Eric G, Stella N, Dat N, Janaki, Trang Vo, Suhasini P, Lea S, Kenn Cook, Mark Packard, etc. 

Thanks to housekeeping (Srinivas, Nagaraju, Sattaiah, Kalpana, Anil) and security team for keeping my workplace hygienic and secure 24/7.

And to my family and God, who made all things possible!

It was my pleasure knowing each and every one of you. Although, there were instances where I was bold and showed difference in opinion for professional reasons … I could maintain good relations with you all. In case, if I’ve unintentionally hurt anyone, please forgive me. Needless to say, please stay in touch. Even though I’ll miss you all, I’m looking forward to this new challenge and to start a new phase in my career. I wish you all the very best in life.

Please spare your precious time and help me understand what I’m by providing your valuable feedback at … feedback

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Thanks and Regards,
“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

Classmates QA Team

Classmates HYD Site Services Team

Gift from HYD Site Services (Agile-Scrum) Team

Gift from QA Team

Gift from Pradeep Thota and Naveen Vadla

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

My Experience during performance appraisal

Last year, after my performance appraisal I went to my big BOSS's office and seriously asked "what is that I SHOULD do to get 'E = Exceeds Expectations' in my performance appraisal?”. My big BOSS smiled and gently replied "if you DO what I ask you to DO then you will again meet my expectations!" and discussion continued for a while.

In deed, it was a healthy discussion.

a) When in doubt meet your mentor and discuss thinks clearly. Who knows, your interest to ask questions will help you find correct answers.

b) Don’t work for getting M (Meets Expectations) or E (Exceeds Expectations) or F (Far Exceeds Expectations) in performance appraisals. Know your strengths, bring out your hidden talent or worth; contribute as much as possible keeping organization goals in mind, without losing focus on individual’s career goals. After all … your work speaks and appraisal follows, leaving no choice to your manager.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Misconceptions that Indians have about India

1.     That we are the most cultured country on the planet
2.     That we are not racists
3.     That Hindi is our national language
4.     That Hockey is our national sport
5.     That we are a democracy in essence
6.     That one vote doesn’t matter
7.     That if you are an IITian, you are the best Engineer
8.     That if you are an IIMite, you are the best manager
9.     That all politicians are corrupt
10.  That all cops are dishonest
11.  That none of the government officials work
12.  That we worship and respect women
13.  That it’s okay to litter anywhere and it is not an offence in India
14.  That sex shouldn’t be discussed
15.  That eventually we’ll become the economic and military superpower
16.  That bribing is not a crime
17.  That god punishes the culprits someday
18.  That all South Indians are intellectual but boring people
19.  That all North Indians are dim witted but interesting people
20.  That Entrepreneurs are those who failed to get a job or have been fired from one
21.  That India can’t change
22.  That Narendra Modi has a magic wand
23.  That Congress loves Muslims
24.  That BJP Loves Hindus
25.  That Mayawati is the sole savior of scheduled castes
26.  India is the land of tolerance. Whites are racist
27.  India has the best culture and everyone should respect Indians
28.  All this western culture is destroying Indian values
29.  Prostitution is illegal in India
30.  Sure shot way to success is through studies
31.  "Public property" in India means "private property"
32.  To start a business, you need to have a lot of money or contacts
33.  Supporting India in India vs Pakistan cricket matches and waving Indian flags is patriotism.

more ... (will add a few more points soon)

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