Tipping Point

25 06 2017

Oh right, I nearly forgot I am supposed to be blogging a weekly update as per usual and there I was happily playing away and forgetting about the time. Ah well, better late than never. Then again, it is not like I have a whole lot to share this week, so we shall see how it goes.

Let’s begin with work stuff again. Well, it was another 4 day work week for me so it didn’t feel that bad which I would otherwise possibly be in a worse mood considering how the planning and management of stuff appear to be going. Oh well, I shall continue to do my tasks and do my part in informing stakeholders when I see something amiss, but beyond that, I am not actually motivated to do anything extra or even feel for the project as a whole considering how the whole work process is going these days. Seems like the period while I was away made the whole thing worse, or at least from the way I view it ever since I returned to my little workplace. Not sure how they intend to turn things around, since I believe there is a limit to how much a talented bunch of technical staff can hold it together before it really falls apart. Perhaps I am not seeing the big picture or the other things which are going on in the background, but as far as I am concerned, I am anything but happy with where I am working currently. Oh well, if someone at my workplace happens to see this, then I guess it’s just too bad for me. Lol.

Enough of work stuff, it appears that the steam sale has begun again though I am not sure if I would actually buy anything this time. I mean, I haven’t exactly been playing as much as I would the past few months and I am actually watching too much random stuff though I think a bigger part would really be all the videos in recent weeks and also spending a fair bit of time on mobile games. Ah well, in any case, my little experiment regarding steam trading cards continue, and my wallet amount continues to grow in terms of nominal monetary value. I think I shall continue with it and see how far it can go before I actually stop bothering about it.

For the coming week, the entries have already been scheduled and of course it would be more fighting game videos. And while scheduling the entries, I can really see the gap between watching it and publishing it is getting wider. Oh well by my estimation, it should comfortably continue for the entire coming month, and possibly the one after too if my expectations on the content available in the near future. It probably wouldn’t affect my clearing schedule too much, but perhaps it will affect my backlog a little.

It is another long weekend, thanks to the public holiday today so I am going to enjoy another relaxing night once again. That makes it consecutive weeks where I will not work full week since my reservist period. Lol, I guess I really do like spreading breaks out than to have a long stretch of being away and playing major catch up. I wonder if I will be playing more games or watching more shows. In any case, it should be a long week of work ahead after that considering some of the deadlines (hah), and I shall be back next week hopefully.

p.s. it was nice to meet up with some friends, though it might be quite some time before the next one.

Reflection Time

18 06 2017

Another late weekly update, this time I don’t exactly have as much drive to write such an entry or have thoughts I want to share. Actually, it is more like I am still processing some of the thoughts myself, and not really sure what to point out or share just yet, so it should be mostly back to the usual stuff.

So, let’s start with work stuff. It was a 4 day week for me, since I was clearing a day’s leave at the start and that pretty much makes the rest of the week for me “fulfilling” – fully filled with work. Well, considering the number of tasks which needs to be cleared vs the number of QA members actually in the project, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the “bottleneck” is pretty much on our side right now. I have no idea how long this will go on, and it’s definitely not something healthy or good for the project, and to be honest I have already sort of given up hope on things changing in a concrete manner positively considering how many times I have already pointed out in the past and I was told that “things will change/improve”. Lol, oh well, I shall continue with my current style and handling of work tasks since it seem to still work fine up till now. Guess I’ll make adjustments along the way if things change drastically. Hah.

Now on to other stuff. Finally met up with a couple of buddies though the turnout was not like I had hoped to be. In any case, it is nice to catch up face to face, something I feel is still different from mere texting/messaging over whatever apps you have there right now. There are also things/details which are probably only said because of the frequency of chatting right there. Also, I have probably added a little bit more stuff into my mind to ponder about, which I will end up probably taking quite some time to figure out or make a decision given my usual self. Well, nonetheless it’s still nice to meet up with friends once in a while, though I find it increasingly difficult to get hold of people these days. Ah well, guess it’s another one of those things I need to get used to.

For the week’s entries, as usual it is already scheduled by this time and it continues to be fighting game videos. With the recent E3 event, there are even more stuff popping up, which is good for my viewing but maybe not so for the entries since the ‘time gap’ between the published contents and the dates are getting further apart though it’s not really of my main concern. Haha. In any case, it looks like it will continue for a few more weeks and judging from the possible events coming next month, I would say it may continue for a while more after that even. Yah well, don’t think it affects many people if I look at the average traffic of my blog these days.

In any case, I think that’s pretty much all for this week and I’ll be back to enjoy my long weekend, with the final 2016 leave day to be cleared. Maybe I shall do something different in the meantime too. Take care and I shall see you next time.

Change of Direction?

11 06 2017

Yea yea, I know I am late again this week, though perhaps even if I don’t mention, maybe no one would have noticed anyway. In any case, to me, it’s the long weekend this time round as I am clearing one of the remaining leave which I have to before the end of the month tomorrow so it’s another self-made long weekend. I used to clear on Fridays, but for the next 2 weeks it would be on Mondays for a change to see how that turns out. It’s also partly influenced by the recent end date of my national duty and also taking into consideration of the public holiday towards the end of the month to spread out the mandatory-to-clear leave days.

Well, I can go back to talking about work first, unlike the past couple of entries. After being away from work for a few weeks, it did seem a bit foreign at first, and it’s not just the work to catch up on. I saw a number of new faces and till now I don’t exactly know their names or what exactly they are doing. Apparently some are interns while there are also new perm staff. Ah well, I suppose I will figure out as time goes by, be it either through work needs or introduction through other means. Work wise, there isn’t exactly a whole lot to pick up which are half done because the tasks which I handed over previously have pretty much already gone Live. That isn’t a huge surprise to me actually. That said, there are, of course, new tasks to do and naturally some of them have already been assigned to me. It does seem there is quite a bit to accomplish and partly I think it’s because expansion of team member headcount has been done for practically every sub-team, except the one I’m in I guess. It is slowly, but surely putting a toll and I have no idea when it will actually break stuff (significantly). Oh well, not that I can actually do anything about it to change things directly. I shall just focus on ‘surviving’ my portion first before I worry about other matters.

From here on, it is not directly related to work, but may contain some thoughts which may or may not affect it in some ways. That said, it should be treated more like random ramblings from me since it may not translate to any concrete action at all eventually. Despite the board and ministry where I had my recent training at over the past few weeks being “known” for some of the inefficiencies and ‘red tape’ when it comes to performing certain tasks or making decisions, the stark contrast in culture and practice from my current workplace did provide some sort of alternative view and first hand experience (albeit not very long). The differences have led to me having some additional thoughts and opinions on how some things are being run in the project I am currently in. I can’t say that it’s bad or anything, since the objectives and goals are somewhat different, and of course the standards which have to be adhered to are also vastly different.

However, I believe that there are some things which are probably common and mostly applicable in whatever environment one is in, such as management of the entire workflow as a whole or measures put in place to reduce chaos and confusion on the ground by making sure that inter-department/team cooperation can operate smoothly as a whole while maintaining individual’s ability to run in its own manner and standards. Currently, what I am seeing is that there are numerous flaws at where I am, though most of it I have already realised prior to my training period. It’s just that it somehow feels much more ‘magnified’ now for whatever reason. That said, I also do not have any idea on what the real solution should be, though if I am able to solve these problems myself, I probably should change my job role to something else instead of what I am currently doing. Issues have also been brought up over time, but to be honest, the progress isn’t a lot though it’s definitely better when things first began. Sometimes I wonder if I should stick around to see how things go, or request to go somewhere else internally, or even to look elsewhere to see if appropriate opportunities are out there for me to grab, or in the more extreme case to try something totally different. I do not have a convincing answer for myself currently, so for now it should most likely be staying put while trying to figure out what I really want, something which I haven’t been able to bring myself to answer truthfully for a long time. In any case, I shall be more open to other alternatives and opportunities from now on, since I realise that one should probably not be afraid to try something new, though it’s still subject to the level of acceptance/forgiving-ness of the new environment which I think generally is not so much the case, especially for a fast paced setting.

Ok, I think I have talked enough about other stuff and it’s time to move on to the final segments of the weekly update. As usual, I have already scheduled entries for the rest of the week and it will continue to be fighting game videos. In fact, the backlog of that didn’t seem to decrease despite me trying to clear every weekend that it sort of affects my other backlog clearing targets. Oh well, I shouldn’t take those targets too seriously since relaxation and enjoyment should be the primary objective. Will likely be watching more stuff during my extended break. In the meantime, I shall also try to rest up more as I expect myself to need to expend more energy to tackle the stuff at work when I head back to deal with them again =( Also, the weather appears to be rather warm these days so please take care of yourselves too. See you next time, hopefully with not such a long entry anymore.