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I’m glad I’m not a piece of software

I joke about my personal development lifecycle (PDLC) as my work in test management often requires consistency & repeatability in the form of a test process. In comparison my own PDLC is often very erratic and ill behaved. In fact its not really a typical lifecycle at all except perhaps that I was born and one day I will die.
My family and I have recently decided to spend some time in Ireland. In November, we are uprooting our family in Melbourne, Australia and dumping ourselves back into a very sodden, albight green sod of turf known as Ireland.

We are doing this without any certainty in jobs, schools, long term accomodation etc and its making me extremely nervous. To make it all the more uncertain, the world has decided to have a global financial crisis. My faith that all will work out is being severly challenged!

As I  continue along my PDLC, my outlook on life has changed. What would have once been an adventure is now looking like a torturous test.

So I repeatably breath my mantra, “it will work out, I will find work in Ireland” . Who says life is dull?

Anyhow, back to software testing and lifecycles.  I suppose the difference between software and people is that we own our lifecycle and thankfully we get to choose how our life turns out.  We can choose to make it unpredictable and we can behave outside a given setup of expectations.  So even though my life at the moment is in turmoil, its my turmoil. I’m glad I’m not a piece of software that has to follow a rigourous testing process, in order to live up to someone’s expectations.

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5 thoughts on “I’m glad I’m not a piece of software

  1. Hi Anne,
    We’re about to do the same as you but vice-versa – moving from the UK out to Oz (Sydney). I can sympathise totally with your concern over jobs, long term accomodation etc and the unfortunate timing of the global financial craziness! That said, my partner and I are super-excited about the upcoming adventure, the interesting challenges ahead and all the new people we’ll meet on our journey. We’re just in the process of emptying out our lovely house :(, starting to look for work and getting ready for the big push out of our comfort-zone in January!

    Good luck in your adventure 🙂


  2. I’d say you don’t need to worry – nowadays it’s pretty easy to find an SQA (or IT in general) job in Ireland, with colleges literally running out of IT students.
    I won’t go as far as saying you can walk into a new job but in Dublin right now this is not too far from reality.

    Best wishes

  3. Good luck with the move to Ireland! Our family did a similar leap from Sydney to the south coast of England in 2007. Let me know if you still need your hosting on the Australian domain…Paul

  4. You planning on moving to Dublin? No problems getting a job there. our company is crying out for new staff. send us your CV and i can give it to HR 😉
    best wishes!

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