How to Rescue Failing Software Projects: Practical Proven Methods That Work

IMG_1712 My book is finally available as an eBook, on Amazon Kindle and on Amazon. I wrote this book to share my experience in how to rescue failing software projects. When I was going through such a situation, I had no one to turn to. My hope is that the information in this book will be useful to those in similar situations. Although the information in the book pertains to software projects, I have come to realize that the techniques can be used in many other situations. I have personally used these techniques in business and technical projects.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Wing Chun Masters in action

This video clip from YouTube shows GrandMaster Ip Ching (who is Ip Man's son) doing Chi Sao with Master Samuel Kwok. Its a very highly skilled ChiSao. You can see each manouvering themselves to control the other's advances or intentions.

Just thought I'd share more about Wing Chun.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Protect your dreams

I recently watched the movie "Pursuit of Happyness". Its a heart wrenching, yet very powerful movie for me. I was inspired by the sheer strength, pure determination of steel of the character Chris Gardner to create a better life for his son and himself, and to honour his commitment to his son. Chris withstood formidable odds that many would have simply given up and taken an easy way out.

There was a scene in the movie where Chris told his son to protect his dreams. Those who can't achieve those dreams will tell you the same thing. Learn to protect your dreams and not let anyone distract or dissuade you from it.

When we were young, we had many be an astronaut, a fireman, a soccer star, a kung fu master, a scientist, an inventor and the list goes on. Do you notice we had many dreams when we were younger?

What happened to us as we grew older? Why did the number of dreams decrease? Are these dreams absurd? In my opinion, NO! Every dream is precious. Every dream is our innermost desire to make something of ourselves, to do something that we believe we will enjoy and make a difference. Along the way, we've been told not to waste our time on such trivial pursuits and focus on the real bread-and-butter matters. Study hard, get a good job. This is of course a good path. We can also have alternative paths that help us achieve our dreams, either later, or earlier. Dreams become reality. Its a matter of effort and sheer determination

Continue to dream. Dare to dream, for dreams take us to where we sincerely want to be.

Protect your dreams.


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Friday, May 16, 2008

Inspiring speech by Steve Jobs

This is an awesome speech by Steve Jobs. Inspiring indeed! Stay hungry, stay foolish!

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What is Wing Chun Kung Fu?

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a fantastic, thinking, scientific martial arts. As the legend goes, it was developed by a nun in China after the destruction of the ShaoLin Temple. It is a soft martial art that uses the opponents strengths to your advantage. Hence, a Wing Chun exponent will be able to "handle" larger, stronger opponents. It was also Bruce Lee's first and only martial art he was formally trained on.

This is the reason I had searched for a teacher for a long time. I'm currently training and still have so much to learn and experience. Its a simple art, but requires a high degree of skill and sensitivity development.

Words cannot express the art. Have a look at this video. THe Wing Chun practitioners are doing "sticking hands", which is a practice where arms are in contact and sensitiveity is developed. The movements (attack and defence) are not choreographed. It is free flowing. This is very close to a real fight. It helps to hone your skills and build confidence. Don't be fooled by the slow smooth action. Just imagine if these two are executing their moves in double quick time. It would result in severe injuries.

Experienced Wing Chun practioners are able to do "Sticking hands" blindfolded.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cyber wellness

I recently attended a talk on Cyber-wellness. The Internet has made this world of our much smaller, more convenient, quicker interactivity. However, the cyber world mimics the real world.

This talk is about the dangers that the web pose to children. We were shown blogs and websites that contained pornographic material, blogs that used vulgarities and promoted vulgarities as fashionable. Guess what? These sites have a very high number of hits per day.

Children and teenagers use the Internet to do research extensively. Its part and parcel of school life in Singapore. These young minds may and probably will inadvertantly surf to these undesireable sites by clicking on a well masked link from a search page. They may not know how to respond to what they see and read. These young and impressionable minds begin to form ideas and perceptions of the world as to what is generally accepted, which may be morally or ethically wrong.

There is no way to stop anyone from writing or posting anything. The web has become an inexpensive but powerful way of getting noticed and having your name/thoughts/writings published for a world audience. This is really freedom. However, in my view, freedom comes with responsibility and accountability.

Know your intent. Publish responsibly and be accountable for what you write, for there is nothing private on the Internet.

Why not use this medium of collaboration for the good of mankind. Why not use this medium to supercharge your readers with positive messages, giving your readers hope, inspiration and the determination to make a difference. It only takes one person to change the world. It takes only one simple act of kindness to change the world.

I remember a saying from the movie "Schindler's List". The PoW Stern quoted that "He who saves one life, saves the world entire".

As we continue our pursuit of our dreams and ambitions, let's empower those around us to also reach for their stars as we strive to reach ours.

It only takes one responsible act of kindness.


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