Advanced Rational Performance Tester Reports: 5 Way to Get Deeper Insight into Performance Test Results
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This new developerWorks article gives five tips for using some of these advanced features, all of which have helped tremendously in real-world performance testing projects with large companies.
Advanced Rational Performance Tester Reports: 5 Ways to Get Deeper Insight into performance test results
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Last week Lifehacker shared out this blog post by Jesse Stormier: "Put Your Inbox in the Upstairs Bathroom". And it immediately clicked for me: living inside the inbox is just too easy. This, of course, makes the shift to living outside the inbox even more difficult, as people don't change until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change.
This really can come down to a chicken or egg issue: is our addiction to email fueled by the ease of use, or is the ease of use driven by our addiction? In either case the solution, in part, is just as easy. In Jesse's post he notes how he switched from a slick GUI client and push notifications to using a command line email client, akin to putting his inbox as far away from him as his upstairs bathroom. Now, for a Unix guru that's a rather elegantly simple solution, as he is more than comfortable with the command line I'm sure. I'm even guessing it would work for a number of you reading this post here on developerWorks as well, knowing your technical excellence often has you playing on the command line.
Me? I'm lazy. While putting my inbox in the upstairs bathroom is a grand idea (my home office is upstairs, so it really isn't much of a trip at all), going as far as using Mutt on the CLI to access it is more akin to putting my inbox in my backyard, or for other people it may even be closer to their postal box down the street. Making email hard to use isn't really the point of "working outside of the inbox". Rather, the intent is to improve our collaborative efforts using tools better suited to the tasks and not automatically default to using email unless it really is the right tool for the job. So, let's make it easy!
Ok, but where's the solution? What's the recommendation? Two simple parts come to mind here:
With these two easy bits covered, my last recommendation will be to schedule specific and focused time in your day to address your inbox messages, freeing you from the shackles of your inbox the rest of the day! I know a few people around here only deal with email first thing in the morning when they arrive to work, and last thing before they leave (in between, of course, is when real work is being done and collaboration occurring all across the organization in the right tools for the jobs at hand). Or perhaps scheduling three times to check: on arrival, right after lunch, and again before leaving for the day.
Regardless of how you go about it, finding what works for you is the key to enjoying a life outside of your inbox. I assure you, it is absolutely worth the mild pain of change!
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Those of us based in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, gathering with friends and family to enjoy food, (American-style) football, and of course, there's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV!
On a related note, as it is a holiday week here, it transpires that both of your Notes from Rational Support authors will be on vacation for the duration, so there may not be a lot of action on this blog next week.
But we have plenty of good stuff queued up for you to keep busy with while we're out; here's just a sampling:
...take our RFE Community survey, to help us plan for next year...
... make sure you are signed up and following us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter...
... learn more about our products with our IBM Education Assistant modules...
... take a tour of the IBM Support Portal ...
... check out our forums and communities ...
... join the Global Rational User Group ...
... leave a comment and let us know what you'd like to see here next year!
We'll be counting our blessings, which will include YOU, our faithful readers. Thank you!
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"Over the river and through the woods" (Wikipedia)
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Many of us have been following Luis' adventures in collaborating "outside the inbox" for 4 years now, ever since he first announced his radical plan on the internal blogosphere. Those of us passionate about the power of open, transparent and collaborative communication over "mail jail" have been cheering him on, all the while wondering how we could do the same.
Luis wrote a great blog post on the experience here, and I encourage you to go read it. Now.
I've taken many of the principles to heart, and have moved as much of my work as possible to collaborative technologies like Rational Team Concert and Lotus Connections.
I don't WANT to be the sole owner and disseminator of the information and content I produce.
I don't WANT my manager to have to ping me every time he wants to know the status of something.
I don't WANT to hoard information on MY machine and pass that information around every time someone asks for it.
SHARED knowledge is power.
As Luis stated so eloquently, we're probably not going to get rid of email entirely. But we CAN work smarter, more openly and transparently, one tran
spreadsheets -> wikisTo dos -> Connections Activities.
status updates, news, announcements -> blog posts
Next time you are working on something, think before you file it away on your computer. I bet there's a better way.
I KNOW there is.
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On behalf of IBM Rational, please join us for the Rational Systems Engineering Conference. Learn how IBM Rational can help improve your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and how IBM Rational solutions can help improve your organization’s systems engineering practices.
This event will focus on the IBM Rational Workbench for Systems and Software Engineering. You will see how IBM Rational tools and best practices work together to provide a solution across systems engineering disciplines. Learn how Rational will support the future of system engineering and how we can work together to improve your organization’s systems engineering practices. This will also give you a great opportunity to network with other customers to see how they use Rational solutions and to spend time with Rational experts, development teams and systems engineering team.
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