The founder wants to talk to You!

[You can also watch on YouTube. Click Here]

Hi,

A warm welcome to you, being here in Techstamina.

My talk is about You, me and Techstamina ...

Well, my name is Medhat Sabry, I’ve been in software for 40 years or a little less now, enough to engage almost with everything in the software development process. And, I intend to stay there till my last breath. I define myself as  an enthusiast-pro, kind of. So,  if you’re like me, in software for living, as a pro I mean, Techstamina is for you.

I'll make a little assumption about you! Actually: by being here, I assume you are like myself, someone  indulged in software as a profession, one way or another. And You can be literally anyone, at any level in the process: you may be, one of those warriors  on the ground (developers and  systems engineers), I mean those doing analysis, design, coding, testing at any level, or you can be a leader; someone who leads others in the process: a PM, a scrum master, a Tech Lead, or even total organization leader. The theme is that I designed Techstamina to cover the widest area of intersection of interests of all software people alike, of course with some verticalities  as we go. Techstamina is a place we can all get around.

So, rest assured that Techstamina is for you!

One more thing, Techstamina sees people not only as individuals, but also as  “software teamers” . In our jargon, a "teamer" is  any of the aforementioned , not from the perspective of the self or the specific role, but from the team membership and relations perspective instead.

 


 

So, let me introduce  Techstamina  to you ...

Simply put, and I'll elaborate in a minute, Techstamina is my endeavor to help boost performance of software people, and support the team and the organization in climbing the steep ramp in industry challenge.

Before getting downright to the point,  let me tell you a little story here, one that stands behind Techstamina in fact. Lately, during my software project audits particularly over the transition period between two centuries, and whenever I came to a case whereby a project was slowed down, usually by one of our folkloric habits from the waterfall legacy, and when I asked for a status update, I sometimes was outraged by a the PM saying “Business As Usual”!  That was enough to pull my blood pressure outside any instrument range.

To knock down such a mediocre and apathetic atmospheres in such projects that I used to come across, my response was to coin a new business slogan tagging a whole package of professional settings and practices  in the software development process,  with all the rationale behind them,  and I called that Business As Unusual, in offense to the old phrase "Business As Usual". I cited the concept in my first book: The Software Leaders’ Guide: Your way to lead software people. That actually was a first move in my war against mediocrity.  Period.

Over time along that transitional decade between centuries and concepts contemporarily, my  old eyes didn’t miss some findings that seemed to be syndromic in our business, in a way:

  • The increase of customer dominance on the market. Actually that came not only in software but in “every-ware”, if I may call it. That’s in tandem of course with the fierce competition driven by customer dominance, particularly with the outbreak of new cheap computing models mainly represented by clouding and OSF software, 
  • Pressures on the development teams caused by many factors:  the over demanding customer, the pace in technology advancements, complexities inherent in the web as the cradle of our apps with its security and performance issues , are just a few to mention,
  • The waterfall legacy: with all the adversities caused by that folkloric assumption of Predictiveness, while change is blatantly taking the floor.

And the effect? An apathetic environment, in many cases! Degenerating people's morale, Industry's fulfillment and none the less the product quality.

A good population of the industry people see that as what is now known as the Software Crisis. There are debaters of the phenomena, probably because of the immediacy of the term, but you can’t deny it. To lessen the impact, let’s call it at least, the Software Challenge.

My contribution went on, from Business As Unusual  coaching package and a book on software leadership,  to a set of lectures addressing the software developer and the software team, which are now comprising a first draft for a second book and probably a third one.

Then came Techstamina ...

I came up with Techstamina,  as an expert-enthusiast,  as one more step in a war on the Software "Challenge". This time with my effort, like many other industry gurus, directed to the industry and not just my client base, targeting the core of the software process: People,  to help them do what they do better,  more enjoyably and hopefully less stressfully. I deliver that to you as a package of services that all emerge from the site you read or watch me on now. And that includes lectures I gave and give, writings (books and articles) I write and wrote, and videos that summarize all that one way or another.

 


 

Here, I'd also like to add a word about What Techstamina is Not !

I was asked two questions by my reviewers in this project which actually helped giving Techstamina a distinctive character.

The first was:  Is that some kind of a capacity building program?

Well, actually not, because the idea lacks the rigidity to be one more program that is set by an organization for its employees that sits there without change for a year, Techstamina is more about what concerns, and helps, people of this industry as it happens!

And the second was: Is it one more soft skills camp or university?

My answer: Again, actually  never. It's not that "soft" to be one! because it has its own way in joining the "hard" and the "soft" sides of the career. Let me elaborate here a bit.

I can claim a bit of creativity at that point. I categorize my work in Techstamina under a more inspiring new discipline, that I call “Firm Skills”. The metaphor comes right from our mindset as IT people. We are used to see things as Hardware, Software and Firmware, and lately, and more realistically Peopleware (Techstamina is more affiliated to that last component by the way!). As in Firmware, Techstamina as I saw it in general, is an endeavor to help software people "burn essential" concepts and thoughts much related to their "Hard Skills" into their minds, souls and personalities to help them do what they do better and hopefully more enjoyably and less stressfully.

Watch this term "Firm Skills"!


Now, A Word About the Name ....

As you can feel it, the name is a conjoining of the two words: Technology and Stamina into one new, and purposeful  term.

The catch here is not about Technology (tech), it’s in Stamina. My school of thought , over practice, prices endurance never less than technical skills in this industry. Here the stamina component plays its role to express that Techstamina is  here to help people building a specifically enduring and fatigue-resistant professional attitude to meet the tough software challenge. Stamina, as you see it in the dictionary,  is not only about physical power, it combines to that moral, and mental capacity so that all mix together to render endurance. This is what you, wherever you stand in the software domain, need to inject into your professional character.

I leave you here, to discover more about this endeavor, and See how it can benefit you and your team and probably your organization. I'll try to make some update weekly for the current stage.

I'd be more than glad to listen to what you say: comments on the videos through YouTube, mails to me through the address you see in the "Contact Us" section or comments that you can put on the Facebook group companion page: Techstamina News  The Pages are not interactive at the moment, but mind you, Techstamina is currently the work of a 64 years developer: that's me! Reading a book or two about the tool (Joomla!)  and how to DIY in graphics and video was not far from reach to the old chap.

Wish Techstamina some good luck!

See you.

Medhat Sabry