“If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.”— Antonio Porchia

Soon after watching the sunrise in a city very near Death Valley in California, I was talking with one of the residents.

She said, “I am sure happy the cool weather is finally here.”   When she said this, it was already 90ºF (32.2ºC) and getting warmer.

Meanwhile, in my city of Ithaca, NY it was 44ºF (6.5ºC) and not expected to rise much above that.

It was quite a change of perspective for me. Like the difference the sunrise makes between night and day.

I am currently working with a few different clients who are struggling with quality issues in their software development process.

They find it hard to believe that is possible to deliver defect-free software to customers.  And I am telling them our goal is to deliver near defect-free software to test. I am also working to help them understand that doing work in this was does not sacrifice speed. It is actually faster.

They find this hard to believe.

I would not have believed that 90ºF was “cool” unless I had already experienced the desert at over 110ºF.

They have not experienced the ability to control their quality while increasing their speed.

This would be as startling as experiencing daylight after only experiencing night.

Prepare for the sunrise. It will be spectacular.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

Sunrise in a city very near Death Valley in California

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