Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What does Cem Kaner's Signature say about his personality ?

- Cem Kaner is one of the highly respected personalities in the Software Engineering fraternity espacially Software Testing.
- Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology.
- He has authored many books on Software Engineering including the Best Sellers Testing Computer Software , Lesson Learned in Software Testing and have to his credit numerous publications on Software Testing and broader Software Engineering topics.
- In 2004 he cofounded the non-profit Association for Software Testing (AST), where he serves as the Vice-President for Publications. AST is credited with arguably the best courses available on Software Testing and many a Software testers have got the necessary boost to their careers with that education.

Cem Kaner's Signature Sample:

A note about Cem Kaner's Signature Sample:

I first saw this Signature Sample in this document created by Ajay Balamurugadas . There was a Screen shot of a Certificate stating that Ajay Balamurugadas has completed the Black Box Software Testing Bug Advocacy Course. One of the Signatories of this Certificate was Cem Kaner. Since this Screen Shot was a bit small sized, i requested to Ajay to send the Original scanned copy, which he graciously did.
Most of the Scanned Signatures have some disadvantages primary of which is that it is not possible to judge the Handwriting pressure. Pressure is an important indicator of emotional intensity, which inadvertently affect every other human personality trait. Other than this, the Signature is best analyzed if there is a corresponding Handwriting Sample available. There are some important Personality traits that get revealed via positioning/Slant/Size of Signature w.r.t to Handwriting and much more. So i had to do the analysis without this Information at hand.
Finally, Signature of a person is synonymous to one's public life. It reveals the characteristics of the personality that we tend to portray to the external world, which is necessarily not similar to what we are at the core of our personality and usually is a more polished way to represent ourselves (depending on the context).
Having said this, the below analysis is my honest attempt to arrive at the personality information about a person whose work i admire a lot. Someone who is a role model.

Cem Kaner's Signature Analysis:

Cem is a Cumulative Thinker . Cumulative Thinkers thinks or creates much like a mason, stacking fact over fact. In this thinking pattern, the conclusion, is usually not complete until the last fact is in place. Such a thinker prefers to learn more through demonstration, by preferring to experience something rather than simply following any written or verbal instruction. This may take longer to learn but something once learned is retained for a long, long time. These are all the signs of a methodical thinker, who can build things and come up with the new ideas based on previously learned material.

He has Very High Concentration levels. People with high concentration have this ability to eliminate all outside noises, thoughts, interferences, and the ability to concentrate fully on one subject. He has this tremendous ability to focus on something he sets his mind on.

Cem generally Likes to have all the facts before coming up with a decision . There are people who make take decisions just on the surface level information, Cem is not one of them. He is usually quite Cautious in his approach . A Cautious person is inclined to be careful in order to minimize risk and reduce any impulsive behavior.

Cem has Self Consciousness trait in his personality. Such people usually do not like to be center of attention e.g. When such a person enters a gathering full of people, he may prefer to go to sidelines until he has everyone catalogued in his mind, probably may not initiate a conversation till a certain comfort level is reached.

Cem is quite Frank , Honest and Open minded while communicating and giving opinions in general. If someone asks such person a Frank question, he/she will receive a Frank answer.

He possesses the need to be Socially prominent , someone who is of big stature. He has a need to stand out from the crowd. He has a great deal of Self pride and this trait is something that is a fodder for people who are extremely passionate.

The basis of Cem Kaner’s Signature Analysis :

- Image Source:
- The Book- Handwriting Analysis- Putting It to Work for You by Andrea McNichol
- The book- Handwriting Analysis by Bart A. Baggett

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What makes Steve Ballmer sweat so much while doing presentations ?

If you didn’t quite get the title of the presentation, do watch this video.

About Steve Ballmer:
- Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer (born March 24, 1956) has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000.
- Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980[7], and became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates.
- As of 2010[update], he is one of the richest people in the world with a personal wealth estimated at US$13.1 billion.
In 1980, he dropped out of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft.

Steve Ballmer's Signature Sample:

A note about Steve Ballmer's Signature Sample:
I got this sample from one of my friends who had worked in Microsoft for a long time. He had received one Achievement trophy, which had this Signature. This is Picture of the signature. In such a sample which is ingrained in the trophy some of the aspects of the signature becomes unclear. One of such things is Pressure, which i cannot comment on. Other minute things related to the size of letters, formation may get little misformed because someone else actually does the job of rendering the Signature onto the Physical Trophy. So in this write-up, i would keep things rather simple and comment only on the trait that is a more certainly interpreted.

What’s in Steve Ballmer's Signature that explains what you saw in the video ?
One of the prominent things in the video is the raw energy exhibited by Steve Ballmer. There is one trait in his Signature that explains to some extent the source of this raw energy. This trait is called Enthusiasm and it really stands out in his Signature. defines Enthusiasm as "Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause. It is a source or cause of great excitement or interest." Enthusiasm is great eagerness to be involved in a particular activity which you like and enjoy or which you think is important. Real Enthusiasm is contagious, it rubs off on everyone it touches. If you are a Speaker, Enthusiasm is one trait that goes a long way in positively influencing the audience. This is what happens when Steve Ballmer addresses huge gatherings. People find his act funny and full of energy and are mostly likely to stay glued to what he has to convey. His Enthusiastic act plays as an Ice Breaker and establishes some sort of connect with the audience.
Enthusiasm is one of the Key Success traits. It is the enduring emotion of excitement.

Enthusiasm in handwriting is revealed by a Extremely long horizontal "t" bar in relation to the rest of the handwriting.

Wishing you a Happy Enthusiastic New Year!