Who’s Edward?

You have arrived here and you’re wondering why the hell is this blog called The Pain and Gain of Edward Bear?

Go on and read this little story…


It was the evening of a rough day at work back in 2011.

I had had a difficult meeting and I had got home late. I poured out some rose d’anjou and sat in front of my laptop waiting for another late night meeting to begin.

I felt irritated, misunderstood, and frantic in a situation where you desperately want to change things but you can’t get through to people.

So I opened the “Software Project Survival Guide” to simply check it out (a friend of mine had sent it to me recently) and scrolled down to this page…

There was the image and the text.

Edward Bear

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.

And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t.

That’s it, I thought. I am Edward Bear. I have my head thumping against all kinds of testing and leadership problems, and I definitely know there should be a solution out there.

So I thought Edward Bear deserves a chance. And a blog, too.

3 thoughts on “Who’s Edward?

  1. So after all this time, did he get a chance? Working in a very classical waterfall environment currently, it feels as if I am lucky if it is only the head being banged. Any hints on small changes to have a better life for all?

    • I think he did 🙂 He’s just banging his head against very different problems than back then. Also, Edward is better able to choose what to bang his head against because not everything is worth it or can be solved this way. And, potentially, he’s also not feeling like he’s being dragged as an object but takes more control over his context 🙂

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