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5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have ~ Neat list

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http://www.agileforall.com/2015/06/5-key-skills-great-product-owners-have/

This one sums up pretty well -

Skill #1: Clearly express the connections between larger business goals and small backlog items

Skill #2: Write user stories in a way that allows the team to contribute to the “what”

Skill #3: Modify the backlog in response to change (without having to throw out lots of work)

Skill #4: Say “no” appropriately when necessary to maximize the value of your product

Skill #5: Split big slices of value into small slices of value

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August 25th, 2015 at 3:38 am

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Why companies don’t learn from other companies past mistake/experience!

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/radical-idea-at-the-office-middle-managers-1439941798?mod=e2fb

This one was pretty surprising – trying to run a company without managers. You can only get to a level and when you scale out and grow there is no way any work can be done without middle managers to take care of the management and day to day stuff. Google tried that a long time ago and failed and realized that middle managers are key to quality work and to scale out and grow.

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August 20th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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This is a new world!

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I was looking for some product roadmap tool and for obvious reasons turned out to Quora to get some help. Got to one page which has a very genuine discussion going on with recommendation for lots of users. On looking into the weeds, most of the people taking time to explain on a product with its detailed features and attributes with screen shots were actual founders/owners of those tools. I was wondering who would take such time to come up with exhaustive list of those features and screen shots to give your view. While I appreciate people putting in lots of meat on those replies and suggestions on the tool, it would be very biased coming from the owner recommending his/her tool. That’s kinda off putting for customers like me and makes my job a little bit tougher to go and try each of these products to evaluate for myself.

Here’s the page I am talking about the product roadmap and product management tool - http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-visually-oriented-tools-for-product-roadmaps

 

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August 14th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Misson statement ~ Toast Masters

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Call me old fashioned but I really believe in the mission/vision statement. This gives the over arching goal/vision for the existence of that company/club/organization. I recently joined the ToastMasters as VP of Membership and one thing that really excited me was the mission statement.

CLUB MISSION

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

 

 

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August 11th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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This sums up pretty well #StartUp

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August 5th, 2015 at 3:44 am

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When ever there’s a doubt, there’s no doubt

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This applies to making big decisions – something like hiring new employee to your small team. If any of the team members feels unease, then you shouldn’t go for him/her.

 

 

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July 24th, 2015 at 2:02 am

Posted in Insight,USA,Work

Elon Musk – Biography

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Started with this read today. I haven’t read much about him – so should be an interesting read.

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July 18th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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When you feel like eating – Drink water!

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That’s something I am trying to put on as a habit.

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July 18th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Posted in Living

Work Rules ~ Book Review

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This was a great read. My belief for data driven system improvement and data driven decision making has never been this strong. Highly recommended. It’s insane how far Google goes to improve the system and how open the culture is to experiment pretty much every aspect of the company.

Summary: Work Rules

1. Give your work meaning
2. Trust your people
3. Hire only people who are better than you
4. Don’t confuse development with managing performance
5. Focus on two tails
6. Be frugal and generous
7. Pay unfairly
8. Nudge
9. Managing the rising expectations.
10. Enjoy! And then go back to No. 1 and start again.

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July 16th, 2015 at 3:28 am

Posted in Business,Living,USA

My Ice breaker speech ~ Toast Master

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This is a somewhat written format of my ice breaker speech at ice breaker at WWT Toastmaster – July 7, 2015

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Fellow Toastmasters -

Hello toast masters. Before I begin, i want to pose a question to you. How much does a polar bear weigh? Any guesses – well just enough to break the ice. Today i want to tell you a little about myself and how i ended here here. My name is Ram Wagle and I am originally from the himalayan country nepal.

 

Let me start with my childhood. I had one of the most adventurous childhood of anyone i have met. by anyone’s standards. When i think about it now, i wonder how i survived just with a dozen minor OTs and sticches, couple of torn ligaments, 3 broken bones, 4-5 collapses but never full day in hospital. Growing up in nepal under virtually no supervision was one of the most fun and wild things i have ever done. My family used to own our own business and my parents used to be busy pretty much the entire year. Which left me lot of time of my own to explore the world with my friends. however the fun didn’t last that long and i was a boarder student starting grade 4. although really busy at work, my father was a big admirer of great educational institute – although he never completed his high school, he always dreamt of sending me to one of the best in the nation. Well At aged 10 – i went to appear for the qualification exam to get enrolled as one of the 40 students out of more than 2000 vying for that coverted role. I got lucky and got into the program and i till to this date credit all my education, understanding, my belieft to what i learnt from that great institution. It was a world of its own with so much freedom and all my wild exploring insticts were converted to either sports or other creative aspects of schooling. I never had a dull day at school which might sound surprising but i would always find something to do.

 

my school boast being one of the most creative schools in nation and at age 10 we were building model ships vikings used to explore the world  or whatever the viking loved doing and we were building teh model of great egyptians pyramids to the finest detals and exploring our solar system and milky way galaxy during evernings. It was a privilege to be exposed to such infrastructure and open creative culture in a place like nepal where the literacy rate is still under 70% and more than half the student don’t graduate high school. and that single fact keeps me grounded to till day and i appreciate how fortunate and privilege i have been throughtout my life.

 

During my final 2 years of high school, i was thinking more about what i would do with my life. I had no clue but I have always wanted to be involved into creative stuff and be around creative people. In nepal, when you end your high school the best students go 2 route – one being a doctor and one being an engineer. In my class of 36 in highschool, 29 went on to become docs and rest of 7 ended up being engineers and techincal folks. I sure ended up being the latter. So statistically i had better odds of being a doctor than anything else and i am proud i chose this route.

 

I then qualified to go to a computer engineering program in one of the best technical school in nepal and after my college ended up working in a big software company. 6 months into that role i got an opportunity to start my own company and to collaborate with a team in Austria europe. We went on creating some really cool highly innovative stuff for 3 yrs when i began to realize, i would need more formal management and business lesson to really grow as a leader and succed. i came to us in 2009 and went to virginia tech for my masters. i got a job a day before i graduated and started as a technology consultant. i went on to became a project and program manager and worked for almost 4 yrs working with some of the fortune 50 companies. . last october my wife got a job in washington university st louis and I felt like we could grow our roots here in this great mid-west city. I was looking for opportunities and WWT came my way and here i am – with the best folks in the company with the one of the best companies to work for.

Thank you all for your patience. Over to you madame toast master.

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July 8th, 2015 at 2:04 am

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