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“Our age of anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools.” – Marshall McLuhan

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February 29th, 2016 at 3:52 pm

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Hate!

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Hate is a very strong word. I don’t hate anything (well almost). But increasing I find myself very irritated to this one constant blip – complaining. Someone like me with very liberal fundamentals, I feel like if there’s one thing I actually hate – its people complaining about everything rather than actually tried to resolve things and work on the solution.

My advice: Stop cursing the darkness, Light a candle.

 

 

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October 7th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

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Zero to One ~ A great read

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Just completed zero to one by Peter Thiel. Such a great read. Any one working in this fast paced world, working in tech sector with ambitions to put a dent in the universe and more precisely someone with a dream to start a company in future, this is a must read.

One thing that stuck with me is the question he posed – What is something you think is true, but that most people disagree with you on?’

You will have to dive onto yourself to think long and hard to come up with an answer to that.

link on good reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050143-zero-to-one?ac=1

There are 7 questions every company that wants to become a lasting monopoly must answer:

  1. The Engineering Question – Can you create breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements?
  1. The Timing Question – Is now the right time to start your particular business?
  1. The Monopoly Question – Are you starting with a big share of a small market?
  1. The People Question – Do you have the right team?
  1. The Distribution Question – Do you have a way to not just create but deliver your product?
  1. The Durability Question – Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?
  1. The Secret Question – Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don’t see

more details in here - http://www.getnugget.co/zero-to-one-nuggets-from-peter-thiels-bestselling-book/

 

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August 30th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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Personal OKR

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Trying to bring this to improve/manage my personal life and ultimately held myself accountable. This is a start: This is for aug/sept

1. Get continued education/knowledge on diverse subject
KR: Read at least 2 books each month [complete 2 by end of August and 2 for Sep

2. Improve public speaking and communication skills
KR: Have at least 1 speech a month for ToastMasters (cc topics)
KR: Ask atleast one question in each of the meetings I attend
KR: Get/watch atleast one training classes per week – 4 a month

more to follow ….

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August 28th, 2015 at 1:19 am

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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

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

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~ Confucius

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May 30th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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70-20-10 Learning/Working Model

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The 70-20-10 model accredited to Lombardo & Eichinger (1996) suggests that lessons learned by successful and effective managers are roughly 70% from tough jobs, 20% from people (mostly the boss), and 10% from courses and reading. Together, Wargnier and Jennings explore the role of new technology in the implementation of the 70-20-10 training model, drawing on their combined 60 years of experience in the training field.

This also goes on time allocation on forward thinking basis -

A Product Manager’s 70/20/10

While Google likely has a longer time horizon than your company, its allocation approach makes sense if you just compress the timespan.

I think the ideal mix of a PM’s time is 70% on the coming weeks, 20% on up to a quarter out, and 10% further out than that. This maps neatly to my post on roadmaps: 70/20/10 on #now/#next/#later.

Avoid the trap of spending 95% of your time on reactive tasks. You will never leave room to come up with, nurture, and develop the big new ideas that change the trajectory of your product.

And this works across multiple discipline as well:

  • Designers: 70% on the visual specs for upcoming features, 20% exploring new features, and 10% on wireframes for entirely new concepts/styles.
  • Engineers: 70% building features and fixing bugs, 20% on prototyping fledgling ideas or exploratory data analysis, and 10% on speculative initiatives like a 10x performance improvement.
  • Sales: 70% on closing deals, 20% on bigger I/Os for the next quarter, and 10% on long-term relationships with agencies and big advertisers.

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March 31st, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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Choices – FedEx Vs UPS

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Business today – all boils down to how you can cater customer needs and how much above and beyond you can go to help them. But sometimes its just plain common sense and some business don’t get it at all.

I was leaving HP and in need to deliver the office laptop and rest of the stuffs back. As there is a FedEx facility within 3 mins of walking distance to my house that was the first place I went. The task was simple – use my company credit card to pay today to ship something by the end of this week (because I would need to use the card and its transactions to submit the shipping cost report using the laptop before being shipped and it would take couple of days for the transactions to appear in the system). FedEx was stubborn with – we can only charge at the time of shipment because our price changes multiple times per day based on the various factors. I get that and I explained my situation again. I even offered them a solution saying – i would pay you extra – let’s say 25% to cover your changing price or even name a price that would cover your downside. They stayed adamant that it’s against their policy. What I saw was – they were saying no to a customer who is even willing to pay higher to get the work done.

Frustrated I went to an UPS store – and with my experience with FedEx explained them my situation with as much details as i can and they were good with that right away. The front desk operator called the manager (as this was an one off request) but he was very open and understanding and we made it work within 10 mins. Work done.

And now that leaves a big imprint on my mind on choosing between these two shipping giants. I would always choose UPS to FedEx.

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March 30th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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EL EMPLEO / THE EMPLOYMENT

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Just watch and observe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxUuU1jwMgM

This is very open to interpretation. But my understanding is – We are all employed in some capacity. But one striking thing I noticed is that – all of the characters are emotion less – which signifies none of them are happy doing what they are doing. And all of them are working for a higher up eg. all the people in his house (holding mirrors, coat hanger, taxi etc) and working for him. While the main character facilitated by all these people goes to his work and lay down as floor mat for his higher up.

 

 

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March 29th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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