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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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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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5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have ~ Neat list

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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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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

This sums up pretty well #StartUp

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August 5th, 2015 at 3:44 am

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Book review – The Phoenix Project

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my review: 4/5

Very well written. Very easy to relate to if you are into Dev/Ops/InfoSec space. Highlights the core of IT working and how it is tied up with the success and failure of business overall.

Also highlights the core importance of Dev and Ops team working in harmony. Overall it reiterates the system thinking where you analyze your work, your process and how it is connected to the overall success of the company. Highly recommended.

A very detailed review of the book is written here: https://www.simple-talk.com/books/book-reviews/book-review-the-phoenix-project/

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April 22nd, 2015 at 4:07 am

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How to change the mindset of a team that’s so used to work a certain way?

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That is the question.

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April 8th, 2015 at 2:21 am

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We are the Product Managers

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April 1st, 2015 at 4:15 am

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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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