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The Talent Myth – Malcolm Galdwell

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Very well written article by one of my favorite writer.

Here’s the link to the original article that was published in New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/07/22/the-talent-myth

It never occurred to them that, if everyone had to think outside the box, maybe it was the box that needed fixing.

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May 17th, 2015 at 10:16 pm

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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

Posted in Insight,Techie,Work

Predictors of IT Performance

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Getting into weeds into Dev Ops and Puppet in particular. According to this, top 5 predictors of IT performance.

1. Peer reviewed change approval process
2. Version control for all product artifacts
3. Proactive Monitoring
4. High trust organizational culture
5. Win-win relations between dev and ops

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March 31st, 2015 at 2:55 am

Posted in Business,Techie,Work

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

Posted in Insight,Living,USA,Work

Bitter Sweet – Job Change

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Mar 13 is my last day at HP. I just wrapped up the work and sent the laptop and everything back to HP. Kinda sad stuff but really excited about my new role at WWT. Moving is living.

 

 

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March 12th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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Invisible Boyfriend? Girlfriend?

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I guess there is nothing called “Weird” with internet. So apparently there is a service called Invisible Boyfriend/Girlfriend which solves this particular problem – Invisible Boyfriend/Girlfriend gives you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship – even if you’re not – so you can get back to living life on your own terms. https://invisibleboyfriend.com/

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February 28th, 2015 at 12:46 am

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Your Personal Book? In 12 hours?

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Too good to be true, right? Well not at all. I was strolling thru product hunt website to get a sense at the new products in market and this was rather interesting. This is a service which will help write a book for you from your ideas with your minimal effort. Downtime? Just 12 hours.

This is how they define their service -

YOUR BOOK.
IN 12 HOURS.

Our team of professionals take your ideas and your words and turn them into a published book without you ever touching a keyboard.

http://bookinabox.com

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February 26th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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