This post is part of the series on 9 Realities of Modern Workplace.
In this post, we talk about Reality #1: "Organization doesn't care about you, it only cares about the value you create".
A job is a financial arrangement: you offer to provide value, and the organization pays you for it. Like any other business transaction, the organization expects to make more money off of the value you create.
While talking to a project manager in a services company recently, I was reminded of how little people (even those with 8-10 years of experience) understand modern workplace. We were talking about promotions and bonuses and she was lamenting the fact that promotions very rarely happen in the mid-year review. When I asked her why … Continue reading 9 Realities of Modern Workplace
Summarizing my entrepreneurial experience of last 7-8 months, part 3 of the series I have been writing since I came to India.
Two real stories, one long and one short, and an observation on how you can learn product management from city administration. Story 1: Caring about unmet need I live in Greater Noida, which very clearly has been designed by people who thought a lot about city planning and had lots of creativity. Roads are very … Continue reading Learning Product Management from City Administrators
My recent talk with a 3rd yr student in a Greater Noida engineering college left me very disturbed about lack of quality and responsibility of such private colleges. My thoughts on what needs fixing, and what we can do about it.
By making the kids start preparing for IIT-JEE so early in their life (Class VI in some cases!), we are robbing them of their childhood, and setting them on a path to cramming, rather than developing joy of learning. It's time we change this!
Managing Product experience requires asking 3 questions: Are you seeing enough? Are you capturing what you see? Are you making good decisions based on on captured information? My take on how to give good answers to these.
Someone asked me this recently: You have 2 options: Work with a good boss, but the work is some boring stuff, or work on some interesting project, but the boss is not good. Which one would you choose? My mind jumped to all the boss-work combinations possible, see the picture. If I make this a … Continue reading Career Choice: Good boss or Good work?
In my last post Experiencing the product, or productizing the experience?, I talked about my experience with SiteZ and how their overall experience left much to be desired even though the core product was good enough. In this post, I will try to analyze things that went wrong which shouldn't have. Here are 5 things that … Continue reading Product Manager, or Product Experience Manager?
About 6 months back, I saw a print advertisement from a well-known job portal (I will call it SiteZ): "Free webinar and live chat with well-known Mr. X". When I visited their site, they helpfully informed me that I need to be a registered user of their site (which meant I had to be someone … Continue reading Experiencing the product, or productizing the experience?