Here are some of the realities of India's graduating students: India graduates 1.5 million engineers, less than 17% of these are employable in any IT firm, a much less percent are equipped to work in startups and product companies. Number of software engineering job, or IT professional job, is way less than this number. A … Continue reading Dear Software Engineer – Do you care about your career?
Career is a 40-year game. Does your career strategy resemble a game of Scrabble or a game of Bananagram? Both are word games, but the game structure and strategies that win the game couldn't be more different!
This is some general advice I give to budding product managers early in their career. This is also applicable to those who are in adjacent roles like program management, product marketing, product planning, technical project management, etc. who wish to get into product management. Of course, everything is contextual and so is this advice! If … Continue reading How do I build a good product management career?
Over last several months, I had several conversations with the mentees assigned to me by LinkedIn mentor program, as well as with engineers in my company. Interestingly, in most of the cases, I had same recommendation for them - have that conversation that you feel is too tough to handle. Now, it is possible that … Continue reading Difficult conversations are difficult!
This is the final post in the series I started a few years back when I left US and landed in India (see first part, second part and third part). It has been an inordinately long time since I wrote last in this series, and it must be attributed to my lack of perspective on things that … Continue reading My Independence – End of a beginning
Summarizing my entrepreneurial experience of last 7-8 months, part 3 of the series I have been writing since I came to India.
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.
When I received the following mail in my Inbox, I was excited: " Dear Alumni, We are glad to announce the elections of new members of the Executive Committee of IIT Delhi Alumni Association for the year 2013. It has been noticed that there is a very thin attendance in the AGM chaired by the Director … Continue reading Why you should vote for Mrityunjay Kumar (IITDAA EC election, 2013)