Lost art of effective meetings

The biggest killer of developer time is meetings, it is a double whammy when it is run by people who do not know how to run it or how to finish it. So often a meeting eats up as much as the 25% of day without adding benefit to any of the attendees. Developers cannot […]

Sweet price, Bitter quality

I often encounter people who deal only with false promises and a lot of people fall for it and yet take it easy as if it is normal. Consider the following scenario. There are two tailors who have setup shops side by side, during the festive season you go to store ‘A’ and request to […]

Speed or efficiency?

I went to a restaurant for a buffet which was a bit crowded. I thought the service at some of the live counters will be slow but was surprised that the people at the counters were able to serve large number of customers in a short span of time, especially the salad counters. I was […]

Max out

Often I come across questions like ‘is that what the max you can do in that situation?’. During these moments I get tempted to ask questions like ‘I saw you walking to my desk now, why did not you run?’. I sense that people have misunderstood maximum to be optimal. Optimal is sustainable, maximum is […]

Backseat driving

A young businessperson Tamizh (/ˈtæmɪl/) drives to office everyday, the commute is hard and energy draining in peak traffic, when reaching office there has to be a break to cool down and bring the mindset back to work. Tamizh wakes up early morning, checks email, talks to counterparts in other countries and gets a head […]

Correct me if I am wrong

Often in discussions at work especially in ambiguous situations, I hear people start with the phrase ‘Correct me if I am wrong’ or similar phrases like ‘This is just my understanding’, ‘I could be wrong here but’ etc. People’s judgemental abilities are affected a lot by their acquired knowledge and application of their ability(there are 8 […]

Showing up

Steve Blank in his commencement speech at Philadelphia university mentioned that opportunities surface to people who are forever curious, show up a lot and treat failure as a learning experience. Not very long ago, it was very easy to get a bunch of people at workplace and get something done. Be it a music interest group, gaming or tech […]