CEO Desk

Setting up the performance Targets – Gearing up to scale

“When you’re a manager, you work for your company. When you’re a leader, your company works for you.” - Stan Slap “We need to move very fast. We have a release coming up in two weeks from now, and I want everyone to be focused on their work.” A heated debate was going on in the daily stand-up meeting. Rasik...

Balancing the load

"Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" - a safety warning on side mirrors of motor vehicles. “Makarand, I get close to a thousand emails every day. I want to answer every mail, but it is overwhelming. Any tips?” In an informal conversation, Ramesh was sharing his experience in the new job. He had recently joined us from a...

What would you prefer to be, systematic or creative?

“Never confuse motion with action.” —Ernest Hemingway   “I am a creative person, I need the freedom to innovate.” A comment from a developer caught my attention. We were talking about working in a systematic way, and following certain development guidelines and processes.   Sometimes there is a conflict between innovation and processes. Processes are considered to be bounded, whereas creativity is boundless.   “I...

Embracing the change

  “Failure doesn’t exist. It’s only a change of direction.” ? Alejandro Jodorowsky “I am in the middle of the development of this one, give me a couple of days to finish, and then I will start with this new one.” We were discussing development plans in the weekly meeting. Sandy was highly engrossed in his thoughts about the work at...

Calculated Risks – Secret Sauce to Success

“The difference between courage and stupidity is measured by success and survival.” -- Evan C. Currie, The Heart of Matter. “Every business has risk, how is this different from other risks?”  As a senior member of the executive team, I thought it was my duty to warn someone if he is taking undue risks in the business. “As such, it is very difficult to differentiate between the...

Effectiveness over Efforts

“Thinking well is wise; planning well wiser; doing well wisest and best of all.” --Persian Proverb “We fixed more than a hundred issues during the last week.” Parth is a very energetic developer and has very sharp debugging skills. When he comes across a defect he can’t take a rest before it is fixed. More challenging, the better. “Wow! That is great....

Adding value where it matters the most

“No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder” – Elon Musk I was about to leave the office on a Friday evening. It’s a good time for a coffee break, before joining the Friday evening rush. Everyone around was relaxed and looking forward to the weekend. Ramesh was engrossed in some deep thoughts. His team was about to...

It’s all about how you achieve the whole

  “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” – Aristotle. “I have joined the gym this week, I am going to work on the weight training.” It was late afternoon, and I was enjoying the coffee break with a few developers. “I prefer stamina. My evening dance class is the best form of aerobic exercise. It feels so relaxed and...

Don’t wait..Get, Set and Go!

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Walt Disney “We have been running like a horse for the release, it is so close but still eluding.” Srini who was leading one of the customer projects was talking to me over lunch. “You said it Srini, when you are...