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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 7

Today, let us discuss the importance of “Art of Organising” to be relevant in today’s Management Space.

The Optimum Art of Organising & Planning to ensure efficiency however not causing too much delay & redundancy is a difficult Art to Manage.
It requires attention to detail, understanding of situations + people, right amount of patience to hold your horses or speak at the most opportune time. Above all it required alot of maturity, analytical skills & calmness to manage all the situations.

In my understanding, this is quite the skillset a qualified MBA is supposed to have to be an effective manager & leader. In same breath let me mention the subjects of MBA course in my understanding prove to be most critical for a leader in due course of their professional careers :

  • Organisational Behaviour : Though its difficult for young MBA minds to absorb & estimate the impact of all the topics in a class of 20+ hours, it is the subject which cuts across all students & is applicable throughout the careers every single moment
  • Game Theory : If one subject can teach the outcome probability best then it is this subject – one should always be prepared & calculating to know the best outcome possible in every situation/event for themselves or colleagues or business, etc. Its quite the lovely topic
  • Operational Research : This subject teaches the art of balancing different sets, values, variables, constants to ultimately reach your optimum goal of efficient results.

There are other subjects worth mentioning though matter a lot on how they are taught – Managerial Skills, Leadership Skills, Strategy, Accounting, etc.

My efforts of mentioning all this in my Tech/Product Blog is that how relevant they prove in giving me a grip & edge for doing Product Management on daily basis. Phase Gate, Optimisations, Filtering, Detailing, Deep diving should become more of a habit that comes naturally while thinking, talking, acting, deciding on things for future growth/Leadership roles.

A word of caution – please do not even think of becoming “Monica” for the same! Phew, that’s OCD.

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StartUp Advantages – Found My Solace of Split Personalities!

Startups can be almost like On-ground Battles where warriors (I hope am in this category), soldiers, Army Generals come out with their weapons & unleash their true powers, diplomacies, tactics, strategies to simply come out Winning!

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Everyone has a personality, a background, a history, her/his own talents + pursuits + motivations! Its exciting hence to come out a winner in a place where everyone is not fake!

Personally for me, its extremely acceptable environment because I get to be myself & not pretend to be constrained in chains which is the case with big Corporate Houses so Thank God for Startups for coming in our lives!

I know now some things clearly about myself which I will never compromise for anything/anyone :

  • Am extremely High Energy & Enthusiasm, I thrive in it
  • Am ‘almost’ passionate about my Work – I love living for it if I see a purpose in it else I love focussing on my health, family, friends, travel, photography, shopping, movies, music, etc.
  • I love being clear headed for myself + my loved ones & having simple, clarity oriented people around me who speak well, high, progressive & modern
  • I love being around self motivated, energetic & idea oriented people
  • I love new ideas, new projects
  • I have my own ways of managing things, people & situations and I like keeping it that way – Open to learnings from People I appreciate & Like but should be careful about the latter to not do it too much as well
  • I can’t take bullshit & not very good with managing that – got to working on defining the boundaries again & ensuring both parties honour it fairly
  • I tend to get self critical about my short term goals, long term purpose, even people which at best be avoided – Just #AvoidSocialism at personal level to push a greater purpose

I have also realised post working in StartUps & Corporate world for 7+ years now that the Game is all about Managing People & Yourself Basically. Deliverables, Results & Negotiation Skills, Achievements, KPIs, Projects, Ideas, Success become very subjective & actually more of a result if You manage the former Well !

One more of my recent sure shot finding are about top B-schools in the country having such different cultures of people (and the recent batches have really diluted the value) :

  • XL + IIMC have cooler & people oriented people
  • IIMA have too hard task master oriented people
  • IIMB are too serious, thorough, professional – almost similar breed to ISB
  • Rest are almost similarly inconsequential 😉
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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 5

I have chosen a subject very close to my heart & mind since long …

“SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY…”

I personally feel Creativity is great & has to be nurtured.. esp for the corporate space where one is chasing numbers, KPIs, KRAs & hardly has time to think consumers..

So one has to think Creative & Scale while at work or else in my humble opinion you are just not adding value!

I understand the importance of Business Philosophies, Business Visions, Business Leadership Styles with the exposure so far & lately have been reading a lot upon them.

But somewhere my mind tells me that only when one is creating something new & is able to convince internal, external stakeholders for the same does one take one’s company forward and via that the whole society/generation forward.

Let me give some example, Gandhi for all the controversial discussions around creating an emotional blackmail/socialism model was at least able to create something called AHIMSA that is being re-called by the global generations much later.. even if it is debated which is the whole purpose!

Similarly Invention of Electricity, Revolutions, Renaissance have seemed to be extremely tough brainstorming times but have been successful in pushing the society forward..

Since Ancient times, every Kingdom also has tried to nurture the art, dance, creativity, etc. for the free flow of ideas, thoughts, talents, etc. across geographies, caste, creed, religion but without beating the overall purpose of the Preamble, Constitution or Administration! So Welfare & growth of people first however give them a source of relief, outwardness, dream for a better lifestyle.

Even in our Indian Society –  we have the majority who is inspired by the Bollywood & its glamour which is not great always…  but point is anything new, disruptive always catches the eye & makes people inspired, think, talk, maybe even act upon (sadly the last one is toughest yet most critical).

I also feel, in a country like India with a population of 1.3 Billion & life dazzling, bazzling through roads & streets or now digitally on mobile phones – ideas emerge by the micro second, many repeat, many overlapping, many spoken, many hidden, majority waste 😉 a lot waiting to be implemented..

My personal Bias is towards the Rural Youth as I feel they see the root cause & really wish to resolve it – just need to be guided & supported to resolve it…

If somehow a Design Lab can connect with this Rural Thinking Lab – we have a SURE SHOT WINNER in hand ! Godrej has been able to develop one, time shall tell what kind of products & solutions come out of it.

Amen! GodSpeed!

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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 4

Its my 4th Update in 2 months but its not too late to admit that I do not consider myself a techie or a geek! I love having a life without gadgets or electricity for that matter – amidst pure nature & seeking, providing organic life with the basics.

However, Alas, we are in 21st Century which is moving fast & needs solutions/answers even faster – so people like me try & ploy our minds/education into providing.

I do feel that I think consumers & that is my greatest strength plus since I understand technology of mobile + telecom + e-commerce – I am able to answer a lot of queries. Having said that, I have to read zillion articles/GIFs/Infographics/Apps/Websites to be updated on what’s happening across the world by the unit of a millionth of a second!

So today I will be sharing some of my favourite App Designs but before that I want to make a point about how designs evolve.

Dictionary definition of Design is : “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made.

Another definition is : “to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.”

Basically, Design can start from a dream or a word or a thought or a breath of air to be translated into ppt/excel/drawing board/software/camera/blueprint/magazine/ newspaper/ mobile app/ website, etc.

And that’s what makes design so generic yet so special!

And here’s to SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY!!

Coming back to some of my favorite designs : (Do give your comments)

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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 3

5 Key Design Principles : (As per Law of Continuation of UX)

  1. Similarity
  2. Consistency
  3. Proximity
  4. Uniformity
  5. Correctness/Authenticity

Also sharing some cool designs as its getting very Hot in Mumbai 🙂

As UX might seem simple to understand, its not at all easy to comprehend for implementation. One has to base answers on Marketing + Technology + Business & Creativity/Disruption/Innovation. Subjectivity can always be questioned & commented upon but a data & clear thought based approach cannot be rejected/neglected.

One should be able to gauge the trends & analysis patterns to suggest what changes need to be made! Be where the customers are or else customers will turn their fingers away from you very quickly!

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Zingography : Tech/Product/UX/StartUp Update # 2

My approach for a product manager/growth hacker/online marketer/data scientist :

  • Do loads of research – Humoungus – Primary, Secondary – for a good 1/2 months continuously via diff geographic & sets.. and keep on adding to your thoughts
  • Form your vision – short term given the current circumstances & long term where you see your product in next 3-5 years
  • Work towards it – getting processes, resources & adding 2-3 key innovation tests to it…
  • Keep a constant tab over all key actionable (make it 80 : 20 rule) – work mornings, nights, weekends but ensure control over non – negotiable points
  • Heckle well with all stakeholders from tech, alliances, marketing, vendors!
  • Get it LIVE & Optimise it basis customer feedbacks..
  • Launch it in the Mkt… with some exciting proposition & create a classy differentiated campaign as per the need
  • Measure the performance & Optimise the campaigns…

User Interviews->User Personas->Task Flows/User Journeys->Information Architecture->Navigation Models->Wireframes->Interactive Wireframes->UAT

Please feel free to reach me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Medium @ mishasinghal

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How being PM suits me & Corporate vis a vis Body Functions!

I like being Honest – to myself & to world/people/situations/moments around me!

If there is one thing that I do not wish to change about me – it is my knack of being Honest & True to the moment I am in. As a professional, as a Young Person Learning, as a daughter staying away from her family to work in a Big City I feel this is my biggest strength, shield & weapon.

And so in the workspace also – I always choose to be close to what is actually happening in the field & market in consumer’s lives so I can help them make a better decision for their better quality of lives.
To my knowledge & experience – before one can become a CEO, the maximum impact one can make in other people’s lives via a corporate/workspace is by reaching out to them through a sales channel or by directly creating solutions which touch their lives for the better.

As a sales person, one is closest that one can get to market & channels & customers so your words, actions, behaviour really impact the market.
You are also the eyes, ears even nose 😉 for your company who cannot relax for a moment else the competition seeks in.

However, as a Product Manager – You are supposed to be more wholesome in your approach & use your Brains more along with hands, legs to make the right decision. You are supposed to feed all this information received by Sales Team into bettering your product offering to Go To Market with. You are supposed to be the Heart & Brain of your Organisation that never stops beating.

Have complete total respect for other functions as well – Strategy that is your Body Equilibrium ; Alliances which is like your Bones, Muscles that connects different organs together to make it work ; Branding & PR is your skin, voice ; Finance is your blood or Oxygen ; Technology is your BackBone ; Processes is your Nervous System ; Regulatory is like your Morals & Principals, HR is supposed to be your Social Factor to keep you light, happy.

Though, Heart & Brain is where my Heart is : Awesomely Happy to be PM 🙂