Why Your New Development Methodology Didn’t Fix All of Your Problems

Pragmatic Marketing

It’s very easy to confuse actual progress with intentions to make progress. Why point out the obvious? I’ve had too many Agile conversations where executives confused “we want to build better software faster” with “we hope that some new processes will instantly catch us up on years of slipped deadlines and missing features.” ” The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is credited with saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Always Be Closing

Sachin Rekhi

Alec Baldwin’s epic performance in Glengarry Glen Ross is a great reminder that selling is all about confidence. And it’s equally important when selling yourself when first meeting someone. Having strong conviction and confidence will signal that you are certainly someone worth remembering


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Who’s in Your Draft Pick?

Sachin Rekhi

Throughout our careers, we are often lucky enough to work with a few individuals that far exceed our expectations, have the ability to move mountains, and inspire us to do our best work. These individuals are often directly responsible for our own success as well as the success of our projects and direct contributors to our proudest professional accomplishments. I call these rock stars members of my draft pick. And after every job, I update my draft pick with individuals who fit the bill.


How Rocky Balboa knocked down Drago?


I was on a business trip last week. Post a hectic day, I went to the Hotel room, switched ON the TV and what I see " Rocky IV" is in action. I got glued to the TV and the 1.5 hours were well spent. I got completely refreshed and I feel I became more fit to be in the ring of Life. I thought why not I share this fitness tips with you all… For those who have not seen the movie, this is the context. Apollo Creed who is trained by Rocky is killed in a boxing match by the Soviet Union Boxer " Drago".

Why you should have a Virtual bookshelf?


This is the second last post in this series that all dedicated to everything about books. To set the context of this series, the preface post was focused on pointing out the importance and benefits of Reading Habit and Books. In then next post, the tools that help you buy books were embossed out. In this post, I will talk about the tools will help you manage your library. The last will consists of my favorite Top 10 books and why are they my favorites.

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Tools to help you with your book purchase


So after defining the importance of having a library in my last post, I wanted to come up with ideas to help you and of course my self to get the Library loaded up in a cost effective way. This post is aimed to serve that purpose. I will be covering the 3 best places that I use to purchase books and fill all the shelves of my Library cupboard. To keep the post crisp and relevant, I am will concentrate only on the places where you have to shell out money to buy books.

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The Time Release Concept of Enthusiasm…


One of the factors that stops or I should say discourages people like us from doing what we like, what we wish, what we cherish,what we dream is the fear of failure. According to Wikipedia, People develop specific fears as a result of learning. That’s quite strange, isn't it? When we learn something ,we acquire knowledge and Knowledge is power, we all are living in the knowledge era. Then how is it possible that the power that is Enabler is also a Disabler.

An Important User Acquisition Lesson From My Many Hours on YouTube

Sachin Rekhi

Those who know me know that outside of software, music is a great passion of mine. But not just any music. More specifically, music from up and coming unsigned artists on YouTube. What excites me about artists at this stage is you see them acoustic and raw, often just a guitar or piano and their own vocals. By following them over time, you also watch them grow in confidence and mature over surprisingly short periods of time.

What Motivates Me?

Sachin Rekhi

I often get asked what motivates me as an entrepreneur to do what I do. For some it’s fortune, for others it’s fame. But for me, it’s this: Seeing the positive impact the software I’ve built has on real people every day. That’s what motivates me. That’s why I do what I do

My Professional Identity

Sachin Rekhi

I recently went through the thought exercise of trying to define my professional identity on the web. When thinking about the various components that make up my professional identity, I thought about it in terms of what I’d like people to know about me and what best represents myself and my work. My Primary Identity. The following four online presences represent the core of my professional identity. My Resume - linkedin.com/in/sachinrekhi.

How Twitter keeps me inspired?


I started using Twitter to promote my blog as its one of the mostly widely tips given by blogging experts. I discovered, apart from boosting traffic to my blog, Twitter has kept me inspired since the time I am on Twitter. This post is all dedicated to the top 20 Inspirational tweets from my favorites. You could follow me on Twitter, my handle is @charmingsid… Top 14 Inspirational Tweets… @GreatestQuotes: You just can't beat the person who won't give up. Notebook: I am NOT shy.

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Solve Challenges and Earn money


Current as of January 2012) Total Registered Solvers: More than 250,000 from nearly 200 countries Total Solver Reach: 12+ million through our strategic partners (e.g., So, till now the options explored were Fun oriented. Here, in this post, we will get into a more serious mode. We will explore the option that should will excite the people who like to put their brains to work, people who like challenges, people having loads and loads of creative juices.

Internet is Fun, says my Grandpa…


For me, Technology is an Enabler. It should enable people to have a better life, enable to communicate better, enable to perform better, enable to socialize better, empower people to make this world a better place to live. Internet is one such technology. I have experienced its power when I was abroad sometime back and now in India, I experience Internet using my Data card. But I felt Internet is fun when I saw my Grandpa smiling because of Internet.

14 must use Internet based services


Internet has a whole lot of services to offer that can help us to automate, to organize, to manage, to synchronize, to backup, to share, to track things that impact us at both professional and personal levels. This post is all dedicated to find 15 such Online Services that are I feel are must for an individual. In the list, I have excluded the champions of Internet namely Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube for obvious reasons. Following is my list of Essential Internet Services. #1

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10 Lines that will make you Think…I bet


Knowing what to do is important, knowing what not to do is critical – Its my belief 2. Don’t expect a lion not to eat you because you are a vegetarian –unknown 3. We are creators of emotions and not logic –unknown 4. Brevity is the soul of wit –unknown 5. Be a visionary and also a fire-fighter- Ratan Tata 6. The best way to kill competition is to partner it – Its my belief 7. Practice transforms a skill into an art – Its my belief 8.

Are you aware of the theory of Traffic and Trust


I have been blogging for around 2 years now and like every blogger, often Google to find out ways to increase traffic on my blog. The ideas were very common like Comment on others articles in your niche, build a strong social network, write guest post etc. These techniques works pretty well. Still it was not good enough and I was looking for something else. I thought there is something missing, there is something else which I need to do. Something which is bigger than all the recommended tips.

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3 Ideas about Monetization through Affiliation


Liked a product, grab it and Share it Online shopping is an integral part of lives these days. The shopping sites wants to make use of the social media to accelerate there sales. And so they have Affiliate programs. As a part of the program, you are paid a part of the sales revenue generated by you as a commission.

Earn revenue for consolidating your expertise


The Internet age which we all are living very aptly epitomizes the old and known saying " Knowledge is power ". We all need to have some kind of expertise. The expertise to be excellent at the job, the Expertise to carry out the business activities, Expertise to make a great leader, Expertise to be a better home maker, expertise to be a better dad, a better husband!! The expertise could be in any avenue, it could be add an edge to your professional life, it could useful in Personal life.

Communication, Consensus building and Collaboration

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

In aviation there is an acronym called the 5 C’s: Climb, circle, communicate, confess, comply. All these are meant to assist a pilot who has lost orientation; they give you an opportunity to look at things from a different view - hence the climb and circle. However, if that isn’t sufficient, you need to admit you are lost and contact flight control where you communicate your situation, confess your mistakes and comply with their instructions.

Smart, Simple, and Easy To Use!

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

On the opening night of the Olympics, we decided to make popcorn to enhance our viewing experience. As we’ve done many times before, we placed a colored paper bag in the microwave with kernels, hit the start button and lo and behold-- the bag caught fire. As a person who plans ahead, I had a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. I attempted to use it when everything went haywire; I pulled the stopper off and pressed on the lever, and nothing happened.

Can product management be standardized?

Product Management and Strategic Marketing

As one of the organizers of product camp Boston last month, I was pleased to see so many attendees. We had nearly 40 sessions ranging from marketing to product management to running a start up. With so many takes and aspects of product management, it got me thinking: Can product management ever be standardized? Those of you familiar with PMI probably heard of the PMP certification. This is an industry wide initiative that certifies project managers and is widely accepted.

How to Apply Machine Learning to Business Problems: Part 1

bpma ProductHub

It’s easy to see the massive rise in popularity for venture investment, conferences, and business-related queries for “machine learning” since 2012 – but most technology executives often… Product StrategyBy “Daniel Faggella – This article was originally listed on TechEmergence. This post breaks the original post into 2 Parts. Stay tuned for Part 2 in upcoming weeks.

Why Netflix didn’t follow the regular Gold, Silver styled subscription plan names from the beginning


Barry Enderwick Former marketing Netflix 2001 – 2012 ( Via ). It is quite natural for any company to follow the industry trend of naming pricing plans – after all, use the nomenclature what others are using, as customers (we hope) understand these nomenclatures quite well.

Are Introverts or Extroverts Better Product Managers?

ProductCraft Debates

Since its publication (and it’s been longer than you think, the book came out in 2012) there’s being a flurry of thought pieces arguing that the days of. There’s a quiet revolution going on. Quiet because its most notable symptom is the release of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

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CEO Joel Gascoigne Reflects on the Highs and Lows of Building Buffer

Business of Software Conference

Joel Gascoigne will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Reflecting on Ten Years on the Roller Coaster.” ” 2020 marked ten years from the launch of Buffer.

Reflections on leadership, culture, & growth | Kieran O’Neill | BoS Online Europe 2020

Business of Software Conference

million customers before being acquired in 2012. Kieran O’Neill // Thread. Kieran is probably a serial entrepreneur – he founded his first business aged 15, (sold age 19 for $1.25m), his second and third were also acquired. He’s co-founder/CEO of his fourth startup, Thread. In this interactive discussion, Kieran shares some of his experiences and learnings having founded and grown four tech businesses before the age of 30.

TEI 295: Do you have what it takes to be a great product manager? Results of the Product Team Performance study – with Greg Geracie

Product Innovation Educators

The Product Team Performance study has been identifying the characteristics of high-performing teams since 2012. 2:50] Tell us about the survey of product managers you’ve done since 2012. 2:50] Tell us about the survey of product managers you’ve done since 2012.

Book Review: “Badass: Making Users Awesome”

Folding Burritos

You can get a taste of the book by watching these talks by Kathy at Business of Software in 2012 and 2013. Kathy Sierra’s latest book is a must-read for any product person.

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#mtpcon comes to Singapore in 2019!

Mind the Product

In 2012 we wanted to connect all those communities and share even bigger lessons, so we started a conference in London. Mind the Product started with a simple premise – that by coming together as a community we can all learn from each other, become better product managers, and improve our craft. We started with just 25 people in the back room of a London pub, but have quickly grown that product community to over 155 cities around the world.

Zapier CEO Wade Foster on Scaling a Remote Company (in a Pandemic)

Business of Software Conference

Although Zapier raised $1 million in seed funding in 2012 after graduating from Y Combinator they’ve taken no further investment since then — partly because they were told that while the idea was “nice”, it was never going to be big enough.

Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

bpma ProductHub

June 2, 2012. Contributed by Ellen Gottesdiener and Jeff Sutherland. Deliver Value Sooner. Backlog refinement prepares your backlog for development. Investing in doing this well helps you deliver sooner, can double your productivity, and builds strong collaboration—the backbone of high performance teams. We find that Product Owners and development teams need advanced skills and training in backlog refinement.

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Pong's perfect game design

Imaginary Cloud - Design

For instance, take a good look at the video above, showing London 2012: The Official Video Game , published by Sega in 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What does London 2012 has that Pong doesn't? While answering to the challenge design a functional table tennis videogame , London 2012 moved past functionality and made a mess out of something that was supposed to be simple.

What Can You Expect From Today’s Customer Analytics Landscape?


Founded in 2012, Amplitude is one of the big players in Customer Analytics. Another player in the Customer Analytics space, Heap was founded in 2012. Experts predict the Customer Analytics market will top $24 billion by 2025.

The Outstanding Speakers at #mtpcon San Francisco 2019

Mind the Product

He was the VP of Product at blogging platform Six Apart, created new media properties and influential content creators as VP Artist Development at Say Media, and then led Product and Design at Twitter from 2012 to 2014. He was the VP Product at Runkeeper and Instacart before joining Slack in 2012 where he now leads its efforts around growth, adoption, retention, and administration. Mind the Product returns to San Francisco and the famous Davies Symphony Hall on July 15-16.

Product Management History: The Nineties, The Noughties, and Beyond

The Product Coalition

2012: Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the most used web browser ?? 2012: SpaceX’s Dragon became the first private commercial spacecraft to reach the International Space Station ??