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Never …

  1. Hand over an App to your client which is not tested well;
  2. Establish the expectation about who you are not, you’re not going to deliver it;
  3. Try to prove that you were RIGHT and offer supporting “facts” that don’t matter at the receiver’s end;
  4. Drink and drive;
  5. Ever underestimate the power of good UI;
  6. Do something because you feel it is right. Instead do what is right;
  7. Play while you work or work while you play;
  8. Say Die, Instead, say “Die Another Day!”;
  9. Choose any other phone over iPhone. If you don’t have an iPhone, YOU DON’T HAVE AN IPHONE! (Now this one is biased, we develop iPhone Apps  which have got thousands of users:) )
  10. Keep thinking for too long. If you want to do something for long, act!
  11. Ignore what Nicholas Bate has to say. It has value. A lot of.
  12. Never say, “Never!”

…because it is either NOW or NEVER. When it comes to getting it done, NOW is much better than NEVER.

Who Is Chief Hypnotizer In Your Team?

When creating an App, it’s apparent that a professional company will build an A-Team. The team will have:

  • Engineers who are crazy about what they produce.
  • An Architect whose  vision will make all the difference.
  • A Project Manager who will manage the development project.
  • A legal advisor who will ensure that you don’t break any copyrights, infringe patents and don’t break any other laws.
  • A finance guy who’ll own the “cost” thing and ensure that the App is ROI positive.
  • A marketing girl who knows the art of Jabs and hooks and will make the hell out of marketing the App via cross promotion channels, direct deals, social promotions and so on.

And a few more guys and gals who will do what it takes to make an A-team.

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But the question is, will they all run on their own?

Certainly not. You’ll need a Chief Hypnotizer.

Yes, Chief Hypnotizer!

Not just a get-it-done guy, or the one who’ll survive the project and will shift the ownership on someone else successfully, the one who’ll hypnotize all the A-list team members, push their limits and make an App that will be not only be loved by people, be used by them in such a way that will make the Company reach its goals.

So the question is, in your A-Team, who’s the Chief Hypnotizer? If you can’t answer it in next 10 seconds, then it is an opportunity for you to be one, no matter what other role you’re playing …

Don’t Wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

The new year has begun and we keep getting messages from almost everyone we know that they wish us Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Mechanically, we also wish a ton of people the same. The question is, have we ever given enough attention to our that act?

Perhaps no.

No?

We all know this. Out of hundreds of Happy New Year messages, only a few are really coming from the heart, rest all are coming out of just formalities.

Does formalities matter?

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To me, they don’t. So, if you don’t feel it, you don’t need to fake it.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with wishing well for someone. In fact, it is a divine act.

If the wishes are not coming from your heart, what you are giving away is your inauthentic self.

Does anyone want that?

No?

Wish me happy new year only if you mean it genuinely and it is reflection of your authentic self. I value is a lot.

Think for yourself and let’s begin a stunning 2014!

December 2013 Redux

Here are some articles I wrote in December 2013:

From My Thought Stream

On Personal Development and Self-Help

On Scrum

Total 6 articles.  +4 compared to last month.

If you don’t execute, you can’t fail!

It sounds silly when you say it that way: if you don’t execute, you can’t fail!

But naturally, it is silly. It’s the reason you’re hindering.

On the other hand, there’s no doubt that, “If you don’t execute, you are already failed.”

Not executing and not failing are exactly the same aftermath, with different words. Think for yourself.

The Absolute Right Thing

Consciously or not, everyone searches for it but only a few have figured that out: The ABSOLUTE right thing.

The problem with the absolute right thing is that you don’t know it beforehand.

That’s how the absolute right things work. They are not evident because they’re easy to discover, they’re evident because they have been figured out.

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When Rovio thought of Angry Birds, it was not the absolute right thing. They created Angry Birds and made it right.

Investing your energies to find out the right thing is a waste. Much better is to do what you believe in, take some actions, inspect the outcomes, learn from it, expand your beliefs and take some more actions.

Waiting for the absolute right thing is favorite time-pass for people who do not want to assume – or who are not capable of assuming – the ownership of their own life and make something happen.

Choose to do otherwise. Perfect world does not exist. Absolute Right Things are not ABSOLUTE RIGHT THINGS unless they are discovered to be right. A not so easy but useful distinction to have.

 

November 2013 Redux

Here are some articles I wrote in November 2013.

From My Thought Stream

On Personal Development and Self-Help

Total 2 articles.  -4 compared with last month.

What “Yes” Means

Let me ask this again: What “Yes” Means?

I trust you
I am available
I think I will make that happen
I have faith in my abilities to move ahead despite the challenges
I am the person you think I am
I have the skills you are looking for
I am the kind of person who enjoys things like this
I want to try this
I want to make love to you
I see this as the most lucrative business offer
I have got my dream job
I want to open the doors of opportunities for me (and you)
I might learn something that I should … well, maybe …

What it does not mean:
I exactly know how to get it done
I love the idea as you do, maybe more than you
I have considered EVERYTHING that may go wrong with this

and, the most important: I understand the consequences of my choice thoroughly …

Say “Yes” only when you are convinced that despite all what you don’t know, you will assume unconditional responsibility for your choice and do whatever it takes… may it be marriage, may it be business or may it be any decision.

That’s why “No” is a better default for most. What’s yours?

October 2013 Redux

October 2013, a month of challenges and good things, both. While work wise the month was fulfilling, on personal front, had to deal with theft of my macbook and experience of going digitally bankrupt… Chief learning: We know so many things, but not always put what we know in practice.  Something to improve sooner than later.

Here are some articles I wrote:

From My Thought Stream

On Personal Development and Self-Help

On Project Management

On Medium

Total 5 articles.  -1 compared with last month.

September 2013 Redux

September 2013, the month of lot of detailed oriented work. Sometimes it feels different when you have learned NOT to micromanage and you recognize a need to micromanage the things.  The question, whether to micromanage or not is not important but what you deliver at the end of the day is.

I’d say September was the month I revisited micromanagement as subject and applied the word “selective” as suffix to that. The newfound understanding suggests me that sometimes selective micromanagement has more potential to generate results than convention, macro management.

Obviously when you apply micromanagement, although selective, you don’t get much time for writing. In September 2013, I could write only a few articles:

From My Thought Stream

On Personal Development and Self-Help

On Agile / Scrum

On Project Management

On YourStory.In

 

Total 6 articles.  -4 compared with last month.