Why I love LinkedIn

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I didn’t say that to grab attention – scouts honor!

LinkedIn has enabled me to make tremendous progress on my current project to chronicle the lives of the pioneering women students of my Alma mater – College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, India. I hope the stories will encourage more girls to study engineering & science, enter the work force and be equal partners with men in shaping the future of the world, not just in India, but across the globe. My plan is to periodically post their stories, and eventually gather them for a book. I expect there are about 30 or so such stories to write, and every day I am making a little progress.

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Hiring a Software Product Manager? Tell the candidates where you are in the Product Life Cycle

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Product Management 101 tells you it is all about managing the market oriented product life cycle. (A typical Product Management 101 slide deck can be found here )


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Pledge like a Toastmasters’ Club – Benefit of rituals in the workplace

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Wikipedia explains “ritual thus: “A ritual ‘is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence’. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.”

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360-degree assessment & a great coach helped me achieve career growth

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I was a director of engineering in Consilium in the 1990’s when my manager told me something that I did not want to hear.  In the annual performance review, under Opportunity for Improvement, he said:

“Patience – In past years Shantha was quick to show displeasure with those who did not meet her high standards, including herself. Shantha has made excellent progress in controlling her feelings but at times allows her frustration to get the better of her.”

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Bold, Social,Sustainable

bold social sustainableThis past weekend I read the book BOLD by Diamandis and Kotler (February 2015). In the prequel to BOLD Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, four formidable emerging forces—exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, technophilanthropists and the rising billion were discussed as reasons why we would be able to solve the biggest challenges facing the world today. BOLD first talks about the strategies to make it happen by presenting the exponential technologies of today such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology.

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In the year 2525….

technology-2025795_1920Another favorite song from my youth (see this article for the other song) was In the year 2525 by Zager and Evans, which was a great hit in 1969. It made the book listing 52 most depressing songs, for those of you who love trivia.

In two years it will be the 50th anniversary of this hit, and I thought it would be fun to see where we are today and where we are predicted to be heading (OK, so I couldn’t wait another two years to do this, since the thought struck me yesterday as my playlist presented it to me).

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Amazon’s recent outage & importance of root cause

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The past week, headlines buzzed about how AWS outage was caused by human error and what Amazon was doing to address it.

There is one important fact that Amazon published in its Summary of the Amazon S3 Service Disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region that caught my attention.

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