I still remember my first internship as a web developer. The summer after my freshman year, I entered the office of an Indian unicorn laptop in hand, ready to code and change the world.
I had just finalized my major as Computer Science and I was excited to apply and learn all the skills I could during this internship. Eventually hoping to transition into the hot fields of AI or Big data. But within two weeks, I realized this was not the role for me. I did not have the passion or discipline to pursue a role as a developer.
10 pieces of advice to ace the starting point of your career!
So LinkedIn reminded me that it was my two-year work anniversary at Rakuten this week.
Product Management at Rakuten was my first full-time job and also my first foray into a large organization. Over these 2 years, there have been a lot of realizations, mistakes, conversations, and successes, and it got me reflecting.
This month, many fresh grads will be starting new careers, so these are the 10 points of advice I would give them.
Caveat — A lot of it is specific to medium or large organizations…
If you liked The Martian, you will definitely love this.
Andy Weir did it again. You have probably watched the movie The Martian, the basic premise was about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars, and is able to grow potatoes to sustain until a very interesting turn of events leads to his rescue. (Sorry I should have mentioned spoilers).
I had seen the movie when it came out in 2015, but I only got around to read the book last year, and it was a delightful read.
So when my friend told me that he wrote another book…
So I recently read a book very interestingly titled Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley.
Well, read is an understatement. I devoured it.
From the minute I started reading it, I was sucked into the narrative. …
Use technology the right way to save lost time and reduce mental stress.
Hi everyone, in my last post I talked about how it is important to have a goal-oriented mindset to be able to make good use of your time and become focused and productive. If you didn't already read it, check it out here.
Are you motivated to go ahead and crush those goals? Yes? Great!
But achieving the flow state is very difficult with the sheer amount of noise and distractions we have in our lives. …
Hello there! It’s been a while since I wrote my last post. And that’s because I have been keeping busy. Really really busy. Along with my busy but fun full-time job, I started producing music (a bit more seriously), established a product+innovation community within my company and also restarting the one in Tokyo, and also joined an amazing social startup as a part-time volunteer.
But one thing I’m really excited about right now is that I also just released a new app that I worked on with my friends as a side project.
It's called Encore, and we just hit…
Here is the third and final part of my PM toolkit series.
If you are reading this, I am assuming that you have already read the earlier parts of this series. If you haven't you can check them out here
If not, then check it out first here! You can also come back to it after reading the rest of this article.
So let's round out the final three skills I mentioned in this diagram —
These final three skills focus on the management aspect of the role. Let’s look into why —
Hello again! If you have been reading my previous posts, you are probably familiar with the Venn diagram I created to give a clear understanding of the different aspects and skills a PM focuses on in their role.
In my last article, I outlined three skills from the Effective Communication X User Empathy intersection.
Today let’s talk about Product Vision x User Empathy
Here is a quick reminder of the diagram we are referring to.
In my last post describing What Product Management Is, I introduced a graphic that helped me put my definition of a PM in a comprehensible way.
I talked about each of the major skill categories as well, but now its time to drill down into all the sub-skills. This will give you an interesting insight into the different jobs a PM does on a day-to-day basis.
Here is it again to refresh your memory. And today I want to focus on the Effective Communication X User Empathy intersection in detail. There are three skills that I thought were important. …
In my last posts, I have been talking a lot about Product Management,
Then I spoke about some myths and misconceptions about this role that I have read or heard from people.
But I’m sure the question here still is… What exactly is Product Management?
So let’s talk about it —
Marty Cagan in his book Inspired (the bibles for PM and Agile) describes a PM at the simplest level.
“He or she is responsible for evaluating opportunities and determining…