Stack Ranking – it doesn’t have to be evil


There is plenty of coverage in social media now on the infamous concept of stack ranking . And honestly it took me by surprise . I thought I will post couple of thoughts here . Poorly implemented stack ranking is just horrible and should be avoided at all costs. But my position is that some…

Don’t be a jerk


Recently, I had a very interesting conversation with some old friends, some of whom were my past managers and some that worked for me. The question came up as to “if there is only one thing that you can suggest to someone to be more successful as a leader, what would be it?”. There were…

Some Hindi Songs Were Created For Software Industry


Common man loves these songs for their music , romantic nature and a million other reasons – and that included me till 2 days ago . I was on a flight from NY to NE early in the morning , and my iPhone chose to play me some Hindi songs . And probably because I…

Who checks the checkers of the double checkers ?


There are three things that ruin good companies the most (in my personal opinion, that is ), or at a minimum they stand in the way of them becoming great companies . 1 hierarchy In all the companies I have worked for , there have been steep hierarchies . There was just one exception and…

Tear Down These Data Walls Please!


As always , just my personal views here – nothing official about it . The world of data is roughly split into two – preparation of data (master data management, cleansing, quality, integration etc) AND use of data (Analytics , transactions etc ). I think one of the biggest reasons that companies never get a…

As long as you don’t insult my intelligence :


First – 6 weeks away from blogging was great . I am very grateful to all of you who encouraged me to start blogging again . I stopped blogging rather abruptly – after reading my posts this year, I couldn’t think of a reason why anyone would want to read most of what I post….