Root Cause Analysis – it needs a grain of salt


Vast amounts of time and resources are spent in the corporate world in what is called “root cause analysis” (or RCA for short). I have done my fair share – countless spreadsheets and PPT decks have been created by me too like most of you who are reading this . And from the time I…

Looking back and forward on the same day


So it’s my birthday – and my mind is oscillating furiously between being too old and not growing up fast enough . It’s a strange feeling ! the boat that my 9 year old daughter made for my birthday On one hand – I do feel rather old . I work in a company where…

IBM seems to have everything , but TIME


IBM is a good case study for balancing out everyone singing the “transformation is cool” tune . Transformation is utterly painful – almost directly proportional to the size of the company . So IBM announced its Q1 results and no surprises there – HW business is not in good health , and software and services…

We need “A teams” not “All A Players”


This is the greatest mistake that happens when we try building teams . We start out with the intention of hiring an “A team” – and pretty soon it magically transforms into a hunt for “A players” . It took me a long while to realize it’s not the same – and often hiring all…

Education is the key for unity in diversity in India


It is parliament election season in India now . The country is so vast and infrastructure hasn’t caught up yet – so elections have to be held over several weeks in a phased manner . Whichever way I look at it – a coalition government is bound to rule India for the next term ….

What on earth does VP of Global Channel at MongoDB mean ?


Ever since I announced I got a job at MongoDB , the question that I got the most has been “what does a VP of global channels do ?” I grew up as a technologist – not as a business development / channel person. And apart from engineering , I have been a successful sales…

First impressions about MongoDB


After spending two days at MongoDB – I am pretty happily convinced that my instincts about both the company and the product were not off base . It’s just very different from what I am used to . Although I was hired to run the global channels organization here , I am an engineer first…