Hobo Vijayasankar – 12/31/2009 to 2/21/2020


Hobo joined our family on our daughter Shreya’s fourth birthday when he was about 8 weeks old . We picked him up after her birthday party from his breeder Marci Sale’s house in Gilbert . He rode back home on Dhanya’s lap and I remember him squirming the entire way back. Sitting still was notContinue reading “Hobo Vijayasankar – 12/31/2009 to 2/21/2020”

Are Finance and Operations people evil and clueless ?


There are probably very few people in the corporate world who haven’t had this thought at some point in their careers – and it probably is the primary belief system of many line executives . I used to be one of them – and from time to time, I still slip into that mindset –Continue reading “Are Finance and Operations people evil and clueless ?”

Balancing the focus on outcomes and enjoying the process


I have been a coffee drinker from the time I was a five year old . I grew up with my paternal grandparents ( Dad and mom stayed in a distant town where the factory he worked for was situated and that place didn’t have good schools ) who were both coffee drinkers and IContinue reading “Balancing the focus on outcomes and enjoying the process”

Watching the second CEO transition at IBM


Yesterday evening I had just finished a conference call when my phone lit up with slack messages , WhatsApp messages and calls all together about Arvind Krishna being appointed as our new CEO . Obviously a big moment for all of us . This is the second time I have watched a CEO transition here,Continue reading “Watching the second CEO transition at IBM”

What the heck is strategy ?


I don’t know what is more difficult to get consensus on a definition – “meaning of life” or “strategy” . And I am only partly kidding here 🙂 Vast majority of the literature and talks on strategy are about what it is not , as opposed to what it really is . This was trueContinue reading “What the heck is strategy ?”

Nuking code and starting over – revisited


I had an extensive debate recently on why monoliths are not universally such a terrible idea, where a young developer told me “Most of the code you would have written in your time as a developer is now what we call legacy code” . I don’t blame the young man for thinking “legacy = bad”.Continue reading “Nuking code and starting over – revisited”

Three snippets from my year end conversations


As 2019 is heading to its last few weeks, I had a chance to catch up with a lot of friends, mentees and my own mentors and also take some time to reflect how things worked out for me this year . The consultant in me immediately started grouping and classifying the common themes, applyContinue reading “Three snippets from my year end conversations”