In one of my earlier blogs, I talked about the 4 key ingredients of enjoying work:

  1. Shipping Customer Value
  2. Shipping Business Value
  3. Learning
  4. Team / Culture

Today I wanted to talk about Culture. Especially what happens when culture goes bad.

Simply put, work culture is collective behavior of people. In other words, given a situation, how would most of the members of a team or an organization behave. Each individual has his or her own belief system, values, rationales and that is what makes us as a whole. Our beliefs and values also shape how we react to different situations in our life. Work culture however, is the common value system that serves as a beacon for all individuals in case of ambiguity. …


For those of you who are Avengers fans, you would remember the movie Iron Man (2008). You may also remember Mark 1, the first suit that the millionaire maverick Tony Stark built for himself.

The purpose of this blog is to help explain how to write a functional spec. The product we will keep in focus is Tony Stark’s first Iron Man suit, Mark 1.

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What is a functional specification?

A functional specification as the name suggests is a document that describes the functionality of the application. It helps the engineering team to understand how the user will use the application, product, or feature. …


Being vulnerable is not easy. It is even tougher to be vulnerable at work. Being vulnerable in front of your colleagues, managers, friends at work could be daunting. A while back, one of my colleagues expressed extreme discomfort to share her vulnerabilities with her manager. And I could relate to this feeling. At times, I am very uncomfortable talking about my vulnerabilities while, on other occasions, I am very comfortable being vulnerable with people whom I trust.

So, what is the science behind vulnerability? Why being “vulnerable” is so undervalued? …


Product Management is a profession, a mindset, an art, and a science. And this art, science, & mindset can be developed. There are certain traits that successful product managers exhibit. These are also the traits that an interviewer expects from a candidate who is appearing for a product management interview.

You can read this post as common mistakes that one makes in a product management interview or the mindset and traits of a successful product manager.

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1. Solution Bias

This is the #1 mistake that folks who are not conversant with problem solving may make. Simply put, solution bias is about jumping to a solution when asked a problem. For example, as soon as an interviewer asks to build a ride hailing application, one may fall into the trap of building another Uber or Ola. …


Leaders are not born, they are made. If you have the right mindset, you can learn traits of leadership. Here are few habits of leaders that I have observed over the years. Some of these traits are essential to succeed as a product manager as well.

1. Be self-aware.

As a leader you need to be self-aware. You should be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, biases, wants, and needs.

I realized that as a product manager, self-awareness is a constant and unending quest. Earlier in my career, I was extremely solution biased where I would often find myself arguing with others over the solutions that I had proposed. …


Have you ever questioned whether you are in the right project? Do you feel like you need to move to another product or project and are wondering how to evaluate another team? The answer to the above questions may not be very straight forward and will depend on several factors. But here is a simple framework that I wish to offer that can help you to make the right decision.

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There are primarily 4 criteria that you should consider, while reflecting on the work that you are doing or while switching to a new product:

1. The customer value — What is the value that your customers derive from the work that you and your team is…


If you are a product manager and still contemplating having a social media presence for work, then you are just blog away to make an impact. My intent is that at the end of this post, you find few effective ways to make the most out of your social media presence.

All of what I write is based on my personal experience and use of twitter and LinkedIn.

The underlying need to be on social media is to serve the community and learn from it.

1. Find a community

Step 1 for social media for product management is finding the right communities that you wish to serve or learn from. You can subscribe to various relevant communities that could constitute your potential customers or interests. …


These are some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding product management from non product managers.

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This is a small attempt to answer some of those questions :

Question 1

What is product management?

Product management is all about building products. The work associated with product management is both strategic and tactical.

  • Building a product strategy to understand the markets and customers that the product shoud serve
  • Identifying the personas, competition, market conditions, go to market strategy etc.
  • Defining the product roadmap i.e. what & by when the product team will build
  • Being the conduit between various desciplines such as engineering teams, sales, marketing, legal, user design, user research, support, partner teams etc. …


So, you have few days left for your product management interview. This is the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy. Don’t fret much about anything now. This is the time to breathe deep, relax, and enjoy the process.

While you practice your relaxation techniques there are few last-minute preparations to do before you have your rendezvous with your interviewer.

There are 4 things you need to focus on just before the interview:

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Know the Company


There has been a steady increase in the number of product management aspirants. The interest levels in building a product is at an all-time high and this journey of a product manager starts with a resume. I am also observing a trend where good candidates are not getting a chance for their first interview because their resume was not shortlisted. This is a loss for the candidate as well as the organization trying to hire. …

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