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One of my ex-colleagues left her job to move to a new organization in Feb 2020. She worked in her new workplace for one month before the world shut down. Just like everyone, her entire organization shifted to remote. A few weeks into the lockdown, I called her to catch up. We talked about random things and she told me that she badly missed Quovantis– the people, the culture, and the feeling of oneness.

It wasn’t that her current organization didn’t have a good culture. No. In fact, she was happy in her new role. Her peers were friendly, the…


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Jiro Ono, the world’s greatest sushi chef, has an interesting story. When he was 9, he left home to learn to make sushi. Jiro now owns a world famous sushi counter near the entrance to the Ginza metro station in Japan. He is 94 years old and continues to work on his sushi making skills, one day at a time.

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert cartoons has a similar story. He started making the four-strip cartoons in 1989 and has made more than 9,000 since then. …


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A few months into their new position, engineering managers start agonizing how they hardly get time to do any technical work. They feel they would become redundant if they don’t start contributing in the technical areas.

If you’re going through the same phase —

a) Please know that you’re not alone,

b) Understand what has changed.

Follow the link to read the full story on our Medium Publication.

Our story talks about the equation that Andy Grove gave in his book High Output Management.

A manager’s output = The output of his team + The output of the neighboring teams under his influence


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Matthew Broderick had nearly 30 years of experience as a veteran of Vietnam and Somalia and was a retired Marine brigadier general. Based on his experience, he was appointed as the chief of the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC). In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina arrived, he was the man-in-charge. When the reports of severe flooding caused by Katrina started pouring in, he relied on his expert judgement and didn’t take any immediate actions. “One of the jobs of HSOC is to not overreact, not get hysterical and get the facts. If the city’s levee system was seriously breached and couldn’t…


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A new designer joined our team recently, and we onboarded her through Google Hangouts. Whenever a new designer joins us, I feel a certain rush of excitement. The sparkle in their eyes; the glitter of enthusiasm with a hint of nervousness, makes my heart splutter as it reminds me of the days when I had begun my career in design.

Prior to being a designer, I worked as a developer for nearly a decade. I found the design career fascinating so I decided to pursue it.

Lucky for me, I got a leader who supported me immensely throughout my journey…


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Have you ever made a string telephone as a child? The one that uses two paper cups at the ends and is joined by a string? It’s a science activity that every child/parent does. A while ago, it struck me that engineering and design teams are like the two kids who are at the end of this paper-cup telephone– solving problems, observing, experimenting, collaborating, failing and succeeding together to make a lovable product.

Just like building a good string telephone requires a taut string between the two cups, in the same way, building a delightful product also requires good rapport…


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The first time I heard about work-life (im)balance was when one of my friends lost her calm because her approved leaves got cancelled for an ‘urgent’ deployment. She vented out her feelings about how her workplace was sucking the life out of her personal relationships. I didn’t have anything to advise her, so I patiently heard her rant. After she was done, we said goodbye and everything was back to normal again.

Until the day I found myself in a similar situation. My mother was suffering from varicose veins for a long time. I had applied for a few days…


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My lockdown birthday went without much hullabaloo at home. It was a low-key family whatsapp-call marathon kind of a day and I enjoyed spending time at home. On the contrary, my birthday was a big affair for my team. It was a regular Monday evening at work and I was about to sign off for the day when I received a message from my team to join a hangout session. I asked them what for? And they replied that it’s something urgent. “Just hop on to the call”, they said.

When I joined in, everyone started singing birthday songs, wishing…


We’re living in an age where data is the most precious thing. Data has the power to distort or empower people’s perception and individual decision making capabilities. As a UX designer, it’s on us to design applications that convey the right kind of data in the right way to help make correct decisions.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte is a book that talks about the same thing. Jeff Hale shared an interesting story in his book review.

“A good chart can inspire action. Early epidemiologist John Snow’s 1854 map with data appears to have saved many…


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A lot of people want to improve their health, wellness, and appearance by losing weight. However, a lot of weight loss programs are based on fad diets which promise dramatic outcomes, but typically deliver only temporary results.

The reason why such stylish diets don’t work is because people are disconnected from the science of food and nutrition. They try something, it works for a while before the restrictions imposed on their favorite food starts draining them. They often get tired of limiting their food choices and start gaining weight again.

However, if people are empowered with the right education about…

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