Jugaad — a colloquial Hindi-Urdu word for the art of “making things work”.
Over the past couple of weeks, I had the chance to put the ideas in the manifesto to test, and I was happy to discover that they helped me navigate my first few weeks in the PM discipline. I doubted whether “ship” and “fail fast” are just clichés, but I realized first hand that nothing in the manifesto is a cliché. …
“A lot of village life seems to be about carrying sticks” — Observed by my Kiwi friend on his first trip to a village in South India.
This is a story about village life…
Of sugarcane, paddy fields and coconut trees
Bullock carts, bullocks on carts
Tamil music on Kannada soil
Rivers, bridges over rivers
Making wishes and throwing coins into rivers under bridges
Of cycles, cycles carrying sticks, more sticks and less people
The smell of sugarcane in the air
Eucalyptus trees, eucalyptus tinged breeze…
Open window car breeze
I can’t open my eyes kinda breeze
Breeze that knots up your hair
Breeze for the sake of…
If you can measure it, you can change it.
In my previous post, I introduced Meetr — an app I built as part of the CodePath Android bootcamp to make group scheduling easy and applied Stanford d.school’s Design Thinking framework.
Below I will apply Dave McClure’s AARRR Startup Metrics model to describe Meetr’s product marketing efforts. The 5 steps are: Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral, & Revenue.
A human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to product, service, and business design.
Design Thinking is a simple framework to use while iterating through the product development lifecycle.
To illustrate how simple it is to use this framework for your next project, I’ll apply Standford d.school’s design thinking approach to Meetr — an app I built as part of the CodePath Android bootcamp. I’ll also apply the concepts I learnt in my M.S. Software Management program at CMU Silicon Valley and at Product School.
Planning an event with friends is a chaotic experience. There are usually several email threads and messages going back and forth to try and figure out where and when to meet. Everyone is spammed by emails and messages as they try to work out the logistics. …
Over prepare, then go with the flow — Regina Brett
I put this checklist together at Product School for Meetr, a group scheduling app I built at an android bootcamp. Large parts of this checklist were put together from this very comprehensive answer on Quora and this post on Kissmetrics.
Competitive Analysis and Positioning
Design, Assets and…
Personas are a great way to capture everything you’ve learnt about your user. They represent the user types that will use your product. The key is to weave together a relatable story about who this person is and what their needs are. A persona helps you build empathy for your user. Having a persona to refer to while building your product serves as a reminder to always put the user needs first. At Product School, I learnt that you begin by making a persona that represents your largest user type, and focus on building a product for them. A persona usually has the following:
Originally published at medhaghatikesh.com.
I am a hustler. I will get shit done. I will ship. I will find a way — no ifs, no buts. I will prioritize ruthlessly. I will fail fast and learn fast. I have razor sharp focus. No excuses.
I will speak clearly and concisely. I will adapt to my audience. I won’t be afraid to say NO. I will find my voice. I will speak with presence. I will get out and talk to the people I’m building products for.
I will treat whatever I touch as a product. …
I’ve been wearing the Moto 360 I received at Google I/O for a couple of weeks now, and a lot of people have been asking me whether I like it. The truth is, I haven’t made up my mind yet, and it’s not that easy to do so either. While there are some instances where I’ve been pleasantly surprised by new kid on the block that’s found its home on my wrist, there are times when I’ve been plain annoyed by it. Anyway, here are my top 10 first impressions about the Moto 360: