The teams you’ll find and the strategies they can use to succeed

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Polaroids from a Hackday at SalesforceIQ

I’ve had the good or bad fortune to have worked for several startups or startup-like teams within larger companies. Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how these teams pan out, what obstacles they face, and some strategies for their success.

My first encounter with this type of environment was at Microsoft, where I somehow ended up working with what I believe to have been one of the best design teams at the company. We were a small design studio within the Bing division, working on…


How to create a brand that matters

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is internally known as Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (MKA)

Four years ago, I received a call from the president of an organization now known by the name of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), Dr. Bilal Rana. I knew Bilal from a project that I’d helped with years before, and we occasionally ran into each other through mutual friends.

Bilal knew that I was a creative person, of some sort or another, and he was looking for fresh ideas to help kick start the organization he now led, and to help it achieve its goals. As with any consultation, I started with the basic question: “What is your organization’s…


Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

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When I joined Samsung on a startup within the Visual Display division, one of the main things that attracted me to the opportunity was the chance to join early and build a team from the ground up. Over my tenure at Samsung I had the privilege of doing just that. I interviewed people across different disciplines and ended up growing a small design team of three.

The process of interviewing candidates was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my career. I found it fascinating to see how different people approached similar problems and I…


Examining the Deeper Motives of a Sporadic Amateur Writer

I think I have always enjoyed writing. I guess it kind of runs in my family. When I was young, my father used to read me entries out of his father’s journal. I remember how vividly I could see my grandfather’s world through his writing. My father helped translate and publish books from Urdu to English. My sister graduated with a bachelor’s in English and always wrote poetry.

But I don’t think that’s really the reason I decided to start writing. Sure, I can sit here and say it was because I wanted to contribute my two cents back to…


Fostering an Environment of Growth

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Social events aren’t just optional, they are essential to creating a good culture by viewing colleagues as friends & humans.

I’ve been working in the industry for a while now, and in that time I have had the opportunity to work for and with some amazing people — as well as some that were not so great. I feel most fortunate to have had the chance to experience the process of interviewing, hiring, and growing a team in a dynamic startup environment, so early in my career.

As a founder [at Samsung], I was uniquely positioned to help craft our team culture and create an environment that bred creativity and inspiration. In fact, we all were really excited about the…


Demystifying and Integrating Design Within a Non-Design Organization

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In my career, I have spent a lot of time working with people who are not design oriented. If you’re not a designer, chances are, it all looks like magic. In go some vague thoughts and ideas and out comes a design. I believe that all design must have a logical and defendable explanation behind it; otherwise it’s not design, it’s art.

Over the past couple of years, I have worked under extreme deadlines and ever-changing conditions. I found myself asking, “How do I, as a designer, fit into an environment that produces a real and operational product?” …

Mohsin Amjed

Product Designer with a background in Human Psychology working at Salesforce UX.

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