Friday, March 26, 2010

Lessons

Having spent some good number of years in the IT industry on the technical side, I understand this side of the industry now. Being here and keeping my eyes open has helped me get the rhythm of this industry! I have not made it in life already that time now to start a book. But I have never hesitated from sharing what I have learnt. Lessons were many and upon “public” request, I am sharing some. :)

Ask for it: If you want it, work towards it. But at the same time express the desire to have it. Make your bosses aware that you are aspiring for it. Say it.

Value yourself: Open your eyes to the fact that there are a lot of people making mistakes and while it is great to be passionate about winning, don’t hold yourself always responsible if you do not win as beautifully as you would have wanted; or even if you did not win at all. (Unless you are sure you screwed the entire thing :) )

Don’t think you are indispensable: Anyone and everyone can be replaced. Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple and Apple survived. Vivek Paul moved out of Wipro and nothing (apparently) changed. Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev retired and Indian Team survived. Who do you think you are?

Death is near if you do not know how to survive: Software goes obsolete, hardware goes obsolete, and humans are no different. Till no one notices, you are like a chewing gum which is in the mouth for over two hours. Sugar gone, flavor gone. The moment one pays attention, you will be out in the big black plastic bag. It is important to keep learning. Or be ready to land in the big black plastic bag.

Learn to ignore: Some jargons used in industry are insensitive but are cool you know. So if you are being addressed as a Resource, or you are the Body that is getting shopped, close your eyes to it. These are harmless words and someone is feeling good and in vogue mouthing these. Some people are not even aware that this may sound insensitive and they utter it because what’s the problem – everyone says it. Let the ignorant be happy.

Humility is a boon: Never forget it at home. You will always perhaps be noticed but never be respected if you are not humble. Don’t demand respect, command respect.

Growth: Please be logical. Just because you are the best coder around does not mean you are ready to lead the team. There may be someone who is not as good a coder, but is extremely meticulous in his work and has a good knowledge of process too. Why should a not-so-good-coder code and the good coder lead? Leading does not meaning writing good code. Have you heard of the Rabbit story? Get it here.

More some other time.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Baba

Baba, my granddad. I never saw him. When I was at an age I started asking questions, I found myself getting drawn to his portrait in my room. The stories that I heard about him, from Amma (my grandmom) or my Dad and Mom always infused tremendous respect in me for him. As a child when I asked them where he was, I was told that he had gone to Himalayas to meditate, to worship. No one though added the next line that I somehow added in my head – that he will come back some day. And when I reached an age where I started understanding what a garland on a picture meant, I could not believe that his picture had a garland. I wanted to meet him. For me he was the most affectionate most understanding man. I wanted to meet him, even if it meant a long wait. In my child thoughts about how people always misunderstood me, I knew he knows it all. I found him always looking at me from his picture, and he had a slight smile. This was almost reassuring that he understood me and loved me. I had this belief that he will return some day. I trusted his wisdom to know me and understand me and never misinterpret me. I wish I never had that wisdom to understand he was gone forever, and that he would never return. I wanted to meet him so much. He was my favorite.