Archive for June, 2014

Scrum reading list… Mike Cohn

June 26, 2014
  1. Agile and Iterative Development: A Managers Guide by Craig Larman
  2. Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
  3. Agile Project Managementwith Scrum by Ken Schwaber
  4. Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen
  5. Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith
  6. Agile Software Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle
  7. Scrum and The Enterprise by Ken Schwaber
  8. Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn
  9. User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn

YouTube video on Copyright content!

June 23, 2014

Introduction to Finance by Gautam Kaul, Univ. of Michigan | Notes

June 20, 2014

Registered for the class a week or so later, which is offered for the 2nd time starting 2014. Gautam is an interesting personality.

  1. Present Value, Future Value and Payment
  2. Think of the scenario, if interest is compounded monthly / daily instead of yearly!


Philosophical and other interesting comments!

  • Believe pre-requisites are for those who aren’t curious
  • Life is a serious of events, and taking advantages of them.
  • Finance forces you to think forward.
  • Albert Einstein: Compound Interest is the greatest force on earth.
  • Economics is the mother of Finance

What do Data Scientists do?

June 12, 2014

Jeff Leek, John Hopkins University share the following activities in Coursera’ Data Scientist’s Tools box.

  1. Define the Question
  2. Define the ideal Data set
  3. Determine what data you can access
  4. Obtain Data
  5. Clean data
  6. Exploratory data analysis
  7. Statistical modeling
  8. Interpret results
  9. Challenge Results
  10. Synthesize / write-up results
  11. Create reproducible code
  12. Distribute results

Some Data Scientists according to him: Nate Silver, Daryl Morey, Hilary Mason

Steve Jobs Stanford Speech, 2005…

June 9, 2014

An inspiring speech by Steve Jobs on 12-June-2015 to the Commencement students of Stanford University. I go back to this speech at times, when I feel little vacuum in professional work / life!

Steve Jobs mentions 3 stories in the speech, which I have gone back few times in my career.

(a) Connecting the dots – While he uses the technology example and that it is easier to do it retrospectively, leaders’ challenge is to connect into the future! Even if Apple had Jonathan Ive, we need leaders who will allow such people the time to focus and keep doing the right things; resolve dependencies in finance, manufacturing, SW etc; market compulsions to deliver every quarter. Steve has been successful earlier as well at Apple, Pixar and NeXT. When he returned to Apple it had 300 products, he cut it down to low 2 digits to focus!

(b) Love and Loss – Work occupies a large part of our life and atleast in my case of project based organizations, end up working with a large % of new people every 2 years. Find great work, if you haven’t – keep looking, don’t settle. However, the challenge is not many of us can walk away into what we like quickly – the same applies to each of creative leadership team at Apple. Hence the leader’s job is to unite this group that the best is to yet come and towards a common goal.
Haven’t we heard of brighter people, who didn’t make it? (e.g Larry Page refers to Nikola Tesla as a brilliant inventor who died in poverty and he / Google wants to be an Edison and not Tesla).

(c) Death – Death is a great equalizer and looking into the mirror each morning and leaving as it is your last – giving the best. We see death every day around us, we age ourselves but how many of us really can convince ourselves @EOD that we have given the best each day that day? (Office politics, running for chores, our own energy levels after the beer last night, broken relationships etc.)

For such kind of people like Steve Jobs (he led), Jonathan Ive (he created) and Tim Cook (he executed) come occasionally, rise our levels and move on. Their way of doing things working together inspire us for long – rather than just one of them.

Ref: YouTube is available at lecture at You can jump to 7:35, if you would like to skip introduction,
The text is available at

Their Professional Networks helped 42% people find their last Jobs!

June 9, 2014

According to a poll conducted by David Winter and Laura Brammar in their Coursera course “Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills” in May, 2014, 42% of 2796 people found their last jobs through their Professional Network. Vacancy sites came a distant 2nd at 16% and Company websites at 10%.

Polish your LinkedIn profile and stay in touch with now distant ex-colleagues and friends!

Poll Results on how 2750 people found their Last job (May 2013)