This essay is not going to be about the Covid-19 and how it has turned the whole year upside down. A lot of that has already been said elsewhere, and I do not want to be the one to raise any more anxiety than what has already been by the media and politicians around the world. I want to share what I observed working remotely in this environment with amazing people that were as motivated and excited to contribute as they were in the previous years. …


Photo Credit : “We’re better when we’re united” by Clay Banks

The first edition of the HumansConf was a positive surprise to the organizing team. We could not have imagined a better outcome. The Covid-19 had made a dent in our plans earlier in the year as we had planned an offline event near Frankfurt at a beautiful venue. The event was supposed to be an immersive experience with participants taking over the hotel and event space allowing serendipitous conversation and insights. While we could not have predicted how the world would change in November 2019 when the organizing team kicked off the preparation, the outcome from the online version satisfied…


I had this recurring conversation with my friends, and often it goes into deep reflection about our past, especially during the time we were in University or even earlier during high school.

How we would have evolved as software engineers, if we had spent more time learning about humans rather than just learning about computers ?

When I was growing up as a kid in India in early 90s, I was fortunate to have been introduced to the world of computers by my parents. It was love at first sight. I fought and argued to get more “computer” time, and…


I was recently fortunate to hear Marty Cagan talk at Berlin about creating empowered teams. Empowerment is a super power, and is often abused and beaten around during conversations, leading to its cliched status. Marty acknowledged this rightly, when he started the talk by saying that this is not his favourite topic to talk about. In this article, I will attempt to cover as much ground as possible with insights and key learning from Marty’s talk, that will hopefully leave you with inspiration to go make this happen at work.

We start with the basics. What are the techniques of…


My thoughts on managing logs for a Container based environment

A log platform is essential when considering the adoption of containers. The ephemeral nature of containers and the need for creating lightweight container images that must disallow non-related process to co-exist in the same instance, insists on having a usable log platform. There are many go-to solutions that are offered today in the market. Some of them are SaaS-based like Logg.ly, Sematext and some can be hosted in-premise like ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) stack, Splunk and others. The choice among these is beyond the context of this article. …


The modern Information-oriented world has more data for us to consume, but less time to digest and make useful sense. Let us look at what a modern person, say a regular knowledge worker (in the technology domain) has to Know.

I am sure there are sources of “Knowledge” that I have NOT accounted in above diagram. All these sources are constantly growing, evolving to reach out to us in newer ways : phone, email, text message, chat message, web searches, Twitter feeds, Snapchats, Facebook feed, television (or what is left of it), Slack updates etc. This breeds information anxiety, a…


This happens quite often in the life of an organisation. New plateaus emerge, technologies become outdated, and the growing ball of mud becomes too big to endure. Technology teams become fascinated with the prospect of playing with new shiny things, some desperately trying to add new skills to their resume on the excuse of making “radical” changes, while others dumbstruck with the plethora of choices in front of them. Half baked understanding leads to shallow inferences, that often get propagated to the “real” decision makers. Meetings, after meetings, often mixed with a hint of “consultants” and “industry-pundits” become the immediate…


Breaking the Chasm : Entrepreneurs Day out at Sparklabs Demoday 6

South Korea has seen a remarkable number of startups in the recent years, breaking the myth of its working class fascinated to join and work at the chaebols, including Samsung, LG and SK.

At the recently concluded Demoday hosted by Sparklabs (Demoday 6 on 11th Dec), the audience was treated with the pitches from 9 startups that they invested in, including 2 from outside Korea.

The most exciting of all was the “NextMakers”, with their online marketplace for connecting Brands and Online Content creators. Brands have been feverishly trying…


I will attempt to uncover the real learning pointers that can be derived from Netflix via its OSS Toolset for building native Cloud applications. Part 1 of this article will cover some of the techniques and its effectiveness to any Cloud application developer.

1. Using a Cloud Provider is not same as using a hosting provider. It requires delicate planning, process and engineering efforts over a period of time. Without all this, an organisation cannot leverage all the benefits of a Cloud service.

2. Having an Agile infrastructure alone cannot solve problems if your developers have to perform too many…


K-POP in KOREa - shot by VIVEK JUNEJA

How to Wow your audience

On my pursuit to research on my next presentation on “What makes Great Presentation”, I found the web to be a zillion-gallon full of good resources on the topic. Everybody has a say on what makes a great presentation work. Thanks to what now we know as “Apple-era”. Steve Jobs has epitomized the fact that the future belongs to the right part of your brain. Not that the left is not required, but its not the only one. For people unaware of what the previous lines meant, the truth stands : Logic is not enough, Creativity is the next frontier…

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