Tag Archives: organization structure

Growth Crisis of Indian IT-Part1: How Product Management Function Can Save Careers and Business

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Indian IT: Growth & Innovation Crisis

Crisis of R&D Service: You probably know this already. There is a set of organizations which provide services in IT, Engineering and R&D.  This article is about the crisis they are facing today. In particular – about these organizations in India which started booming in late 1990s.  And how they can re-invent. These R&D organizations fall into… Read More »

Grooming Technical Specialist to Technical Lead: 5 Critical Factors for Successful Role Transition

As a manager, how do you define the most valuable technical member in your team? He is Quite hardworking Is a specialist in his area of expertise Keen on learning new topics around technology and the domain Very hands on Customers like him You are highly depending upon him So far so good. Within no… Read More »

Job Design: 10 Questions to Answer Before Creating New Role

In organizations, every day new roles are created and not so effective ones are removed. In the process, lot of times, bad roles are designed. This drains the organizations and often cause the organizations to go bad, lose money and perform terribly. You can avoid these, by considering the following simple check list. 1. Job… Read More »

Growth in Business: How to Reduce Stress? Structure it Better

Your organization is into few businesses. You already have set of competencies. Now suddenly the organization needs to expand into new paradigms involving very different processes and skills. Data analytics in company which had been only a low end IT service provider. Hardware competency in software company. Software skills in manufacturing SME with no prior… Read More »

Potential Next Move-Where Do You Fit? 5 Things to Do Even if You Are A Loyal Employee

Spent 10 years in one company. Had great moments together. Became expert in the domain. Also you have grown to managerial role. What If Your Company Does Not Need You? Floated Resume. But got no responses. what is wrong? For the open roles outside, you are a wrong fit. Every company’s structure is different and… Read More »

Software Release Manager: Highly Meticulous Job

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The project OVES is expected to have significant code base. It may run into 2 million lines of source code. The code developed fresh for OVES would be a fraction of this. However lot of reuse was expected from existing products. Video Editor and Tools have existed for several years. Several releases have happened in… Read More »

Lead Architect: Clarity of Technical Roles (Or Lack of It)

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The Lead Architect in this company is a rather new role. The person who is playing the role had made valuable contributions in the past in some of the products. He is very good in technology and also has deep understanding of the products. He is well networked with technical community. In the past he… Read More »

Engineering Manager: The Job of Line Management

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

After Engineering Director tasked them, the engineering managers swing into action. Consideration for the team formation: EMs know that individuals can not be perfect. But a near-perfect team can be formed considering the individual strengths, improvement areas, skills, career stage etc. The tech leaders and members need to be assigned to the project. In early… Read More »

Product Marketing Manager: The Job of Showing The Money

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

One of the key jobs of the product manager is to make the business case. She is passionate about a new service OVES. She has put in lot of effort to understand similar services, upcoming ones in market, think of differentiating features, estimating revenue potential and so on. For the project, she is going to do… Read More »

The project OVES

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Let us talk about the project OVES being executed in ‘Polar Light’ stated in this post. There is browser based video editor. If you access your account in polar lights site, you will get to the editor. And you can install tools on your laptop if you want. Hidden in this process is the cloud… Read More »

Org Structure Casestudy: A Technology Company

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The organization chart: This is an imaginary company – PolarLight Inc. The company is into video based products and services. It has many products and services. It has many sets of products. The products are sold as individual products. They are also sold as group of multiple products together as solutions. The org chart shows:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: The Intended Audience

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

As I mentioned this is to bring clarity to the life of middle management professional under any title. There are many issues faced only at middle management level. There are many universal issues across geographies and industries. There are issues specific to industry, career stage and geography. I hope to trigger thoughts and get insights from:… Read More »