Board

Whiteboard, not the board of directors.

My company, The Mavericks, is a One Person Company – meaning I am the sole dictator…err…director. It cannot yet bring in investors, and thus, no board meetings for now.

The Board I am talking about is the classic whiteboard which meeting rooms and employee desks have. They show how active your team members are. Some personal boards have graffiti, some have thoughts for the day, in addition to the brainstorming and important ‘to remember’ points written on them. Walk into a company, and look at all the whiteboards to gauge the quality of brainpower it has.

The Mavericks is primarily a virtual company. Does it mean we will have no whiteboards? Well, in the conventional sense, no. But forming a common Google Sheet, Project Wiki, Personal Blogs (on company website) amounts to ‘whiteboarding’ as I call it. Jotting down a brainwave as soon as it occurs, for all to see and comment.

Whiteboarding is also very effective during client meetings. Scribble down important points, make impromptu brain maps and send a photo to client. This will show that you were listening, and thinking on the solution to his project idea.

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Agenda

Every startup is founded with a vision and a mission. 

However, when work starts flowing in ( in service based startups), and money is direly needed, these two things tend to become hazy. The team starts to decentralise and people work unimaginable hours outputting a product which JUST manages to satisfy the client needs.

What a startup needs is a rough but definite agenda – for every week, for every month, for every year and eventually for the broader spectrum of 5 years or decades.

The agenda chalked out should be for each team as well as individuals. Obviously, individual agenda should contribute to the team agenda.

Like in AGILE sprints, a definite deliverable outcome, complete in itself, should be defined for each employee. This way, your employees groom themselves as they work on the set team agenda.

Stress on knowing what each team member plans for himself throughout the day, week, month, year and if you are presumptuous( that he’ll stay) or magnanimous ( you care, even though he might not be working for you too long) enough – the decade.

Find employees who have a similar agenda in their life, as your startup. To grow as an individual, as the startup expands. To build a company based on knowledge, rather than hurried patches of code, which JUST meets the client expectations.

A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal

This post is originally posted on 9th April 2016.

The theme is What a startup needs!

Last year I ate certain letters. This year, I hope to complete the challenge.

I am starting a service based software development firm of my own. I have quite a few unchanneled ideas for its better functioning in my mind. Hence, I’ll be making use of the platform and momentum provided by the April A-Z Challenge to document my thoughts.

Opinion

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Sometimes, we fall prey to generalising our opinion about a country’s population as a whole. Stereotypes are okay, if spoken about in a lighter vein.

But it is wrong, when an opinion about a country’s disposition is based on the statements of a handful or one-off people – good or bad.

It is impossible to hold an an opinion about a country. An opinion can be given about an individual, a small group of people, an organization or the government. Not a country.

Mentality is of people, not of a country. No statistics can prove a 100% similarity of thoughts between all individuals of a country.

For example, a bridal magazine from the middle-east had invited opinions on whether girls should take the first step in proposing. My friend voted yes and explained her reasons. There was also a no take. I read it and re-read it -> the no take. I was amused. The post inadvertently objectified women, I thought. I was tempted to look at the nationality of the opinion holder. But then I checked myself. It was an individual opinion, and it should not colour (no pun intended) my opinion of her country.

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It would be a considerate world if everybody held an opinion about individuals/organisations/governments with whose views/actions they do not agree; not their whole country.

If you’re sharp, you’ll notice what I have tried to say between the lines.

Notes

NNotes are very important for a writer. Many times I think of an idea, expand it inside my head and then forget all about it. If I am vigilant enough to pen it down somewhere, I write down the whole story – ‘cos the notes do not leave me alone till I make a complete and tangible work out of them.

Not my type.

Here are the notes I wrote in 2012, which then developed into ‘Not my type.’ My Amazon singles short story.

IMG_0438It is surprising that I did not have these notes in front of me when I wrote Not my type. But when I read it and the notes now, I notice that I have included most of the details.

You will notice that I had the beginning and random incidences, but my story did not have life – as long as it did not have conflict. I have put a note in the margin – ‘Needs conflict and an ending.’ That is why I did not start writing it for about a year.

One fine day, I was bored and thought of writing something. I remembered the half-baked plot and started to write aimlessly. I wanted to see where the characters take me.

I was stunned at the outcome. I stopped typing only at the end of the story. It took me about 15 hours to write – excluding the meal and sleep times. The story had written itself!

That is the importance of notes and the courage to start. Had I not written the earlier points, I would not have wanted to explore the idea further.

Do take a look at ‘Not my type.’ on Amazon.

I would be very grateful if you can review it on Amazon. It is available for just $1 /INR 60.