Entries as a Techie
Compilation of my thoughts of the position I'm currently doing. I've actually thought of doing this since last year but didnt really have any time to write any of my thoughts down as a draft, until today (10/03/2022).
Now, since being product guy means I (mostly) work very closely with IT guys that means i might or might not write down my takes on programming or generally IT stuff too here so don't be surprised if you read them below. Anyway, enjoy reading this!
Tweet above really captures what I think of this position and how I feel about it. It's not entirely wrong to think that wars are won by having better project manager(s) or in this case, commanders, than the other factions where the stake is the future of their entire people. Did you know that the KISS concept which is now commonly used for UX practices was first used by the US Navy for their engineers to design easily repairable planes?
What i realise after using Notion is a lot of these productivity apps follow the flow of the creators' minds since their motivation to create this app in the first place is to help them do their jobs. So I guess there cant be a perfect app. Does that make them prone to have bad UX? Maybe.
Watched that Video last night of C++ creator saying I should learn Python too, among other things. Very interesting. And I do agree that you need at least 3 or 5 languages under your belt as someone who works in tech. Now the question is do you count HTML and CSS to be languages of their own? Lmao.
I read a twitter thread on Hoon and I think it's very interesting bc first, thats how you operate Urbit, and second its data structure works like a binary tree which happens to work the same way as the way I think and perceive things. Will look into it later after I'm done with my thesis maybe.
But what exactly is Urbit? Why do I feel so interested and curious about it? Is it the esotericism behind it?
Just watched another Video about how Moore's law will become more and more obsolete as computers grow more powerful each year. The argument is that if I now have a powerful enough computer that I bought last year which doesn't require me to update the hardware to keep it up2date with my tasks, why would I wanna buy another one this year? And if more and more people realize this then I'm sure that'd fuck up some supply and demand of computers n hardwares, leading to producers spending less on RnDs each year.
But with that, then I guess you could say what Apple (and Samsung, and many other manufacturers) is doing is exactly to keep Moore's law alive. They keep producing new variants of the iPhone with only minor improvements each year just to keep the supply and demand in check because maybe thet know exactly that It's dying and...maybe this is the only way to keep it going until quantum computing is becoming a more viable solution.
But then again, why are we keeping Moore's law alive? I guess it's only good if u think that progress is an absolute good. But is it?
I wanna start learning Haskell ASAP. But I guess I'll only start after my thesis is done.
Had a convo the other day about the amount of meetings we have to attend in a day on average. Then somewhere in the convo i joked about having to start doing cocaine to keep up everyday (probably wasn't a joke tbh). Then it crossed my mind that research on stimulants among product managers (and maybe C levels) would be an interesting one to read/conduct).
Applying business canvas model, BCG, and other business analysis method as a way to navigate your career path (say, to consider which company you wanna apply) might be a viable tactic.
To explain further, you analyse businesses and companies to get a clear view on which company might thrive in its market and which wouldnt. I'm sure you, dear readers, don't wanna bet on losing dogs right? As an employee, the company's general well being is just as important as your career.
It has been 15 months since ive started being a PM and the more I do it the more I get conscious about which companies I wanna work for, that maybe aligns with my personal values or other factors, and which one I might wanna avoid down the road. It has grown to be more than just getting paid and filling up my CV with impressionable records.
Just my 2 cents.
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