Archive for December 18th, 2006

Outsourcing Product Development – Metrics and Research Issues

With internet being taken as a reliable medium for knowledge discovery. More and more people are relying on internet to do research to understand customers requirement and define frameworks and metrics for the product. Possible reasons given #They are not re-inventing the wheel just optimizing it. Hence need to just farther the knowledge and understand what is available in market

# Internet allows them to discover knowledge related to the product they wish to built published by domain experts.

Recently consultants of our partner based in US and our product managers were discussing issues related to a recent joint product launch. Overseeing the meeting noticed the assumptions product managers carried vs assumptions made by consultants.

Assumptions made by Product managers were based on IT functionality of product and how it incorporated the business knowledge making the flow efficient and time effective. Whereas for Consultants it was issue of functionality which was the business function made the product viable for organization. Now here both the statements make the same underlying comment for a business process automization. The important aspect is how the product manager lack of skill from the domain of implementation makes a difference in whole ball game. (Luckily overseeing helped in solving the problem here and then itself before it returned to haunt as product problem reported by client).

As a product manager the person should be able to understand IT is not the selling point its just an enabler. Its like earlier consultants would sell their time to organizations but with software’s they are making their knowledge available as a commodity for every organization to use at a fraction of the cost. Hence business functionality is the nativity to the software.  Anyway already arranged for product manager to vist onshore 3 customers to understand their businesses first hand rather than using consultants as medium would surely help in giving product manager with business vision to convert to technology product.

 

Yourmaninindia.com – Services for NRI

If you are an NRI and looking to get any minor or major task taken care in india. You can use services provided by Yourmaninindia.com people. Its a TTK group initative and they can help NRI’s with small tasks of procuring marksheets from University to birth certificate from registered place of birth. Their service would also be useful for indians too as people moving towards urban life dealing with government machinery is a time consuming task. With private organizations not willing to give long holidays to go get your marksheet or do other tasks which requires lot of running around away from work. These people can take care of those tasks.

The site has good listing of services they can provide. What is another possibility other people look at starting similar services is reverse marketplace where people can put their job request and people can reverse bid to offer the services to fullfill at price. This way millions of small time joes can help make money of their realationship skills.

Video Recruitment – Next for IT/ITES Companies in India

With Placement season around the corner. Companies are gearing up to be the first to hire at top colleges. On the other hand Colleges/Universities Placement cells are working extra hard to get more and more companies to attend their season to increase pay packages for their students.

With advent of online recruiting job portals are fighting their own battles for introduction of new techniques for improving hiring processes. Timesjob last time checked out were working on Voice Resumes. If we have voice resumes coming in why cant we have Video Interviewing setup. Example let an organization create question bank of 50 questions classified under different heads so that every head is touched in an candidates interview. Randomly 10 questions are selected for each candidate based on heads and candidates are provided 2 minutes to answer every question without option to rewind and re-think keeping them in interview mode at all times. If its expensive for companies to bring in such systems then colleges with dedicated Computer Centers should host these interview on high bandwidth network making it directly available to companies not able to visit them physically for placement.

Its a very much workable solution keeping in mind number of colleges in india and number of IT Companies.

Some international systems which could be implemented by timesjob or naukri.com are

HiruVue.com – site explains lot of the concept and how helpful it can be for companies and universities.


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