Consulting – What’s that like?

It’s been about two years at my first consultancy in my decade-old career and “I’m Lovin’ It!”.

Having started my career with a bank and after working my way up the chain for almost a decade after which I thought I was done. At that point I knew I wanted to do something different. But then came along a small to mid-sized testing services consultancy. I didn’t know what to expect. What kind of clients will I have? What do I need to prepare for? How will I manage constantly changing expectations and environments?


The Indian Onsite Dream

Every indian in the IT industry has atleast once dreamt for an onsite, discussed it with their reporting managers, negotiated it with HRs, demanded it during retention meetings; and for most, they have got the opportunity as well and for some, well they’re either living in that dream or are hunting for one.


The Need for a Mobile Friendly Internet

I just activated my blog again and reviewed the vistor statistics and saw a tremendous drop from my last UI. I observed that the trend had around 80% visitors from a desktop while 20% from mobile. Out of that 80%, most were Chrome and a few IE and Firefox. The 20% visitors however only visited my main page and read my main article and left. At max, they visited my tech articles through search. So I started visiting my website from my Samsung S3 which I consider smart enough and voila – I knew what it was that made users not come back – It wasn’t mobile friendly.

Technological Evolution

So I’ve been busy and that’s what most of my friends had to say. What has kept me busy was a Marathon on Information Absorbtion.

I’ve been busy reading and studying. I usually used to invest a few hours learning and innovating at home but lately I’ve geared up for a few certifications and working on creative ideas at home helps me implement new technologies. Now this satisfies two things; the urge for doing something different apart from the daily mundane and monotonous work, and yes ofcourse the main objective; learning new technologies. My experience with technology has taught me that it changes every second; literally; and if we dont keep up ourselves, we’re outrun by new competition. I ensure that in a day I spend an hour reading about latest trends in technology and give about 2-3 hours at night working on creative projects. I love experimenting with new and different technologies, tools, frameworks, methodologies, etc which gives me an edge over my colleagues and helps me adapt easily.


Knowledge vs Presentation Skills

Well the other day I was in a presentation where I had some vendor explain the features of their product which was up for evaluation. The individual taking us through the features and technical details on the usage of the product was indeed highly knowledgeable about the product. When he started explaining the features, initially I thought it was just me who was having a tough time understanding his accent; which had a heavy MTI (Mother Tongue Influence); but after an hour of the session, I was unable to concentrate on what he was saying. As it is we were on a conference call, he was just running through the presentation without taking feedback of whether we understood the topic/feature.