Web 2.0 products : Is Indian ethos ready ?

This weekend at KAMP, Bangalore we will be presenting a paper on this topic "Whether India is really really ready for Web 2.0 products ? " 

India has been the powerhouse for some of the awesome work done in major product companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, i2 and event on data warehousing tools like Informatika. But there has always been a misgiving that popular web products like Flickr, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Del.icio.us got built in the west (USA). Lets try to understand what comprises the USA. It is comprised of people basically expats who migrate because they hope for a better place or of people who think differently. Most of you might not agree with my line of thought that these expats are just people who think different and want to effect a change are mostly of different mindset. This factor coupled with the growth of online access and IT growth and presence results in evolution of new needs and solutions to address such needs. This has resulted in products with different solutions at various niches thus creating a lot of online buzz on social media.

Coming to the question Is india ready ? Yes we are ! In terms of technology and the domain we are ready . But to create a successful product we need IT pervasioveness such that online traffic is high. Right now the growth of IT commectivity is well developped in the urban india . We need to spread out to the rural as well. Once that is there we will be successful in beating the language barriers across the different states of India. So if the netork backbone is established well enough then India id good to go ?

But again the rationale is " Where is all the excitement if we are not just ahead of time ? We can never capitalize on the first mover advsntage if we are going to wait for technology to happen and then put our thoughts to use " Fuente has been in the thick of things related to product development and project management for the last 30 months and since July 2007 we have been on development of a Web 2.0 product called " CIRAKA" on a stealth mode

CIRAKA has been a product we have been planning for more than 6 months before we started putting it to shape. Though we are not at liberty to discuss the features and the functionalities of this product it is one of a kind and the best part is that most of the product was evolved out of collective thinking from peer reviews and social media stuff so typical to Web 2.0 .

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“Scrum” ur Development and your teams

Scrum is suplemented to Xp programming

There is a Product owner for any development. Product owner provides a product feature list.

A typical scrum team is 5 members with 2-3 basic coders + 1 visual designers+ coordniator cum researcher. They undergo a Sprint cycle. A typical duration of sprint cycle is 1 – 4 weeks. Mind you these sprint cycles once decided is not flexible in duration. Caution to team members Never over commit . Deliver a presentation of end deliverable or product. The teams come back and see what has been built…The product owner reviews it and either approves the sprint or cancel the sprint.

First sprint cycle – team overcommits and if they dont deliver then they need to take responsibility for it

Second cycle Sprint the team fearing previous failures tends to undercommits and feel that they can do betterThird sprint cycle people optimise. There are daily standup meeting for 15 mins . Review on what did the team got done since last meeting helps reshuffle and is a cool experience to realign their strategy. Scrum teams break down personal barriers and make workplace comfortable..

There is a scrum master is like the sheep dog of the scrum team and he is empowered to do anything to protect the team from external forces and that ensures focus is required. Yahoo podcast was done in this scrum teams and it did in record times less 30% time and also works on colocated offshore teams as well. Ideally by video conferences and two different team standup meetings as on different time zones. And all list was sent back and forth to be update in standup meetings as well.Scrum can be championed into the organization by typically someone like on a top down model.

Setting trends in News integration and feeds for personal viewing

Hi all,

I came across Arjun back at Barcamp chennai but couldnt get an opportunity to hear him on Taazza as we had one of our friends (Ram) was presenting something great on internet rich applications from the house of Adobe (A product called Flex). Today after having a snapshot on Taazza i realised i had missed a " killer " that too done on ROR.

First of all Great work Arjun, perseverance really pays and it shows in your product. We see a visible differentiator and a value sell to see it better than Memmorandum and google news. " I see you think global and act local". Thanx for the vision that you are currently keeping the site clean and focussed,

But at an afterthought sometime down the lane dont you feel Taazza will succumb to the commercial bug thus compromising the vision and settling for much lesser ideals … bcos you need to oil the infrastructural machinery more so…

Is there a visionary objectve and also are you prone to acquisitions …only time will tell. But for today Taazza is really fresh and its upto the ace founders to keep it that way!

Congrats guys!