because writing is clarifying

because writing is clarifying

Subbu Allamaraju’s Journal

08 May 2022

On Org Design Vulnerabilities

As I reflect on my experience working with or for some experienced managers in large companies, I realize how good some are at developing…
29 Apr 2022

Career Choices and Business Models

When considering career changes, your first criteria for choosing a company should be its business model. Read more to learn why.
25 Mar 2022

Must DOs for Interviewers

Here are three must DOs for interviewers based on my recent interviewing experience with several companies.
12 Mar 2022

Making Up Movies

Continuing from my previous article on managing yourself, another classic trap that impedes personal growth is endlessly playing self-made…
02 Feb 2022

Don’t Chase Data Mesh, Yet

Data mesh is a nice wishy-washy set of ideas to improve the current state of data. The principles are based on sound reasoning and are well…
30 Jan 2022

Managing Yourself

As the readers of this blog know, I have been offering free coaching sessions since November last year. From then, I’ve coached over twenty…
28 Dec 2021

2021 in Books

Here are the top books that influenced me the most this year.
26 Dec 2021

On Feedback

Asking for feedback can be challenging. It can be uncomfortable to know. It may force you to look at things that you would instead look…
12 Dec 2021

Cultivate the Coaching Practice

Most managers and companies spend weeks and months hiring but do little to feed and groom the minds of the people they employ – that’s what…
07 Dec 2021

Tell Me More

As a form of asking a question, “why” is the queen. Asking for why demonstrates a curious mind at work. We expect a question with a “why”…
19 Nov 2021

Broken State of Data

In recent years, data has gotten a more oversized seat at the enterprise table. Data was never less prominent, though the focus used to be…
13 Nov 2021

Looking for a Coach?

Hello. Are you an individual contributor in the tech field? Are you looking to make an impact at work but are running into obstacles? Would…
23 Oct 2021

Being Nice and Effective

I’m writing this article for the nice people in leadership roles. By the meaning of the word “nice,” such people are kind, polite, and…
16 Oct 2021

Infinity Minus One Possibilities

Career changes come in different forms, some of which are more socially acceptable than others. For example, you find a new job and call…
05 Oct 2021

Leading vs. Participating

Over time, I observed a particular leadership trap that managers and others in leadership roles fall into. The trap is participating as…
05 Sep 2021

Let’s Discuss Attrition

Let’s discuss attrition. Attrition gets the most negative attention at workplaces. Folks talk in hushed tones about who is leaving, who is…
11 Jun 2021

My Leadership Document — 2021 Edition

Leadership is a loaded word. We attribute a lot to it; we expect a lot from it; we know when we see it, and yet, we don’t have a concise…
21 Mar 2021

Stop Feeding the Monkey – Journaling

Consider a few contemporary problems for tech workers.
07 Mar 2021

On Being Present

The concept of “presence” eluded me for some time. Based on some muzzy ideas that I formed over time, I’ve associated presence with how…
21 Feb 2021

On Getting Promoted — Push vs. Pull

I vividly recall a particular one-on-one conversation. … The question that bothered me most at that time was how to get to the next level.