“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” -Steve Jobs

Determining whether a feature is perfect to add or too good to be true.

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“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday” — Eleanor Roosevelt

The above lines by the former First Lady of the United States signify the importance of choices for individuals and companies alike. The companies that choose to regularly update or change features and products based on customers' demands tend to grow more as compared to the companies that avoid adaptation.

While making a change whether in the form of a minor UI tweak or a large-scale new feature, it is always best to test our assumptions. …


Using product analytics and hypothesis testing to analyze a decrease in the engagement of users on Yammer

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It’s Monday morning after Thanksgiving… You are still drooling over that perfectly roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, and heavenly pumpkin pie. You sluggishly turn on your laptop and see an angry email from the head of the Product team. In the email, he sounds infuriated about the sudden drop in user engagement and asks you to get to the bottom of this situation right away.

Immediately your game face is on, you fire up the engagement dashboards, and this figure pops up:


Possible consequences of decisions algorithms make on our behalf

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Imagine you are driving in Yellowstone National Park and suddenly a deer jumps on the road in front of your car. You have a few crucial seconds to decide whether you want to save deer’s life by moving the car off the road into a fence or save yourself and your family’s life. The most important skill you will need in such a situation is rational decision making.

We, humans, are natural decision-makers. From deciding which fruit to eat that doesn’t end up killing us to deciding which fruit has the perfect balance of all the macronutrients, we have come a long way. …


Believe it or not!

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Imagine a woman who is currently suffering from depression. She is lucky enough to have family and friends by her side who would help her fight this stigma. Also, her therapist keeps assuring her that depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

But when she goes to work, no one even acknowledges mental illness, as if it doesn’t exist. And occasionally if they do acknowledge, it is mostly in a negative sense. Her supervisor accuses people of using mental illness as an excuse to be lazy or receive special treatment.

In this situation, whom will she believe? her therapist and loved ones who say her mental illness isn’t a weakness? or the people in her workplace with whom she spends the majority of her time? It’s difficult for her to choose. When people want to view their mental health issues positively, they need encouragement and acceptance in all parts of their life. Inconsistencies or absence of positive rhetoric in one environment can make it harder to fight the stigma of mental illness. …


How does one's home country, gender, and age affects the chances of committing suicide and being happy?

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You might be thinking why would someone want to talk about suicides in this pandemic. The reason is, most often suicidal thoughts are the result of feeling one can’t cope, when one faced with, what seems to be an overwhelming life situation. It sounds like the current situation for many people.

I have been distance learning and working from home for the last month now. I had anxiety in the past but it always used to diminish when I was around my family and friends. The power of socializing and feeling loved is so much more than we give credit for. There is a reason that humans are called social animals. But now from the past one month I have just my roommates to give me company, which is definitely better compared to others, who are alone at their home, feeling anxious and lonely. …


Basic concepts for absolute beginners

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Let’s imagine one morning you decide to go for a run after several years of procrastination and being naive you didn’t stretch or warm up before the run. You started running like Phoebe (F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference alert!) and after running for approx 15 minutes on uneven ground, you suddenly lost your balance and fell down, hurting your ankle. After going back home you notice that your ankle is swollen and you have sharp pain there. …

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