Connect the Dots CQA Future Making General Generate possibilities Lean Startup Mindfullness Problem finding Systems Thinking

TMTX 13 Microproducts with Dorai

As I mentioned in my last episode Dorai Thodla one of the top thinkers/mentors in Chennai came up with this concept of Microproducts. A year or so back, he took time out, met with our team and explained his concept which inspired all of us. Everyone of our team mates have taken up this idea of a building a microproduct. Magiq Ears was created as a direct result of Dorai’s inspiring session with our team. We are very grateful to him.

Since many of you are likely hearing the term “microproduct” for the first time, you may have a number of questions – What are microproducts? How do we envision microproducts?.. To get the wisdom directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, I conducted a one-hour interview with Dorai on Microproducts. I have managed to edit it down to adhere to our 10 min TMTX format. He has outlined a dozen key insights that could be useful to all of you. Hope you all enjoy the interview.

Besides the technique Dorai outlines for generating microproduct ideas, I would advocate our Extreme Pivot (Performance Undersupply XRay) method. Using that you can find the Trimtab of the customer journey you are tackling and envision/build a microproduct around that. You can learn about the Extreme Pivot method through the youtube playlist of short videos (5-7 min each). For more on our patent-pending digital transformation approach, please visit , which is our mentee resource site. It doesn’t have a paywall or email-address wall or any other restrictive wall.

Applying focus CQA General Mindfullness

TMTX 12 Magiq Ears Beta

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Fractals General


Different Simple Fractals

Fractals is the best invention of nature. There are fractals all around us.

A Fractal is a simple pattern which when repeatedly applied takes a complex structure that in turn handles many complexities. The good news is that learning simple pattern usually takes less than 1 hour. For Example if you see the above patterns a simple shape like Triangle or square when repeatedly applied creates intricate patterns. Watch the 2 videos below to understand more about fractals.

In HiPoHa inspired by this concept from nature we have created fractals which can help us become high performers.

The list of fractals are listed below.

Glossary Of Fractals

CQA Curiosity Question AskedHelps detect unknown signals, which in turn lead to “Bottom Of Iceberg” opportunities. To discover bottom of the iceberg needs of the customers we need to be able to pick up important signals. But these signals will only be generated by asking questions in a particular manner. This method addresses that need. 
TG Tiny GritHelps build consistency
TT Tiny TrustHelp increase influence
UPSA Unusual Problem Solution AchievementA simple storytelling technique which helps us influence to make change management easier. A sure-fire method to pitch an idea or a possibility or a solution, which  woos   the audience over to the presenters’ side [be it an individual,  a team or a customer] and gain their support and perspective.
XFD – Transformative(XF) DelegationUsing delegation as a method to transform teams. A method of delegation which not just reduces the workload of the person delegating the work but enhances the output produced leveraging the individual’s creativity and ownership 
V&V Views & ViewpointsHelps generate multiple perspectives to any given scenario and situation, which in turn leads to better and multiple possibilities for solutions. Shifts attention and focus from being stuck to either one scenario or solution to a world of possibilities.
Transformative Collaboration 
Transports awareness to a Transformative experience to ALL the players in a collaborative environment, from a state of  of merely getting the work done, for the sake of it.  Has a wide range applicability in any form of collaboration, be it inter or intra teams with peers, senior stakeholders, intra or inter other departmental  and /or with customers.  
Performance Undersupply 
A unique way of unravelling customer delight, as opposed to merely   providing customer satisfaction, be it in services or products.  A methodology which helps discover opportunities that are either unstated nor visible, and are aplenty.  They are usually the hidden gems which leads to Customer delight.   
Digital Dipstick Solution 
Is a Digital Transformation   tool, deployed to identify the best digital dot [options] that could be deployed for any given scenario, within the limited constraints of time and resources. 
Tiny Grit ® 
Building consistency 
Many of us do good things but doing it consistently is always a challenge. And to do something consistently we need to be persistent. Any transformation requires persistent effort to make the shift. There is a method to build the persistence muscle in our brains. Tiny Grit helps one reach there
While working in a collaborative environment, providing feedback is a given. Plussing, always focusses on improving the ‘what is. Conventional feedback methods merely reflect what works and what doesn’t. Plussing, on the contrary, drives the mind to give feedback on how to make it better. ‘Is there a better way?’ Is always the plussing approach.  
MVP Loop 
Minimum Viable Product Loop 
 MVP loop is all about giving life to an idea. Emphasizes is always on getting results and not to merely keep ideating.  Makes things happen in quick and short cycles, is the philosophy of the MVP approach. Guiding the limited resources available into actions, so that   results happen within 3 weeks.  Given that there is always a constraint of resources, .this method helps design outcomes within ANY available budget and time 
Traffic Light Model. 
As the name suggests, this has application wherever categorization is required. Interestingly this can have a wide application be it in decision making, optimization of resources, levels of complexity, classifying degrees of importance etc. Decisions can be made quickly once categorization based on Traffic Lights is done.  

Fractal – Simple

Fractals – Advanced

Connect the Dots CQA General Product mind set / Product thinking Systems Thinking

Steve Jobs Connecting the Dots Cutback Version with Annotations

This is an extract from arguably one of the most important speeches ever given by a business leader – Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford June 2005. I have extracted the connecting the dots principle that he outlines with annotations for the viewer’s benefit. – Sukumar Rajagopal


Procrastination Judo

Procrastination is a problem for most of us. Are there situations in our lives where we can use procrastination to our advantage. We call this Procrastination Judo.


What are Green Zone Tasks

Our research shows that we are unable to do certain types of tasks (what we call green zone tasks) consistently. And that is what is standing between us and transformation. Now what are these green zone tasks?

General Intention orientation

Fill The Room Story – Animated Verson

This is another allegory we use in our programs. It is a popular story from Zen Buddhism. Animation by Priya Raju and the voiceover artist is her brother Raju Ravi. Please feel free to use this in your programs.


TMT 52 Promotion Focus Vs Prevention Focus Revisited


The Paradox of Creativity Episode 6

What kind of Genius are you? by Dan Pink
Link to the Raymond Cattell 1943 seminal paper on fluid and crystallized intelligence

Barriers to innovation General

The Paradox of Creativity Episode 5

What kind of Genius are you? by Dan Pink