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Vishal Chalana

Jul 26, 2011 ·

More reasons to attend Winshuttle User Group meeting

While I was reading this blog by Clinton Jones, I realized another side of attending the WUG! Earlier this year a bunch of us from Winshuttle Engineering Team were attending WUG at London. I observed something amazing there – engineers were interacting with customer with so much enthusiasm that it looked like they are working on a complex engineering problem. After thinking for a while I realized the reason for this. When you see your product being used by so many successful users, it is a great feeling. When an engineer sees a feature that he/she added to a product… Read more

Dec 10, 2010 ·

Recruitment: Finding the Best Talent

This past week was the campus recruitment week for us at Winshuttle Labs. As always, we hire from the best engineering schools in India. This week we were at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIT Roorkee. Both of these institutes are among top 5 engineering schools of the country.  A total of 80 engineers applied for our positions. After 2 rounds of written exams which included an aptitude test and a programming test, we selected 12 candidates for interviews. After that, there were multiple rounds of technical interviews consisting of varying degrees of logical, analytical, and programming skill… Read more

Oct 15, 2010 ·

Engineering prioritization

After reading this really interesting blog about “ruthless prioritization” of business opportunities, I realize how close this is to engineering prioritization of products. In a really dynamic enterprise product development environment of a company like ours, there is always an interesting balance to be maintained around business priority and engineering priority. Sales and Product Support want everything in the product, and they have good reasons for it. Being close to customers and evaluators is not an easy job. They can see that a user needs something in the product and they can also see the deals coming in – good… Read more

Sep 23, 2010 ·

Evolution of usability

Over the last couple of years we have seen a change in enterprise application vendors with respect to usability of products. Perhaps  they finally realized that their users were struggling with complex user interfaces and work flows. Why they did not think of this earlier is unclear to me, but I suppose they had too much legacy to take care of.  Things have changed now. Users want everything to work on their latest mobile phone. In the early days of Winshuttle, before usability was important and iPhones and iPads were  invented, enterprise users loved our products because they made their… Read more