The Indian concept of jugaad, aka jugaar, can have interesting and subtle meanings for product development and management. I was recently reminded of jugaad from a post by Vinit Nijhawan on “India’s Innovation Front Lines 2009 (Part 1): Of “Jugaar” and A Quick Recovery from Global Recession”.
Monthly Archive for December, 2009
In the CNBC special “Inside The Mind of Google“, aired December 4th 2009, Noel Gorelick, the lead engineer on the Google Astro Project, said: “If you are 24 and single, it is kind of like programmer nirvana.” … “I used twelve text books in my courses [for my masters in computer science]. Ten of the guys that wrote those text books work here [at Google].”
This anecdote answers one question that has emerged in the past several months in discussions of reinvigorating innovation in Massachusetts — how to keep more of the area’s graduating students in technology fields from leaving Massachusetts.