The 31.5 Guy Podcast

Rounak Bose

Design isn't just for designers. Join host Rounak Bose as he leads a life of design, to help you, lead a well-designed life. The 31.5 Guy Podcast is an ever-growing collection of tit-bits, to help you better understand the intricacies of good design and a good life. New episodes every week.

Introducing: The 31.5 Guy Podcast with Rounak Bose
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The more the merrier right? The more the better! Well, not in product design, as far as feature addition is concerned. It is not worthwhile to add features just because adding them is convenient for the team, or because internal stakeholders want some feature in there - all about this and more in this episode on Feature Creep - based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jul 11

3 min 54 sec

All decisions in life can be summarised into a flowchart-like system. If you ask a few questions in succession, based on the “yes” and “no” answers that you receive, you’ll be able to make an educated and well-thought out decision, that not only doesn’t disregard associated risks, but also takes very less time - all about it in this episode - based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jul 4

3 min 41 sec

When you have 10 guests coming over to your place for a party, why do you always keep provisions for 11 or even 12 guests? It’s all about making sure that you minimise the risks associated with the party, in terms of food and amenities for the guests. And it’s all about Factors of Safety, in design - all about it in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 27

4 min 3 sec

Hard work, luck, talent - all that forms the base of our chances of success in life. But there is a fourth pillar too - giving. After all, the best way to get to the top is bringing others with you. All about becoming a "giver" in this gem of a book, "Give and Take", by Adam Grant. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 24

5 min 35 sec

You do NOT need to complete every project that you start - more so when they are not meaningful or adding no value to your life. Understanding what costs your are incurring with each project, in your personal and professional life alike, along with the value you are receiving in turn, forms the core of the Project-Portfolio matrix - in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 21

4 min 32 sec

Why do images with just the face, emphasise more cerebral or personality-related characteristics, like for instance intelligence and ambition? Why do images showing a significant portion of the body along with the face, emphasise more physical attributes, like attractiveness and sensuality? All about this, and more - in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 18

3 min 47 sec

"This time it's different" - the most dangerous words in relationships, as much as, in investments. So to make sure you properly evaluate the costs and benefits of each investment in your portfolio, this episode is all about the BCG box - based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 15

4 min 8 sec

Students often perform better or worse depending on the expectations expressed by their teachers, that they have for the former. In another domain, patients seem to experience effects of a treatment based on their belief regarding whether a particular treatment would work, or not. All this applies to design too - more about it in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 12

4 min 11 sec

We cannot choose the game. Neither can we choose the rules of the game. We can only choose how we play. We can choose whether to move ahead with a finite mindset, or an infinite one - all this and more in this review of the book, The Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 9

4 min 49 sec

In the words of Gretchen Rubin, "If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough." Similarly, if you have no clue about your strengths, your weaknesses, your opportunities, or your threats, you'd be ill-positioned in not only all events concerning your professional life, but also the more vital, personal one. All about SWOT analysis in this episode, based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 6

3 min 42 sec

If you surveyed the subscribers of a science magazine, and generalised their responses to an overall population, all science-minded perspectives would be over-represented in the analysis and consequently in the results too! All about this, and more, in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Jun 3

4 min 45 sec

Where would you position yourself on the psychographic landscape? Where would you position your parents? Where would you like to be ideally positioned? How can you reach that position? Well now, what's stopping you? Get to know where you belong! All about socio-cultural segmentation in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 31

4 min 37 sec

Chernobyl? Human error. But - is it really? Yes, humans did commit the error. But if the design did not have inherent flaws, maybe the human errors wouldn't happen. So it's not human error - it's design error. All about different kinds of design errors in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 28

5 min 16 sec

A compelling case fir cultivating intense focus, and immediately actionable steps - that is what you receive when you subscribe to the "Deep Work" philosophy of leading your professional life to the success that it deserves. Rules for focused success in a distracted world, presented to you by Cal Newport, in this review of his book, "Deep Work". Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 25

5 min 46 sec

There's a very common conundrum in game theory - whether or not you should trust someone, mapped to what the consequences are if you do trust, or don't trust, or put yourself first. It's a very fascinating dilemma indeed - does trust always breed treachery? All about this and more, in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 22

3 min 54 sec

When you enter an Apple retail store, you feel like you've entered a palace full of glass and premium feels all around you. But why? Is it just the brand image of Apple? Or is it the line-up of brilliant gadgets in there? Or is there something else? All this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 19

5 min 25 sec

We all know speed equals distance by time. But when a sniper calculates the speed of a bullet, they take into account wind speed, temperature, altitude, angle of the shot, and sometimes even, the rotation of the earth! We don't need to know all these for a paintball fight, but in reality, this process - like almost all other processes around us - becomes a black box, and we have to have faith in the sniper, than to have knowledge about the sniping. All this and more in this episode, based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 16

4 min 17 sec

The most incompetent people, tend to be the most confident - until of course the reality takes them on the grandest roller-coaster of their lives. The Dunning-Kruger effect, as it is called, affects not only the least competent, but also the highly competent ones - all this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 13

3 min 44 sec

"It's not for you" - we are clearly not supposed to say that to anyone. But if you want to succeed, you must. Because in doing so, not only are your showing immense respect for those people who have been the target recipients of your product, but also those who have not - because then clearly you do not wish to waste their time convincing them that it is indeed for them. All this and more, in this episode, as a review of the book, This is Marketing, by Seth Godin. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 10

5 min 32 sec

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" - not just in your life, but in the life of products as well. This is also exactly why some ideas take strong hold, and become trend-setters; while others bloom briefly before soon disappearing - all this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 7

4 min 39 sec

Each and every product out there, progresses through basic sequential stages of creation. Once you understand and use effective strategies for each stage, you as a designer can maximise your product's probability for success - all about this and more in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 4

4 min 11 sec

"The internet is the world's largest library. It's just that all the books are on the floor." At first glance, you'd think the best-selling 20% of the products on sale in the internet are the ones that generate 80% of the revenue. In terms of profit, that might hold true, but when it comes to the overall turnover, it's the Long Tail that gets the last laugh. More about it all in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

May 1

4 min 11 sec

Those worn out paths where people naturally walk, those beaten paths that trail off the sidewalk, those shortcuts to reach your destination faster - not just in landscape design, but in usable web and application design too; all about Desire Lines in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 28

4 min 43 sec

"Do not read this book unless you want a new way of living" - that's how strong Tim's advices are to anyone who wants to escape the monotonous 9-to-5 and join the group of elite productivity experts called that "new rich". All this and more in this book review episode, based on The 4-hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 25

4 min 40 sec

In 1990, James Reason illustrated the causes and effects of human errors using what is popularly known as the Swiss cheese model. In the ideal error-free world, a block of cheese has no holes. But the reality is different - all about it in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 22

4 min 25 sec

Rote learning, learning by heart, mugging it all up, gulping down pages after pages of notes - that might get the job done in the short term, but that will only be superficial. You would not be scratching even just the surface of your brain's processing power. That is why you need to maximise your depth of processing - all about it in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 19

4 min 36 sec

It's magical to be a part of a team that just clicks! There's no hard feelings, there's complete trust and openness, and efficiency is at its peak. But this is almost a mythical entity that we're talking about here. In reality - most teams are just groups of people. So how do you transform a group into a team - all about it in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 16

5 min 16 sec

We all need the environment that we live in, to deter crime. And for that very reason, we need markers, surveillance, and signs of ownership - three main pillars of defensible spaces. All about these in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 13

4 min 43 sec

"The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a deserted island." These words by Jeanette Winterson perfectly embody the powerful spell that Italo Calvino casts through his masterpiece, Invisible Cities - and this episode is a humble attempt at reviewing this vintage jewel. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 10

4 min 58 sec

Your market conditions, timing, customer research, funding, team, vision, motivation - none of these matter much when it comes to executing the "perfect" project. In the end, you can only have it good and fast, or good and cheap, or fast and cheap. Good, fast and cheap - that would've been perfect - but then, that's impossible! All about this, in this episode, based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 7

3 min 53 sec

More often that not, the average responses of a group to a certain class of problems are better than any individual response from that group - such is the power of a prominent principle, called crowd intelligence - all about it, in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 4

3 min 41 sec

You don't need to start panicking as the deadline of your project comes closer. There is no need to believe in the myth that the printer or the photo-copier is going to break down the day before the presentation. The result-optimisation model is the one-stop solution to your project-timeline-jitters. All about it in this episode - based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Apr 1

4 min 5 sec

How do you assess the financial return associated with adding new features into your product design? How do you understand if you're adding value for your users, or taking away? How do you make sure that your design isn't poor? Well, one very important way is cost-benefit - all about it in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 29

5 min 6 sec

As vastly important as DIY usability-testing is, and as simple and straightforward as its processes can be, it's surprisingly unfortunate how tiny a fraction of people actually get it done. Moreover, it doesn't always have to be in-person - remote-testing can get the job done too. All this and more, in this book-review episode, on Rocket Surgery Made Easy, by Steve Krug. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 26

5 min 4 sec

Homogeneous teams don't function very well - because, everyone has the same point of view, all the time! If you cannot change your point of view, depending on the needs of the situation, it will become very problematic to understand what the correct approach to a task would be. And that is precisely why you need at least "six hats"! All this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 23

4 min 27 sec

What does a hot-air balloon, a jellyfish, a rocket, a squid, a hang-glider, a stingray, an albatross, and a bat have in common? Why are they even grouped together? It's all about convergence. Learn more about it, and how you can apply it to your work as a designer, in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 20

4 min 45 sec

From employees in development, to developed employees, the path is not linear. More often than not, the level of expertise increases. But, there occur very high fluctuations in the employee morale and motivation. And it's at these very junctures, that leadership is needed. Not just an absolute standard of leadership - what we need is situational leadership. All this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 17

4 min 31 sec

A dictatorship is not always wrong. Similarly, a democratic path is not always the best to pursue. In design processes, likewise, the sole-designer-says-the-final-word way is not always the best idea. Similarly, clouding a project with stakeholder buy-in, is sometimes not the correct way to go. It all depends on the situation and the work at hand - all this and much more in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 14

4 min 39 sec

"Weapons of influence" - that's what everyones is armed with in today's world. Reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity - these 6 principles are foundational pillars to help you not only become a skilled persuader, but also to defend yourself against similar people. All this and more, in this episode - a review of the book, "Influence", by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 11

7 min 3 sec

Our minds work in funny ways. Many of us have high morals, we live up to strong beliefs. Yet, if we dig deep, we'd probably find that many of our actions are in stark contrast to what we believe in. Even though we know being a couch-potato is wrong, many of us still become one. This is where a guilty feeling creeps in - and we try to self-justify. It's hard to change our behaviours, but easier to tweak our beliefs into becoming consistent with our immoral actions - which in turn will get us towards no better place in life. All this and more in this episode about cognitive dissonance, based on an excerpt from The Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 7

4 min 18 sec

How would you save a document in a word processor? Novice users would go to the Menu bar, click on the 'File' option, go down the drop-down menu, and click on 'Save'. More proficient users would instead just hit Control+S or Command+S on the keyboard, and be done with the exact same job. Both methods allow you to reach the same goal, but one favours simplicity and a structured path, while the other favours efficiency and gives you more control over the tool. All this and more in this episode based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 5

5 min 10 sec

From its birth in 1996 by Dr. Dan Herman till today, there's very few people who don't know about FOMO. Yet there's very few people who can overcome it, more few who know how it's leveraged, and only about a handful of people know how they can leverage it in a proper and ethical way to make this world a better place for everyone to live in. In the end, it's all about perspective, and living up to your morals. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Mar 2

5 min 53 sec

A pointed kettle and a round kettle are placed on the kitchen counter. They are grey in colour, of the same height and width and breadth. They have the same metallic glossy finish, and the same black handle. The handle on the pointed one is at a sharp right angle, and it's a straight piece of metal. The handle on the round one, is a curved one, made of rubber. Which one would your brain prefer? All of this and more in this episode, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 27

5 min 17 sec

Take charge and make a difference. Live your life with a sense of significance. Embrace problems, adjust to obstacles. Passionately pursue your personal mission. Gain balance in all aspects. Resolve challenges and conflicts. Never give up. And always focus on universal principles. All this and much more in a review of the wonderful book, Achieving Authentic Success, by Dr. Ron Jenson. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 24

4 min 58 sec

Risk is what remains after we think we've thought of everything - it pays to be able to brainstorm all kinds of risks. And what better way to do that than through categorising different classes of risks based on knowns and unknowns? Presenting the Rumsfeld matrix - based on an excerpt from the Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 21

5 min 10 sec

Why do people keep wearing masks the wrong way all the time - some wear it on their chin, some on their neck, and some dangle it from one ear. Some even cover just the lips and keep their nose poking out. Well, there's no constraint on these activities of any kind. Basically, if you can think about any oddly creative way to use a product, rest assured that unless you limit those unintended actions, they will be done. You need to have a method of limiting the possible actions that can be performed on a system. Well, constraints to the rescue! - based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 18

5 min 47 sec

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it"- Michelangelo. Before sprinting forward with your shiny new ambition, first evaluate and validate the correctness of the goal. Choose the correct goal to pursue with the John Whitmore model in hand - based on an excerpt from the Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 15

4 min 55 sec

To indicate and reinforce the relatedness of elements, or to indicate and reinforce the differences among elements, you would need similarity, and the lack of similarity respectively. And to enable people to efficiently transfer knowledge to new contexts, learn new things quickly, and focus attention on the relevant aspects of a task, you would need consistency. More on these two very important principles of design, based on an excerpt from the Universal Principles of Design. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 12

5 min 49 sec

"Even if it's true that the average man seems most comfortable with the commonplace and familiar, it is equally true that catering to bad taste, which we so readily attribute to the average reader, merely perpetuates that mediocrity and denies the reader one of the most easily accessible means for aesthetic development and eventual enjoyment" - read that again, and you'll understand the depth of wisdom from which it has been spoken. If you have a taste for good design, and want to uncover what makes good design, good - Thoughts on Design, by Paul Rand, is a must-read. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 9

5 min 32 sec

It is hard to perfectly understand all facets of our own personality. But, we can become aware about those faces of our personalities that we portray to the outside world. But, how? Well, look out the Johari window, and the view might be an eye-opener, on your path to self-awareness. This episode is based on an excerpt from the Decision Book, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. Please rate & review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/the-31-5-guy-podcast/id1528897344 You can find me at https://rounakbose.in Links: https://www.instagram.com/the31point5guy/ https://twitter.com/The31point5Guy https://medium.com/the-31-5-guy https://www.linkedin.com/in/rounakbose1997/ ~ The 31.5 Guy

Feb 6

4 min 9 sec