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Vishesh Duggar

CTO Software @vamstar. 15 years in tech. Entrepreneurial with a keen interest in product development and usability. Interested in working on high impact ideas.

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Wishful thinking is a programming practice where a programmer abstracts out all complexities.

As an entrepreneur when you are taking that leap towards a goal or strategy, a lot of times one has the urge to have as much implementation detail of each piece to feel comfortable sometimes that urge itself becomes a big barrier to start.

Here is a simplified example of how a programmer might abstract some of the things if we were building the published post featured on LinkedIn.

Here I can abstract out most of the sub-problems and expand on the one. Once I am done with getDataForCreatePost, I can then move to implementing a solution for the next problem.

PostService {

    def getUserPosts(User user) {
        return [];
    def getReadingIdeas() {
        return [
            'Wishful thinking for entrepreneurs',
            'Introduction to Grails for Ruby On Rails developer',
            'Deming's Philosophy - Continuous Improvement'
    def getDataForCreatePost() {
        return [ideas: getReadingIdeas(), userPosts: getUserPosts()];

In the above example, I have abstracted out getUserPosts and getReadingIdeas by simply returning a fixed set of values (i.e. hard coded). I can now focus on implementing getDataForCreatePost

Let’s take a look at using Wishful Thinking applied to a business problem, “Making hiring inbound”. Let’s first divide the problem into few sub-problems

  1. Relevant technical blogs so developers can find us
  2. How to videos
  3. Interesting programming challenges for developers to solve and submit for being considered for engineering roles

I can abstract or stub out most of these and then expand on one. For example:

  1. Source relevant technical articles by others, to share on company LinkedIn page
  2. Source “How To” videos to share on all our social channels
  3. Provide a link to a public Google spreadsheet with a list of challenges developers can play with

Now all these abstracted/stubbed out solutions don’t really solve the problem completely but get us somewhere closer.

Now I can pick one of the above sub-problem that is a higher priority and dive into breaking it down further.

If you practice Lean Startup some of this might sound familiar. When building a Concierge MVP you will really need to bring your “A” game in abstraction.

Would love to hear your experiences using brain tricks to move faster.

Close to 15 years in tech; I've served as a CTO and advisor to multiple organizations. Brought close to 20 products to market. As a founding member of multiple organizations I've done everything from tech to stratgey, sales, marketing, hiring, accounting and more. Experience in a variety of technologies including but not limited to AWS, Node, React, Serverless, ElasticSearch, Groovy, Java, Typescript, Angular, Grails, PHP, Drupal, Wordpress.

Always interested in looking at new tech, strategy and ways I can add value to organizations.

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