Amol Kadam highlights his experiences and managerial style

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Amol Kadam highlights his experiences and managerial style Amol Kadam, UX UI Director and Co-Founder of RBBi.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 18, 2017

ACN sits down with Amol Kadam, UX UI Director and Co-Founder of RBBi, to discuss his experiences, his role, and his vision for the future.

How did you come to be in your current role?

I completed my design school and was one of the first few ‘web designers’ to have come from a design background. This was back in 1996/97, when the Internet had just started to take roots in Asia. I designed some of India’s first websites, and then in just couple of years I got into Usability and User Experience. I fell into my current role (Co-founder of RBBi) happened in 2011, when after working for six years in the Middle East, me and my business partner, Devesh, decided to start region’s first User Experience (UX) and Usability consultancy firm.

What is your management philosophy?

Honestly, I do not have any particular philosophy so to speak, I never went to any management school or course. But there are couple of beliefs I follow. I think today the term manager is becoming old. There are leaders, and it’s the person who can provide guidance, direction, stability and also set an example for the team.

What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?

I saw my first computer at a computer institute owned by my friend back in 1995, but it was only in 1997 when I rented my first computer. It was actually for a final year project for my design/advertising school. It was an Intel 486 processor assembled PC.

What is your greatest achievement?

I believe my great achievement is still to come. I keep looking forward to it. But if we were to talk about achievement so far then I felt proud of myself, when my team decided to give me and my partner a surprise on completion of five years of RBBi. When we saw our team of 40 people standing there to surprise us, I remembered the days when Devesh and I used to work from the confines of a coffee shop.

What was the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was the transition from being a designer to a UX person, and then from a manager to a business owner. A designer’s mindset is very emotional and I have learnt that being emotional doesn’t help in business, but there is a difference in being passionate and being emotional. You should be passionate about your work, but not emotional when running a business. Then there is the stress that comes with the job.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East industry?

For me, having my passion for design as my profession itself is a great achievement. UX and digital, as a field, gives you that chance to work on different projects, different industries and products.

What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2017?

I believe technology as a concept is becoming invisible to the human eye, especially with today’s new generation. But there are few concepts that will shape this world in coming years, such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence. I am sure it sounds very obvious, but I really believe both these concepts have just started being more relevant in real world implementations.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?

Meditation is one of them. I have been doing that since school, and then it got lost somewhere, but now I am getting back at it. Painting or sketching is another way I make myself relax. Since my daughter was born, any time spent with her also helps me.

PERSONAL

Nationality: Indian
Number of years in the industry: 20
Favourite food: Simple vegetarian dishes (mostly Indian)
Holiday destination: Anywhere, where I can disconnect
Music: Instrumental- Flute specially or other soulful music
Dream car: Range Rover Sport or Jaguar F-pace
Gadget: iPad Pro and Pencil
Movie/book: Inception

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