About Kaveh Kalantar H.
Want to hear more about my career story? Pour yourself a whiskey because you’re in for a wild ride. Since 2002, I’ve been involved in building digital products and solutions (both B2B and B2C) for companies of all sizes, from technical startups to mid-size consulting agencies to multibillion-dollar corporations. My career began with a technical focus — I designed and wrote code for an enterprise n-tier client-server accounting application as part of a Managment Information Systems (MIS) for a large high pressure oil pipe manufacturer. During the same time, I started to manage a groups of onsite and offsite programmers and technicians at my newly formed startup company. And I began to learn what it takes to manage a group of people.
On Product Management
I’m no one-trick pony, though. With my startup experiences, I’ve taken on nearly every type of role and developed a well-stocked toolbox of skills. As a product manager, I’ve done everything from discovery, customer interviews, and design to sales and marketing, product launches, and overseeing financials and metrics.
Back when I was programming, I practiced highly adaptive and agile techniques. When managing multiple product teams, I used lean/agile scaled decision frameworks such as Disciplined Agile. And when designing and operating a service business organization, I applied modern management methods like Kanban. When I ran a startup or when I helped the product team of a large corporation; I used frameworks such as fit for purpose, Jobs to be done, business model and value proposition canvas extensively to not only identify customer’s needs but also how to measure them and how to satisfy them better than competition.
On management and consulting
Throughout the course of my career, I’ve managed a wide range of technical and non-technical roles, from network cable technicians to copywriters, creative directors, and hard core technical engineers (to name a few). I’ve worked with co-located, distributed, dispersed and remote teams to solve problems and build awesome solutions. I helped my consulting clients establish management models and governance structures to keep their people satisfied and increase retention rate. I’ve mentored, coached, and trained contributors and leaders of one of the largest building material manufacturers and distributors, transforming their company into a digital customer-centric organization with enterprise agility capability. To put it simply, I help companies improve their ways of working and create long term security.
It’s never been just the Kaveh’s show, though. I’ve always been focused on how to learn quickly and how to distill that learning so I could share these practices and principles with my direct reports, peers, managers, and later on with my consulting clients. As a manager, I focus on collaborating, partnering, guiding, mentoring, coaching and when necessary directing my team so we can reach our desired outcome together more quickly.
My core principle
Over the years, I’ve learned that to manage a team or an organization or a product more effectively, one should start from discovering and understanding the needs and purpose of those one serves - such as employees, customers, owners and stakeholders - before anything else. After understanding needs, then it is important to identify the obstacles and risks on the way to fulfil those needs. The practice of continuous observation, orientation and deliberate alignment and ongoing conversation is the third important element of successfully managing teams, organizations or products that I learned from my experiences and studies.
So what does it all mean?
All these varied roles, projects, products and credentials have helped me learn and experience all possible ways of managing myself, my company, or my team's work more efficiently. Also, They have helped me to learn how to identify, understand and respond to needs more effectively. I’m here to help you reach your desired outcome more quickly with evidence-based, actionable guidance you can apply with minimal risk.
Want to learn more? Get in touch to discuss how I can help you and your company.
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