The official guide for the top 50+ recommended product manager tools.

Collaboration

Confluence: Wiki tool to centralize your team’s product knowledge.

Google Sites: Launch an intranet for your company, a project site for your team or a portal for customers with our site builder.

Slack: Platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go.

TinyPM: Lightweight and smart agile collaboration tool with product management, backlog, taskboard, user stories and wiki.

 

Product Roadmap

 
Aha: Web-based product strategy and roadmapping software for agile product managers.

ProdPad: Lets you capture ideas and feedback, create product specs, and build product roadmap.

ProductPlan: Lets you plan and communicate your product roadmap.

Roadmunk: Visual roadmap software for product management.

 

Project Management

 Asana: A web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email.

Basecamp: A web-based project management and collaboration tool.

Blossom: A lightweight project management tool for modern software development teams that love continuous delivery & simplicity.

CodeTree: Adds extra functionality on top of GitHub issues to help with project management.

Jira: A flexible and scalable issue tracker for software teams.

Pivotal Tracker: A lightweight, agile project management tool for software teams.

Sprint.ly: Agile project management software for your whole team.

Trello: A tool to visually organize and see your project in a single glance.

Wrike: A work management and collaboration platform used by high-performance teams everywhere.

 

Productivity

 Evernote: Lets you take notes, track tasks, and save things you find online.

Omnifocus: A task management platform for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

RescueTime: A personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive.

Todoist: An online task management app and to-do list.

Wunderlist: Lets you create and collaborate on to-do lists.

 

E-mail Marketing

 Aweber: E-mail marketing software that allows you to quickly segment your lists by subscriber opens or clicks, location, and even what pages subscribers visited on your website.

Constant Contact: Offers effective email marketing and other online marketing campaigns to meet your business goals.

Goodbits: Build newsletters for your team or customers in minutes.

InfusionSoft: Combines CRM, email and social marketing, and e-commerce solutions. It is most known for it’s easy ability to segment subscribers by activity to help you send very targeted emails.

MailChimp: Online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results.

 

User Research

 Google Forms: Lets you create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time.

SurveyMonkey: Lets you create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time.

Typeform: A form and survey builder that makes asking questions easy on any device.

UserTesting: Lets you get videos of real people speaking their thoughts as they use your product.

UXCam: Allows you to eliminate customer struggle and improve user experience by capturing and visualizing screen video and user interaction data.

 

Metrics & Analytics

 CrazyEgg: Visualize where your visitors click and engage with your website.

GoodData: A cloud-based business intelligence platform providing data management solutions for businesses.

Google Analytics: Provides data collection / management, data consolidation, data analytics, and reporting.

Kissmetrics: Delivers key insights and timely interactions to turn visitors into customers.

Mixpanel: An analytics platform for the mobile and web, supporting businesses to study consumer behavior.

Optimizely: An experience optimization platform enabling A/B and multivariate testing for users to enhance their websites & mobile apps.

Qualaroo: A qualitative insights SaaS solution that is triggered by web visitor behavior, providing intelligence that helps marketers better understand customer needs.

Segment: A single hub to collect, manage, and route your customer analytics data.

 

Design

 Flaticon: A search engine for 16000+ glyph vector icons.

Sketch: A really easy to use design tool for designers. Currently only available on Mac.

Noun Project: Search over 100,000 icons that you can drag and drop into your favorite Mac apps.

 

Wireframe / Mockups

 
Axure: An interactive wireframe software and mockup tool.

Balsamiq: A wireframing and mock up tool with a high focus on usability. Quickly come up with mock ups and easily share them with your clients.

Mockingbird: Helps you you create and share clickable wireframes. Use it to make mockups of your website or application in minutes.

Moqups: An HTML5 app used to create wireframes and mockups.

UXPin: Lets you wireframe any user interface quickly and easily.

 

Prototyping

 
Invision: A prototyping tool that lets you upload designs and add hotspots to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes complete with gestures, transitions, and animations.

Proto.io: Lets you create fully-interactive high-fidelity prototypes that look and work exactly like your app should.

Protoshare: An easy-to-use, collaborative prototyping tool that helps teams visualize requirements with website wireframes and interactive software and mobile prototypes while working together in real-time.

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The official guide for the top 50+ recommended product manager tools.

Product Manager – Tools

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The most successful product managers are organized so that your thoughts can be organized. If you have an organized mind you can communicate more clearly and being a great communicator is the key to success as a product manager.

If you aren’t naturally talented at communicating, you can go very far by focusing on being organized.

The best way to stay organized is to rely on tools to help you do the job.

Here are all the types of tools that most product managers have in their toolbelt and suggestions for apps and websites for each type of tool.

Feature and Bug Tracking

Sometimes also referred to as “issue tracker” or “issue tracking” tools. These are software applications that are used to keep a backlog of features that the product management team wants to create, the developers are in the middle of creating, or are created.

Usually a feature tracking tool integrates functionality to track bugs that are reported either internally or externally by users.

Roadmap Planning

Roadmapping helps you plan out your product’s features over the course of months and even years. It’s important to keep an organized roadmap using a roadmap planner so you can get a high level view of what features need to be implemented and when they can be implemented.

As a product manager you’ll be referring to the roadmap frequently when internal stakeholders (like executives and sales people) and clients want an idea of what’s to come.

Wireframing

Wireframing is essentially a draft or a sketch of the feature or product that you’re building. You can use these wireframes to validate the feature or product before it get’s built and also to communicate how you want the product or feature to work and look to your developers.

Multi-Purpose Product Management Tools

Product Manager – Tools

"3 Free Open Source E-Commerce for Ruby on Rails"

Ruby On Rails is an open source Web framework that help you to create web applications more easier, faster & write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration. Here is 3 Free Open Source E-Commerce for Ruby on Rails
1. Spree

Spree is the open-source e-commerce platform  based on Ruby on Rails platform which is highly extensible & customizable. Spree follows RESTful design which makes the code easier to maintain for experienced Rails developers. Developers can easily override existing views, provide new ones or provide additional models, migrations and controllers. Spree  is maintained by an active team of developers who continue to refine the code based on lessons learned from the challenges of real world deployments. Best of all, Spree is completely free, the open source code is freely available and is licensed under the New BSD License.



Feature


  • Extensible Design
  • Spree supports the latest version of Ruby on Rails.
  • Simple and easy way to Upgrades
  • Unobtrusive Javascript
  • Custom Shipping Logic
  • Over 50 Payment Gateways Supported
  • Single Page Checkout
  • Advanced Inventory Features
  • Blueprint and Sass framework supported
  • Search Engine Friendly
  • & much more..

Demo  http://spreecommerce.com/demo
Download  http://spreecommerce.com/


2.  Substruct

Substruct is a open source e-commerce project written in Ruby on Rails framework. It provides a simple e-commerce platform, content management system and customer response system – all in one. its Cleanly designed, easy to extend and maintain. Substruct The first and most robust Ruby on Rails open source e-commerce project.



Feature :


* A simple content management system with blogging capabilities

o Manage your entire site’s content from the web – no html necessary!

* A simple shopping cart that’s tied into Authorize.net and PayPal (must have an account)

* Product and order management

o Track your inventory online

o View up to the minute sales reports

o Integrate with fulfillment houses via XML and web services

* A stunning administration interface

o Create and maintain content

o Create, maintain, void orders

o Answer questions from your visitors


Demo : http://substruct.subimage.com/
Download  http://code.google.com/p/substruct/


3. EcomPages


EcomPages is an open source shopping cart software written in Ruby on Rails. This beta release is an introduction version that gives user a general idea of how EcomPages works. More complex features will be added based on user’s discussion. And feel free to modify the code to fit your need. To install Ecompages you required Mac OS, Windows, Linux , Ruby on Rails 2.0.2 + and MySQL 4 + , Rmagick.



Download :http://github.com/colinm/ecompages-cm 

"3 Free Open Source E-Commerce for Ruby on Rails"

"25 Free Open Source eCommerce Platforms"

Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or eCommerce, or consists of the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. The amount of trade conducted electronically has grown extraordinarily with widespread Internet usage. Its very existence has allowed countless number of businesses reach new heights, and take advantage of endless possibilities. As new standards, ideas, and applications for eCommerce role out, the strength of your online presence must support these new trends.


Here is 25 Free Open Source eCommerce platform Applications we have found on the internet and select the one that’s right for you, your business and your customers.



  1. Magento – Magento is classified as an open source eCommerce platform that eases the flow between design and online sales. Magento is one of the fastest growing eCommerce solutions in the market, and with their long list of features it’s not hard to see why. Magento likes to out-smart other content management systems for eCommerce by providing excellent options to grow your site. Magento is a very flexible eCommerce platform that lets you Manage multiple websites, integrate Google Website Optimizer and over 50 payment gateways.
  2. PrestaShop – PrestaShop is a free, open source eCommerce platform that delivers a wide variety of features such as the full control of your inventory, orders, shipping and tracking, allowing you to manage your business in real-time. This eCommerce platform has a WYSIWYG editing tool for your products and the managing of images. Your online store can be customized at any time, accept PayPal payments, and manage customer based subscriptions. PrestaShop can send payments directly to your bank account, or your PayPal account.
  3. osCommerce – osCommerce has attracted a large growing e-commerce community that consists of over 228,200 store owners and developers who support each other and extend osCommerce Online Merchant with add-ons being contributed on a daily basis. To date there are over 5,800 add-ons that are available for free to customize osCommerce Online Merchant online stores and to help increase sales.
  4. Zen Cart – Zen Cart Free and straightforward, using Zen Cart falls within the capabilities of almost everyone. Besides the standard features you’d expect, Zen Cart offers a newsletter manager, discount coupons, quantity discounts, gift certificates and the ability to select exactly which cards you accept. There are tons of contributions to the software at your disposal with many from osCommerce preinstalled. This does make the admin interface a little cluttered for my liking though.
  5. CubeCart – CubeCart , the standard edition, is completely free to download and use. It comes complete with three different skins, customer order history, unlimited products, categories and images, multi-currency support, and product search. CubeCart 4, which costs over $100, comes with enhanced SEO, visitor skin selector, courier tracking URL, superior product search, and the ability to add and edit orders from the back-end. Both integrate well with any site and are suitable for those already selling online or preparing to open a shop. If you’re not familiar with PHP and MySQL, however, you might find setting up CubeCart on your own quite a challenge.
  6. VirtueMart – VirtueMart can’t operate alone: it’s an ecommerce solution designed to be used alongside the Joomla! CMS (content management system). In terms of a cart, it offers the complete package and it’s great from the shoppers’ point of view. Shoppers can register for an account, add addresses and view their order history with a minimum of fuss. VirtueMart supports multiple languages and currencies and you can add an unlimited number of products and product categories. Your products are searchable and can be rated by users. Despite its obvious strengths, it does have some minor weaknesses, including a somewhat poorly structured forum and some messy code here and there.
  7. Ubercart – VirtueMart can’t operate alone: it’s an ecommerce solution designed to be used alongside the Joomla! CMS (content management system). In terms of a cart, it offers the complete package and it’s great from the shoppers’ point of view. Shoppers can register for an account, add addresses and view their order history with a minimum of fuss. VirtueMart supports multiple languages and currencies and you can add an unlimited number of products and product categories. Your products are searchable and can be rated by users. Despite its obvious strengths, it does have some minor weaknesses, including a somewhat poorly structured forum and some messy code here and there.
  8. Avactis – Avactis, available as a free version or for a fee, integrates seamlessly with your existing website. Its web based help manual, video tutorials and setup wizard are sufficient for most people to install and manage without the help of expert developers. Advanced features include newsletter management, marketing and sales reports which you can export to Excel, multiple storefronts, numerous payment methods including Maestro, the ability to export accounting data to QuickBooks and support for tax systems around the world. To make the most of every feature out-of-the-box, you’re going to have to pay $19.95 per month or a one-off payment of $199, which seems reasonable. There are additional charges, however, for hosting your cart, support, updates and installation (if you can’t do that yourself). The shopper experience is smooth, but a little drawn out, as customers must navigate through various pages before paying for their goods.
  9. AgoraCart – AgoraCart is not as popular as some of the other platforms reviewed here and we’re not quite sure why. It’s flexible and fully customisable, great for setting up simple stores or complex design concepts. Insofar as design goes, you can choose from one of the templates on offer or design your own using CSS. Layouts and product categories can be tweaked to your heart’s content. In some ways, AgoraCart seems to have been left behind by some of the newer PHP based platforms, so is perhaps best suited to hobbyist coders.
  10. OXID eShop – OXID eSales is an open source e-commerce application built with PHP & uses MySQL for storing the data.
  11. Digistores – Digistore’s based on osCommerce, so will be instantly recognisable to anyone who’s ever used that ubiquitous ecommerce platform. It’s a full CMS, very quick and easy to install and can be operated by people with little or no coding knowledge. There are a number of free templates available to use, but if you like, you can buy a sleeker template or even have your own personal one created for a small fee. You can manager and alter colours, site width, layout and template from within the admin area and even run multiple adverts to promote your products.
  12. Spree – Spree, an ecommerce platform based on Ruby on Rails, is constantly growing and improving thanks to its active development team. There are loads of great extensions on offer which you can use to tailor your site to your specific needs. Spree lets you modify shipping, tax, discounts and coupons to suit your customers, who will themselves be more than satisfied with the single page checkout. It’s search engine friendly and has Google Analytics built in. It’s ideal for small and medium enterprises, but not the best choice for sites receiving the very highest levels of traffic.
  13. Freeway – Freeway allows you to manage your store using web-based administration interface. Built-in SEO tools will help attracting more visitors from search engines and increase your sales. Freeway is scalable, it will grow with your internet business so you can sell how you want to sell adding new functionality with ease.
  14. PHPshop – PHPshop‘s primary purpose of phpShop is to provide a simple shopping cart solution that is easy to customize to suit any purpose. phpShop has less features that many other shopping cart applications, but is generally easier to customize.  We were recently informed the PHPshop  is no longer active and is now under the name VirtueMart.
  15. OpenCart – Open cart’s admin area has a well designed user interface that simplifies the process of tweaking your site. When you first begin using this eCommerce platform you’re given a customizable layout that gives your products an adequate amount of “breathing room”. OpenCart lets you take full control of your shipping features and the ability to take coupons. You can use coupon codes for your existing customers as incentives. Open Cart is ideal for small to medium sized businesses that are looking for flexibility and the power of useful tools at their fingertips.
  16. WHMCS – WHMCS is an all-in-one client management, billing &  support solution for online businesses. WHMCS handles everything from signup to termination, with automated billing, provisioning & management. With WHMCS, you’re in control with a very powerful business automation tool.  Great Software, it runs our Sales and Hosting Platform at RackWire.com.
  17. TomatoCart – TomatoCart is an open source e-commerce application that is branched from the popular osCommerce to offer a better experience. It comes with a totally new front and back-ends where the back-end is an impressive desktop-like ExtJS-powered interface.
  18. eCart – eCart is an open source e-commerce shopping cart application that is built with PHP-MySQL. It is a fresh but powerful software which can manage multiple stores from a single admin interface, supports unlimited product categories, one-page-checkout and more.
  19. CS-Cart – CS-Cart is a complete shopping cart application that can quickly enable any business to start selling online whether it is a single-product shop or a complete marketplace. The application uses Ajax in many parts to ease usage and offers an overall smart logic for a better shopping experience like one-page checkout, featured/related products for cross selling and many more.
  20. ZeusCart – ZeusCart is an open source e-commerce application that is built with PHP and MySQL. The application has support for selling any type of items (including digital goods) where items can have multiple properties like color, size and multiple images.
  21. CRE Loaded PCI CE – CRE Loaded PCI CE is an open source e-commerce software which is the lighter, but still strong, version of a paid solution. It is designed to run on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server and offers lots of features which you can add more as it comes with the source.
  22. dashCommerce – dashCommerce is an open source e-commerce software developed with ASP.NET & using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for storing data.
  23. osCSS – osCSS is simply a php eCommerce shopping application that’s built on the oscommerce GPL code. It’s available for a free download and distribution. This version complies with current web standards by using XHTML 1.1 as the mark-up language. You’ll have full take on how to display your products and the way they will be shipped. Although osCSS isn’t the most popular or powerful eCommerce CMS, it sure does get the job done.
  24. WP e-Commerce – WP e-Commerce is a Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind.  The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online
  25. Übercart – Übercart is an e-commerce suite developed for Drupal. With the end user in mind, focusing on usability at store configuration, product – catalog creation and order administration, Übercart is a simple yet powerful shopping cart solution.

Compliments to blogupstairs.com

"25 Free Open Source eCommerce Platforms"

"8 Free Open Source Ruby on Rails Content Management System"

I want to share for you about 8 Free Open Source Ruby on Rails Content Management System. As we know, Ruby On Rails is an open source Web framework that help you to create web applications more easier, faster & write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration. 


There are 8 Free Open Source Content Management System Based Ruby on Rails. if you have other, please comment


     

  1. skylinecms

    Skylinecms is  open source Ruby on Rails content management system. Skyline is an flexible and expandable open source content management system that is in constant development. Its feature rich interface allows for fast and intuitive management of websites.

    Demo: http://demo.skylinecms.nl
    Administration: http://demo.skylinecms.nl/skyline
    License: LGPL

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  3. Refinery

    Refinery is light weight content management system that build with Ruby On Rails. Refinery is free and open sources. It has slick and clean user interface, Modular and extendable. Refinery is Powerful and flexible to allow you to design exactly the site you want.Requirements: Ruby on rails enables on hosting environtment

    Demo: http://demo.refinerycms.com/admin
    License: License Free
    Website:http://refinerycms.com/

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  5. BrowserCMS

    BrowserCMS is a open source Web Content Management System (CMS), written in Ruby on Rails. BrowserCMS is an easy-to-use, 100% browser-based content management system that is installed on the same web server that hosts your website. It is designed to support three different types of people:

    Non-technical web editors who want a humane system to manage their site, without needing to understand what HTML or even Rails is.

    Designers who want to create large and elegantly designed websites with no artificial constraints by the CMS.

    Developers who want to add a CMS into their Rails projects, or create CMS driven websites for their clients.

    BrowserCMS provide a few list of guides on how the above groups can use BrowswerCMS, to design, build and maintain websites. like; Getting Started , User Guide for BrowserCMS , Installing a Module , Developer and designer’s Guide and much more… Requirements:Rails 2.3

    Source: http://www.browsercms.org
    License: LGPL license

  6. RailFrog CMS

    RailFrog is an Open Source CMS built with Ruby on Rails. This Open Source Content Management System is producing well structured and standards-compliant pages with Web 2.0 goodness.  Railfrog makes it easy for developers, designers, webmasters, or just about anyone else to deploy and manage a website.

    Download : http://www.railfrog.com/download.html

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  8. Radiant CMS

    Radiant is a open source content management system specially for small developer teams. A simple-yet-powerful Ruby on Rails CMS application with a slick interface, Radiant offers flexibility when you create layouts, snippets, page parts, and a custom tagging language. It also allow Flexible Site Structure to arrange pages according to any hierarchy.

    Radiant has a special macro language called Radius (similar to HTML) which makes it easy to include content from other pages, iterate over page children, and display content conditionally. Radius tags are available in pages, snippets, and layouts.

    It also support for Markdown and Textile, but developers can easily create text filters for any markup language such as RDoc, BBCode, or Structured Text. Radiant is licensed under the MIT License.

    Demo : http://radiantcms.org/demo/ Download : http://radiantcms.org/download/ License: the MIT License.

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  10. Typo

    Typo is currently on version 5.3 for Ruby on Rails 2.2 and is described as “the oldest and most powerful Ruby on Rails blogware, providing custom templates, powerful drag and drop plugins API, advanced SEO capabilities, XMLRPC API and many more.” This appears to be one of the more active RoR open source CMS projects. Its features include: Customizable SEO interface

    Individual user dashboards

    Two types of content, articles and pages

    Category support

    Tag manager

    Customizable themes    Typo is released under the MIT License.

    Download : http://github.com/fdv/typo/wiki demo : http://demo.typosphere.org/

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  12. Locomotive

    LOCOMOTIVE is an open source CMS for Rails. It’s super flexible and integrates with Heroku and Amazon S3.

    Download : http://www.locomotiveapp.org/

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  14. Rubricks

    Rubricks is an open source CMS(Contents Management System) powered by Ruby on Rails. It enables to create your website more smart, simple, and speedy.

    Rubricks adopts the components architecture. You can install the components(BBS, Schedulers, etc..) into Rubricks. Of course, if you make components, many people will install and use them easily.

    Demo : http://rubricks.org/index_en.html 
    Download :http://rubricks.org/index_en.html

"8 Free Open Source Ruby on Rails Content Management System"

A study “Movie : ‘Band Baaja Baraat ‘”

For those who have seen “Band Baaja Baarat” a Hindi Flick, story line is of two entrepreneurs who successfully build a business and like every other hindi movie eventually fall in love with each other . Well lets not get into the love part and complicate the discussion for now . Basically its there journey , there trade offs , ups and down and also a but of love injected in it .

Band Baaja Baaraat

Anyhow , here’s my take on this movie for now

Concept/Idea :

Wont get into detail to begin, but the basic idea was to start a business from scratch in Delhi(India) without almost “no funds”.
So now you would ask
– was the idea new a unique idea
– was it targeting some niece market
– was there a pain area which they focused upon
– blah blah etc etc

I mean that’s what we generally hear that the VC’s and the Investors usually ask , unlike that it wasn’t a unique idea had a pain area targeted but that’s not mandatory (eg. Twitter, etc). It was basically they just went down and dirty to execute there idea . Also the idea was simple , one could easily make other understand in less than half a minute or so .

Initiation :

Well there is a simple rule , JUST DO IT ! If you would have seen “Social Network” the difference between “FACEBOOK” and “HARVARD Connection” was FACEBOOK founder MARK ZUKENBERG, took the initiation and made it happen whereas the other guys who shared the idea to an extent were too dependent on him and never got it started or maybe caught napping. So the only way to know if something will work or not is to JUST DO IT .
The Start
:

“START SMALL ” thats the mantra , there is tremendous amount of knowledge one can learn from being small and then gradually scaling up. This applies even while taking jobs , startups are the best place to learn , no matter how lucrative a BIG BANNER MNC may look, the real learning happens in a startup.
eg: if you have an idea then only knowing how to execute it not
IMPORTANT , I mean if a web based poduct then in that case knowing coding is not the only thing which is IMPORTANT there are various other aspects like sales, marketing, customer service, and many more aspects .So the only way to learn all this is by getting down and dirty. This is what I meant by saying to join a startup to start a career.

Business Perspective:

START SMALL. From the business perspective, what they did in BAND BAJA BARAAT was they joined a wedding planner as interns or assistants rather directly jumping into the business although hey had an idea .This according to me is most important learning from the movie, start with someone else and learn by there mistakes rather risking on your own.

Starting small is important no matter you have funds or not. CASH is an ASSET when in BANK not when spent, as one is bound to make mistakes its important to be cash rich than to be cash stripped by investing a fortune. Also Getting your first customer is of ultimate importance. However as one work with customers the level of confidence would increase and eventually the need of external funding would decrease by just pulling back the profit in the company.

Scaling Up

Many ask whats the right time to scale up, I would say when you are confident and have gut feeling thats the right time. However its important not to screw up at the end.

However, some of the facts, they showed in the movies, is very rare in the real world.

Dont depend solely on anything and try to innovate as much as one can. Least dependency is the mantra. However in real life its very difficult. Also EXECUTE EXECUTE EXECUTE if you have an IDEA .

Do let me know your thoughts .

A study “Movie : ‘Band Baaja Baraat ‘”