Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tempations of. CEO

"The five tempations of ceo -- Patrick Lencion"is great book on issues of building great organization.

The below is my understating, highlights are from the Book

Organization or ceo's look at profit and loss and lighter areas, forgetting actual areas where it would need to have more improvements in process and clean up of and struggle with leadership issues.

Like "Sri Sri" telugu revolutionary poet quoted (in telugu :tariqulu dastavedulu kadhove charitante. Charitante nava kavananiki kavalyu kuttuka) history is not about dates and proof , but is should throw light "what and what not do" for next generation.

Chasing numbers and profits just one side of coin, you should cover and uncover other areas (you can not see in other side of coin.)


1.Choosing status over results:
  • Good and bad status does not mean anything, end results are
  • How well firm has grown?
  • How well employees are grown and benefited?
  • How well society has benefited? . In India Tata, Birla have contributed to the society. Like Microsoft and other have contribute so well to charity areas.

2..Choosing popularity over accountability:
  • Making people accountable rather than getting more popularity of doing charity and too much people care.
  • Being friendly is one side of the coin, you should also get output from each of the teammates
  • Setting clear expectations.
  • Too much populist, without any results does not do any good. 
  • Primus Inter pares ( First among the equals) : designation and hierarchy does not matter, promote who is delivering . It does not matter even that person junior most employee.
Servant Leaders are Resolute - Acronym

3.Choosing certainty over clarity:
  • You would never get clarity but you should start somewhere
  • Keep on changing the plan (did I mention Agile planning?)
  • eliminate and filter-out un-wanted info from close associates and decide the direction which is best for the firm and everyone around.
  • No decision is 100% correct, start some where
4.Choosing harmony over conflict:

  • Seeking peace
  • Need to use guidance than shouting and screaming
  • There is problem at hand, how do you resolve them.
  • “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.”
    George S. Patton Jr.
5..Choosing invulnerability over trust:  ( Incapable of getting hurt or damaged VS Trust)
  • keeping the ego at door
  • It is ok to fail
  • acknowledge the mistake and show human side
  • with military kind of leaders, people are afraid to take-up new direction. failure may hit them heavily

Hope this helps.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

End-2- End Journey

Full life cycle of work, with smaller duration is the key
  • Start with small team
  • Start with small investment or zero investment
  • Start with smallest module or piece work and run through entire journeys
  • Dry test run to see, if it works
  • See and visualize the entire product life cycle .
  • Smaller the piece, better the run through
If you see/gaze above is working, then go with rapid fire
  • Do more investments
  • Do more user story/requirement creation
  • Add or start working on more projects
Does it help?


Rapid Fire Agile

Gone with the wind, the life cycle (waterfall) waiting for product for ever :) is long gone . Customers and consumers wants the product faster

Prince-2 ( PRojects IN Controlled Environments),  you needs have a work product or testable product

Adding to above, in terms of people or process, what you deliver is the key.
  • Time spent, money spent, efforts spent should yields results
  • We don't have infinite time to re-invent the wheel
  • Creating a process, backup, second line to your work
  • Creating a plan-b, plan-c, Plan -d  ==> Will keep you in safer side
Hope this helps

Rapid Agile

In ideal world, seeing end-2-end connectivity is very important.

I believe in verifying something, a quick smoke test
  • Smoke test is "testing method", just see it actually works
  • It would take only few minutes verify if functionality works
  • To check internet connectivity, just do one web site entry
  • If you are going invest time in a person/place
    • You will do a interview
    • Or give him some money say 1000 and see how fast he/she pays or forgets
    • Give him a small piece work and see, if starts doing it 
Does it ring-a-bell?

Seven blade razor

What is seven blade razor?

In olden days (while I am growing up), if you ask people to donate or pour milk in container and if you check after sometime, you will see container is full of water . 

This is classic example of people think, others will do or they expect others to do.

In ideal world, you don't see people taking the responsible of what-so-ever reason. People take others granted:)

Back to "seven blade razor", there is classic commercial with monkeys (end of 2003?, American comedy channel "super station"?, sequence is unsure?)
  • Summary is "out of seven blades", most of blades don't work/will not functions or do nothing .
  • First blades touches the hair
  • second blade pushes the hair inside
  • third blade pulls the hair
  • fourth/fifth/sixth are dummy
  • Seven blade only cuts-it
In idea world, if you have team of 25 people at work, not many will take a responsibility.
  • Reason may be what-so-ever
  • Some people come to work (for just chit-chatting)
  • Some people for show-put-up
  • Some people pretend working
  • Only few will try to do sincerely
 Hope this is good?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

“Go live” in IT

Go-live or release is something, which is workable solution/product customer can use it.

How to do we come here?
  • A greater team work and great collaboration
  • Great planning by the team and as well “Senior management”
  • Senior Management and team co-ordination is very important. Sr Management steers the direction of team and projects
  • CCB (Change Control Board:)) which blocks “Out-scope requirements” in the release. Project management needs to monitor and acts as a gateway to customer and Team.
  • Effective Test team /Quality team 
  • Eliminating waste
    • Politics , Bias towards certain people in the team
    • Keeping problems and problem elements away
  • Incremental deliveries
  • Customer buy-in at every stage 
  • Approval and required sign-off at various points (mile stones)
  • Adhering to all the polices by client or organization, where they work from 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Will complete soon ...

For some reason or other hitting roadblocks is order of the day :)

Every task you take-up every process is you touch, the work stretches and never completes :)

Few things to avoid

  • Trusting people, who will promise heaven ( in two secs). Strangely you will see heaven in-following-up/chasing/shouting/screaming.  Two seconds will start after two decades or fifty years (if you are still alive :))
  • People who can not keep promises. Every time, in ever corner of life you will see this.
  • Having only "one option" for work completion
  • Paying/donations/loans with out any agreements/email communication. 
    • Some people vanish, people change phone numbers/houses. 
    • People changes houses/towns/country. 
    • Even they will go-to Singapore, or construct "five star hotels".But they will not have money to pay you back
    • They will come up with "n reasons", why they can not pay now :)
    • They will get into all problems, the moment you ask them to pay :)
  • Thinking that some one will come and help you :)
  • Choosing wrong path/partner/firm/employer/employee.
This is based personal experience (as always) :)

Any experience, you would like to share.