Author: Ananth Natarajan

CHOW #90- Critical conversation

Nipun Sehgal was the designated QnC (IT Service Provider) Program Manager for the engagement with Spot-On Power Solutions (SOPS) to develop their next generation Analytics solution. A key assumption in the QnC proposal was the re-use of artefacts from the earlier project undertaken by SOPS which had not succeeded. After QnC won the project bid, Nipun and his team were putting together the plan for the engagement. Nipun felt it was high time that he validated the re-use assumption. In general, he felt he needed the active ongoing support and high-quality inputs from people in SOPS who were knowledgeable...

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Thoughts that plague a manager’s mind

As a consultant, I come across many project and program managers in the IT world. I always wondered why most of their faces looked to be in pain. I was then enlightened by a long-time family friend who happens to be a homemaker. She mockingly said, “Hadn’t you seen your own face in the mirror when you were a manager in the IT world?”, and she went on to quote St. Jerome: “Face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart”. I said, “Say no more!” and slipped away from the...

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CHOW #69– Never enough time

I have recently joined a GIC as a Delivery Manager looking after a portfolio of projects and support engagements for the U.S. parent. John is a Project Manager looking after one of the support engagements. John has grown fast as the GIC grew in India and has taken on quite a few responsibilities. He is married with a wonderful two-year old girl. He often feels he is doing justice neither to his job nor to his family. “How are you, John?” I ask, as we sit down for a 1:1 session. John slumps into the chair with a sigh....

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Productivity: My tricks of the trade!

Note: This post is reproduced with permission from https://thequestforyou.blogspot.in/2017/06/productivity-my-tricks-of-trade.html by Vetrivel Natarajan Here’s a list of things I do to keep myself up, running and super productive. While some may resonate with you, some may not… find your own holy grail!     Love what you do: So first of all, you need to love what you’re working on! Without passion, neither is it possible to keep at it consistently, nor does it make sense to spend your time on what you’re doing. Have a scheduled work plan with tick boxes: The first thing great achievers do is make a schedule...

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CHOW #44– Whom should Raghavan recruit as a Scrum Master?

I got a call from Raghavan, from the HR team of a company, handling recruitment. His question was: I am filling the post of a scrum master. The requirement is urgent, this team needs to become Agile in order to work well with other related teams working on the same platform. I have three candidates who have been rated favourably by an interview panel. While there are some comments on the three persons, I understand that getting an ideal fit may not be easy. Can you help me rank the three candidates, so that I can make the offers in that sequence as preference? The Challenge for this week is to help Raghavan. Please share your ranking and reasons for the ranking. Here is the summary of the three candidates.   Candidate Total years in IT # years as scrum master Comments Krithika G 4 3 Joining as a fresher, she has handled the scrum master role of coordinating standups for the team for 3 years Though the juniormost in the team, when she joined, she has been well accepted in this role [actually, she said that nobody wanted to be scrum master] most of her time is spent in scheduling meetings [resolving calendar conflicts is not simple] and share the summary of meeting minutes Anant Arora 7 2 Anant started as a developer, then moved to QA after...

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