Author: Paramu Kurumathur

Software Project Health – The Story of how this book came to be written

We were having our regular Thursday meeting. This meeting provided the platform for each partner or consultant of my organization (PM Power Consulting Pvt. Ltd. aka PM Power) to update the others on their status and plans. Three of our partners had been busy over the past couple of months working on a framework to assess project health. This framework was the brainchild of Ananth Natarajan, who had always been wanting to come up with a way to assess the true health of a software project. Ananth was not satisfied that the regular status updates of the project managers, using...

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CHOW #117- Project Health and Project Status

I was walking along the corridors of our office one day when I happened to hear a conversation. My colleague, Ananth Natarajan, was talking to a visitor and was telling him about our book. “Software Project Health: An Epic Retold”, that had just been launched. This is what I heard when I was walking by: The visitor was asking, “What is the hubub going one?” Ananth was saying, “Oh, we are all excited about the fact that we have published our first book.” Visitor: “Really? What is it about?” Ananth: “It is about project health. It is titled, “Software...

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CHOW #107- Evolution of Project Health Assessment

In the blogs we had a very active discussion on the assessment of project health. I would like to know your perspectives on how health assessment varied from 1990s to now, and how is assessment likely to evolve as we go to the 2030s? Suggested Solution: We are noticing a trend away from external health assessment to self-assessment by the team. We are also seeing a trend towards more holistic assessment than just process health centred around industry process frameworks. In today’s dynamic business environment, specific assessment of ability to multi-skill, to handle newer technologies, to juggle ambiguities in...

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Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 3

Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible till now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive outcomes during all stages of the project? I had an occasion to talk to my colleague, Ananth, exactly about this. This is the third part of...

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Assessing Software Project Health- An Interview with Anantha Natarajan – Part 2

Project status showed GREEN till yesterday and today it is all RED! Does this sound familiar? Maybe, it has been RED for a while, but somehow, the RED did not become visible till now. And this often happens at the eleventh hour when fire-fighting is the only option left. How do you assess the true status or health of a project? And how can you provide your customer of an assurance of positive outcomes during all stages of the project? I had an occasion to talk to my colleague, Ananth, exactly about this. This is the second part of...

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