Author: Paramu Kurumathur

CHOW #82- Lack of Focus

Arjuna was the program manager of a large program with many projects under its umbrella. One of the projects seemed to be suffering from a lack of focus on a technical requirement, namely response time. Even though the project team started off being completely aware of the importance of this requirement, after a couple of months of development, it was found in testing that this requirement was nowhere close to being met. Arjuna had many discussions with the project manager and the team to figure out why this was happening. In your mind, what could have been the reasons...

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A Goal Focused Team – Part 3

In the previous posts (part 1 and part 2) we watched the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup match – Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina’s focus on scoring the goal was complete. It was total and complete focus on one thing – the goal. We said that this was exactly what is needed for projects also. A completely goal focused team. We started analyzing the inherent need for a goal focused team for a project to succeed and discussed three aspects – Clarity and alignment of individual goals; need for a well equipped team; teamwork; and the importance of...

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A Goal Focused Team – Part 2

In the previous post we watched the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup match – Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina’s focus on scoring the goal was complete. It was total and complete focus on one thing – the goal. We said that this was exactly what is needed for projects also. A completely goal focused team. We started analyzing the inherent need for a goal focused team for a project to succeed and discussed one aspect – Clarity and alignment of individual goals. In this post we will look at three other aspects of a goal focused team. Well-equipped...

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A Goal Focused Team – Part 1

It is worth watching the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup – Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro, even if you have seen it before. The second goal by Argentina in their 6-0 drubbing of Serbia & Montenegro was really something. They quietly went through more than twenty passes and then Riquelme fed Saviola who sent a pass inside for Cambiasso. Cambiasso passed the ball into Crespo who kicked a return pass with the back of his heel to Cambiasso who rammed the ball home from 12 yards. (click here to see the replay) Argentina’s focus on scoring the...

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CHOW #70– What are the manifestations of this component?

In the blog post “An extract from the upcoming book on A Framework to Assess Project Wellness” we looked at some of the components of continuous improvement, shown in the diagram above. We detailed out the practices or manifestations of  one of the components – ‘Team responds to ever increasing customer expectations’ Team members actively participate in discussions with customers and among themselves in the generation of ideas that could improve service levels or value to customer Improvement ideas are assessed for value to customer and are prioritized in terms of cost vs benefits Improvement ideas are implemented like projects...

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