Author: Paramu Kurumathur

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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An extract from the upcoming book on “A Project Health Assessment Framework”

This post is an extract from the upcoming book on “A Project Health Assessment Framework” We have referred to this book in a previous blog post. We have also referred to the subject matter of book in other posts: A Framework to Assess Project Wellness 6 Vital Signs to sense a healthy project Please read the above posts to get a clear idea of the context of this book. The extract from the book follows: Arjuna was relaxing at home. He had some soft, relaxing music on. He was in a reflective mood. He was thinking of a Zen koan....

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CHOW #60– Can you identify some components of a vital sign?

In the blog post published along with this CHOW,  we talk of a six fold approach to assess project health. This blog post is an extract from our book, “A Project Health Assessment Framework”, that is expected to hit the stands this year. In the post we identify a manifestation and the component to which it belongs within the vital sign Customer Connect. Quote from the blog post Krishna referred to the paper, “Well, one manifestation is this: Regular communication with the customer exists regarding operational status – weekly, monthly, quarterly. This manifestation and many other similar ones are part the component Operational Connect with the customer and this component and other similar components are part of the vital sign Customer Connect.” Unquote The Challenge of the Week is simple. “Operational Connect with the customer” is one of components of the vital sign Customer Connect. Can you identify some others?   Suggested Solution I can tell you that there are five more components (in addition to “Operational Connect with the customer”. With this hint, can you identify them? If not, you will have to wait for Paramu and the book (A Project Health Assessment Framework) he is coming out with later this...

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