Author: S Srinivasan

CHOW #92- If you are ready for Acceptance ahead of schedule…

Background Company PH is a service provider to customer MG. PH is currently managing 50% of MG’s IT and three other vendors are managing the remaining. There are 100’s of projects every year that’s bid by these vendors to deliver. A little bit about the MG way of working… MG’s umbrella contract states that the warranty expires only after 90 days of continuous no-bugs. So, MG’s managers have a history of holding onto some bugs for 80 days, after the last bug fix and reporting it. This way they try to make it a perpetual warranty. MG’s managers are...

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Handling Risk in the Digital Era

All of us work on projects of different types, size and shape. So, when someone says there’s a risk that we cannot complete this story in the current sprint – we look for alternatives. Can we break that story into two smaller slices? We then include the slice that is more important and we can accomplish. If things go well, we will pull the other slice as well into this sprint, later. So, we know the scope is getting reduced if we hit the uncertainty or risk. Take a situation, where only one person is well-skilled in handling the...

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Chow #80- When your project health reports don’t tell the full story

Shanks was the 10th employee of his company. Over the last 10 years it has grown to a 1000 strong organization. He’s now been made the head of the Program Management Office. Just prior to this he was based in the US managing customer relationships. In his new avatar, the mandate was to provide a good forecast of the projects that are running. He looked at the project reviews that were happening – there were plenty of slick graphs and data. He followed that with coffee chats with the various internal stake holders – nobody believed in these reports...

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Measuring Project IQ to Sensing Project EQ

Over the years I have managed projects, programs and businesses. One of the fundamentals of managing is to measure the progress, report it and take actions based on it to meet the objectives. In this process, I have gone thru the process – early on by measuring the pre-defined set of organizational measures and metrics, to defining a larger list of measure that I felt were relevant to measure our progress, to finally focusing on the critical few. One thing was common across all this – it was always the measurement of what was tangibly accomplished in the project/...

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4 words to test motivational level

Over the years, most of the time, most of us, do the job that we are assigned to do. Yes, the outcome of our hard work is dependent on many factors – our capability, the outside environment, our luck (yes, it does play a part). There’s one other factor that decisively impacts this – our motivation level. In this post, I wish to discuss a very simple, yet powerful test, in my perspective to measure our motivation level. With the help of the scenario below, we will sense the response – and measure our motivation level. This post is...

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