The 2% Masala: Do you hire for a career or mercenaries

Over the last few decades I have been involved in hiring several thousand people directly or indirectly in the various organizations I worked. My experience is primarily in the Indian information technology sector, so it’s based on what I learnt and what I pushed for in that context. I had actually written this post a year ago, but it was languishing in a draft state. So, when, Infosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan, talked about mercenary scenario, I …

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CHOW #65 – Collaboration across teams – making SoS effective

Sunita looked anxious when she met me a couple of months ago. She has been a successful Scrum Master and enjoyed her work. Her team respected her and held her in high regard. She also had a good working relationship with the Product Management team and the functional managers of team members. Team members were very participative in discussions and were not hesitant in sharing their thoughts in any relevant discussion. Based on her performance, …

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Some inferences from the State of DevOps 2017 report

It is always good to learn from others, particularly if the sources are from across industries – as they trigger ideas to apply in our own work areas. While this is one such learning from the IT industry, The latest State of DevOps report for 2017 offers thoughts that can be applied at team level or organization levels as well. Over the years this report has been getting better in terms of the depth and …

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IT Industry: To unionize or Not?

06I know this is a live-wire topic to write about. Ask many an IT industry CEO (past or present) – the immediate response is that it’s not needed, or uncalled for or a wrong thing to even think of. Why does the word Union raise their BP? When you see the steady and spectacular progress over the past 20 years, you will notice that the IT industry does not have a parallel in our country. …

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CHOW 64-Pivoting a good team without full stack experience

Anuj is the manager of an agile team that has taken over a product area. His team is experienced and adequately well versed with the product area and its technology – mobile applications using services and back end services which access core information applications. Over few sprints, as the team has started to make changes to the application, the team feels the product backlog has more changes in the mobile area and less across the …

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Futuristic Agile Teams: Learn from cricket

  Over the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to listen to and speak with people on topics like – the future of a scrum master, self organizing teams, high performing teams, full stack engineer … It set the thoughts rolling in me – can we learn from others? We (I mean the tech sector folks) generally believe that everything we do is new – which no man or woman (outside of …

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