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CHOW #201 – When your fears come true

CHOW #201 – When your fears come true

When someone shows their neighborhood photo, how do you know the condition inside their house? Gary is the engineering head of a software team, whose financial software platform has been successful with multiple clients over a decade. The team has some great...
Adapting to WFH – a real story!

Adapting to WFH – a real story!

How the Coronavirus threat affected a small 25 year old software firm which has over the years remained a team of about 50, focused on building niche intellectual property in select domains and perform some special financial services – a few observations. The...
CHOW #183 – What next?

CHOW #183 – What next?

TechInnov Inc., is a 32 year old corporation, who pioneered many revolutionary technological innovations, throughout their corporate existence. The founder CEO ran the company for 16 years until a sudden illness took him away from the company and he was replaced by a...
Succession Planning – some thoughts

Succession Planning – some thoughts

Many times we have organizations going through crisis when a powerful leader steps aside, for whatever reason. The resulting situation could be one of many: Many in the second line of command clamor for the position and believe they are the most eligible...
CHOW #163 – Coaching Challenge

CHOW #163 – Coaching Challenge

Shiv has been engaged by a technology product firm as a performance coach, specifically to help a couple of high performing technical professionals who excel in their job. Management is afraid that the two individuals, who are extremely smart with technology and are...
Advice – to give or not to give

Advice – to give or not to give

Early every morning, I go for a walk in a road, which goes around a hospital. Invariably, I see this girl rushing to catch some bus. She runs wearing a high-heeled shoe and for some reason, I felt that I needed to tell her that she should wear something better as...
Chow #146 – Stagnant Productivity

Chow #146 – Stagnant Productivity

Chris is a project manager in a successful product company and has been managing a team of 10 developers, who deliver a high end analytical platform, used by hundreds of users. Chris and his team are aware of their accomplishment and take pride in their methods. While...
CHOW #128: Back to the Drawing Board

CHOW #128: Back to the Drawing Board

Peter is a project manager, who has delivered many software projects in Airlines ticketing and reservations successfully, on-time and within budget. He just signed up to deliver an analytics platform for revenue enhancement, which involved storing and analyzing...
Getting the Basics Right

Getting the Basics Right

If you lived in one of the cricketing nations, it is very likely that you follow a bit of cricket. Some of us may still play, some may have played and some may only watch. Lately, with IPL making the shorter version of the game very popular, more people have an...
Take Pride in what you do!

Take Pride in what you do!

Pride follows when we do things with a sense of ownership. Ownership of our work. What is this sense of ownership? How much do I really own up? After all, I am following orders; my role expects me to deliver in certain areas; my responsibilities are well documented...