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Seeing through perception to understand reality

In these days of post truth and manipulated media, we are all flooded with information and many times have difficulty in cutting through the noise to find the true signals. Using perception to soften the impact of reality has been an accepted practice – from...

Chow #250 – Parallel tracks in any transformation

Victor seemed to be immersed with some chart on his desk and fully focused on that, when Bardhan walked in. Bardhan saw some parallel arrows drawn on the chart and the axes marked as Value, Maturity on the Y dimension and Cadence of development and releases on the X...

CHOW # 232 – Can a leader overcommunicate?

Jagdish came to me with a question – can a leader ever overcommunicate? I remember reading a mail from the CEO to all managers in that organization that they are going through a major shift in their business strategy and that all managers should follow the three rules...
Chow #216: How best to multi task?

Chow #216: How best to multi task?

Raveesh was the chief architect at 9to5 corporation. He company had seen significant growth in the last 4 years in a very niche market of Enterprise Application Integration. Their eBbus – or the enterprise business bus, was highly scalable and modular in design and...
One (Team) size and structure does not fit all

One (Team) size and structure does not fit all

How does leadership determine how big a team they need (may be organized in multiple scrum / kanban teams) to support a given demand in a portfolio or a program? This is a very involved answer, and, like most answers related to adopting Agile practices, it depends. If...
Chow #189 – Getting over the lockdown fatigue

Chow #189 – Getting over the lockdown fatigue

The last 3 weeks now felt like an extended honeymoon. Janardhan was happy, his team was also happy. Everyone enjoyed the freedom of working from home – in their pajamas and still be fully engaged in the work. Team productivity was higher than when they were together...

3 bucket formula for time management

Haven’t we all tried multiple techniques to manage our time better?I have.I have tried different tools, techniques and, almost every time, given up after a few days to few weeks.I have been getting a lot of questions related to time management, with the WFH model...