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Shiva – Shakthi and Product Design

Every Feb/March, comes Shiva Rathri celebration in Indian sub-continent and world over. The enigma of Lord Shiva and Shakthi has many different explanations and yet there is no universal answer. On one extreme, Hollywood uses erotic man-female interpretation since it fits commercial needs. On the other end, meta physics sees this more like energy and its manifestation. Yoga has very… Read More »

Indian Innovation: Time to Promote ISRO from Heart to Head

In India everybody loves ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). While many issues pull down the spirits of the country, one of the the entities that bring cheer is ISRO. A true worldclass technology organization. Whenever a satellite launcher or spaceship is successfully launched, euphoria surges. On all cases – satellites & launchers, MARS orbiter, GPS-like system etc.,… Read More »

Bell Curve Is Here to Stay Even If You Got Rid of It

Many organizations are ditching Bell curve. The observation by Gauss became a religion. The the good Bell curve went bad. After seeing that using it has become counterproductive, many organizations are getting rid of forced ranking.  It should be the dawn of fair world, right?  There are good reasons for differentiation and unfortunately they may… Read More »

Performance Management: How Bell Curve Got Screwed

Bell curve is well known, rather infamous. Now junked by many companies, it seemed very good way to improve organization performance management. It helped to ensure that performance ratings are well differentiated. It helped to reward the high performers and weed out the non-performers. First let us look at its origin and how it ended… Read More »

Is Next Job Better for Work-Life Balance? Think Again!

One of the biggest problems these days is work life balance. Everyone complains about lack of it. Due to global dynamics you are always on toes. You may have less flexibility in directly seeking better work life balance. And people have strong notions about various companies. If you want to switch job looking for better work life balance,… Read More »

11 Types of Architect Jobs (Only 3 Are Actual Architect Roles) Which You May Not Have Known

In technology companies, there is role of architect(s). There is a huge demand for competent architects.  Some are groomed within the organization. Some others are hired from outside. All the time there is huge demand with big pay packet. Surprisingly(or not so surprisingly), I have seen lot of frustration for the architect herself and also… Read More »

Clean India Initiative: Building the Case for Project Management Office

Most intolerable things about India – the filth, lack of civic amenities and civic sense. In spite of rising incomes in terms of currency, it remains among toughest places to live and low on human development factor. Indian leadership has rightly taken up the cause of clean India. It had great kick off. It excited… Read More »

Indian IT Service: Want to survive? Downgrade to CMM Level 3 from Level 5

There is spurt of doomsday predictions for Indian IT service. There are many bloggers emerging. All are stating one reality. The  outsourcing party is over. No more easy money. IT/R&D service is the past. The entrepreneurship is the future. All the middle managers are white elephants and are a burden. They are the reason the… Read More »

6 Reasons Why I do not like IoT(Internet of Things) Hype

IoT is the buzzword today. Everyone is jumping into this ocean. Few words of caution if you are among those. #1 IoT existed for over 15 years at least There was functional IoT system in year 2000 (at least in Honeywell where I worked at that time). Whatever I contributed falls within today’s IoT definition scope.… Read More »

Women @ Work. A Thank You Note

Last year, I had an overseas intern. An American intern with no connection to India. He was quite surprised with what he saw here in Bangalore office – about women at work. ‘Never thought Indian office has 30-40% women. With whatever I had read about India from the media, sounded very negative about women. This… Read More »

Indian R&D Management- Bringing Together Universities and Industry: 4 *Urgently* Needed Steps

It was an innovation project outside the regular product development. We needed advanced Image processing expertise. And, we did not have the right specialist who could do the research. “Why don’t we use this premier govt research institute? ” A good suggestion from somebody. I immediately swung into action. Reached out to the coordinator from our… Read More »

Importing R&D Hardware: How History is Holding Back Global R&D from India

1717 AD. Calcutta. Fort William. There were encouragements to do export business. Global business is good. There were tax breaks for export oriented units. No wonder the empire was the largest economy on the  planet. East India company, first British company has already started doing business. It has well built premise Fort William. One day… Read More »