Category Archives: Line Management

Topics around people management, organization design, career path, appraisal, engineering manager, portfolio manager, project manager

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 »

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 »

Job Offer with Unbelievable Pay Hike? Congrats! But, Do These 3 Vital Checks

Okay. One more resignation. The reasons are again the same. More money. Much more than here. Of course, the long term career seems clearer there. If one thing that is killing Indian technology sector, it is attrition. There are many reasons which I would put forth in another post. But this post is all about money.… Read More »

Awards are difficult, but not for Nobel Prize Committee

Jun 2014. Weekly meeting with the project managers who worked with me. ” We need to recognize people. Let us give away some awards.” We had many smaller team level awards. Also we had annual awards. We wanted to recognize more. We have some of the best people. These people are working towards making autonomous driving… Read More »

Career Paths Do Not Exist. If They Do, They Are More like Bangalore Traffic Lanes.

Presentation time for my group. Human Resources manager presents the career paths that exist in the organization as I look on. “Good morning everyone. Let me walk you through the exciting career paths for you here!”. She went on to show the three clear distinct paths: Technical path: If you are technically sound, take this… Read More »

DARPA Urban Challenge to Mahindra Rise Prize: Driving the Self Driving Car

Google Driver-less Car. Unless you lived in cave with no connectivity, you heard about self driving cars. Around the world there is quite a bit of excitement about this. Lot of innovation is going on across the technology and industry spectrum. While everyone is cheering the innovation of Google, appears like not many know how it is… Read More »

Indian Standard (Meeting) Time May Not Be about Culture

04:06 PM. An important meeting. Six minutes past the start time, conf room is full of empty chairs with few exceptions. One of them is a German. After 15 minutes, people turn up. There is no guilt. No apologies. When meeting organizer gazes the late comers, the same standard response with sheepish smile – “Indian… Read More »

Project Acquisition Story: Software Services CEOs, Focus on Footsoldiers!

It was celebration time ! The team had won a new client which is a global energy major from Europe. It was a multi-year project of software product planning and execution. High value engagement from the perspective of both organizations. First phase involved high level specification and prototyping. The phase 2 and beyond, involved detailed… Read More »