Category Archives: Program Management

the program manager role, its key intent, situations handling, certifications around program and project management., PMP, Agile methodology, SCRUM, PMP, waterfall

Setting the Limits : Span of Control is NOT About Headcount

What is span of control? You have heard this. Span of control is the number of people you could effectively manage. Essentially it is about how much one person can handle. Because of this reason, there is limited people reporting to a boss. In large organizations, this is one big reason to have 6 to… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Change Management in Organizations – Peacock & Swans: 3 Lessons to Take Home

Post 2008, world is not the same. There are business scenarios changing. Too many organizations want to change, for right reasons. Here is a story I learnt in a leadership workshop a decade back. Unfortunately I do not remember who spoke. Credit to this unknown gentleman. Here it goes: It was a pond of swans. They were… Read More »

Vendor Management: Fixed Price Contract for Risk Transfer? 4 Risks You Still Own in R&D Projects

We have heard this thousand times… Outsourcing greatly helps in managing better. There are variety of ways to design the project contract between client and vendor organizations. Out of the contract types spectrum, two contract types stand out – T&M (Time and Material) where buyer (customer) bears all the risk. On the other extreme, in… Read More »

Lord Ganesha & Uncle Sam: Time to Thank the Government. (5 Reasons Why You Should)

Mid-September. Time for Ganesha festival for those associated with Indian traditions. While there are many interpretations of the symbolism of Ganesha, here is what I liked the most: Lord Ganesha Is the Government in Personified Form.  Ganesha is known for the ability to help and the ability to harm. Large ears: Ability to listen. We… Read More »

5 Rules to Select Consultant for Enterprise Agile Adoption

Everybody says that your organization should either go agile or go out of business. Quite an advice. Huh ? While going agile, you may pilot with well proven team. Ask them to read up and start a pilot project. In case this is not feasible, you may decide to hire an agile coach to help… Read More »

Agile, SCRUM and COMMUNISM: Must-follow Survival Guide for Your Organization

These days we all love agile. Don’t we? It improves release cycle Cheaper and better And – it is agile Team loves agile Fashionable But, I am afraid  – Agile is increasingly sounding like communism- rather socialism: 1. Discussions, books and trainings talk about destroying existing processesand creating fresh ones from scratch 2. Developers,  after… Read More »