Black box / White box – What mode are you on today?

This is hopefully an interesting question that we all need to ask or understand at some point or the other. We usually come across problems, opportunities and situations in no predestined fashion at work (however organized you may think you are or want to be) and sometimes, knowing what mode you are on (or even…

Project Management – I scream, YOU scream and WE all like Ice Cream!

What better way to demystify Project Management, than taking an example of buying ice cream for your family.
In this article, I will attempt to draw parallels within the personal and professional world and use contexts interchangeably, to highlight key themes that could / maybe explain how we typically react and act, in a “Project” world and sometimes, even at home.

On your Mark, get Set……GO!

I have taken to the habit of jogging now, and am trying to be regular at it. I started off with a small target, around 2-2.5 kms and got going. Armed with RunKeeper and a bottle of spruced up water, I hit the road. The first run was good, could manage 2.55 KMs in 20…

My Daughter is my Teacher: Lesson #1

It all started with a simple question. We (Me, wifey and 7 year old daughter) were going somewhere or returning from somewhere when I happened to ask my daughter “Which is your favorite place?” I was expecting Kerala (as she usually has loads of fun during the summer vacation and is never at home there…

The Future of Project Management

What could be the future of Project Management? If there was to be a revolution in the Project Management space, what would it possibly be / look like? This is what I would predict: All managers would become extinct, just like Dinosaurs – in the near future. So should we trick evolution and ensure survival…

5 Golden Rules for making killer presentations

Rule #1 – Follow the 80/20 rule Presentations are meant to hook attention and garner interest, not lull people to sleep. Anything that can be depicted in text, can also be structured using relationships and diagrams. Instead of just bullets and text, bring out the structure visually, this will help drive home the message more…

Festina Lente!

Welcome to the world of oxymorons and more. I wanted to dedicate a post to this literary invention of man, without which it sometimes becomes difficult to accentuate scenes, situations and context and also add some good old humor while we are at it. The dictionary meaning for oxymoron indicates “sharp/pointed” and “dullness / foolishness”…

It’s a bird, It’s a Plane, Its Superman… No wait…its Innovation!

Look anywhere and everywhere – you will find someone talking about innovation(me), someone listening to someone talk about innovation (you), someone innovating or someone googling on how to innovate and someone simply planning to innovate 🙂 What gives? Is Innovation a much touted hype? Unfortunately yes. Innovation is now, simply put, a more convenient and…

Have we lost the Human (touch) in Human Resources?

Who / What is this “Human” in Human Resources? You, me, all of us? So, obviously I would want to dedicate this thought and my subsequent rants to all my fellow “human” resources. A common definition for Resource would probably read – A resource would be a source / reserve / supply of something that…