Kill the Lions and Build the Bridge:


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Why the movie “The Ghost and the Darkness” reminds me a tough boss?

For those who haven’t watched here is a little glimpse.

In 1896, a construction engineer from the British Army, J.H. Patterson was sent to build a railway bridge across Kenya’s Tsavo River for the British East African Railway. He had a hard deadline . But difficulties occurred when his large workforce of Africans and Indians started to fly away. He discovered that a pair of man-eating lions were stalking around the bridge and campsites, killing the workmen for food.Now his boss told him to kill the lions and build the bridge.After facing many challenges ultimately he killed those lions and able to complete the project.

So, next time when your boss is asking to do something difficult- think twice.At least he is not asking to kill the lions.May be she is asking for a couple of rats -which easily can be killed.

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How to become more Productive :7 Essential Tips


  1. Be Organized : Organize each and everything around you. Product, process , people everything.
  2. Write it down: Write down everything. Meeting minutes,plans , To-do lists. Make it as a organized Bible.
  3. Use Apps : You can use some Android or I-phone apps. Evernote, Mindnode and Anydo are the best.You can find many more.
  4. Be Intense and take a short break : Working in a 90 mins cycle with a 10 mins break is effective.
  5. Get rid of Procrastination: Just start doing it now.Once you start it will be finished. Perfection is good but completing the task is more important.
  6. Be Proactive:Develop a mind set of identifying obstacles. Take initiative and participate for the solution
  7. Do Nothing : Sometimes doing nothing is  good  to avoid damage your productivity. Just relax and make doodles. Also it will boss your creativity.

 

 

 

3 Questions that Pulling You back from Learning New Things


 

 

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The world is ready to make us smarter….And for free….Yes, it is free.

I often talk with my nephew who is studying computer engineering. I wonder what kind opportunities are available now a days. He is building websites, making prototypes and experimenting on new things. Whereas, in our time even accessing internet was a costly affair. So, now a days we have to deal with all those Gen-Y guys who are updated ,upgraded and trained by some fantastic faculties from the world over.(Just search any topic in YouTube- from Quantum Mechanics to Neuroscience- lectures are available ).

The question is- how much we are ready to deal with smarter stuffs? There is also a big opportunities for middle level managers to opt for a MOOC (Massive open online course). 

This leads to groom up the areas of interests. A few courses are with -No instructors, no credits, no charge.

Some people are always freaking out whenever asked for new courses.

These 3 questions generally come up first:

1. Can I make more money from these: No. At least, not immediately. This can fulfill your curiosity. Can make you engaged in an interesting topic which you always wanted to learn or recently developed a new interest. But in future it can help if you take it seriously. For an example: You can learn Android apps development and start as an enterprise.

2. Will it help me to get a new job:  May be. There are number of courses also related to the field we are associated with at present. Even if some skill sets are not required at present but can be beneficial in near future. I got an offer from a Telecom company looking for a Subject matter expert who can help to develop an ERP module. They asked whether I have proficiency in programming or not. I realized that though I not required coding in my present job but that could help me for any customized profile.

3. Will it help me in my future: Yes.A MOOC can be energetic and nonlinear.Those who are learning through  MOOC are likely to discover learning at its most open on a platform.Learning is collaborative and fun.

About the picture: This is a snapshot of an app wireframing through Balsmiq prepared by me for  my “Human Computer Interaction” course.

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine Your Boss is like Blake!!!


In Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin plays the character Blake, almost earning Baldwin an Oscar for the role. The salestalk presented is one of the finest ever, although sarcastic, it contains the foundations of a well meditated salesmen.

A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing! Always be closing!! A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action….

You are definitely going to love the talk….

One interesting Quality Tool not included in PMP exam:


What are you thinking? Oh no!! Not another…There are more than 500 ITTOs.

But I am telling you this tool is a fantastic one.

SIPOC:  Supplier Process Input Output

What is it:  

  • A process snapshot that captures information critical to a project.
  • SIPOC diagrams help a team and its sponsors agree on project boundaries and scope.
  • Helps teams to verify the process.

How to create:

  • Identify process boundaries and key activities.
  • Make it a high level preferably a bird’s eye view.
  • Focus on only critical outputs.
  • Brainstorm output s and customers.
  • Focus on critical to quality.

You can find the details in any Lean Six Sigma tool book.

I have used it many times during initiation and planning phase for reference.

Enjoy !!!