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 !!!

What is in your Backpack?


This is famous talk by George Cloony in the movie “Up in the Air”…

I love this talk…

Hope you will enjoy.I am sharing the script with you.

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a back pack. I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders. Feel ’em? Now I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. You start with the little things, the things on shelves and in drawers the knick-knacks, the collectibles.

Feel the weight as that adds up. Then you start adding larger stuff –

clothes,table-top appliances, lamps, linens…your TV…The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. And you go bigger.Your couch, bed, your kitchen table.Stuff it all in there.Your car, get it in there.Your home, whether it’s

a studio apartment or a two bedroom house.I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis We weigh ourselves down until we can’t

even move. And make no mistake…moving is living. Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn.

In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing.

It’s kind of exhilarating, isn’t it?”

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2tZEA55Y5U

from http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/u/up-in-the-air-script-transcript.html

Why I Hate Interviews


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So, ever body does….

No one likes to be abused for free… 

I have stopped counting how many interviews I appeared since last ten years and successfully disqualified.

I used to carry a list where I mentioned the name of the companies I was interviewed by.

There are number of cases where I found I was been lucky not been selected (thank God)…

 Still, there are some funny instances about interview I want to point out.

 

  • The Dress up monkey: The candidate has to be dressed in official. Now when I looked for my formal wears in wardrobe I ended up with misery. After finished wearing my formal clothes I found it was someone else. Now, I have to carry the formal man with a plastic smile in face to the venue.
  • The Candidate: The company is looking for a X-manager with X yrs of experience, engineering graduates from Tier-I institutes with X-certifications.. .with N no. of skill sets-Here is the funny thing. If a man has so many calibers why should he work in your company….?? He should be in NASA .These type of candidates are not found in the earth.(They are now in Mars Mission).
  • The Interviewer:  Now this man has done so many things since last 20 years. He has to prove- you are nothing in front of him. Starting with “tell me something about yourself”…This has really doomed me all the times. I have nothing to say about myself. Really one thing I hate is to talk about myself. I started with my accomplishments, my educations, my experiences. The technical interviews are pretty straight. Either you know or you don’t know.
  • The Uncomfortable Questions: Here come the personal questions which has nothing to do with the job. Where my wife is working.( one company was offering less money as I had not to travel to my wife’s work location).Why I have not been promoted-(because my  other colleague was better than me and he doesn’t need your job).

 I just can’t remember all the bizarre questions.

 Not all the interview experiences are bad irrespective of the fact whether I was selected or not.

At least no one asked me for my Facebook or Twitter passwords.

 Cartoon Courtesy:http://wordsandtoons.com 

One Year after PMP: How my life has changed.


Last year on this day I cleared my PMP certification exam.

Here is a glimpse of its’ benefits:

  • Developed a professional identity:  PMP has redefined my professional identity. Comprehend  the nature and scope of responsibilities, interact more effectively with teams, get the job done without changing the entropy , decided how much risk to take. Things have changed the way I used to do.
  • Exploring imagination: The tools and techniques have made my life easier than before. Now, I can drill down and figure out what is the best way of doing my job.
  • Eccentric and enthusiastic: Fortified multidisciplinary skills to drive new projects. Experiment more and deliver better.

3 myths you must avoid for PMP


You can find plenty of advices for PMP exam. Each individual has different experiences and a way of preparation. Also they share in blogs or in communities their lessons learned. I used to find very encouraging and helpful LLs which accelerated my preparation.

A few friends asked me about the preparation part and also discussed their progress. So, I want to share a few myths which developed over time for the exam preparation.

  1. Don’t consider the real world experience :

It’s our natural habit to draw analogy from our experiences. So do it. This is not at all bad. You can’t forget everything what you have done so many years. But also consider what should be the best way to perform the job in PMI’s way.

In many cases the aspirants don’t follow PMI methodology. So, during your preparation you can take small steps to do the things according to PMBOK.

The best way to do this is using templates. You can buy, download free or prepare your own templates and apply in your real world. This will help you to learn and prepare for the exam.

2.Appear immediately after the 35 hours training:

Don’t do it if you are not prepared. Take your time may be another one or two months for self study. By that time you can clarify your doubts by the trainer. It’s not like that whatever you been taught in the training will appear in the exam. There is nothing called dump questions for PMP. You can have the type of the questions but not the same. So, take your time.

3. Don’t memorize ITTOs:

Try to remember as much as possible. If you can’t remember the ITTOs you will also not able to apply it. Also try to find the logic why an o/p of a process is an i/p to another. Consider a process and try to find what exactly you require to find an exact o/p.

Don’t forget to comment your opinion.