‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Sponsoring software projects can be very overwhelming. Understanding and documenting initial problems, business requirements, prepare RFP/RFQ, deciding vendor/product and so on. Throughout this process there is often one major concern, “Can we deliver the project under the approved budget?". Organisations often try to mitigate this risk by opting for ‘Fixed price’ quote. But, does that … Continue reading ‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

Dear Vendor, I thank you for implementing software for my business. The big job is over now; I look back and think what I originally expected from you. Here are my thoughts: I expected little more integrity from you: You should told me upfront that all the good and smart people engaged earlier during the … Continue reading Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?

Change is inevitable! To meet ever-changing needs and complexity of business, project teams are increasingly embracing Scrum/Agile methodologies. Project teams are using new tools and methods like Card walls, Daily stand-ups, Internet/Intranet Chats, advanced task management tools (like JIRA). However, one thing that Project teams are not doing so well is managing change within project. … Continue reading When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?

Two Types of People

I have got opportunities to work with diverse groups, organisations, people and cultures. I find that when it comes to process and procedures at work, there are two broad categories of people. Here is the summary of differentiation: Simplicity Masters Complexity Masters Approach – In general, they trust others and base their approach based on … Continue reading Two Types of People

Lessons Learnt From My Two Year Old

Being a parent is one of the greatest blessings. A little angle looks at you with innocent eyes and suddenly, everything starts revolving that angle. That is how we have experienced in last couple of years anyway. It is amazing to see your little one growing and learning new skills. While observing my daughter growing, few life skills are … Continue reading Lessons Learnt From My Two Year Old

Why Do We Micromanage?

Knowingly or unknowingly we often micro-manage. It is non value add activity that poisons the working culture and employee's development. It always leads to ‘Loss-Loss’ situation. But, why do we micromanage? I think of following reasons: We don’t have enough to do – So, we just create work for ourselves by forcefully managing others. Perfectionists – … Continue reading Why Do We Micromanage?

How Good Are You Serving?

  What is so special about humans that they are constantly prospering? Innovation, discoveries and development is touching new heights. What is the reason behind this evolution? Yes, biologically we have bigger brain/body ratio than animal kingdom. However, what are we doing with the bigger brains that are helping us to prosper? Well, I think … Continue reading How Good Are You Serving?

When I Broke into Tears in the Meeting Room!

In one of my previous jobs, I was supporting Enterprise Application for a big enterprise. I was responsible to ensure that all critical issues are resolved in time. I was liaising with Technical teams and their management. One thing, which I did really well, was proactively managing issues. However, while managing issues, I haven’t considered … Continue reading When I Broke into Tears in the Meeting Room!