Organization Development, Software Development

Service mindset

Thought it will be worthwhile revisiting it based on several discussions earlier this week. Cloud/SaaS focus is more about the second 'S' in SaaS that stand for 'Service' over first 'S' - Software. It is the 'Service' aspect that differentiate SaaS with traditional Software product approaches - particularly in the enterprise space. There are various… Continue reading Service mindset

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Agile, Organization Development, Software Development

Why Agile

Product organizations are going through significant transformation. Business/commercial expectations of the Product organizations are changing; customer (buyer) behaviors are changing; how software gets priced; distributed and implemented is changing; People/employee expectation within an organization is changing; etc. All of this has led to the Product organizations transforming their inner-working and organizing things differently. As someone… Continue reading Why Agile

Organization Development, Personal, Software Development

Wanna play? Can you commit?

"It was my tongue that swore; my heart is unsworn" - Euripides We all have personally experienced, heard or seen examples where an individual or team accomplish goals that otherwise was seen hard to accomplish. It is the kind of stories that surprise people involved. You know about it when you experience it. And I am sure… Continue reading Wanna play? Can you commit?

Blogging, Enterpreneurship, Globalization, Organization Development, Personal

Paradox in business life

Life is full of paradoxes. All of us experience it on daily basis. Business life is no exception either. Few examples: Seek consensus or seek difference of opinion: Looking for consensus? But difference of opinion is what bring individuality and makes a place aspiring. However, you need a level of consensus to build buy-in for successful… Continue reading Paradox in business life

Agile, Blogging, Enterpreneurship, Globalization, Kaizen, Organization Development, Personal

In our lifetime…

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin In our life time - we saw: Computers came to life. And shrank in size as fast as they came while becoming extremely powerful Computers… Continue reading In our lifetime…

Blogging, Globalization, Organization Development, Personal

Teamwork and Collaboration

Earlier today, I stumbled on this video clip of John Chambers speaking to Harvard Business on few of the things changing on the organization front. It is vital in the current day and age where increasingly changing landscape and global competition that continue to shape things faster than ever before. The need to scale our… Continue reading Teamwork and Collaboration

Agile, Organization Development, Personal, Software Development

Leadership by Influence – Part Deux

This is in continuation to the earlier post...Here are few things I do more consciously than ever before in my own leadership journey: 1. Hire bright people and get out-of-the-way. It has been my rule #1 forever. Leaders are responsible for bringing in the bright talent and establish right organization processes/structure necessary that encourages desirable… Continue reading Leadership by Influence – Part Deux

Agile, Organization Development, Personal, Software Development

Collaborative Leadership – Leadership by Influence

Command and Control style leadership is outdated. Gone are the days when an organization look up to the leader and expect all the answers - or have leaders that expect to answer everything.  It limits what an organization can accomplish. Leaders who expect to have their fingers in every hole and micro manage stops much… Continue reading Collaborative Leadership – Leadership by Influence

Agile, Blogging, community sourcing, Enterpreneurship, Innovation, Internet, Organization Development, Startups

Market-ing: Make it personal

We live in a time where communicating to broad audience alone one way has limited reach and stickiness. To make a message sticky and gain viral spread - you want to communicate through your audience. You want to foster a community of influencers who can help spread your message and communicate for you. Ask someone… Continue reading Market-ing: Make it personal

Blogging, Enterpreneurship, Internet, Organization Development, Personal

Share your ideas – Social Media 101

I find myself in more situations lately educating others or asking others to embrace social media as part of professional life. It has become a norm for start up companies where social media is part of life. However, in established companies it is a journey: some leap forward and others need hand holding to get… Continue reading Share your ideas – Social Media 101

Agile, Blogging, Enterpreneurship, Innovation, Organization Development, Personal

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won

Tough time present opportunities otherwise not available. Current economic environment is just one such opportunity. Much depend on how we as individuals act and enable others to act to make the best of it. It is  our collective attitude that determine how an organization will fare as the rough weather passes. Few thoughts: 1. Know… Continue reading Difficulties mastered are opportunities won

Enterpreneurship, Innovation, Organization Development, Software Development

Innovation stumbling block

Innovation is hard. It is usually hard in an established organization. Why? Top 3 reasons, in my mind, that hurt innovation in an established organization: 1. Knowledge - It is a double edge sword. While past experience helps but many smart brains get caught up to the learning or failed experiences of the past talking… Continue reading Innovation stumbling block

Organization Development, Software Development, Startup

Alienus Non Diutius

Pixar motto "Alienus Non Diutius" (Latin for "Alone no longer") speaks volume. Pixar is probably the only Hollywood production house that emphasizes collaboration where crew remain employed one movie after another. This is considerably different from other production houses where everyone is on a contract for one movie. Once the movie is over folks moves on to their next production… Continue reading Alienus Non Diutius

Agile, Blogging, Enterpreneurship, Organization Development, Personal, social ideas

Well done is better than well said…

Earlier today, I was watching an interview of Arnold Schwarzenegger on ABC. In response to a question he quoted his belief around "Well done is better than well said". I love it... Action just speak louder than the words. It is great to be of creative mind and think new ideas. But the fun is in converting those… Continue reading Well done is better than well said…

Agile, Blogging, enterprise, Enterprise 2.0, Kaizen, Organization Development

People process

Bob Bennett from Sage Payment Solution Division recommended "The Future of Management" and also send me a copy to read. It is an interesting read and the book compares the management practices of the yesteryears to what is needed now to build an innovative/high performance organization. Management Innovation is called out repeatedly touting empowered employees… Continue reading People process

Agile, Kaizen, Organization Development, Personal, Software Development

Kaizen

A key measure of a successful product organization is its ability to deliver on Quality commitments. This usually is the cost of entry in a competitive market landscape. There is no magic formula for an organization to get there. Key remains building a culture of continuous improvement. In Japanese, there is a term that describes "continuous improvement" mindset well. It… Continue reading Kaizen

Agile, Blogging, Organization Development, Software Development

Power of an Agile Mind

Agile processes have come a long way. It is now available in various flavors and different names. All promises an organization's ability to deliver customer value faster while enabling organization to deal with the change. Several successful stories ranging from start up entrepreneurial companies to established large software organization help Agile Processes continue to gain traction.  However key to the success comes… Continue reading Power of an Agile Mind

Agile, development, enterprise, Organization Development, Performance Management, Personal, Software Development

You get what you measure (or lack of)

As the saying goes "What you can't measure - you can't improve". Paul Kedrosky mentioned in his blog various metrics an enterprise software company to use. It lists a score card of a typical good enterprise software company. Personally, I am a number kind of a guy and also emphasize measuring various aspect of business - be it around what… Continue reading You get what you measure (or lack of)

development, Organization Development, Personal, Software Development

3P – People, Product and Process

Last few days, I was busy clearing much of the boxes that I had brought back from my office. It was walking down the memory lane going over various folders, documents and depositing them to recycle. One thing I noticed was how long 3P - People, Product Process has been part of my work. I found meeting agenda starting in year… Continue reading 3P – People, Product and Process