Plans are Useless but Planning is Indispensable

“Plans are Useless but Planning is Indispensable”. This quote is attributed by many to Dwight Eisenhower who led the Allied forces in World War II and also to Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister. Think of any battlefield situation. The [...]

Why Indian Companies Don’t Do Lean?

Last month, I was delivering a Lean workshop at a Paints and Coatings company. It is a multi-national company, American headquarters. As it normally does in such workshops, the conversation veered around to – are there any Indian companies which [...]

Getting Value Out of Agile

About 10 years ago, Ken Schwaber (widely credited with being one of the founders of Scrum as we know it today) famously said in an interview “ … I estimate that 75% of those organizations using Scrum will not get [...]

Deserve before your Desire

Most companies have an annual salary revision cycle for their employees. Typically, it would coincide with the financial or accounting year. Every year, the executives would (willing or unwillingly) set aside a budget for increases. They announce high level guidelines. [...]

Which Agile is the “right” Agile?

It is fair to say that Agile is an extremely fragmented community. An Agile practitioner is often confused about which “camp” I should pitch my tent. For example, if I like Scrum, should be aligned with the Scrum Alliance or [...]

Time Management – the Key to Success

A great teacher once told me that greatness comes from understanding what you should do, but more than that, it comes from understanding what you should NOT do. The time all of us have on hand is limited and we [...]

New Agile Practice Guide and how it impacts PMI-ACP®

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) recently came up with a brand new Agile Practice Guide. It is for the first time that PMI® has attempted to come up with a document like this and for this, it has collaborated with [...]

PMI-ACP® is changing in 2018

Those who follow the Project Management Institute (PMI)® are aware that many of the standards underlying the certification program are changing. This includes the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Standard for Program Management and Standard for Portfolio Management. [...]

It’s all about Products – Not Projects

Nobody cares about projects I have been a project manager for over 18 years and it pains me to say this. However, when a new realization dawns, it is time to move on. And my realization is the following. Organizations [...]

Upcoming changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam

The Project Management Institute has announced that a new version of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)[1] will be released sometime in September 2017. Subsequently the PMP® exam will change during the first quarter of [...]