September 12, 2006

Lesson in Leadership

Having just completed the Indian epic, Mahabharata, I am pondering over a statement which a insignificant character in the story makes to the another. He says,

"The citizens of a country, whose king is weak, should not marry and beget children. A worhty family life, with culture and domestic happiness, is possible only under the rule of a good strong king. Wife, wealth and other things are not safe, if there be no proper king ruling over us"

Inspite of the age when it was written, and civilization it represents, the society it describes and the story it tells of, this statement has lot of significance to all walks of life.

Only if the leaders are good and strong, a project can meet its objectives, an organization and its employees can prosper, the cities can see improvements, the societies can advance, the governments can govern & not 'mis-govern' and the world can become a better place to live in.

September 09, 2006

Software Projects Failure

Let me share an insightful article by Mr. Capers Jones on why software projects fail.

In beginning of the article he mentions the following three reasons for the project failrure

  1. Executives often reject accurate and conservative estimates.
  2. Executives apply harmful schedule pressure that damages quality.
  3. Executives add major new requirements in mid-development.

In majority of the Indian IT service organizations, I think 2nd point is the most valid point. It may be duet the fierce competetion and the very nature of the way business IT service sector.

Further in the article, Mr Jones has also brought forward the problem in status reporting and how a proper training on status reporting is undervalued and ignored, although it’s a critical factor in the decision making process of an organization.

He is right in pointing out that irony that the organizations value status reports as they are inputs to many decisions, however, a formal training and education on this topic is largely ignored.

Click here and enjoy the insightful discussion.