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Moments of Pride

There are times in life when one is down due to underachievement, low performance, things not happening as per expectations and morale being low. This sometimes happens due to reasons not within one’s control. There are moments of frustration and one starts feeling that it is me against the world. People start feeling that they are losers and unless this mindset gets changed failure is inevitable.

Topics: Team Insights value Creation Innovate self esteem Contribution Communication Collaboration Recognition

Changing Critical Success Factors in Software Outsourcing

Outsourcing for software development started with the outsourcing of small, well defined slices of large scale projects. The key here was “well defined coding and testing tasks”. The nature of software solutions, methodologies used and kind of work being outsourced is changing dramatically and with it there is a significant change in “critical success factors” in the software outsourcing domain.

Topics: Insights value Creation Success Factors Communication Visualization and Attitude Software Outsourcing ownership Empathy and Communication Empowerment and Support

Need for Innovative Tools in Business Analysis

In my post Committing to Estimates, I presented Cone of Uncertainty with my thoughts and stated we need to be pragmatic about the depth to which we should go into requirements analysis before we commit to estimates. I received offline feedback from quite a few people that going down to the right depth consumes 20% of the project cost - something which business is unwilling to spend just to get scope defined and mitigate risks of cost escalations.

Topics: Cone of Uncertainty Tools and Techniques Documentation BA Innovations Communication Collaboration Business Analysis

The power of Context

Last year I was working on an ERP solution for a manufacturing firm, covering non-production modules (typically sales centric ones like Product Configurator, Order Management and Pricing). At the very start of the project, I had extensive discussion with client about their business, what products they manufacture, how they receive orders, what process they follow from the time they receive orders to the time they ship products, how do they handle accounting, and so on. Soon we entered more detailed discussion about their products. I asked him to share photos and videos of their products, explain each and every parts and assemblies, what kind of options are available for various products, what goes on in their shop floors..... quite a few things that didn't apparently have any relevance with sales related functions.

Topics: Elicitation Context Analysis Documentation Knowledge Transfer Communication Business Analysis

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