March 2007

If you want help, ask for it

March 31, 2007

Some of my friends have asked me to start my jokes by introducing them as such and then saying when they have ended — so that they can laugh at the right time. So: (start) Once upon a time, there was a man who was having some tough times in his life. He could not […]

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The Weight of Old Baggage

March 30, 2007

Today, I was re-organizing my web bookmarks — the ones I have been collecting over the years. Although it was to be expected, I was surprised to see how many bookmarks were totally outdated — mostly relating to technologies that have bit the dust or been replaced by newer ones. There were many websites that […]

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Collaboration Across Geographic Locations

March 29, 2007

To state a rather obvious point, the Internet and web-based technologies have enabled organizations to manage projects using teams and employees in different geographic locations across the globe. However, despite the increase in such activities, effective team effort still continues to be challenging. Here are a few high-level guidelines that can help: Plan for miscommunication and […]

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The Procrastination Technique

March 28, 2007

I recently finished reading “Managing in the Next Society” by the late Peter Drucker. It is a very good book that discusses about the future of business in a world fundamentally changed by the advent of the digital economy. He also explains how different countries are placed with regard to taking advantage of the new business […]

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Incorrect Dataset — Distorted Analysis

March 25, 2007

Being in the information technology field sometimes divorces one from reality. A particular case is the extrapolation of results based on Internet audiences as compared to what is happening in the real world. This was brought into focus recently when I examined some of the details from my web analytics. Logically progressing from available data, I […]

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5 Great Software Development Blogs

March 25, 2007

Here are 5 blogs that I really love. They are all related to various aspects of software development. If you are a software professional or an IT manager, I am sure that these will be relevant to you. What is particular great about these blogs is the amazing quality of archived information. If you have […]

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Microsoft’s Competitive Openings

March 24, 2007

More than a decade ago, I read an interview with Bill Gates. I apologize for the lack of proper reference here, as I am unable to recall the name of the book which contained the interview. But the point I remember was that Gates talked about how Microsoft Excel lagged behind other spreadsheet products in the […]

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The Charitable Reason

March 24, 2007

Many conflicts in business arise because of misunderstandings between different people. Companies don’t understand what consumers want. Management misinterprets what employees say and vice versa. This is not a theory or off-hand observation — it is a fact of life. Misunderstanding often produces results that one party in the arrangement does not like. And unfortunately, very […]

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Leadership and Sinking Markets

March 24, 2007

This is the last in a series of posts regarding how companies and their leaders and managers should change their organizational strategies to suit different market conditions. The previous posts are here, here and here. Obviously, this is not a market where a company should be. Many companies, however, do find themselves in this situation because […]

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Leadership and Stable Markets

March 20, 2007

This is the third in a series of posts regarding how companies and their leaders and managers should change their organizational strategies to suit different market conditions. The previous posts are here and here. Many management books, especially the older ones, are written for companies in stable markets. Their key assumption is that companies and […]

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