Your Comfort Zone is Your Enemy!

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Back after some days and feeling good! Hope you are too!

Today I want to discuss about comfort zone because I was feeling that I was in my comfort zone since last month or so and I am working on it to get rid of it. There are so many things I learned/observed when I was in comfort zone or say in my rest zone and comfort-zone-1one of them was when you are in comfort zone you start thinking negatively, you start giving excuses and the moment you start giving excuses you will become re-active and the moment you become re-active everything will go out of your control and others start controlling you. You are giving control of your life to others. Do you want to give control of your life to other people?

The interesting thing is that when you try and stay comfortable, you will get more and more discomfort. It…

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6 Tips on How to Lead People

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As you all know that project success is all about the people so hope you know how important and challenging to manage people in project! Actually it is the single most challenging part of managing projects.

There is no secret formula or standards to follow. Management of people is not easy as some people are easy to manage and others are hard. Some are talented but not collaborative where as some are collaborative but not too talented so it is really challenging to manage this subset of the broader employee population. Each personality needs to be managed individually.

Here are the few tips for managing people:

  • Delegation: This is the top priority for any manager. No matter how skilled you are. With team behind you, you can achieve so many important things and that is why it is really very important that you delegate properly. You have to maintain details about…

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Bringing Out Creativity From Your Employee

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As said by educationalist Sir Ken Robinson – “Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture, creativity is very important to organization who wants to be innovative in their industry, who want to solve new problems and fix current ones. Creativity allows for alternative solution to complex or tough problems. Bringing out the best in your employees for best performance is what leaders want and need to do.

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” – Ken Robinson

Make sure everyone in your team knows that they ARE paid to think by asking them for ideas! Creatcreative-banner-3-930x539ivity is absolutely important at workplace as by applying creative thinking to your everyday work life, you will be unlocking more…

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Quality is everyone’s responsibility

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There are so many role involves in Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and it is next to impossible to assign responsibility against all roles within the development team and this is where initiative comes into picture. Quality is one of the main factor in SDLC as it has direct relation with end users and when we speak about quality then one question comes into mind, i.e. “who is responsible for Quality?” As so many times we came across a statement like ‘I am developer and testing is not my responsibility’, I have developed X module, why should I test Y module as it was not even in scope! This makes for a really bad practice. Quality is everyone’s responsibility as it measures output of a company not an individual.

Always remember this example that “if your family has to be happy then you can’t assign a person in your family a…

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Value of Lessons Learned in Project Management

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Lessons Learned is one of my favourite activities in the overall project management process as it teaches me a lot of things like: what to do and what not to before starting the next project. It provides ready-made library to use as a reference for what not to do.

No matter how well you have planned a project is, it will be the case that there are some lessons to be learnt and if you don’t learn from projects then you will not be successful and increase the chance of making the same type of mistakes again. It should be maintained at each stage of the project and more importantly at the end of each phase of your project. It is important to note all type of events which affect the project or can affect it. We as project managers have to record lessons learn so that the knowledge gain can…

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Creating a Customer- Oriented Culture

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“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc.

In today’s competitive world every one desires to be customer focused and that is the most effective way of standing out from the rest by offering quality service that meets customer expectations which will also contribute to boosting the image of the company. By following a customer first approach, we can build healthy relationships with our consumers by identifying their needs and providing the best possible experience to our customers. We always have to remember one thing that is ‘what’s best for the customer is best for the business‘.

The reason an organization can deliver good or bad customer service comes down to one thing and that is the ‘Culture’ of the organization which is impacting customer service. The…

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Methods of Project Estimation

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Estimation is most challenging tasks that project managers must face as there are so many uncertainty associated with many activities. Estimation is the process of predicting the most realistic amount of efforts to develop software. Faulty estimates leads to missing deadlines and breaking budgets and these two are the main reasons for project failure.

I had faced the same issue in the past when I was novice as Project manager. Sometimes I was doing overestimation and sometimes under estimation. Some people thought it is good to do overestimation than underestimation but remember both had impact. If you do overestimation then you might be in position to lose your customer trust and if you do underestimation then it might be loss to your company.

So being skilled estimator is an important and crucial part of setting schedule, managing resources and running a flourishing team and business!

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Wall Quotes - Abraham Lincoln - Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe

There are so many people in this world thinks that we are working very hard but we are not getting what we deserved in terms of appreciation, in terms of increment whatever it is! But do you know working hard is not enough. You all know that world is moving to an AI (Artificial Intelligence) in each and every aspect so each one of us needs to find our own ways to work smarter. Let me share once common story here,

There was a very strong woodcutter got a job in timber merchant. His blumberjack-by-tzunghaor-a-lumberjack-cutting-a-tree-PqPJLe-clipartoss gave him an axe and showed him the area. The first day, he brought 18 trees and boss appreciates and said “Keep it up!” Very motivated by the boss words he tried harder the next day to impress boss but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder but he could…

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Learn to Respond, Not React

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Does anyone know the difference between Respond v/s React? What are you doing when you are in problem? Are you reacting or responding? First of all let’s see what happens in these different scenarios:

Respond: This involves some thought. This is often delayed but rational and based on reason and emotions.

React: This comes immediately and based on fully emotions and feelings at that time.

In most situations we are reacting without understanding the situation and without predicting the outcome. This is because much of our lives is spend in reaction to others and events around us. Reactions are based on fear and insecurities whereas responding on other hand, is understanding the situation and deciding the best course of actions.

These actions are mostly based on our past experience. sometimes I observed that if same sentence is been spoken by two different people then we might react on…

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Problem Solving Approach

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Does anyone have problem free life? I think that is next to impossible. Problems can be either large or small, simple or complex and easy or difficult. Therefore, problem solving is very essential in our day to day activity whether they be problem at home or within the work place. Essentially, we have to dealt with it.

Most of the times when problem arise we get afraid or uncomfortable and wish it would go away. We feel that we have to come up with the proper answer or justification so we look for someone to blame which is the biggest mistake we are doing while solving problem.

The most important thing we have to keep in mind is that problem happen all the timeTeaching Problem-Solving Skills and they are opportunities to improve ourselves and any underlying systems. It always teaches us a lesson, so that we can do better in future. Looked at this…

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