Ignore this and digital projects fail

There are many reasons for failure, which I will explore in posts later. But one thing stands out and cuts through all of them. Human emotion. Project leaders tend to think that digital will solve all their problems where as the business users ( staff who will be using new digital ways to serve theContinue reading “Ignore this and digital projects fail”

On motivational speakers and training

Motivational speakers are good, when your team is in low spirits. Provided you have a good strategy, right team in place and enabling structures are executed.  But what happens when you have no sound strategy, mediocre teams in place and structures are crumbling.? No dose of motivation can fix that, right? But no, many leadersContinue reading “On motivational speakers and training”

MVP

Something interesting happened last week. I was designing a new project with a friend. The project had much potential and I wanted to test the idea with 10 customers by building a minimum viable product (MVP) . The idea of a MVP is not to go in to full spec product, but putting your immediateContinue reading “MVP”

5 ways to get recruited in tech industry

I had a two hour conversation with a very senior CXO ( a tech wizard and a philosopher) of a world famous big Sri Lankan software company. Our major topic was why the gap between what employers want and what employees are looking for is widening, with special emphasis on the millennials. ( Ahhh….the eternalContinue reading “5 ways to get recruited in tech industry”

Why not compare?

If you want to engage someone at work (who works below their capacity and they are making the effort to improve) don’t compare them with someone else in your organisation.  Absolutely do not compare them with people in some other organisation, or their practices.  Ever wonder, why someone who have performed exceptionally well in oneContinue reading “Why not compare?”

Outsourcing everything

There are things you cannot outsource. There are things that cannot be ‘Uber of this’ or ‘AirBnB of that’. As much as there are trends, we should not be enslaved to think that everything can be outsourced to cut cost or look sexy launching an app. There are many failure stories, that does not getContinue reading “Outsourcing everything”

How to innovate over and over.

Most of us, when we hear about “innovation” tend to visualise staff retreats, having fun and been creative by expressing ideas. Then come up with that ‘aha’ moment, and go and work on it. Once in a year routine, may be twice a year. Far from it. Innovation in reality is loads of hard work,Continue reading “How to innovate over and over.”

committed to succeed.

In interviews, a person with elite education and good grades will look more appealing than an average IQ person with a fierce determination to get things done. Because it is hard to assess a person’s ability to execute -the person with education and interview winning skills gets the job. A doers’ CV might not show qualities like goodContinue reading “committed to succeed.”