• Events

    Why 47% of Agile Transformations Fail by Jeff Sutherland

    Today SPIN Chennai had organized an engaging and useful session over zoom video call by the creator of Scrum development process and the famous author Mr Jeff Sutherland. The topic was a relevant one for the current times – Why 47% of Agile Transformations fail?. Watch the full presentation that’s available in YouTube for everyone, thanks, Mr Jeff Sutherland. This post is from the notes I took: Apple is said to have used in full, the ideas from my book – The Art of Doing Twice the work in half the time.  Today, Agility is disrupting not only the software industry but across all domains. An example of an Agile…

  • TiECON 2020 with Deepak Chopra

    TIECON 2020 talk by Mr Deepak Chopra

    Like all the events around the world, this year’s TIE CON 2020 global organized by TIE Silicon Valley has become virtual. For me, it was a blessing, as I could attend the event for free (as a TiE Chennai member) and not spend the thousands of dollars travelling to the USA and also the entry ticket fee. Before the main event, they are organizing a series of roadshow events. Today there was a keynote by Mr Vinod Khosla (Founder of Khosla ventures and Sun Microsystems), followed by a talk by Mr Deepak Chopra, the celebrated Indian-American Author of countless self-improvement and well-being books, a guru figure for many around the…

  • Tree Mission Pledge - World Environment Day 2020
    Rostrum,  Videos

    World Environment Day 2020 – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation Pledge

    I was asked by the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation for a video byte towards their initiative on the occasion of World Environment Day 2020. I request you to take this online pledge “BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION – TIME FOR NATURE ” under Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Social Forest initiative. This online pledge taking campaign Program is open to all.

  • Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    The Art and Engineering of Blogging

    As readers of this blog know I have been blogging from 2004, with over 2900 posts in these 16 years. One of my regular readers is Dr Shriram Raghunathan who is the HoD, Gaming Department of VIT Institute, Bhopal. He invited me to deliver a session to his Engineering students doing their Bachelor and Masters degree courses. And that’s how I created this session, probably the first time I am delivering on this topic. I enjoyed sharing my experience with the students on blogging and was impressed with their curious questions. Agenda Why should you blog? Where to blog? What to blog? What not to blog? Tools to use Why…

  • India Beyond 2020 - Challenges & Opportunities - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation
    Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches

    India Beyond 2020 Webinar

    It was my privilege yesterday to be invited to spoke in a panel organised by the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation run by House of Kalam, Rameswaram. Inspired by Dr Kalam’s Vision 2020, the half-a-day webinar titled “India Beyond 2020” covered topics on Health Care, Education, Industry & Rural development. The webinar was inaugurated by Padma Shri awardee Sri Y.S.Rajan (Honorary Distinguished Professor in ISRO) and the eminent speakers included Dr A.Sivathanu Pillai (Former Chief Controller, R&D, DRDO),  Padma Shri awardee Dr.Mylswamy Annadurai (NDRF, Chairman IEI & Former Director ISRO),  DR.M.S.Vijayaraghavan (Former Advisor & Ex-Office Special Secretary to the government, Prime Minister Office) and others. I was asked to…

  • Lounge

    Free Virtual Tour of Egyptian Heritage Sites

    Like many others, I wish to travel to Egypt to see the great pyramids and the tombs. Egypt Tourism has created 3D virtual walkthroughs (Smithsonian Magazine article) of a few of their historic sites. Today, I visited (virtually) two: the tombs of Meresankh III and elite Egyptian official Menna. It was a fantastic experience. The drawings and the carvings, which are over 4000 years old are still bright and colourful, are simply breathtaking. It takes a few minutes to understand how to navigate them the virtual space with the mouse, but you get the hang of it. There are bright white circles that show up in many places, they are…