Author Archives: Radha Mukkai

Further exploring the term, “Define Reality”

I have been thinking on and off about that post I wrote about Defining Reality. The inspiration for that post came from Max DePree. DePree believed that defining reality was the primary job of the leader. I observed several instances over … Continue reading

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Root cause of software project failure

While reading Glen Alleman’s blog, I came across an article in CrossTalk – The Journal of Defense Software Engineering – that discusses the core problem of project failure. The article was titled, Knowledge: The Core Problem of Project Failure. I … Continue reading

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You get what you ask for!

I had a discussion with an acquaintance recently and the discussion reinforced some of the lessons that I have learned in my own professional career. The acquaintance mentioned an application that they had developed in the past year. The application … Continue reading

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More inspiration from John Bogle!

In a recent post, I talked about John Bogle and how John’s podcast interview with Greg Gallant inspired me. After listening to the podcast, I started to explore and read material authored by or involving John Bogle. I noticed that … Continue reading

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Hidden Assumptions in a Project Schedule

I got an important insight while reading the book, Roundtable on Project Management. The book contains conversations between practitioners about project management that was compiled from discussions in Jerry Weinberg’s SHAPE forum. The book filled with pragmatic advice from people who … Continue reading

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Mindless Middles

Barry Oshry wrote a recent blog post on the challenges of working as a Middle. 1 Oshry states: Middles regularly face potential sewer pipe situations. The instructions come and you pass them on. That’s what Middles do. Unfortunately, that’s what … Continue reading

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Define Reality

In the book, Leadership Is An Art, Max DePree talks about the responsibilities of a leader. Max DePree has the following to say: The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. … Continue reading

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Inspiration from John Bogle

John Bogle has been an inspiration in my journey of personal and professional growth. Whenever I read or listen to John Bogle, I always walk away with an uplifting feeling. Mr. Bogle’s personality flows through in his speech and writing. … Continue reading

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5 Key Questions for every project

I am a regular reader and fan of Glen Alleman’s blog – Herding Cats. Glen writes an insightful blog about Project Management. Glen constantly re-iterates the 5 Immutable Principles of project management. The principles are stated in the form of … Continue reading

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Insights about Software Projects – Part 5

I am writing a series of posts that summarizes some of the insights I have gained while working in the Professional Services/IT Consulting world. My goal with this series to increase awareness of important aspects of projects, promote improved thinking … Continue reading

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