Root Cause Analysis – it needs a grain of salt


Vast amounts of time and resources are spent in the corporate world in what is called “root cause analysis” (or RCA for short). I have done my fair share – countless spreadsheets and PPT decks have been created by me too like most of you who are reading this . And from the time IContinue reading “Root Cause Analysis – it needs a grain of salt”

IBM seems to have everything , but TIME


IBM is a good case study for balancing out everyone singing the “transformation is cool” tune . Transformation is utterly painful – almost directly proportional to the size of the company . So IBM announced its Q1 results and no surprises there – HW business is not in good health , and software and servicesContinue reading “IBM seems to have everything , but TIME”

We need “A teams” not “All A Players”


This is the greatest mistake that happens when we try building teams . We start out with the intention of hiring an “A team” – and pretty soon it magically transforms into a hunt for “A players” . It took me a long while to realize it’s not the same – and often hiring allContinue reading “We need “A teams” not “All A Players””

Education is the key for unity in diversity in India


It is parliament election season in India now . The country is so vast and infrastructure hasn’t caught up yet – so elections have to be held over several weeks in a phased manner . Whichever way I look at it – a coalition government is bound to rule India for the next term .Continue reading “Education is the key for unity in diversity in India”

What on earth does VP of Global Channel at MongoDB mean ?


Ever since I announced I got a job at MongoDB , the question that I got the most has been “what does a VP of global channels do ?” I grew up as a technologist – not as a business development / channel person. And apart from engineering , I have been a successful salesContinue reading “What on earth does VP of Global Channel at MongoDB mean ?”

Higher standards , double standards and no standards in leaders


So the CEO of Mozilla resigned – and I saw the news on twitter last night when I came back to my hotel room . And the question that came to mind was – should CEOs and other leaders be held to a higher standard ? Do double standards apply to some ? And areContinue reading “Higher standards , double standards and no standards in leaders”