The side effects of “seamless” work life integration


The smart people that I listen to have been saying for some time that I should think about the issue of “work life balance” more as work – life integration and it will be easier to make sense that way . Their infinite wisdom was that I will find a lot of useful things that…

Nothing but gratitude for both India and USA


It was August 9, 1999 when I left my home in a train for Mumbai with a suitcase I borrowed from my aunt . I was home sick within about twenty minutes into that two day train ride, but also very excited to join TCS as a trainee in their Borivali campus – called the…

A strictly personal take on multi cloud


This is one of those topics where my employer IBM has a vested interest and consequently I need to state upfront that what I say below is strictly my own views from my limited view of the large enterprise world. My personal experience over the last couple of decades has been in the very large…

Kindness – a true story


I had a chance to catch up with an old friend this weekend whose retirement party I unfortunately couldn’t attend . He was a senior partner in a law firm . He told me a story which I want to share here . This happened some 35 years or so ago when he was just…

The DIY movement in IT – what does it take to succeed ?


A few days ago, my friend Frank Scavo wrote about the pendulum starting to swing from commercial software to custom built software .  Today morning, I listened to his podcast with another common friend Den Howlett . I would highly encourage you to read Frank’s blog and listen to the podcast. The movement to DIY…

Scaled Agile does not cure the lack of engineering maturity


Scaled Agile has the status of a religion in many tech shops I know. Like with religions – its followers express unquestioned faith, intolerance for other ideas (Waterfall is the devil, EVERYONE should be trained in SAFe), and its praises will drown its criticisms (its not a problem of the framework –  you are just…

Salesforce buying Tableau – Quick thoughts


I am on vacation and woke up late and the first thing I saw on my phone is this news that Salesforce is buying Tableau . I – and many others – have predicted for a long time that Tableau would get acquired but several years passed by without that happening . And now that…