The Five Tantras of Enterprise Agility

Delighting Customers in a Volatile World

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Agile has caught the fancy of the world. It is now a force to reckon with in our rapidly changing business world. Development practices based on Agile have become the first choice of project managers and leaders across thousands of organisations worldwide. Time and again, Agile has proven to be more flexible and effective in responding to change than other, traditional approaches.

How do you ensure that an organisation starting on its Agile journey has smooth sailing along the way and a safe haven once it reached its destination? This book is the result of putting together the experience and learnings of these PM Power coaches to help organisations in exactly this. Reaching there and staying there.

This book is presented as the story of one such Agile transformation journey – the journey of an organisation representing many of the organisations that PM Power has engaged with as Agile coaches.

This book is primarily intended for leaders who are looking to take their organisations on the Agile Transformation journey and managers who will drive this transformation. It will alert them to what they can look forward to and what they need to look out for on this journey. The book is also intended for change agents (coaches and consultants) who help organisations progress on the transformation. The book will add to their experience set that will help them advise their clients in the best possible way.

Project / Program Managers, Scrum Masters and team members who are

keen to play an influential role in the organizational agile transformation process also will be able to benefit from this book.

The objective of this book is to help these people address the concerns of organizations as they try to reap benefits of moving to Agile – in a specific sense, to address the gap between an organization’s stakeholders’ expectations from Agile (to meet business needs) and their real outcomes and to help the leadership of organizations understand and implement agility at an organizational level (as opposed to agility in teams and projects). The objective of this book is to bring to the intended readers the wealth of experience and wisdom about Agile and its implementation that coaches at PM Power have built up over the years.

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The First Aryan
The First Aryan
Please see the article “A Historical event in the Rig Veda – The Vr̥ṣā́kapi Hymn (RV 10.86)” to understand the background to this novel.

Will a series of brutal killings destroy the very foundation of Parsuvarta, an ancient kingdom?
A series of murders have taken place in Parsupur, the capital city of Parsuvarta. Kasyapa and Agastya, two students training to become priests, are asked by their guru to investigate the deaths. Around the same time, there is great turmoil brewing in the city-a palace coup and a battle for supremacy between the traditional Indra worshipers and the new sect of Varuna followers.
It is an age when Vedic gods are worshiped, religious sacrifices are performed regularly, commerce flourishes and kings are guided by their loyal head priests. But beneath this façade of order lie prejudices and political rivalries, jealousy and power games. This is why the murders, which at first seem to be unconnected, soon lead in the same direction. It is now up to Kasyapa and Agastya to find out the common thread and identify the killer.
The First Aryan is a one-of-its-kind murder mystery set in the Vedic times.

“This is a wonderful mystery in a novel setting. I could not put the book down once I got into it. Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot would be proud of this. “
An Amazon Customer

“An excellent book! An intelligent page-turner, enjoyed the read.The Vedic-era setting certainly makes this novel quite unique. I liked it that the early Aryan civilization was portrayed with balance and a good bit of mischief. Just the normalcy with which you portrayed these people, including these early sages (Kasyapa, Agastya, …) was striking. On the same lines, I found some of your choices quite interesting, viewed from today’s politicized lens – for instance your take on the whole or Out-of-India versus Aryan-Migration divide. I suspect neither camp will be entirely happy with your take, which I am sure is a good thing :)Your descriptions of the period, the places, and the sacrificial rituals had just the right amount of detail, and the whole Indra-Varuna religious tussle was good fun. And I did not figure out who the killer was 🙂 Congrats again on a damn good debut novel. Looking forward to your second book.

Varun Ravichandran

Software Project Health: An Epic Retold
Software Project Health

An epic is retold. The actors are familiar but the roles are different. Arjuna is a Program Manager responsible for delivering a set of projects to enhance the defence of the city of Hastinapura; Krishna his coach and mentor. Arjuna faces the challenges and his self-doubt in the high-stakes game competing with the Kauravas to deliver software products that are effective and of lasting robustness. To achieve that, Arjuna aspires to ensure sustained “health” of his projects as opposed to the Kauravas who are approaching the challenge ready to cut all corners for short-term success.

Arjuna and Krishna with a focus on means and not just the ends, together evolve a project health framework for effective delivery, assurance of outcomes and robust products. This is the story of their fascinating journey of discovery interacting with project teams and stakeholders to develop new perspectives in managing projects. The end result is a comprehensive set of project Vital Signs and their manifestations and a 360-degree assessment approach – a framework for early warning to address the not-uncommon syndrome of projects being “in the pink of health till yesterday but in ICU today”.  

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The First Aryan launched

The First Aryan was formally released at Higginbothams, Bangalore, by Mr. L. Ravichandran, COO, Tech. Mahindra on the 21st of September, 2019. Poet and author, Anitha Murthy moderated a discussion on the book.

History in the Rig Veda

The Vr̥ṣā́kapi hymn (RV 10.86), when looked at from the perspective of history, allows us to get a glimpse of a very ancient event – a rebellion against the king that happened in a kingdom of the tribe of Párśu around 3900 BCE. See A Historical event in the Rig Veda – The Vr̥ṣā́kapi Hymn…