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q.u.e.s.t the Book

q.u.e.s.t the Book

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Published by zag77
The story of a CEO instructing another CEO, a Project Manager and a Programmer
The story of a CEO instructing another CEO, a Project Manager and a Programmer

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Published by: zag77 on Jan 01, 2010
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Dedication
To my father, Late Sreedhara Menon 
 
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PREFACE
 Never in my life could I imagine myself writing a fiction book. In the past, I have co-authored a book on ‘C’ language. But that was purely technical. After working for variouscompanies over the past 18 years, I left my job to start a new venture – corporate training.Having trained some bigwigs of the industry, I was on full roll. Taking one class after theother, I was all exhilarated. My methodology of training is highly interactive. I havetrained rookies as well as the experienced crowd. One common thread that runs throughthem all is what I call fundamental amnesia. Either they have forgotten the basics or simply haven’t learnt them.Mostly, progress is organic. To go to Class 5 from Class 1, you have to clear levels 2, 3and 4. A lot of people I came across want to know the latest and the greatest in themarket, bypassing the learning curve. This is just not possible. Unless you learn to buildfrom your linear experience of the past, whatever you understand may not be fullyappreciated. This I term half-baked knowledge. Nothing happens overnight. You have tospend the time and effort to reach the acceptable level.Being a programmer is a very creative exercise, except when you get attached to the code.You defend it and swear by it. Programming is one of those highly intensive karmicactivities where you forget yourself so easily. A strong dose of software engineering basics is required for all programmers. Programming is both art and science. By art Imean there are no limits to what you code and by science I mean there is a definiteframework or method of doing things. The discipline needs to be there to avoid maverick code.The days of programming are numbered. As newer pick-and-use tools become available,the design and testing aspects are gaining ground. Programming in the future will berestricted to very specialized kind of activities. For instance, personalization to a deeplevel, power user functionalities and some tweaks here and there. We are moving fromBusiness Intelligence software to Business Wisdom software, although at present theformer is not fully compliant with the actual sense that it implies. Silicon intelligence is becoming a tenet for the near future. And as machines start overtaking us in all spheres of knowledge, the future seems uncertain. If there is one thing that separates us from thesecontraptions, it’s our lineage. We are a part of the universal soul, while machines have been created by us. They may beat us in logic but not intuition. They may be way aheadof us as far as knowledge is concerned, but they will not be able to marvel at the design of a butterfly wing. Even if they do, it won’t be authentic. But they are catching up fast.Computing is both a boon as well as bane.As far as project management is concerned, it’s a mixture of many things. A majority of  projects get delayed because they lack proper planning, monitoring and control. Usingtools, some of the guesswork can be eliminated, but still there is a human aspect to it. Bythat I mean empathy, appreciation, teamwork etc. All other parameters like budgets,schedules and allocations can be outsourced to a tool, but still somebody has to providethe inputs to the tool and manage it now and then. But tools are getting more and more

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