PMO Becomes Strategically Involved

PMO Becomes Strategically Involved

In my last post, PMO Driving Servant Leadership I discussed how in this age of digital and Agile transformation, we need to evolve the Program Management Office (PMO) into a Servant Leadership model, which in turn raises the PMO in the organization’s value chain.

An End-to-End IoT Platform: The Parts that Make the Whole, Whole!

An End-to-End IoT Platform: The Parts that Make the Whole, Whole!

In our first post in this IoT series, we discussed how to design an Internet of Things (IoT) platform and that it is valuable only if it covers the end-to-end chain, the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. In this second article, Umesh Puranik and I look at using open-source components to build an IoT platform; we describe the logical platform architecture and its components.  The following diagram shows this logical architecture.

PMO Driving Servant Leadership

PMO Driving Servant Leadership

Autonomy, mastery and purpose[1] … these traits are fundamental to people in an Agile organization and never more than with the transformation to digital we’re seeing today. Therefore, as an Agile Transformation begins and as the entire organization transitions from command and control management styles to servant leadership management approaches, we must look at ways to ensure success by anticipating and proactively addressing what some of the most common roadblocks might be.

The Internet of Things: When the Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

The Internet of Things: When the Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

The “Internet of Things” (or, perhaps, the “Internet of Everything”, or even “cyberphysical systems”).  That sounds impressive, big (in terms of market potential; see these excellent opportunity analyses by McKinsey and TCS) – and unwieldy. An Internet of Things (IoT) platform implies the integration of a set of different functionalities provided by individual components.  The functionalities involved can be broadly classified as data capture from sensors (and actions carried out by actuators), transfer of the data over networks, storage of the data at various stages, analysis of this data, and applications that make use of this data. Each of these can be independent functions, but it is when they are integrated together that they provide those coveted “aha” moments and deliver the most value. Without integration, most of those functions are simply discrete components used individually. For example, just collecting and storing data from a large number of sensors is useful but does not provide much value beyond record keeping. It is the analytics engine coupled with this sensor data that makes the overall chain valuable. And an analytics engine is useful only when coupled with applications that make use of the analysis to improve functionality, provide new functionality, etc.

Happy Independence Day! From a Proud American Indian

Happy Independence Day!  From a Proud American Indian

That’s right, today is Independence Day in India! 69 years ago today, India achieved  its independence from the British, something the US did 169 years prior! In those 69 years, the US and India haven’t always had the smoothest relationship, but in the past 20 years it has grown to one of strength, mutual  admiration, friendship and a sense of shared best interest between the world’s largest democracy and  its oldest continuing democracy. I’ll be writing  more about this relationship, but today, some thoughts on my experience  working  for  Indian companies and Indian leaders.