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Building Trust

Building Trust as you work with a new team is crucial. To achieve a collaborative work environment, trust has to be built between all the involved parties be it team members or outside stakeholders. Trust helps teams function in a manner…

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Added by Ravindar Gujral on October 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

QA Team Member as an Equal

Many organizations give a lot of weight to their developers but neglect their QA departments. There are many misconception about the role of QA. This happens more in bigger organizations where there is a greater emphasis on strict demarcation of responsibilities. This creates a culture of silos. It encourages developers to believe that they are not required to interact with QA. Most developers start thinking that they are better than…
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Added by Ravindar Gujral on August 24, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Local Motors- A story of integrated development

This is a great story of a company that is trying to challenge the existing model of a mass producer building something that everyone consumes. Local Motors is an integrated and a more distributed mechanism to buying cars: http://www.local-motors.com/videos. This company exemplifies the movement towards a more decentralized way of doing things, where you empower not just your employees but the client itself.


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Added by Ravindar Gujral on August 18, 2010 at 9:50pm — No Comments

On Planning

Let me start this article with a story I heard listening to a presentation by Ricardo Semler: Gary Kasparov, the chess grandmaster, played a computer nicknamed “Deep Thought” sometime in the 1980’s and he won. Deep Thought could think many moves ahead,…

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Added by Ravindar Gujral on May 18, 2010 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

On Teams- Forming, Changes and Stability: An Opinion piece.

On Teams- Forming, Changes and Stability: An Opinion piece.



Teams are a collection of individuals that come together as a cohesive unit to work on a shared common goal. The group understands that the shared goals and outcomes are achievable if everyone cooperates and works towards a solution as a team, much like being in a lifeboat together. When we are in that boat together we learn to deal with those who are different and to tolerate those we don't like.



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Added by Ravindar Gujral on November 8, 2009 at 12:36am — No Comments

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