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Lessons in Management from India – Building New Delhi Subway

Today my good friend and reverse mentor Pragnya pointed me to an excellent news article on the building of the New Delhi subway.

This is the project managers dream. Quoting from the article

Much of the credit for its success is usually laid at the feet of one man, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, a 77-year-old technocrat who serves as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s managing director. Mr. Sreedharan has a reputation for fearlessness and incorruptibility. At the Metro he has tried to create the culture of a private start-up business in the most unlikely of petri dishes: the epicenter of India’s sprawling bureaucracy.”

Every project has a management philosophy.

For the sub way project they really went back to the principles of management in ancient times.

Quoting again

“Instead of dry procedural manuals, senior managers are given a copy of the Bhagavad-Gita, one of Hinduism’s most important texts. But its significance is not religious, said Anuj Dayal, a spokesman for the Metro.

“It is a management text,” he said of the book, which is taken from the Mahabharata, an epic poem at the heart of Hindu philosophy. “It is the story of how to motivate an unmotivated person.”

This led me to another interesting link on Management and the Bhagavat-Gita

In essence the theme is

“No doer of good ever ends in misery’. Every action should produce results: good action produces good results and evil begets nothing but evil. Therefore always act well and be rewarded.”

How much easier can it get?


Smart Transport for a Smart City – IBM’s 2010 Prediction # 3 – A Case for on Demand Transport Modules

Reference article:

Quoting below IBM’s prediction # 3 (out of 5) on innovations that will change cities in the next 5 years

Cars and city buses will run on empty
For the first time, the “E” on gas gauges will mean “enough.” Increasingly, cars and city buses no longer will rely on fossil fuels. Vehicles will begin to run on new battery technology that won’t need to be recharged for days or months at a time, depending on how often you drive. IBM scientists and partners are working to design new batteries that will make it possible for electric vehicles to travel 300 to 500 miles on a single charge, up from 50 to 100 miles currently. Also, smart grids in cities could enable cars to be charged in public places and use renewable energy, such as wind power, for charging so they no longer rely on coal-powered plants. This will lower emissions as well as minimize noise pollution. IBM and the Denmark-based EDISON research consortium are developing an intelligent infrastructure to enable the large scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy.

This is what I would like to add to enhance the concepts detailed by IBM.

Let us convert all Smart City Transportation to On Demand Modules. Let me explain this concept. Each type of transportation module (be it a 1,2,3 , 4 or 8 wheeler or even a levitated no wheeler) will be an addressable node on the grid.

We will be able to do the following with the module

  • Diagnostics for equipment failure to optimize uptime
  • Remote guidance using GPS, Smart Sensors and rickshawWallah (software concept to be detailed below)
  • City residents can use their cell phone to have on demand service
  • Address sub components for maintenance and repair

rickshawWallah  (software)

  • This runs on a cell phone
  • User has to register with service using residential address, office address and other touch points as required
  • User will have Transport Insurance and will have a nominal copay per use billed automatically through cell phone number.
  • Software will help user schedule trips and give running stats on time of arrival etc.
  • Software will schedule the transport using GPS and embedded nails on roadways

Advantages of on Demand Transport

  • Optimize power use by sizing transport to demand (Smart Transport)
  • Essentially this will work like a Smart Grid
  • Optimize resources so that the City does not have to build the system to cater to peak load but can intelligently establish an average load by rescheduling schools, offices and others.

What we will ultimately have is a completely automated transport system running on renewable energy sources as well as being a profit generating center.

The system will be usable by both enabled and disabled city residents.

Of course a lot of this will breed development of intelligent software and hardware which in turn will increase the economic prosperity of the city, community and country.

Smart Meters, Smart Appliances & nodes monitored by Google Power Meter

What says Wikipedia

smart meter is an advanced meter (usually an electrical meter) that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter; and optionally, but generally, communicates that information via some network back to the localutility for monitoring and billing purposes (telemetering). This could work for air and water as well in industrial plants. The ultimate idea is to balance the power from utility companies with a Smart Grid

Do a Google Smart Meter and you will find quite a number of utilities setting up their customers with Smart meters. Now this is the hardware.

Check out GE’s Smart Meter here

Next check out Google’s software called Google Power Meter

Mix a Smart Meter and a Google Power Meter

Well, now you have a Smart Building

This is one of IBM’s 5 areas for Smarting by 2010 to 2015

However you could Smart your appliances as well.

Running a home could be like running a production facility. You could balance your usage intelligently, save $$$ in the process, help the economic gain for the community and country and who knows come up with innovative solutions for the future. You could start generating solar, wind and geo-thermal power at home and be an entrepreneur.

Well, all this is an opportunity for the citizens of the world.

The next level of course is the networking of just about everything in your home. in essence you can query any item. Maybe even your husband and children if you so desire. Life could get pretty exiting. For example you could sense that coffee and milk will run out next Tuesday and have your grocery list generated and a road map plotted for your journey to the pharmacy, grocery store, gas station and post office by the most economical route on a pemmPOD (Google pemmPOD :-))

One last thing. Go for a spin in the evening, don’t mind the expense and check out a Robot. And when you get one see that is better than the iJones’s

The University of the future – On Google Wave – Designing our future – an introduction

The future of University or self education is in Co-Creation and Collaboration.

A lot of what we do today in terms of educational material is found on the web. There are excellent articles on most subjects written by experts in the field. For those willing to tap these tools there is an opportunity to design our own courses and even award ourselves an experience worthy of a bachelors, masters or even a doctorate degree.

I do agree that Google Wave is in its infancy and has quite a way to go. But we can see its potential and look at the future.

Forward looking persons from academia are surely exploring the opportunities for the students in the Wave.

Just imagine, students can play business, engineering or design games, run a virtual company, look at the work done by peers and collaborate in a healthy competitive atmosphere.

Gone will be the days of tests, exams or cramming at the last moment. We will have continuous interaction with written, voice, photographic and video content. Online Wave sessions will closely follow what we do in the business world. That is defining problems, researching methods, base lining conditions, analyzing solutions, choosing the most appropriate for implementation and continuing the process from improvement and innovation.

I invite readers to comment on the pros and cons of this approach.

My continuing efforts will be to explore tools and methods for Wave educational models

It is a new world and let us follow new methods.

Google Wave – A tool for Co-Creation & Project Collaboration

Well, I have been playing a little with Google Wave to look at its capabilities.

What is a wave? I am quoting directly from Google

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

For those who would like to check it here is the link.
You can apply for the Beta version and Google will send you one. It is free.
I also have a few invitations to send to those who are interested.

Lets say for example we have started work on a new Service Design Project or for that matter any project. Lets assume our project team consists of 5 collaborators.
We start a new wave and include all the players on the wave.
In simple words the wave is like one long tape which can be replayed at any time by any of the members to go over previous plans, designs, discussions, meetings, research material, pictures etc.

Ultimately when you make the proposal you have all required research material easily accessible. On completion of the project you have a trail for reference.

Wave allows us to have real time phone and video conference calls and we can be making notes in real time for all to see if required.

I believe Wave is a natural for Design thinkers as we can
“Start Anywhere”

I believe any project may have quite a number of face to face or on site meetings. But at some point it becomes impractical to keep travelling. This is where Wave will come in handy.

For those of you who already have Wave it is an excellent opportunity to play a Design Thinking Project or even use it on a real one.

Last but not least it can be customized.

And as usual in a system like this we may find neat things to do with Wave which the original builders may not even have dreamed of. One of the suggestions I gave to a business school professor was that his students could do a course on Design Thinking on Wave.

For that matter it could be the university of the future 🙂
Well that is a subject for another blog 🙂

Go ahead, Google Google Wave