Project Management Comedy Video

Project Management is very intriguing concept and even more interestingly practiced by “normal” project managers. Here is our comic approach to project management – the musical bollywood style!
A team of us at HCL did this skit for a 2 year celebration of our engagement at Teradyne in Boston. This was very welcomed by the audience, and i hope you will certainly love it too!
The lead role of Antony Gonsalves, our project manager, is played by Ramanesh Venkatarayar, our DBA. Along with him are Venkatesh Nathan, Chris Hatcher, Margaret Rosene, Ananda Rao, Hariharan Ramadoss, Jagan Thota, Fabrice Langlois, Sethurama Giri, Raja Mohanraj, Rajeev Rastogi, Inderjit Sethi, Praveen Saini, Dean John Abraham and others..
the Story of the project management Bollywood Style is simple: There is a Project. There is a PM. There is a Client. and then there is a project team.
The project somehows succeeds with the help of Contractors, consultants, Infrastructre, offshore team and all – and in the end, Support team is still clueless of the project as the documentation is nothing but a blank file.
You’ll also see a flavor of Oracle, SOX, governance and all things  “PM” !

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Last but not the least, if you like this video, share it with your friends! Give them a chance to laugh and flex their Project management muscle!

The Cost of telling Truth.

Its funny- and tragic sometimes- how the incidents from your past come back to memory and haunt you.

I was having a discussion with one of my younger cousins and while talking to him, i realized what could be the cost of truth really?

He had recently told a lie and was being punished for the same. I was telling him why is it important to say the truth and be honest.

As i was talking to him, an example from my own life came to mind. When i was in 10th standard, i had a friend names Atul and another names Harish. Both were from a middle class family, and we used to get along very well. Harish used to live with his uncle and was good in his studies. It was almost exam time, and our science practical exam was near.

On the day of the practical exam, something unexpected happened.

We were going back home from school when Harish put his hand inside his school bag, and pulled out a Glass slab. The Glass slab used for the refraction experiment in the lab. That glass slab belonged to the school- it was merely a few bucks worth, nothing more. Harish had stole the glass slab from the lab.

We laughed about it, went home and forgot about it. Until the next week -monday.

Lab incharge knew the glass slab was missing. No one else entered the lab after our class. The slab was there when the exam was going on. So, it had to be one of us.
The only way our lab incharge could find to get the truth out was to frighten us. “You will not get your board exam roll number if you don’t tell me who stole the glass slab”.

We were in a dilemma. One side, our friend. Other side, our roll number – Atleast at that time there was no third side as “what is right” or “truth prevails”. We were probably too young to think of all that.

So, Atul and I decided that we have to tell the teacher what we knew. Otherwise, we won’t get the roll number. And so we did. Thats the truth.

Now, the cost of the truth?
Teacher and Principal called Harish to their office – probably reprimanded him to bring his parents to school.  Harish was not as “Brave” as us to tell the truth. The next we know is Harish ran away. His uncle was not able to find him anywhere. No one knew where he went. Even police could not trace him as far as i remember.

Atul and I were scolded badly by his uncle – “You should have come and told me first, instead of telling the teacher”.

What were we supposed to do? How did we end up being the culprit? What went wrong, where? Its just a bad thing that happened, and our intention was never to do this – but to get our roll number; Which i realized after few years that our teacher would’ve anyways given to us whether we told the truth or not. For us it doesn’t matter – for poor Harish, it does.

Sometimes i wonder, but i don’t have the answer – or may be the “Right” answer. After all, who decides whats wrong and whats right?

How To Book Ads in Any Indian Newspaper: Instantly!

If you are starting a new business, or just launching a new product; Even if you are thinking of doing the initial market research to see the interested audience, one of the easiest thing to do in India is to give a News paper classified ad.

Ofcourse Google and other PPC ads do help, but not many Indians click on those ads – and local products can not be *yet* marketed very well using the PPC ads.

A Newspaper classified ad will always be the best option when it come to catering the need of locals in India.
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Assume you want to launch a product or a new offer in Nagpur –  A google PPC ad with keyword Nagpur will be too wide spread to get you to the right audience *unless ofcourse you only need web users.

So the best approach in this case would be to use a classified ad in a local Nagpur based newspaper that has a high readership and see your ad working in a few days. If you were to do it the old fashioned way, you will call a newspaper or the newspaper agent and get a classified ad book for your product.

Now, with the help of a new venture – Ads2book.com, you can do the same thing instantly!

Yes, in just three steps you can book a news paper ad in most of the newspapers, and magazines – national and local both, across India.

Some of the newspapers and magazines in the west part of India that you can advertise in are listed here…You can visit the website for a complete listing and full guidance to book an ad in any newspaper in India.
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The Times of India
he Economic Times
Hindustan Times (HT)
Navbharat Times
The Lokmat Group
Sandesh
Mumbai Mirror
Pune Mirror
Ahmedabad Mirror
Maharashtra Times
CSR(English)
CSR(Hindi)
General Knowledge Today
The Competition Master Daily
Thanthi Dainik
Navajyoti
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Chanakya ni Pothi

Not only this, You can even advertise in many International news papers using the ad2book services.

Ad Booking is Simplied with Ad2Book.com

You can select from multiple categories like Recruitment, Property, Matrimonial, Business Opportunities, Obituary, Remebrence, Vehicle Classified etc…And then you can select a sub category.

Ads2book will show you multiple layouts to select from. Once you select the layout you want, you can customize the ad with details you want.

In Just 3 steps, you are done!

So next time you are looking to give a Print ad for remembrance, a Matrimonial and a business opportunity, try Ad2book. Ads2Book.com is the first of its kind ad booking website to BOOK Newspaper ads in 3 Easy Steps i.e. Create Ad, Schedule and Make Payment, both Indian & International publications.

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How to Bankrupt Kohls and Save some Money in the process.

 

Well, I know you have started reading this because of the interesting Title, and i promise I won’t disappoint you.

How to Bankrupt Kohl’s and Save some Money in the process.

Here is an example of you can be part of making Kohl’s bankrupt, and even save some money for your own shopping in this process. Its pretty simple really, all you need is email addresses. And i know, that too is free to get.

If you Sign-up for Kohl’s Sales Alerts today, they will send you an e-mail that will save you $5 off your next in-store purchase and 10% offyour next Kohls.com purchase! This is even valid on clearance sales.

(Here is the link to signup for KOHL’s coupon: http://www.kohls.com/upgrade/registration/sale_alert_signup.jsp)

Well, so back to our plan. If you have an email address – you can use above link to sign up.  For free email address, you can signup at www.gmail.com

Within a few days, you will receive a coupon on your mailbox for 5$

Now, if you have recently visited Kohl’s you know that there are many things in clearance and even new arrivals that you can buy for 5$ only. So, if you use this coupon, you get that thing for FREE!

FREE T-Shirt for few minutes of your time is not bad at all. But that is not our goal. Our goal is to save more money’..so here goes.

What do you think they will do if you return the Tshirt you just bought? Because you used Kohl’s coupons to buy this, they will give you a gift card (a Store coupon for 5$) when you return it. So, now you have 5$ in FREE MONEY!! Go back to the shopping! Buy that nice dress or that stylish jeans you always wanted to. It comes Free of cost anyways, thanks to the Kohl’s gift cards.

Do you know what you just did? you took a 5$ worth of stuff from Kohls’ without even paying for it. Howz that?

If you can do that 10 times – thats 50$ And i am pretty sure this post is going to be read by atleast 10,000 people – so that makes it what? 500,000 $ worth of FREE STUFF THAT KOHLS IS GIVING AWAY. How soon do you think they can go bankrupt if they keep giving away like this??

Well, it depends. you have to hurry up before someone from Kohl’s actually read this 🙂

* Please do this at your own risk. This approach has not been tested completely. Kohls’ guys, no offence, but this is a real system issue and i am just trying to make people aware of it. Hope you fix it soon 🙂

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO GET 50$ worth FREE STUFF FROM KOHL’s:

  1. Go to www.gmail.com and signup for a new email account.
  2. Go to http://www.kohls.com/upgrade/registration/sale_alert_signup.jsp and signup for email coupon using that email addresse. Wait for the coupon to arrive.
  3. Once you get the coupon, Go Shopping at your nearest Kohl’s.
  4. After you have bought 5$ worth of free stuff, return it to get 5$ worth of Store credit (gift card.)
  5. Buy something you like for FREE!

And now, tell others you found this great plan to save money, that may Bankrupt Kohl’s in the process.  

(btw, guys..don’t get overworked. Its just a fun way to bring you a money saving tip. No one is going to bankrupt KOHLS that way..i m just kidding. But the fact is, the coupon works. )

Ok, too much kidding. Now some real e-business sense:
Why would someone do this?

I didn’t understand why would Kohls’ give away 5$ coupon on email, when everyone can have many email addresses, and can really misuse the coupon. After digging some more i realized that its not that 5$ that Kohl’s is worried about – its more than that.
Once the customer is in the store they can buy more that just 5$ and even if they don’t atleast they are not going to the competitors store. That makes sense? Doesn’t it?