Friday, August 28, 2015

Great quotes on Feedback ..

Feedback is an essential part of effective learning. It helps students understand the subject beingstudied and gives them clear guidance on how to improve their learning. It is stated that 'academic feedback is more strongly and consistently related to achievement than any other teaching behaviour...this relationship is consistent regardless of grade, socioeconomic status, race, or school setting.' Feedback can improve a student's confidence, self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning. Effective feedback during the first year in university can aid the transition to higher education and may support student retention. Providing students engage with feedback, it should enhance learning and improve assessment performance.- University of Reading.

American gun related deaths, 2015.

Uncontrollable American gun epidemic !!

18,508 gun related deaths in the first 7 months of 2015 ! Roughly 2700 deaths every month for a population of 314 million, one fourth of Indian population.

US kills it's own citizens at a rate of 1.2 per million population every month ! Avoidable cruelty to its people ..

US pokes it's ugly nose everywhere bossing around, in the guise of protecting its citizens (0 deaths from terrorist attacks) but cannot check this epidemic and protect its own  citizens from this homegrown malaise !

Pic courtesy - The Hindu, India.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What makes Google special ?

 Google is a dream organisation for most of us. What makes Google so special ?

 Is it that Google has made our lives very easy, be it search or mail or youtube videos..

We had an excellent discussion today on the Google case in class this morning.

Though Google is more known for its excellent employee policies, creative, innovative work environment, it is also a company which believes in growing at a fast pace. Almost 182 inorganic acquisitions till date.

The discussion in the class was based on these questions which we came across in the case. 

1. How does Google ensure these inorganic acquisitions add value to the Google brand ?

2. How is Google IT infrastructure keeping pace with its customer expectations and demand ?

3. What are Google IT policies to maintain costs low ?

4. How does Google intend to automate the system admin function ?

5. Google tries for very high reliability (5 nines) 99.999 %. How and why not 6 nines ?

6. As services grow, how does Google manage to keep its costs sub-linear. ?

7. How does Google ensure it gets the smartest people to work for it ?

8. How does Google ensure its employees share and discuss ideas ?

9. Mention about Employee equality inside Google.

10. Why is minimal distraction important in Google environment ?

11. How are Nooglers trained to understand the Google culture ?

12. How does Google move forward and "fast" with technology ?

13. Why does Google maintain a flat non-hierarchical organisation structure ?

14. Why and how does Google give a small company feel to its employees ?

15. Why is it difficult or easy to adapt to Google culture of innovation ?

16. How does Google motivate its employees to give their best ?

17. Why does Google believe in "power of ideas" and not seniority in the organisation ?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Facebook case discussion in class ..

Next month Facebook will get it's 1.5 billionth (1500 millionth) subscriber, presently running at 1490 million subscribers ..

With almost 600 million subscribers live and accessing FB from different parts of the world at any point of time, it is really a wonder how FB keeps its response time for any subscriber to less than a second !!

Today we had an exciting and entertaining case discussion on the iñnovative and user friendly, design and growth strategy of Facebook in class ..

20 interesting Facebook stats .. ( as of '14 - '15)

Latest interesting statistics on Facebook, the most widely used application on the Internet

1. There are 1.49 billion users on FB

      2.  300 petabytes of FB data are stored 

3. 30% of FB subscribers are graduates

      4. 42% of FB subscribers are males

5. There are102 million FB users from India

      6. Average FB user has 245 friends

7. Average of 1500 posts are likely to appear in FB user's page daily

      8. 400 billion photographs have been uploaded on FB so far

9. 400 million photos are uploaded on FB each day

      10. 45 billion FB messages are sent daily

11. An average FB user spends 8.3 hrs / month 

      12. 2,43,000 photos are added on FB every min

13. 150,000 messages are sent on FB every minute

      14. Avg time spent by a user on FB / visit 23 minutes

15. Global economic impact of FB in '14 $227 billion

      16. FB daily data is 600 TB

17. Wall Street's estimated value of each FB user is $128

      18. FB is available in 88 languages now

19. FB needs 9.9 million lines of code for its operation

      20. FB mobile users spend an average of 14.3 hrs / month

Courtesy (Aug 25, '15)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great points for life !!

50 most positive one liners. Worthy of reading again & again.....💭

They may appear simple, but ask any successful person, they will tell how these are so true and relevant even to this day !! Have a great day and happy reading !!

1. Have a firm handshake.
           2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.
            4. Own a great stereo system.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
            6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
            8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
           10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
           12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
            14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
           16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, always.
            18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
           20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
            22. Be a good loser for your loved ones.

23. Be a good winner of Hearts.
            24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
            26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple.
            28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
           30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
            32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
            34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
            36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
            38. Forgive quickly. Life is short.

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
            40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
            42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone's day by encouraging them.
            44. Become someone's hero.

45. Marry only for love.
            46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
            48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
            50. Don't expect life to be fair...


Friday, August 21, 2015

Can container based housing solve Mumbai's housing woes ?

Could this be a solution to counter the growing scarcity of living space, not only in Dharavi, Mumbai - the world's largest slum, but in other places as well ?

 Structural stability, effective drainage, waste recycling and the need for cooling in summer are major hurdles.

But man's innovation has no limits ! Very soon an effective cheap solution will surface ..


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cochin International Airport becomes first in the world to operate fully on solar power

Kochi International airport is the 4 th largest Indian int'l airport and is the first International airport in the world to completely run on solar power. Let me just remind you that India is world's third largest polluter too after China and US.

Needing 48,000 electrical units (KWh) daily, CIAL installed a 12 MW solar plant of 46,000 solar panels, able to deliver 50,000 units/day of green power.

Took 6 months to complete, $10 million to be recovered in 5 years in the cost of electricity which would be produced. This airport thus is not only technically superior, it is a commercially viable one  too ..

With a lifespan of 25 years saving 300,000 MT CO2 emission every year, it is equivalent to planting 3 million trees ..

CIAL MD, V J Kurien, IAS.
Great initiative carried with technical collaboration with Bosch India.

Can central Govt, state govt offices and educational institutions across the state and country emulate this ? CIAL MD, VJ Kurien is much in demand now !

It has been officially confirmed that India's Kochi International airport is the first completely solar powered airport in the world .. What an innovation !!

Probably this can kick start many other gigantic critical applications elsewhere in the world to run on solar energy ..
Germany which attempted to be among the forerunners in adopting solar energy had a bad experience .. Check the link .. 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Transport Management systems

Beer Game blog links..

I have been playing the Beer Distribution Game for the past eight years starting from IIT Bombay with Prof. Narayan Rangaraj around 1998 and later on at many Institutes, including the many batches of the country's largest SCM managers who come for training at the Armed Supply Corps(ASC) HQ College in Bangalore India for about three years now.

These are links to blogs I have written over the years after playing the Beer Distribution game to understand the distribution side dynamics in a supply chain. 

Pl feel free to go thru the links and get loads of learning. Click here for the scoring sheet ..

Thanks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT at Boston (Prof. E M Forrester)  for developing and popularising this game in the late 50s and later in early 70s..

Here is an MIT Technology Review write-up of how the Beer Game is played and analysed at MIT ..



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HH Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma - greatest of all Travancore Kings.

Sri Padmanabhadasa Maharajah Sri Anizham Tirunal
Veera Bala Marthanda Varma Kulashekhara Perumal
HH Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma (1706-1758 AD). 

The greatest of all Travancore Kings, the only Indian King to defeat both Dutch and English (at Colachel), the daring King  responsible for collecting all the riches at Sri Padmanabhaswamy  temple as the spoils of war collected from the defeated Dutch and British armies ..

Family records have it that the boy king (Anizham Tirunal) when hounded by the ettuveettil pillamaar landed at our Chittundayil  family house in Adoor in 1715 AD in disguise as a beggar. My great great ... grandmother offered the beggar boy rice gruel which he declined and went to our neighbour Nellimmoottil family. The mother there quickly recognised the beggar boy, treated him well and allowed him to stay there for three days after which he went back to Trivandrum side and reclaimed his Royal title after battle in a few years time.

HH Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma ( 1706 - 1758 AD)
Land records say that after a few years of return to power, excess land running to hundreds of acres of land with our Chittundayil family was taken away and gifted tax free to Nellimmoottil family.

Nellmoottil family still has the various presents and gifts showered by HH Anizham Tirunal in their possession, though scattered.

Great research material on HH Anizham Tirunal ..

Some earlier writings Why Anizham Tirunal never colonised Holland ..

The riches of Lord Padmanabha ..

The temple treasure  ...... The Hindu article ..

An excellent video on the Travancore royal family ..

George ..

Monday, August 17, 2015

ASQ invite for Aug 21 meeting at WIPRO, Bangalore.

All interested students at Alliance University are invited to attend this ASQ meeting ..




We are pleased to invite you for the Bangalore LMC meeting on
Date : 21 August 2015, 
Time : 4.30 PM 
Venue. - Wipro Technologies – Electronic City Phase 1 – EC 4 – Tower20, FlintConference Room, Ground floor.

                                  Theme : “QUALITY IN EVERY DAY LIFE”

We are thankful to ‘Wipro Technologies’ for helping us to host the event.

Contact person at the Venue : Mr. Dhiresh.

All participants to confirm in advance mentioning their Name, organization Name,
Contact Number (by email to and bring copy of this email
(printouts) for security reasons.

Please note: Please bring your ASQ membership cards and update in the attendance at
the venue to get recertification points for attending meeting.

Prerequisites :
· Participant to provide His/Her Full Name as in the ID along with the Company
name before the event to raise the Gate pass
· The Guest should carry an Government Identity card eg DL, Voter ID

Entry : Collect the Guest pass from Reception area at Wipro Gate – 6 and come out,
cross the road and Enter the opposite Wipro Gate – 10, it is the First Tower on the
Right T-20 – Flint Conference room on Ground Floor
Parking : Public Space is available outside the gate – Participants responsibility

                    Agenda :
                                    4.30 pm - Registration
                                    5.00 pm – Opening talk by the Chair,
                                    5.30 pm – 1st Speaker – Mr. Rajeev V.S.
                                    6.00 pm – 2 nd Speaker – Mr. Mahendra Babu Hosangadi
                                    6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Break
                                    7.00 pm -- 3rd Sepkar -- Anshuman Tiwari
                                    7.30 pm - Vote of thanks.

For Bangalore LMC’s organizing committee.
M.V.Manjunath. Ph: 09980071205

Speakers Profile

1. Mr. Rajeev V.S.

Rajeev V.S, currently Head of Mission Quality for Central Services (SEPG, Methodologies, Metrics,
Knowledge Management and Customer Advocacy) and currently playing the role of Management
Representative (MR).
He has nearly 30 years of industry experience spanning across Project Management, Offshore
Delivery, Pre-sales, Business Development, Practice Development and Global Delivery Quality
In the Mission Quality function for the last 10+ years, he has handled roles involving Global
Delivery Quality, Customer Engagement measurements, Operational Excellence and Continuous
Improvement initiatives. Under his current tenure, team has successfully implemented
organization-level initiatives such as ISO2000, CMMI Dev/SVC v1.3 and TMMi. His organization
has won several MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise) awards at the Global, Asia and
India level.
He is a certified Six-sigma Black Belt and Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).

2. Mr. Mahendra Babu Hosangadi 
Over twenty five Years of experience in a manufacturing & service business environmentincluding Project Management, Quality, Customer Satisfaction and Operational Excellence.
Experience in Fortune 500 companies which includes Ford, Harley-Davidson, IBM, 3M and
Schneider-Electric compnies. Coach and mentored more than 100 Six Sigma projects including
transactional projects. Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) certified by American Society for Quality
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt & Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black


Dissociating healthcare from affluence ..

"How long can we afford a price tag on human lives ?" Very very moving talk from the world's greatest cardiac surgeon, most compassionate and lowest-cost, the one and only Dr. Devi Shetty of  Narayanan Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, India at TEDx, NCPA, Mumbai, 2013.

Dr Devi Shetty talking of one country directly managed by God in this world.

Watch "It's not a solution if it's not affordable : Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty at TEDxGateway 2013" on YouTube -

Incomparabilis, hors concours ..

Even to this day, the names Narayana Hrudayalaya and Dr Devi Shetty find frequent mention in the classrooms at Harvard Business School ..

Dr Shetty never ceases to surprise the world. He presently offers the world's best cardiac surgeries at INR 75,000/- each in his hospital. His next objective in life is to offer world's best quality cardiac surgeries at INR 40,000/-.

Is the world listening ??

George ..

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Indian CEOs ..

Pichai, Nadella, Banga, Nooyi, Menezes, Narayen and many more .. What is so common among them ?

At times of crisis, a feeling of humility, thoughtfulness and in control of the surroundings, some of the essentials of a CEO ..

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ducks quack, eagles soar !! The power of choice !!

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar !! - The power of choice !!
I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me. He handed me a laminated card and said: 'I'm Wasu, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk I'd like you to read my mission statement.'
Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Wasu's Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment. 
This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean! 
As he slid behind the wheel, Wasu said, 'Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.'
I said jokingly, 'No, I'd prefer a soft drink.'
Wasu smiled and said, 'No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water and orange juice.'
Almost stuttering, I said, 'I'll take a Lassi.' 
Handing me my drink, Wasu said, 'If you'd like something to read, I have The Hindu, Times  of India, ET and India Today.'
As they were pulling away, Wasu handed me another laminated card, 'These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio.'
And as if that weren't enough, Wasu told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. 
Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he'd be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.
'Tell me, Wasu,' I was amazed and asked him, 'have you always served customers like this?'  Wasu smiled into the rear view mirror. 'No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I  spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about power of choice one day.' 
'Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle.'
'If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining!'
'Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'
'That hit me right,' said Wasu. 
'It is about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.' 
'I take it that has paid off for you,' I said.
'It sure has,' Wasu replied. 'My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on it.' 
Wasu made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Kerala backwaters and Nehru trophy boat race..

Nehru Trophy boat race on Punnamada lake, Alleppey, presentation by Kerala Tourism, interesting video..  A peep into the rich water-body based culture of Kerala ..

Kerala beauty at its peak .. enchanting, endearing, alluring, ravishing, charming, beguuiling .. what not !


Nehru trophy boat race .. T M Varghese and Jiji Thomson ..

Nehru Trophy boat race, on Punnamada kayal,  was started by kerala's first Home Minister TM Varghese in 1952.

Pt. Nehru giving away the first Nehru Trophy to captain of
Nadubhagam Chundan in 1952. Home Minister T M Varghese( centre, tall) 
seen in the background.
It is indeed great to note that his grand nephew, then Alleppey sub-collector and present Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson revived it in '82-'83 and took it to international fame.

Watch the live telecast

With Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and Hon. Union Minister Nithin Gakari, CS is delighted to once again watch the Nehru trophy boat race happening today, 8 Aug,'15, from 11.30 am on punnamada kayal, Alleppey.

Going down memory lane ..

You will enjoy this great song

Good wishes !! :)


Friday, August 07, 2015

What attracted me to Dr Kalam most ?

The world media has been going head over heels to offer their paens to Dr Kalam. 

Dr Kalam's knowledge of science and technology created awe in the population, his assuming Presidency of the country brought respect, his scholarly writings for the youth glowed in concern for the environment and society, his concern for the growth of the nation endeared all sections of politicians to him, but what he will be remembered for posterity is none of these qualities.

What endeared the people to Dr Kalam or Dr Kalam to the people was his SIMPLICITY and easy APPROACHABILITY..

Yes, our Kalam saab will remain in our hearts for along time to come for his great simplicity.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Watch "ISRO will surpass NASA by 2020 - Jai Ho India" on YouTube

Forget NASA, forget ESA, forget Roscosmos and others.

NASA has still not come out of the reverberations of the "cost /performance shock" of the Mangalyaan - Maven Mars sojourn and will never ever be competition to ISRO !!

Never in their wildest dreams can NASA or others ever think of competing with ISRO on costs, innovation, planning, competence and street smartness !!

I give ISRO an eight year window to give leadership to the world.

Finally the question is - who will make planet earth a better place to spend a human's lifetime ?

Monday, August 03, 2015

Exhortation by Hon. Chancellor .. Foundation Day 2 Aug, 2015.

Prof. Madhukar Angur
In yesterday's Foundation Day talk in Alliance University, Hon. Chancellor Prof. Madhukar Angur made some great observations.

Of all the 18,600 Universities in theworld more than 25% are in the US. India grew from 20 Universities in 1948 to 460 in the year 2010 and 727 in the year 2015.

He also asked the faculty to connect :

1. Connect with the real scholars of the world
2. connect with the profession -  practitioners and experts
3. connect with the alumni of AU and
4. connect with the community, using the 10 mile impact to demonstrate our commitment and responsibility to the society. 

"Dont go after money, go after what makes you happy "

 Chancellor also asked thefaculty to

1. nurture autonomy in the University
2, stretch the autonomy and
3. ensure harmony with all other stake holders in the University.

These are great words to come from a great scholar cum administrator. I am sure the faculty of AU will take this seriously and take the University forward.


Participants of MDP on Effective Communication Skills at AU, July 30,31. 2015.

MDP participants - Effective Communication Skills, 30,31 July 2015, Alliance Uty, Bangalore, central campus.
Missed Ralph Wuest who had to go out on an emergency on the second day.

Thank you everybody, especially Mr. Niranjana, our relationship manager and the resource person, Prof. Suresh who was fantastic with his illustrations.

Watch "Stratolaunch Systems, A Paul G. Allen Project" on YouTube

Stratolaunch's 'ROC', the largest plane in the world with two fuselages, six Pratt & Whitney jet engines, rocket with satellite launching capabilities, 28 landing gear wheels and at 350 ft width, it is 95 ft wider than the Soviet Antonov AN 225.  Conceptualised by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen it will be out next year !


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Kerala Govt offices work on Sunday in honour of Dr. Kalam

For the first time in the history of independent India, Kerala state government has worked on Sunday in honour of a great leader cum scientist and a humane person. Dr Abdul Kalam..

ManoramaOnline: കലാമിനോടുള്ള ആദരം: ഞായറാഴ്ചയും തുറന്നു പ്രവർത്തിച്ച് സർക്കാർ ഓഫിസുകൾ - കലാമിനോടുള്ള ആദരം: ഞായറാഴ്ചയും തുറന്നു പ്രവർത്തിച്ച് സർക്കാർ ഓഫിസുകൾ


Saturday, August 01, 2015

APJ Abdul Kalam and Yakub Memon, any comparison ?

Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam, former Indian President and India's missile man is a towering personality on whose death the whole nation is in grief.

Yakub Memon is an unfortunate Indian citizen whose partering with anti-social elements led to the death of many innocent Indian in Mumbai years back. The law has taken so many years to put him on trial and finally having found guilty has hanged him.

The Indian law is very simple and clear on this - you live a socially beneficial life, beneficial to other members of the society and fulfilling to yourself, India is a great place. But if you indulge in anti social activities, then you are in for trouble.

Fanatics on either side would tend to communalise this issue, but it is not one of that sort. I can only pity with such low intelligent people on either side !

Indian law is very clear, the present Govt whether it tries to protect Maya Kodnani, the architect of the Godhra genocide, law's long arms will catch her one day, like it did with Yakub.

Long live Indian democracy! India is above such temporary communal phenomenon played by both parties. Down with communalists on either side who thrive on blood and violence . India will not succumb to your terror tactics..


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