Archive for September, 2014

Mangal Pandey to Mangal Yaan

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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157 years of new emerging India.

From Religious Learnings to Cutting Edge Technology. From contentment, to the courage to challenge the world.

The Mangalyaan project was conceived in 2010. It got approved on 3rd August 2012. In just 14 Months the Mars Orbiter was launched on 5th Nov. 2013.

  1. The mission represented the perfect collaboration among 13 disciplines of expertise – Electtrical Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Chemical, Civil, Metallurgical, Telecommunication, Electronics, Computer hardware, Astrophysics, Software, Solar energy, Aeronautics and Mathematics. The level of synchronization and ego-free work this must have required is truly amazing.
  2. It was an example of Perfect Project Management. The spare figures speak for themselves – There have been 51 Mars missions so far; 21 of them labelled failures. No country in history ever accomplished the mission in its very first attempt. The accomplishment of ‘First-time right’ simply cannot be overstated.
  3. Perfect Technology – India’s space programme has always been a cut above because of ISRO’s constant thrust on self-sufficiency. With many of the established Space programmes over-protective of their knowledge packets, ISRO had no consultant to advise them or walk them through the umpteen unknowns in a journey across the biggest unknown. The combined prowess of internally generated technologies conquered these unknowns.
  4. Perfect Process – Impeccable planning. All interdependencies worked out for 300 days of Mars orbiter in Space.
  5. Perfect Testing without UAT (User Acceptance Testing) – Just Zero defect. This detail alone is immensely appealing to our perfection obsessed field.

We were hearing lots of ‘Jokes’ about india in all 5 spaces of competencies which ISRO challenged. It proved them all wrong and inspired us all to bring ‘Made in India’ brand in front.

I got humbled today.

Mangal Ho! – Inspiration from 225 Million KM away

Friday, September 26th, 2014

(Here is an article published in Connect – our in-house newsletter) 

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The vast expanse of stars and celestial bodies have tantalized man’s curiosity for eons. Indians particularly, have explored and attempted to de-mystify the planetary secrets for ages through keen observation of their movements and recorded the influence on earthly beings. Mars – known as ‘Mangal’ in India – the diffident, red-faced neighbour of our planet has evaded several attempts of humans in the past from entering its orbit and probing its mysteries. Only a few have succeeded thus far. Yet, ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – fondly called ‘Mangalyaan’ back home – successfully entered the Martian orbit in the very first attempt. But that’s not the only reason why the entire nation and world is talking so much about ‘Mangalyaan’ right now.

This critical space probe mission has all ingredients of a perfectly planned and executed project. One cannot set aside the fact that the overall cost of sending MOM into Martian orbit falls under $75m. That is less than how much money it took to make the movie Gravity (says scoopwhoop.com)! All the necessary equipment required for the mission was made to fit around a 1300 kg weight limit. From obtaining government approval to final execution, the entire feat was achieved in less than 15 months!

It is remarkable to think of how this zero-defect accomplishment was made in such short time period and at such low cost. The Indian space agency has achieved what American, European and Russian agencies could not. This success has indeed elevated the status of the “Made in India” label and placed us on a high pedestal in the global arena.

The reason why we are so excited about this phenomenal success in the Polaris banyan is because it humbles us, inspires us and exhibits very visible connect with our value systems – breaking limiting beliefs, achieving a perfect design, delivery excellence, getting first time right, zero-defect and extreme execution.

At the core of any successful project lies good design. The extent of collaboration within multiple teams involved in this project deserves applause to begin with. The efficiency with which the operations were handled is an essential lesson in the power of planning and skill of precision. Every single element used to build this spacecraft and launch it into space was accurately engineered to deliver extreme performance. The amount of risk taken and managed is awe-inspiring. It feels exhilarating to say that this can happen only in India.

There are lot of learnings to gain from this magnificent success story. The tremendous efforts, the commitment, the focus, the vision, the humility, the team work. And we are determined to take this far and deep into our practices to continue breaking grounds for all our customers. If the complexity of astrophysics can be dealt with so deftly, simplicity in financial technology can be achieved by adoption of the same principles.

Coming soon: Arun Jain’s take on the Mars mission – Mangal Pandey to Mangalyaan