Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Cosmos – My learnings

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

I am watching Carl Sagan COSMOS and this post is in continuation to my earlier one. In this post, I have tried to simplify the mystery of Cosmos, in my language.

1. The space scientists simplified distance measurements by assigning the distance of earth from the sun as one Astronomical Unit (AU), which is equivalent of 150 million Km

2. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars have clear surfaces while Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have lots of materials floating.

3. Voyager 1 and 2 were sent to explore Mars, Jupiter and Saturn on 20 August 1977 with a 4-year mission. But it continues till date.

4. The NASA scientists have used the alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, which happens once in 175 years, to launch Voyager.

5. Voyager’s speed is 3.5 AU per year, which means over 500 million Km per year. Voyager 2, weighing 722 KG, consumes only 400 watts for such a speed generated by nuclear source and usage of gravitational force (since it is so far from Sun, it can not use solar power).

6. Voyager 2 is still working after 37 years and sending signals to earth.

7. The current location of Voyager 2 is over 100 AU – 16 billion km and send pictures of interstellar space.

8. Voyager 1 is crossing the helio sheath from north and voyager 2 is moving towards south.

9. With proper conservation of energy, it’s predicted that they can last upto 2025.

10. The initial budget of the project was 865 million dollars. NASA spends just 5 million dollars to sustain this initiative.

Eye on the skies

Eye on the skies

Mangal Pandey to Mangal Yaan

Saturday, September 27th, 2014


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.


Friday, November 11th, 2011

This morning when I woke up, my daughter reminded me that today was a special day.  I asked her ‘Why?’  wondering if I missed any birthday in the family.  She told me that the day was special because it says 11th November,2011.  And suddenly, it occurred to me that all the 3 elements of dd, mm, yy are 11 i.e. 11.11.11 – truly,  The Power of Three.

In mythology, The Power of Three is referred to as Trinity.

Christianity has defined the Trinity to be the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. It is interesting that the three divine persons are distinct, yet co-exist in Unity

Most of us grew up learning about Hindu Mythology and the Holy Trinity. Brahma as the Creator, Vishnu as the Preserver and Shiva as the destroyer (in the context of re-generation).  The Trinity of the female Goddesses is represented by Saraswati, Goddess of Knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Parvati for Power or strength.

Mythology talks about success and satisfaction  coming from the presence of the Trinity – never one without the other and never one above the other. Pragmatically speaking, what is the use of wealth if one does not possess good health or does not have the wisdom to channelize that wealth? Or what is the use of knowledge, if it does not manifest into wealth creation or betterment of our family, society and our eco system?

Now, where is all this leading to? I picked up a very powerful message in this for every IT professional. Are we nurturing the Trinity within us?  But first, how do I define Trinity for an IT professional?

Trinity in our world, would translate into Domain, Technology and Process.

We have spent decades in this industry nurturing domain knowledge, technology and process knowledge… but in individual silos. We seem to be looking at “expertise” individually – as a Domain expert, a Technology expert, or Delivery expert.  Shouldn’t we be calling ourselves “Solution Experts”.  Solution is about solving customer problems and this requires all the 3 expertise, coming together!!!!

If you have the ‘Trinity’ in you, ie the combined lens of domain, process and technology , what would you be doing differently?

You will create Trinity of Goddesses!!!

Design completely ;   Diagnose accurately   and Deliver (D-3 OTIF).

Design is all about being functionally complete and aesthetically beautiful. You can design your calendar for better time planning, design program code for higher performance, design a project plan to use resources efficiently, or design test scripts to reduce efforts and ensure complete coverage, design Analytics which can help it’s user to take better decisions, design effective data models, design data migration, design customer experience etc etc. It’s all about DESIGN that makes an IPhone different from other smart phones. Don’t you agree?

With the Trinity of domain, technology and process, your diagnostics capabilities would move from a General Practitioner to a Specialist. Imagine the difference between a ‘rip apart’ surgery to a precision Laparoscopic surgery ! Understanding of Domain, technology and Process at L3 level gives you the ability of accurately spotting the problem/constraint/defect in a 3-dimension frame.

Delivery within Scope, Time and Cost is an outcome of superior design and sharper diagnostics resulting in delivering 3 days ahead of schedule. D-3 OTIF is ultimate customer satisfaction !

On 11.11.11, let me wish all of you The Power of Three !  My friends, it is time to switch on all the lights within you.