About Charan Atreya
BE, MBA, PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt
Years of practicing project management the PMI way made me realize I was insane, like in the quote, “Repeating the same process over and over again expecting different results.” I was expected to (and did) deliver quality projects on time, on budget and on schedule in addition to exceeding customer expectations and meeting business objectives. The trouble was, often, by the time we got all the features built using the BDU (Big Design Upfront) technique, the business landscape, and in turn the requirements, would have changed. And that would trigger a series of change requests or scope creep. Moreover, agreeing to an abstract solution upfront would always require multiple change requests and scope creep down the line.
I began to experiment. I realized that I just needed to focus on one GOAL - enable customers to profit faster by delivering faster. There were a number of tools and processes available to do this. However, almost all of them required revolutionary changes to current processes. Initial attempts to adopt these processes and make them stick failed. Trying to make them work in a matrix organizational structure was like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
I stumbled upon two processes – one that could predict project success or failure and the other to help improve focus and capability. These processes also created a sense of ownership and empowered the team. I started applying the concepts on my projects. It worked. I have even turned around failing projects. I began to share my results with others. I blogged and tweeted about it. I presented the concepts at the local PMI chapter and at ProjectWorld Business Analyst World Atlantic Canada. People were intrigued. Some of those who started to apply them, began to see results almost instantly.
Sustained improvement comes from managing differently and that’s what I do – help operational and project teams achieve breakthrough performance.
I am a certified PMP and a Six Sigma Green Belt. I also hold a bachelor degree in Electronic engineering and a master degree in Business Administration. My areas of expertise include:
- Process Improvement
- Leading Change
- Agile Project Management
- Strategy Planning and Execution
The articles that I have authored on this site is my take on the business topics with focus on small and medium businesses. Having lived through a starting and running a business, it’s my opinion on issues your small or medium business could face, and what could fix it. Try it and if you succeed kudos to you and your untiring efforts. If you fail don’t come by suing me. I am not offering you legal or professional advise. Just use some common sense.
The views contained in this site are the respective author’s opinion. If I have written a post, it is my personal opinion - not the opinion of the organization I currently work for or have worked in the past. I do not represent any organization, business or otherwise in this site.
I follow three fundamental principles in business or personal transactions.
I - Ingenuity: My objective is to offer my clients innovative solutions to their business problems that enable them to sustain and/or improve their competitive advantage.
Q - Quality: I do a good job upfront so that resources are not wasted later in the project, trying to fix problems. Get it right the first time is my motto.
I - Integrity: I hold myself to the highest ethical standards. For example, I will not be a party to corruption.