Speed and Agility

“Next time, I’ll come and spend a week teaching them ( PG mgt students) how to use Agile for business innovation.” was a suggestion to the Board. It wasn’t the first time I was attending a board meeting, but it was the first time I was in attendance for a business school. I wondered what the concept was, an oft repeated statement. Is it often that IT philosophy is used in other disciplines? I remember Prof. Karl Ulrich at Wharton had a background in Mechanical engineering and also borrowed some concepts from operations management to create rather interesting and simplified … Continue reading Speed and Agility

How we “Make in India”

Nothing Happens unless something Moves. Albert Einstein. Last autumn, I got the opportunity to take a “Makers” workshop for a bunch of management students. They considered it as “craft” exercise. The aspect of making was new to some of them. We started with the material most familiar to them and many people across the world and that is Paper. For the next Makers Workshop we introduced Plastic and this time the group was clearer with their understanding of how to use a material The next trimester, we introduced a Hackathon competition and the brief was to use basic material such … Continue reading How we “Make in India”

On being a World Teaching Assistant

Originally posted on The Wanderer:
Recently I got associated with a new title. It’s called a CTA or a Community Teaching Assistant. According to Kate, our TA manager at Coursera, an online platform providing massively open online learning or MOOCs,” From October-December 2013, Bhawna volunteered as a Community TA (CTA) for the Coursera online course “Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society.” This course emphasizes basic design processes, and includes design challenges that require students to apply course concepts to solve real problems. As an open online offering, it attracted thousands of student participants from all over the world. “ What do… Continue reading On being a World Teaching Assistant

My first Interaction with Nokia Research

Originally posted on The Wanderer:
The news of the Microsoft and Nokia deal has been all over since yesterday amid skepticism and perhaps even criticism. Odds seem heavily stacked against the prospect.  Nokia which had been the market leader in cellphones in India for many years, had recently been replaced by Samsung on the top spot. But inspite of that, Nokia still has one of the best brand recall in the country upto the interiors of India. Some years back, when Nokia was still placed as the global leader in cellphone space, I had the good fortune of meeting researchers… Continue reading My first Interaction with Nokia Research