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BT and the Habits of Covey

You know Stephen Covey's 7 Habits. Three of his Habits are also habits of software teams in the BT era.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Covey: Begin with the "End in Mind" means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

Business Technology (BT): In the IT era, you invested in a business application and then tried to figure what value it might be delivering. In the BT era, you figure what the organization needs and then find and design software that would help deliver those needs.

Habit 3: Put First Things First
Covey: First things are those things you find most worthy. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the priorities you established in Habit 2.

Business Technology (BT): In the IT era, organizations and software teams focused on quality, time, and cost. In the BT era, business outcomes…

Leading a professional nonprofit

Two small professional nonprofits that I founded and led taught me a few things I'm sharing here. One organization was focused on business process management and the other on user interface design. Both were based in India. In spite of the challenges, both were successful in meeting organizational objectives in terms of realizing audience needs.

Challenges We found it hard to get:
Volunteers who can help run the organization and the eventsConference papers with original contentAudience participation. And this is how we overcame ... we used these solutions:
My team members as volunteersOnly foreign speakersFail fast. My own team members as volunteers Jefferson and Kshama welcoming audiences in two different conferences
Topics covered by the organizations were of interest to my team members at Cognizant. These folks willingly took up volunteer roles. While I had the control I needed, they gained a broad new exposure and enjoyed it.
Only speakers from the West Richard Anderson at one of …