Since early age, I have always enjoyed creating something.

When I was a teen, I used to write poetries. When I was a young chess player, I used to create strategies and experiment those strategies in the tournaments. When I chose computer programming as my profession, I created software programs and application development frameworks. When I became a solutions architect, I created solution architectures. When I started head a business unit, I created business strategies and put them to work.

If you want to see me doing my worst at what I’m doing, take away the possibility of creating something.

The creation that I always wanted to make did not have a structure till I got exposed to the subject of project management. I learned that anything that has a definite begin and end date and a unique result as an output is a project. The thing I like about the Projects that they have a structure, a mechanism of getting things done and keeping the everyone involved updated.

Here are some of the projects in which I’m involved.

utpal-vaishnav-project-pmcraftThe most basic example of a project is our life.

It has a definite begin and end date and a possibility to make a difference. From that perspective, we all are project managers who is in charge of our life still many people around us do not understand it.

Still the world works because understanding is not the silver bullet. The world works regardless of whether one has got the understanding or not. But if one has got the understanding, the experience one can have will be very different. At PMCraft, I (and sometimes other guest bloggers also) share their experiences that revolve around project management.

Most of the examples and situations that we share there are related with software project management because that is the field where I began learned the project management. Project Management is both art and the science. It is relatively easier to learn the “science” part of the project management because it is extremely logical.

The hard part, as I see it, is the “art” part of it. In order to learn the art part, one has to “get” it beyond the boundaries of apparently logical ways. PMCraft is created to bridge that gap.

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Change is constant and software development world is no different. We can deal with changes in possibly three ways. By not doing anything, fighting with it or by embracing it.

Scrum is all about embracing the change. It is a framework that works well in areas other than software development as well. For example, I had executed marriage event using the principles offered by Scrum in 2011.

Lean thinking and continuous learning are at a heart of scrum. Minimalism and learning are two subjects I’m very passionate about. Lean thinking goes very well with minimalism and continuous learning is what I aim for in all that I do.

I was not at all surprised when I discovered that the concepts offered by Scrum were somewhere resting in me…in different forms probably. Those concepts got a name when I got formally exposed to Scrum.

The way I see it, Scrum blends very well with our day-to-day-life. In order to thrive in life, we have to learn to focus on what’s the most important and eliminate everything else. Scrum teaches that, although in the different form and ScrumZen is created to seize that opportunity.

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#SCRUMtweet Book #SCRUMtweet Book 01

Most software companies recognize the need to build software quickly, maximizing quality while minimizing time to market.

Enter Scrum. Scrum is an agile route to developing software. Our age has seen some of the most effective software development projects in the company of Scrum.

That’s the reason why Scrum is so popular today.

I am fortunate enough to make my hands dirty using Scrum and gather practical knowledge of it to get things done.

In #SCRUMtweet book, I deal with building the right mindset; applying that mindset to develop great software; and, most importantly, maintaining a framework of introspection, inspection, and adaptability.#SCRUM tweet lights the path to building a thinking platform that will breed self-organizing teams who are inherently aligned with corporate goals and visions.

There are no silver bullets and Scrum is no exception. In order for Scrum to succeed, people using Scrum has to make a great deal of intended effort. This book will inspire almost all the technical and management stakeholders of a software company and enable them to build software that maximize business value.

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utpal-vaishnav-project-selfhelpzenWho does not want to help herself and get better?

Regardless of your present situation, you have got tremendous potential to achieve everything you want. SelfHelpZen offers you pragmatic tips to live effective life and make a difference.

So, what’s self-help?

The gist of self-help goes back to the days of Mahabharata  (a famos Hindu Epic) where Eklavya (the student) wanted to learn archery but because of his caste, he was not allowed to learn the martial arts of those times. He approached Guru Drona but he was not accepted as a student for the formal training. However, he was determined to become an archer, and began to teach himself. He practiced so hard that one day even the teacher who did not accept him got afraid that Eklavya will be stronger than his best student, Arjuna and rest, as the people say, is the history.

The moral is simple. If you have determined to do something, no one can stop you. You don’t need even the formal training to become the BEST version of yourself. All you need is the ability to act and perceive.

SelfHelpZen is a tool that help you get motivated, stay focused and learn from the experiences of people all around the world.

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