About Me


Hi, First of all I thank you for visiting this blog.

Babou S

I am Babou Srinivasan & I am a Project Management Professional(PMP) since 2004. I have around 14 Years of experience in IT (especially in ERP Applications). I worked in different product development & implementation projects. I am currently working as Project Manager – Applications Development in a MNC in India. I am practicing project management for past 4 years. I did my masters (M.S) in software systems from BITS, Pilani,India.

I have passion towards Leadership and Project Management. I am learning about Leadership, Project Management, Strategy and like to make most out of it. One of my lifetime goal is – I want to contribute to Project Management community – by finding new method of managing projects and people. Areas of interest now is Communication, Risk management, Strategy.

I am planning to fulfill my wish through this blog too.

Mind Mapping and Me

My Association with Neural Networks:

In my school days, I had very good interest knowing how our body parts function esp. Brain. This carried forward even in my college days, I took neural networks as my project topic in one of my engineering subject. I tried simulating pattern recognition using software programming. There I devoted more time in understanding how information stored & retrieved by neurons.

First iteration of neural network program is learning cycle in which the program reads notations to store information about various English characters. The more iteration we choose for learning cycle, the more accurate pattern recognition happens in the later stage. Every time we remember an event (or experience), we make it more prominent & faster retrieval. In computer analogy, you can say it is stored in RAM instead of Hard Disk. This way, I got some introduction how brain learns & stores information.

My Association with Mind Mapping:

After moving to IT, I came across various learning styles. I studied different learning patterns & I felt Kolb described a very good theory on that. Past few years, I am an enthusiastic learner of Mind Mapping. In simple words, Mind Map is graphical representation closest to how information are stored in neurons, which uses various concepts that makes learning a faster & fun filled activity.

My Project Management Career and Mind Mapping:

After my PMP in 2004, I got a feel that PM Job is challenging due to lot of variables in project environment. Planning, organizing, monitoring – all needs more understanding of process & easy to apply tools/techniques to tackle the issues in timely manner. Project success is a factor of clear goals communicated across entire project. As project documents grows in size & versions, most of the time total focus is lost. Though well proven rock solid processes are documented, going through 100 pages of that document was boring & time consuming. Many time we forget the first point when we review #30th point in the notes we take in few pages.

After my introduction to Mind Mapping technique, I started practicing it in each little repetitive activity which I was performing many years. I mapped status meeting points, activity time sheet, recruitment process, bug fix development process, blog post notes, one-to-one with team member & manager points, etc. You can also see a lot of mind maps of project management process ITTO in mind map form in this blog. It took very little time to do brainstorming of ideas. It is an excellent feeling to have more organized thought process.

Starting from May 2010, I do seminar on ‘Effective Project Management Using Mind Maps’. Here is the seminar handout for your benefit.

Effective Project Management Using Mind Maps – Seminar Handout

Mind Maps Definition & Explanation:

Lot of definitions in simple words are available in the web. So I am not going to define it once again. I will present you the one I liked the most.

Mind Maps are graphical representation of information using colors, numbers, images and words that are arranged in an order which resembles sun radiation with a central idea. Mind Maps created in the same way how human natural thinking process works hence it brings out complete brain potential.

In a mind map, topics are chosen to bloom and flow. At first Bloom happens with Basic Ordering Of Ideas(BOI) and this forms first level of ideas that pops out of central idea. This one should be more creating & it is so important that makes a mind map to have infinite association branches like a banyan tree. Flow relates ideas in branches to sub branches makes it complete with more detail level. Each sub branch will in turn allows it to branch further.

Sticking to Rules:

Rules are really tricky part in Mind Maps. As a long hand notes takers, I tend to put sentence in node instead of a single keyword. Using appropriate keywords makes infinite associational capacity to the map. This is one of the frequent rule breaking we found around all mind mappers. Sticking to the rules is much more important in making the mind map more productive tool than just a place to capture some info.

— Use a central image (or at least use keyword with some artistic style) and more images appropriate for topics throughout the map.

— Use different colors for branches with thicker to thinner level of line sizes while moving from central to next levels of branches. Make your map as beautiful as you can.

— Use one keyword per line. This gives you thought improvisation & freedom.

— Make printed words and lines same size. Show variation in word dimension in order to emphasis.

— Connect lines & use boundaries to group topics.

Improvements

— Create a master map and branch out to different child maps.

— Present the keywords also in a list form. This helps those having good learning ability when presented in traditional list way.

— Software gives you great way to modify your maps without much clumsy look. But always start with pencil & paper to jot down ideas.

— You cannot gather all your ideas in a single go. Take enough time to improve your maps.

— Try to perform your keyword notes taking of the book that you read to a mind map. This gives a key lessons from the book available in single place. No need to go through all pages once again to get glimpse of what you learnt.

Softwares:

Lot of Mind Map Software are available in the market now. There is no right or wrong software. Each of them has their unique features to bring out best of your brain. I evaluated few and got satisfied with their result. Here are few:

1. Buzan’s iMindMap

2. MindJet’s Mind Manager

3. Mind Mapper

4. Free Mind (Open Source Freeware)

5. Visual Mind

6. ConceptDraw Mind Map

7. MindGenius

Resources:

Here are few resources for your review.

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/mmsb/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/index.html

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/basic-ordering-ideas/

http://eric-blue.com/category/mindmap/

http://www.usingmindmaps.com/what-is-a-mind-map.html

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/

http://www.mindmaptutor.com/

http://www.tacticalprojectmanagement.com/project-management-tips/mind-mapping-for-efficient-project-management.html

Trademarks disclaimer:

The use of the term “Mind Maps” is claimed as a trademark by The Buzan Organisation, Ltd. in the UK and the USA. The trade-mark does not appear in the records of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. In the U.S. “Mind Maps” is trademarked as a “service mark” expressly for “EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, NAMELY, CONDUCTING COURSES IN SELF-IMPROVEMENT” – other products and services are not covered by the trademark.

16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi, i was researching on the difference between transactional and transformational leaders as it relates to effectivess and your blog has truly been a very good help. You made it so simple to understand that has vastly improved my understanding.

  2. Good day Babou,

    I ran across your blog while searching for information on leadership theories, I must say I am impressed with your site…good job. After reading your information “About Me” I decided to share a few questions with you and your followers.

    A little about myself…I have been in project management for the last 30 years, and have seen many types of projects from manufacturing to software development or I.T. type projects. Although I have not obtained my PMP (long story), I will obtain one in a few months, additionally I hold a Master in Project Management and currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Industrial / Organizational Psychology.

    My dissertation is based on a couple of points or questions I hope no one takes offense to, although I would like to hear responses from others on these topics. My first point is, with the globalization of the economy and business more and more people are presented with the opportunity to work in multi-cultural project teams, in either a domestic or virtual team environment. In most leadership texts they refer to corporate culture and performance as researched by Kotter and Heskett. However, I believe not only is the corporate culture important, but the effects of multiple cultures on the performance of project teams. Having a team leader who is inconsiderate of others cultures will surely be a detriment to any performance in team work and project performance. My point is to bring cross cultural psychology into the realm of project management where consideration must be made for leaders to adjust and accommodate differing cultures. I would also encourage the engagement of I/O psychology into the field of project management as well to improve the overall project management performance were it is needed. Secondly I have some concerns with drastic use of technology effecting individuals level of interpersonal skills, it would be difficult at best to deal in a multi-cultural environment let alone trying to elicit performance from a group of people with minimal interpersonal skills. Thoughts?

    Kindness Regards

  3. Hi,

    I have gone through the education provided on ur site. Its incredible. I started reading your notes and now engrossed to get certified too. You are my true inspiration and thanks a mil for your priceles serive to PM fraternity.

    Keep Going Gentelaman!!

  4. Hi

    I was researching on the internet on verify scope when l came across you site.pls l am a guy of 35 now pursuing a PMP class in my community, l am pleased with your career and need a lot of adviced from you.Feedback will be much appreciated.Thanks.

    • Hi Moses,

      First of all congrats for pursuing PM career path. I am happy that you started your first step towards PM by defining clear career goal.

      Getting into PM role is like executing a process instead of a sequential steps. From my experience, I can suggest following four steps –

      1) first you need to get the hang of what is PM. Either reading or listening project management related topics from different sources will help you. It may be a website, attending a PM class/conference or even your friends. Though there is a general PM methodology exists, now-a-days PM knowledge requirement differs based on domain. If you already decided your domain, better collect info specific to that.

      2) adopt PM ideas/principles you come across in step 1 to your own style, because things will not workout if we do it in the same way how other person did.

      3) practicing what you read & what you feel good at that particular situation.

      4) be open to change the mindset if the decision you made is not working out.

      From your comment I understand that you like to pursue the position sometime in future want to get ready for the position. In this situation, you have enough time & you can start practicing PM concepts as if you are already promoted. You will not feel difficulty when you are really promoted.

      You also need to sharpen your soft skills(like planning & organizing, communication) as it helps you in achieving success in PM activities.

      Have a nice day!

      Regards,
      S.Babou

  5. Hi Babou,

    It’s my pleasure that I worked with you in the past. I have gone thro’ your leadeship and Risk management article. It’s really good and helped me to horne my PM skills.

    Thanks and will catch you some time soon.

    — Siva k.

  6. Hello Babou,

    I am glad to have discovered your site and appreciate your passion in the interest of leadership. I have been fascinated by the subject and find many parallels.

    Wish you all the very best, and hope and pray you continue to carry on the good work.

    Rgds – Sairamesh

  7. I am working toward a BA and then MA in Organizational Psychology and Whole Systems Design (OSR). I am happy to have come across your blog in my research. I will check back periodically as I appreciate the succinct manner in which you state concepts.

    Regards,

    Patty Neil, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AIAF, AIT, ARM
    Insurance Broker | Accounting & TechnicalAdministrator
    PEMCO Insurance Agency
    Patty.Neil@PEMCO.com

  8. i went through some of yours posts around i as so pleased with your ideas and strategies.. to be honest i used some of them implementing a project for my college assessments.. for sure i did add your blog as a reference at the very end..
    thanks for sharing all whose wonderful ideas.. wish you all the best..
    Nathan..

  9. I am a professor of leadership doing seminars in the GCC. This how I got to your blog. I was doing search on Vroom-Yetton-Jago Normative Leadership Decision Model.
    Thank you for your usefull information on the subject.
    May be we can cooperate in the future.
    I wish you all the luck to realize your goals
    Best regards
    Fahd

  10. This idea has made me start considering multifacted leadership champs – I hope to succeed in my research and hope my research will enrich this great idea of yours KEEP MOVING!

  11. Pingback: Recommended Resource « about SD & PM disciplines

  12. Hi, we seem to have similar interests.
    Now I’m doin my research in Project Risk Management.

    Keep Blogging and keep sharing
    regards
    b oe d

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s