Archive for May, 2009|Monthly archive page

War on Terror – Project Management perspective

Everyday we see a number of analysts, politicans, journalists, etc presenting their views on the war on terror and its implication. Here I present my analysis on the subject from an angle that I can very easily relate to:

Client: USA
Contract: Economic aid, military aid, $$$
Development Methodology: Outsourced, iterative development
Project: War on Terror
Business Development Manager: Mr. Asif Zardari
Project Manager: General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Analysis Team: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
Development Team: Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps
Development Environment: Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Development Tools: Guns, tanks, artillery, etc
Third Party Support: Drone attacks, CIA intelligence, etc
Quality Assurance: Media, NGOs, journalists, etc
Recent Client Meeting: Asif Zardari’s visit to US from May 5 to May 8, 2009
Recent Published Release: Operation in Swat
Recent Milestone: US approval of additional $1.9 billion in aid to Pakistan

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Citi Moment of Success

“Citi Moment of Success” – no its not something for the Citigroup to cheer about as they have hardly had any success in the past 6 months or so. Instead it is a phrase commonly uttered by cricket commentators during the ongoing IPL matches. Its an addition to Modi’s money making arsenal and interestingly works alongside previous season’s “DLF Maximum.” But what exactly is this moment of success –  any ideas??? I have heard commentators using this phrase for each and every aspect of the game where they believe that the player has achieved something be it a maiden over, a boundary, a six, a good catch and sometimes even for a dot ball. Doesn’t this conflict with the “DLF Maximum” if used for a six or would it be a termed as a “DLF maximum that brought a Citi moment of success”. Seems like the commentators are confused enought to have an idea of when to use it specifically so they are using it for every small bit of play. One more question – is the “moment of success” additive in nature meaning if team A has more “successes” than team B, the team A has to be the winner of the game? I guess NOT. How about having “Moment Of Failure” for the losing team. I guess Citi should be an ideal sponsor for moment of failure than for moment of success. Keep your fingers crossed because soon you may have sponsors for wides, no-balls, free hit, etc.