Psychological Courage – A parable

Once a farmer’s old donkey fell into an abandoned well. Initially the farmer made some halfhearted efforts to save it. Finding the task very difficult, he had second thoughts.

1) It is not worth to retrieve the old donkey
2) The abandoned well needed to be covered so that others do not fall into it

He invited all his neighbors to help him out. They began to shovel mud into the well. The donkey realized what was happening and began to bray helplessly. After a while, the donkey gathered its psychological courage and decided to adopt a change process so that it can survive. It realized that there was no point in braying horribly and the need of the hour was to take advantage of the current situation. When each shovel of mud hit its back, the donkey shook off the mud and took a step on it. As the farmer and his neighbors continued to pour mud on the top of the donkey, it went on shaking the mud off and took a step up. Finally, every one gaped at the donkey for its psychological courage as it walked out of the well majestically.
Psychological Courage - A Story
This story conveys a great message to us on how to face the difficult situations in our life by using psychological courage. Life is going to throw several challenges to us like mud that was thrown at the donkey by the farmer and his neighbors in this story. Hence we need to take all such challenges as stepping stones and shake them off like the donkey did in this story and rise to the next level. Our problems are the stepping stones and psychological courage is our powerful weapon to take advantage of the problem instead of lamenting helplessly.

Learning Scrum is a little like learning to ride a bike

Learning Scrum is a little like learning to ride a bike: after a little bit of time, you just get it – and your muscles get it – and from then on, it’s as easy as pie. But until then, you’d better not go riding on major roads. Scrum Masters who don’t fully understand Scrum are like novice bicyclists riding down major highways. – Ken Schwaber

Learning Bicycle

Learning Scrum = Learning to Ride a Bike


Decision Making Process – Flow, Pitfalls & Strategy

Decision making is an important skill for Leaders. A leader is always identified by his/her decision & its outcome. Based on Heath brother’s master piece work “Decisive”, decision making involves 4 step process. Here is the list of 4 steps along with villains that makes the decision to go bad & what strategy we need to follow to defeat the villain.

1. You encounter a choice
Villain: Narrow framing makes you miss options
Strategy: Widen the options

2. You analyze your options
Villain: The confirmation bias leads you to gather self-serving information
Strategy: Reality-test your assumptions

3. You make a choice
Villain: Short-term emotion will often tempt you to make the wrong one
Strategy: Attain distance before deciding

4. Then you live with it
Villain: You’ll often be overconfident about how the future will unfold
Strategy: Prepare to be wrong

Leaders should make sure that they avoid the listed pitfalls (aka Villains) by implementing pitfall defeating strategy by default in the decision making process to get good result.

Decision Making process

Decision Making process

For more information on this topic, you can read it from “Decisive” by heath brothers.

PMP® exam is changing after 1st Nov 2015

Here is the link for complete information:


The current exam (aligned to the existing exam content outline) will remain active until 1 November 2015.After 1 November, only the new version of the PMP exam will be administered.All language aides will follow the same schedule:

  • Exams utilizing language aides will reflect the current exam through 1 November 2015.
  • After 1 November, exams utilizing language aides will reflect the new exam content.

Changes include:

  • No change to the 5 domains of practice.
  • Addition of 8 new tasks.

In case you like to see it in video format, here is the one from BrainShark.

PMP® exam is changing in 2015