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EditorEditor's Note

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

Kidambi Srikanth demolished Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the French Open Super Series men's singles title. This was his fourth title of the season. Srikanth, seeded eight in the tournament, took just 34 minutes to get the better of his Japanese opponent 21-14 21-13 in the summit clash. In a game that P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal add glitter, Kidambi Srikanth has emerged a star. The defining moment came in the first set half way, when Srikanth won a series of points giving no opportunity for Nishimoto to make a comeback. The same momentum in the second set sealed the game in his favour.

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How do sports persons stay on top for a long time? It is not just enough to reach there, there is a constant challenge to excel to remain on the summit; true to the adage 'Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown'.

Let us take a peek into Kidambi Srikanth's secret sauce. His training regime starts at 4.30 A. M. each day. I read, on the day of a tournament, he trained from 4.30 AM while the other international players started at 6.00 AM. Training is just not on the courts; strength in body and mind, perseverance, focus and most of all the will to win when odds are stacked against in a game.

For a Project Manager (PM) this is a great learning. Experienced PMs have seen the highs and lows of several project. A typical project has 'known known', known unknown and 'unknown unknown'. The first, 'known known' is the simplest to manage. When Kidambi faces a player from the same academy or from within India, he knows their playing style, strengths, weaknesses and game plan. A Project Manager has a view on the stakeholders, the project scope, schedule and resources.

The 'known unknown' has a higher complexity with the 'unknown' component. Kidambi trains for such an uncertainty. A good example is a previous loss against an opponent. His (Kidambi) relative strengths, weaknesses, strategy was not adequate to win. Here he has an opportunity to focus and plan to overcome these so that he could be more competitive in the next match. 'Lessons Learned' from previous projects is one way a PM can plan for the 'unknown'. The mastery of the frontier of 'unknown unknown' is what makes a champion. Kidambi faces each time a new opponent shows up on international circuit. There is always a 'giant killer' who can upset the 'apple cart' and put a spanner into the most well laid out plans. A quick understanding of an opponent's weakness and devise a strategy on the fly to exploit is the hallmark of a great sportsman. To a PM, often a new environmental compliance or a change in technology (in long duration projects) or an organizational policy change comes up as a challenge. A proactive visionary approach will ensure such risks are documented and appropriately voiced in risk meetings and communicated to all stakeholders. This approach can make a difference between a successful and a not so successful project.

Thanks and Best Wishes
Soumen De, PMP

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Happy Reading.

Editorial Team

Himadri S. Chowdhury, PMP

Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP

Nibu Thomas, PMP

Soumen De, PMP

Tanish Mathur, PMP, PMI-ACP

Vishwanath Thanalapatti, PMP

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