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Kailash Awati works at a pharmaceutical multinational where he manages information systems development for the Asia-Pacific region. Over the last several years, he has worked variously as an IS/business consultant, project manager, database geek and engineering software developer in organisations ranging from startups to established firms. He has extensive experience of working in different cultures having lived and worked in Singapore, Australia, Europe, India and the US.

Earlier, in what seems to him like another life, he did research in fluid dynamics and other areas of physics.

The articles on Eight to Late reflect his professional interests which include the following areas: IT management and strategy; project and program management; business intelligence; knowledge management; organisational dynamics; change management; low-risk approaches to outsourcing; dialogue and issue mapping; risk analysis; estimation; probability, statistics and simulation techniques for business applications.

For what it’s worth, he holds doctoral degrees in physics and chemical engineering together with assorted certifications in project management and database administration. An admittedly strange mix which he sometimes finds hard to explain.

Kailash is the co-author of the Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices, a book on collaborative approaches to managing complex problems in organisations. The print and electronic versions of the book are available through many retail outlets including Amazon and Book DepositoryThe Heretic’s Guide won an Axiom Business Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in 2013.

The views ventured on Eight to Late are based on his personal opinions, and do not in any way represent the positions of his employers, past or present.


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Written by K

August 31, 2007 at 12:22 am

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  1. Dear Kailash,

    We really like your article “Obstacles to Project Communication” and would like to ask permission to publish it on our articles page. Of course we will credit you as the author and provide your biography and relevant links.

    This is just the type of quality article our visitors find useful and would really appreciate.

    Many thanks.

    Kind regards,
    Duncan

    Duncan Haughey

    February 28, 2008 at 6:12 am

  2. Kailash,
    I find you Blog not only useful but challenging. Great reference materials, thoughtful discussion, and timely topics.
    As a former particle physics accelerator “worker bee” I see now where the thought processes come from.

    Glen B. Alleman

    September 17, 2008 at 5:38 am

  3. Where in Australia are you based Kailash? Would you mind pinging me sometime via my plugoo widget on the cleverworkarounds site?

    Paul Culmsee

    October 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

  4. Dear Kailash,

    I’m with Manning Publications (www.manning.com) and I’m coordinating some marketing/publicity reviews.

    I want to see if you would be interested in reviewing one of our books, Becoming Agile (www.manning.com/smith). Could you email me if you’re interested?

    Steven
    Manning Publications
    http://www.manning.com

    Steven Hong

    October 24, 2008 at 11:47 am

    • Steven,

      Thanks for the opportunity to review the book.

      My review is published here.

      Regards,

      Kailash.

      K

      November 19, 2008 at 7:42 pm

  5. Hey Kailash,

    Love your many blog entries. Was wondering if you use twitter as I would like to connect with you more, and it would be easier to keep track of your new posts/ideas.

    Feel free to add me or message me http://www.twitter.com/rharbridge

    Anyways keep at it, everyone in the community appreciates your contributions.

    Thank you,
    Richard Harbridge

    rharbridge

    May 8, 2009 at 9:21 pm

  6. Richard,

    Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m not on twitter yet, but may get around to it soon….

    Regards,

    Kailash.

    K

    May 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

  7. [...] includes graphics to help project managers who learn visually. An interesting sample, from creator Kailash Awati: “A Communication-Centric Approach to Tackling Project [...]

  8. Hi, via Jeff Conklin, came across your post referencing one of my papers. Since we’re both Aussies, perhaps we should meet up some time. Let me know if you’re coming through Melbourne.

    – Tim v.G.

    Tim van Gelder

    May 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    • Tim,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve sent you a message via email.

      Regards,

      Kailash.

      K

      May 31, 2009 at 11:02 am

  9. [...] reason we want to measure this as Project Managers is Motivation.  I was particularly inspired by Kailash Awati and his vast knowledge and his ability to stimulate positive dialogs, one post in [...]

  10. hi. im a research student and working on the structural elements of IBIS. i found ur writings very helful in this regard. i need to know that can i use ur example of IBIS elemnets in my research validation control experiment???

    will it be legally possible?

    second i need to know about the procedure of IBIS in control experiment. as u mentioned IBIS can be used by group of people and individual as well? wht approach should i use?

    would be greatful if u kud help or guide in sme way

    thnks n regards

    faiza

    August 7, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  11. Dear Kailash,

    I discovered your blog and thought you might be interested in embedding MS Project schedules into your blog or site as an interactive Flash GANTT chart. We have just released this free service into beta and are looking for feedback.

    I would much appreciate if you check http://www.projec.to/ and drop me an e-mail with your impressions.

    Kind regards,
    Alex

    Alex

    December 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm

  12. Kailash,

    You’ve obviously a lot of time on your hands – so write more articles on risk, please.

    On the mathematical treatment of your attempts at writing, I could have told you that you write in depth and your articles have to be read very carefully. Which is good as compared to most of the stuff on the net usually. Keep it up.

    If you want traffic, try for expose’s on stars – that usually works wonders!

    N

    Narendra

    March 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  13. Narendra,

    Thanks for your comments and kind words.

    I’m not too fussed about the traffic (or lack thereof) really. The post you’re referring to was more an attempt to show that there’s a statistical reason why it is difficult (impossible?) to write interesting posts on a regular basis.

    Honestly it’s a struggle to find time to write. Still, its something I enjoy doing so I’ll keep going as long as I can.

    Thanks again for your interest.

    K.

    K

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

  14. Hi Kailash,

    It’s Charlie with Projectmanager.comm here. Your blog is very informative on project management.

    We are looking for project management experts to review our software available at Projectmanager.com.

    In this regard, can we ask you to make one?

    Kindly send me an email if you are interested.

    Thanks,
    Charlie Prenicolas
    Projectmanager.com

    Charlie

    April 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  15. [...] tentative title is “Beyond Best Practices” and it’s an ambitious project, co-authored with Kailash Awati – the man behind the brilliant eight to late blog. I had been a fan of Kailash’s work for a [...]

  16. Dear Kailash,
    I am trying to establish a consistent method of managing program risks for the life cycle of the projects. After leaving uni many moons back, I am revisiting statistical analysis. I found your article very very useful and an eye opener. Thanks. Any time you are in Melbourne, it will be a pleasure to meet with you.

    Chak Chakravarthi

    September 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

    • Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m really glad you found some of my articles helpful. The work you are doing sounds very interesting – it would be great to meet up and exchange notes.

      Regards,

      Kailash.

      K

      September 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

  17. [...] also commenced writing a non SharePoint book on this topic area with Kailash Awati from the Eight to Late blog, called Beyond Best Practices. This book examines why most best [...]

  18. [...] Kailash once told me that the problem with models is that their creators fall in love with them. They forget that they exist to help us to understand the reality around us, but this doesn’t make them reality. For that reason, I do not love my model and see lots of flaws. I also look forward to seeing better ones that people come up with. The key point is this: No model can ever capture the total sum of variables combine to make a collaborative situation look or feel a certain way, all it can do is approximate. This is my attempt at approximation. [...]

  19. Hey Kailash, just been introduced to your blog by Craig Brown and I love it. Looking forward to getting together and discussing the esoteric aspects of life.

    Cheers, Shim.

    Shim Marom

    January 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    • Hi Shim,

      Thanks! I look forward to meeting you sometime in the near future – do contact me when you’re in Sydney. I’ll definitely be in touch if I’m in your neck of the woods.

      Regards,

      Kailash.

      K

      January 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

  20. [...] includes graphics to help project managers who learn visually. An interesting sample, from creator Kailash Awati: “A Communication-Centric Approach to Tackling Project [...]

  21. Hey Kailash,
    You are working on a very nice series of thoughts. I came across your blog while doing some research preparing for a course on collaboration for the College of Architecture at the U of AZ. This may seem a bit odd but I’m excited to be able to introduce the concepts of collaboration in context of wicked problems. I’ve been tinkering with these issues since about 2003 in both the context of architectural practice and business incubation. Keep up the good work!
    Andrew

    Andrew Abernathy

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 am

  22. Andrew,

    Thanks – I truly appreciate your kind words and encouragement!

    Regards,

    Kailash.

    K

    June 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

  23. Kailash,

    Great to find you again. and read some of the articles here. good stuff.

    aluri

    aluri

    September 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Aluri,

      Thanks for stopping by – good to hear from you too!

      Regards,

      K.

      K

      September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

  24. [...] with a couple of Ph.D. degrees and experience at several levels in academia. Both Culmsee and Awati blog prolifically, and many of their blog posts fed nicely into this book (a trick I’m using [...]

  25. [...] includes graphics to help project managers who learn visually. An interesting sample, from creator Kailash Awati: “A Communication-Centric Approach to Tackling Project [...]

  26. […] we are at some kind of a turning point, with reports such as this, and the work of Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati, appearing in the last year or so (SevenSigma case study PDF; Heretics Guide to Best Practices book […]


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