Eight to Late

Sensemaking and Analytics for Organizations


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Kailash Awati is a data and insights manager at a government organisation in New South Wales. Prior to this, he led a marketing insights team at a not for profit and worked in various data leadership roles at a pharmaceutical multinational. He has over two decades of experience in using principles of emergent design to help diverse organisations build data capabilities. In addition, he has held academic appointments at a university where he still occasionally teaches courses on machine learning and decision-making under uncertainty.

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

The articles on Eight to Late reflect his current professional interests which include data, decision making and collaborative approaches to problem solving in large organisations.

Kailash is the co-author of the Heretic’s Guides series of books. The first one,  Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices, deals with collaborative approaches to managing complex problems. It won an Axiom Business Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in 2013. His second book, The Heretic’s Guide to Management, is about managing ambiguity in organisations. It was a finalist in the General Business category at the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2017. His third book, Data Science and Analytics Strategy, will be published in March 2023.

The views ventured on Eight to Late are based on his 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,

    Liked by 2 people

    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?

    Manning Publications


    Steven Hong

    October 24, 2008 at 11:47 am

    • Steven,

      Thanks for the opportunity to review the book.

      My review is published here.





      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



    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….





    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.





      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



    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,



    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!




    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.




    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.

    Charlie Prenicolas



    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.





      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.





      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 Abernathy

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 am

  22. Andrew,

    Thanks – I truly appreciate your kind words and encouragement!





    June 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

  23. Kailash,

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




    September 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Aluri,

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





      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 […]


  27. Dear Kailash

    Thank you very much for the blog…..I am very lucky to browse to your articles. I am highly appreciated for your contribution.

    …. It is really helpful when It comes to my dissertation because I firstly study the logic of text mining from your code and ,then, I have written almost everything by myself,and started learning by my mistakes.

    Your code and your article are meaningful building blocks for my early stage and the door to the world of R and text mining.

    Thank you! Everything here is beyond words.

    Liked by 1 person


    July 22, 2017 at 3:31 am

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