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“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

We tend to learn and work under disciplined systems of knowledge. Personally, at school, I was encouraged to learn through 45 minute compartments for instruction of knowledge (called classes). At work, I was coached and advised to work only within the industry and domain I initially got an opportunity in, to gain depth.

At school, I was a little too naïve to observe and understand the problem with this and…


“Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations” — Conway’s Law

“You don’t design your customers, you understand them (or not)” — Alexander Osterwalder

These resonate with me on a daily basis as I work with my product teams and SMEs to guide work definition. In the interest of making these real from pure logical thoughts, I am going to try and explain them in context. …

“Plans fail because of what we have called ‘tunneling’: the neglect of sources of uncertainty outside the plan itself.” — Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker

Lately, in every industry, there has been a trend of big players embarking on multi-year journeys to achieve grand visions. These initiatives are mainly focused on digital enablement of their technology footprints or complete overhaul, in some cases. While it is perfectly okay to have these grand visions, trying to achieve them using the traditional big…

Features are not vertical groupings of user stories. They must be designed so they either serve internal functions or drive customer experiences; they must be outcome focused.

Short feedback loop can prove its real use when based on the point where actual customer value is created.

“Let’s not do agile, let’s be agile”, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. I have heard these so many times from so many agile coaches and thought of them as agile community cliches. Honestly, I struggle with understanding such cliches when they are not put in context. So I have always wondered what they actually…


“We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our character, from those who are around us” — John Locke

Let’s briefly examine this interesting quote about human behavior by John Locke. I believe he meant that we humans, more often than not, are victims of the herd mentality. This can be extrapolated to organizational behavior, given that organizations are made up of people and their thinking and decision making shapes the course of organizations after all. …


Generally, human condition is to naturally and effortlessly act based on emotions and morality. While this condition distinctly distinguishes us from our cohabitants of the planet and gives us a unique identity based on this essence we call “humanity”, we may also be inhibited for growth and further evolution as a society by these very emotions, mostly extreme morality and the sense of pride that “we are the most evolved” at play, overshadowing our stoic abilities. I’m reminded of Nietzsche’s übermensch in this context. Think of humans with emotions enough to absorb happiness and morality enough to let live. We…

Krishna Kandala

agile, digital transformer. product, service designer. ai aficionado. foodie, traveler, reader, complexity thinker, philosopher, photographer. views are my own!

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