Welcome to SIPM

Hello, nice meeting you. I am Soma, your host for this space and I have been running this since 2008.

This blog was started in 2008 as a journal that I was pretty sure no one would read.

I was into project management and shared my learnings and failures here, since then a lot has happened. These days I live in Hyderabad (India) and work as an Agile Coach.

This space has grown over time and I primarily write about Personal Development and Motivation for Newbies.

When not in office, I am mostly reading, working on my next idea, travelling and exploring life with my 4 year old.

You can reach me at steppingintopm(at)gmail.com

Take Pride in your Work

It was a warm summer day in Kolkata and I was waiting on the curbs looking for a cab at 7.30pm. it was late and horribly humid and warm and I just wanted to get home. Cabs sparsely stopped and refused to go, this was before likes of Ola and Uber hit the streets. 


Finally the cab I got into amazed me. It was a regular yellow cab, that had a bottle of water and days newspaper placed neatly, a small fan that kept you cool and curtains more as a way to keep the sun out when required. The car smelt fresh and was clean. The driver polite and soft spoken. All I could think was he really was happy and proud of what he did. 

You can look at someone at work on how they conduct themselves and know if they enjoy what the do. Isn’t that true? 

If we all took pride in our work, the mistakes would be lesser because we would care on what goes out with our name on it.  There would be lesser conflicts because you would care about your team or try to resolves problems. The production defects would be lesser, technical debt in control and the environment much more positive.

And we all know a happy team can handle way more complex work. 

So, here are 3 ways to make sure you are proud of what you do:

Know the scope of your work- Sometimes the work seems less challenging or not exactly what you were looking forward to, now that doesn’t mean it can’t be scaled up or get the project or work you want at some point. So, stop cribbing and first get the job at hand done. Now look at what else is going on and where there can be opportunity. You can also look up profiles of people with similar jobs in your organisation who have grown and then see what else you can ask for. Ask when appropriate and make sure you are building strong working relationships along the way. 

Check your work before signing off- Everyone likes to have team members who are sincere and good at what they do. Quality matters, so every time you sign off on something ensure the quality is intact. It might sometimes mean a few hours more of work, fact checking and code reviews…. Its all worth it when everyone gets to know you as the person who is reliable, responsible and takes great care in what they work on. 

Share your mindset and have faith in yourself- Its not easy to take pride in your work always, when the environment isn’t always easy to work with. If you are new to the environment, simply listen. When an opportunity comes by, be positive and speak objectively. Try to share your mindset and may be who know something might change. If you work alone running a business or doing what you love, this might  look easy but keeping the mindset all in control might be a quite a challenge when you are handling everything on your own. 


What do you think? Are you proud of what you do?

(Pic courtesy: Google Images)

Finding your Mentor: The Do's and Dont's

May 12, 2019 | | 0 comments |
Well first of all Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers reading the blog. 

I haven't posted in a while and you know the lack of posts also means that things have been  a little busy and I am sorry about not letting you know that I wasn't going to be able to publish for a while. Honestly, I didn't know it either. This blog has literally been with me for ages now.....so I always come back :) 

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you also know that I have always been a firm believer of having a mentor, so today I thought will share with you what you need to have one. 

The video is about everything you need to know about mentorship- why you need one to how to find one. If you have any questions, please let me know in the Facebook Page.




Happy Reading (Link Round Up)

Mar 6, 2019 | 0 comments |
Hello Hello! If you are looking for some interesting read this week while you take that coffee break or are bored- this is it.
Of course its random, so pick your read. 
Since Women’s day is right around the corner, thought will start with a read related to women and then just go from there.....here you go. 
  1. Why women quit (hint- related to salary)
  2. Happiness at work 
  3. Working too much, you are not alone
  4. What you should know as a first time manager
  5. How Elon Musk uses time blocking 
  6. if you are an IPhone user, productivity apps
  7. Interesting read on the website that has billion views (related to sports). 
  8. Sometimes you just need to be stubborn
  9. Scrum at Tesla
(Pic courtesy: Google Images)