Why we do what we do, and how to do what we want to do!

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by Tathagat on Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Session type

Technical level


  1. Examine our blind spots
  2. Confront our mental models
  3. Identify what needs to change
  4. Cultivating an agile mindset
  5. Staying focused to the goals!


We become what we think!

Our one-off experiences sometimes affect our thinking, and tend to get deep-rooted over time, and change our thinking at a subconscious level. The result is that we often think, act or behave in a certain manner, but can’t really explain why we do it! For example, I might have had one bad stray experience with one taxi driver in Delhi many years back, but I end up branding the entire taxi driver community in Delhi (or even in the entire north India!) with the same broad brush as a ‘fact’. I end up never allowing myself to validate those ‘facts’ in case some of the assumptions or circumstances about the situation might have changed. We blissfully - and conveniently - continue to view the world with those pair of eyes.

In many cases, it might be a good thing to do because we develop patterns that help us avoid problems. But in several cases, we might be depriving ourselves of what we can truly accomplish if only we let go of those obsolete experiences that have no right to dictate how we behave in future.

In this session, we will examine the wonderful concept of mental models and understand how they are formed, and how do they impact our responses. at a deeply personal level, we all need to confront our mental models, and introspect honestly if they are getting the in the way of professional success and personal well-being. If they are, we need to identify what must change in some of these mental models, and how could we substitute our rather ‘fixed mindset’ with an ‘agile mindset’ - something that sets us up on the path to continuous improvement and eventual success.

The workshop will expose participants to all these nuances in a highly collaborative manner. However, the biggest takeaways will be for folks who are willing to be most honest to themselves.


Participants need to bring an open mind for self-learning, honest introspection and a commitment to change!

Speaker bio

Fun bio: Tathagat (a.k.a. “TV”) is a software professional by education, computer scientist by accident, HR student by interest, project management practitioner by training, curious by nature, learner by habit, teacher by passion, wanderer by choice, digital influencer by night, servant leader by conviction, and an aspiring author in my dreams :). In short, someone who never managed to become an expert because he was always busy learning new things…

Professional bio:Tathagat has been involved with hi-tech software product development since ’91 with Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and subsequently with Siemens Telecom, Philips Medical Systems and Philips Digital Networks divisions, Huawei Technologies, McAfee, NetScout Systems, Yahoo!, and [24]7 Innovation Labs in various technical and leadership roles. In Oct 2014, he started his consulting and coaching by the name “Thought Leadership”.

Tathagat also holds the unique distinction of being the youngest member of 13th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica, where he participated as scientist and stayed at the Indian permanent station Maitri for a period of 16 months during 1993-95, and studied data communication between India and Antarctica, and the effects of unique weather conditions on life-support systems in Antarctica.

Tathagat holds an MSc Computer Science from JK Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, Allahabad University, a Post Graduate Certificate in HR Management (PGCHRM) from Xavier Labor Research Institute School of Business and Human Resources (XLRI), Jamshedpur and Certificates in Business Leadership Skills, Executive Leadership and Financial Management from Cornell University, USA. In addition, he is also certified PMP, PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, CSP, CSM, CSPO, Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC), and Sr. Member of IEEE and ACM.

Tathagat has volunteered with PMI Innovation and New Product Development Community of Practice and IEEE Technology Management Council and has been a visiting faculty on Project Management and Business Ethics courses. He has authored and presented multiple papers and talks at national and international conferences (AgileIndia2014, PMIPune2014, InnovationGermany2013, ScrumGatheringIndia2013, AgileColombo2013, AgileIndia13, ASIS12, PDMA12, GHC12, BSPIN12, Zinnov12, TEDx2012, AgileIndia2012, AgileTours12, PMO11, SPICON11, AgileHyderabad11) and is a sought-after speaker in the industry on these topics. He also blogs on his views on strategy, leadership, execution and management of software development at http://www.managewell.net.


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