Interview with Anujit Mukherjee (member #1800)

Created on 20 April 2008 Written by Jean Binder
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In the interview below (conducted on the occasion of the 1800th membership in our LinkedIn group), Anujit Mukherjee talks about his experience as a programme manager, and suggests that negotiation plays an important role for the success of global programmes.

What was the most complex situation you lived on a global project, and how did you survive?
While working in Japan, on behalf of Kodak, I needed to get buy-in on a product concept that was mutually beneficial to both parties. The Japanese company needed to have product features skewed to their end. Laying out the Project Plan carefully and in details, and showing that the only returns would be reached if we had the current configuration, resulted in a common deal. This was extremely important to our Asia Pac growth and I had to drive a hard, but reasonable bargain via intense project negotiation based on clear scope and all the other project artifacts. 

What do you enjoy about working on global projects?
The challenge of the convergence of cultures yields some of the most valuable experiences ever.

What are the main challenges you face on your day-to-day project management, particular to Global Projects?
Communication, Negotiation and control of scope across borders. 

How do you believe the Global Project Management Framework can help global project managers?
Listening to the experiences of my peers have always played a major role in helping me understand the success metrics for global projects.  

What would you recommend to improve the framework in its next version?
The community could organize web conferences to share experiences around programme and project management successes and challenges.

What word of advice would you give to other global project managers?
1) Focus on the project deliverables
2) Be mindful of cultural distances
3) Take care with respect to intellectual property issues
4) Take into consideration schedule risks due to unexpected issues.
5) It is important to browse through books, such as the ones written by Friedman, who has written about global issues and cultural acceptance of products.

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Anujit Mukherjee has 20 years experience in Product Planning, Technology Strategy, Business Strategy, Market Strategy, Market Research and R&D for complex imaging technologies and systems. He is interested in Organizational innovation and technology obsolescence analyses as means to drive new products, and to create digital concepts and take through the research and development process to make them ready for commercialization. See his profile on LinkedIn and invite him to join your network. 
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