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March 2016

The Aadhar Case Study

Recently Aadhar card got full statutory status. But did you know that Aadhar project, from concept to delivery, is considered as one of the most complex and successful project in the world.

Project Team, with Mr. Nandan Nilekani as Project Manager, completed all its targets well in advance. E.g.

-In less than 5 years from launch 90 crore  Indian people got Aadhar, 9 months ahead of schedule.
-Largest biometric database in the world with a deduplication capability never seen before.
-Used 1/3 of sanctioned workforce.
-Accuracy 99.99 %
-Total expenditure of project is less than Rs 10000 cr much lesser than budgeted.

Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Ex. CEO of Infosys, is strong supporter project management framework PMBOK and has used its principles in Aadhar project.
Is this the reason for its grand success? Yes I have ample evidences to prove it.

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Baseline Deviation

We have talked about 3 baselines – WBS for measuring scope changes,  budget for measuring cost variations and schedule for checking progress of planned activities.

Surprisingly nature has also gifted us baseline to monitor our health. Any healthy human being is supposed to have certain body temperature, heart beats, blood pressure and many more. Health is monitored by measuring these parameters. In case of deviation in the parameters we need treatment or meditation or exercise etc to bring it back to normal.

How to measure deviation in any Project with respect to baseline and what are remedies?

What is ICC?

Why is blood sugar above the desired level considered alarming? Because though it may not have immediate visible effect on our body, in the long term it can affect vital body parts such as our heart, kidneys, eyes, etc. and prove fatal if not controlled properly. The point here is about keeping our sugar under control i.e. within desired level through frequent follow ups, treatment or lifestyle changes so as to stay healthy.

Now let’s compare it with a project. Scope changes are part and parcel of any project. But frequent scope change means crossing agreed scope or agreed baseline. This is also known as scope creep. If it is not controlled, it can impact in the form of cost overrun or delay. But scope changes can be controlled through a process known as Integrated Change Control ICC. For better results in your project always ensure ICC.

Measuring Deviation

We have talked about 3 baselines – WBS for measuring scope changes,  budget for measuring cost variations and schedule for checking progress of planned activities.

Surprisingly nature has also gifted us baseline to monitor our health. Any healthy human being is supposed to have certain body temperature, heart beats, blood pressure and many more. Health is monitored by measuring these parameters. In case of deviation in the parameters we need treatment or meditation or exercise etc to bring it back to normal.

How to measure deviation in any Project with respect to baseline and what are remedies?

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