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Interview of Swapnil Saurav Winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015

18 Mar

“When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world”- Says Swapnil Saurav, Manager- Value Engineering Team at JDA Software in Hyderabad and the Winner of Manager’s Olympiad Contest-2015

Swapnil Saurav was the winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of Managers in India. After his success as a winner on 8th October,2015 among 980 participants,  we caught up with Swapnil and interviewed him to find out more about his process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the managers in India to be a part of Manager’s Olympiad Contest.

Winner Swapnil Saurav

Winner Swapnil Saurav

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

A: Yes, I knew I will have to compete with best minds in India hence I prepared hard for the Olympiad. I looked at all the project management related topics on the internet. I had downloaded study material on my laptop and phone and I prepared hard for 2 weeks. I was preparing for my PMP hence the PMP training also helped me.

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Not really. I was happy to be in the semis and that in itself was satisfying and felt rewarded. When I met the other participants at the event and found them experienced and very knowledgeable, I knew I was in a great company. I didn’t even expect to clear the semifinals round and I was happy to make good friends at the event. And as they say, it just happened.

3. Please share the first thought when you realised that you have won Manager’s Olympiad.

It was totally an unbelievable feeling. Although optimistic, because I had prepared myself, it took me time to realize that I have won the Managers’ Olympiad. When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world.

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

I was very happy informing each one of them as they had supported and encouraged me all along. They congratulated me and were happy for me. One of my colleague joked that “now that you are the winner of Managers Olympiad, I will not argue with you in any discussion”. Though that never happened but it did help me to gain more respect in my team and gain more visibility in the company.

5. Quite a few managers wish to participate again in Manager’s Olympiad. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Yes.. they have to beat me to win the title from me  😉

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

It looked normal day till the results came in  J  When the results of round 1 was announced and I had to make a call whether to travel to Bangalore or not, I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile to travel to another city on a weekday. Keeping aside the winning part of the contest, the learning I got there was amazing. It was a busy day but a day well spent. They UNICOM team was simply amazing and they made sure that everything went smooth without any glitch.

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

I really don’t think there was big of a difference between me and the others. I think luck was on my side on that particular day. What to eat in the breakfast? No I am not letting out the secret  😉

8. Do you think companies should encourage their managers to participate at the prestigious Manager’s Olympiad 2016 due in April in Bangalore?

Off course yes. This event is one of its kind in India. The event provides an opportunity for managers to come a platform, discuss their challenges, share their  learning and best practices and learn about new technologies and methodologies.

9. Should cost of participation ne borne by individuals or by their companies?

It is a prestigious event and participation also includes access to the conference where experts discusses the problem faced in the industry. There is lot of opportunities for participants to learn. I think company should support their associates. My company supported me financially including my travel from Hyderabad and that was decided before I won the contest.

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Just go for it. Its not about winning but about learning new things. We are so busy with our everyday work that we don’t get time to learn. Manager’s Olympiad provide a great opportunity to learn from experts, get to know the new stuffs and it provides a great opportunity for networking.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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Interview with the Winner of India Quality League 2015 – Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri

15 Mar

Mrinal Chatterjee and Dipan Lahiri – Pre Sales and Test Manager, TechMahindra was the winner at India Quality League 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of participants in India. After their success as a winner on 24th Febraury,2015 among 1020 participants,  we caught up with Mrinal and Dipan, interviewed them to find out more about their process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the Participants in India to be a part of India Quality League 2016.

India Quality League 2015 - Winner

India Quality League 2015 – Winner

 

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

Mrinal & Dipan:

The topics for the contest were already published, so it was a good heads-up for us. We surely did have to pull up our training references for some of the specific topics, for others it was very much our day to day working topics, so we were confident that would make through the initial rounds J

 

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Mrinal & Dipan:

When we made through the semis and were announced as finalists, we were initially thrilled and were determined to give it whatever it takes. Post-lunch, when we were actually seated sharing the podium with peers from some of the industry’s biggies, it was then we realized it’s not going to be easy J However, our team – The Dark Horses had the perfect mix as I (Mrinal) was aggressively optimistic and my partner – Dipan was compose and practical

 

3. Please share the first thought when you realized that you have won India Quality League.

Mrinal & Dipan:

Towards the final round, when we already knew that we were steering far ahead of our peers in points, I (Mrinal) remember texting back to my folks that we are winning it J however we waited with bated breath, restraining our excitement for the winner announcement. And when it was announced that Team – The Dark Horses from Tech Mahindra is the winner of the India Quality League, our joy knew no bound J

 

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

Mrinal & Dipan:

Surely, it was a prestigious win and achievement for us, as we had won the Gold for Tech Mahindra, against stiff competition from industry’s biggies. Back home (at TechM), we were flooded with kudos and appreciation mails; and it was something we had dreamt of. Our winning news was also captured in our pan-company corporate newsletter and it was indeed a cherish able moment for us.

 

5. Quite a few wish to participate again in India Quality League. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Mrinal & Dipan:

Ah, we wouldn’t mind a chance to win it again 😉

 

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We had a highly professional and competitive experience at the UNICOM WBE Summit 2015. The UNICOM team showed perfect professionalism of conducting the contest efficiently amidst rightly placed speaker tracks. From contest participation to our opportunity of meeting and networking with industry peer groups, it was indeed a wonderful experience.

 

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We believe it was 90% knowledge, 9% confidence and 1% luck, which resulted in our 100% Win.

 

8. Do you think companies should encourage to participate at the prestigious India Quality League 2016 due in March in Bangalore?

Mrinal & Dipan:

The IQL is a good forum to learn and represent one’s company. So both the employee and the employer stand a chance to win, be it knowledge or laurels.

 

9. Should cost of participation be borne by individuals or by their companies?

Mrinal & Dipan:

Since it’s a corporate event, it should be borne by the representing company.

 

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Mrinal & Dipan:

We will recommend participating the IQL or any of UNICOM events, as you manage to pull off a great competition, by bring in industry leaders in the arena and a fair chance to win it all.

 

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

For more details: Click Here