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Q: Computers are beating chess Grandmasters. Do you think computers are taking over?

Vishwanathan Anand:
A: Computers beat us in chess 13 years ago. The smartphone is capable of beating human beings now. Tomorrow your fridge or microwave will do it..

Q: How do companies motivate employees to participate in creating an innovative culture?

Dilipkumar Khandelwal:
A: People like recognition. They like it when their ideas have gone into their product.

Q: What motivates you to wake up every day and keep doing all that you’re doing?

Anu Vaidyanathan:
A: I have always had a single focus at any given point of time – be it studying, doing my business, participating in sport or taking care of my son. Since I am doing all of them whole-heartedly, it doesn’t feel like I am multi-tasking.

Q: How do you know if you are overusing a talent?

Neelakantha Balasubramaniam:
A:It seldom comes through self-awareness. You will probably know it by way of feedback from somebody else.

Q: If India has had so many successful projects in the past, why do our businesses try to imitate the West?

Brajesh Kaimal:
A: Perhaps someone can write a detailed guidebook for successful projects, like the PMBOK® Guide that was written for project managers.

Q: While using agile methodologies, we sometimes focus on meeting deadlines rather than delivering quality. How can we prevent this?

Rahul Sudame:
A: The right way to use agile is by putting quality as the core matrix. Sharing feedback with the customer at periodic intervals of the progress will release project leaders of cumbersome deadlines and let them focus on quality instead.
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