Agile – Remove blockers to flow free


During development process in agile method, you might have heard about “blocker” in the stand up meetings. Most of them just say as a part of the process during there turn.

What different ways you would approach to tackle this blocker?

I would like to tell some of my experience from various organization.

  1. Some teams would take it to the next level and proactively talk to the concerned person to resolve issue if related to the infrastructure or some third party related issues, fair enough simple and straight forward.
  2. Some would talk to the project managers or scrum master to discuss further.
  3. Few cases when there is a blocker, all the developers would get together and discuss on that blocker immediately after the stand up.
  4. Some just say there is a blocker in the stand up and sit on there own and keep struggling to resolve the issue, and would not approach for help.
  5. Some would procrastinate and move on to another task.
  6. Some would take a shortcut to fix the issue.

which one of the above would suit the best while you are working in a agile development team at your organisation? I know you would say depends on the type of blocker based on that you would take one of the above choice.

I have seen for most of the blockers in the project, can be easily and quickly resolved if you opt for option 3 for developers. Because someone has an better idea, or must have worked on it before or may be they understand much better in that area.

I think many of us are willing to take option 4. Issue with option 4 is we don’t know how long it would take also you might not know if it’s the right choice as you might approach dead end of that solution. Also people start googling for the issue which you might not find appropriate answers.

Option 3 develops collaboration between team members, many would think that it could be a silly question to ask, as the other developer might think I don’t know the answer for a simple thing. Lots of question comes to your mind, end of the day people forget they are solving problems in a software for an organization, not solving there personal problems.

Also scrum master or project mangers needs to encourage this culture so that it saves time and increase productivity and the knowledge is shared between developers. So when the similar issues re appears all the developers would already know the solution.

In the picture above the water is blocked by the rocks, and slows down the flow. Think of removing this rock first before you move further to the next sprint as a team. Don’t forget you are working in a team. The more number of rocks in a sprint, it would slow down the entire team.

GeniusLead follows Option 3 as one of the core principle.

– Deepak Roy




Meeting with Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar



New Venture with His Highness #Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar #Mysore

It was my pleasure to meet His Highness inside Mysore palace and talking about a mobile app for Mysore palace, we spent time on discussing various ways to show contents which has all the aspect of great history of palace in detail.

He has a great vision to contribute to the society and the people with passion and dedication.

Wait and watch for more updates.



Start with sprint ZERO


At what age did your learn to ride a bike? What methods did you try to ride a bike? Did you fall while learning? Balance is the first step as we all know, but question is how to make it simpler?

Easy way to teach is removing stabilisers, pedals and start to scoot. Automatically you would learn to balance. We can apply this technique in every aspect of life, any new skills we learn or any project we work on. Start with ground work sprint ZERO before we jump on to sprint 1. But we always tumble by adding two components TIME and COMPARISON (with others) to the entire learning or development process and start worrying about it. We need to REMEMBER there was NO concept of TIME 500 years ago, no one really cared about time they JUST DID IT whatever they did.

For comparison there was no communication with outer world so they never bothered to rush. All the creativity in this world happens in it’s own time, all the inventions and discoveries happened this way. WAIT and WATCH patiently.

Early education in a consciousness way with much more fun


When we are at around 6 years old back in time, first time learning maths to add, subtract multiply. Not sure if anyone of us would have thought where exactly it is applicable in the real world, where it should be used or how it us useful. Even if we had thought their was no proper tools or techniques as it was limited and not accessible due to various factors. I think many of us just learnt it because it is either teacher or parents were asking us to learn or because other kids were learning and to score good marks. Happened to me as well when I was at school there was no much practical exposure to relate to the real world and was very curious to know everything. Now a days I can see lot’s of schools simulating a shop at school where kids get involved in each role, which is great and fantastic way of teaching. But still I think as a parent we need to involve kids giving them opportunity to explore the real world and to make then understand how to apply simple maths in various places. I know they would learn anyways when they grow older, but i think any skills we learn needs to be learnt in a conscious way otherwise there is no value of learning. Examples I can think we can incorporate and add value to their learning.

1) While filling the fuel you can always explain about litres and the cost per litre and ask them to multiple to get the cost.
2) Giving them money to buy any household items and ask them if they would get back change (here they can learn subtraction).
3) Addition – count trees, or count tress of a type, count ducks etc

What you people do to encourage your kids to learn more practical or any ideas please share??

Mysore Zoo and its role in Animal Conservation

The beautiful  Mysore zoo has 157 acres of land lush with greenery, and the abundant animals it hosts is a sight to behold! It is also close to our heart as we worked tirelessly on releasing the My Zoo app that was designed as a guide for the Mysore Zoo. Our app is out and had a great reception at its launch in the Zoo Director’s Meet. Here is a little bit about the Mysore Zoo. The zoo that is abundant in animal life and is also rich in cultural heritage. Do have a read and make sure you visit it. And download our app from the Playstore to guide you and make the best of our visit:

The History of Mysore Zoo

and was designed by a German horticulturist and landscaper, Mr G.H. Krumbeigal. Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar the Maharaja of Mysore had instructed the creation of the zoo in 1892. During its earlier days it was called the palace zoo. Its gates were open to the public since 1902.

Initially, the zoo was started on a ten-acre land, but over the years it has gradually expanded. The Karanji lake is also part of the zoological park. The zoo has more than 168 species from more than twenty-five countries. Some of the animals you can see on your visit are white pelicans, rhinoceros, African and Indian elephants, dhole, wallaby, lions, tigers, crocodiles and giraffes.

When Inside

You can comfortably spend a day walking past the bird and animal enclosures. The enclosures are designed to keep the interactions safe between animals and humans. The health and nutrition of the animals are well monitored by the authorities to prevent them from getting any diseases. You can also take the battery operated buggy service to tour the zoological park. Inside the park, you can buy water and eatables in designated areas. Sri Chamarajendra zoological garden draws a large number of visitors from around the globe because of its excellent upkeep of the facilities. The GPS enabled map on our app will help you find your way easily.

Animal Conservation Efforts

Mysore zoo has two conservation programs – animal adoption and the Koorgalli rescue. Koorgalli rescue program focuses on the rehabilitation of animals captured in man and animal conflict, disabled and injured animals.

The Animal Adoption Program

The animal adoption program was introduced in 1984.When an animal is adopted, the financial contribution made helps feed the recipient for the mentioned duration. A black-crowned night heron or rose-ringed parakeet or a star tortoise can get nourishment for a whole year for a sum of two thousand rupees.

The park has split the animals into A, B and C group based on species. The adoption fee varies based on the chosen animal,reptile or bird. This is a cause that we at GeniusLead take very seriously and in the future our app will allow you to make donations and support the cause of animal adoption direct from your app.

When you adopt an animal, you adopt a life anf a piece of nature for our future generations.  You also get a picture of the adopted animal, passes, an adoption certificate, and a tax exemption form.

If you plan to visit Mysore, do allocate some time to spend at the zoo and marvel at nature. The zoo is maintained by the Zoo Authority of Karnataka. A key objective behind the creation of the Mysore zoo was educating the people about animals, animal conservation, studying and learning about different species of birds, reptiles, mammals and animal breeding. You will find detailed information about each animal on our app. We have also enabled an audio version of the information to make it enjoyable for you and also to help blind ones to get a feel of the animal and know more about it. You can download our app here:


Don’t Procrastinate! Just Start … Up  


Many of us love the idea of owning a business, being our own boss, seeing our brand counted among the best in the industry … but most of these beautiful dreams evaporate in the light of day. We want to be a successful startup, but we get stuck on the “start.” Well, we all need a bit of a wake-up call or a bit of a shake-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-start-up call!

It was Walt Disney who said: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” and it was through Deepak Roy, the founder of GeniusLead that we saw that this is really true. There were many things that could have held him back – his high paying steady job, a new addition to his family with his wife pregnant, rules and regulations of starting up a business in the UK. All this and more could have held him back, but he didn’t let fears bog him down. He took a bold step towards his dream and worked at it with all his might!

We aren’t saying you should rush in headlong with no plan or weighing the consequences. That is a recipe for disaster. Rather, the point is not to let our FEAR keep us back. Sit down, calculate the cost, weigh out the pros and cons but make sure your cons are really worth putting your dreams on hold.

Here are a few pointers to help you stop procrastinating and start doing more.

1)    Put it down on paper

Write it down and don’t mince words. Let your dreams out in full technicolour and jot down all that you want your business to be. Even if it is just steps that might take time and effort which you may not have at the moment, write them out. Don’t’ hold back – expansion plans, prime real estate for your office – dream big and write it all out.

Narrow it down now and chalk out a plan on how you will achieve those dreams, step-by-step. What is the first thing that you need to do? Then what? Make a list and make it your goal to tick off as many as possible as soon as you can.

2)    Take Baby Steps

Look at your list and focus on the achievable micro steps. This will give you the satisfaction that you are doing something to achieve your dream. Do it every day. At least one task that is connected to your start up vision. Talk to at least one person about your vision every day. Make one phone call that could put the wheels in motion on a task you need to get done. Do not sleep without achieving that one step towards your business.

3)    Don’t Go Chasing After Perfection

Yes, we do want everything to be perfect before we launch our business, but realistically this isn’t possible. There will be lessons you will learn, there will be new hurdles you will face and there will be mess-ups that you will recover from. Get the basics right. Put up that board. Now build your business.

Steve Job, the man known to be a perfectionist launched the Mac bug-ridden as it was with the words: “Real artists ship.” The product was by no means perfect, but it had potential and it got right into the homes of people who loved it imperfect as it was. We aren’t advocating launching a product that isn’t tested properly or that could get you into trouble of course. The point is not to get so tied down in the pursuit of perfection that your ship sinks before it sees water! Don’t wait a lifetime to start a perfect business but spend that lifetime perfecting your business.

All the very best to all you entrepreneurs out there. Dream a dream and work your socks off to get it to reality!


Have a Little Faith

Have you ever felt that powerful urge to just quit? Maybe this business isn’t for me. Maybe I have failed one too many times. Maybe this is a sign for me to throw in the towel. Well, these maybes are the roots of self doubt that could spell disaster for your dreams. We all go through it but before it gets a hold of you and chokes out your drive, here are some great tips to help.

Get Up

Rise up and see that failures are what makes us stronger, takes us higher, creates legends that inspire. Watch this video that shows you men and women in history who have become legends because they failed … and got up again!


Screw Plan B

That’s right. Don’t have a fall back plan, don’t prepare for failure. Say I CAN and keep going. Still have a nagging doubt that it is better to have a contingency plan to cushion your fall? Watch the video.

Ignite Passion

The key is to believe that you have it in you to succeed, to do whatever is required to keep going and to never settle for less.  You have it in you – the passion to succeed, that fiery passion that ignites your very being and doesn’t rest till you have reached the top and the very same passion that refuses to let a fall keep you down!


Have faith in yourself; no one else will bank on you if you don’t. That’s what keeps us going at GeniusLead. Keep going no matter what, Keep dreaming no matter where, Keep achieving no matter how!

Lessons We Learn – Motivational Quotes

We’ve come far. From a small idea that became a great big beautiful dream come true, we have definitely come far. It doesn’t stop here and we have miles to go … but we love the journey as much as we eagerly anticipate the destination. Here are some lessons from the greats that we have and are learning along the way.

Keep going! Success Quote from Churchill
Keep going! Success Quote from Churchill


We have seen success and failure, but sticking true to Churchill’s advice we’ve mustered up the courage to keep going on.


Give your dreams wings - Success Quotes
Give your dreams wings – Success Quotes


We didn’t keep our dreams bottled up, we let it free, we spoke about it and the support we got was overwhelming. Share your dreams and the universe echoes it back.


Work for it - Success Quote by Bach
Work for it – Success Quote by Bach

Having a dream is not enough. You have to be ready to work for it and keep at it. Each one of is has the power to make our dreams come true. We have seen miracles in our journey because we were to determined to unleash that power. You can do it too!

Tell us your fav motivational quotes.

Startup Ideas and Success Stories

As a successful startup ourselves, we are amazed at what a simple idea can accomplish. An idea buzzing around in your head, innovation that has no boundaries, plans that just need wings and determination that makes them soar – this is what a startup story is all about and we are living and enjoying every minute of it.

For all of you who know this is what you want to do, here are 2 success stories, one from India and one from the UK to motivate you. Also included are links to some great startup ideas. So let’s get started!

Under the Mango Tree: Rs 60 lakh turnover by selling honey

UTMT - Startup Success Story
UTMT – Startup Success Story

This is a honey sweet success story alright! Mompreneur Vijaya Pastala took a simple concept and turned it into a million-dollar company. The business of sourcing, packaging and selling honey has been turned into a venture that provides community-based livelihood and is impacting close to 15,000 rural lives! Have a read of their Success Stories here:

Words of wisdom from Vijaya: “I believed in my idea and have always been motivated by the fact that one needs to believe in his/her idea and stand by it before giving up” 

Foxtons: From Rags to Riches

Foxtons - Startup Success
Foxtons – From Rags to Riches

An ambitious teenager Jon Hunt, knew what he wanted at the age of 19. His startup capital of a borrowed £ 100 has now made him a billionaire with an estimated fortune of a cool £1.07 billion! Foxtons, his firm, is now synonymous with property and estate agency in the UK and is going strong.

That doesn’t mean it was always a smooth ride. The company definitely had its share of challenges. Talking about the property crash of 1988–94, Jon Hunt said: “…Foxtons had no significant lettings department and as a consequence it barely hung on – we were close to going bust every day”. But they triumphed and came out louder and more successful than ever before.

Their single-minded focus has earned them the reputation of being called “London’s biggest, brashest estate agency.” Jon Hunt has been criticized for his methods and has faced his share of let downs but even his competitors acknowledge that he is a force to reckon with. Harry Hill, chairman of Britain’s biggest firm of estate agents, Countrywide says of Jon: “He has built a business on a model that I wouldn’t want to replicate, but he has done phenomenally well out of the industry, and for that, you have to take your hat off and say well done.

Now there were two great success stories to motivate you . Here are a few great startup idea compilations for you to startup on your own.

Some Reference links for great Startup Ideas:

We know there is no limit to possibilities for startup ideas. We are in awe of how fast the startup community is growing and we are also grateful for a world that allows these opportunities and dreams to thrive and grow. On that positive note, we wish you the very best in your startup idea. Let us know if you have any questions on what you need to get started as a startup or anything else – we would love to hear from you!



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