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1 Million Cups - RefineM - 8/8/17 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:20:42 +0000 1 Million Cups - RefineM - 8/8/17 1 Million Cups - RefineM - 8/8/17 KOLR >> jeremy: welcome back. it's time for our 1 million cups business spotlight. today, we're happy to be joined by nk shirvastava, who is the founder of refine m. okay. you've got to tell us first, what is refine m.? >> guest: refine m. is a project management consulting company. we help improve project delivery, like finish them on time and within budget. that's our business. >> tom: that can apply to any business? >> guest: any business, yes. any business that does projects. any business, yes. >> jeremy: how did you get started in this? >> guest: oh, well, i am in project management for over 25 years. and i work full-time jobs for almost 25 years or so. and then, i decided to go on my own. >> jeremy: right. how did you know that's what you wanted to get into it? >> how do i know i'm good at it, people tell me i'm good at it. [laughter] >> tom: that's the best way to find out. yeah. >> guest: they call me when the project is failing, and say, come and help us recover this project. >> tom: ah, is yours the kind of business that can help any size of business, anyone doing projects? or do you go for the bigger projects? >> guest: all kinds. mostly our clients are mid-sized companies. but we do go help the small companies like two or three people companies. >> tom: oh, okay. >> jeremy: yeah. can you give me an example, maybe somebody is out there, give us an example of a project. what type of projects are you talking about? >> guest: so let's say you are building a product. and it has 40, 50 features that you are building. and so the team that is building that -- going to build that product says it will take, you know, a year to do this s. it will cost $1 million to do this. but what happens most of the time when they start working on it, usually, most of the time, 60-70% of the time, it will not finish in time. or overrun the costs >> tom: under estimate a lot. >> guest: yes. that's where the project management skill comes into play to keep things on track. >> jeremy: i gotcha. >> tom: do you get down to the area of -- i know some people talk about efficiency in project. they're talking about movement. i mean, even down to that level? >> guest: yeah, that's the level. >> jeremy: okay. because you know, a lot of times you can go into a company. do you give answers they don't want to hear? >> guest: yes, yes. because sometimes, you know, i have been called into projects to come and look at this project. and this is in really, really, bad shape. and they could be in bad shape because either the team is not doing well. or their senior-level managers are not doing well and providing support that the team needs. so there are many moving pieces of a project. >> jeremy: right, right. >> guest: it's one of the many complex things to manage. it's not just one thing. there are stake holders. there are users, team, other people. >> tom: all the pieces and parts to make the one. >> guest: yes, a lot of moving pieces. >> tom: well, i would guess if you're not brutally honest, you wouldn't be successful at your profession. >> guest: yeah, that is true. that is true. i'm honest, brutally honest, but be respectful, too. >> tom: of course. >> jeremy: absolutely. i notice on your website, you have training videos as well. who is it geared towards, the training videos? >> guest: normally the training videos are geared towards project managers or project professionals managing projects. so it's helping them to learn skills so they can manage projects better. >> jeremy: are you trying to teach them so they don't need you? >> guest: yep. [laughter] >> jeremy: oh, okay! >> tom: there's always more fodder out there. >> jeremy: yeah. >> guest: and you always work to work yourself out of the job, so you are stuck in it. and you can do more. >> jeremy: gotcha. >> tom: how is your association with 1 million cups? >> guest: the association started two years ago. started in springfield. and they asked me to come and present about mious about. i talked about my business. and i developed some relationships through that. >> jeremy: did you get good feedback? >> guest: yes! a lot of questions. >> jeremy: like this. >> guest: a lot of questions. difficult questions even. you have not asked me a difficult question yet. >> jeremy: we're trying to be easy on you. [laughter] >> tom: that's the advantage of that is the fact we can ask the general questions. but they'll get to the nitty-gritty, down to the bedrock kind of stuff >> yes, yes. very difficult questions. and that helped me actually. >> jeremy: that's perfect. i love 1 million cups. it's about helping, growing, and networking. if people want to contact you, how do they reach you? >> guest: usually the reference. that's the most significant part. >> jeremy: your website? >> guest: mostly conference. and then i have association with project management institute. we are the education provider. and through that channel, we get opportunities for mainly training. the corporate training. and we do corporate training. >> tom: we appreciate you being with us today. >> jeremy: thank

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