Kailash is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation where teaches into the Master of Data Science and Innovation program.He is also a co-founder and principal of Sensanalytics, a consultancy specializing in sensemaking and analytics. Prior to these roles, he worked for a pharmaceutical multinational where he set up a global IT service center specializing in business intelligence / analytics while working as an enabler across the business.
Over the last several years, he has worked as a business intelligence manager, data analytics specialist, facilitator & sensemaker, project manager and engineering software developer in organisations ranging from startups to established firms. Earlier, in what seems to him like another life, he did research in fluid dynamics and other areas of physics and applied mathematics.
His current professional interests which include data and text analytics, decision making, sensemaking, knowledge management and collaborative approaches to problem solving in large organisations.
Kailash is the co-author of the Heretic’s Guides series of books. The first one, Heretic’s Guide to Best Practices, deals with collaborative approaches to managing complex problems. It won an Axiom Business Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Foreword Book of the Year Award in 2013. His second book, The Heretic’s Guide to Management, is about managing ambiguity in organisations.
- Decision-making in organisations.
- Data science
Culmsee, P & Awati, K 2016, The Heretic's Guide to Management: The Art of Harnessing Ambiguity, Heretics Guide Press, Marsfield, NSW.
Culmsee, P & Awati, K 2013, The Heretic's Guide to Best Practices: The Reality of Managing Complex Problems in Organisations, iUniverse, Indianapolis.
When it comes to solving complex problems, we often perform elaborate rituals in the guise of best practices that promise a world of order, certainty, and control. But reality paints a far different picture, which practitioners are often reluctant to discuss. A witty yet rigorous journey through the seedy underbelly of organisational problem solving, The Heretic's Guide to Best Practices pinpoints the reasons why best practices don't work as advertised and what can be done about it.
Culmsee, P & Awati, K 2012, 'Towards a holding environment: building shared understanding and commitment in projects', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 528-548.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2012, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. PurposeThe early stages of projects are often characterised by ambiguity arising from differences in stakeholder views regarding project rationale and objectives. The purpose of this paper is to present a viewpoint on how to build a shared understanding of project goals and thus reach a shared commitment to achieving them. One of the ways to achieve shared understanding is through open dialogue, free from political and other constraints. The authors call an environment that fosters such dialogue a holding environment. The main aim is to illustrate, via a case study: how an alliance-based approach to projects can foster a holding environment; and how argument visualisation tools such as IBIS (Issue-Based Information System) can be used to clarify different points of view and options within such an environment. Design/methodology/approachFollowing a discussion of theoretical background and literature review, an alliancing case study is used to illustrate the development of a holding environment and demonstrate the utility of IBIS in the creation of such an environment. FindingsIt is seen that an alliance-based approach to projects can provide the foundation for a holding environment. IBIS is seen to facilitate the building of shared understanding by making arguments explicit and capturing decision rationale. Practical implicationsThe paper outlines a practical framework for improving the quality of dialogue and achieving stakeholder commitment on projects. Originality/valueAchieving shared understanding and commitment to action is difficult, particularly in the early stages of projects. The paper outlines the conditions and techniques needed to facilitate this via a non-trivial case study.
Awati, K 2011, 'Mapping project dialogues using IBIS: a case study and some reflections', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 498-511.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
– The purpose of this practice note is to describe the use of the issue‐based information system (IBIS) notation to map dialogues that occur in project meetings.
– A case study is used to illustrate how the technique works. A discussion highlighting the key features, benefits and limitations of the method is also presented along with a comparison of IBIS to other similar notations.
– IBIS is seen to help groups focus on the issues at hand, bypassing or avoiding personal agendas, personality clashes and politics.
– The technique can help improve the quality of communication in projects meetings. The case study highlights how the notation can assist project teams in developing a consensus on contentious issues in a structured yet flexible way.
– IBIS has not been widely used in project management. This note illustrates its value in helping diverse stakeholders get to a shared understanding of the issues being discussed and a shared commitment to achieving them.
Awati, KM, Park, Y, Weisser, E & MacKay, ME 2000, 'Wall slip and shear stresses of polymer melts at high shear rates without pressure and viscous heating effects', Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol. 89, no. 1-2, pp. 117-131.View/Download from: Publisher's site
We present experimental data demonstrating wall slip of high temperature polymer melts at high shear rates (up to ~70 s-1) without pressure and viscous heating effects. Results for polydisperse (linear low density polyethylene) and monodisperse (polystyrene) melts are presented. For the monodisperse case two distinct regimes of slip are seen: (1) a low shear rate regime in which the slip velocity increases slowly with shear rate (weak slip) and (2) a high shear rate regime in which the increase is dramatic (strong slip). Through scaling of our shear stress/shear rate data we demonstrate that the crossover between the two regimes occurs when the bulk polymer chains are effectively disentangled. These findings are in qualitative agreement with molecular models of slip which invoke an entanglement-disentanglement scenario for the transition from weak to strong slip. The polydisperse system shows less critical slip behaviour and the slip velocity increases; yet, the increase is less dramatic than the monodisperse system. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
We present an approximate theoretical treatment of pressure and viscous heating effects on the flow of a power law fluid through a slit die. It is assumed that the flow remains one dimensional, and the accuracy of this approximation is checked via finite element simulations of the complete momentum and energy equations. For pressures typically achieved in the laboratory it is seen that the one dimensional approximation compares well with the simulations. The model therefore offers a method of including pressure and viscous heating effects in the analysis of experiments and is used to rationalize experimentally obtained pressure profiles for the flow of polymer melts through a slit die. Data for the flow of a linear low density polyethylene and a polystyrene melt in a slit die show these two effects are significant under normal laboratory conditions. Thus, the shear stress-shear rate curves will be affected to the point of being inaccurate at high shear rates. In addition, it is found that the typical technique to correct for a pressure dependent viscosity is also inaccurate being affected by the viscous heating and heat transfer from the melt to the die. © 1999 The Society of Rheology.
McGlashan, SA, O'Brien, VT, Awati, KM & Mackay, ME 1998, 'Approximate elongation flow properties utilising the opposed orifice technique - correction for shear and inertia', Rheologica Acta, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 214-222.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mackay et al. (1995) have presented an approximate technique to determine the elongation viscostiy from pressure drop measurements in a simple stagnation flow device. In the present paper we describe experiments using a high viscosity Newtonian oil, aimed at probing some of the assumptions made by Mackay et al. We find that Trouton ratios calculated using the original analysis are well above the value of three expected for Newtonian fluids. Finite element simulations of the flow field show this is due to the net pressure drop having a substantial shear contribution which should be corrected for before the Trouton ratios are evaluated. Interestingly, most of the shear correction is due to shear on the inside of the orifice near the exit from the central flow region. The shear contribution to the pressure drop occurs for all flow rates, however, at large flow rates there is also an inertial correction to the pressure drop. In this paper we describe an approxiamte method that corrects for both shear and inertial effects. With these effects recognised and corrected for, the measured Trouton ratios are reduced to around three.
An obstacle in the path of a water jet emerging from a tap gives rise to a stationary wave pattern upstream of the obstacle. In this paper, the wavelengths and the damping coefficients of these waves are calculated for various jet radii and velocities. The calculations indicate that the wavelength decreases and the damping coefficient increases with increasing jet velocity, in qualitative agreement with observations. ©1996 American Association of Physics Teachers.
Awati, KM & Howes, T 1996, 'Surfactant induced stationary modes on a cyclindrical fluid jet', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 181, no. 1, pp. 344-346.View/Download from: Publisher's site
An obstacle in the path of a cylindrical fluid jet creates axisymmetric stationary capillary waves upstream of the obstacle. These waves can be easily observed on low velocity water jets issuing from taps. The presence of a surfactant on the jet surface will give rise to surfactant induced stationary modes. In this note we derive the dispersion relation for surface waves on a cylindrical fluid jet with an insoluble monolayer of surfactant on its surface, with a view to investigating surfactant induced stationary modes. The dispersion is seen to have infinite wavelength stationary solutions corresponding to an exponential decrease of excess surfactant concentration. The decay coefficient of these modes increases with increasing jet velocity and decreases with increasing surfactant concentration. This phenomenon offers a novel method for determining the interfacial properties of a freshly formed surface.
Culmsee, P & Awati, K 2014, 'The map and the territory: A practitioner perspective on knowledge cartography' in Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing, pp. 261-292.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© Springer-Verlag London 2014. This chapter provides a practical perspective of knowledge cartography by drawing on an approach that has been developed and refined through the lead author's experiences in facilitating workshops in diverse professional domains. The discussion focuses on the importance of developing a feel for conversational patterns and for understanding the kinds of questions that enable insights to emerge from dialogue, leading to an emergent design approach that combines the methods of knowledge cartography with other facilitation and problem solving techniques in a 'fit-for-situation' manner.