Chapter President Tejas V. Sura, PMP, traces the history of the chapter and his own journey with it
My involvement with PMI dates back to 1994 when a professor at The University of Texas at Austin recommended its membership. After my return to Mumbai, a call from Mr. Ramesh Joshi changed my life. Under his leadership, the Mumbai Chapter was born in 1998 and was formally chartered in 2001.
Since then, PMI and the chapter have been a passion with me. Starting off as VP - Finance and currently as a President, the journey has been pleasing and rewarding. Here was an opportunity to make a mark on PMI and the profession. I had the opportunity to work on and lead activities that advance the profession and PMI. Volunteering was an excellent way to expand my contact network, and to increase my skills and qualifications as a leader. Interactions with members of the chapter management team and the transparent and innovative style of working gave tremendous motivation even while posing interesting challenges.
The fulfillment in growing the chapter and increasing its activities has no bounds. There has been personal enrichment and an all-round professional development.
It has been a fantastic journey for the Mumbai Chapter. The primary focus of the chapter has been membership services and satisfaction. In this direction, there have been a number of achievements worthy of mention.
The chapter-owned office-cum-training facility is ready, and should be operational very soon.
The chapter achieved the highest membership count increase in the region, crossing the figure of 900. In fact, it was one of the only two chapters that showed a growth in membership, indicating the high satisfaction of members. The satisfaction survey conducted by the chapter in September 2009 showed high membership satisfaction in almost all aspects. The chapter has created a membership portfolio that will further enhance membership value.
The chapter was conferred the PMI's Component of the Year Award—Category II 2009 at a grand ceremony in Orlando, Florida, USA. The chapter is well represented at Global PMI Leadership Institute meetings, including the recently concluded one at Melbourne, Australia.
The chapter has upgraded its PMP Preparatory Course to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fourth Edition and conducts a monthly course. Expanding its outreach to corporate training and training for NGOs has boosted the visibility and presence of the chapter in the region. Its forays into the government sector are evident from the course development for the Department of Posts and training requests from Nuclear Power Corporation of India. The library boasts of over 130 titles on project management and related subjects.
The chapter continues to update its membership through monthly e-newsletter updates and weekly website updates. The quarterly journal, ‘Prakalp’, publishes articles by both members and non-members. We conduct new member orientations every month. We have established online presence on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter; webinars are a regular affair.
The branches at Ahmedabad and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies’ Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering hold regular programs throughout the year.
The chapter regularly holds PMP Club professional development activities and programs on project management tools and soft skills. The Annual IPM Day conference is a milestone for the chapter.
The chapter management is planning to enhance its organization structure to cater to the increasing volume of activities, volunteerism and membership. It seeks to maximize value addition to membership, collaborate with other chapters, and establish corporate support through a ‘Corporate Council’. It plans to develop and deliver additional project management courses and conduct a ‘Project of the Year’ competition locally. The chapter will host the PMI India Project Management Conference 2010 in November.
Mumbai Chapter Events listing
Mumbai Chapter began the year with a hectic schedule of activities. The following is a listing of the events it hosted:
- 2 January: 14th webinar on SAP Projects-Series by Mr. Sunil Dhar
- 9 January: 87th PMP Club Meet & 9th AGM. The speaker was Col. Diwanji, Project Manager, Hindustan Construction Company Ltd.
- 17 January: 88th PMP Club Meet at Thane, on ‘ERP implementation methodology’ by Mr. Jatin Kaji, Blue Star InfoTech.
- 31 January: 14th Student Branch Event at MPSTME on ‘The core of project management in the banking sector’ by Mr. Jitendra Agarwal
- 16-17 & 23-24 January: 83rd PMPCE PC at Auratech Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Vikhroli.
- 21-23 & 25 January: 84th PMPCE PC (corporate training) at Bayer Corp Science, Thane.
- 7 February: 89th PMP Club Meet, Welingkar, on ‘Program management from PMI perspective’ by Mr. Nitin Patwardhan, Mastek Ltd.
- 12 February: 16th webinar on ‘Humanizing technology for project stakeholders’ by Stephen Lobo.
- 13 February: 90th PMP Club Meet at Vashi on ‘Managing e-governance projects: case study (Indian e-governance projects)’ by Mr. Pradeep Nare
- 13-14 & 20-21 February: 85th PMPCE PC at Pragati Software Pvt. Ltd., Andheri
- 21 February: 91st PMP Club Meet at Thane on ‘Project management-can we manage it better?’ by Mr. Javin Bhinde
- 21 February: 15th student branch event at MPSTME on ‘Business excellence-the project manager as change agent/black belt’ by Mr. Daniel Castel, VP and Head of Business Excellence, Tata Communications Ltd.
- 25-26 February & 4-5 March– 86th PMPCE PC (Corporate Training) at Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd.
- 6-7 & 13-14 March: 87th PMPCE PC at Auratech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
- 13 March: BCM workshop on ‘BCM fundamentals & awareness’ by Mr. R. Vaidhyanathan, Senior Consultant, BCM Institute.
(Contributed by Rameshchandra Vinayak Joshi, PMP)