We’re almost at the end of the calendar year, and what a year it has been! We started the year on a cautious note, not knowing whether the difficult times of the previous year would continue and if yes, for how long. And now with just a few weeks left for us to step into the New Year, we can comfortably say that the signs are positive once again. The economy is doing well, companies across sectors are posting good growth and revenues, the stock markets are looking up.
The buoyancy in the industry is reﬂecting on our calendar, that is packed with activities. PMI India has been actively participating in industry-led events, thereby strengthening our presence in the country. In the past two months, we took part in high-level conferences organized by leading industry bodies Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and All India Management Association (AIMA). The CII Conference on Infrastructure Project Management in New Delhi was well-attended by senior and middle management from companies across industries. I spoke at the inaugural session and had the opportunity to chair a session, ‘From Crisis to Control: Creating Flexible Strategies in Unpredictable Markets’. The other speakers at the session were Amit Bansal, director, Infrastructure Forensic Practice, KPMG; Cmdr Shrirang N. Bijur, senior vice president, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Bharti Airtel Ltd.; Tanmay Tathagat, Director, Environmental Design Solutions; and Manuel Berlanga, project head, Cinepolis.
At the AIMA Conference on ‘India: Knowledge and Professional Services Hub to the World—The Next Decade’ in Bangalore, there were interesting discussions on the emerging opportunities in India beyond IT and BPO. I chaired a session which had P. Jay Kumar, chief executive ofﬁ cer, Toonz Animation India; and Roopen Roy, managing director, Deloitte & Touche Consulting, as speakers.
In October, PMI in the U.S. organized a highly successful conference in Washington. Former US President, Bill Clinton, delivered the keynote address where he sent out a powerful message to the project management community. He said project managers would play a signiﬁcant role in taking on the toughest global challenges. The conference also had Vivek Kundra, U.S. chief information ofﬁcer serving in President Barack Obama’s administration, as a keynote speaker.
We’re just a few days away from the PMI India Project Management Conference 2010 in Mumbai. This time you can expect an even more exciting event with great speakers and excellent networking opportunities. The PMI India team and chapter volunteers are working day and night to put together a conference that will exceed all expectations. I’m sure you are as excited as we are about the conference. For updates on the conference, please visit our website.
Infrastructure projects in India are known to cross time schedules and cost estimates. Delays cost the government millions of rupees and public goodwill. In this issue of Manage India, we highlight an infrastructure success story: the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. It shows how by following the principles of project management, GMR, the developer, built a world-class airport within timelines in spite of massive change in the project scope half way through its execution. Enjoy the issue.
I hope you had a great Diwali. May the festive spirit continue!
Managing Director, PMI India