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PMI Mumbai Chapter has been celebrating the International Project Management Day with a conference in November every year, and it had a vision to host a national conference in the city. With the backing of the chapter management and committed volunteers, we decided to make this vision a reality.

Managing a conference of this magnitude with volunteers is challenging and we decided to approach it in a structured manner – the way prescribed by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Half the battle was won with the selection of the Project Management Office head, who is qualified and highly experienced in event management.

A lot of time was devoted in fortnightly meetings to start with, and subsequently, weekly physical and teleconference meetings. Challenges included communicating and collaborating between various stakeholders—PMI India, Mumbai and Pune host chapters, Team India and core team members. Balancing views of various individuals and coming out with appropriate decisions in the interest of the conference were crucial to the success of the conference. All efforts were well-rewarded by the near perfect execution of the plans leading to a successful conference.

I would like to put on record the efforts put in by volunteers and appreciate their commitment towards the profession. I’m confi dent they will continue the good work. I’m sure that this conference has shared knowledge and wisdom in project management with attendees, and the project management community will be able to apply the knowledge for the betterment and growth of the nation.


Best regards,
Tejas Sura President,
PMI Mumbai Chapter



The PMI India Project Management Conference in Mumbai in November was attended by more than 750 professionals and has indeed been a great success. The presence of PMI CEO, Mr. Gregory Balestrero, was very encouraging for all the participants and volunteers.

Our country is at a high point of growth and the next few years will see India become a major economic and technology power. Growth comes with many challenges, and with good management one can ensure ‘no surprises or fewer surprises’. The country needs real contributions from project management professionals for overall growth.


The theme for the conference was appropriate for the current situation in India. It addressed many issues concerning the transformation of mindsets and preparing professionals to understand and improve competencies. I’m sure the participants have benefited immensely from the discussions. Experts from a wide variety of industries shared their view points. The conference also addressed a range of subjects like personal development, organizational development, and social awareness. The conference also generated awareness among professionals regarding social commitment and relevance of project management for a better India.

I have personal feedback from many participants who have enjoyed and benefited from the proceedings. They have especially appreciated the innovative topics and methods of presentation used by many speakers. The response has been truly overwhelming. We’re also grateful to the volunteers who made this a success.


I’m sure that the next year more professionals from India and other countries will participate and ensure similar success in the coming year.


Girish Kelkar
Chair, PMI India Project Management Conference 2010
President, PMI Pune Deccan India Chapter


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