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PMI Pune Chapter conducted a series of thought-provoking seminars on 11 December in Pune. Ms. Regan Gill, director engineering, Accept Corporation, USA gave an inspiring talk on ‘Transitioning to a Collaborative and Agile Organization’ in which she discussed how a collaborative and agile approach can motivate a team to do more with less. Ms. Gill shared her experiences on how collaboration and trust between various teams play a vital role in the success of projects. In the next seminar, ‘Communities of Practice: What are They and Their Value to Individuals, Community and Organizations’, Mr. Siva Sivasailam Sankar, PMP, CSM, ITIL and co-founder of PMI Government Community of Practice (CoP), provided an overview of the community’s activities and highlighted some of their best practices.


The chapter held its 75th monthly seminar and the Innovation and Operations Excellence Forum on 13 November at MITCON Institute of Management. Prominent speakers at the forum were Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, managing director, Cummins Generator Technologies India Ltd., Mr. Girish Kelkar, chapter president, and Mr. Sameer Penkar, marketing head, Pidilite Industries.

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On 23 November, the PMI West Bengal Chapter got formal approval as the eighth PMI chapter in India. With the huge

increase in the industrial, academic, and social infrastructure activities in the region, the need to promote the project management discipline and advance the PMI mission and objectives within Eastern India had become imperative, and thus this chapter was born. The chapter will be located in Kolkata and will cover the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Sikkim, and the seven sister states of North-East India.


On 11 December, the chapter organized its first networking event with the objective of spreading awareness among the local project management community. Chapter president Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya along with members of the board gave an update on the chapter formation, its objectives, future training plans and the course of action required to join the chapter. This was followed by a panel discussion with eminent panelists from the academic, professional training, and corporate worlds on the topic ‘Skills for Tomorrow’s Project Managers.’ The discussion ended with an interactive Q&A session with the panelists. The feedback for the event was very positive and encouraging.

West Bengal Chapter also launched its website (http://www.pmiwbchapter.org/) and established its presence in the social networking forums. Moving ahead, the chapter’s focus will be to attract new members and volunteers, increase project management awareness in the community and initiate training programs that will address the needs of its existing and potential members.


Email contact ID: pmiwestbengalchapter@gmail.com






On 18 and 19 November, Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, PMI component mentor, who is also vice-president at Cognizant hosted the PMI Western Asia Leadership Meeting in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by 44 chapter leaders from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as PMI colleagues from the Asia Pacific Service Center. The meeting provided the chapter leaders a wonderful opportunity to network, learn and share, as well as have fun together.


At the meeting a wide variety of topics was presented and discussed by the chapter leaders as well as the invited speakers. Under the category ‘Association Governance’, Mr. Tejas Sura, the Mumbai chapter president gave a talk on ‘Chapter Governance’ and Mr. Suresh Chandra, the Hyderabad chapter president spoke on ‘Collaboration with Academia, Industry and Government.’ The category ‘PMI Institutional Knowledge’, covered topics such as PMI Educational Foundation, LIMC and LIM updates, PMI APAC Regional Events Support Program, and Tools and Resources for Chapter Leaders. Under the category ‘Individual Leadership Development’, invited speakers gave a discourse on subjects like ‘Achieving Personal Excellence’, ‘Volunteer Management’, and ‘Build Your Inter-personal Competency.’

Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India spoke about his team’s achievement in the year 2010 and plans for 2011. Mr. Kalady also acknowledged the collaborative efforts between PMI India and all the chapters.


The meeting ended with the ‘Leader to Leader’ discussion hosted by Ms. Lesley Bakker, vice president, Brand Management PMI. The interactive discussion between Mr. Gregory Balestrero, PMI president and CEO, and Mr. Vijay Prasad, PMI board member gave the chapter leaders a great opportunity to quiz Mr. Balestrero on topics such as PMI global strategies and Western Asia country-specific plans. Mr. Balestrero was felicitated at the event and praised for his contribution to promoting the profession by helping spread the PMI wings globally.


The meeting was a huge success, and moving forward PMI plans to hold a leadership meeting every year.



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