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Since its inception, the PMI North India Chapter has been striving continuously to nurture the project management community in the North India region. Under the leadership of Mr. Manoj K Gupta, chapter president, the chapter has taken various initiatives to involve the community and spread the word about project management across industries. The chapter has received accolades from the project management community and PMI alike for its efforts.


Board members of the PMI North India chapter


Spearheaded by Mr. Pritam Dutt, vice president, technology, the chapter has completely re-vamped its website on the lines of PMI branding strategy and has become one of the first chapters to take such an initiative globally. The chapter has also made its presence on social networking sites to connect with members and to share the best project management practices.


Mr. Piyush Govil, vice president, communications, has played a key role in streamlining chapter communication with its members. Regular communication regarding chapter events, membership renewals and other information is sent to all the members. Mr. Govil has also designed a member survey which will give the chapter inputs for further improvement and help them to meet member expectations.


The chapter has been actively collaborating with corporates to organize knowledge-sharing events. Under the leadership of Mr. Amit Aggarwal, vice president, programs, the chapter organized an event ‘Project Management Best Practices and the Paradox of Risk Management,’ in collaboration with NTPC. Attendees benefited from the rich experience from speakers like Prof. Claude Besner, PhD, PMP from Montreal University.


Headed by Ms. Sarita Talwar, vice president, membership, the chapter has built successful strategies to bring in more members and to retain the existing members. The current strength of the chapter has risen to above 700 members.


Mr. Amit Chauhan, vice president, finance, has assisted the chapter in utilizing its finances for providing growth and learning opportunities for the members.

 
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PMI Bangalore chapter has been active in organizing knowledge-enhancing forums as part of PM Footprints.


On 13 January, Mr. V.R. Murali Mohan, senior associate dean (operations), Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, spoke on ‘Project Formulation Based on Stakeholder Analysis and Social Network Analysis.’ In his presentation, Mr. Mohan provided an overview on stakeholder and social network analysis and how they can be used to manage projects in a better way. On 27 January, Ms. Chetana Koulagi, PMP, MCTS, principal, Infosys Technologies led a session on ‘Good Things May Happen Too—Opportunity Management in Projects.’ This session focused on specialized techniques that can be used in identifying opportunities and managing them.


Mr. Vijay Kulkarni sharing his experience with the audience.


On 3 February, in the session ‘Acquire or Build Resources,’ Ms. Ramanathan Latha, project manager, Infosys Technologies, discussed the critical topic of resource management. On 10 February, Ms. Reena Gujral, associate manager, Accenture Services, led a session on ‘ABC of People Management.’ Ms. Gujral discussed the current theories of people management and compared them to the theories used by our ancestors. On 17 February, Mr. Vijay R Kulkarni, freelance consultant, SAP, spoke on ‘Multi Country Rollout—ERP Project Challenges.’ Mr. Kulkarni shared with the audience the typical do’s and don’ts and the key success factors in managing projects. On 24 February, Mr. Ravindra N, senior deputy general manager, Bharat Electronics delivered a session on ‘Failure Effect Analysis used for Project Risk Management.’


On 3 March, Mr. V. G. Raman, founder director, Visharad Consultancy Services, gave an inspiring talk on ‘Effective Governance Through Program Management.’ In his session, Mr. Raman highlighted the finer points of program management that could be leveraged to ensure governance. On 10 March, in a session titled ‘PM: Managerial and Leadership Challenges,’ Ms. Vijayalakshmi V. Sekuboyina, database program manager, emphasized on leadership and gender biases in people and leaders, leading to the success or failure of a project.

 

 

 

Since its inception, PMI Chennai chapter has been working towards providing its members a milieu of learning that will enhance their project management knowledge and expertise.


The chapter organized a full-day capacity building workshop to develop soft skills for project management. The aim of the workshop was to provide young professionals a clear understanding on the skill set required to overcome the ever increasing challenges and stress at work.


Several project management experts attended the workshop and shared their experiences and learning with the audience. The speakers presented a representation of the key success skills required by today’s project managers in order to tackle the day-to-day complexities. They also emphasized that excessive stress interferes with productivity and health, and project managers have to find ways to keep stress under control. The key speakers at the workshop were Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India; Ms. Saras Bhaskar, corporate trainer, Professional Counselling Services; and Dr. Maaney V. Paul, eTOP self-management trainer.


At the workshop, Mr. C. S. Nanthakumar from the Art of Living Foundation delivered a talk on ‘Techniques on Analyzing Body, Breath, Mind, Intellect, Memory, Ego, and the Soul.’ The topics discussed were self-motivation, management and efficiency, and conflict management for project managers.

 
     
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