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Life Skills Lessons
Bangalore Chapter organized a series of activities in the past couple of months aimed at bringing greater value to members in and around their workplaces. On 26 February, Ms. Kichu Krishnan and Mr. G. Srinivasan of Use Time (India) Pvt. Ltd. conducted a workshop, entitled Worksmart. The chapter sponsored a full-day workshop on success and fulfillment, in which 25 participants took part. It touched upon different possible areas of improvement at both workplace and in personal life and ways to achieve goals at both organizational and personal levels. On 27 March, there was also a session on presentation skills by Dr. CLN Prakash of British Council.

As part of PM Footprints, the chapter held several informative sessions for members. On 17 March, Mr. R.S. Raja Kumar Sharma, product manager, ERP Consona Software, led a session on ‘Requirement Gathering for Project Success.’ In his presentation, Mr. Sharma spoke about how an organization must understand the importance of requirement gathering and what steps should be taken to help an organization in this effort. Requirement gathering has a direct bearing on project delivery and customer satisfaction.

On 24 March, Mr. Ashwathanarayana Shastry, assistant vice president and senior delivery manager, Infosys Technologies, spoke on ‘Converting Contractual Milestones into an Effective Project Plan.’ This session focused on a project manager’s critical need in understanding the key activities, dependencies, resource needs, and risks involved in meeting the contractual milestones. Mr. Shastry explained how an effective project plan helps a project manager track the progress of a project and ensure its timely completion.

On 31 March, Mr. D. John Peter, PMP, associate director, MindTree Limited, delivered a talk on ‘Tools and Techniques to Achieve Delivery Excellence.’

On 7 April, Mr. Rob Hayes, CEO, HI-Path, made a presentation on ‘Team Development/Communication’, focusing on the six key skills required for communication and team building.

On 14 April, there was a session on ‘Working Together with Indian Talents - A Japanese View’ by Norimasa Aoyama, PMP, senior manager, SI business director, NEC Corporation.

On 21 April, Mr. Shivaraj Bhusad, project manager, IBM, gave a talk on ‘Release Management for ERP Applications,’ which is a relatively new but rapidly growing discipline of managing software releases.

On 28 April, ‘Project Management – The Obeya Way’ was the focus of a session led by Mr. Sundararaman K., deputy managing director, TG Kirloskar Automotive Private Limited.

Knowledge-Building Initiatives
North India Chapter has been working incessantly toward higher engagement with chapter members. The commencement of the chapter newsletter was a new initiative that has received a lot of appreciation from members. The chapter board announced the newsletter committee which comprised of both chapter members and board members, and also proposed to periodically rotate the committee members to provide opportunity to other chapter members. The roles and responsibilities of committee members would involve reviewing articles and papers and motivating more members to participate and submit their articles. The newsletter will provide chapter members a perfect ground to share their thoughts with the project management fraternity and offer greater opportunities for networking.

Board Elections
On 20 February and 24 March, the PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) conducted its board elections. For the fi rst time in the history of the chapter, three women leaders were elected on board.

Subsequently, on 16 April, the chapter organized an induction program for the newly elected board members, where senior members such as Mr. Vijay Prasad, board member, PMI; Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, component mentor, Region 11; Dr. Rastogi, past vice president, PMIPCC and past member, Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Member Advisory Group (MAG); and Mr. Hirdesh Singhal, member, R.E.P. MAG shared their experiences with the audience. The members spoke of the key differentiating factors that have made PMIPCC unique. They stressed upon the need to focus on core services, nurturing lasting relationships among fellow members, value to members and selfless service.

The new chapter board consists of the following members:
Mr. A. Suresh Chandra, (president)
Mr. Sudhindranath Neela (vice president)
Mr. Phalguna K. Ramaraju (secretary general)
Mr. Polepalle Sathya Venkatesh (treasurer)
Mr. Srinivasu Chowta
Mr. B. Madhav Reddy
Mr. Amithkumar Mikkilineni
Mr. Arun Mishra
Mr. Somasekhara Reddy
Ms. Lavanya A.
Ms. Sucheta G. Dhere
Mr. Balarama Varanasi
Mr. Nallamar Srinivasan Bashyam
Mr. Joy Kittan
Ms. Nagini Chandramouli

On 8 March, PMIPCC celebrated the International Women’s Day Centenary. Four PMIPCC women volunteers participated in the event, along with students from G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Sciences. Mr. Sudhindranath Neela, vice president elect, PMIPCC and director, Civic Society Initiatives led the initiative. The discussions centered on difficulties that women in today’s society face and how students can be encouraged to work toward their own betterment, ‘Lighting their own Lamp.’

On 2 April, a chapter volunteer presented a paper at a national conference organized by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on ‘Excellence in Higher Education.’

Practical Project Management Sessions
PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter organized its 18th monthly seminar on 9 April that consisted of two thought-provoking lectures.

Mr. Madhav Deshpande, Calsoft Inc., spoke on ‘Project Management on the Ground.’ Mr. Deshpande, who has 24 years of experience in the software industry, highlighted the critical need to provision for buffer time, task estimation, guidelines on granularity of project plans and contingency planning as well as risk and mitigation plan best practices while managing software projects.

The second session was on ‘Manager as a Coach’ by Niket Karajagi, founder director, Atyaasaa Consulting. Mr. Karajagi, a mechanical engineer with a varied and rich corporate experience, talked about the role of a manager as a coach, an area of interest to a wide number of project managers. He also shared his insights and studies conducted by his organization on the role of a coach and how he/she evolves into a mentor. He offered tips on nurturing talent and creating a high-performing and self-motivated team.

On 9-10 April, the Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, organized a two-day state-level workshop on project management. Dr. M. G. Korgaonkar, director general, National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, inaugurated the workshop and delivered the keynote address. The workshop saw the participation of several chapter members who spoke on different aspects of project management.

Another highlight was the announcement by the chapter nominations team regarding the results for the elective offices of PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter. This is for the term 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013. The elected members are: Mr. Harish Honwad, director, new initiatives; Mr. Rahul Sudame, director, corporate relations; Mr. Omkar Gujar, director, administration and operations; and Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, director, marketing and communications.

Building Cloud Computing Capabilities

Industry leaders speaking at a roundtable discussion

Chapter members and PMI officials who put the conference together
PMI Chennai Chapter organized the second annual conference on ‘Project Management in Cloud Computing’ on 5 March in Chennai. The daylong conference aimed at building best-in-class capabilities to successfully deliver cloud computing projects to global customers. Experts believe project management will be the game changer to deliver better, faster, and cheaper cloud computing services. Through this forum, PMI India hopes to address issues around new project management techniques for cloud computing initiatives.

The theme for this year’s conference was, ‘The Journey to Transform India into a Global Leader in Cloud Computing by Leveraging Project Management.’ There were two roundtable discussions on new product development, infrastructure and application platforms set up for cloud computing—project management best practices, lessons learned, and impact on the global delivery model (GDM) and; cloud computing-enabled IT services—project management best practices, lessons learnt, and impact on GDM. The sessions attracted leaders of the Indian software industry from companies such as Wipro, Infosys, Larsen & Toubro, HCL, Mahindra Satyam, Polaris, Orange Scape, Ramco System, Cordys Software, and Cognizant Technologies. PMI Chennai Chapter President Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy and PMI Kerala Chapter Vice Chairman Mr. Rajeev Panicker participated in the proceedings.

In its inaugural edition last year, the conference was held in Bangalore and had delegates from leading corporates such as Dell, IBM, Infosys, Mphasis, Yahoo! India, HP, Nokia, and KPIT Cummins.

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