Chapter Presidents’ Get Together
Chapter presidents of Region-11 (West Asia) got together in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a two-day meeting on 4–5 June. The theme for the meeting was “Share and Learn.” Twelve chapter presidents from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh met for the first time. PMI officials from Asia Pacific Service Center and India also joined.
The chapter presidents made presentations on four topics as follows:
- Top five services/benefits offered by the chapter (as per chapter survey results published by PMI recently)
- Unique initiatives that each chapter runs
- What worked well during last year (with benefits to members and community)
- Plans for the coming year and improvement areas
There were several takeaways from the meeting. As per the feedback survey conducted after the meeting, the participants drew key learnings from the best practices of other chapters in the region, concerning membership growth and retention, volunteer management, governance issues. Moreover, they gained learnings in outreach activities, such as collaboration with corporate, academia, government, building alliances with other professional bodies, conflict management within the board, chapter leadership development, and usage of the Region 11 Community Leadership Site.
PMI KERALA CHAPTER
Project Management for Excellence—One day Conference
PMI Kerala Chapter organized a conference on “Project Management for Excellence” in Thiruvananthapuram on 11 June 2011. Close to 100 delegates attended the conference that was aimed at providing project management professionals in and around Kerala to learn from each other’s experiences and network. Experts in project management across industries, including space, infrastructure, academia, biotechnology, community service, and information technology addressed the audience.
The panelists at the discussion on “Project Management for Excellence”
Kerala Chapter focused the conference deliberations on enabling middle-level managers to deliver business value through effective project management and thus improving the success rate of projects. Delegates shared best practices in delivery excellence across industries.
Mr. Rajeev Rajasekhara Panicker, PMP, chairman, PMI Kerala Chapter, gave an overview of the chapter’s activities and the objectives behind the conference in his welcome address. Some of the speakers at the conference were Dr. P.S. Veeraraghavan, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; Mr. V.P. Joy, IAS, chariman, Kerala State Electricity Board and secretary, Government of Kerala; Ms. Sabriye Tenberken and Mr. Paul Kronenberg, cofounders, International Institute of Social Entrepreneurs and Braille Without Borders; and Prof. L.S. Ganesh from the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai; Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, Component Mentor, Western Asia (Region - 11); Mr. E.A. Subramanian, vice president, Projects, HLL Lifecare Ltd.; and Mr. Jesse Fewell, founder, PMI Agile Community of Practice.
Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India spoke on the importance of project management practices and processes in everyday life, and the advantage of adopting and promoting PMI certification for industries.
The other conference highlights were a panel discussion on “Project Management for Excellence” moderated by Mr. Brajesh C. Kaimal, mentor & past chairman, PMI Kerala, a technical paper contest and a contest for the best project for corporate social responsibility. The conference was put together with the help of chapter volunteers under the guidance of conference chair, Mr. Sanjay Bhaskaran.
NORTH INDIA CHAPTER
Acquiring Practical Knowledge for Project Success
North India Chapter organized a program, “Steering Project Success” on 23 April in New Delhi, which was focused on achieving a tangible increase in a project manager’s ability to deliver projects successfully with the best mind-set. Possessing the right mind-set directly impacts “profitability mining” and “opportunity mining” across projects, accounts, and sectors. Participants were exposed to factors that help in achieving project success, like an entrepreneurship mind-set, insights into crafting win-win solutions, ability to manage expectations with a “positive no” and a “conditional yes,” and the ability to arrive at innovative co-creation strategies that involve all project stakeholders.
On 7 May, North India Chapter collaborated with Jesse Fewell, founder, PMI Agile Community of Practice on a half-day seminar. In the seminar, titled “The Bottom Line of Agile Project Management,” Mr. Fewell offered an overview of agile, a real-world case study, and an agile simulation exercise. The seminar gave participants insights into the key benefits and challenges of adopting agile practices, practical advice for how to get started, and facts about the new PMI agile certification.
The chapter supported PMI India with overwhelming participation from chapter members to volunteer their services for an education and career expo organized by The Times of India, Times Education Boutique 2011, in New Delhi on 13–15 May. The chapter promoted CAPM credentials among the youth and student community through this expo.
The chapter also released its first newsletter, “Synergy”, on 15 June with contributions from chapter members.
PMI PUNE-DECCAN CHAPTER
Building Better Students and Professionals
PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter organized “Gyan Lahiri—On Leadership” on 24 June in which around 800 students participated. Students of Std. VIII, Std. IX and Std X of Abhinav English Medium High School attended a leadership building session that was conducted by Mr. Harish Honwad. The session covered topics like how to understand adolescents and managing stress for better leadership.
On 18 June, chapter office-bearers conducted a series of workshops to take forward the PMI message of “making project management indispensable for business results.” Chapter President Girish Kelkar spoke on “Self Awareness for Career Building,” Corporate Relations Director Rahul Sudame’s topic was the chapter’s “Strategic Plan and Member Benefits,” and Academic Relations Director Jay Dholakia spoke on the “Innovation and Operational Excellence Forum.” The seminars were conducted at the Capgemini facility in Pune. Capgemini Pune PMI R.E.P. Chapter, along with the Delivery Excellence Group, had taken the initiative to organize the half-day project management symposium.
The other events by the chapter were a seminar on “Neuro Linguistic Programming & Hawaiian Huna Practitioners” on 25 June, a PMP training program across four days in June and an orientation program for new members on PMI membership benefits on 11 June. Mr. Kelkar also held a session on self-awareness and personality development for career building on 11 June as part of the chapter’s 82nd monthly seminar.
PMI BANGALORE CHAPTER
Annual Meet and Knowledge Enrichment Sessions
Bangalore Chapter organized its Annual All Members’ Meeting on 4 June. During the meeting, executive committee members for the year 2011–12 were introduced to chapter members. Board members spoke about the achievements this year and laid down the plans for this year. The board identified the top priorities for 2011–2012, such as improvement of chapter communications and brand positioning, strengthening volunteering, intensifying drive to acquire and retain members, and partnering with corporates and other professional bodies.
The chapter organized several knowledge-building sessions. The sessions in the past two months were: “Relevance of Project Management in the Changing BPO Landscape” by Mr. Shashank P. Gadgil, “Innovation Management” by Mr. Suresh Babu Modi, “Risk Management” by Mr. Raj Kumar, “Convergence and Its Effects in an Organization” by Mr. Satish Chandra, “Building Independent Testing Organizations” by Mr. Chandrashekar S., “Agile Project Management: The Bottom Line” by Mr. Jesse Fewell, “Mental Models for Human-Centric Leadership” by Mr. Tathagat Varma, and “Conflicts: Are They Really Bad?” by Mr. Keshav Kumar.