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Member Meets and Training Programs
The Hyderabad Chapter, also known as PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC), held its annual general body meeting on 17 June. Around 125 members and several industry leaders participated in the meeting. Audited financial details of the chapter for the year 2010–11 were announced, along with the strategic plans for the year ahead. PMIPCC took this occasion to honor volunteers, clients, and others who supported the chapter in its activities last year.

Chapter members at the annual general meeting in Hyderabad
The chapter wants to bring more value to its members by organizing webinars and special programs in the months ahead. The chapter is promoting its “Project Management for Colleges” initiative and programs to provide support to members appearing for PMI certifications. The chapter held a faculty induction program on 16 July to help PMP-certified practitioners to become PMIPCC facilitators. As part of the volunteer and faculty development program, PMIPCC organized a special program on Neuro Linguistic Programming on 30–31 July. On 6 August, chapter volunteers conducted a talk on the “Role of Faculty in Enabling Students to Transition from Campus to Corporate.” Through corporate and public workshops, the chapter has trained over 117 participants.

On 19 August, the chapter conducted a member networking meeting, in which around 115 people attended. The event included a talk by Mr. Bipin Pendyala, vice president, CA Technologies on “How Effectively are You Able to Influence and Negotiate with Your Key Project/Program Stakeholders?” followed by a talk by Mr. Jesse Fewell, managing director, Ripple Rock India, on “Agile Frameworks & Your Career.”

Reach Out, Reach Beyond
PMI North India Chapter has been consistently working toward creating awareness about project management among college students and helping them understand the discipline better. This will help them start their professional journey on a strong note. The chapter has been reaching out to speakers with industry experience to participate in academic events related to project management.

One such event was held on 27–29 July organized by PMI India on “Project Management: Concept and Applications” at G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida, and supported by PMI North India Chapter through direct participation and also by getting good industry speakers to PMI. Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, was the guest of honor at the event. North India Chapter president, Mr. Manoj K. Gupta, also participated in the event. The objectives of the event were to create awareness and facilitate in the development of teaching faculty in the area of project management who can be the source of knowledge and guidance for students.

Defense is an important industry in India, much like in other countries. PMI North India Chapter is working with defense organizations in the country to create awareness about project management in defense projects. Currently, the chapter has identified divisions within the defense establishment with which it would work on a continuous basis. A plan to conduct an event on “Project Management in Defense” in the coming months is being firmed up.

The chapter has finalized new bylaws to safeguard the IP/ Web-based presence for the chapter in social networking sites. The bylaws will help the chapter protect its interests while taking advantage of technological developments.

The chapter received an overwhelming response and appreciation for the first newsletter, Synergy. The editorial team is now geared for the second edition. The newsletter is a part of the chapter’s commitment to engage as many members as possible and to create a platform for them to share and learn.

Among the events to look forward to, the chapter is organizing a half-day event in September on cloud computing in collaboration with an IT MNC based out of Delhi NCR.

Scrum Workshop in Trivandrum

Mr. Arun Kumar M. at the Scrum workshop in Trivandrum
As part of its Professional Development Day series, PMI Kerala Chapter conducted a one-day workshop “Early to the Market: Lean to us” on Scrum in Trivandrum on 6 August 2011. Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for project management often seen in agile practices in software development.

Mr. M. Arun Kumar, CSM, CSPO anchored the workshop and covered the breakthrough concept in Scrum and addressed several queries on Scrum from participants. The workshop was well-received by the participants and several cases were discussed during the program through individual and group activities.

Wide-Ranging Topics
The host chapter for PMI India Project Management National Conference 2011 maintained its regular schedule of activities in the run-up to the conference. The months of July and August saw a series of personality development and knowledge enhancement sessions.

On 7 July, Dr. Ahalya Shetty, managing director, Success Art, held a session on “The NLP Attitude – The Technology for Personal Transformation.” Dr. Shetty spoke on the NLP Attitude, the role of the conscious and subconscious mind in an individual’s personal transformation journey, and how thoughts, feelings, and behavior affect experiences.

On 14 July, Mr. Nandan Sham, PMP, made a presentation on “Project Scope Management – Importance and Considerations for Success.” Mr. Sham, group project manager, Infosys Technology, said the management of project scope is a key attribute for the success of a project. His presentation covered the importance of scope management, scope change control, and key success factors in scope management.

On 21 July, Mr. Arun Purang, PMP, spoke on the “Application of Four Standards on Project Management.” Mr. Purang, senior consultant, Ariba Technologies, is a writer, speaker, and consultant in the field of talent intelligence. He spoke on the four standards of the organizational behavior theory that put workers in four categories, and how this approach impacts project management and project success.

On 4 August, Mr. K. S. Krishnan, program director and head, Culture and Competence, MindTree, spoke on “Team Learning.” Mr. Krishnan presented on how teams can learn without training and instead focus on learning on the job.

On 11 August, Mr. T.V. Sesha Sai, area manager – project management, Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield, made a presentation on “Challenges in Management of Construction Projects.” He gave insights into why construction projects have not adopted project management methodologies well and the opportunities that can lead to an improvement in the situation.

On 18 August, Mr. Suresh Gatti, general manager, CSC, spoke on “Estimation Challenges in Cloud Computing Projects.” The presentation gave the audience a brief introduction to cloud computing and application development in cloud computing, with a special emphasis on Platform as a Service. He highlighted the typical issues around estimating software projects developed for cloud computing technology.

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