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Chapter Receives PMI Community Award

Mr. Suresh Chandra (center) receiving the PMI Component Award from Ms. Beth Partleton, immediate past chair, PMI Board of Directors, and Mr. Mark A.Langley, President and CEO, PMI.
The PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC), which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012, has had a packed schedule during the past few months with leadership workshops, training programs, and network meetings. On 22 October, the chapter was the proud recipient of the 2011 PMI Community Award for Chapter of the Year (Category II) in Texas, United States. The award was presented in recognition of the chapter’s activities, initiatives, and commitment toward promoting project management within the community. It was presented during the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting. PMI awarded chapter volunteer Ms. Sunanda Gundavajhala with Recognition of Excellence Award 2011 for her outstanding volunteer efforts.

The chapter has been witnessing a steady membership growth over the past few months. In December, the number of members grew to over 1,100. During the months of October and November, the chapter conducted seven training programs with the help of volunteers and faculty members for over 120 participants. Four of the training programs were workshops on the PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge).

In December, PMIPCC successfully conducted its SLCB program in a Hyderabad school. This was followed by a member network meeting on 16 December in which eminent speaker and corporate coach Dr. Krishna Sagar Rao presented on “Emotional Intelligence Implications in Project Management.”

In November, the chapter conducted a half-day interactive workshop as part of the launch of the chapter’s “Igniting Spirit of Success” series. The workshop on “Crafting High Performance Teams Through Leadership” was conducted by corporate business leader and leadership mentor, Mr. Abhirama Krishna. The chapter organized a three-day workshop by agile coach, Mr. Jesse Fewell, for members aspiring to appear for the new PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM certification. That month also witnessed a volunteer meet aimed at introducing and inspiring new volunteers into chapter activities.

In October, PMIPCC released its quarterly newsletter, Spandana, with new sections such as “Leader Speaks” and “Members Corner.” The chapter also conducted a half-yearly member satisfaction survey encapsulating member responses on the chapter’s path over the next two years. The chapter organized a bimonthly member network meeting on 28 October. Senior industrialists participated in a panel discussion on “How can business growth be enhanced through effective project/program management practices? What are the challenges that need to be overcome?”

During October and November, there were cluster meetings in IBM, Birlasoft, Microsoft, and ValueLabs. In August, the chapter restarted its free monthly webinar knowledge-sharing series.

First Annual Conference Takes Off

PMI West Bengal Chapter board members,
volunteers, and mentors at Aviskar.
PMI West Bengal Chapter hosted its first annual conference, Aviskar, on 17 December in Kolkata. The event brought together 65 project managers and aspiring project managers.

Aviskar aims to set the stage for a wide range of project management stories from the region and create awareness about project management across industries. Aviskar 2011 emphasized building project management life skills for children and young adults to help them build a better society for tomorrow.

The conference was jointly inaugurated by Dr. Subrata Gupta, managing director, West Bengal Metro Railways; and Mr. Tejas Sura, joint managing director, Conart Engineers, and mentor, PMI Region 11. Chapter board members Mr. Amitava Banerjee, Mr. Amitabh Kishore, Mr. Sumit Sinha, Mr. Subimal Chakraborty, and Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya were also present at the inauguration.

Dr. Gupta delivered the keynote address where he highlighted the various challenges faced in government project execution. The chapter recognized the efforts of a nonprofit organization, Prayasam, for its exemplary contribution toward improving the lives of underprivileged children in West Bengal. Agile project management coach and consultant Hiren Doshi added some fun element with the Agile Ball Point Game designed by Mr. Boris Gloger. The game is an exciting way to understand Scrum and clearly demonstrates some of the key principles and values of agile project management.

Mr. Jimmy Tangree, station owner, Red FM, spoke on how projects work in the entertainment industry and the upcoming requirement of creative project managers in the FM radio sector. Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, chapter mentor and vice president, ognizant Technology Solutions, shared his insights on “360 degree leadership.”

The event concluded with a panel discussion on the new horizons of leadership. The panel was moderated by Ms. Alkananda Rao, CEO, AlvariSys Systems. The other panelists were Mr. Saborno De, a distinguished toastmaster, and Mr. Sura.

Five Years of PM Footprints

Student delegates at PM Primer.
On 5 November, PMI Bangalore Chapter celebrated the fifth anniversary of PM Footprints, a common platform for project managers to share their skills and experiences. Around 165 project managers have so far shared their knowledge and experiences through PM Footprints.

To recognize the achievement, the chapter organized an event in which over 150 people attended. The audience consisted around 80 prior speakers at PM Footprints, project management practitioners, volunteers, and executive committee members of PMI Bangalore Chapter. Mr. Sumanth Padival, vice president, Programs and Internal Communications, PMI Bangalore Chapter, spoke about the chapter’s eventful journey over the past five years. Mr. B.G. Jayaram, president, Bangalore Chapter, lauded the role that volunteers have played in making this initiative such a success.

The keynote speakers for the day were Mr. Ramji Raghavan, founder chairman, Agastya International Foundation, India and Mr. Elango R., chief human resources officer, MphasiS. Mr. Raghavan spoke about his experiences and challenges in creating a social enterprise. He said volunteers have played a crucial role in the success of Agastya International, the world’s largest mobile hands-on science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers.

Mr. Elango R. made a presentation on “A Box Office Boss -The People Perspective to Projects” in which he highlighted the challenges people face while moving from one role to another within an organization, some common mistakes people make, and how to avoid those mistakes.

The chapter recognized the efforts of 35 speakers during the year 2010–11. It released the PM Footprints Card with which cardholders can register free for PM Footprints sessions during a specific validity period.

On 19 November, PMI Bangalore Chapter hosted the third annual session of PM Primer, an event aimed at creating awareness about project management as a career choice for final year engineering and postgraduate management students. Close to 400 students attended the four-hour program that was inaugurated by Mr. Jayaram. Prof. S. Sadagopan, director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, delivered the inaugural address in which he highlighted the great projects executed in India. He called on the student community to conduct PM Primer on their own the next year.

The conference had two sessions: Mr. Anand Lokhande, program manager, Hewlett Packard, Bangalore, spoke about initiation and planning, and Mr. Subramanian Seetharaman, delivery project executive, IBM India, spoke about execution, monitoring, controlling, and closing.

The program was organized entirely by volunteers and managed by Mr. Murali Santhanam, secretary, Bangalore Chapter.

Promoting Volunteer Awareness
The PMI North India Chapter witnessed a busy December with an election underway for the posts of vice president – communications, vice president – membership, and vice president – programs. Mr. Piyush Govil has been elected unopposed for the position of vice president – communication, Mr. Amit Aggarwal has been elected vice president – programs, and Ms. Sarika Talwar as vice president – memberships.

The chapter conducted a volunteer awareness program on 7 December to promote voluntary activities among members. On 13 December, there was a panel discussion in collaboration with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) that was attended by more than 70 delegates. Panelists Mr. A.K Shukla, deputy general manager (HR), NTPC Power Management Institute; Mr. N. P. Singh, Information Systems – head (Northern Region), Indian Oil Corporation; Mr. Jayant Malhotra, vice president – Schlumberger; and Mr. Amit Chauhan, general manager – Process Excellence and Quality, Indus Tower, offered their perspectives on “Managing Risk Across Projects.”

The main speakers for the event were Dr. Vittal Anantatmula, associate professor, Western Carolina University and Mr. Shree Parthasarathy, senior director – Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte. Dr. Anantatmula shared his experiences on project management from his tenure at Indian Oil and abroad. Mr. Parthasarathy spoke about the best practices within Deloitte on project health check.

Learn and Share Events
The Pune Chapter held the Innovation and Operational Excellence Forum at the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management Research college campus. The event was held to provide a cross-industry learning experience to professionals who use innovative methods and achieve operational excellence using different tools/approaches at their workplace.

In November 2011, the chapter held an event, wherein Mr. Girish Kelkar, head – IT, Power Exchange India Ltd. and president, PMI Pune Chapter was the main speaker. Mr. Kelkar spoke on “Transformation from Individual Contributor to Manager of Others: A Perpetual Challenge.” In December, the chapter held an event on TRIZ, an inventive problem solving methodology. The event was led by Mr. Shree Phadnis, country deployment champion, SKF India and chairman, TRIZ Association of Asia. The 88th monthly seminar was also held during that month, under the topic “Experience in Energy Monitoring and Automation.” Mr. Jagdish Naik, global leader, Remote Energy and Equipment Analytics, Honeywell Building Solutions, was the main speaker at the seminar.

The chapter also held an event, Mukta Samwaad, on leadership and project management that was cohosted by PMI and Chatur Knowledge Networking. Participants at the event were Mr. V.J. Rao, country head – HR, Suzlon; Ms. Sudha Canan, head, Wisdom Consulting and Mr. Girish Kelkar. The panelists shared their experiences as project managers/leaders on a specific project and their leadership challenges. The session concluded with an open house.
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