PMI CHENNAI CHAPTER
Tamil Nadu Conference: Stimulating, Innovative
PMI officials, Chennai Chapter board members,
and conference volunteers.
“Innovative Project Management for Competitive Advantage” was the thought-provoking theme for PMI Chennai Chapter conference held on 18 and 19 February. With over 420 delegates from more than 135 organizations across industry segments, the conference was an unqualified success. With an overwhelming majority of ratings on all parameters being 9 or 10 on a scale of 0–10, delegate satisfaction was high.
The conference featured keynote addresses, case studies on project success, panel discussions, and a debate on the topic “Who Uses Project Management Best Practices Most Effectively – Core Industries or IT?” Mr. V. Srinivasa Rao, senior vice president, Mahindra Satyam, moderated the session. What followed was a lively discussion with representatives from Larsen & Toubro, Saipem, and Automotive Infotronics on one side and Microsoft, IBM, and TCS on the other.
Chief guests for the event were Mr. S. Krishnan, IAS, secretary – Expenditure, Government of Tamil Nadu, and Mr. Sukumar Rajagopal, senior vice president, chief technology officer & head of innovation, Cognizant Technology Solutions. Guests of honor included Mr. Sumant Tarigopula, country head, BAS India, Hewlett Packard; Mr. L. Sabaretnam, director, Chennai Petroleum Corporation & India Cements Group; Mr. N. K. Kumar, chief general manager, Project-Finance, Chennai Metro Rail; and Mr. Shankar Krishnamoorthy, chief technology officer, Aspire Systems. Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, spoke on “PMI’s Unique Opportunities for Project Managers’ Advancement.”
Mr. Arvind Talekar, secretary, Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Suppliers Association (Mumbai Dabbawallahs), gave an inspiring speech stressing the importance of planning in achieving faultless execution and emphasizing the importance of simplifying processes.
Dr. Christian Neumann, chief technology officer, Automotive Infotronics, was an international speaker who highlighted the importance of leveraging geographic advantages in a globally distributed model to attain best results.
In all, 35 speakers representing a broad spectrum of industries shared their knowledge with delegates. Speakers represented industries such as information technology, communications, mobility, construction, consulting, banking, government, oil & natural gas, education, and the public sector.
There were two parallel tracks on the second day on “Incorporating Innovation in Project Management” and “Achieving Competitive Advantage through Project Management.” The case studies presented in the conference demonstrated the vital role of project management best practices in achieving project success.
The conference saw several innovations. The Big Debate was a newly introduced discussion format. A “go green” initiative through the use of Quick Response (QR) codes mobile application allowed delegates to download each other’s business card details instead of exchanging paper business cards. The active use of social media in conference marketing allowed members of the community—who were not able to attend—to be “virtually present” through live blogging by using Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and CoverITLive.
The chapter made very effective use of tools, including fullfledged WBS, RACI charts, effective Risk Management, and detailed Lessons Learned sessions.
The conference had a team of 31 volunteers, of which 11 were first-timers. Buoyed by this success, the team now eagerly looks forward to working together again for the PMI India National Conference in Chennai in September 2012.
NORTH INDIA CHAPTER
Wide Variety of Events
Mr. Amit Aggarwal speaking at Samveg.
Three successful events marked the past few months’ calendar of the PMI North India Chapter.
On 19 November 2011, International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi, held its annual one-day summit, Samveg, with the theme “Excellence in Project Management – an Indian Experience.” PMI North India Chapter board members were invited to address the students. Mr. Amit Aggarwal, vice president – Programs, North India Chapter presented a session on the growing importance of project management to address the skills and talent shortfall in the market today. Around 300 students from IMI and other business schools in and around Delhi attended the summit.
On 8 February, a one-day event, “Project Management – Infrastructure and Information Technology,” was held in collaboration with the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). An inaugural address by Mr. C. S. Kedar, director general, ESIC followed by a welcome address by Mr. M. K. Arya, joint director, National Training Academy, ESIC) kicked off the event. Mr. Manoj Gupta, president, North India Chapter, addressed the audience of around 150. Mr. Jose Cherian, commissioner, National Training Academy, ESIC, delivered the keynote address. Mr. Maninder Bharadwaj, director, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte, shared a presentation titled “Effective Risk Management.” Prof. Mukul G. Asher, professor, Public Policy, National University of Singapore, presented on “Public-Private Partnerships: Analytical Concepts and International Experiences.”
PMI North India Chapter board members and guest presenters at the United Health Group event.
There were two parallel tracks at the event: one on IT and the other on infrastructure. There were presentations by Ms. Suchitra Singh, AVP – PMO; Mr. R. K. Gupta, retd. deputy director general, National Informatics Centre; and Mr. S. K. Garg, commissioner, Systems, ESIC. The infrastructure track had presentations by Mr. J. Sarup, construction consultant, and Dr. Vanita Ahuja, assistant professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Gautam Budha University, Greater Noida.
On 15 February 2012, the chapter organized an event on agile practices in project management, under the title of “Project Management and Agile: Evolution of Agile within PM Community,” in collaboration with the United Health Group (UHG) in Gurgaon. Mr. Manoj Gupta, chapter president, inaugurated the event. Ms. Priya Sethuraman, product manager – Credentials at PMI, and Mr. Rory McCorkle presented on “PM and Agile: Evolution of Agile within PM Community – Details about PMI Products and Certifications.” The event featured case studies by United Health Group (UHG) officials Mr. Pradeep Gupta, project manager, UHG, and Mr. Siddharth Prabudas, senior project manager, UHG.
HYDERABAD PEARL CITY CHAPTER
Celebrating a 10-Year Journey
School students taking a pledge during
the International Student Leadership Day.
The Hyderabad PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) has spent the past few months gearing up to commemorate its 10-year journey and prepare for the 2012 conference. The conference on “Project Management – A Catalyst in Economic Growth” will be held on 13 and 14 April in Hyderabad and mark the chapter’s 10th-year celebration.
Conference organizers are committed to bring in eminent leaders and speakers from various industries, academia, and the government to address an estimated 1,200 participants. Focused discussions and deliberations around best practices, success stories, challenges, and upcoming trends will take place during the conference. The chapter conducted its first volunteer meet for the conference in February to seek the involvement of members for the big event.
In January, PMIPCC released its quarterly newsletter, Spandana, with the theme “Facets of Program Management and Program Management Office – Misconceptions, Challenges and Realities.”
On 21 January, the chapter organized a one-day workshop, titled “Steering Project Success – What More is Possible?” by Mr. Madhavan S. Rao, CEO and Founder, Assurance Consulting. In addition, the chapter successfully conducted a program for engineering students titled “Transitioning from Campus to Corporate.” PMIPCC has also completed the Hindi translation for its Student Leadership Competency Building for module 1, a leadership competency-building tool for students in the 12–22 age group. The module is also available in English and Telugu.
PMI Hyderabad Chapter board members and guest speakers at a members’ networking meeting.
On 3 February, PMIPCC volunteers organized a pledgetaking event to mark the International Student Leadership Day across educational institutes in Andhra Pradesh.
A members’ networking meeting was held on 16 February in which Mr. Ravi Iyer, principal, The Davis Group, a seasoned expert on project management practices, spoke on “Modern Day Project Management in the Marketplace” in an interactive session. Mr. Rory McCorkle, product manager – credentials, PMI, provided insights into PMI certifications.
A Full February
Dr P. C. Shejawalkar (center) presenting the Lifetime
Achievement Awards during OnTarget 2012.
On 5 February, the chapter held its annual national conference, OnTarget 2012, with the theme “Effective Project Management – a Critical Social Need.” Over 150 practicing project managers, senior management personnel, professionals, entrepreneurs, and academicians from various industries and regions attended the conference. In addition, over 1,730 registered participants and over 1,000 non-registered visitors participated through the online, global webcasting option. The chapter also received participants’ feedback and queries through social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. This innovative forum highlighted the increasing and successful usage of web and virtual collaboration technologies in order to reach out to larger audience across the world.
Another highlight was the Lifetime Achievement Awards for outstanding contributions. The award recipients were Ms. Anu Aga, director, Thermax Group; Dr. Vasant Tamhankar, former director, Jnana Prabodhini; and Mr. Suresh Shirke, secretary-general, Water and Land Management Institute and former secretary, Government of Maharashtra. Dr. P. C. Shejawalkar, a pioneer in the field of management education, presented the awards.
On 3 February, the chapter observed International Student Leadership Day with “Gyan Lahiri” held at the “One Earth” campus of the wind energy company, Suzlon. The chapter dedicated the day to ignite a spark of leadership in students to prepare them for leadership roles in industry, society, and the nation tomorrow. Around 450 students from 12 Pune schools attended the interactive event.
Students of Mahadji Shinde School of Pune Cantonment
Board performing a dance at Gyan Lahiri.
Mr. Girish Kadam, vice president, International Outreach, PMI Deccan-India Chapter, introduced the aim of “Gyan Lahiri,” followed by an address by Param Vir Chakra Medal winner, General B. T. Pandit. Ms. Anu Aga, director, Thermax Group, and Dr. Anuradha Sharshbudhe, director, ChildLine, spoke about their organizations’ social outreach programs. An interesting discussion on understanding teenagers and stress management among youngsters was directed by Mr. Harish Honward, vice president, New Initiatives, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter.
On 11 February, the chapter held “Udaan 2012,” an event for MBA students to creatively contribute to business and society. In this competition, students were encouraged to identify a real-world problem and recommend innovative solutions for it. “Udaan 2012” is a precursor to the mega event, “On Campus 2012,” an annual PMI event for students, academicians, and professionals. “On Campus 2012” took place on February 19 where students, teachers, and other professionals from the education industry focused on project management best practices.
The chapter organized a daylong conference on the techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Huna on 11 February. Professionals from different organizations, students, and teachers from Pune participated in the program.