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Ten Years on, Still Going Strong

PMI officials and chapter leaders at the PMIPCC conference

PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) commemorated its 10-year journey this April. On 13 and 14 April, a mega conference, Gyan Lahiri 2012, marked the decade-long commitment of PMIPCC to the project management community. Under the theme, “Project Management – A Catalyst in Economic Growth,” the conference brought in 400 practitioners from various industries to share their experiences and learn from their peers. Speakers from various sectors and diversified areas of project management gathered to represent project management within A, B & C (academia, business and civic society).

A skit, “10 on 10”, presented by Mr. Suresh Chandra, president, PMIPCC, and Mr. V Srinivasa Rao, past president, PMIPCC, was warmly received by the audience as a unique and novel way of illustrating the chapter’s milestones and achievements over the past decade.

Mr. P K Nair, CEO, GMR Airports Holdings Ltd., inaugurated the conference with a presentation on the efficacy of the public private partnership model of execution. By way of illustration, he highlighted the success story of the stateof-the-art Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. Ms. Deanna Landers, vice chair, PMI Board of Directors, followed with an insightful presentation on how organizations can utilize project and program management practices to select projects that are in line with their vision.

Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, said, “We take pride in announcing the considerable growth that PMIPCC has witnessed over these 10 dynamic years.” On the conference, he said its purpose has been to emphasize how project management can be a tool to help improve the socio-economic status of the country.

Mr. Suresh Chandra speaking at the conference
Ms. Landers presented Special Recognition Awards to three organizations: Indian School of Business, GMR Hyderabad Airport Project, and GVK Emergency Management Research Institute. These organizations have had a positive, global impact on the A, B & C sectors in the past 10 years and have served as examples of excellent project management practices in Hyderabad.

The conference had speakers with extensive experience in projects. Mr. Samir Dhir, head of India operations - Global Delivery, Virtusa, delivered the keynote address. He spoke about evolving client expectations and shifting complexities in the global versus local context. Mr. D. Murali, president - Projects, Reliance Industries, who has nearly 50 years of experience in executing large projects, stressed the importance of innovation, backward integration, and capturing and learning from experience. Mr. Periasamy Ramamoorthy, vice president, Mahindra Satyam, talked of turning around challenging projects. Dr. Atul Sen, director, Defence Research Development Laboratory Hyderabad, stressed the importance of framework and methodology. Mr. Ajay Parasrampuria, founder & CEO, i2m & PM Academy, offered insights into the future of the project management office, its purpose, and effectiveness in organizations.

The conference featured two panel discussions. The first panel was on “Project Management as a Tool to Improve Socio-Economic Status of our Country.” The panelists were Dr. Subash Rastogi, head, EAS Academy, HCL Technology, and member, Community Engagement Committee, PMIEF; Mr. Suthirtha Bhattacharya, IAS, principal secretary, Infrastructure & Investment, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Mr. Piyush Gupta, senior general manager, National Institute for Smart Government; and Dr. Balaji Utla, CEO, Health & Medical Research Institute, and president, Corporate Sustainability, Piramal Healthcare Ltd. The second panel was on “Challenges in Execution of Large Projects.” Mr. V Srinivasa Rao moderated the panel which included Mr. D Murali, president, Projects, Reliance Industries; Mr. M P Naidu, executive vice president & project director, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd.; Mr. Meher Nori, Broadridge Financial Solutions; and Mr. Vivek Sonar, head, program management office, Asia Motor Works.

Volunteers who had contributed to the success of the conference received recognition from PMI. Ms. Landers gave away mementos to over 50 volunteers. The conference ended with a valedictory note on the way forward by Mr. A.V.Ramam, past president, PMIPCC.

Industry Leaders at PM Footprints

Mr. Gopinathan speaking at a PM Footprints session
During March and April 2012, PMI Bangalore Chapter hosted seven sessions of the experience and knowledge sharing forum, PM Footprints. Two of the sessions were Signature PM Footprints and were headed by top executives of large organizations.

Mr. Gopinathan Padmanabhan, executive vice president & head, Global Delivery, MphasiS, addressed a gathering of nearly 90 project managers on 15 March. The theme of his presentation, “Emerging Trends in Global IT Outsourcing and Associated Challenges for Project Managers,” was derived from his experiences in the industry. His presentation covered areas such as, threat from other emerging competitors and what Indian project managers can learn and do differently to sustain India’s current status as a leader in global IT outsourcing. On 12 April, Mr. Dirk Ramhorst, vice president, Business Solutions, BASF The Chemical Company, made a presentation on “Project Management as a Change Management Enabler in Large Organizations.” More than 45 project managers attended the session.

Mr. Ramhorst at a PM Footprints session
The remaining five sessions of PM Footprints consisted of various presentations: “PMOs Post Acquisition Challenges,” by Ms. Sreedevi Juturu, integration project manager, Life Technologies, on 1 March; “Dipstick for Projects in IT Service Company,” by Ms. Ritu Chakrabarti, project management consultant, Wipro Technologies, on 8 March; “Risk Identification & Analysis in Chemical, Oil & Gas Projects (An Introduction),” by Mr. Parthasarathy Nanduri, independent project consultant on 29 March; “Going Agile with Distributed Teams,” by Mr. Zia Mujawar, project manager, First Advantage Offshore Services, on 5 April; “Managing IT Projects in Public Sector Bank – A Case Study,” by Mr. Chandra Shekhar, senior manager, Syndicate Bank, on 26 April.

Agile Workshop

Chapter members participating in the interactive
session on agile project management
PMI West Bengal Chapter hosted a day-long workshop on agile methodology, scrum, and project management on 17 March. Mr. Hiren Doshi, ACP, CSP, SSGB, PMP, a recognized expert in the practical application of agile project management processes and engineering principles, was the workshop coach. The workshop attracted 32 project management professionals from the city.

It was a very interactive session with participating practitioners exchanging ideas on challenges and solutions. While it was just a warm-up session to revisit basic nuances of the agile way of execution in the IT world, participants received a fair understanding of the fundamental principles of scrum as well. The workshop was held also with the objective to help aspirants of the PMIAgile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM certification in the region.

Spreading a Wealth of Knowledge

Mr. Manoj Gupta welcoming, Mr. Rakesh Verma
PMI North India Chapter had a power packed March and April with a major informational event and several educational sessions.

On 25 March, the chapter held “Project Management: Infrastructure and IT Projects” in Jaipur, Rajasthan. In an effort to conduct fruitful discussions on infrastructure projects, the chapter invited senior officials of the Rajasthan government. Mr. Vinod Garg, managing director, PROMAC, commenced the event, followed by an address by Mr. Manoj Gupta, president, PMI North India Chapter. Mr. Rakesh Verma, IAS, principle secretary, Planning Department, Rajasthan Government, was the chief guest and Mr. Atmaram Gupta, chairman, Federation of Rajasthan Trade and Industries, was the guest of honor.

Highly experienced project professionals participated in a panel discussion on “The Importance of Standard Practices for Efficient and Effective Completion of Infrastructure Projects.” The panelists were Mr. Mukund Joshi, chief engineer, Central Public Works Department – North Zone - III; Brig. Balbir Singh, additional command chief engineer, Headquarters, South Western Command – Indian Army; Mr. Puneet Mittal, managing director and CEO, Pratham Software; Mr. Alok Ranjan, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Jaipur Chapter; Mr. Tushar Sogani, secretary, Indian Institute of Architects, Jaipur Chapter; and Dr. Vanita Ahuja, assistant professor, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida.

In April, the chapter held a two-and-a-half-day PMI Agile Certification Program (ACP) training course. The training, conducted by Mr. Hiren Doshi, trainer, Practice Agile, served as a primer for those involved in teams adopting agile techniques or those planning to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) examination. On 28 April, the chapter conducted a refresher session on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) for employees of PSU Power Grid Corporation of India Limited who had previously undergone Project Management Professional (PMP)® training.

Innovation and Operational Excellence Forum

Members at a monthly seminar organized by the chapter
The PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter held a session on its initiative, Innovation and Operational Excellence Forum (IOEF), at the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research campus in Nigdi, Pune on 21 April. The forum was designed by the chapter to provide a crosscountry learning platform for professionals who utilize different tools and approaches to practice and nurture innovation and operational excellence.

Some of the popular topics discussed at IOEF sessions in the past have been “Green Persistence Movement”, “Social Networking”, and the “Theory of Constraints (TOC). In April, the chapter organized another discussion on TOC after a positive response to a previous session on it. TOC has revolutionized the way many companies work across the world. Mr. Harish Honwad, general manager, Persistent Systems, presented concepts such as, techniques in conflict resolution including desirable and undesirable effects, current reality tree, future reality tree, change management, and resistance to change. A Q&A session followed the presentation.

On 14 April, the 91st monthly seminar of the Pune-Deccan Chapter took place. Mr. Ashish Belagali, founder & director, Acism Software, presented on Communications Tracker, a software tool designed to simplify the retrieval of information and task management procedures for managers and executives. Mr. Girish Kelkar, past president, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter, spoke on transitioning from an individual contributor to a management position, drawing from his 38 years of experience in management. Ms. Bhavana Kulkarni, volunteer and core team member, Door Step School, discussed the initiative her NGO has started, “Every Child Counts.” The initiative aims to take education to the poor and marginalized sections of society.

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