Annual Waves 2012 a Raving Success
Dr. E Sreedharan delivering the inaugural address
On 9 June, PMI Kerala Chapter held its second annual one day conference, Waves 2012, in Kochi. The conference aimed to bring together project management professionals and industry experts from in and around Kerala, and create a forum to share knowledge, experience, and best practices. The theme for this year’s conference was, “Project Management – A Life Skill.”
Waves 2012 was inaugurated by Dr. E Sreedharan, former managing director, Delhi Metro and Konkan Railway and 2008 Padma Vibhushan recipient from the Government of India. In his inaugural address, Dr. Sreedharan discussed the complex Delhi Metro and Konkan Railway projects and how he focused on building an organizational culture of responsibility towards the stakeholders, including the public. This helped in the timely completion of the project.
The panelists share a light moment on stage. Moderator
Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, with the microphone, with (from left)
Mr. Alexie Levene, Mr. Sunil Balakrishnan,
and Dr. Jayasankar Prasad
Several industry experts spoke on current project management topics. The speakers were Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India; Mr. Kochouseph Chitiilappilly, founder and vice chairman, V-Guard Industries; Mr. Jitendra Agrawal, business head, HDFC Life; Ms. Bharati Lele, head, Innovation Lab, L&T Infotech; Dr. Shanmugha Sundaram, head, nuclear medicine, Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Bipin Nair, dean, Amrita Institute of Biotechnology; Mr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, author, Corporate Chanakya; Dr. Saji Gopinath, professor, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode; Mr. Tejas Sura, region mentor, PMI Western Asia; Mr. Thomas Chacko, general manager, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited; and Mr. Pankaj Kejriwal, country head, ESI International.
A panel discussion on the conference theme followed. Mr. Karthik Ramamoorthy, president, PMI Chennai Chapter, moderated the panel that included Mr. Alexie Levene, managing director, Trivandrum City of Global Innovation; Mr. Sunil Balakrishnan, general manager, UST Global; and Dr. Jayasankar Prasad, director, IT Mission, Kerala.
The chapter presented awards for technical papers and corporate social responsibility projects. The conference ended with a fun-filled boat cruise for participants. The third annual conference will be held in Trivandrum in June 2013.
NORTH INDIA CHAPTER
Synergy, PMI North India Chapter’s quarterly e-magazine, completed a year on 21 June. The e-magazine is a creative venture by the chapter and has received contributions from chapter members of varied industry domains. Mr. Piyush Govil, vice president, communications, PMI North India Chapter, leads the editorial team which includes Mr. Manoj Gupta, president, PMI North India Chapter, and chapter members Mr. Kumar Saurabh, Mr. Nirmallaya Kar, Mr. Hemant Seigell, Ms. Pooja Kapoor, Mr. Prashant Malhotra, Mr. Abhijit Bharatkumar, Mr. Nitin M Singh, Mr. Jitin Bindlish, and Mr. Felix George. Mr. Pritam Gautam, vice president, technology, PMI North India Chapter, handles the maintenance and publishing of each edition on the chapter’s website.
Synergy has a virtual editorial team, with not a single editorial meeting having taken place face-to-face. A true example of successful project management, each edition of Synergy has been released on the announced date without any schedule overrun. For the latest issue of Synergy, visit http://pminorthindia.org/Synergy/Issue05
WEST BENGAL CHAPTER
Aspire 2012 Takes Off
PMI West Bengal Chapter held its first annual paper presentation contest, the two-month long ‘virtual event’, Aspire 2012. The event, held between 5 May and 5 July, was aimed at the student community. The contest invited papers with original concepts and creative views on planning, execution, monitoring, and/or controlling of project activities.
This was the first time that the chapter had organized an event for students and it gave the chapter an opportunity to meet a new set of stakeholders. Final and pre-final year students from regional engineering and management colleges were invited to author business case studies on student-friendly topics. This gave them an opportunity to hone their presentation skills while instilling in them the fundamentals of project execution, displaying their ability to be creative, acquiring knowledge on tools and techniques, and getting them acquainted with project execution. This is the first event that the chapter has organized for students and it gave the chapter an opportunity to meet a new set of stakeholders. The successful initiative was led by chapter volunteer, Mr. Nilanjan Chanda, senior manager, RS Software, Kolkata. PMI West Bengal Chapter plans to make this an annual event.
Project Management Professional (PMP)® preparation sessions and project management network sessions continued during the summer quarter. The chapter’s autumn quarter will consist of a second workshop session on agile project management and the launch of the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® training sessions.
PM Footprints from Bangalore to Mysore
Mr. M.G. Raghuraman speaking on the occasion
PM Footprints session in Mysore
PMI Bangalore Chapter continued its successful knowledge sharing sessions, PM Footprints, taking the forum to Mysore for the first time on 19 May. The event was in collaboration with the Institute of Engineers.
Mr. M. G. Raghuraman, senior vice president and chief information officer, Mphasis, made a presentation on “Paradigm Shift in Project Manager’s Priorities in 2012.” He said winning business in 2012 would no more be based on rate cards but on the ability of service providers to bring in a mix and match of domain expertise, solution skills, and integration skills for end-to-end solutions.
Around 40 participants from engineering and other academic institutes, and IT companies attended the session. PMI Bangalore Chapter and Institute of Engineers plan to hold periodic events in Mysore in the future.
Gyan Lahiri Going Strong in Pune
In an on-going effort to promote project management education for students, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter held its student conference, Gyan Lahiri, on 8-9 March. The event, conducted at City Pride School, Pune, was led by Mr. Harish Honwad, associate general manager, Persistent System, and covered four topics: How to be a responsible teenager; how to be cyber smart (for children); how to be cyber wise (for parents); and stress management. This is the first time that Gyan Lahiri has addressed the issues of cyber security and awareness.
On 9 June, the 93rd monthly seminar took place. Mr. Shrikant Chapekar, principal quality consultant, Tech Mahindra, delivered a presentation entitled, “Estimation Techniques for Application Support Projects.” The presentation addressed the recent global phenomenon of organizations opting for technical and economically viable solutions due to budgetary cuts in IT combined with business agility. Mr. Dhananjay Bhole, consultant, access technology, University of Pune, who is visually disabled, presented on “Accessibility Technologies Awareness.” The lecture briefly covered various aspects of accessibility, including its definition, the pitfalls, the standards and regulations, myths, and benefits. Mr. Bhole also spoke about how people with disabilities use computational services and gave a demonstration of assistive technologies for persons with disabilities.
The chapter is organizing a Gyan Lahiri program for school leaders later in July. Through this program, student leaders will receive an orientation towards promoting teamwork, solving problems, and managing small projects. The program is designed for elected student representatives such as prefects, vice-prefects, and class monitors. A highlight of the July program will be a presentation on, “Pirates of the Cyberrian,” which will be based on cyber security. This program will be followed by a Gyan Lahiri in Solapur, which will reach out to Marathi-speaking students.
The 94th monthly seminar, scheduled for later in July, will cover “What they don’t teach you at Project Management Professional (PMP)® sessions” and “Emotional balance for 21st century professionals.” The sessions will be presented by Mr. Asish Paranjape, independent consultant, and Ms. Niloofer Giri, philosopher and proponent of the Vedanta school of thought, respectively.