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Dear Practitioners,

The past few months have been extremely exciting for a sports enthusiast like me. We have had a thrilling Indian Premier League season in May, and then came Euro 2012 and Wimbledon. In a few days, we have the mother of all sporting events, the Olympics in London. I find it equally interesting to look at these mega sporting events as project management marvels. The London Olympics has a project management office and all its activities are proceeding according to schedule. It will be a great spectacle to watch.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
While sporting activities keep us occupied, we cannot ignore the economic turmoil around us. Economic uncertainties have driven socio-political changes in Europe and are upsetting economic growth around the world. The growth engines in India are slowing down and businesses are being cautious about making investments. Project management assumes even more importance at these times. Organizations are increasingly banking on project managers with the right skill sets, who can plan and execute projects successfully. So be it a sporting event or projects in traditional industries, there is always a need for good project managers. Iím more convinced with each passing day that project management is a life skill.

The recent PMI Kerala Chapter conference was, in fact, themed on "Project Management - A Life skill". The daylong event was highly successful and was attended by several industry leaders and policy-makers. This is the second successive annual conference that the chapter has organized and I commend the chapter board members, being led by chapter president, Mr. Rajeev Panicker, for a remarkable event. You will find details about the conference in this issue.

Regarding the PMI India national conference in Chennai in September, preparations are going smoothly. We have a highly impressive line-up of speakers for the conference on 28-30 September 2012. Please refer to the conference website, http://www.pmi.org.in/conference2012/, for regular updates about the conference in the weeks ahead. So far, we have received a record number of abstracts for technical papers and award nominations. Registrations will open on 1 August.

Our webinar series on leadership in project management on Techgig.com has seen a tremendous response. Till date, we have had nine such webinars. I urge all PMI volunteer leaders, who are subject matter experts and good speakers, to join this interactive forum as guest speakers. The series, which will continue till April 2013, will have 24 sessions in all.

I'm pleased to invite abstracts and technical papers for the PMI India Research & Academic Conference to be held between 31 January and 2 February 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. I look forward to your participation in our events and programs.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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