Sustainability is the New Mantra: Chennai Shows the Way
High quality speakers, record number of delegates, and new and exciting knowledge forums mark the fourth PMI India National Conference
By Panchalee Thakur
At a time when organizations around the world are looking at sustainability as a business imperative, the PMI India National Conference 2012 provided a forum to take the discussion further. The theme for the conference, “Project Management for Sustainable Competitive Advantage”, set the stage for discussions on how project management holds the key to India’s quest for high, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Business leaders, policy-makers, and social thinkers provided practitioners useful insights, food for thought, and handy tips on achieving project success.
A high energy inaugural session in which delegates took part in a “human orchestra” conducted by the EVAM Group. The audience formed four teams with each team producing the sounds of musical instruments with their hands and mouth
The fourth PMI India National Conference 2012 was held on September 28-30 in Chennai. The annual conference has been growing in strength since the time it began in 2009. This year it broke all previous records – close to 1,200 attendees, over 76 award nominations, and 293 technical paper submissions. The conference was co-hosted by Chennai Chapter and Trivandrum (Kerala) Chapter, managed by 33 volunteers from both the chapters, and supported by the PMI India team. For the past six months, the volunteers toiled every weekend and spare hours on weekdays to ensure the conference was a success. They used project management best practices to plan, design, and deliver the mega event.
Over the three days of the conference, speakers from India and abroad, who represented different industries and interests, touched upon various aspects of a practitioner’s life. There were sessions on leadership, innovation, nation-building, cultural sensitization, and spiritual well-being, besides pre-conference workshops, a panel discussion, a debate, and case study presentations. Delegates actively participated in the interactive sessions at the end of each presentation.
This time PMI India presented the Best Project of the Year awards in three categories as per the project duration, besides the Contribution to the Community award (refer to page 13-14 for details). Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, PMI Asia Pacific Regional Chapter Mentor, received the prestigious 2012 PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.
To go with the ‘go green’ theme, organizers did away with printed feedback forms and instead opted for SMS responses from delegates. The delegate bags were made of eco-friendly material. The organizers planted 20-50 saplings in the name of each speaker and a certificate of that presented to the speaker.
Thought-provoking sessions, opportunities to interact with some of India’s opinion leaders, and a forum to network and share ideas with practitioners from different industries have made this year’s PMI India National Conference a resounding success. The facilities and hospitality at the spanking new Leela Palace, Chennai, which has not yet been formally launched, added to the experience of the delegates.