What we achieved in Chennai this September surpassed all our previous experiences and expectations. With nearly 1,200 delegates, PMI India National Conference 2012 has set a record in being the most highly attended project management conference till date in India. The conference organizers this time had a much bigger task cut out for them in terms of the kind of response they received for award nominations and technical papers. The team used project management best practices to turn these challenges into an opportunity to showcase the very best of success stories from across industries and the country at the conference.
Managing Director, PMI India
The conference theme, “Project Management for Sustainable Competitive Advantage,” offered the perfect backdrop to discuss ways to mitigate risks that our projects may pose on our environment, community, and nation. Sustainable growth is of special interest to our country which has set an ambitious growth target in the next few decades. The organizers showed their commitment to sustainability by adopting a ‘go green’ approach in a number of ways, such as giving away eco-friendly delegate bags, trees planted on behalf of speakers, opting for SMS feedback instead of printed feedback forms, and technical papers being made available in reusable memory sticks.
Our eminent speakers touched upon a range of subjects close to a project manager’s heart – from the practical to the spiritual, from the strategic to the operational, from leading change for an organization to leading change for a nation. Whether they were icons of new, resurgent India or leaders who represented the country’s traditional values and spiritual foundation, each speaker offered unique insights into today’s work culture, emerging trends, and most interestingly, the edge that an Indian way of life often brings to a project! Not all lessons are learned in a classroom. The Mumbai dubbawallas showed us that in order to be a successful project manager, what you need the most are strong values. The panel discussion and the Big Debate stirred up some lively discussions.
Over 90 percent of the delegates have given positive feedback on their experience at the conference and the content. The credit for the success of the conference goes to chapter volunteers who sacrificed their personal time and put in long hours in conference planning and execution. It’s a matter of great pride and honor for me to see the passion with which volunteers and all the chapters came together to ensure they delivered a great experience to the delegates.
I’d like to thank Mr. Mark A. Langley, president and CEO, PMI and Mr. Craig Killough, vice president, organization markets, PMI, for being a part of the conference. My special thanks and congratulations go to Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, conference chairman, Mr. Rajeev Panicker, conference cochairman, Mr. P. Ramasubramaniam, conference project director, and Mr. Sanjay Bhaskaran, additional conference project director, for a great conference.
The venue for the PMI India National Conference 2013 will be in the capital city, New Delhi. We are confident the bar will be raised once again. We will give you more details shortly.
Managing Director, PMI India