Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy
Chairman, PMI India National Conference 2012
Chairman, PMI Chennai Chapter
Message from Host Chapter Presidents
“Wow! 1,200 attendees at a Project Management Conference on a day India plays Australia in a World T-20 cricket match! Hopefully, by the time we end, we’ll get a big wow from you!” This is how I closed my welcome address to the delegates. It was gratifying that we indeed ended with “wows” from all stakeholders – delegates, PMI leadership, sponsors, speakers, and vendors. They unanimously expressed appreciation through emails, conversations, Facebook posts, and Tweets for both the quality of the conference and the hospitality received. At 1,200 attendees, India’s largest project management conference had many key success ingredients: a star line-up of speakers, seven extensive knowledge formats, superb conference venue and cuisine, enthusiastic and participative delegates, thoughtful and earth-friendly measures, and exciting contests.
We received a record number of 293 technical abstracts, including, for the first time, entries from Sri Lanka, the UAE, and Pakistan. We received 76 award entries, the highest so far. While the PMI Chennai and PMI Trivandrum Chapters were the hosts, this was truly a PMI Team India effort. Every chapter made handsome contributions. The PMI India leadership and staff provided critical assistance with ideas, unstinting support, closing sponsorships, and critical leads to key speakers.
As a project management best practices practitioner, it was a matter of great pride for me that the team made optimum use of a mix of tools, including project charter, organizational process assets, detailed work breakdown structure, stakeholder register, communication plan, RACI charts, schedule with critical path tracking, and risk register with detailed response plans. We indeed practice what we preach! Starting 333 days before the conference, a very dedicated core volunteer team of 33 worked tirelessly to deliver an impeccable 3-day conference. It was their passion to provide the best delegate experience and lots of hard work that was a stand-out feature in the conference success.
Mr. Rajeev Panicker
Chairman, Trivandrum Chapter
As most of the participants have openly expressed, the 2012 edition of the PMI India National Conference, which was co-hosted by the PMI Kerala and Chennai Chapters, has set a new benchmark by creating the wow factor. The response has been truly overwhelming and this was possible only with the dedication and professionalism shown by the volunteers, conference core team, the host and supporting chapters, and PMI India.
“Project Management for Sustainable Competitive Advantage,” the theme for this year’s conference, was certainly very relevant in today’s environment, where sustainability of competitive advantage is the need of the hour. I am very sure that the participants and volunteers had a very encouraging experience at the conference. I am confident that they received a lot of new learning to understand and improve sustainability to take with them at the end of three days of enrichment.