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All Geared up to Set a New Benchmark
October began on a high note for North India chapter members with the announcement of the hosting of the PMI India National Conference 2013 in New Delhi. The National Conference is a great opportunity for PMI North India region members to showcase the capabilities of the chapter. The PMI North India board, along with its members, has already started planning towards making it a success.

The IBM team that took part in the chapter event.
On 12 October, the chapter held an event in collaboration with IBM India on the theme, “Managing Troubled Projects.” It was inaugurated by Mr. Ajay Malik, project services leaders, IBM India. Ms. Arti Chadha, project manager, IBM, presented a case study on “Managing Troubled Projects.” There was a panel discussion on the subject by Mr. Malik, Mr. Ravi Ruhela, manager, project services, IBM India, Ms. Shalini Lamba, independent project consultant, and Mr. Vijay K. Verma, manager, project services, IBM India, who moderated the discussion. Over a hundred attendees, comprising of chapter members and IBM employees, enjoyed the session. We thank Mr. Amit Agarwal, vice president, programs, North India Chapter, and volunteers, Mr. Naveen Singh and Ms. Shalini Lamba, for their contributions.

On October 14, the chapter conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM), one of the most important events for chapter members. The chapter board presented the achievements for the period, January 2010 to October 2012. The AGM started with a project management case study presented by Mr. Apoorv Chaturvedi, business head, M&N Business Intelligence. Ms. Sarita Talwar, vice president, membership, spoke about the current member strength and challenges in the retention of chapter members. Mr. Pritam Gautam, vice president, technology, elaborated on the technological upgrades on the chapter website. The North India Chapter website was one of the first chapter websites to adhere to PMI global standards. He presented data on reaching members via social media like Linkedin and Facebook. Mr. Piyush Govil, vice president, communication, shared the quarterly e-magazine initiative. Mr. Amit Chauhan, vice president, finance, presented the financial health of the chapter. Mr. Amit Agarwal, vice president, programs, shared information on a number of programs the chapter conducted in collaboration with corporates, government/public sectors, and academia. Mr. Manoj Gupta, president and CEO, PMI North India Chapter, spoke on future plans and initiatives such as reaching out more to state governments within the North India periphery. The chapter has collaborated with the World Bank for state government related initiatives. It has also begun work on an advisory board, comprising of eminent personalities from the government, academia, corporate world, and past chapter presidents. Mr. Gupta shared information on other volunteering initiatives that the chapter is planning to roll out soon. It was also an occasion to recognize the efforts of members connected with the chapter for the past seven years with the “Loyalty Award” trophy.

Chapter board members proudly display the banner that announces New Delhi as the host city for PMI India National Conference 2013.

Leadership Award to Chapter President

Mr. Suresh Chandra receiving the PMI Chapter Leadership Award 2012 from Peter Monkhouse, BSc (Eng), MBA, PEng, PMP, 2012 Chair, PMI Board of Directors.

Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, vice prsident, PMIPCC,
speaking at the CII event.
This quarter’s highlight for PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) was the PMI Chapter Leadership Award 2012 conferred on Mr. Suresh Chandra, president, PMIPCC. The award was presented during the North America Leadership Institute Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, in October.

Three new members have joined the PMIPCC board. Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, and Mr. Arun Ponnekanti, who have been on the board earlier, have rejoined it. Ms. Sangeetha Zaparde, who has worked for several chapters and has served on the board of Pune chapter, has joined the PMIPCC board.

The PMIPCC Academy continues to offer training programs on A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®.

The chapter also conducted monthly public workshops during September and October, in addition to a corporate workshop conducted for Deloitte. On 19 October, the chapter conducted a project management workshop in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry in Hyderabad.

PMIPCC has started work with the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, to start a student chapter. The college has shown interest in engaging with the chapter in which both students and teachers will participate.

PMIPCC has announced a few exciting volunteer opportunities for this year, details of which are on the chapter website. These chapter services need the involvement of experienced volunteers in large numbers.

A series of events were lined up for November, including a networking meeting and talent enhancement programs.

Understanding Global Teams
After a spate of activities for the Project Management Practitioner’s Conference in Bangalore in September, chapter members have now settled down to a normal routine. The annual conference, on 14-15 September, concluded with resounding success. Soon after the conference, four chapter executive council members went to Chennai to attend the Region 11 leadership meeting followed by the PMI India National Conference 2012. During the leadership meeting, the team explored opportunities on collaboration among chapters and the sharing of best practices.

The chapter held PM Footprints on 27 September in which authors of the technical paper, “Managing Virtual Teams: A Global Marketing Program Manager’s Perspective,” made a presentation. The presentation, led by Ms. Rashmi K., focused on the challenges faced by marketing program managers and made recommendations to effectively manage virtual teams working on global marketing program.

Aviskar 2012: Connect, Collaborate, Integrate

Speakers at the panel discussion on the use of collaborative platforms.
PMI West Bengal Chapter organized its second annual conference, Aviskar 2012, on 24 November in Kolkata. The conference provided great opportunity for project management practitioners across industries – the government, academia, and social sectors to connect, collaborate, and integrate on the emerging trends in project management.

The event started with the ceremonial lamp lighting by the chief guest, Prof. Sudhangsu Sekhar Chakraborty, chairman and managing director, Consulting Engineering Services, along with Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya, president, West Bengal Chapter, and Mr. Subimal Chakraborty, vice president, West Bengal Chapter. In his keynote address, Prof. Chakraborty provided insights into project management from his wide experience in civil engineering projects. This was followed by a number of sessions covering a range of industries such as healthcare, information technology, academics, and film-making. The sessions were anchored by eminent speakers who are pioneers in their respective fields. There was also a panel discussion on the use of collaborative platforms.

As part of its commitment to social causes, the chapter felicitated Hope Foundation, a social sector organization that works in and around Kolkata. Hope Foundation focuses on the all-round development of street children by providing them shelter, nutrition, education, healthcare, counseling, and recreational activities. They also run programs on awareness generation on issues related to children’s rights, life-skill training, reintegration into a family, life support, and love.

True to its theme of connect, collaborate, and integrate the conference helped bring forth ideas and real-life insights to project management practices from practitioners across sectors.

Knowledge Sessions
The Pune Chapter continues to deliver great value to its members and the community in general. The chapter conducted its 97th monthly seminar on “Mitigating Power Development Risks Through Effective Project Management,” delivered by Mr. Vivek Taneja, head, business development, Thermax Limited (Power Division); and “Stress Free Project Management,” delivered by Mr. Umesh Dwivedi, senior manager, Cybage and columnist, The Times of India.

Mr. Taneja is a graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Pune, with a master’s degree in management. He possesses over 19 years of industry experience in various capacities in functions such as sales, marketing, product management, and business development. He spoke about the use of project management in the power sector and the work that Thermax Limited has done in this area.

Mr. Dwivedi has rich international work experience and has been writing on project management. He is also a certified yoga teacher and has participated in an international yoga conference, besides writing regularly on health and wellness for The Times of India. He said that a stressful project manager was a victim of Counterproductive Work Behavior (CWB). CWB has a negative effect on work performance, health, and project management. He threw light on different ways to overcome it.

The chapter is now preparing for its grand 100th monthly seminar to be held in January 2013. The other milestone is that the chapter has started operations from its own premises in Erandwane. The resolution to purchase its own property was passed by the chapter general body in September 2011, and the process was completed in October 2012.

(Chapter news contributed by Mr. Piyush Govil, Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Soumen De, and Mr. Amitabh Kishore.)
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