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Women’s Leadership Day

Mr. Dan Sudev speaking at the Women’s Leadership Day event
Eight members have been elected to the PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) board in the recently conducted elections. Their tenure is from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. The induction ceremony was on 23 March.

The chapter started the practice of having smaller working groups in various organizations called clusters. It aims to continue chapter services with the help of clusters who can function as platforms within an organization and enable the sharing of best practices. The clusters incubated by the chapter have started to mature. The chapter participates in cluster activities on invitation. On other occasions, the clusters run independently as an internal activity in an organization. The chapter is now exploring the possibility of taking the clusters to the next level by enabling co-hosting between multiple units.

PMIPCC has partnered with Andhra Pradesh’s prestigious Osmania University’s business management department to host a two-day conference. The conference, held at the university premises, was on “Project Management – A Tool for Strategic Competence.” Eminent speakers from different sectors shared their experiential learning with the participants. Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, president, PMIPCC, presented on “Project Management and Organization Strategy – Human Life Perspective.” Osmania University has expressed interest in partnering with PMIPCC to promote project management and leadership activities within the student community.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, PMIPCC conducted a special networking meeting on the next day, 9 March, with the theme “Management and Gender Inclusivity,” and declared it “Women’s Leadership Day.” Ms. Rajita Singh, human resources head, Broadridge Financial Solutions, and Mr. Dan Sudev, director - delivery center, Hyderabad, were the keynote speakers. Ms. Sangita Zaparde, director, member services, PMIPCC, conducted an introductory session on Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, president, PMIPCC, shared the revised chapter bylaws with the audience, following which there was a vote in favor of the bylaw revision. PMIPCC honored the following board members for their services on the occasion of International Women’s Day – Ms. Nagini Chandramouli, director, ISLD & women’s initiatives, Ms. Swathi Kuchimanchi, director, academy, and Ms. Zaparde. PMIPCC also honored the women staff for their contributions during the network meeting celebrating Women’s Leadership Day.

PMIPCC signed a memorandum of understanding with Vishwa Vishwani School of Business to conduct a project management elective course at the institute. The course started in January 2013, and the first batch for this academic year has passed out. Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP, subject matter expert faculty member, PMIPCC, and Mr. Vijay Bandaru, PMP, conducted the five-day, 40-hours course for the first batch of students. The course covered Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® level project management education to help them get an overview of the project management framework as defined by PMI.

Learn & Earn Session
PMI West Bengal Chapter organized the sixth edition of the Learn & Earn series on 16 March. The topic of the session, held at the Tata Consultancy Services premises, was “Recent Transformations in Banking IT Industry.” In the industry, where business and transformation complement each other, it is important to understand the changes, so as to align the organization with the upcoming trends.

The speaker for the event was Mr. Jahar Bhattacharya, MBA, PMP, and a veteran in the IT industry, with around 35 years of experience in various roles spanning project management, strategic planning, leading technology, and process and quality transformation. Around 35 professionals from various industry segments attended the two-hour session. In the interactions that followed, Mr. Bhattacharya gave examples from his experiences on IT transformation in the banking sector. The session was the result of the efforts of Mr. Tapan Jena, associate director, programs and events, PMI West Bengal Chapter, and Mr. Ramu Gorai, chapter volunteer.

Month-long Activities for OnTarget 2013
PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter organized its annual project management conference, OnTarget 2013, with a series of events across the month of February.

Judges for Udaan 2013 (from left) Mr. Girish Kadam, Mr. Sudhir Hasamnis, Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, and Mr. Jay Dholakia
It began with the student track, Gyan Lahiri, on 2 February. It was held at WellSpun Vidya Mandir (WVM), Raigad. The chapter chose Raigad in keeping with its objective of reaching out to students in remote areas. Mr. P S Ghose, unit head, and Dr. Reetu Thapa, principal, WVM, actively supported the event. Around 200 students and 30 teachers from three schools in Alibaug participated. Mr. Girish Kelkar, past president, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter, gave the keynote speech and shared his rich experience in leadership with the students. Students participated in a debate and problem solving competition. A PMI team of 15 including board of directors and volunteers co-ordinated and executed the event.

The professional track of the conference took place on 17 February. The chapter collaborated with TechGig to organize the day-long conference, on the theme, “Sustainable Growth through Effective Project Management.” It had 150 participants, with an additional 4,000 plus attendees online. The online webcasting option was a big success with professionals from different countries participating. Virtual attendees were from India, the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Singapore, Pakistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, who viewed the proceedings live, participated in lively online discussions, and shared their thoughts and feedback.

The speakers at the conference were Mr. Girish Kadam, president, PMI Pune Deccan Chapter, Mr. Umesh Bapat, former executive director, Tata Power, Mr. Alok Kanagat, executive director, Coastal Gujarat Power Limited, Mr. Nitin Kulkarni, executive director and chief operating officer, Persistent Systems, Mr. P. H. Rana, project director, Gujarat Solar Park Project, Mr. Subhash Devi, founder, Membrane Filters and Inovent Industries, Mr. Ravi Sahi, ESI International, and Mr. Dinesh Chinnappa, director - technology & innovation, Biodiversity Conservation India Limited. The panelists for the discussion on “Sustainability of Careers” were Mr. Ignacio Vera, head, technology, corporate, investment banking & wealth management, Barclays Technology Centre India, Mr. Mark Richards, managing director, Turner and Townsend India, and Mr. Girish Kelkar, past president, PMI Pune Deccan Chapter. Another highlight of the conference was the Project Excellence Awards that were given for outstanding contributions towards project management.

The OnTarget student track, Udaan 2013, was held on 24 February at the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research (IICMR), Nigdi, Pune. Udaan is an interactive forum for students and faculty members to share thoughts with professionals from industry.

There was a project and paper writing inter-institute competition for first and second year MBA students. It gave an opportunity to MBA students to creatively contribute to business and social issues, challenging students to apply critical thinking, ideation, and analysis to identify a real world problem and propose unique solutions. The theme for this year’s Udaan was “Creating Professionals for Global Challenges.” The event started with lamp lighting and a welcome speech by Ms. Madhavi Deshpande, head of department, MBA, IICMR. Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, director, IICMR, explained the objectives of Udaan 2013, and the evaluation process. Mr. Girish Kadam, president, and Mr. Jay Dholakia, vice president - academia, PMI Pune Deccan India Chapter also addressed the children. Dr. (Capt) C.M. Chitale was the chief guest for the inaugural session, and Mr. Mohan Nair was the chief guest for the valedictory session.

The judges were Mr. Satish Khade, Mr. Dushyant Pathak, Mr. Hemant Apastamb, Mr. Pradeep Rathi, Mr. Praveen Patil, Mr. Jay Prakash Zende, Mr. Harish Honwad, Dr. Shailesh Kasande, Mr. Girish Kadam, Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, and Mr. Sudhir Hasamnis.

PMI Pune Deccan-India Chapter conducted its 101st monthly seminar on 9 March, which had over 60 members and non-members. The seminar was on “India and Team Work: A Glass Ceiling?”and was conducted by Mr. Raju Rao, PMP, founder and consultant, Xtraplus Solutions. Mr. Rao has been involved in process development, engineering, commissioning, and project management for over 25 years in India and the Middle East. He has co-authored two books, “Project Management Circa 2025” and “Organizational Project Management.”

The chapter conducted a networking and felicitation dinner for its members on 3 March at Deccan Gymkhana, Pune. The dinner was for chapter members and participants of previous chapter led PMP®/CAPM® training workshops.

Enriching, Empowering Lives

Mr. Vijay Paul, director–volunteering, Bangalore Chapter, speaking at PM Enrich
PMI Bangalore Chapter started a new program, “PM Enrich,” which is aimed at assisting practicing project managers to enhance their knowledge base by delving deeper and wider into the treasure house of project management body of knowledge and beyond. The first edition of Enrich was on the topic “Steering Project Success…What More is Possible” by Mr. Madhavan S Rao, founder, Assurance Consulting. A total 21 project managers attended the workshop that was held on 16 February in Bangalore.

The chapter has taken steps to revise its training material as per the fifth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The chapter aims to start training on the new curriculum in June.

The chapter has initiated the process for the election of new members for its executive committee to fill the existing vacancies. The nominating committee will announce the final list of selected candidates in April.

The chapter hosted the 200th session of PM Footprints on 14 March. PM Footprints was launched in October 2006 as a platform for project managers to share experiences and knowledge. It is held every alternate Thursday. For the 200th edition, Mr. T R Anand, management consultant and advisor, spoke on “Customer-Centric Project Management – Business Perspectives.” Nearly 80 project management practitioners attended the talk.

On 23 January, the chapter distributed school bags and notebooks to students of the Government High School, Yelliur in Devanahalli district. The chapter had earlier distributed solar powered LED lamps to students in this school, some of who are preparing for their school-leaving exams. This initiative is in collaboration with Rotary Bangalore West. In the past three years, Rotary Bangalore West has undertaken an ambitious project, Vidya Deepa, to provide hundreds of solar LED lamps to standard X students, aimed at countering the woeful power situation in rural areas. This year around 900 students from 23 schools in Karnataka have received these lamps. PMI Bangalore Chapter has made financial contributions besides providing project management and execution expertise.

Conference Buzz Gets Stronger
With preparations for the PMI India Project Management National Conference 2013 underway, it’s been an exciting time for the PMI North India Chapter board. The chapter will be hosting the conference on its tenth anniversary year. Here is a brief update of the various activities completed or progress made so far for the conference at the Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon, on September 27-28.

The chapter has formed the conference core committee, signed the contract with the hotel, launched the conference website (www.pmi.org.in/conference2013), and finalized the conference theme. The theme for this year’s national conference is “Project Management - Bringing Certainty in Uncertain Times.” The part “bringing certainty” signifies the measurable and definitive value addition that project management best practices bring into the management of projects in these uncertain times.

It has also started releasing conference mailers calling for paper reviewer volunteers and technical paper submissions.

Bids have been invited from various event management companies. Six to nine volunteers from the chapter have been assigned to the conference core committee and other core groups required for individual tracks. Work has also started on finalizing the names of an additional 20-30 volunteers who will work with the core committee across different stages of conference preparation. If you wish you apply for volunteering opportunities, go to these links.



(Chapter news has been contributed by Mr. Sandeep Bhavsar, Mr. Amitabh Kishore, Mr. Piyush Govil, Mr. Soumen De, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Rahul Sudame, Mr. Raman Udgiri, and Mr. Ashutosh Nadkarni.)
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