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PMI Champion Program Reaches 2-Year Anniversary

The Champion advisory council members with PMI officials
As the PMI India Champion program completed two years this April, the Champion Advisory Committee (CAC) met with Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, on 20 April in Mumbai. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the program’s progress in the past two years and decide the future plans. Mr. Ketharinath Kamalanathan, PMP, chairperson, CAC, received an emotional adieu as he completed his two-year tenure at CAC. The CAC acknowledged his contributions to the program. Mr. Ganesh Puthucode, PMP, member, CAC, who has left CAC after two years for personal commitments, was also given a farewell.

Mr. Kalady announced the names of the new chairperson and co-chairperson for CAC for the next one year - April 2013 to March 2014. Ms. Shagufta Inamdar, PMP, is the new chairperson and Mr. Vivek Sonar is the new
co-chairperson. The CAC team reviewed the program's
progress and discussed key action points for the year ahead.

Launch of Champion Portal

Champions at the North India felicitation ceremony
With the Champion program spreading wide and fast, there is a need to track its progress. That gave rise to the idea of having a comprehensive web solution for the program. It will be integrated with the Champion website. It will be used to submit Champion goals, track results and achievements, document interactions between Champions and mentors, identify star performers every quarter, and integrate the results with the rewards framework. To come up with a feasible web solution, a sub-committee was formed in July 2012 that comprised of PMI India Champions, CAC members, and administration team members. The sub-committee members were Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, PMP, Mr. Sampath Kumar, PMP, Mr. Vivek Sonar, Ms. Shagufta Inamdar, PMP, Ms. Leena Gupte, PMP, Ms. Swati Pant, and Mr. Chiranjeev Singh from CyberMedia.

The sub-committee's task was to finalize the requirements and get the solution developed. The requirements were captured through progressive elaboration and the scope document was submitted to the vendor to initiate the work. Coordination among team members was important as it was a virtual team. Single points of contact (SPOC) were identified from the sub-committee and the development team, so as to ensure that the development happens as per the scope document and to avoid obvious communication gaps. The solution went through several development phases over the next 4-5 months. Periodic reviews within the sub-committee and also with CAC chairperson ensured that the project stayed on course and within the agreed targets of time and cost. The entire development was completed over seven months. The piloting was done at two levels – first within the sub-committee and then expanding it to a live environment by involving more CAC members and Champions as real world users. The solution was formally launched on 24 April to the entire team.

The successful development and launch is attributed to the detail scope document, identification of SPOC early in the program, periodic reviews within the sub-committee to track progress and resolve issues, and the commitment of all team members.

PMI India Champions Felicitation

Mr. B Sai Prasad delivering a talk
This year PMI India recognized Champions for their contributions in the third and fourth quarters of 2012 through events held at different cities.

The Chennai event was held on 4 May in which Champions networked, shared their experiences, and received felicitations for their contributions for the region. They received Champion badges from Mr. Kamalanathan, PMP.

A similar event was organized in Delhi at TCIL Bhawan on 8 May. Mr. Vimal Wakhlu, PMP, chairman and managing director, TCIL, felicitated the Champions from the North India region for the third and fourth quarters of 2012. He handed over Champion badges. The Champions got an opportunity to interact with the widely experienced project management team at TCIL.

PMI India Champion Achievement

Champions at the Chennai felicitation ceremony
The 27th Microsoft Project Users Group (MPUG) Chapter was started in Chennai recently. MPUG India Chennai Chapter conducts monthly meetings that provide a unique platform to discuss, debate, and research on Microsoft Project features facilitated by industry experts. It also provides an opportunity to network and listen to scheduling best practices across different industries.

During the past two events, Mr. B Sai Prasad, PMP, PMISP, MCTS, PMI India Champion, and MPUG India Chennai chapter president, presented on "Microsoft Project 2010 Essentials” and “Don’t Kill Your Schedule by Setting Dates." He emphasized on the importance of scheduling and how it can easily be achieved through Microsoft Project.

Mr. Mathur presented another webinar on the same subject to the PMI Global IT and Telecom Community of Practice. This webinar was hosted by PMI India Champion, Mr. Praveen Jangira, PMP.

Senior Champions Announced

Based on the performance and tenure in the program, PMI India announced that Mr. Visu Kumar, PMP, Mr. Sai Prasad, PMP, and Mr. Venkatasubramanian Sivakumar, PMP, would now be designated as Senior Champions for the program.

Champions of Quarter Q1 2013 Announced

Mr. Venkatasubramanian Sivakumar, PMP, Mr. Kumar Saurabh, PMP, and Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, PMP, bagged the “Champion of the Quarter” title for the first quarter of 2013.

(Contributed by PMI India Champions Mr. Chetan Mathur, PMP, Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, PMP, and Mr. Kumar Saurabh, PMP.)

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