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Upgrading Knowledge Through Workshops

Faculty members of PMIPCC at the upgrade workshop on PMBOK® Guide-Fifth Edition

Now that A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition is available, the chapter has begun initiatives to spread knowledge about it among its various stakeholders. The first workshop on the latest version of the PMBOK® Guide was conducted in April. There was a workshop for chapter members, followed by a workshop for Deloitte. The chapter also conducted an upgrade workshop for all its faculty members. Based on the response of these participants, there are plans to conduct regular workshops on this edition of the PMBOK® Guide.

In line with PMI objectives of encouraging and engaging volunteers, the chapter has been working on multiple models of volunteer engagement. Each board member has been mandated to create volunteer opportunities, which is then published in the chapter website. In order to further augment this process, the chapter conducted a volunteer management meeting to increase the volunteer base, which received an encouraging response.

Collaboration with PMI Memphis Chapter
PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter has moved a step ahead by collaborating with international associations. Ms. Rekha Rao, member, PMI Pune Deccan Chapter, presented the chapter's overview to PMI Memphis Chapter members during her US trip. PMI Memphis Chapter will now work with Pune-Deccan Chapter.

During the initial stage of this association both chapters will focus on generating value to its members. Chapter members can now attend each other's seminars, exchange seminars,and share newsletter content. Pune-Deccan Chapter members will be exposed to a global forum, and can learn and share project management best practices from another country. The chapter held two seminars on 11 May as part of its monthly seminar series. The themes were "Project Management Tools and Techniques" and "Soft Skills for Project Managers and Managers." The seminars attracted over 50 members. The chapter also felicitated seven members who recently received their PMP® credentials.

PM Footprints Reaches Milestone

Mr. MS Hiremath, PMP, vice president, programs, PMI Bangalore Chapter, presenting a token of appreciation to Mr. Anand
In continuing with its pursuit of promoting project management knowledge, PMI Bangalore Chapter has taken steps to revise its training material as per A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition for its PMP Quest training program. The training based on the new curriculum is expected to start in June. Members can download the e-book version of the same from the PMI website for their use.

The chapter hosted the 200th session of PM Footprints on 14 March. It is a milestone in the chapter’s history. Mr. T.R.Anand, management consultant and advisor, spoke on "Customer Centric Project Management - Business Perspectives" and it was attended by nearly 80 practitioners.

PM Footprints was launched in October 2006 to provide a platform for sharing the experience and knowledge of project managers. It is held every alternate Thursday at Royal Orchid Central Hotel on Dickenson Road in Bangalore. The popularity of the program can be gauged by the number of participants who attend these sessions regularly.

The chapter recently concluded elections to fill vacancies for three positions in the chapter's executive committee (EC).
Join us in congratulating the new EC members - Mr. Basu Dutta, PMP, Mr. Nimish Mehta, PMP, and Mr. Venkatachaliah Babu, PMP.

Continuing Education Program

Ms. Susweta Mukherjee at the software estimation workshop
PMI West Bengal Chapter holds one-day workshops as part of its continuing education initiative. The first such workshop this year was held on 11 May. The workshop was on one of the most challenging areas of software development, "Estimations Used in Software Industry." It covered both traditional methods like Use Case Points and Function Points, and the latest methods used in software development based on the agile project management approach.

The workshop was anchored by Ms. Susweta Mukherjee, PMP, principal consultant, Tata Consulting Services; Mr. Ronaka Roy Khatri, senior consultant, Tata Consulting Services, and Mr. Saikat Dutt, PMP, associate director - projects, Cognizant Technology Solutions.

The speakers used examples and demonstrations to make it an interesting learning experience for the participants. Participants' feedback has been encouraging. The interactions and networking during the day’s proceeding led quite a few participants to come forward as chapter volunteers for various activities.

(Chapter news is contributed by Capt. L.N. Prasad, Mr. Soumen De, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Tapan Kumar Jena, and Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam.)
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