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New CAC Members Join the Program

The risk management workshop in Pune
The months of June and July were busy for PMI India Champions. They reached out to external organizations to spread awareness about project management. With the program expanding and reaching new highs, PMI India announced two new Champion Advisory Committee (CAC) members — Mr. Mahesh Gaddi and Mr. Partha Ghose.

Mr. Gaddi is senior manager, professional services, Infor Enterprise Software Solutions, Hyderabad. He has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years serving multinational organizations in the areas of ERP and extended ERP solutions. He has designed and delivered focused project management workshops for the pharmacy, IT, and the government sectors. Mr. Gaddi has served on the PMI Pearl City Chapter Board as director, academia, and has been actively involved with the Hyderabad region volunteering activities.

Mr. Partha Ghose is president and unit head, Welspun Maxsteel Limited, Navi Mumbai. A post-graduate in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Mr. Ghose has over 35 years of experience in iron and steel, copper, aluminium, ferroalloys, power, and infrastructure projects. He is a passionate senior volunteer of PMI and has been working towards promoting project management in public sector units and and educational institutes.

PMI Awareness Session at Infinx Services

Infinx Services is an IT company that is part of the Tandon Group and is based in Seepz, Mumbai. Mr. Manoj Sarasappan, PMP, senior vice president, Infinx Services, invited PMI Champion, Mr. Jacob Zachariah, to advocate project management in the organization. A session was held on 18 June that was attended by a group of 25 middle-level and senior-level managers from the organization’s IT and HR functions.

Mr. Zachariah touched upon key project management elements of HR, communication, risk, and ethics to elucidate the knowledge areas as prescribed by PMI’s A Guide to Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The talk provided attendees an overview of project management and PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. He also spoke about the differences in the fourth and fifth version of the PMBOK® Guide. He also highlighted the advantages of being a PMI member and PMP® certified. There were discussions on ways to introduce Infinx managers into the PMI training programs. The talk lasted two hours, followed by a question and answer session.

PMBOK Guide® —Fifth Edition Training Sessions

Newly inducted CAC member, Mr. Partha S. Ghose, PMP, initiated training sessions at his organization. He has encouraged engineers at the Welspun Group to get trained and certified in project management. He has now taken the help of the company’s project leaders and corporate HR to start a series of training sessions covering all the 10 Knowledge Areas as prescribed by the PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition. The group that attended these sessions comprised of 12 senior and middle level project professionals. The trainings were conducted by Mr. Ghose, along with his colleagues Mr. Navneet Kumar, PMP, and Ms. Swati Pasthe, PMP. The course was completed over five weeks. The company has now decided to organize a program by a PMI R.E.P., followed by certification.

Risk Management Workshop

Under the PMI India Champion Program, a workshop on “Risk Management in PMI Parlance” was organized for cross-functional engineering team of Sortimat Technology, Pune. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Vivek Sonar, Head, Project Management office, at AMW Motors Limited. He is also a part of the Champion Advisory Committee in the Champion Program.

Mr. Sonar started the workshop with the Joe-Hari window technique, which is an innovative introduction process that sets the right ambience for a workshop. It covered tools, techniques, and strategies on risk management.

Mr. Mahesh Gaddi
Various case studies related to the manufacturing industry were taken to further understand these tools and techniques. He also touched upon common pitfalls and practical tools to develop a good risk plan. Mr. Sandeep Bhavsar, vice president, international outreach, PMI Pune Deccan Chapter, spoke about the various initiatives of the PMI local chapter. Mr. Dilip Choudhari, general manager, technical operations, Sortimat Technology Pvt. Ltd. said that the top challenges in project management are to pro-actively anticipate and manage project risks. He appreciated PMI’s efforts towards project management advocacy in the manufacturing sector.

Sessions on Microsoft Project

MPUG India Chennai Chapter (http://chennai.mpug.com) conducts monthly chapter meetings that provide a unique platform to discuss, debate, research on Microsoft Project features facilitated by industry experts. MPUG India Chennai Chapter and Mr. B Sai Prasad, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI India Champion and MPUG Chennai Chapter President hosted two MPUG local chapter events. On 18 May, Mr. K. P. Prakash, director, project management, Grade Results, Inc. and Mr. B Sai Prasad presented on “Make Your Schedule Realistic by Using Calendars and Manage Your Team Work With Team Planner.” On 29 June, Mr. Kesavamoorthy Ramamurthy, associate director, Cognizant, presented on “Manage Resources in Project 2010.” Attendees learnt how to set up calendars, holidays, use team planner to manage resource utilization, set up work, material and cost resources, configure availability of resources, and different resource related views.

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