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Members Felicitated

Chennai Chapter members after the felicitation with chapter president, Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy; component mentor, PMI western Asia, Mr. Ramam Atmakuri; and managing director, PMI India, Mr Raj Kalady

PMI India felicitated 19 members of Chennai Chapter for being associated with PMI and the chapter for 10 years and seven members of Kerala Chapter for their eight years of association.

Manage India congratulates the following members for their long association and contribution to PMI India and the chapters:

Chennai Chapter
Mr. Kannan Ganesan, PMP
Mr. Ramaswami Seshadri, PMP
Mr. Krishnan Iyer Ganesan, PMP
Mr. Ramesh Arunachalam, PMP
Mr. Kumar P.V.S., PMP, PMI-RMP
Mr. Bhaskar Swamy, PMP
Mr. Shenbagaraman Periyanayagam, Ph.D.
Mr. Dayalan Daniel Rajan Ramsey
Mr. Venkatadurga Nageshbabu Garapati, PMP
Mr. Palaniappan Meenakshisundaram, PMP
Mr. B. Subramaniam, PMP
Mr. Ravi Shekhar, PMP
Mr. Ramani Kesavan, PMP
Mr. Rangasamy Jayaprakash, PMP
Mr. Chandrasekaran Audivaragan, PMP, PMI-ACP
Mr. Sriram Raghavan, PMP
Mr. Raman Awal, PMP
Mr. Thirunarayanan Varadadesigan, PMP
Mr. Ravi G. Ramasubramaniam, PMP

Kerala Chapter
Mr. Brajesh C. Kaimal, PMP
Mr. Kurisinkal S. Mathew, PMP
Mr. Suresh Ponnan, PMP
Mr. Leonard Jude Joseph, PMP
Mr. Karthikeyan Kumaraguru, PMP
Mr. Prem K Prabhakaran, PMP
Mr. Vikram Kumar B.T., Ph.D., PMP

Annual Conference Waves 2013

Dr. Nair delivering the inaugural address
Panelists Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, Mr. Tejas Sura, and Mr. Sreeram Ananthasayanam

PMI Kerala Chapter organized its annual conference on project management, Waves 2013, at Uday Samudra, Kovalam on 8 June. The theme of the third edition of the conference was “Project Management – a Catalyst for Success.”

Padma Vibhushan Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and secretary, department of space, Government of India, delivered the inaugural address. Dr. Madhavan Nair spoke about his experience in managing large projects in ISRO and the qualities that make a successful project manager. Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, gave an overview of the various initiatives taken by PMI India to promote the project management profession in the country.

The talks during the day were categorized into four tracks: infrastructure projects, innovation & development, information technology, and social development. Some of the eminent speakers were Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, vice president, Cognizant, and component mentor, PMI western Asia; Mr. Praful Rana and Nayan Chokshi from Gujarat Solar Park; Prof. Koshy Varghese from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Prof. S Rajeev, director, Asian School of Business; Mr. Santhosh C Kurup, center head, TCS, Kochi; Mr. Diego Guidi, social innovation scholar, Amrita School of Business; Mr. Sreeram Ananthasayanam, head, government and education in global delivery, IBM; and Mr. Prasad Unnikrishnan, manager, health & public services, Accenture.

An experts’ panel discussed “Will Managing Scope, Cost, Schedule, and Quality Guarantee Successful Projects.” The panel members were Mr. Tejas Sura, regional mentor, PMI; Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, president, PMI Chennai Chapter, Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, and Mr. Sreeram Ananthasayanam.

The chapter presented awards to organizations that used project management in the social sector and increased the awareness of PMI at the grassroots level. Awards were presented to best performing local self government bodies such as block panchayats and village panchayats in Kerala for the year 2011-12.

For the first time, a pre-conference event was organized with an objective of academic engagement. There was a contest on innovation projects and a business quiz in which several academic institutes participated.

Mr. Brajesh Kaimal receiving the plaque from Dr. Madhavan Nair Mr. Kurisinkal Mathew being felicitated by Mr. Kalady Mr. Vikram Kumar accepting the plaque from Dr. Nair

Learn & Earn Session

The chapter organized its fourth Learn & Earn event this year in July. Mr. Debasis Bandyopadhyay, an industry veteran who has seen the IT industry’s evolution very closely, spoke on, Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing. Being a topic of wide interest, it attracted 72 registrations, the highest till date. The session provided insights into the area of cloud computing. Attendees took active part in the interactive session that followed the talk.

The chapter president and the team from Aviskar 2013, the chapter’s annual conference, took this opportunity to address the attendees about the conference and how it presents an opportunity for project professionals of this region. The event ended with a networking session over tea.

National Conference Preparations
PMI North India Chapter is gearing up for the PMI India National Conference on September 27-28. Track teams have been working hard for the past couple of months to complete work on schedule. Below are some of the speakers for the conference: Mr. Nandan Nilekani, chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI); Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Union minister of state, human resources, Mr. Hanumant Talwar, managing director, Convergys, India & UK; Mr. Bipul Pathak, commissioner and secretary IT, Jammu & Kashmir; Mr. Arun Maira, member, Planning Commission; Mr. Sanjay Jaju, secretary, IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Mr. Shashank Ojha, e-government specialist, World Bank; Mr. R. Shankar Narayanan, head – strategy and planning, Larson and Toubro; Mr. Girish A Wagh, vice president, Tata Motors Ltd.; and Mr. Indranil Das, vice president, Ericsson.

Conference registration with special discounted prices for PMI North India chapter members has started. The Chapter is working on an exclusive mobile application for the conference that will be launched towards end August. This time there has been a big number of technical paper submissions from different industries from across India and abroad.

Besides conference preparation, the chapter in collaboration with the International Institute of Learning India hosted a two-day program management workshop on “Successfully Managing a Group of Related Projects.” The chapter brought this program at highly discounted rates to its members. The event was held on July 13-14 in which many senior project managers and program managers participated.

Engaging Monthly Seminars

Attendees taking part in a game as part of the workshop on agile project management methodology
PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter has been experimenting with different themes for its monthly seminars to deliver more value to its member community. The 104th monthly seminar on 8 June was attended by over 90 members and non-members. The first session, Shifting Business Dynamics to Process Consulting for Customer Success, was by Mr. Shirkant Chapekar who has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He highlighted the role of quality assurance in process improvements to align business processes for optimized deliveries to achieve customer success. In the next session, Discover Invisible Power, Mr. Mukund Joglekar, a former helicopter pilot and a life coach, spoke about recognizing one’s inner self and how to harness it to perform various roles in life.

On 14 July, Mr. Mukund Joglekar conducted a workshop on team building. He took the participants through the day’s program with four activity-based learning sessions. The activities were focused on imbibing inter-dependency in a team, planning, execution, co-ordination, diversity, communication, and working in a synchronous manner. The venue for the workshop was the picturesque Sadabahar Education Foundation facility at Mulshi.

The chapter organized its 105th monthly seminar on 6 July. It has over 80 attendees. There was a workshop on Shifting Agile Innovation Games – Ideas into Action by Mr. Rahul Sudame, director engineering & agile practice head, Faichi Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Participants discussed real-life project challenges and the use of innovation games in agile project management methodology. It was an interactive program that used several games to explain the concept to the participants.

Member Network Meetings

Chapter board members at the annual general meeting
PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC), Hyderabad, conducted two member network meetings within a span of 30 days. The first network meeting was on 28 June 2013 at CMC Gachibowli. Mr. Lax Gopisetty, client solutions, manufacturing, Infosys presented on “Future CEO in the Context of Project Management.” Mr. Aswini Sivakumar, founder and chief of concepts, Jugular Social, presented on “Dynamics and Responsibilities of Project Managers as Change agents in Digital Business Transformation.” Around 120 members enjoyed the presentations and got an opportunity to network.

PMIPCC strongly advocates and practices transparency. As a part of this initiative, the chapter presented its audited records to chapter members at the annual general body meeting. Chapter president introduced the board members, enumerated their contributions during the period April 2012 to March 2013, and presented the roadmap until March 2014. Mr. Bhaskar Reddy Gaddam, director, volunteer management, unveiled the volunteer PMO initiative. Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, president, PMIPCC, presented the member connect and reconnect initiatives. Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, member, PMI chapter member advisory group, was an invited guest.

This was followed by a presentation on “Career Planning for Project Manager” by Ms. Manisha Saboo, delivery manager, Infosys, and on “Strategic Management Approach for PM Based on Vedic Literature” by Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu.

PMIPCC announced that it is conducting an elective course in project management at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Warangal. Dr. C S R K Prasad, head, civil engineering, NIT Warangal also attended the meeting. Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, vice president, PMIPCC, Dr. Prasad, and Mr. Ramam honored the volunteers, faculty members, and representatives from educational institutes and other organizations that have assisted PMIPCC in spreading awareness about project management. More than 150 members attended the meeting.

Mr. Kopparapu attended the PMI APAC Leadership Institute Meeting and the president’s meet in Singapore on 13-14 July. PMIPCC is in the process of understanding the best practices and new lessons from this visit to apply it in a way that it will add value to chapter members.

New Programs
PMI Bangalore Chapter organized its first contact program for those seeking to get the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification. The 21-hour program was held at Dhi Learning Centre, Bangalore for three days starting 12 July. Twelve participants took part in ACP Quest, which is the second new initiative to be launched by the chapter this year. The trainees provided a positive feedback on the program that included several games and activities.

This month the PM Footprints session was held on 4 and 18 July at Hotel Royal Orchid Manipal Centre. On 4 July, Mr. Arjun Rao Chavala spoke on the best practices in risk management. He highlighted the importance and need for close monitoring of risks during all stages of a project. He talked on the various tools and techniques available for effective project management. On 18 July, Mr. K. Vijay Kumar spoke on “People Management Skills for Project Managers.” He reinforced that team members are the most important part of a project. A project manager who can get the best out of his/her team stands to win. Mr. Kumar spoke on various aspect of people management.

The third edition of PM Enrich was held on 27 July. Mr. Binod Maliel, PMP, an international trainer and executive coach, conducted a one-day workshop on, “Stakeholder Management Through Emotional Intelligence.” The program was a great success with 29 participants from various organizations.

(Chapter news is compiled by Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Raman Udgiri, Mr. Jayakrishnan P S, Mr. Piyush Govil, Mr. Amitabh Kishore, Mr. Soumen De, and Mr. L. N. Prasad)
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