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PMI India Champions Program
PMI India Champions were involved in a number of events in the past couple of months. They reached out to internal and external organizations to spread awareness about project management. Champions also promoted the PMI India National Conference held in the National Capital Region in September within their respective organizations.

The Hindi translation of the fifth edition of PMI’s A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) was unveiled at the national conference. PMI India Champion Mr. Chetan Mathur contributed as an “end user reviewer” for the translation. He reviewed chapters on “Organizational Influences and Project Life Cycle” and “Project Time Management.”

The conference was also a time for Champions and members of the Champion Advisory Committee to meet and discuss the program’s achievements and the way forward.

MPUG India Chennai Chapter Meetings

The Microsoft Project Users Group (MPUG) India Chennai Chapter conducts monthly chapter meetings that provide a unique platform to discuss, debate, and 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 27 July, Mr. Prasad presented on the topic, “Manage Agile Projects with Microsoft Project and Save Time Using Macros in Microsoft Project.” On 24 August, MPUG hosted a full-day mega event attended by 30 practitioners. In this event, Mr. Prasad and Mr. Prakash K. P., director, project management, Grade Results, Inc. presented on the topic, “Microsoft Project 2010 Essentials.”

Attendees learned how to manage projects using the agile project management techniques in Microsoft project, record/run/enable/disable macros in Microsoft project, manage a single project including create and maintain calendars, customization, create and modify project task structure, manage resources, set and maintain baseline, update actual progress and compare progress against baseline, identification of the critical path of the project, and printing schedules and reports.

PMI-CII Conference on Project Management

On 29-30 August, PMI and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) sponsored the fourth edition of the “Conference on Project Management” in Bangalore. The conference had a range of good speakers from CII, KPMG, GE, Infosys, IBM, Wipro, HCL, Tech Mahindra, ITC, and public sector agencies.

There was a wide range of sessions. Some of the thought provoking sessions included:

  1. Cruise Control – Managing Projects Successfully
  2. Executing Mega and Troubled Projects
  3. Project Governance – Driving Successful Project Delivery
  4. Project Management Knowledge vs. Domain Knowledge: A Discussion
  5. Leadership in Times of Change
  6. Stakeholder Management – How to manage Challenging Stakeholders
  7. From Global to Local – Evolution of Project Management in the Last decade

Mr. Prasann Patil, PMI India Champion, presented his experience in both IT and steel industries in his presentation, “Stakeholder Management – Connect the Dots- 2 case Studies.” The first case study was on a blast furnace automation program for Larsen & Toubro in north India in 1995 and the second involved mergers and acquisitions program for an acquired company of EMC, the Kazeon M&A.

Mr. Patil used the stakeholder matrix extensively in his presentation and showed how the four categories of stakeholders could move in four different quadrants during the project lifecycle (refer to the diagram below). He emphasized that the project manager needs to keep a close eye at the stakeholder matrix for projects and organizational success, and help improve organization capability.

Based on his experience, he concluded that stakeholder management is 70 percent art and 30 percent science. The art listening, empathy, mentoring, and training the team to take them to the next level. The science component is about using tools and techniques, and processes to be followed.

Session on Agile Project Management Approach at Syntel

Syntel and PMI India collaborated for a knowledge sharing session on agile project management approach on 14 November at the Syntel GDC campus, Pune. The event was organized by the Syntel Project Management Community (SynPMCom) volunteers with the help of enabling functions. The welcome address was given by Mr. Ram Singampalli, vice president, strategic initiatives. He covered Syntel’s journey in project management and its association with PMI. Following that, Mr.Visukumar Gopal, practice manager – CEO’s office & senior PMI India Champion, introduced the guest speaker and felicitated him on behalf of SynPMCom. Guest speaker, Mr. Rahul Sudame, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, director, engineering & agile practice head, Faichi Solutions, shared his knowledge and experience on agile project management techniques. He highlighted the difference between PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® and Certified Scrum Master credentials. It was an interactive session that received positive feedback from attendees. At the end of the session, there was a quiz and exciting prizes to be won. PMI India sponsored the high value prizes for the quiz. Post session, a high tea was arranged for attendees which gave an opportunity for networking.

Groom and Grow at IBM

On 23 November, there was a session on “Groom and Grow” at IBM, DLF IT Park, Chennai. This was a joint event by PMI Chennai Chapter and IBM. The session covered the G & G framework and experts briefed attendees about the usage and benefits of Pathpro to assess the competencies of project managers.

Webinar on Project Cost Management

CII, in collaboration with PMI, has been organizing an “Online Master Class Series on Project Management.” The series aims to address various aspects of project management like delivering projects, moving them quickly and efficiently from inception to deployment on a pre-determined schedule, and cost and quality in this ever-changing business space.

Mr. Chetan Mathur, PMI India Champion, conducted a webinar on “Project Cost Management” on 30 August. Project cost management encompasses various functions including estimating, job controls, field data collection, scheduling, accounting, and design. These are vital tools for effective cost management to analyze various aspects of the project.

The session was attended by COOs, function heads, project managers, and project management consultants from industries associated with CII. It focused on how cost management plays a big role from initiation to completion of a project in terms of defining, monitoring, and tracking project costs and achieving operational efficiencies.

(Contributed by PMI India Champion Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, PMP)
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