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PM Award for Excellence

Chapter members receiving ‘Recognition of Excellence’ award
For its excellent programs and benefits to chapter members, PMI Bangalore Chapter has received the ‘Recognition of Excellence, PMI Chapter of the Year, Category IV’ award at the PMI Global Chapter Awards program this year. A record number of 34 chapters across the globe had submitted the applications for the award. This could not have come at a better time for this winning chapter as it completes 15 years of operation.

More than 1,000 chapter leaders from over 200 chapters around the world attended the event held on 25 October in the Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in New Orleans, US. Mr. Vijay Paul, director, volunteering, and Mr. Sumanth Padival, vice president, technology, both from PMI Bangalore Chapter received the award from Ms. Deanna Landers, chair, PMI Board of Directors, and Mr. Mark A. Langley, president and CEO, PMI. With this award, PMI Bangalore Chapter enjoys the exalted company of long-standing and winning chapters such as PMI Washington Chapter, PMI Houston Chapter, PMI New York Chapter, and PMI Japan Chapter. The award recognizes chapters’ contribution towards member services, successful annual conference, publications, and outreach to student community.

Meanwhile, the chapter organized PM Footprints sessions on 10 and 24 October. In the first session, Mr. Jitendra Kumar Kaushik, PMP, director, COE Group, spoke on “Transforming Team Performance.” The second session was by Mr. Vinod D’Souza, technical architect and Agile coach, SpiderLogic India, who spoke on “Kaizen Blitz- Reinvigorating your Development Process” in which he highlighted how this technique can bring in big improvements in cycle time in a short period of time without adding capital and without compromising on quality. The chapter also held a one-day Agile Foundation Program based on the chapter’s ACP (PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner®) Quest program on 26 October at the Dhi Learning Center. Sixteen aspirants for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification attended the foundation course that provides an introduction to the agile project management approach and is designed to lay the foundation for the PMI-ACP® certification.

Academic Outreach Program
PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) conducted a special general body meeting on 25 October that was attended by around 100 members. The meeting’s main agenda was change of the auditor. To mark the occasion, a session was held by Mr. Kuppa Sastry, director, media & entertainment business unit, Cognizant, on “Effective Business Development – The Underlying Psychology.”

In addition, Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, vice president, PMIPCC, has brought accolades to the chapter by successfully completing the delivery of Project Management Elective program at National Institute of Technology, Warangal, with assistance from Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, president, PMIPCC. Mr. Vurakaranam has been instrumental in preparing the content, preparation, administering the mid-term and final exam, and evaluating students’ answer sheets and project submissions. This is a project built on the build operate transfer model. After having delivered the entire module successfully, PMIPCC will now hand it over to the institute that will assign a faculty member to get trained on the module delivery. PMIPCC has also started a student chapter at NIT Warangal. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between PMIPCC and government-run Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development Institute for propagating and providing project management education to government officials.

Elections Announced
PMI North India Chapter has notified members about elections for the chapter board. Nominations are invited for five chapter board positions – secretary and vice presidents for communication, programs, membership, and volunteer management. This election process is being managed by a nominating committee formed by the chapter board and comprising of Mr. Amit Chauhan, Mr. Pritam Dutt, and Mr. Brij Nandan Yadava. Voting will be conducted online. The candidate with the simple majority of votes for each of the positions will be adjudged the winner. The results will be announced by the nominating committee to the general membership on 27 December.

Engaging Monthly Seminars

Participants at ‘Agile Innovation Games – Ideas into Action’ workshop discussing and engaging in real-life project challenges
PMI Pune Chapter has signed a memorandum of understanding with PMI Memphis Chapter in the US to enhance membership value for both the chapters. Mr. Rahul Sudame, director of engineering, Faichi Solutions of PMI Pune Chapter recently conducted a workshop on “Agile Innovation Games – Converting Ideas into Action” for the members of the PMI Memphis Chapter on 28 October. Mr. Sandeep Bhavsar, vice president, international outreach, and Ms. Rekha Rao, manager, international outreach, collaborated with Mr. Kenneth Watkins, president, Memphis Chapter, to organize this session.

The chapter also conducted two seminars on 8 June. The first one was on “Shifting Business Dynamics to Process Consulting for customer success” by Mr. Shrikant Chapekar who has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. The other one was on “Discover Invisible Power” by Mr. Mukund Joglekar, director, Touch Innerself.

A workshop was held on 6 July on “Agile Innovation Games – Ideas into Action” conducted by Mr. Sudame. Participants discussed real-life project challenges and shared best practices using this highly engaging technique.

On 10 August, the chapter organized a workshop on the adaptation of informal project management best practices. Mr. Vivek Dixit, a management consultant, presented on how project management is being used even by a homemaker without the use of any specific terminology or jargon. He provided several examples of informal projects in our day-to-day life. The second session was on the difference between PMI’s fourth and fifth version of A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) conducted by Mr. Himanshu Warudkar, PMP, who is the chapter vice president for new initiatives and works as vice president at Barclays Technology Centre India in Africa Technology.

On 14 September, Mr. Mohan Kondur a management consultant, addressed chapter members on Earned Value Management (EVM). Mr. Kondur, who has over 37 years of experience in program and project management across industry sectors, spoke about his experiences of using EVM as a program manager.

This was followed by a panel discussion in which eminent speakers discussed how to take control of one’s career path through self-development. The discussion was led by Mr. Girish Kelkar, past president, PMI Pune Chapter. This session focused on different options one can leverage to take one’s career forward. The other panelists were Mr. Rajaram Krishnaswami, Dr. Vanita Patwardhan, reader, Jnana Prbobhini’s Institute of Psychology; Mr. Madhav Joshi, Mr. Jayant Damle, director, Chatur Knowledge Networking Private Limited (CKN); and Mr. Partha Ghose.

The October seminar was on the topic, “Why Did You Not Get That Promotion?” Mr. Vishwanath Joshi shared some research- based insights on some unwritten rules of corporate advancements and ways to take more ownership for self growth and development. The other session for the day was on strategic thinking and decision making by Mr. Girish Kelkar, director, CMAT Consulting Group, in which he used hypothetical scenarios to brainstorm on the topic.

PM Conclave 2013
PMI Mumbai Chapter organized its annual PM Conclave on 23-24 November in which delegates from diverse streams connected, shared, and enriched the fraternity and also celebrated International Project Management Day.

The conference topic, “Project Governance through Program and Portfolio Management,” provided an opportunity to discuss challenges faced by project managers in the country where policy paralysis is affecting infrastructure development and a fluctuating currency is increasing market volatility. Eminent project management professionals and academicians spoke at the event that saw participation from over 250 professionals including delegates and volunteers.. Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, and Mr. Tejas Sura, region mentor, PMI Region 11, represented PMI at the conference.

The keynote speakers were Mr. Allwyn Bowden, CEO - Essar Projects; Dr. Rajan Saxena, vice chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) University; Mr. Mukund Prasad, director, group HR, business transformation and CIO, Welspun Group; and Mr. Nitin Patwardhan, PgMP, senior vice president, Accelya Kale Solutions. A host of other industry speakers also addressed the audience.

Mr. Raj Kalady lighting the lamp at PM Conclave. With him on the dais are (from left) Mr. Tejas Sura and Dr. Rajan Saxena
A panel discussion on project governance was held during the conclave. The panelists were Mr. Partha Ghose, president and unit head - Welspun Group; Mr. A. K. Jain, executive director, offshore, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC); Dr. Satish Modh, associate dean, technology management, NMIMS university; and Mr. Hiren Kulkarni, CEO, Infinx Services; along with the moderator Mr. Shrikant Patil, principal consultant, Accenture India.

This was followed by a case study presentation by Larsen and Toubro on the Mumbai High North project that was this year’s winner of the PMI India Best Project of the Year in the large category award. Technical papers from the three best submissions from chapter members were selected for presentation during the conference.

To promote project management among business school students, Mumbai Chapter, through its student chapter at NMIMS University’s Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Education, organized IDEATE 4.0, a project management competition. The competition had four stages, an online quiz, online personal interview, project engagement, and pre-conclave presentations. There were over 200 teams and the team from NMIMS - MPSTME won the competition and the team from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research was the runner-up.

Aviskar 2013 - Connecting the dots
PMI West Bengal Chapter organized its third annual conference “Aviskar 2013” on 30 November in Kolkata. The conference provided great opportunity for project management practitioners across industries, government, academia, and social sectors to connect the dots in project management space. It started with the ceremonial lamp lighting by Dr. B. P. Sharma, director Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Mr. Ashok Mukherjee, vice president (human resource), Tata Consultancy Services, accompanied by Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya, president, PMIWBC; Mr. Sumit Sinha, vice president, PMIWBC; and Mr. Soumendra Kumar Das, program director, PMIWBC.

Speakers at the panel discussion on ‘Mindshare or Mindset – which is the biggest challenge of Eastern India?’
The events for the day then rolled off with a keynote speech from Dr. Sharma, which was enriched with his experience of the mega award winning project of the new Kolkata Airport terminal, its magnitude, unique challenges, achievements and learning points. This was followed by a series of sessions covering the areas of human resource, academics, entrepreneurial development, and approach towards life. The sessions were anchored by eminent speakers who are pioneers in their respective fields. An interesting panel discussion on “Mindshare or Mindset – which is the biggest challenge of Eastern India?” was also held that helped the audience in understanding various challenges of this region from different dimensions and the strengths on which they can chart their way forward towards growth. As part of its commitment to social cause, the chapter appreciated and felicitated Third Eye Foundation, a nongovernmental organization in Kolkata that has been working tirelessly over the years to convert their focused efforts in bringing the pleasure of reading to the print challenged including the visually challenged.

True to its theme, Connect the Dots, the chapter successfully celebrated the day in its true spirit with participants getting some real life insights to project management practices across the sectors.

(Chapter news is contributed by Mr. Soumen De, Mr. L. N. Prasad, Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Raman Udgiri, Mr. Mitra Wani, and Mr. Arindam Basu.)
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