Thomson Reuters Hosts Project Management UnConference
The Project Management group within Thomson Reuters is a vibrant, global, and passionate group of professionals, and this was fairly visible in the second Project Management UnConference held in Bangalore at the Thomson Reuters premises on 28 August. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting – an exciting and innovative approach to learning, sharing, and collaboration that has taken inspiration from the “Bar Camp” model of open, participatory workshop-events, for which the content comes from the participants. The event was held in association with PMI India. Besides Thomson Reuters, there was representation from companies such as IBM, EMC, Syngene, MindTree, and Goldman Sachs.
The philosophy behind the event is to improve project management in Thomson Reuters through collaborative sharing of ideas, knowledge, and experience, and then applying those learnings to the project environment. This year’s theme was “Empowering Project Managers.”
Attendees sharing knowledge and deliberating on their project management learnings
Dr. B. Suresh, former director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram delivered the keynote address. He spoke about project management practices in India’s space program. It was clear from his talk how much the success of a space project depends on project management. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Sunil Gupta, group head – quality, productivity, tools, and reuse, Infosys. He spoke about leveraging the power of a matrix-driven organization to enhance business value.
This year, the conference had a very engaging element - Pecha Kucha. Pecha Kucha is a form of idea communication that started in Tokyo in 2003 as a way of getting designers to tell their stories in a concentrated manner. The presenter tells a story in smaller bites, focusing on the main points. Some of the topics presented during this session included the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, the art of influence, managing change, and effective communications. In another segment called World Café, the audience engaged in discussions on topics such as chaotic creativity versus innovation and whether we need to quantify and measure success of an individual on his/her soft skills.
The event concluded with a panel discussion on the central theme, “Empowering Project Managers.” The panel included representatives from Thomson Reuters - Mr. Pradeep Lankapalli, senior vice president and global head of operations centers, Global Growth Organization; Ms. Adele Craze, head project management office; Mr. Yogen Karumbaya, Bangalore site head - and Mr. B. G. Jayaram, President, PMI Bangalore Chapter and head of project management center of excellence, Infosys.
Here is what one of the participants had to say of the events. “It was a wonderful day to remember. People like me who are involved in operations and are in the budding stage of projects learned a great deal about how projects are carried out across their lifecycle. The event was very well organized and provided us a great platform to network with project managers across the company. I look forward to more such events,” says Mr. Vigneesh Venkatramanan.