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Project Management in Multicultural Environment
As part of its Learn & Earn series of events, the chapter organized an extensive and interactive session on project management in a multicultural environment. It was hosted at IBM Millennium City in Kolkata on 31 May. Despite of a heavy shower with strong winds in the early morning, enthusiastic participants turned up to join the experience sharing session and network.

Ms. Asima Bhattacharya, delivery head, MARA ISON Connectiva Limited, the speaker for the event, articulated her experience of working with multiple geographies. She explained how to manage project teams in multicultural environments, how she built a project management framework, and the seven guiding principles/ground rules which can help project managers in managing multicultural project teams.

The event concluded with a networking session over tea.

Knowledge Building Sessions for Members
Participants of the PM Enrich workshop in Bangalore with Mr. Frank Saladis

PMI Bangalore Chapter organized a two-day advanced program on agile project management techniques on 3-4 May at DHI Leadership Centre. This program enabled those who want to pursue the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMIACP) ® certification and fulfil the mandatory 21 contact-hour requirement.

On 7 May, the chapter participated in PMI 2014 Conference of Central Illinois Chapter, USA and shared its vision and experiences with conference participants through a live Skype session.

This month, two Footprints session were held. On 8 May, Mr. Rudresha T. Shetty, director of engineering (professional BU), Harman International India Private Limited, spoke on ?Leaping from Water Fall to Agility?. On 22 May, Mr. Lokesh Venkataswamy, managing director, Innomantra Consulting Private Limited, spoke on "Functional Innovation Methodology - a Systematic Approach to Accelerate Patentable and Profitable Ideas".

The chapter, along with PMI India, held an advocacy session on project management, the various activities of Bangalore Chapter, and PMI certifications at L&T Infotech. Nearly 50 members participated in the event.

On 24 May, the chapter conducted a one-day foundation program on agile project management techniques at the DHI Leadership Centre.

On 31 May, Mr. Frank Saladis, an internationally known thought leader and speaker on project management, conducted a workshop under the chapter?s PM Enrich program in Bangalore. Nearly 25 members attended the workshop that highlighted the importance of project management in a globalized environment that is imperative in today?s competitive business dynamics for both growth and sustenance of organizations.

A Series of Monthly Seminars

Mr. Rahul Choudhary and Mr. Rajarama Rao B. during a monthly seminar
A seminar was held on 22 March on project management best practices that had over 90 participants. It started with Mr. Rajarama Rao Bannengala, vice president - programs, welcoming the attendees. The speaker for the day was Mr. Harish Honwad, who is a founding member of PMI Pune Chapter, and senior program manager, Persistent System. He presented the first part of the series, "Theory of Constraints: Why should Project Managers Learn the Theory of Constraints".

He introduced a theory of constraints that according to him works wonders if practised along with other concepts like lean methodology and agile project management techniques. After the session, the chapter felicitated new PMP® certified members and recognized three volunteers, Mr.Vaibhav Kondekar, Mr. Dhananjay Pandit, and Mr. Vinod Katke.

The next session of the day was on "Making Test Automation Work for You", in which Mr. Rahul Chaudhari, managing director and CEO, Qualitia, discussed the importance of test automation and the problems faced in the software test automation domain.

The 113th monthly seminar was held on 12 April in which there were over 70 attendees. Mr. Kapil Apshankar, associate director, Cognizant Technology Solutions, spoke on ?Art of Managing Priorities?. He is an expert in priority management for individuals, families, teams, and organizations, and is the author of "Done! The Art of Managing Priorities". The day ended with felicitation of new PMP credential holders. In the next session, Mr. Honwad continued his series on the theory of constraints.

The next monthly seminar on 10 May was attended by around 70 people. Mr. C. S. Vidyadhar Phadke, company secretary, V. B. Phadke & Co., spoke on ?Insights of Project Finance for Effective Project Management?. He discussed how project management is incomplete without a planned focus on project financing techniques. In the second session, Mr. Honwad completed the three-part series on the theory of constraints. The chapter also felicitated new PMP® certified members.

(Chapter news is contributed by Ms. Rekha Unni, PMP; Mr. Soumen De, PMP; Capt. L. N. Prasad; and Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, PMP.)
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