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Letter from the Conference chair
Dear Reader,

It is indeed my privilege to write to you about the sixth PMI India National Conference 2014 held at Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC), Hyderabad. It was a two-and-a-half day conference with seven keynote speeches, 21 technical paper presentations and seven case studies. The theme of the conference was “Project Management – the Mantra for Sustainable Growth”. More than 900 delegates took part.

The conference started with a welcome address by me as the conference chair setting the context for the theme. Mr. Ricardo Triana, director, Chair 2014 PMI Board of Directors, spoke on the “Next Generation Project Management” that covered the latest trends and techniques. We wrapped up the day with the PMI India Project of the Year awards presentation.

On the second day, Mr. Ramesh Iyer, managing director, Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Limited, implored everyone to not live in the past and use project management for sustainable growth. Mr. N. V. S. Reddy, managing director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, impressed upon the need for passion and team mentality in his address on “Managing Infra Projects”. A unique interview with the very first IT entrepreneurs from Hyderabad was well received. The day culminated with a rapacious presentation by well renowned theater artist author, and leadership speaker, Mr. Alyque Padamsee, in which he said that leaders are not born but made.

His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami, founder, Jeeyar Educational Trust, differentiated between organizational (hard and smart work) and domestic (spirituality – heart and soul work) project management. Former Indian cricketer, Mr. V. V. S. Laxman, signed the conference off by sharing his story of how he became a cricketer.

Case studies like “Establishing Daimler Trucks Business in India” and technical papers like “Effective CMMi Implementation in Agile Environment with a Fresh Team” engaged the audience.

Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, vice president, PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMI PCC), was the conference director. He was ably supported by Mr. Arun Kiran Ponnekanti, secretary general, PMI PCC, and Mr. Amith Kumar Mikkilineni, treasurer, PMI PCC, under the aegis of the conference project management office. All PMI PCC board members contributed through various roles.

I take this opportunity to thank PMI India managing director Raj Kalady and his team for their continuous support and guidance in delivering this conference.

Srinivas Kopparapu
President, PMI Pearl City Chapter & Conference chair

Ravi Vurakaranam – Conference Director

• Arun Kiran Ponnekanti – Marketing & Communications
• Venkat Reddy – Registration support
• Sangita Zarpade – Sponsorship
• Pavan Chamarty – Stage Management
• Sriram Santhana Gopalan – Guest Management
• Amith Kumar Mikkilineni – Registration
• Nagini Chandramouli – Mobile App (Delegate Experience)
• Tony Jacob – Case Studies
• Bhaskar Reddy Gaddam – Speaker Identification

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