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Adopting Latest Advances in the Field of Psychology for Effective Project Management

Mr. Raj Kalady with the winning team
Adopting Latest Advances in the Field of Psychology for Effective Project Management was awarded the best technical paper at the conference. Mr. Ramanand Garimella, Mr. Lakshmi Varagan D., and Mr. Debabrata Pruseth from Tata Consulting Services (TCS) Limited authored the paper. The team identified the human challenges in project management and used recommendations from psychological concepts to draw a solution framework for the four phases of initiate, plan, execute, and close.

Mr. Garimella said, “The workplace is still an emotional setting, it need not be ruthless. We are not robots, at least not yet. The manipulation inevitable in human negotiations should benefit both the parties. For instance, build a cascaded project vision and align it to personal goals, work on associates’ strengths and not weaknesses, and use positive provocations to evoke better ideas.”

The team cautioned against the ‘planning fallacy’ syndrome where one tends to incorrectly estimate outcomes. When a subordinate performs well, the team recommended “praising the talent and not the individual and applying the same correlation in case of a negative outcome.” When Mr. Varagan asked the audience if they wanted a perfectionist in their team, the answer was an emphatic ‘no’, for it can be a roadblock to creativity.

Often, project managers may not have the requisite authority or power, yet are expected to influence people. “This is where the science of persuasion comes into play and you can apply the principles of influence to accomplish the task,” stated Mr. Garimella, again underscoring the importance of applied psychology for successful project management.

Leveraging the Deployment Excellence Framework for Effective Adoption of High Maturity Processes

Mr. Raj Kalady presenting the runner-up
certificate to a team member
Leveraging the Deployment Excellence Framework for Effective Adoption of High Maturity Processes was adjudged the second best technical paper to be presented at the conference. It was authored by Mr. Parag Saha, Mr. Pranabendu Bhattacharyya, and Mr. Rajib Banerjee from TCS Ltd.

“Every time you try to deploy a process in an organization, what does it take to ensure that people wilfully adapt it?” asked Mr. Saha, pointing to an archetypal challenge at the workplace. Based on their work at TCS and through consulting engagements in this area, the team came up with a list of techniques, best practices, and lessons learned metrics on how to ensure a winning deployment. They elucidated their paper with real-life examples and case studies, and provided a solution framework.

“Once you come up with an idea, you have to get people to like it. Different strokes work for different folks. The greatest challenge is to consistently innovate and this comes at a price. If your overheads don’t earn you the expected return on investment, then you are left with a disgruntled workforce. For successful deployment, bring in some psychology, some math, and some statistics,” he added.

Below is a table of the rest of the technical papers presented:
Effective CMMi Implementation in Agile environment with fresh team Anjali Mogre and Sujata Salunkhe, Atos
Social Networking to promote Ethical Leadership Alankar Karpe, Advisory Group
Becoming the preferred partner Mangesh Sardesai, Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited
Project Management in Collaboration Age Ashish Sadekar, ProThoughts
Decision Analysis for successful Project Investment in midcourse of BOT Infra Projects Bhavesh Thakkar, Gammon India Limited
Effective Talent Management – Predictive model for skill based forecasting Piyush Jain, Infosys
Concept Prototyping on PMAAS Suite (CPOPS) Subhajit Bhattacharya, Accenture
Innovations within Project Management and its Innovative Applications Vikas Dubey, CSC India
Incubating Emerging Technologies – A Lever for Service Excellence Shreyas Bhargava and Prasad Ramanathan, IGATE Global Solutions Ltd.
Process - Way of Life Dakshinamoorthi G., Cognizant Technology Solutions
Efficiency Enhancement for Distributed Agile Teams Pavan Adipuram and Purnachandra Moparthi, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
PM 3.0: What should the Gen-Next Project Manager focus on? Rahul Ghodke, Microland Ltd.
Next Generation Project/Program Manager Namit Agarwal, Adobe Systems
Never Too Big to Fail: How a Fusion Approach can Improve Chances of Project Success Gaurav Sapra, Namrata Ahuja, and Kamal Kaher, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Software Project Management: Distributed Agile Approach Somdatta Banerjee and Ananda Chakraborty, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Process Excellence for New Age Project Management Sathish Nataraj, Prabal Ralhan, and Chandramohan, Daimler India
10 Commandments of Project Success J. V. Rao, Essar Projects India Ltd.
Start it Right – a Focused Approach on Project Launch Beebejan Valiyakath, IBM
Using Social Networks in Project Management Dattatraya Pathak, Aspect Management Services Pvt. Ltd.

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