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PMI India Champions Advocacy & Collaboration
PMI India Champion Mr. M. Manikandan, PMP (third from left), as Chief Guest at CMS College of Engineering

West Region Updates
PMI India Champion designate Mr. Vipin Shrotiya, PMP, conducted an eight-hour workshop on agile and scrum project management techniques at Cybage Software, Pune on 27 September. The workshop was targeted at managers, leaders, and senior engineers of the organization and focused on agile project management methodology and other software development models, an introduction to scrum, scrum roles, artifacts and practices, scrum release plan, estimation, scaling of scrum, earned value management, scrum and metrics, and scrum and Capability Maturity Model Integration.

Mr. Partha Ghose, PMP, member, Champion Advisory Committee (CAC), has been closely associated with SIES School of Management, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, and has been advocating project management among management students. These efforts have inspired 20 out of the 29 students of operations management to get PMI's Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)® . The school intends to now start a students' chapter, in association with PMI Mumbai Chapter.

On 14 October, PMI India Champion Mr. J. V. Rao, PMP, gave a presentation on project management and PMI credentials at Bhagwan Mahavir College of Engineering and Technology, Surat. He was accompanied by Mr. M. L. Dahima, PMP. The session was attended by 50 final year students and focused on the basics of project management, and PMI standards and credentials.

South Region Updates
PMI India Champion Mr. M. Manikandan, PMP, conducted project management knowledge sharing sessions on 17 and 29 September at the Nokia Chennai factory. A total of 15 supervisors and group leaders attended the sessions. He also spoke about the CAPM® and PMP® certifications, and career growth.

Subsequently, on 9, 10, 16 and 17 October, Mr. Manikandan planned and organized 35 hours of PMP® and beyond contact sessions in the Nokia RMZ Office, Chennai, which also involved the PMI Chennai Chapter. Ten Nokia employees attended these sessions.

On 11 October, he inaugurated the IT Association in CMS College of Engineering, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, as the chief guest. He addressed a gathering of 275 engineering students on employability skills with a special emphasis on project management as an important skill that will take them to greater career heights. He also spoke about the CAPM® certification.

On 15 October, he coordinated a session by CAC member Mr. Visukumar Gopal, PMP, on value of project management for Nokia employees at the Nokia RMZ Office, Chennai.

PMI India Champion designate, Mr. Sowmya Narayan Varadhan, PMP, conducted PMP® awareness sessions at two locations of HP in Chennai. The sessions were attended by over 25 project leaders and project managers of HP.

PMI India Champion Mr. Sunil Telkar, PMP, with the help of the HR team of Praxair, Ms. Nandini and Ms. Sree Lakshmi, launched a platform to share project management knowledge, called "Project Management Pathashala" at Praxair, Bangalore, on 22 September. Mr. Telkar rolled out a series of eight half-day workshops on project management based on the PMBOK Guide® that is aimed at mid-level project managers at Praxair. Mr. Jacob Varghese, head - defense and aviation, PMI India, inaugurated the workshop with an introductory session on PMI. Mr. Telkar conducted half-day sessions with an introduction to project management, project management processes and lifecycle, project integration management, and project stakeholder management. His colleagues, Mr. Venkatadas Devishetty, PMP, Mr. Koushik Chakrabarty, PMP, Mr. Madhan B., PMP, and Mr. Gopal K., PMP, conducted sessions on project risk andprocurement management, project scope management, project human resource and communication management, and project cost management, respectively.

East Region Updates
PMI India Champion Mr. Subhrangshu Sanyal, PMP, coordinated a workshop on project management tools and techniques with the help of an external speaker at SREI BNP Paribas, Kolkata, between 4 and 6 September. The workshop focused on project initiation process, creation of a business case, scope, and stakeholder and communication management.

Mr. Sanyal also conducted a project management awareness workshop in Kolkata on 18 October for the students of Camella Institute of Technology, Camella School of Engineering and Technology, and Camella School of Engineering. He emphasized on the importance of project management skills in the career of an engineer. He also focused on the process leading to the CAPM® certification. Around 180 students attended it.

On 8 November 2014, Mr. Sanyal was invited by the academic council of Globsyn Business School, Kolkata, to talk about PMI and the various certifications offered by the institute. The academic council comprised of distinguished personalities from the industry and academia. His session focused on the CAPM® certification.

North Region Updates
PMI India Champion Designate Mr. Gaurav Jain, PMP, conducted an introductory session on PMI and PMP® certification for the engineers and managers of large power projects at L&T Power, Faridabad. The event was held on 29 August.

PMI India Champion designate Mr. Gaurav Sapra, PMP, launched a blog titled, "Program Management Churnings", on www.projectmanagement.com. The objective of the blog is to offer insights, tips, tricks, and learnings from various programs and large projects executed in different parts of the world. The blog could be accessed here. The first post is on "Benefits Realization Management".

PMI India Champion Mr. Sonik Chopra presented an IEEE paper on "Implementing Agile with Old technology projects" at Amity University on 10 October. It was awarded the best paper in the category. Mr. Chopra also presented a webinar on "Behavior driven development with customer" for Cognizant employees on 16 October.

Champion - Chapter Collaboration
This month, we had meetings with local chapters on better collaboration by working towards the common goals.

Mr. Visukumar Gopal, PMP (sixth from left), delivered on value of project management for Nokia employees at the Nokia RMZ Office, Chennai

(Contributed by PMI India Champion Mr. Sunil Telkar, PMP, MIMA)
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