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10 Year Celebrations and Awards
PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter organized its 10th year celebrations on 11 October at Damle Hall, Law College Road, Pune.

Mr. Rinoo Rajesh (second from left) and other award winners with Mr. Mark Langley, president and CEO, PMI, (extreme left) and Mr. Ricardo Triana, chair, 2014 PMI Board of Directors, (extreme right) at the PMI Community Awards presentation ceremony
Mr. Rajarama Rao Bannengala, vice president, programs, welcomed the attendees. Mr. Girish R. Kadam, PMP, chapter president, spoke about the chapterís achievements and presented a movie clip on its key milestones.

Mr. Bannengala announced the launch of a new chapter initiative, the member mentoring forum. Through this initiative, the chapter will support paid members beyond project management certifications. The three key areas for the forum will be career development, PM best practices, and agile development practices.

PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter has won the 2014 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership and the 2014 Chapter Award for Volunteer Program (Chapter Category II). The leadership award was presented to Mr. Kadam.

Mr. Kadam has been volunteering with PMI since 2002. He was associated with PMI Central Illinois Chapter, USA, till 2004. After returning to India, he was a board member at PMI Bangalore Chapter. Since 2007, he has been serving as a board member at PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter.

Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, vice president, marketing & communications, received the volunteer award on behalf of the chapter. Both the awards were presented at the PMI Community Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with the PMI Global Congress 2014óNorth America in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Mr. Girish Kadam, Mr. Raj Kalady, and Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar after signing a memorandum of understanding between PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter and Symbiosis International University
The chapter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Symbiosis International University to promote skill development among students and provide platforms for interaction with industry experts.

The signed MoU was exchanged between Mr. Kadam and Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, principal director, Symbiosis Society, in the presence of Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India; Dr. Rajani Gupte, vice chancellor, Symbiosis Society; and Prof. Pratima Sheorey, director, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development.

On 6 September, CSI Aurangabad Chapter and PMI Pune- Deccan India Chapter jointly conducted a project management awareness session at the Deogiri Institute of Engineering & Management Sciences (DIETMS), Aurangabad. Dr. Ulhas Shiurkar, director, DIEMTS; Mr. Kedar Panse, chairman, CSI Aurangabad Chapter, and Mr. Nitin Nalgirkar, vicechairman, CSI Aurangabad Chapter, attended the full day session.

The speakers from PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter were Mr. Harish Honwad and Mr. Makarand Hardas. Around 150 students of computer science & engineering and staff attended the seminar.

Corporate Event, Agile Sessions
PMI West Bengal Chapter was invited to speak at the prestigious IBM corporate event, PM ShareNet 2014, held on 26 September in Kolkata. In his keynote address, Mr. Nilanjan Chanda, chapter president, presented on the chapterís activities. He urged volunteers from the IBM project management community to join the chapter volunteer team to work towards greater maturity of project management in the region.

Mr. Nilanjan Chanda speaking at IBM PM ShareNet 2014
Chapter delegates connected with fellow project management professionals at IBM during this occasion. This annual event was held simultaneously across major IBM locations in India.

The chapter is currently executing a series of "Learn & Earn" sessions on agile project management principles, practices, tools, and techniques. The objectives of these sessions are to enable participants with more advanced, applied level of knowledge to gain an understanding of agile project management methodology and the ability to apply relevant project management methods, leading to successful projects.

Starting September 2014, five sessions have been conducted. The topics have been "Agile Overview", "Deep Dive into Scrum", "Agile User Story, Agile Planning & Elaboration, Product & Sprint Backlog", "Agile Estimation", and "Agile Monitoring/Tracking, Scrum of Scrum, Distributed Agile". Agile project management practitioner, Mr. Saikat Dutt, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, and author of "PMI Agile Certified Practitioner-Excel with Ease", has conducted these sessions.

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