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New Year Volunteer Meet
Volunteers of PMI West Bengal Chapter met on 3 January at Flurys, Park Street to kick-start the New Year. On the agenda were discussions on the chapter's roadmap for this year and common platforms where volunteers can regularly meet, share ideas, discuss issues/challenges, and network with peers. The meet started with an energetic welcome speech and chapter updates by chapter president Mr. Nilanjan Chanda. The team had a 'break the ice' session with new chapter volunteers. Over breakfast, the team also discussed the short-term and the longterm goals to sustain and grow the chapter to newer heights in the coming year.

Chapter members with Microsoft Corporation speakers during the Learn & Earn session on the case study 'Project Nightingale'
There was a knowledge sharing session on 17 January in which speakers from Microsoft Corporation presented a case study called 'Project Nightingale'. The speakers were Mr. Ashutosh Chatterji, PMP, principal program manager; Mr. Yang Zheng, senior consultant; and Mr. Reid Simon, consultant - all from the Public Sector Solutions Center, Microsoft Corporation.

In this project, a small team of Microsoft consultants combined a set of project management and technical delivery techniques to automate a 100-year-old paper-based system for a visiting nurses program. The project that took 11 weeks from concept to full field deployment helped increase individual productivity 12 times and team productivity by over 100 times. The speakers discussed techniques they used to elicit requirements in a rapid, time-boxed fashion, substituted scope management with risk management and launched a working solution that provided instant business value. It was embraced by users at a significantly faster pace than envisioned by the organization.

ISO Certification for the Chapter

PMI Bangalore India Chapter has become the first chapter in India to be awarded the ISO 9001: 2008 certification for 'conducting training and organizing events in project management domain'. It is a significant achievement for the chapter as it recognizes the high standards the chapter maintains in rolling out activities for the project management community. The chapter board and a number of volunteers have been working relentlessly for the past six months to achieve this feat.

The chapter organized the Project Management Practitioners' Conference (PMPC 2014) on 22 November at the Nimhans Convention Centre, Bangalore. Over 700 delegates attended the event that demonstrated the chapter's commitment to serve the professional community with a structured knowledge sharing platform. The theme for this year conference was 'Architecting Project Management for Transforming Lives'. The conference showcased how advancements in technology, manufacturing, health care, education, and the social sector have touched our lives and made permanent impact in the way we live, study, collaborate, or do business.

On 11 December, Mr. Shankar Ramaswamy, project manager, SAP India, spoke at a Footprints event on the importance of informal communications, including humor, in project execution. The topic for the session was 'Informal Communication Management - Impact of Humor in Project Management'. Around 40 members attended the session.

The chapter also conducted a workshop on agile techniques in project management, titled the 'Agile Foundation Program' on 6 December.

PM Conclave 2015
Every year PMI Mumbai Chapter organizes PM Conclave to provide the community a forum to connect, share, and enrich themselves. The theme for PM Conclave 2015, held on 8-9 January, was 'Stakeholder Management - Key to Project Success'.

Stakeholder management has been introduced as a new knowledge area in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. The chapter through its PMO, Mr. Sreegith Nair, vice president, professional development, PMI Mumbai Chapter, took the lead to spread best practices around stakeholder management through this two-day event.

Dr. Mahaiskar lighting the lamp in presence of (L to R) Dr. Gandhi, Mr. Raj Kalady, Mr. Saurabh Parikh & Mr. R. V. Joshi
There were three keynote sessions each on both the days. The speakers were Ms. Nidhi Chaitanya, Chinmaya Mission; Mr. Deepak Chhibba, Mahindra Institute of Quality; Mr. L. Subramanian, project consultant on cloud computing; Mr. Radhakrishna Pillai, writer, Corporate Chanakya; Mr. A. Ravi, ONGC; and Mr. Ramanand Garimella, Tata Consultancy Services.

Eighteen experts spoke on various aspects of stakeholder management across three separate tracks. These were followed by a panel discussion comprising Mr. Rakesh Gupta, advisor, PMI Mumbai Chapter; Mr. Partha Ghosh, Kalyani Group of Industries; Professor V. Seshadri, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, Mumbai; and Professor Vilas Chaudhary, Head - Operations, SIES College of Management Studies; and moderated by Mr. D. Y. Pathak, Vice President - Governance, PMI Mumbai Chapter.

Finalists of Ideate 5.0, a student managed national level competition on project management, also got an opportunity to showcase their presentations.

Mr. Tejas Sura, former regional mentor, was felicitated jointly by PMI Pune Chapter, PMI North India Chapter, and PMI Mumbai Chapter for his contributions to the community.

In all, over 250 delegates participated in the event. The master of ceremony was Mr. Jacob Zachariah.

The chapter conducted its 14th Annual General Body Meeting on 20 December.

The chapter recognizes the contributions of the following chapter volunteers:

Volunteer Name Award Name
Mr. Bhavesh Thakkar Volunteer of the Year 2014
Mr. Manoj Sarasappan Volunteer Excellence for Outreach Program 2014
Mr. Oscar D'Souza Volunteer Excellence for Branch Program 2014
Mr. Akshay Jain Student Volunteer of the Year 2014
Mr. Abhi Desai Student Volunteer Excellence of the Year 2014

Continuing Education Program
PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) conducted a network meeting on 19 December. The meeting started with chapter updates, followed by a talk on change management by Mr. Sumit Goyal from Oracle. He spoke about the way organizations are accepting change and the need to form teams that are good in building innovative products and services. This was followed by a presentation from Mr. Sriram Santhana Gopalan, Director - Membership, PMIPCC, on 'PM Day celebrations in CSC'. The chapter also felicitated new credential holders.

Students taking pledge on 26 January for SLCB program
The National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) and PMIPCC jointly hosted a seminar on 'Project Tracking for Increased Predictability'. The seminar, hosted in the NICMAR campus, had speakers from industry - Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, president, engineering projects consultancy, GVK, and Mr. Kuldeep Singh, director, ARKA Integrated Project Management Consultancy. The seminar was directed to generate interest in the student community ahead of the chapter's plans to start a cluster in NICMAR. Mr. Tony Jacob, director outreach, PMIPCC, spearheaded the initiative.

Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, president, PMIPCC, kick-started the Student Leadership Competency Building (SLCB) program at the Zilla Parishad High School, Katuru (near Vuyyuru close to Vijayawada) in Andhra Pradesh on 26 January along with Republic Day celebrations. More than 350 students attended the session. They took the International Student Leadership Day oath to practice leadership qualities. The SLCB monthly sessions at the school will train students in the age group of 12 to 17 years on leadership qualities.

(Chapter news contributors are Mr. Rajiv Roy, Ms. Rekha Unni, PMP, Mr. Nilanjan Chanda, PMP, Mr. Soumen De, PMP, Capt. L. N. Prasad, Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu, PMP, Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, PMP, and Mr. Bhavesh Thakkar)
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