IBM India PM ShareNet 2014
'The only way you will ever permanently take control of your financial life is to dig deep and fix the root problem' - Financial guru Suze Orman said. Thus, while laying a strong project management foundation is important to ensure smooth delivery, it is equally important to have a solid financial framework to ensure profitability for the client and IBM. With this theme in mind, the PM ShareNet was conducted across the seven IBM locations in India - Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai and in Philippines, in a combination of face-to-face and virtual modes. This was truly an event for the project managers, by the project managers, and of the project management community!
The key highlight of this session was the opportunity for interaction with the senior IBM leaders across all locations on project management topics. After the traditional lamplighting ceremony, the participants were energized & invigorated by an address by Mr. Suhas Bhide, GM, India GDC. Mr. Bhide focused on the key nuances & importance of project management in the current challenging environments.
The participants also had the privilege of hearing from keynote speakers from reputed organizations and educational institutions like PMI, IIM, Tyco, Persistent Systems etc. Mr. Shine Sahadevan & Mr. Jacob Varghese from PMI encouraged the IBM project managers to be active members of the PMI and participate in various academic and government projects. Mr. Sundar Varadaraj, head-India Technology Center, Tyco (Bangalore), Mr. Harish Honwad, CTM & COE head, Business Sustenance & Quality Engineering Practice at Persistent Systems Limited & Professor Bodhibrata Nag, associate professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata were the keynote guest speakers, who enthused the audience with their anecdotal experiences & industry knowledge. A video recording of the IBM World-wide PMCOE Leader was also presented to all the participants.
As part of the run-up to the event, we received 60+ paper abstracts & poster submissions and these were evaluated by a panel of experts. The tagline for the project management community was also voted by the participants from the 150+ nominations. To tickle the brain cells and engage the audience, a unique quiz competition was conducted on the lines of the 'Jeopardy' American television game show. Considering the importance of social media in all forms of team communication & interaction, we also had a session on the 'social way of interaction for project managers'.
The PM ShareNet event was concluded with a vote of thanks and key takeaways & pragmatic tips for the project managers to implement in their day-to-day project activities.