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Chapter members get honored for receiving PMI credentials
Learn and Earn Sessions
Beating the hot afternoon sun on 20 May, more than 20 project management professionals attended a “Learn and Earn” session organized by PMI West Bengal chapter on “Consulting for project managers" at the IBM office at DLF II, Newtown. The speaker, Anindya from IBM provided insights into how a project manager can become a consultant to the customer. He gave tips and techniques on developing and delivering a winning presentation.

On 24 June, the chapter conducted a session on stress relief through meditation and pranic healing. Chapter members received guidance on various simple yet effective ways to reduce stress from instructors Debasree Roy Chowdhury, Sanjay Agarwal, and K.K. Chakraborty. The session covered meditation and the application of pranic healing to improve health, relationships, prosperity, and spirituality. On 24 June, Chapter President Sumit K. Sinha visited CSM Technologies, Bhubaneshwar. On the agenda were discussions with its top management on conducting regular “Learn and Earn” sessions and seminars for professionals in Bhubaneshwar and those around the city.

Interaction with Rotary Club
President of Rotary Club Renaissance, Chirabrata Majumder, invited PMI West Bengal Chapter to a Club board meeting at Deshapriya Park on 17 June.

The chapter took this opportunity to talk about its education and training capabilities, its engagements in the social sector, and the recent regional conference that it hosted in Kolkata.

Member Felicitation
Four members of the chapter were given a token of appreciation on 24 June for completing their respective PMI credentials. The members are Rajarshi Arun, PgMP; Snigdha Ghosh, PgMP; Subhajit Ghosh, PMI-ACP; and Arijeet Bose, PgMP.

PMI Mumbai Chapter has collaborated with Bombay Management Association and Real Estate Management Institute to spread knowledge about project management practices.

PM Conclave 17, the annual conference of the chapter, will be held in Mumbai on 18-19 November. The theme for this year’s conference is “PM in an era of disruption.”

PMI Mumbai Chapter is one of the finalists for the Chapter of the Year in category II, which is a chapter with a member strength of 301–1,500.

Monthly Seminars
On 22 April, Debangshu Ghose, PMP, senior project manager, Mphasis, conducted a seminar on project best practices from the IT infrastructure sector. At the next monthly seminar on 20 May, members got a glimpse of project management in India’s space mission.

Dr. Suresh Naik, former project director, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) spoke on project management in ISRO’s Mangalyaan or the Mars Orbiter Mission. Dr. Naik gave a detailed presentation on ISRO’s project management governance, and the key project management principles and practices deployed in this project across Knowledge Areas. He answered queries from the audience regarding knowledge documentation, cost management and review mechanisms that were the key success factors behind this project.

The seminar on 17 June was focused on critical success factors for projects in India. Girish Kelkar, past president, PMI Pune- Deccan India Chapter, and founder director, V3C3E3 Consultants Pvt. Ltd., categorized the critical success factors into four groups — namely project feasibility, management support, clear and realistic objectives/ mission/goals, and industry or global changes.

Polio Awareness through Zumba
Rotary International, along with the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund and other bodies, has been working in more than 200 countries over the past 30 years to eradicate polio. On 30 April, Rotary International organized a unique awareness program in Pune by organizing the largest Zumba fitness class in the world and thereby attempting an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter was the co-organizer of the event at Balewadi stadium. Chapter members and volunteers contributed by spreading the word and through active participation.

Chapter members show their support for polio awareness through Zumba in Pune


Long-standing members of the chapter with PMI leaders at the felicitation ceremony
Waves2017 in Trivandrum PMI Trivandrum, Kerala Chapter conducted its annual project management conference, Waves, on 10 June in Trivandrum. This is the biggest event of the project management community in the state and provides practitioners a platform for networking, learning, sharing, and growing. The conference theme was “Project management – leadership and agility, the success enablers.” Over 300 professionals from various industry sectors including IT, space research, construction, banking and finance, and various state government departments attended the conference. Chapter president Jayakrishnan P S welcomed the audience and Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, delivered the presidential address. Governor of Kerala, Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam, inaugurated the conference.

Justice Sathasivam spoke about the importance of contractual clauses in project management. He presented the award for “the best project execution with a social cause” to the Trivandrum City Road Improvement Project and the greenfield stadium project in Trivandrum to the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services.

The keynote speakers were Dr. Jayakumar, managing director and CEO, Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. who spoke about the biggest port project of Kerala. Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, the founding managing director and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace gave an insightful talk on the topic “Project mindset & leadership — the DNA for success.” Professor Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission, presented a paper on “Analytics for agility — a key to project management success.” PMI India felicitated two members of the PMI Trivandrum, Kerala Chapter, Paul Chakola and Akhila Gowri Shankar, with the Long-Standing Member Award.

There was a post-lunch session by illusionist Raja Moorthy, who is the director of the Academy of Magical Sciences. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Roshy John, global practice head, Tata Consultancy Services, on “Are robots going to take away jobs?” There was a special session in which enterprising young professionals presented their career stories. Vinay Menon, an English professor and standup comedian, spoke on “Why I teach life skills in college.” Syed Nazir Razik, program director, Eli India, spoke on “Business agility and leadership.” Tejas Sura, managing director, Cubic Turnkey Pvt. Ltd. gave a talk on “Managing complex mega troubled projects.” Lekshmi Kumar, associate professor, Asian School of Business and former deputy general manager, Spencer's Retail Ltd., gave a talk on “Organizational agility with special reference to supply chains.”


Chapter leaders and members at the one-day event
Members’ Day– Embracing Change
PMI Chennai Chapter hosted its first Members’ Day on 25 June for which over 160 enthusiastic members of the chapter showed up. The event was centered on the theme, PM 2.0 – Embracing Change.

Members’ Day commenced with the “Tamil Thai Vazhthu,” which is an invocation to ‘Mother Tamil.’ The traditional inauguration ceremony was attended by Aparna Chandrashekar, facilitator, HR consultant and coach; Biswajit Chakraborty, COO, accounting and settlement, Willis Towers Watson; Prasannaa S, president, PMI Chennai Chapter; Viju Varghese George, Member's Day project director; and Koushik Srinivasan, vice president – finance, PMI Chennai Chapter. Jawahar Venkatraman, vice president – governance, PMI Chennai Chapter, delivered the welcome speech in which he provided the rationale behind Members’ Day and its theme. Ms. Chandrashekar gave an inspiring speech on her journey to become a professor and how to embrace career change. She urged delegates to stay flexible and agile, find their mojo, and live in the present moment.

Umasanker Kandaswamy, chief recruiting officer and co-founder, AVTAR Career Creators, spoke on “Creating an intentional career,” in which he touched upon “intentionality” and powering change. He engaged participants by conducting a “speed networking” contest. Reminding chapter members of what Charles Darwin had said, he said, “It’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Sivaram Athmakuri, vice president – advocacy & outreach, and Mr. Srinivasan opened the floor for an exciting “unconference” session. To set expectations from the session, they borrowed a quote from Kiruba Shankar, CEO, Business Blogging Pvt. Ltd.: “The collective knowledge of the audience is always higher than that of any one speaker.” The delegates were then asked to provide their inputs on two themes: proactive things done to manage change effectively, and reactive things that can be done after facing change.

There were several enthusiastic responses from the participants for the first theme including having a to-do list, accepting/ reasoning change, performing SWOT analysis, and looking for role models and mentors who have managed change effectively. For reacting to change, some of the ideas were to understand the reality and prioritize, embrace change, assess change, innovate, and mitigate risk due to change.

In a post-lunch session, Mr. Chakraborty spoke on the topic “Live life king size,” or in other words knowing how to realize one’s potential and learning how to maximize it. Ravikumar Ramachandran, account security officer, DXC Technology, followed up with an informative session on “The future project management professional,” in which he spoke about the need to assess oneself, the numerous career options, and the habits of great performers.

Members took part in a quiz on information security. Swetha Surendran, Ravi Shekhar, and Ilayaraja Balachandran won the first, second, and third prizes respectively.

Engineering and Construction Forum
PMI Chennai Chapter organized the first Engineering and Construction Forum meeting of 2017 for project planning and control professionals on 15 July at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Rahul Shah, Head Building Information Modelling (BIM) Strategy, L&T Construction, spoke on “BIM – Join the revolution.”

(Chapter news contributors are Narauttam Das; Rekha Unni, PMP; Jayakishore S.R., PMP; Akhila Gowri Shankar, PMP; Bhavesh Thakkar; and Sivaram Athmakuri, PMP, PMIACP, PMI-PBA)

Delegates enjoying a session on Members’ Day

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