It was all about embracing disruptions at the 14th edition of the Project Management Practitioners’ Conference (PMPC) on 12 and 13 July at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

The theme for PMI Bangalore India Chapter’s marquee event was "Architecting Project Management for Embracing Disruptions." PMI Bangalore Chapter Vice President, Special Projects, Tanish Mathur extended a warm welcome to the delegates on Day 1 and set the tone for the conference.

It was followed by a religious song and a lamp-lighting ceremony presided over by Lt. Col. (retd.) L Sri Harsha, PMI Bangalore Chapter president; V Laxmikanth, managing director, Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd.; B S Ravi, general manager (military radar), Bharat Electronics Ltd.; Geetha Vargis, global functional excellence lead, Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd.; and Thomas Walenta, member, PMI Board.

In his welcome address, Mr. Harsha emphasized the need to stay relevant in a disruptive market. He gave the example of PMPC, which is still going strong in its 14th year by generating powerful content that strikes the right chord with the audience.

Keynote speakers, selected from different industries that have adopted technological innovations, kept the audience enthralled with examples such as building the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, in Gujarat, in 57 months and using artificial intelligence to help radiologists to identify potential breast cancer cases in women. Speakers included chief guest Mr. Laxmikanth, who spoke on “Leadership in a Disruptive World”; Mr. Walenta, who delivered a keynote on “Leading Projects in an Era of Disruption - PMI’s Talent Triangle®”; Mr. Ravi, who presented a case study on “Meeting Strategic Requirements of Defence”; and Guna Sundari Sridhar, general manager, global functions - IT, Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd., who spoke on “Staying Relevant in a Disruptive World.”

Practitioners presented a number of technical papers and took part in the PM Posters event at the conference. These were focused on innovations that were making a big impact in the industry.

The post-lunch sessions on the first day comprised three workshops. Sukumar Rajagopal and Kumaran Anandan from Tiny Magiq led a workshop on digital transformation; Vasudev Murthy from Focal Concepts conducted one on managing change and high-impact communication; and physicians from the department of clinical psychology at NIMHANS - Mahendra P Sharma, Paulomi M Sudhir, Manjula M., and Ajay Kumar - steered a workshop on destressing mindfully.

The PM Poster presenters were then congratulated. The day was rounded off with a Yakshagana performance by the Yaksha-Kala Academy.

Muktesh Murthy, vice president, membership, PMI Bangalore India Chapter, flagged off the events of the second day.

The first keynote speaker, Sanjay Sahay, IPS, additional director general of police, police computer wing, Government of Karnataka, spoke of the challenges in implementing a digital transformation project for the police force and the pitfalls project managers and teams need to be aware of. This was followed by a session by Dr. Manish Gupta, co-founder and CEO, VideoKen, who presented on “The Brave New World of Artificial Intelligence.”

Major Edmund Keen, project director, Turner International, dwelt on the making of the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, while Mark Dorsett, executive vice president, global business, partner programs and ICT, Prosci, talked about “Mobilizing to Deliver Results in a Sustainable Way.” The post-lunch session had industry veterans presenting six technical papers that focused on disruptions and digital transformation.

After the celebration of the PM Poster presenters, Dr. Geetha Manjunath, CEO, Niramai Health Analytix, spoke of using artificial intelligence to detect cancer. She received a standing ovation for her presentation. The valedictory address by Dr. Pallab Saha, chief architect, The Open Group, focused on how digital transformation is shaping future India and changing the nature of governance.

The curtains were drawn with a vote of thanks by T V Seshasai, chapter secretary and treasurer. Volunteers from PMI and Wellingkar Institute of Management that is part of the chapter’s academic outreach program, along with PMI staff and chapter executive committee members, went on stage to celebrate a job well done amid applause from the attendees.