In this new column, Manage India talks to practitioners who have made a big impact on the PMI India Champion program
Chair , Champion Advisory Committee
How has the Champion program helped you as an individual?
Being active in various volunteering activities with PMI India and having known many of the Champions personally, I was always attracted toward joining the Champion program. The program has helped me individually and professionally in multiple ways. First, it has given me access to some of the finest project management professionals in the country. Being part of this elite community has been highly empowering. Second, the program has given me an edge by enriching my awareness about the diverse, latest and the greatest innovative offerings. Third, the various “Champions only” events and training sessions have enabled me to apply the best practices in my profession.
To sum up, the Champions program has enabled me to perform better in my job.
Why would you recommend the Champion program to a new volunteer?
Just like in any new job, assignment, or project, it takes some time to understand the context and expectations, and find the right rhythm, and volunteerism is no different. A new volunteer, full of energy, passion, and willingness to do something for the community, at times finds it tough to navigate a new group or the expectations. The structured onboarding process, training, handholding, and support offered by senior and seasoned Champions make this program unique for a new volunteer. Further, various events, knowledge-sharing calls, mentoring opportunities, and support from PMI India, coupled with the combined energy of the Champions at regional and national level, make the program a perfect launchpad for new volunteers. The opportunity to leverage the environment to share knowledge, present papers and concepts, and influence the larger project management community is the icing on the cake.
One can expect to gain the latest project management skills, tools, frameworks as well as polish their communication, presentation, leadership, and influencing capabilities at a national platform. The Champions network is one of the greatest project management networks to learn and get answers to problems, and grow together.
How hav e PMI membership and certifications helped you and your organization or team?
The PMI certification has opened doors for me within the organizations that I have worked with, and outside. The combined leverage from the PMI certification, the membership, and the chapter membership has given me ample access to like-minded professionals and industry leaders, and created new avenues, which I didn't even imagine existed. In my decade-long engagement with PMI India after my certification, I have been involved in various diverse initiatives in contributor and leadership roles. On the one hand, it helped me experiment with my capabilities in a non-judgmental environment, and on the other, it helped my organizations with access to the project management community and PMI India. The achievements in my volunteering efforts also positioned me as a candidate of choice on multiple occasions. Some key takeaways:
1. Organizational and external recognition, accelerated growth in the form of challenging assignments, projects, and indirectly influencing promotions or compensation or both.
2. Strong personal branding and positioning as a well networked professional, a problem solver, and leader.
3. Nominations to represent my organization in multiple internal and industry events and forums.
4. Instant credibility advantage in various client pursuits.