In this new column, Manage India talks to practitioners who have made a big impact on the PMI India Champion program
HOW HAS THE CHAMPION PROGRAM HELPED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL? PLEASE ELABORATE ON HOW YOU HAVE BENEFITED AS A PROJECT MANAGER AND A LEADER.
For me, it has been a great learning experience all along. It allowed me to expand my network at the office as I started my journey as a Champion graduate in 2014 and worked with my colleagues to create visibility for the program. We started in a small way with intra-office communication and slowly graduated to managing standees/fliers and hosting events, including working as an emcee and sponsor at the same time. Many a times, as a volunteer, we just learn from on-ground experiences and that is the best teacher one can get. It also gave me an opportunity to lead the team to expand our work by hosting Champions several times at our office. I have made many friends along the way and learned a lot from my mentors and leaders. All this has helped me contribute in a more strategic manner to the program design. We have evolved in governance, structure, and advocacy over the years. Recently, a team of volunteers from Intel was part of our first-ever virtual Champion meeting due to the COVID-19 situation.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE CHAMPION PROGRAM TO A NEW VOLUNTEER? WHAT SHOULD SOMEONE EXPECT TO GAIN BY JOINING IT?
This is a great start for a new volunteer as it gives you an environment where you get easier access to connections and sponsorship, and a good platform to gain visibility while contributing to the program. You gain self-confidence, establish a good network with fellow champions from across various sectors, and learn from the seniors and leaders in the governance team on volunteering selflessly. This program allows you to explore your strengths and unlock your personal capability to the fullest
HOW HAVE PMI MEMBERSHIP AND CERTIFICATIONS HELPED YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION OR TEAM?
Being associated with PMI has been very helpful to us. The work group has closely collaborated with PMI India to develop various programs. Our in house team has successfully supported over 200 Project Management Professional (PMP)® certifications by enabling individuals to prepare for the exam. Many of our colleagues have been a part of the Champion Program and have grown along with it.