Reference Book in Tamil

Since 2018, PMI Chennai Chapter has been trying to promote project management as a life skill to students of grade 7 and above. The chapter has conducted around 20 sessions at various governmentrun high schools in and around Chennai, making a positive impact on over 600 students. The primary medium of instruction is Tamil for many students in government schools in Tamil Nadu. Hence a need was felt to produce a book in Tamil that students can use as a reference on project management skills. This was initiated by Chennai Chapter President Syed Nazr Razik and former president Prasanna Sampathkumar in November 2019.

A requirement posted on the Volunteer Relationship Management System received several applications and a team of 24 volunteers was formed within a week. The project conducted virtually involved the adoption of formal project management practices such as work breakdown structure, progress review meetings, Trello Kanban board, status matrix, design standards, content guidelines, review checklists, wireframes for page layouts, configuration management, and infographics for status reporting. The book used a case study to elaborate on the knowledge areas and process groups. It was made interesting with the help of colorful pictures, ‘did you know’ facts relevant to the chapters, a touch of literature with references from Thirukural (2,000-year-old Tamil literature), and project management principles. The content was ready by the end of December 2019, and the digital version of the book was released on Amazon Kindle. The print edition came out in June.

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