Virtual Book Club
PMI Mumbai Chapter

PMI ChapterXchange is a strong virtual community of eight PMI chapters across the globe. As a community, the chapters connect and collaborate with one another and cocreate events.

In June, it launched a book club with PMI South Africa and PMI Czech Republic Chapters. It’s a digital platform for readers to interact with their favorite authors, or simply interact with one another and discuss their favorite books to forge a feeling of togetherness in isolation.

The first digital readers' club had writer Seema Giri who revealed her secret to happiness, which is “rebound, reset, and realign.” She also talked about her book, “Break Free to Stand in Your Power”, and gave tips for empowerment in life and business. Dr. Lynn Keeys, president, PMI South Africa Chapter, provided insights into the Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management, providing a view of organizations as a network of projects, integrated by the more permanent organization, and to move away from focus on individual projects. Lenka Pincot from PMI Czech Republic took the audience through a cultural journey across continents from the Culture Map book by Erin Meyer.

In July, it was time to delve into “Agile Frameworks to Whatever Works.” Sonia Vaessler from PMI South Africa explained how she piloted frameworks that worked at one place but failed at another. Think about your mindset first before changing others — Shanaka de Silva, president, PMI Sri Lanka Chapter, talked about his professional journey and the importance of learning. Scaled agile frameworks make perfect sense in an environment where we need to approach large endeavors and achieve predictability, said president, Chennai Chapter, Syed Nazir Razik. Dana Malcova from PMI Czech Republic said culture and structures such as processes and roles are tightly linked together. One needs to take both into account when aiming for cultural change. Didier Estibals from PMI London Chapter pointed toward a common dilemma — do we know what we want prior to picking up a method or framework?

In August, we explored virtual collaboration with seven chapters participating in the program. The panelists were – Karabo Moloko, Priyanka Saxena, Bartosz Janowski, Penny Pullan, and Inderjeet Singh. They spoke on: It is not about the tools, it is about empathy, emotional intelligence, and being a virtual leader.

On 24 September, the chapter held its second book club meeting, titled “Digital Transformation.” The participants spoke about replacing the project management triangle with a square, where the fourth side is people, focussing on customer, competition, data, and innovation, and the soft side of digital transformation, which is people and the organizational dimension.

In all, participants from 26 countries across nine time zones took part in the events.