Letter from the Conference Hosts
Lt-Col-L.-Shri-Harsha and Girish Kadam

Conference Organizers

The Region 11 Common Ground Symposium 2020 (CGS 2020) was a unique experiment in cross chapter collaboration, and in organizing a multidisciplinary conference. By many parameters, it was a successful experiment. While the coordination was a challenge, the team managed it with an agile approach, accommodating work slots to suit maximum players. Industry veterans from a wide array of disciplines drafted in by the organizing committee for CGS 2020 ensured that the audience had a great learning experience.

Wide ranging topics covering all the three arms of the talent triangle – strategic and business management, leadership, and technical project management by professionals spanning Gen X, Gen Y and the millennials, made the deliberations thought provoking and interesting. Leveraging the opportunity provided by the pandemic, the organizers invited speakers from all over the globe to virtually deliver their talks, and made the symposium truly global. Best practices from different parts of the world delegates to the delegates on how organizations are managing before project economy, thus enriching the learning experience.

The icing on the cake was the panel discussion, which had representatives from all continents, who gave a truly global perspective to individual development. How individuals, organizations, and governments are focusing on the competency development to sustain growth in the challenges posed by the pandemic got the delegates thinking on innovative methods.

Success stories of professional development initiatives from across the world were an eye opener. Though the virtual mode provided the flexibility of interacting with professionals across continents, the delegates felt that there is no replacement to the physical interaction and the bonding which comes with it. All in all, the CGS 2020 was a great learning experience, which showcased the importance of embracing good project management practices for succeeding in any challenging environment.

Warm regards,

Lt Col L. Shri Harsha (retd.),
Conference Chair