Letter From Conference Chair
Jacob Zachariah

Dear Members,

It was a great feeling to return to an in-person event after a gap of three years. The absence of face-to-face connections made virtual events quite impersonal. This year, we were able to shake hands, look into a colleague’s eyes, meet new people and socialize in person, which is a part of the PMI culture.

The conference planning process commenced in January 2022, with an expectation to get a target of 600 delegates to attend it. We experienced some challenges in putting all the pieces together. However, our prior experience of hosting conferences guided us through the process. Eventually, everything worked out well. More than 560 delegates registered for the conference. None of the listed speakers dropped out at the last minute. The conference ran as per schedule without any delays or hiccups.

This year’s conference was centered on “Project Management—Hybrid and Beyond.” It provided scope to explore new ideas and glean insights into current trends and critical issues facing the new ways of working. I’m certain the delegates have gone back with a deeper understanding of how to manage issues related to remote work, moonlighting or a hybrid project environment.

The fresh perspectives and possibilities shared by the experts answered the most puzzling question facing practitioners today: “How do we handle the next decade?” That I think was the biggest takeaway of the conference.

Warm regards,

Jacob Zachariah
Conference Chair and President, PMI Mumbai Chapter