New Year Volunteer Meet
PMI West Bengal Chapter

Volunteers of PMI West Bengal Chapter met on 3 January at Flurys, Park Street to kick-start the New Year. On the agenda were discussions on the chapter's roadmap for this year and common platforms where volunteers can regularly meet, share ideas, discuss issues/challenges, and network with peers. The meet started with an energetic welcome speech and chapter updates by chapter president Mr. Nilanjan Chanda. The team had a 'break the ice' session with new chapter volunteers. Over breakfast, the team also discussed the short-term and the longterm goals to sustain and grow the chapter to newer heights in the coming year.

There was a knowledge sharing session on 17 January in which speakers from Microsoft Corporation presented a case study called 'Project Nightingale'. The speakers were Mr. Ashutosh Chatterji, PMP, principal program manager; Mr. Yang Zheng, senior consultant; and Mr. Reid Simon, consultant - all from the Public Sector Solutions Center, Microsoft Corporation.

In this project, a small team of Microsoft consultants combined a set of project management and technical delivery techniques to automate a 100-year-old paper-based system for a visiting nurses program. The project that took 11 weeks from concept to full field deployment helped increase individual productivity 12 times and team productivity by over 100 times. The speakers discussed techniques they used to elicit requirements in a rapid, time-boxed fashion, substituted scope management with risk management and launched a working solution that provided instant business value. It was embraced by users at a significantly faster pace than envisioned by the organization.

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