PMI India Champions ProgramAnnual Offsite MeetingPMI India Champions met for an annual offsite on 13-15 December in Panjim, Goa.The event saw an overwhelming participation of 18 PMI India Champions
and six Champions Advisory Committee (CAC) members, apart from PMI India
staff who are supporting the program. The participants attended the
event with great excitement and enthusiasm as this was the first
all-India level gathering for many Champions.
It began with CAC members, along with PMI India staff, providing an
overview of the program and discussing its current challenges, growth,
and a new program model. To guide the growing team of Champions, two new
CAC members were introduced to the program - Ms. Sonali Barooah and Ms.
Susweta Mukherjee. Erstwhile senior Champions, Mr. B. Sai Prasad and
Mr. Visukumar Gopal, were elevated to the role of associate CAC members.
Mr. Chetan Mathur, Mr. Vinay Agarwal, Mr. Abhishek Mittal, Mr. Kumar
Saurabh, and Mr. Prasann Patil were elevated to the role of senior
Champions. This is in recognition of their continued and consistent
contribution to the program and their ability to perform strategic
The second day began with the ‘Champion Speak’ session, in which Mr.
Chetan Mathur, Mr. Sri Ram Santhana Gopal, Mr. Manoj Thomas, Mr. Abdul
Rahiman, Mr. Raju Nandana, Mr. Prasann Patil, Mr. Deepak Singh Chauhan,
and Mr. Sunil Telkar shared their achievements as PMI India Champions in
2013. They spoke about the various challenges they had faced and how
they overcame them.
This session was followed by a presentation on the Mumbai High North
process platform and living quarter project that had won Larsen &
Toubro (L&T) Limited the PMI India Best Project of the Year award in
the large category in 2013. The presentation was made by the L&T
project leadership team of Mr. Rudra Kumar, Mr. Roopchand Lohana, and
Mr. Sandeep Badhe. The Mumbai High North project has set new benchmarks
in the construction industry with the successful implementation of
engineering, procurement, erection, and commissioning of the process
platform for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited before deadline and
without any cost overruns.
Mr. Douglas B. Reeves, educator, author, and founder of The Leadership
and Learning Center, once said, “Collaboration, it turns out, is not a
gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.” And
team building exercises play a vital role in enhancing the collaborative
approach within team. “The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine”, conducted on the
second day of the offsite, is one such game that not only provided the
Champions and CAC members with phenomenal experiential learning but also
acted as an ice-breaker for those who were meeting each other
face-to-face for the first time.
The day ended with a ceremony in which Champions and CAC members were
felicitated for their contributions to the PMI India Champion program.
The following members received awards:
- Best Performer of the Year: Mr. Prasann Patil
- Best Mentor of the Year: Mr. Visukumar Gopal
- Execution Excellence Award (CAC): Mr. Ashok Chawla and Mr. Partha Ghose
- Execution Excellence Award (Champions): Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, Mr. Chetan Mathur, and Mr. B. Sai Prasad
- Champions of the Quarter (Q1 - Jan to Mar 2013): Mr. Venkatasubramanian Sivakumar, Mr. Kumar Saurabh, and Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal
- Champions of the Quarter (Q2 - Apr to Jun 2013): Mr. Prasann Patil, Mr. Sunil Telkar, and Mr. Krishna Samy V.
- Champions of the Quarter (Q3 - Jul to Sep 2013): Mr. Prasann Patil, Mr. Sundeep Jain, and Mr. Sri Ram Santhana Gopal
- Champions of the Quarter (Q4 - Oct to Dec 2013): Mr. Kiran Rajeshirke, Mr. Roopesh K. P., and Mr. Raju NandanaSnapshots of the Agile Project Management Approach Session at Syntel, Mumbai
The third and last day of the meet primarily focused on the way ahead
and the new program model. Champion program chair, Ms. Shagufta Inamdar,
and co-chair, Mr. Vivek Sonar, elaborated on the changing needs of the
program and rolled out the new program structure. Three new standing
committees were formed in addition to the existing four to streamline
activities as per the new program structure.
This offsite meeting provided Champions and CAC members a much needed
break and the newly inducted Champions with the necessary direction to
channel their efforts on project management advocacy.
The PMI India Champions program, driven by passionate project management
professionals from across the industry, has been steadily focused on
the promotion of best project management practices through various
advocacy efforts. One of the key goals is to grow the number of
Champions to over 100 across India. If you have the passion to champion
the cause of project management, visit http://www.pmi.org.in/champion-program/ for further details.
Agile Project Management Approach Session at Syntel, Mumbai
Syntel and PMI India collaborated for a knowledge sharing session in
agile project management approach on 18 December at Syntel’s Airoli
facility in Mumbai. The event was organized by Syntel Project Management
Community (SynPMCom) volunteers with the help of Syntel administration
and technology services group.
The event started with a welcome address by PMI India Champion, Mr.
Visukumar Gopal, practice manager – CEO’s Office, Syntel. He spoke about
Syntel’s journey in project management and its association with PMI.
The guest speaker of the event, Mr. Rahul Sudame, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM,
CSP, director of engineering and agile practice head, Faichi Solutions,
shared his knowledge and experience on agile project management. It was
an interactive session that ended with a quiz whose winners were awarded
by SynPMCom volunteers. The event ended with high tea that turned out
to be a wonderful opportunity for peers and seniors in the organization
Project Management Session at Sathyabama University
PMI India Champions, Mr. Visukumar Gopal and Mr. Roopesh K. P.,
presented a session on project management at Sathyabama University in
Chennai on 30 January 2014. The session was attended by over 300
students from the computer science department. Mr. Gopal spoke about
project management as a life skill, the various aspects of project
management, and the value of project management as a profession in the
(Contributed by PMI India Champions Mr. Sunil Telkar, PMP, MIMA, Mr.
Raphael David, PMP, Mr. Vinay Kumar Agarwal, PMP, and Mr. Kumar Saurabh,
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