Letter from the Managing Director, PMI India
Raj Kalady

Dear Practitioners,

As India takes the high road to achieve the dream of becoming a developed country, it will need to improve the performance of its programs and projects, and be steadfast in its resolve to overcome temporary disruptions for a bigger purpose. As project managers from across the country came together for the eight Project Management National Conference 2016 in Mumbai, these were some dominant thoughts that emerged. In a way, the timing of the conference couldn’t have been better as the country struggled to execute one of the most complex projects ever launched – the government’s demonetization exercise.

The importance of project management in government cannot be overemphasized. President Barack Obama has signed U.S. Government Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), effective 14 December 2016. PMIAA will enhance accountability and best practices in program management throughout the federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars. And because governments tend to look to each other for best practices, we think this will generate more interest from governments in other parts of the world including India. This legislation was strongly endorsed by PMI.

A highlight of the conference was the culmination of the PMI CXO Panel Discussion in association with The Economic Times. We had senior project leaders and a senior bureaucrat on the panel. It was covered as a full page report in The Economic Times and a 30-minute capsule on ET Now.
We presented the much awaited, annual project awards on the inaugural day. These awards are a testament to the skills, talent, and commitment that we see in organizations in India. I’d like to congratulate the award winners for project excellence, innovation, and maturity that they have displayed in these projects.
Congratulations to our long standing members of PMI Mumbai and Pune-Deccan India chapters. The conference provided us an opportunity to honor these members.

This conference has shown how digital and social media channels can be used effectively to engage an audience. We ran a number of contests and games in the conference mobile apps. With delegates actively tweeting, the conference was trending on Twitter (#PMNC16).

We had a number of other activities to provide delegates a valuable experience such as Mentoring Forum, PM Forum, and Agile Corner.
The conference was a success because of the hard work and dedication of a number of people. I’d like to thank the chapter boards of Mumbai and Pune-Deccan chapter, all our chapter presidents, conference PMO, volunteers, and PMI India staff for making it happen. They did not let anything come in the way of providing delegates an experience that would treasure. Thank you!

To all the practitioners who made it to the conference, thank you. And to those who could not, I look forward to seeing you next year in Chennai.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India

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