Gyan Lahari Conference, Special Honor for Chapter

The chapter organized its annual project management conference, Gyan Lahari, in July. The theme of the conference was “Project Management – Reinventing Project Management in an Era of Disruptive Change.” Experts discussed The need to reinvent project management for business success, customer advocacy, customer retention, managing business uncertainty, and fostering innovation in today’s era of business disruptions.

The conference was inaugurated by Swathi Lakra, IPS, additional commissioner of police, crime and special investigation team, who is also known as the super cop of Hyderabad. Ms. Lakra spoke about the 'She Team,' a special sqaud set up by the Government of Telangana to tackle eveteasing in Hyderabad. Through the day, dignitaries from different industries addressed the delegates.

The conference organizers made ample use of social media this time by engaging members with innovative content in the weeks leading up to the conference. Volunteer groups connected with members through WhatsApp and LinkedIn.

The chapter bagged the 2017 AP Chapter Membership Challenge for membership growth for two consecutive months (May and June) this year. It also received the honor, “2017 Best Improvement in Membership Retention, Asia Pacific"

In support of its Student Leadership Competency Building initiative, the chapter has collaborated with Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad, to deliver a project management course aligned to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition. The program is aimed at building project management competency in MBA students and bridging the gap between academia and industry.

The chapter is working with the National Academy of Construction (NAC) to improve project management practices across the institutes and the board related to the construction industry and is supporting its mandate for project management certification for all officials. The chapter is collaborating with NAC to host its annual project management conference in February 2018 that will target officials from fields related to civil engineering in government institutes.

On 17 November, the chapter, along with Hitachi, conducted a networking session for chapter members. The session was kicked off by chapter member Phalgun Ramaraju, who spoke on “How I as a Project Manager can Transform my Organization Right from Today.” He spoke on business agility and how a project manager can spearhead it by leveraging tools and methodologies like Kanban. Satish Jammula from Hitachi spoke on “Project Management in the Artificially Intelligent World - a New Beginning,” in which he highlighted how Artificially intelligence is becoming commonplace even in project management. He spoke about Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide that can be taken over by robots in the future, highlighting the importance of upskilling project managers. Members also got a glimpse of Hitachi’s industry orientation program for project managers. Over 100 members from the chapter and Hitachi attended this networking session.

(Chapter news contributors are T V Sesha Sai, PMP; Rekha Unni, PMP; Ajanta Sharma, PMP; Narauttam Das, PMP; Pradnya Paithankar; Bhavesh Thakkar, PMP; and Komal Mathur.)

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