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New Chapter Board Elected
The PMI West Bengal Chapter conducted its first election during the months of April to June 2014. Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya passed the baton of the chapter president to Mr. Nilanjan Chanda. The new board acknowledged Ms. Bhattacharya’s achievements as president. With great energy and commitment, she has established a culture of high level performance and made the presence of the chapter felt within the community. The chapter looks forward to new leaders to take the vision forward and take the chapter to greater heights.

The Project Managers’ Confluence was organized on 13 June at the premises of Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) GDC in Kolkata. The event was an occasion to share industry’s best practices. The forum created an opportunity for project management practitioners to learn best-in-class solutions from the industry, develop their expertise, and showcase success stories and case studies.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Sridhar Bakshi, vice president and center head, TCS Kolkata. There were several distinguished speakers from PMI India, PMI West Bengal Chapter, and TCS. The session commenced with a welcome address by Mr. Sushanta Sinha, learning manager - east, TCS. The other speakers were Mr. Jitendra Roy Choudhury from HDR Salva, Ms. Leena Gupte from PMI India, Mr. Nilanjan Chandra from PMI West Bengal Chapter, and Mr. Soumya Chatterjee from TCS Kolkata. The anchor for the entire program was Ms. Suparna Bhaumick, regional LDP program co-ordinator.

Ms. Gupta spoke about PMI activities, initiatives, academic outreach, and the advantages of becoming a PMI member. Mr. Roy spoke on “Stakeholder Management - Challenges and Solutions” and highlighted stakeholder management basics, the process involved in stakeholder management, project planning, initiation, generation, development, and execution. He highlighted the chapter’s vision, mission, its various communities, geographical coverage, activities, and initiatives.

Mr. Chatterjee spoke about the execution of large global programs in TCS, and the challenges and achievements encountered in its execution. He highlighted the role of customer relationship, stakeholder management, resource allocation, aspects on fund mitigation, concept of large program management, complexities, risks, and best practices.

The chapter also conducted its first strategic meet on 9 August after the board elections. The event was attended by board members and extended board members who formulated the chapter’s strategy for 2014-2015. The board as a whole has been actively involved in discussing, reviewing, and approving the plans of high level strategies. The team provided valuable thoughts and ideas that gave fresh perspectives to many existing problem areas. The team discussed and analyzed the ideas to confirm they fit into the organization’s mission, vision and values so as to enable the chapter to sustain and grow to newer heights.

PM Footprints, Champion Meeting
Bangalore Chapter organized three PM Footprints sessions during the month of July.

On 3 July, Mr. Akshat Agarwal, senior viable vision expert, Goldratt Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., spoke on “Maximizing Throughput in Projects the Theory of Constraints Way.” Mr. Agarwal is a specialist in the theory of constraints implementation in manufacturing and multi projects environment.

On 17 July, Mr. Vishweshwar Hegde, partner, PM Consulting spoke on “New Paradigms for Knowledge Era”. Mr. Hegde has an experience of 28 years in the IT industry and his session helped the audience to understand about paradigm shifts in management and leadership.

On 31 July, Mr. Ajit Kaikini, director, growth and corporate training, Buoyancee - A Poly Training Centre, spoke on “Managing Mindsets of those around helps manage”. Nearly 55 members attended each of the talks.

On 12 July, the chapter organized a meeting with all the PMI Champions from various organizations at its office. Chapter board members were also present. The invitees were given a brief presentation on the chapter activities and the key areas where the Champions’ help was needed to advocate PMI activities. Eight PMI Champions attended the meeting.

On 5 July, a workshop on requirements engineering was conducted by Mr. Suresh Thiagarajan. Nearly 20 members participated in the workshop that enlightened the participants to move from requirement management to requirement engineering, and from documenting requirements to eliciting requirements.

On 26 July, the chapter held a one-day foundation program on agile project management techniques at Royal Orchid Central Hotel. The event provided an opportunity to the members to learn about agile project management methodology and how they can apply those techniques at their workplace.

Member Network Meeting
The chapter’s annual general body meeting for 2013-14 was conducted on 8 August in which the board presented the finance statement to the member community. The occasion was used to provide updates on various strategic units and initiatives by PMIPCC. The team also provided an update on PMI Project Management National Conference which is being co-hosted by the chapter. Members who have expressed interest to volunteer for the conference have been roped in for the planned tasks. The board congratulated the entire member community for the “Membership Retention Award — 2013”. Members were provided the award badge as a token of appreciation. The board also felicitated the lead volunteers who contributed for the Student Leadership Competency Building program. Mr. A. V. Ramam, former region mentor, PMI, launched the new PMIPCC pilot website.

The chapter held a network meeting on 30 May in the CMC campus. The program began with chapter updates. Mr. Shyamsunder Panchavati spoke on “Esprit De Corps, As a Strategic driver in Project Management”, in which he highlighted the significance of the morale of project team members. This was followed by a speech from Mr. Raghunath Reddy T., president, Continental Hospitals, on “What in Project Management took to set this up?” He presented a case study depicting the challenges and limitations of building a world-class hospital in India, and the ways to manage them. The chapter took this opportunity to felicitate new credential holders.

(Chapter news is contributed by Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, PMP, Ms. Rekha Unni, PMP, and Mr. Soumen De, PMP.)
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