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Waves2015 at Trivandrum

M. C. Dathan lighting the lamp during the inauguration along with (from left) Vikram Kumar B. T., Jayakrishnan P. S.,and Raj Kalady
PMI Kerala Chapter organized its annual Kerala Project Management Conference, Waves2015, in Trivandrum on 13 June.

The conference organized by volunteers along with chapter board members had eight speakers and around 200 delegates.

Chapter president Vikram Kumar B.T. welcomed the audience. Padma Shri M.C. Dathan, ex-director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, gave the inaugural address. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, provided updates from PMI India. It was also an occasion to honor long-standing members of the chapter and release the chapter's first newsletter. Padma Shri G. Shankar, head and chief architect of Habitat Technology Group, gave a talk on 'brown architecture' and described how he overcomes challenges faced in the construction industry. Bhadran V.K., associate director of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, spoke about the application of project management techniques in cyber crime investigations.

There was a case study presentation on the Thiruvananthapuram City Road Improvement Project by Anilkumar Pandala, managing director of Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Co. Ltd. and associate vice president at IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. Rishiraj Singh, IPS, chief vigilance officer, Kerala State Electricity Board, could not attend the conference due to official engagements and instead sent a video message that was played at the conference. Karthik Ramamurthy, founder and principal consultant of KeyResultz, shared some useful tips on how he overcame challenges in project management.

B.G. Jayaram (extreme left) and Raj Kalady (extreme right) with long-standing members of Kerala chapter
This was followed by a magic show by Gopinath Muthukad, Merlin Award winner and owner of Magic Planet. He explained the concept of CASH - Confidence, Attention, Sincerity, and Hardwork, factors that play important roles in project execution and our daily life.

There was an interview session with Ramam Atmakuri on his project management experiences of moving from the corporate world to the social sector. The interview was conducted by B.G. Jayaram and Brajesh C. Kaimal. Mr. Atmakuri, who is currently the executive vice chairman of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, was previously vice president at Cognizant Technology Solutions.

The chapter conducted a volunteer development program for the first time on 12 June in Trivandrum. Leaders from the community, Mr. Atmakuri, Mr. Ramamurthy, Mr. Jayaram, Mr. Kalady, and Mr. Kaimal supported the event. Mr. Jayaram is region mentor ' Region 11 ' Western Asia at PMI GOC and past associate vice president & head, Project Management Center of Excellence at Infosys. Mr. Kaimal is past president of PMI Kerala Chapter and COO of Experion Technologies.

Jayakrishnan P.S., vice president, volunteer development for PMI Kerala Chapter, gave the welcome address. Mr. Kalady spoke on sustaining chapter growth and PMI institutional knowledge. Mr. Ramamurthy highlighted the importance of using social media to connect, engage, and get involved. Mr. Atmakuri spoke about the value of volunteering. This was followed by a discussion on volunteer growth opportunities by an expert panel consisting of Mr. Jayaram and Mr. Kaimal.

Seminar on Corporate Law
The PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter initiative has been developing relationships with institutes through a variety of engagements. Some of these are knowledge awareness initiatives, student projects, and curriculum development that are tuned to current industry needs and collaborative research. The goal is to make project management a habit, culture, and self-sustainable activity in academia.

On 18 April, the chapter conducted a seminar on 'Corporate Law - Contracting, Mergers and Acquisitions - A Primer for Managers', by Manoj Wad. This was followed by a session on 'Pathway to Corporate Sustainability - A Practitioner's View', by Vishweswara Rao Mantrala. Members showed strong response with a full house for both the sessions.

PMP Preparation Program, Learn & Earn

Rekha Unni felicitating Saikat Dutt after his session
PMI West Bengal Chapter conducted a four-day preparation program for those aspiring for PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® examination. The sessions organized in Kolkata on 9 and 10 May and then again on 15 and 16 May provided PMP® aspirants the knowledge they need in form of handbooks, practical examples, personal experiences of preparation, and tips and tricks before and during the exam. Candidates from different companies participated in the program that ended with a mock test.

The chapter held a Learn & Earn Session on "Digital Strategy for Business Leaders" on 16 May. Rimjhim Ray, co-founder and director of Unmarketeer, which works with brands such as Videocon and Marriott across the globe, conducted an interactive session with chapter volunteers. The session focused on the practical steps to create and implement a digital strategy that delivers business results. There were discussions on how changes in consumer behavior and trends are impacting companies across sectors like retail, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical. Ms. Ray also presented case studies on digital implementation.

The next Learn & Earn was on agile project management techniques on 27 June. It was the fifth such session that mainly focused on tracking projects that follow agile techniques in project management and information on PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® examination.

The speaker was Saikat Dutt, who has over 16 years of IT industry experience and has expertise in managing largescale, multi-location, and mission critical projects. After a recap of the first four sessions, he deep dived into agile tracking methods like burn down charts, burn up charts, cumulative flow diagram, Kanban board, and sprint retrospectives.

Rajiv Roy won appreciation as volunteer of the quarter for his continuous contribution to chapter communication initiatives.

PM Footprints, Corporate Connect
PMI Bangalore Chapter organized two sessions of PM Footprints in May. On 14 May, Hiremath M.S., project management consultant, spoke on "Project Libre", an open source project management scheduling tool. In this informative and interactive session, participants received some practical know-how about the tool. The talk covered all the 13 major functions available in the tool. On 28 May, Chetan Anand, project manager at Accenture, presented an "Overview of Risk Management". The talk was aimed at familiarizing project managers about the complexity of risk management and ways to manage risks.

Hiremath M.S. delivering his talk at PM Footprints
On 30 May, there was a program on agile techniques in project management. Nearly 20 participants from various organizations took part in it.

The chapter took part in the third quarterly meet of project management professionals at Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) on 9 May. Lt. Col. L. Shri Harsha, PgMP, spoke about program management in this in-house initiative for networking and learning amongst BEL's project management community members. As many as 26 PMP® certified practitioners, including two general managers, took part. This public sector defense company has around 150 PMP® credential holders, and a strong and active practitioner community.

The chapter also joined hands with the project management community members at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (RBEI) for the 'CoP PM Lecture Series 2015' on 25 May. Vijayraghavan Seshadri spoke on 'Escalation Management'. Besides around 40 participants at the venue, over 150 others from the company's other offices joined in through a live Webcast.

GyanLahari 2015
The chapter held its annual project management conference, GyanLahari 2015, on 11 July. The theme for the conference was 'Defining Next Generation Project Management'. Keynote speakers for the conference included Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, founder director, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and Anil Kumar Saini, head - rail systems, L&T. As always, this conference was planned and executed with the help of volunteers from the project management community.

The chapter organized a network meeting on 22 May. Besides the chapter updates, participants listened to Ramnadh K.J., associate director, CBRE India, on 'Construction Industry: Why are Projects Behind Schedule?' The chapter also felicitated new credential holders.

Bringing Industry Academia Closer
PMI Chennai Chapter partnered with the Industry Institute Interface (III) to reach out to educational institutions at a seminar on 11 July at SRM University Auditorium in Chennai. The III Forum is a joint initiative of executives from large multinational companies and technical institutions/engineering colleges in India. Through this non-profit initiative, the forum aims to increase collaboration between industry and academia.

The seminar was the inaugural event for the III Tamil Nadu chapter and was limited to engineering colleges. About 1000 students from 15 institutions participated.

V. Subbiah, president, PMI Chennai Chapter, addressed the students and teachers. He introduced PMI and spoke about the PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®. He explained how the CAPM® certification provides young graduates an edge in a projectized world.

Rajasekhar Ravichandran, vice president - governance, PMI Chennai Chapter, and CEO of Virrantech, presented on overview of the IT industry in India and the various opportunities available to students.

Mr. Subbiah and V. Sivakumar, vice president - outreach and advocacy, are part of the Industry Advisory Committee of III. PMI Chennai Chapter is planning a series of activities along with III in the months ahead.

(Chapter news was contributed by Ravi Vurakaranam, PMP; Capt. L.N. Prasad; Soumen De, PMP; Nilanjan Chanda, PMP; Rajiv Roy; Nitu Tandon Kapoor; Supratim Sen; V. Sivakumar, PMP; Akhila Gouri Shankar, PMP; Arun Ravi; and Nikhil Arni)

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