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Announcing Project Management National Conference, 2016
Presenting Project Management Fun-DasTM

Highway Engineers to Receive Project Management Training

Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India addressing the gathering in the presence of (middle) V.L. Patankar, director, IAHE, and Nitin Gadkari, union minister, road transport and highways and shipping

The Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) will now offer customized project management training for those attending the academy. PMI India is helping IAHE in the development of the training modules and periodic faculty development programs.

The objective is to facilitate IAHE to become a world-class project management center of excellence.

The collaboration is the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the two organizations signed in May 2016 to promote project management and build a project management ecosystem within IAHE. The MoU was signed by V.L. Patankar, director, IAHE, and Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India.

Present on the occasion were Nitin Gadkari, union minister, road transport and highways and shipping, and Sanjay Mitra, secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Highlighting the importance of project management in this sector, Mr. Patankar said, "The roads and highway sector is the backbone of the domestic infrastructure in India. The sector is going through a very exciting phase today. The MoU is a timely step for IAHE for its outward looking approach of promoting the discipline of project management. This, in turn, will lead to the adoption of project management best practices within the road and highway sector in India.

Project management education will help engineers and project managers at IAHE to enhance their knowledge and sharpen their skills in project planning and delivery.

Speaking on the importance of project management within the road transport and highway sector, Mr. Gadkari said, "Projects are vital to a country like ours that is changing and growing fast. In order to sustain the pace and ensure successful execution of the various new infrastructure initiatives, it is essential that standard processes for planning, execution, and monitoring are put in place where project management plays a vital role.

He added that the first step towards this was to create a project management ecosystem within IAHE. "We have collaborated with PMI, the world's leading membership association for project mangement profession. I sincerely believe that project management is the bridge between high-level strategic vision and successful outcomes.

Mr. Kalady remarked that this collaboration would not only help in enhancing the performance of project professionals but also in delivering project results effectively and within all possible constraints.

"Today, the need and importance of project management is widely recognized all across the globe. Government ministries and departments, multilateral agencies, and other national and international bodies of high repute are talking about the adoption of project management in the same breath as higher economic growth," Mr. Kalady added.

PMI will work towards strengthening the abilities of personnel working in projects under the ministry. There will be workshops, training programs, and certification of personnel to achieve the overall objective of creating a project management culture.

PMI India will offer IAHE one set of all the standards developed and owned by PMI, including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, The Standard for Program Management - Third Edition, The Standard for Portfolio Management - Third Edition, and Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) - Third Edition. These PMI standards are developed in accordance with the Code of Good Practice for Standardization developed by the International Organization for Standardization and the standards development guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute which accredits PMI as a standards developer.

Session on Agile Approach and Risk Management

Chief guest D.Y. Pathak, president, PMI Mumbai Chapter, speaking to the audience about PMI
The leadership development team at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) organized the 11th Project Managers Confluence in Mumbai, where best practices were shared and institutionalized. This is a unique initiative conceptualized by TCS, in association with PMI. The forum creates an opportunity for project management practitioners in TCS to learn best-in-class practices, develop their expertise, and showcase case studies from TCS.

The program was inaugurated by Chaitanya Sathe, delivery center head, Mumbai, who stressed upon the importance of project management, and the need to incorporate new technologies like robotics and automation in project management, in addition to a greater understanding of project risk management.

The first speaker for the day was Nitin Patwardhan, PMP, PRINCE2, PgMP, PfMP, and a Ph.D. from Mumbai University, who is currently serving as senior vice president and head - PMO at Accelya Kale Solutions Ltd. Dr. Patwardhan spoke about "Risk Management - Too Less or Too Much" with a focus on the need to identify and handle a risk before it hits individuals and projects. He also spoke about the improvements that can be achieved by incorporating support functions like human resource and learning and development, and the need to occasionally involve clients to identify potential risks. He discussed the need to go "Beyond Risk Management" where he spoke about risk aggregation, enterprise risk management (ERM), and ERM linked to strategic planning. During the Q&A session, there were many questions on handling risks and steps to prevent risks from recurring.

Speakers (from left) Mr. Sathe, Mr. Pathak, Dr. Patwardhan, and Mr. Sahadevan interacting during a break-out session
The second speaker for the day was Deepak Srivastava, global delivery head, TCS-ABN AMRO relationship. He is a "Safe Agilest" for the TCS BFS-ABN AMRO unit, and delivers technology solutions to TCS banking relationships in Australia and New Zealand. He is also the champion of agile approaches to project management for the unit and assesses the state and maturity of the adoption of agile techniques among customers, and readiness in TCS teams. His vast IT experience spans multiple IT companies like Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and Godrej-GE Appliance IT division. He is PMP, ITIL, CSQA, PSM and Safe Agilest certified.

He spoke about "Risk Management and Agile Adoption in a Large Bank - Experiences and Way Forward." He shared how this project implemented methods to negotiate risks and how agile techniques in project management were deployed. He also spoke about the transition to agile approaches to project management where he covered competency development, challenges, and solutions, measuring agile maturity and guide for continuous improvement. Mr. Srivastava also shared a case study of his project and steps taken to negotiate risk, and foster an excellent relationship with the client.

It was an interactive format, with a quiz organized during high tea that was hosted by Shine Sahadevan, head - organization markets, PMI India. Winners received books from PMI.
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