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GyanLahari 2016

PMIPCC board of directors (from left) Diwakar Konda, Pavan Chamarty, Poonam Srivastava, Kondal P., Srikanth Kamuni, Venkat C., Amit Kumar M., Nagini Chandramouli, Ravi Vurakaranam, S.G. Sriram, Suresh Kavili, Bhaskar Reddy G., and the emcee of the day, Srinivas Kopparapu, at the inaugural event.

PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC), Hyderabad hosted GyanLahari 2016, its annual regional conference, in July. The theme of this conference was “Project Management – An enabler to future proof your business.”

This one and a half day professional event provided an opportunity for project practitioners across industries, government, academia, and non-government organizations to exchange ideas on the emerging trends in project management. The conference explored how project management is critical to business success, and helps organizations increase customer advocacy and retention, manage business uncertainty, and foster innovation through disruption, thereby leading to future growth and change.

The conference had 300 professionals from diverse fields across the country. It was inaugurated by B.V. Mohan Reddy, founder and executive chairman of Cyient Ltd. and former chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). Keynote speakers included Commodore G. Prakash, Indian Navy, and K. Srinivas Rao, chief strategist and partner, thestrategist.com.

Networking Meeting

Members participating in "The Scrum Penny Game"
A networking meeting was held on 1 July that included a guest speaker, chapter updates, and a rewards and recognition program, followed by a networking dinner. The guest speaker slot was used to conduct a workshop on Featureban, a simple Kanban simulation. P.V. Suman Kumar, who is an enterprise trainer and coach for agile approaches for project management, conducted the workshop. During this session, members got an understanding of how to compare the techniques of Kanban, scrum and agile approach. Members participated in game-based learning, called ‘The Scrum Penny Game.’ Key takeaways from the game were:

  1. Smaller batches mean more value is delivered and workers spend more time working concurrently. Also the first value is delivered earlier to the customer.

  2. Removing impediments helps deliver more value without the team working any longer. They become more efficient.

  3. Prioritizing high value work improves value delivered to the customer even though the team works for the same amount of time.

Symposium on Manufacturing

Rajarama Rao B. welcoming delegates to the symposium
PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter organized the second session in its series of project management symposiums on 18 June, which was titled, “Manufacturing, the Backbone of Vision India.”

Leaders and senior managers from leading organizations participated in the event as keynote speakers or delegates. The event attracted over 200 Tweets and over 100 Facebook comments, demonstrating the massive potential that web virtual collaboration technologies offer in reaching out to audience across the world and various communities.

Partha Ghose delivering the keynote address
The conference started with an enactment that showcased the current situation of the manufacturing sector in India, i.e. the overburdened backbone of India and how project management can help streamline the processes and mitigate the challenges.

Rajaram Rao Bannengala, vice president – Programs, PMI Pune-Deccan India chapter welcomed the guests and delegates. This was followed by a keynote by Partha S. Ghose, president and chief of Projects, Kalyani Steels Ltd. He threw light on the use of project management to improve efficiency in the manufacturing sector. On the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he said the timing was perfect as India would reach its prime with a young manpower by 2020. The second keynote speaker was Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, director, the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research, Pune, who gave his perspective on project management in manufacturing. There was an “elevator speech” by Amit Jadhav, director, Modelcam Technologies Private Limited in which he touched upon how the way people use technology is going to change by 2020.

Invited guests Girish Kelkar, founder director, V3C3E3 Consultants spoke about the risks and challenges that ‘Make in India’ will face in the coming years. Prakash Avchat, former general manager, Tata Motors shared his perspective on the role of a project engineer in emerging India.

The team behind the symposium
The delegates took part in an innovative session, “Connecting Dots,” during the breakout session in which delegates were divided in groups and assigned the task of building the model of a travel bus. This helped the teams understand planning and execution in the manufacturing sector.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the symposium theme by Sushma Bhayani, global business development & delivery leader, IBM India Pvt. Ltd., Mangesh Ashtekar, operation manager, Forbes Marshal, Mohan Nair, president, IIMM, and Rajaram Krishnaswami, consultant and trainer).

(Chapter news was contributed by Ashutosh Nadkarni and Nagini Chandramouli, PMP, ACP.)
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