B.G. Jayaram spoke about his experience of interacting with practitioners from countries in PMI Region 11 and said that India was far ahead of the others in terms of project management knowledge and practices. However, a lot more needs to be done to achieve higher project maturity.
He described demonetization as the biggest current project management exercise in the country. “It is one of the most complex projects ever taken up, involving a large number of people,” he said.
He said that for anything to become popular and find increased usage, people must see its value. “The important thing is can you make others understand it (the value of your project)?” he asked.
He urged delegates to commit to teaching 2-3 people project management as a life skill. “Even children can be taught simple techniques like how to scope their work and identify risks,” he added.
Rakesh Gupta made a plea for going beyond the conventional development indexes of growth such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or other economic parameters while defining development.
“High GDP growth does not necessarily correspond to high happiness index. We must build well-being into our processes and thinking,” he said.
Pointing to the PMI Talent TriangleTM, he said that it recognizes leadership as a key skill, besides technical and strategic skills.
“Leadership is extremely important but what qualities and values do we consider in a leader? These qualities are of humility, awareness, and integrity,” added Mr. Gupta.