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Session on Productivity Measurement

Officials from Save the Children taking part in the project management training
PMI West Bengal Chapter conducted a “learn and earn” session on 3 December 2016 on the topic, “Measurement of Productivity in Project Management.” The speaker, Dr. Ashim Roy, who has a strong academic and corporate background, provided different perspectives on how to measure productivity in projects. He covered general principles of productivity management, key performance indicators, metrics for benchmarking, and productivity measurement case studies. The case studies illustrated approaches organizations took to increase productivity.

Training for Save the Children
PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) conducted its first initiative in east India, in collaboration with PMI West Bengal Chapter, to impart project management training to the team from the organization, Save the Children, in Kolkata.

The chapter developed customized training material and a training session that was attended by 11 participants. Save the Children is India’s leading social organization that works for children’s rights. The organization is present in 120 countries and 20 states in India.

Save the Children had approached PMI West Bengal Chapter for a capacity building training program on project management. The objective was to help its program implementation team to improve the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques of project activities. Training was conducted on 14 and 21 January.

Focus on Project Implementation

Amit Jadhav addressing delegates on a session on being results-oriented
A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) helps project managers to understand various aspects of project management. However, to be a successful project manager, practical implementation is equally important. PMI Pune Chapter focused on the “how” part of project implementation at its 142th monthly seminar in November 2016.

Makarand Hardas, vice president, academics, PMI Pune Chapter discussed scope management. He started with an activity in which he illustrated how perceptions can impact a project’s scope and the role that assumptions play. Mr. Hardas took participants through real-life scenarios on challenges around project scope.

Jay Dholakia, program manager, KPIT Technologies, illustrated the importance of project quality through examples of projects that compromised on quality and had an adverse effect on human life, business, and the environment. He stressed the need for SMEs to follow best practices and ensure consistency.

In an interactive session, Sunil Bakshi, freelance consultant, explained risk management in projects. He took delegates through various concepts such as risk tolerance, risk scenario, risk response, risk control, types of risks, risk register, and risk profile. Vikas Dixit, independent trainer and Neuro Linguistic Programming coach, spoke about enterprise risk management.

Rahul Sudame, agile program manager, Persistent, spoke about PMI Global Awards and encouraged delegates to participate and share nominations for this program.

Gyaan Lahiri
PMI Pune Chapter has been promoting and developing project management in young minds through Gyaan Lahiri for school students and Udaan for management students. An outcome of these initiatives is that the University of Pune is now introducing project management in its curriculum.

Mr. Hardas and Abhay Kulkarni, director, Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research, Pune, along with the Board of Studies Members and the Academic Council of University of Pune were involved in developing the syllabus of services management. The syllabus will be effective from the 2017 academic year and will include project management in services as a subject.

The chapter will utilize Udaan, the annual project management contest for MBA students, to develop an interest in this subject among students.

New Year Special Session
The chapter hosted a New Year special event, termed “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobarra” on 7 January, conducted by Amit Jadhav, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and coach.

Mr. Jadhav introduced a program that focuses on results rather than tasks, what he called the ATOMS or in other words, Achieving Timely Objectives Management System. Through real life examples, he explained how the key to success is the willingness to achieve a goal and believing in oneself.

He asked delegates to rate themselves in different areas of their life, set down life goals, and add timelines to each goal. The ratings were then calculated and mapped to a life chart that helped delegates to understand areas of focus.

Risk Management Workshop
PMI Kerala Chapter organized a workshop on risk management by Rajesh Nair, PgMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PMP, on 3 December in Trivandrum. Mr. Nair is a management consultant and visiting professor at Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, USA. He is actively involved with PMI and is a spokesperson for project management ethics and standards. He has experience in process re-engineering, productivity improvement, and building a resilient organizational culture.

Mr. Nair urged project managers to adopt a comprehensive and systematic approach to identify, measure, prioritize, and respond to project risks. He covered risk profile of projects, risk management processes as defined by the PMBOK® Guide, and how these can be used in projects. He illustrated the role of risk in setting project goals, formulating project objectives, and managing project performance. Participants had case studies from real world projects to understand and apply risk management approaches. A consensus among delegates was that identifying threats or negative risks was easier than finding opportunity or positive risks. The session ended with a case study on risk management failures that led to the Titanic tragedy.

The session was attended by 15 participants.

PMI-ACP Preparatory Training
The chapter has just launched the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® preparatory training program. The first such instructor lead training program was held from 10-12 February in Trivandrum. As PMI-ACP® is one of the new credentials being offered by PMI for professionals working in the agile project management environment, the interactive preparatory program will offer a golden opportunity to members who want to advance their career with this certification.

Interactive Session with Defense, Aerospace Decision Makers

Dr. V V R Sastry (center) being felicitated by Mr. T Suvarna Raju (right) and Vijay K Paul (left)
PMI Bangalore Chapter has identified construction, defense, and healthcare as sectors critical to drive the nation’s growth. These sectors need to enhance their project management practices and skills to improve the delivery of programs and projects. The chapter has established two industry forums to take this objective forward – the Engineering and Construction Forum and the Defense, Aerospace, Space and Public Sector Undertaking (DAPSU) Forum for organizations in Karnataka. The chapter is working closely with the Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore branch, for the DAPSU Forum.

To kick off the DAPSU forum, the chapter organized an interactive session with key decision makers from organizations in the industry. The objectives of the session were to help understand the challenges these organizations face in managing complex programs and projects and project management best practices that can be leveraged to enhance outcomes and improve organizational productivity, performance efficiency, and stakeholder engagement.

In his keynote, V.V.R. Sastry, former chairman and managing director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), championed the adoption of PMI advocated best practices to improve project outcomes in BEL.

“Adoption of the project management framework of PMI has not only helped BEL in improving client delivery time schedules, but also brought a cultural shift in the organization in their planning, and managing programs and projects with successful outcomes,” said Dr. Sastry.

T. Suvarna Raju, chairman and managing director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) highlighted the challenge of working within the constraints of national policy and compliance guidelines which require a different approach in program risk management. He sought PMI’s help in approaching these challenges through practical examples in the PSU environment.

Padma Vibhushan V. K. Aatre, prominent scientist and former chief, Defence Research and Development Organisation, spoke about the need for a framework of risk identification and the management of indigenous technology driven defense research projects as factors critical for project success.

Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, urged leaders to consider adopting the 3P framework for successful program management. Past chapter presidents, Amar Bhaskar and P.S. Ravindranath, took active part in the event.

(Chapter news contributors are Rekha Unni, PMP, Pradnya Paithankar, PMP, Ashutosh Nadkarni, PMP, Makarand Hardas, PMP, Dipti Kshirsagar, Akhila Gowri Shankar, PMP and Vijay K. Paul)
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