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Government must insist that projects must have qualified credential employees - Raj Kalady

Projects Info | Jul 5, 2010

Raj Kalady, Managing Director of PMI (India) talks to Purva Khole about the importance of project management and project certification

Why do you think industries in India, especially in infrastruc­ture, have lagged behind in the world in the number of trained project managers?
My guess is that the whole concept of project manage­ment is something which was thought of in the west. And they are leading that in all aspects of management. And project management being youngest of the lot right now is leading in the west and India is catching up slowly but steadily.

How's the competition around us in professional project man­agement?
An example that I like to men­tion repeatedly is China. Four years ago, only four universi­ties offered project manage­ment programmes. Today, 109 universities offer them. That shows trust in project manage­ment. India has close to 20,000 people certified in project man­agement, a number that has grown exponentially from less than 5,000 only about five years ago. But this is the tip of the iceberg.

What difference does certifica­tion to a manager make to a project?
It's a combination of aware­ness, and the fact that histori­cally Project Management was not seen as a discipline. Some people still believe Project Management is part of over­all management and it doesn't require having a discipline. But others, who have studied it, will vouch for the importance of the academic input that a Project Management pro­gramme brings in to managing a project: What are the various knowledge areas? What are the various fields that a manager needs to take care of? Using a common lexicon, and so on.

Can you tell us some major skills that a professional project manager has?
There are nine knowl­edge areas in typical circum­stances: Project Integreation Management,Scope Management, Time manage­ment, Risk Management, Cost Management, Scheduling, and Integration, Quality Management, HR Management, Communication Management and so forth.

For example, we all know there are risks, but by quantify­ing the probability and impact of risk, you can rank these risks.

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