PM Essence
Editor’s Note
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!

I think one of the biggest events that we are heading to witness is the national general election. This general election is taking place in nine phases, the longest election in the country's history, from 7 April to 12 May 2014 to constitute the 16 Lok Sabha in India. Voting will take place in all 543 parliamentary constituencies of India to elect members of parliament in the Lok Sabha.
According to the Election Commission of India, the electoral populations in 2014 is 814.5 million, the largest in the world. There is an increase of 100 million newly eligible voters.
 
This also will be the longest and the costliest general election in the history of the country with the Election Commission of India estimating that the election will cost the exchequer $ 580 M, excluding the expenses incurred for security and individual political parties. Imagine our Election Commissioner (EC) as the Project Manager, who is supposed to carry this out as a project, let's call it project "Election 2014". The amount of complexity of scale, cost of conducting the election, sticking to the polling dates, meeting demands from different stakeholder and handling the multi-dimensional project risks involved in this project will be simply mind boggling. Even the most popular IPL 2014 has been shifted to UAE, Dubai and Sharjah due to security reasons and will return to India only after this election – Can we call it a risk mitigation plan adopted by EC?
 
As we all know, there is always an opportunity for PM like us to learn from projects outside our core domain and apply the best practices to improve the business results from our projects. If we look back, we may realize that companies such as Analog Devices and GE pioneered the use of an improved project reporting system, which gave rise to the concept of Balanced Score Card –a measurement system we use to report our financial and non-financial performance. An Andon System, used to notify quality or process issues to all stakeholders was pioneered by Toyota is now part of the Lean approach used by many project teams. 
 
I would imagine if we do a deep dive understanding of “Election 2014” project, we can also identify some of the key learnings, esp. on how the EC implemented the model code of conduct, how necessary trainings and technology solutions were used and how different project risks were addressed. If any one of you volunteer to write on different best practices adopted in “Election 2014” and how they can be applied in our projects, I am sure that will make an interesting reading for our PM community..
Happy Reading!

Thanks and Best Wishes,

Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Rama K., PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Soumen De, PMP

Vittal Vijayakumar, PMP