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PM Essence
Editor’s Note
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!

On behalf of the entire PM Essence Editorial Team, I wish you all a Very Happy New Year 2016. During last year 2015, we started a trend of picking any one recent headline grabbing news item and distill out the Project Management learnings from it. In line with that trend let me take up the recent announcement by the Delhi Chief Minister, where from 1 January 2016, private cars can only be driven on an even or odd day, depending on its number plates. First it'll be done on a trial basis for a fortnight, then Government would take further decisions.

What is the rationale? Delhi's air quality levels has become one of the worst in the world. The Delhi pollution level (esp. PM 2.5 count) has reached alarming levels, hence the government felt drastic situations needs drastic solutions. In the past, 15 odd cities (mostly capitals) with serious air pollution issues, have tried the odd–even traffic rationing based on number plates. As Project Manager (PM), we know same solution may not produce similar results if the context changes. What is the context for Delhi? This policy exempts the commercial vehicles, two wheelers and private cars driven by ladies. There are nearly 90 lakh registered vehicles in Delhi and 1500 new vehicles are added every day. Delhi has 5,936 traffic cops, out of which 30 % are deployed on VIP duties. According to environmentalists, bikes and scooters emit nearly 32 % of air pollutants generated by the transport sector in Delhi, diesel-run trucks causes nearly 28% of vehicular pollution, whereas private cars (the solution set) contributes to 22%. The other PM question that comes to my mind is how to measure if the pilot has been successfully implemented? Would it be X % compliance, but how do you measure compliance? If it is measured as % of people using wrong cars, do we have adequate traffic cops or traffic cameras? How do we measure reduction in pollution level, to study the impact of the pilot? How do we measure the inconvenience to one of the stakeholders- Delhi citizens? Can the citizen take wrong car or get guaranteed public transportation during emergency situation? As there will be added pressure on public transport, have we ensured the public transportation have adequate inbuilt capacity or have easy access especially for the last mile connect. Is our goal to reduce pollution or reduce congestion? As PM, we need to appreciate the fact that the stated strategy (vehicles plying on alternate days) may not be necessarily be same as real strategy which the citizens will actually do. It is one thing to come up with a new goal or strategy, it is quite another to actually turn that goal into action, to break it down into new behaviors and activities at all levels, including the front line. We also know if we try to achieve goals (drastic pollution reduction) we have never achieved before, we need to start doing things you have never done before. Did we do enough ground work (public infrastructure, monitoring system, stakeholder's expectation management etc.) to ensure this pilot project will achieve desired goals. We will soon have a verdict if this pilot succeeded or failed. This will also allow us to see if the Government used a sword when they should have used a scalpel to perform the surgery which they never did before.

Happy Reading!

Thanks and Best Wishes,

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