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- Murali Santhanam, PMP
CNPic1 Calm after the storm was the state of activities at the Chapter after the conference was over. The team was recovering from the stress that they went through organizing the Project Management Practitioner's Conference, 2012 held on September 14th and 15th which concluded with resounding success. The September issue of PM Essence carried lots of photographs and a write up of the Day 1 of the Conference. The Day 2 of the Conference was equally interesting with excellent Keynote speeches and technical papers.
The day started with Mr. P.S. Ravindranath while recalling that it was the Engineer's Day, a day to honour Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the greatest engineers of our time who was also an exemplary Project Manager as he spearheaded many important projects for India. The Keynote address from Mr. Manish Gupta, Director and Chief Technologist from IBM, India, was focused on the new technologies that are being discussed that will change our lives in the future. He touched upon various research programs in progress that are aimed at providing us better amenities, better infrastructure, better environment, creating an interconnected world that can respond intelligently to the changes.
Dr. Harish Hande, Magsasay Award winner and popularly known as Solar man of Karnataka, spoke passionately about the problems faced by India and how we should address them. Dr. Hande spoke about the solar power projects that his company is executing in rural areas through partial self-funding and shared his personal experiences in doing such service. He called upon the project managers to join hands and work towards social upliftment. His emotional speech held the audience spell-bound and he was thronged by delegates as he visited the Rotary Bangalore West Stall.


Mr. Elango, Chief VP and HR Officer, Mphasis, gave a perspective of how project managers should make personal improvements in their leadership skills and related to how his son, helped him realize some of these important principles. He also interacted with the audience and answered a few questions. His hilarious examples made the session live.

Here is the team that made this happen, all volunteering to create a yet-another memorable conference:


Is the conference making its impact on the practitioners? We are yet to find out. However, we seem to have impacted the routine of Adigas, the food and catering vendors for PMPC, who have started applying PM principles in their delivery. Here is the team engaged in a daily stand-in meeting to review and plan the day.

The valedictory speech was provided by Padma Bhushan Dr. V S Ramamurthy, Director, National Institute of Advance Studies, who took the audience through the significance of the discovery of the God Particle and how India has participated in one of the greatest discoveries of recent times. His address enthralled the
audience inspired them to aim for excellence in their work, and made the conference end on a very positive note. The feedback from the delegates was positive.
The Seventh Annual Conference is therefore another success story in Chapter's history.

After the conference, life in the chapter has returned to routine as the Chapter held the PM Footprints program on September 27, where the Authors of the Technical Paper “Managing Virtual Teams: A Global Marketing Program Manager's Perspective”, led by Rashmi K presented the challenges faced by marketing program managers and made recommendations for effectively managing virtual teams working on global marketing program.