Editorial Assistance :
Ann Mary George, PMP
Eswari Rao, PMP
Madhavan S Rao, PMP
|Dr. Prajapati Trivedi, Secretary, Government of India, Cabinet Secretariat inaugurated the PMPC 2012 by lighting the traditional lamp. His Inaugural Address, which followed, was spell binding and an eye-opener for the entire Professional community participating in the conference. Listening to Dr. Trivedi, one’s perceptions of the working of civil servants underwent a radical change. He effectively brought out the challenges in Governmental Projects seeking to transform the country.|
|Sharing the details of the RFD (Result Framework Document) being introduced as a strategic driver among all the Ministries, he showed how it is possible to effect a ‘DNA Change’ among the civil servants. Executing a Government Project with Multiple stakeholders (with differing expectations) is indeed a challenge. With several examples and illustrative videos Dr. Prajapati demonstrated, in a way that was easily assimilated by the audience, that RFD seeks to bring about inclusive accountability, that is measurable, verifiable and reviewable in a transparent manner. This inaugural address initiated several thought triggers and created the perfect start for the conference.|
The next Keynote was by Mr.Bhaskar Bhat, MD, Titan Industries,took us through his perspective of the Project Management Trends. Drawing from his experience in the Jewellery Industry – the lessons learnt were well illustrated with incidents and examples. Drawing parallels with Dr Prajapati’s earliar session , he shared the group’s experience in having a ‘Dare to Try’ initiative to recognize failures. The Organization culture of positively recognizing failures, learning the lessons and ploughing it back for next ventures had a telling effect on the audience. He also elaborated on ‘When to pull the plug?’ and Inspiration and ‘Game-changer’ Vision as necessary to steer success of ventures. The common thread through out was the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ necessary for success.
The next session was a simulating Panel discussion anchored by Ramam Atmakuri, with four distinguished Industry Leaders.
Mr. Gautam Rao emphasized that in today’s economic situation and the looming ‘double dip recession’, it is necessary to fail fast or succeed fast.
Mr. Kandasamy explained how we can calibrate ourselves to give the right data to make right decisions.
Mr. Atmakuri highlighted that project life cycles are becoming shorter and with the younger generation workforce coming into play, it is very important to keep them engaged and motivated.
Mr. Kasinathan shared his views on the 3 keywords – Faster, Better, Cheaper and how these words are pivotal in driving successful projects in today’s context.
Mr. Naresh Babu delineated the 3 core requirements as conformance to customer requirements, optimisation for better customer satisfaction and risk management for timely delivery.
The audience interacted with the panel and asked them many stimulating questions.
Ms. Aparna Ganesh shared her experience on Integrating Quality and Project Management by outlining a First Market Application framework that brings in quality rigor in managing projects through delivery to the customers.
Mr. Prasanna Banavara highlighted common challenges in Virtual Teams that have different time zones and different cultures.
Mr. Naveen Nanjundappa highlighted that Definition of Done should address three focus areas: Product quality, Business value to customer, and Software best practices.
Ms. Shukla Bose Founder CEO, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, gave an inspirational talk on how one can convert one’s dream into a successful social venture. She outlined how Parikrma is transforming the society by inculcating education, discipline, and values into children from underprivileged section of the society.
Mr. Rajinder Kashyap, Dy.Director General, and Mr. Prannoy Sharma, OSD to Secretary, Posts, initiated an eye opening discussion on the transformation of the Indian Postal Department. The 2 core objectives of Project Arrow were – Get the Core Right and Make the Look and Feel Right. The Project covered 8 silos:
Get the Core Right – Mail delivery, Savings Bank, Office Service Level, Remittances and Make the look and feel Right – HR, Infrastructure, Technology and Branding The speakers also spoke at length on subjects like KPIs and targets, challenges faced Development of Monitoring tools, Data Extraction Tool (DET) and Analysis on duplicate data uploading. The External studies by NASSCOM and Deloitte’s findings on Project Arrow were also briefly discussed.
||4th Annual Session of PM Primer
As they say morning shows the day. The PM Primer event held a day before the conference on 13-Sep-2012, heralded the arrival of PMPC. The 4th PM Primer Program began with exhilaration and great fervor. Students arrived well in advance and gripped the chance to network with fellow college mates and friends. Registration activity at the background spun with full zest and enthusiasm. The popularity of PM Primer can be gauged by the fact that the Chapter had a record registration of 21 colleges and 462 students who flocked in large numbers in spite of the unanticipated BMTC bus strike. This year’s distinguished Chief Guest was Mr. P.R Devi Prasad, Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, Government of Karnataka, who carries with him a vast experience … PMPC 2012 in leading and managing large public sector projects, in addition to other projects across various industry verticals. Mr. Devi Prasad, in his opening remarks, referred to the challenges of the growing traffic scenario in Bangalore, and highlighted the importance of deliberating on issues like volumes of parking. He suggested that this itself could be taken up as a Project by the policy makers.Emphasizing that every ‘Project’ needs to incorporate rational thinking and innovative approaches to achieve the best optimized solutions, he highlighted the basic differences in the features of Public Sector and Private Sector projects. He laid stress on 5 critical factors (Efficiency, Equity, Security, Fairness and Ethics) that form the backbone of any project and the core economic function of a Government.
||13th September 2012 also had two interesting special sessions. The first one was TRIZ technique for project creation, where Mr. Navneet Bhushan, Founder Director of Crafiti Consulting, gave an inspiring talk on how we can follow a systematic process to create invention. He gave an interesting insight of how ‘ease of operation’ of touch screen interface has a tradeoff of with ‘unintentional activation of functions’ ,and how this can be treated as a contradiction problem of trying to balance a ‘reliability’ versus ‘ease of operation’ feature using TRIZ principles. The second session, presented by Mr. Shankar Rao, showcased the effectiveness of Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). Illustrating his points with practical examples, he demonstrated that attempts to increase the confidence level for completing a project within a specified time frame could only result in the Probability Curve getting further skewed and acquiring a ‘Longer Tail’ . A host of factors come into play, such as Parkinson’s Law, Murphy’s Law and the Students’ Syndrome, delaying the project further, instead of accelerating it. Dr. Rao Chalasani from General Motors, talked about National Electric Mobility Mission Plan for 2020 (NEMMP). The goal of NEMMP is to study global market trends, technology challenges and current road map of Indian industry to recommend a policy framework for driving xEV market through government intervention. The most popular session of the first day was by Dr. Mohan Sundara Rajan. He described the latest innovations in Nano Technology. Graphene, Graphane and Buckyball were scientific terms made very simple and engaging by the speaker’s vast experience and great sense of humour. He ended with a very interesting example on why we are 10 years behind China, that had the audience ponder and also applaud.|