PMI Bangalore Chapter

Editor’s Note September 2016

Editor’s NoteEditor

Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!

“They say you don’t win silver but you lost gold. Becoming first still has its great sense of satisfaction” When I looked at Usain Bolt’s achievement during the just concluded Olympics games at Rio, I thought he imbibed this spirit like no one other. Jamaican, Usain Bolt is now called “the fastest man alive” for winning 9 gold in the 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games, the last one being at the Rio Olympics which concluded last month. Bolt’s personal best of 9.58 seconds in the 100 metres is the fastest ever run. Bolt also holds the second fastest time of 9.63 seconds the current Olympic record, and set two previous world records in the event. Bolt’s personal best of 19.19 s in the 200 metres is the world record. After the race he told, “This is why I came here, to the Olympics, to prove to the world that I’m the best – again”. Even if he starts the race a bit late, he soon makes it up to win the race. The Whattapp joke making the rounds soon after, mentioned that the prize money he got from various sources after the event, if we normalize with the time he ran to grab the gold medals comes to a whopping $1 Million per second. Fact or joke, the reality is he is showered EditorNote img2with rewards (and sponsorships) from various fronts for his stupendous performance. But we may also realize that for every 1-2 minute sprint he ran to win the gold, he must have spent thousands of hours preparing for the event. When people execute actions flawlessly to get the ‘desired’ result/s – like that perfect Produnova by Dipa Karmakar or that helicopter shot by Dhoni (which incidentally will now get immortalized in one recent Bollywood biopic), or that perfect backhand drop by Sindhu to win the clincher, hours and hours of preparation must have gone behind. What looks so effortless or seamless, is nothing but an outcome of intense dedication, discipline, focus, sacrifice, hard work and unquestionable faith in oneself. I think, as Project Managers (PM’s), these achievement provides us an opportunity to motivate us. To execute our projects year after year flawlessly, to earn a reputation of a person who delivers, come what come may, requires adoption of similar dedication. If we spend hours to understand the domain /industry the project is catering to, sincerely commit ourselves to understand the needs and wants of our customers and stakeholders, do not mind to spend the extra hours with our team members to understand how their skills can be tapped to complement each other and how make their weakness look irrelevant, then we can deliver the business results consistently and flawlessly, Sorry, there may not be gold medals to be won here for PM’s, but you will certainly be looked upon as a winner par excellence.

Happy Reading.

Thanks and Best Wishes,
Soumen De, PMP

Technology Support : : Ramesh Chandra Pathak, PMP

Editorial Board

Murali Santhanam, PMP
Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Soumen De, PMP
Sujata Sahu, PMP