PMPC 2018

PMPC 2018

PM Enrich Master Class

Leadership in The Times of Change

Ms. Bindu Bhatia, Managing Director, NeuCode Talent Academy started the session by interacting with audience and asking a question if anyone has never got hurt in the lifetime? She focused on lack of emotional resilience in today’s world where change is taken as threat. Her story of multiple levels of guests coming home but equal quality of treatment irrespective of level was heart touching. The tools like Reprogram your brain, change transition curve and internal representative system was really handy for audience to learn from and use in day to day life.


At the end of her session she shared her personal story and inaugurated her book “Winning Relationships”.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni, Chief Mentor, Tarah Technologies has gave insights on AI and ML. Machine Intelligence are of 3 types, i.e., AI that is good at performing a single task, such as chess or Go, AI that can understand and reason it’s environment as a human would and AI becomes much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including wisdom and social skills. He discussed about different AI conundrums e.g. NLP, speech processing etc. Continuing on ML he had a great interactive session with details on different types of ML i.e. Supervised, Unsupervised and Reinforcement. He emphasized that a structured approach to AI problems is crucial.

DAPSU Symposium

DAPSU stands for Defence, Aerospace and PSU. This is the inaugural symposium from the Chapter which will strive to foster collaboration among local bodies and will address unique and complex challenges of DAPSU programs and projects.

Inauguration & Lamp Lighting


Col. (Retd.) L Shri Harsha welcomed the delegates and invited the Chief Guest Mr. M V Gowtama, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Ltd. to light the lamp along with Mr. I. V. Sharma, Former Director R&D BEL and DAPSU Chair. Other advisory committee members also joined the distinguish guests for the ceremony


Address by Chief Guest

Mr. M V Gowtama, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Ltd. covered how BEL is contributing to India’s Defence supplies and preparedness. He highlighted that USD 100 Billion is spent by India every year on Defence. His submission was that there is a huge scope for lot of Defence manufacturing to be done in India as part of the Make in India initiative.


Mr Gowtama presented a case study highlighting India’s journey from a paper-based voting system in elections to the use of Electronic Voting Machines and how BEL has contributed to making the journey successful.

Business Challenges of Product Development for Defence Industry

Mr. Damodaran Subramanian, Managing Director, SAFRAN Engineering Services India talked about Business Challenges of Product Development for the Defence Industry.


He covered how the life cycle of a defence product is managed and what best practices they adopt to make the products successful. He also touched upon how the latest technologies are making inroads in all defence products.

Mobile Satellite Terminals for Defence Aircrafts


Dr. Abburi Vidyasagar, Chairman and Managing Director, Avantel Ltd. and Founder of WikiKids Ltd, shared a success story for Mobile Satellite Terminals for Defence Aircrafts. The highlight of his speech was the methods and procedures used for thorough testing of defence products and rigorous processes followed to make them reliable.

Delivering the Impossible


Mr. G Raghavendra Rao, Former Executive Director, BEL and Advisor BEL, talked about a challenging project for delivering Remote Controlled IED jammer vehicles in bulk and in a compressed time frame. Highlight of his speech was the collaboration and partnership with various suppliers to make the project successful.

Aero Engines Design and Development

Mr. Amit Sudhakar Bhai Trivedi, Chief Manager, AERDC, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Talked about best practices for Aero Engines Design and Development through Effective Project Management approach  in Indian Scenario.


He stressed on the fact that managing supply chain and using latest prototyping and manufacturing methods helped to execute projects successfully. This also allowed timely integration of all parts to perform just in time prototype or product testing.

Making it Big in Defence

Col. H S Shankar, VSM, Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Ltd started his address by talking about how his organization came about serving different sectors in defense and aerospace domain. He took the audience on a journey on how they have catered the projects from opto-electronics to satellite manufacturing.


His “Chakravyau” of typical project lifecycle emphasized on different “P’s” which are needed for executing projects in this Chakravyau lifecycle of projects i.e. Patience, Persistence, perseverance  and passion.

E&C Symposium

Inauguration & Lamp Lighting

Mr. T. V. Sesha Sai, E&C Chair, PMI Bangalore India Chapter welcomed all the delegates and talked how E&C moving from the unorganized/local sector to organized/Global.


E&C symposium is introduced in PMPC to give learning opportunity to E&C Project Managers. He then called upon chief guest Mr. M R Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Brigade Group to inaugurate E&C symposium along with advisory committee members and Chapter president.


Address by Chief Guest

Mr. M R Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Brigade Group touched upon achievements of Brigade group and how it has developed over 40 million square feet of real estate. Some of the advances in technology like use of cranes, aluminium, pre cast modules is helping improve the industry but development is still far behind in terms of volume and speed when we compare with China.


The office space in two cities like Tokyo and New York is more than what’s available in the whole of India. He acknowledged that Project Management plays a big role in Project failures (40%). Education curriculum needs to change to match requirements.

Staying Relevant in Changing Times



Mr. Mike Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Embassy Office Parks talked about various statistics of how efficiently development happens in other places of the world as opposed to India. The only way that Project Managers can stay relevant is by nurturing curiosity, energy and finally taking action. You also need to surround yourself by positive people. People who can purify you, and not pollute you.

Value Creation in Construction Projects


A panel discussion on Value Creation in Construction Projects Through Deeper Capability Enhancement started with panelists Dr. Aswath MU, Principal, Bangalore Institute of Technology Ms. R Shobha, National Director, Colliers International Dr. Srinivas Ravindra, Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development. Discussion is moderated by Mr. Naresh V Narasimhan, Head, Venkataramanan Associates. The panelists discussed the skill gap between graduates who enter work and why they are perceived to be lacking in real life knowledge. Academia responded by saying that the foundations of what’s taught cannot be changed. The audience was made aware of various up-skilling programs that exist today to train unskilled labour and artisans. The panel also discussed the regulatory framework that needs to ensure that mandatory certification of blue collar workers is happening and the challenges of enforcing such mandatory checks.

Case Studies of Failures of Structures


Dr. B R Srinivasa Murthy, Professor of Civil Engineering (Retd.), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore discussed on several issues he has faced in the projects and also shared solutions.

Some of the methodologies used to straighten a leaning building was used even to straighten the leaning tower of Pisa. The Professor stressed on using common sense when required instead of insisting on testing everything in the labs. Solutions like micro piling and borewells to remove silt were used in several instances.

PMI Address

Value of Project Management

Mr. Raj Kalady, Managing Director, PMI India unfolded his own life’s experience of Scuba diving and how he was in a life threatening situation which can happen in any project or real life.


He gave a little introduction to the basics of Scuba diving and then shared how his boat caught fire in Hurghada, Egypt, and how he had a narrow escape from death, without anything i.e. money, phone, passport, credit card, licence or any ID proof in a remote location of foreign land where he doesn’t even know local language. He said – to create value in this dynamic world, we have to adapt and change ourselves according to situation.

PMPC 2018 Inauguration and Welcome Address


Mr. Balakrishna Kasibatla, Conference PMO Leader, PMPC 2018, welcomed the audience to the 13th edition of PMPC and 20th year of Chapter formation. He emphasised on the conference theme, Value Creation which is the need of the hour in today’s agile world. He then requested the dignitaries to come onto the stage – Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestlé India Limited, Air Commodore C R Mohan, VSM, Commandant, Airforce Technical College, Bangalore, Mr. Raj Kaladi, Managing Director, PMI India, Mr. Basu Datta, President, PMI Bangalore India Chapter, Col. (Retd.) L Shri Harsha, Secretary and Treasurer, PMI Bangalore India Chapter lit the lamp and formally inaugurated PMPC 2018.


Mr. Basu Dutta, President, PMI Bangalore India Chapter started by throwing light on chapter activities. He emphasised the change and the need to adapt in today’s dynamic market. Value creation is the theme and is aligned to the talent triangle of PMI. He then invited Mr. Suresh Narayanan for the Inaugural Address.


The Comeback of MAGGI – Redefining Project Management & Value Creation

Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestlé India Limited, started by thanking board members in an innovative way – “I thank, 13 board members on 13th day of July during the 13th edition of PMPC”. 


He mentioned about the history of Nestle and initial products like milk maid, Nescafe etc. Continuing on the Maggi story, he shared that Maggi’s market share reduced from 80% to 0% during the crisis in 2015. The customer acceptance rating dropped from 98% to 3%. Key takeaways were, during a crisis, manage both the external and internal environment, communicate with internal stakeholders effectively, break the silos and attack from all angles.

Nation’s Defence Preparedness – A Collective Responsibility

Air Commodore C R Mohan, VSM, Commandant, Airforce Technical College, Bangalore talked about how the Nation’s Defence preparedness is a collective responsibility. He started with 3 passions of Indians. “Religion”, “Cricket” and “Bollywood”. He said as a nation our awareness and interest about defence is very low.


He stressed on revamping the education system and making innovation and out of the box thinking as one of the drivers. He emphasised that we should look at managing defence projects with focus on manufacturing and exporting the products.

Panel Discussion – Digital Transformation

In the panel discussion, panelist Mr. Markandey Upadhyay, Co-Founder, Thought Factory, Axis Innovation Lab, Dr. Sieglinde Pfaendler, Innovation Manager, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Uddipan P Bagchi, Vice President Insurance, NTT Data Services Pvt. Ltd. discussed: what digital transformation (DT) is when it comes to automotive, banking, insurance domains. Customer expectations drive DT.


DT improves productivity and optimizes experiences. It changes lives and differs from automation as the former makes decisions possible. The panel discussed various skills that need to be honed to prepare for digital transformation. Discussion was moderated by Mr. Pinkesh Shah, Founder, Institute of Product Leadership.

Reimaging Project Management in the Era of Transformation

Mr. Brian McMurray, Vice President – Engineering & Operations, GM Technical Centre India started the session by rolling out a poll on age bands and passing the message that soon the work force will have many millennials and Project  Manager’s should ask the right question so that purpose and prospective is addressed.


His video on pit stops has invoked the innovative thinking and how it drives and expands the limits.

Delivering Value through Intelligence

Mr. Kingsley David Richard, Technology Evangelist, ABB talked about using data to answer the why question.


4 to 5 GB of data is collected per minute from an F1 car. Technology is moving to a more autonomous nature to minimize human error. He said that to deliver value, embrace change, keep the end user in mind, think beyond the horizon, keep things simple. Begin with the end in mind.

Additive Manufacturing


Dr. Dheepa Srinivasan, Consultant-Additive Technologies, Adjunct Faculty IIT, Ropar said in her address that additive Manufacturing or 3D printing started in Japan nearly 25 years ago. Additive manufacturing will result in parts that are 5x more durable, 30% cheaper, 95% reduction in inventory. She added additive manufacturers find use in printing both hard stuff like fuel nozzles or turbine blades, or soft compounds like used in healthcare in the form of hip replacements, stents, artificial limbs. It was inspiring to know that very promising applications are being developed in India by GE in this area.

Industrial Applications of Big Data and Cognitive Technologies


Dr. Arun Hampapur, Director of Development, IBM Services Platform & Distinguished Engineer, IBM GTS shared his thoughts that intelligence is possible only with quality data. He used several examples to demonstrate how data is being used e.g. video analytics used by police to identify attributes of suspects by recognizing patterns and water and sewage system in Washington DC where data is used to detect failures in pipes during winter. The implications of Cognitive Technologies include agility and collaboration.

Excellence in Project Execution



Mr. Srikanth Nadhamuni, CEO, Khosla Labs, Board Member at HDFC Bank addressed and said that the key to excellence in projects is flawless planning. He shared stories from diversified sectors i.e. public, private and NGOs on how the successes and failures are attributable to the quality of planning.


A Note of Thanks by the Conference PMO Leader, PMPC 2018

Dear Practitioner,

In our 20th year, our Chapter has hosted 13th edition of Project Management Practitioners’ Conference on 13th July with 13 executive board members.

Over 700 delegates attended our conference this year. In addition, we had 130+ members on webcast live.  All these are put together by our volunteers.

I would like to thank the delegates, Volunteers, Partners, Vendors and Chapter staff for their wonderful support in making PMPC 2018 a huge success. Share your feedback at

– Mr. Balakrishna Kasibatla

pos PM Poster has been an inherent component of our conferences for the last 8 years This year we had 12 eminent speakers, participating and sharing their thoughts on different dimensions of Project Management.

lightPM Enlight on the other hand has given mentoring opportunities to the delegates. There were three different paths on which subject matter experts mentored the delegates.

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