January 2019

PM Member’s Corner

PM Member’s Corner

January 2019
PM Member’s Corner We welcome all new members and thank members who have renewed their membership in December 2018. Appended is the list of a few FREE web-based seminars (webinars) for January 2019, we have shared the same list to your registered email; this is a good opportunity to earn PDUs and claim at PMI to maintain your credentials.   1.   9-Jan-19   11.30 pm Its Time to Shine: A Guide for a Successful PMI Award Nomination 2.  10-Jan-19   12.30 am When the Box is the Limit - Drive your creativity with constraints 3.  11-Jan-19   9.30 pm Benefits Realization Management A Model for Projects and Programs  4.  15-Jan-19   9.30 pm Project Governance: From Data to Recommendations to Action or In

PM Tips

January 2019
PM Tips  1. Trust Members Of Your Team To Decide How They Work Best  Stop imposing process and overhead that prevents teams from being productive. Leaders should hire great talent, challenge them with an inspiring vision and then let teams decide on the tasks to best accomplish. "Give people slightly more trust, freedom and authority than you are comfortable giving them. If you're not nervous, you haven't given them enough".  - Mike Weaver, Monsanto    ( Reference https://www.forbes.com) 2. Choose The Most Important Thing For Employees To Focus On Daily stand-ups are great to help share info but also for making sure that people rank the most important thing. If they have too many tasks, then they can't be working on them all equally. The length of t...

PM Book Review

January 2019
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data Charles Wheelan I bought this book in an airport to bridge a 4-hour delay for my next flight. Going by the title, it does not sound like the best book to read in an airport. The context was that I was returning from a data science workshop; the theme simply said ‘Sampling’. The knowledgeable speakers often referred to the ‘Central Limit Theorem’ (CLT) and the importance of representative samples. When done efficiently, inferences from a small number will provide near accurate insights about the larger population. I quickly browsed through this chapter in the book and it became immediately clear, why CLT is the foundation for sampling. The chapter was in plain English.    I grew up in the days where physics was an
PM Article

PM Article

January 2019
An Alternative Approach to Work & Life Yatin Samant “It’s not my job”, is a very popular phrase heard in the Corporate World. Have we stopped to ponder why is that? Let’s take Job Descriptions or JDs to illustrate the “why”. A JD is a document that’s created to provide clarity on one’s roles and responsibilities. Ironically, it seems to have had an adverse impact on people, making them experts in knowing what their job is not, than understanding what it is and therefore what is expected from the role! While we don’t have an ambition of transforming anyone who does not want to be transformed; for those desirous of looking at life a little differently, I have an alternative life (and hence work) approach, which I discovered and follow. This approach works around asking three su
PM Inspiration

PM Inspiration

January 2019
The Robin Hood Army Abhishek Singh What kind of memories does the mention of the Robin Hood army bring to one’s mind?   Robbing the rich to feed the poor. That is the story we read. Now a twist in the tale. What if one can feed the poor without robbing the rich? What if the ‘haves’ willingly give to the ‘have-nots’ with no regrets? In fact, they might even tweet to their friends about the ‘Robin Hood army’ to do the same. This story is about the ‘Robin Hood’ and his merry men the ‘Army’ who help the poor from charity received from the rich. Read on.  On 26th of Aug 2014 in the city of New Delhi, Neel Ghose a good Samaritan formed the ‘Robin Hood Army’. This army of like-minded people paid on their own, bought food and distributed it to the hungry peo
PM Guest Article

PM Guest Article

January 2019
Storytelling A tool that can help you influence your stakeholders Bindu Bhatia Who in this world doesn't work with stories and data? A few days ago, even my 5year old daughter had to make a story around why 5 Barbies are not enough, and she needs more. Here's a quick article for all of you to understand the importance of storytelling and learn this ONE storytelling tool that you can start using right away at work! Power of stories - In the long run, you are remembered for your stories, and not designations or wealth - Stories are the most powerful tools to build cultures in societies and organizations - Stories play a significant role to shape our thought process and core personalities Challenges that stories resolve at work Stories…. - Have the power to capture attention of the audi

PM Leadership Connect

January 2019
PM Leadership Connect Mr. Basu Dutta, President – PMI Bangalore India Chapter Interview by Himadri Sekhar Chowdhury Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself. Maybe something that is not commonly known to most people. I am an avid sportsperson and developed a fascination for sports in my growing years in Mumbai. Though it’s considered natural for any Mumbaikar to gravitate to cricket, my natural inclination was towards football, hockey, table tennis and carom. The colony where I grew up was meant for Tata employees and my father had served one of the group companies for nearly 35 years.  I had represented my college in inter-collegiate football tournaments in Mumbai and was runners-up in TT and carom champion in the inter-departmental championship for Post Graduate s
Chapter News

Chapter News

January 2019
Chapter News Capt. L. N. Prasad Details of various activities held by the Chapter during the month of December 2018 are as follows:   PM Footprints Anniversary Celebrations: The chapter celebrated the 12th Anniversary of the PM Footprints on 1st December 2108 at the Pride Hotel, Bengaluru.    The first speaker Mr. Mohan Krishnaraj, Vice President and Global Head, User Experience of HARMAN International (A Samsung Company) spoke on the topic "Managing stress through Music".  During the Second session Ms. Deepthi Rajan, Head- Technology upskilling of Societe Generale, spoke on the topic “IoT Adoption Trends and Challenges in India” The Celebrations was attended by nearly 120 Members and past speakers. The past session
Editor’s Note January 2019

Editor’s Note January 2019

January 2019
Editor's Note Dear Readers, Welcome to this very interesting edition of PM Essence with “Emerging Technologies” theme. It's exciting as well as scary when you are at your workplace and hear all new fancy tech words being quoted by colleagues. World is emerging and so are we. If we want ourselves to be valid in this lot of professionals, we need to always up to the Emerging Technologies. I was reading an interesting article to understand what the hot technologies in market are for 2019 and I got a list ranging from Augmented Analytics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Smart spaces, Digital privacy, Quantum Computing and list goes on and on. My very thought of this view as compared to view may be 5 years back was completely different. The technologies which