November 2016

Newsletter November 2016
Did you know?

Did you know?

November 2016
Q. This is an unintended break in a network diagram of Project schedule?   A. A basic scheduling rule is that every task should have at least one predecessor and at least one successor. The obvious exception is the project start milestone, which has no predecessor, and the project complete milestone, which has no successor. When a task lacks a predecessor and/or successor, in other words, a task missing required logical relationships, has a 'hanger,' which is an unintended break in the project network diagram. The problem is that the forward and backward pass calculations will be incomplete and possibly wrong because each hanger results in a roadblock for critical path method calculations.   [Source - Internet]    

DAPSU

November 2016
Formation of Defence, Space, Aerospace and PSU (DAPSU) Industry Forum PMI Bangalore India Chapter has been striving to spread knowledge & practices about Project Management across different sectors & industries. Karnataka has traditionally been a city of preference for Defence, Space & Aerospace. Research & Production establishments has a great track record of delivering programs of national importance. Now, with many other global multinational & private sector institutions putting their investments for setting up state of the art global scale facilities, this industry is expected to leapfrog in next few years.   With Defence & Space Industries tasked with strategic projects for the country, the success of their programs projects requires that the project man...
Members Corner

Members Corner

November 2016
Members Corner Dear Members,   Membership Statistics: Our Chapter had 87 new members and 86 members renewed their membership in October 2016. On behalf of PMI Bangalore India Chapter, I welcome all new members and thank them for renewing their membership.   EEP Update: Members who missed to renew their membership post December 2015 can still avail membership fee benefit of $65 as part of Economic Exception Program, Renew your membership today.   Appended is the list of few FREE web-based seminars (webinars) for November 2016, we have shared same list to your registered email; this is a good opportunity to earn PDUs and claim at PMI to maintain your credentials. Member's Speak "Joined PMI Bangalore India Chapter as it provides Opportunities to work with fellow practitio...
Community Event

Community Event

November 2016
PM Open Space Community Event PM Open space is one of the collaborative initiative by PMI Bangalore India Chapter and Corporate entities in ITPL & Whitefield Hub to connect with PM community on quarterly basis. The PM Open Space organises PM Industry Practitioners Event with the help of likeminded volunteers. These events provide opportunities of bringing together Project Management professionals to learn, share & grow. The event usually have a luminary speaker who covers topic about PM knowledge area from leadership perspective.   Till now this community has held 3 PM Open space events this is gaining lot of momentum. On October 13th 2016 PM open space event was organised @ ABB Global campus. Mr. Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman of Happiest Mind gave his talk on "Optimizing ...
PM Article: Me Myself & I

PM Article: Me Myself & I

November 2016
Me, Myself, I. Chronicles of a Solo Tester Vikas Satyamurthy I began as a lone tester in my project and the initial days were really tough. I was surrounded by the developers and it was difficult to understand their lingo and coders jargon were intimidating most of the times. But it helped me in many ways.   I understood the pulse of the developers by being part of that team. Being part of their countless brainstorming sessions, I started feeling their frustration when a tester reopens an issue and the satisfaction when issues are closed. When there is a bug, they explain the root cause by diving deep into the problem, the solution, the limitations and the time required. They also seek my advice or my approach; and the best part is, it works, just like that.   Being a solo test...
PM Article: Multiskilled

PM Article: Multiskilled

November 2016
Being Multi Skilled is the need of the Hour Sayi Sarat Chandra Parvatam While multi-tasking is a must in today's fast-paced world, being multi-skilled has become a necessity for employees so as to withstand their roles and positions. A multi-skilled person is always sought after in any organization and the IT industry is nothing different from it. Agility being the major formula followed by the industry as a whole makes every organization to demand its employees to multitask. The willingness to learn continuously and the ability to accept change on a regular basis is the key to multitasking. Widening the areas of interest, and continuous efforts in the overall development of skill set are the basic requirements for a multi-skilled person.   Startups can be a good place to observe th...
PM Article: Stone Soup

PM Article: Stone Soup

November 2016
Stone Soup and Leadership Rich Mironov A hungry old soldier arrives at a village, and the villagers hide their food rather than offer to feed him. Thinking creatively, he picks up a stone and announces that he will be making stone soup, which villagers can share if they are willing to contribute.   The woman who lends her large kettle will get soup, as will the old man adding a few onions. Donated carrots, cabbages, a bit of meat… Simmered up together, the soup is nourishing and everyone gets to eat.   The soldier, of course, provides (only) a common goal and a keen understanding of motivations. The stone is purely ceremonial. This transfers directly to product managers – and others with heavily matrixed roles.   Remember that no one works for us: developers and designers
Chapter News

Chapter News

November 2016
Chapter News Capt. L. N. Prasad   PM Primer: The 8th Annual Session of PM Primer was held at NIMHANS Convention Centre on 19th October 2016. Nearly 400 students from various Engineering and Management colleges participated in the program. The program was inaugurated by Ms. Nemi Chandra, Chief Designer, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The students were given an introduction to Project Management concepts and later a discussion on the various aspects of the Project Management practices were also held.     PM Footprints: During the month of October 2016, two PM Footprints session were held. On 6th October 2016, Mr. Pavan Machavolu, Deputy General Manager at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India Pvt Ltd., spoke on the topic "Implementing a complex project in a global contex...
PM Article: Meetings

PM Article: Meetings

November 2016
Managing kick off meetings for global project teams: 10 key questions to chew over David Trickey Face-to-face meetings at the start of international projects are a precious investment of time and money. Without doubt in the very near future they will become the exception rather than the rule, as technology allows us to reproduce and may even improve on the richness of meeting "in the flesh". However, many project leaders recognize the value of bringing together the core or even extended team for eyeball-to-eyeball contact and interaction. We have noted down 10 questions which Project Managers should ask themselves to get the most out of this limited time together and ensure such kick off meetings "work their magic" to increase trust, commitment and collaboration in the longer term. 1. H...