September 2018

Chapter News

Chapter News

September 2018
Chapter News Capt. L. N. Prasad PM Footprints: During the month three PM Footprints session were held. On 2nd August 2018, Mr. Krishnendu Das, Program Manager Tata Consultancy Services, spoke on the topic "Merger and Acquisitions - an Outlook...". On 16th August 2018, Mr. Muktesh Murthy, Practice Head Tech Mahindra, spoke on the topic "GDPR – Opportunities and Challenges". On 30th August 2018, Mr. Manjunath Nagaraju, Program Manager, Intuit, spoke on the topic "Program Management in Agile Environment". All the three talks were well attended and received. The Second E&C Footprints Anniversary Celebrations: The Second Anniversary of the E&C PM Footprints session was held on 18th August 2018 at Hotel Pride. On the Occasion Mr. John Kuruvilla, Co-Founder and CRO, Kalpnik Technol
Editor’s Note September  2018

Editor’s Note September 2018

September 2018
Editor's Note Dear Readers, Remember this picture from India’s campaign in the 2018 Asian Games – a young athlete covered in sweat, pink bandage keeping the excruciating lower jaw pain in check and a beatific smile that said to the world, yes, we can? The daughter of a daily-wager mother and paralysed father from one of the poorest parts of West Bengal, Swapna Burman proved where patience, training and perseverance can take you, right up to the podium finish at the Asiad. Not only Swapna, the entire Indian contingent displayed grit, determination, and a never-say-die attitude to bring home 15 Golds, 24 Silvers and 30 Bronzes – India’s highest medal tally ever in the Games. Most medals this year, as we have seen in the last few editions of the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games
Editor’s Note September 2018

Editor’s Note September 2018

September 2018
Editor's Note Dear Readers, The North American Free Trade Agreement is a treaty between Canada, Mexico and the United States. That makes NAFTA the world’s largest free trade agreement. The gross domestic product of its three members is more than $20 trillion.  On September 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico, and Canada renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new deal is known as United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – USMCA. The re-negotiation deal that just concluded did have its typical ‘Trump’ drama that has characterized President Donald Trump ever since he assumed office.  As again, he has come up trumps deftly putting across the American brawn.    The drama first. Trump

Did you know?

September 2018
Did you know? Q : How Far Away is Deep Learning from mimicking human behavior? A : There is never a day when something new in technology graces our knowledge.  The visible fact is the congruence of knowledge as varied as Psychology, Technology and Neurology.  The technology is ‘Deep Learning’ – the paradigm of machines mimicking humans. Where does psychology come in? Thinking fast and slow (Daniel Kahneman) emotional thinking and logical thinking. The underlying is neural networks, the way our brain processes information.  So,, we should marvel at ourselves as a perfect evolution from single celled beings. However, we are quite a distance from having a replica of ourselves.  How far away? At times, we impulsively go for an ice cream on a cold day. While a machine logi
Leveraging Project Dimensions for Effective Change Management: 3 Case Studies

Leveraging Project Dimensions for Effective Change Management: 3 Case Studies

September 2018
Leveraging Project Dimensions for Effective Change Management: 3 Case Studies - Nagaraja Gundappa Project dimensions namely scope, cost and time can be classified into 3 types – driver, constraint, and degree of freedom. If the project manager identifies the degree of freedom appropriately and chooses to respond to requirement changes based on the degree of freedom, the chances of getting customer concurrence increases thus also improving project success. The following 3 case studies illustrate this principle in more detail. Case study 1:  A large tax filing app – A large tax filing application with a big corporate customers, had serious performance issues on the user interface side that led to customer base erosion.  The application was outsourced to be reengineered on a diffe
PM Openspace

PM Openspace

September 2018
PM Open Space event at SAP Labs, Bengaluru Contributed by - Vidhya Muralidharan The PM Open Space has been a wonderful success from the past 3 years supported by the 4 sponsoring organisations; SAP, ABB, Huawei and HP, spearheaded by the PMI Bangalore chapter. It has been a very interesting platform for project management professionals in the Whitefield area to come together, learn and network. This initiative which was meant to localise the PMI Bangalore chapter’s offering has been extremely advantageous for the folks working in this part of Bangalore as it helps them attend the same without having to face the traffic woes in the city. The session for Q3 2018 was held at the SAP Labs Campus in Whitefield, Bangalore. Over 150 Participants from 65+ different organizations came down to att
How to Script a ‘marvel’ous Team

How to Script a ‘marvel’ous Team

September 2018
How to Script a ‘marvel’ous Team Contributed by – Venkatesh N. Mulabagilu Adapted from a conference paper by the authors (2017, December 8). So, what is in it for you? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/K7YVLS. Author profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/radhika-hari-5168967 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/manishakhurana Introduction As a manager leading a diverse pool of cognitive skill sets toward a common goal, you need to ensure that team members find their niche in the team for optimal performance. This can happen when members assert their dominant personality traits in both leveraging innate skills and using social, personal, and informational skills for effective interaction at the workplace. In the growing gig economy, your role is to facilitate this change smoothly rat
Digital Solutions – Cutting Across Domains

Digital Solutions – Cutting Across Domains

September 2018
Digital Solutions – Cutting Across Domains - Venkatesh N. Mulabagilu The word Digital is sweeping the Globe. We can see digital footprints in all walks of life. How can we leverage this Digital revolution to transform our societies in ways that would make the world a better place to live? It is high time for the leadership in the Government and Industry to work on cross-domain Digital solutions to kick start innovations and attract investments to solve complex problems in a country as diverse as India. Any such solution which passes the test in India is likely to be adopted in other countries as well as it would have passed the tests of scale, complexity, diversity and divergent, distracting politics. In this article, I would like to highlight one use case as an example for a cross- doma