PMIPCC Conference 2012 - A Summary


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PMIPCC had a vision to commemorate 10 years of its existence in a splendid manner by holding a conference on the theme Project Management – A Catalyst in Economic Growth. The chapter leadership team has partnered with a team of passionate volunteers to transform this vision into a reality and we are happy to share that this was an event driven by volunteer efforts!
This event marked a very important milestone in the history of PMIPCC and brought many professionals from Project Management fraternity together across industries – we are sure this shall be treasured and cherished by PM community in the region in the days to come as most of the sessions have been termed to be insightful and informative. This wouldn’t have been possible without eminent leaders and speakers gracing this event and addressing cross sectional PM professionals like you on a variety of interesting topics thus making this conference a memorable event.

Most of the participants went back, rich with experiences of listening and interacting with plethora of speakers from different industries who have come together on a common forum.

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PMIPCC Conference 2012 - A Summary

  1. 1. Project Management – A Catalyst in Economic GrowthPMI Pearl City Chapter ( is the Hyderabad chapter of Project Management Institute PMI(, a prestigious global not-for-profit organization working in standardizing the practices in projectmanagement worldwide. PMIPCC is one of the fastest growing components of PMI in the Asia pacific region.Having started its operations in 2002 with a humble 25 members PMIPCC since then has grown to over 1100members with its supportive alliances, encouraging practitioners and the unstinted contributions from variousvolunteers across the region. th thApril 13 & 14 2012 marked a milestone when PMIPPC organized a two day mega event in Hyderabad GyanLahari Project Management Conference 2012 with the theme Project Management – A Catalyst in EconomicGrowth which was held at N Convention, Madhapur. This conference brought the diversified areas of PM into oneforum – from Infrastructure to Academia, Government to Automobile, IT to Oil & Gas sectors etc. It broughttogether about 400 different practitioners from various industries to learn and share their experiences. Incidentally,2012 is the landmark year which represents the decade long existence and service of the PMI Pearl City Chapterto the Project Management Community within the region.This conference has provided an opportunity for practitioners of the region to meet and interact with the renownedspeakers and eminent industry leaders from Reliance, Asia Motor Works, L&T (Metro Rail) Hyderabad,DRDL/DRDO, Mahindra Satyam, Virtusa, Broadridge etc. Further the conference has also allowed projectmanagers connect and learn from accomplished speakers associated with PMI, Government, Academia and CivicSociety. Day 1 Apr 13th – Inaugural Event Highlights thLighting of lamp on Apr 13 evening marked the inaugural of the two day conference. The past chapter presidentMr. VSR and the current president Mr. Suresh Chandra, together gave an insight to the participants on the keymilestones achieved by PMIPCC during the wonderful 10 year journey.The inaugural address saw Mr.PS Nair, CEO - GMR Airports Holding Ltd lauding the results from the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model of execution in Infrastructure. It was interesting to note from his talk that GMR teamsees PPP as Passion, Patience and Perseverance! Mr.Nair briefed how stringent cost control measures, qualitymeasures helped GMR to achieve the project timelines and cost effectiveness also ensuring the quality of theirproduct at all times (Hyderabad airport was ranked as the Best Airport in the World for its quality services for twoconsecutive years - 2009, 2010).Ms.Deanna Landers, Vice Chair - PMI Board of Directors made a special address on the topic ProjectManagement as a Strategic Competency. She talked about how strong Project and Program Management isneeded to make sure that the organizations select the right projects in line with their vision. The focus areas ofsuccessful and high performing organizations where PM is a strategic competency are driven by results,performance and profitability. She gave a great perspective by taking some challenging and successful projectsexecuted in India and other nations in different sectors during the last few years that have significantly aided to theeconomic growth.
  2. 2. Ms.Landers also explained that as per PMI’s 2012 Pulse of the profession survey it has been ascertained that“Low performance organizations risk 27% of their budget where as high performance organizations risk only 3%”.It was truly a mesmerising presentation by Ms.Deanna Landers! She ascertained that project management is astrategic competency for ensuring –  Accountability  Effective results and performance  Economic growth.Mr.Raj Kalady, MD - PMI India later provided a good insight on the role of PMI in India. He spoke on how PMeducation is being made available to the student community. Noteworthy achievement of PMI India is thatDepartment of Training Government of India has made Project Management as an essential training for IAS thofficers. Project Management focus is now seen in the 12 five year plan. PMBOK guide is now available in Hindiand facilitated training the Government departments in the country.The evening came to a conclusion with Awards and Felicitation ceremony by Ms.Deanna Landers andMr.Vijay Prasad, PMI Board of Directors.Indian School of Business ISB, GMR Hyderabad International Airport, GVK EMRI were given special recognitionsin Academia, Business & Civic Society Categories respectively for their significant impact globally, though theyhave been setup in Hyderabad. This is the first time PMIPCC has constituted these awards. Mr. P.S Nair, CEO,GMR Airports Holding Ltd., received the award on behalf of GMR, Mr. Deepak Chandra, Deputy Dean receivedon behalf of ISB and Mr. Subodh Satyawadi, CEO of GVK EMRI has received the award on behalf of GVK EMRI.To mark the completion of ten years of the chapter, the founding members and the past presidents of the chapterwere felicitated by Ms.Deanna Landers and Mr.Vijay Prasad.
  3. 3. Day 2 Apr 14th – Report on Conference SessionsDelivering key note address on the conference theme Project Management – A Catalyst in Economic Growth thon day 2 Apr 14 morning, Mr. Samir Dhir, Head of India Operations & Global Delivery head, Virtusa has made anexcellent presentation on the impact of project management on a nation’s growth. He stressed on Evolving ClientExpectations, Shifting Complexities, Global vs Local Context. In his presentation, Mr. Dhir highlighted that intoday’s complex business environment and shifting paradigms, project managers should have a look-aheadperspective and take a business outcome driven approach instead of confining to SLA driven management. Healso touched upon the factors that are forcing transition in project management practices.Anticipate what customer needs, be transparent and Deliver was the message given my Mr.Samir Dhir. Changingand young workforce needs change in the way one has to function - Think, Collaborate and Work. His takeawaysfor the PM community made the audience spell bound!Followed by the key note address was a panel discussion - Project Management as a tool to improve SocioEconomic Status of our country which had Dr.Ashok Agarwal Chairman, EWB chairing this panel where hehas set the context that massive investments are needed for improving quality of life of common citizen in thiscountry and one of Key Factors for Socio Economic Development and Growth is Effective Project Management!Dr.Rastogi, Member community - PMIEF and Head EAS Academy - HCL Axon, representing the Academia -emphasized on the backward integration-or grass root implementation of Project Management Knowledge toschools and college, Mr.S.Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary - Govt of AP (Infrastructure and Investments)stressed on the excellent infrastructure that the country has built over the decades and the project complexitiesinvolved in large scale projects., Mr.Piyush Gupta Sr.GM - NISG focused on the stakeholder management whenmultiple stakeholders across different states are involved and reiterated the need for effective Project ManagementFramework for e-Governance projects.Dr.Balaji Utla, CEO - HMRI mentioned that concentration is needed on framework creation for NGOs to functionefficiently. He appealed to the PM community to come forward and share their best practices, contribute indeveloping common open source tools / framework for the NGO projects which are of a different nature whereinfrastructure and investment is limited. Dr.Utla stressed usage of PM best practices and innovative approach forAccessibility, Availability and Affordability are key elements and People (Citizens), Policy Makers and Politiciansare key stakeholders for NGO projects. Panel concluded that synergy between Academia, Business, Governmentand Civic Society will help foster economic growth of India.Mr. D Murali, President – Reliance Industries shared his rich experience on setting up and Execution of LargeProjects taking Jamnagar Refinery as a case study. He detailed how training of suppliers, outsourcing the RFPand vendor selection helped reduce delivery time along with how great emphasis has been on planning andchange management. The PM community was taken aback hearing from Mr.Murali the hugeness involved in largeprojects. Some takeaways from his presentation were:  Try to quantify everything, else we would not be in control of the work.  Leaders should focus on eye for detail, proactively review the implementation process(to know the strategy that team would be using to implement) and not shy from Micro Management where necessary.  Executing large projects provides good experience to Innovation, Backward Integration, Capturing and learning from Lessons Learnt, importance to areas of concern and resolution.  Take care of people working for you (housing, medical, etc), that would increase loyalty and pride in work.
  4. 4. After the experience sharing session on Large Projects an interesting Panel Discussion was conducted onChallenges and trends in the execution of Large Projects with leaders from Oil & Gas, Infrastructure,Automobile, Financial Services and IT.The panel comprised of Mr. D Murali, President - Reliance Industries; Mr. Vivek Sonar, Head, ProgramManagement Office - Asia Motors Works, Mr. M.P.Naidu, Project Director - L&T Metro Rail; Mr. Meher Nori, VicePresident - Broadridge and the panel moderator was Mr. VSR, Sr. Vice President, Mahindra Satyam. According tothe panel, projects with multiple stakeholders, too many interfaces, strategic importance, scope changes, multi -cultural, multi- dimensional aspects are a few factors which categorize projects as large and not just the sheernumbers.The key challenges that got highlighted were;  Estimation: Domain knowledge, assumptions, historical information; bottom-up estimation helps in improving the accuracy. Estimation is a journey.  War for Talent: Attitude and willingness to play long innings are essential characters for working in projects which ever be the industry sector. Training, improving the productivity and sustainability are the key issues.  Risk Management: Team players who can take well deserved risks are essential for success as much as a having a plan B. Safety and Legal implications also need to be part of Risk Management.Following were the key takeaways from this discussion:  It would work out to be in win-win situation if the client and service provider enter into partnership mode discussing their assumptions and estimates  Domain Knowledge is the key to effective estimation  We should always aim for sustained and long term success rather than quick success which gets quick fame but is often short livedThe next session had Mr. Periasamy Ramamoorthy, Vice President - Mahindra Satyam giving an excellentpresentation about Turnaround of Challenging Projects in IT and the reasons thereof - need for communicatingthe success / failure of projects effectively, managing stakeholders concerns, revisit objectives, affirm the highergoal the project satisfies when sponsors change, improve morale of the team and give required training etc.Dr.Atul Sen, Scientist – DRDL shared his experiences of Turnaround of Challenging Projects in Defence. Hetalked about the differences in manager and scientist temperament, importance of well defined framework andmethodology. He mentioned how a system development and Research Development projects are different andneed to be handled differently. Source of uncertainty needs to be identified. He explained how near collapsedIntegrated Missile Project of India was turned around and made a success.Following are the key takeaways from both these presentations: 1. Never shy away from failures or challenging projects – these provide wonderful opportunity for accelerated growth. One has nothing to lose but everything to learn and gain from such challenges and convert them into glorious opportunities. 2. It is very essential to partner with all stakeholders and communicate very clearly about success/failures; remove perceptions and give clarity on all aspects – this is very critical ingredient to ensure profitable growth.
  5. 5. Last session of the conference was that of Mr.Ajay Parasrampuria on PMO 2.0- Transforming PMO fromprocess and tools to strategy execution. Mr.Ajay talked about the PMO effectiveness and purpose in differentorganizations based on survey responses of the participants. Expectation from PMO 2.0 was to align the integratedPMO with organization Environment. He explained theory of Conscious Alignment where companies can beclassified into four cultural types: Collaboration, Control, Disruptive and Competence Cultures and strategies needto be formulated based on the type. Project Teams expect supportive role from PMO while customers may expectAdvisory role hence PMO needs to have dynamic adaption on one hand and business leadership on the other.Following this was the volunteer recognition ceremony done by Ms.Deanna Landers and Mr.Vijay Prasad, whogave away mementos to the chapter volunteers for making this a mega event and for all those volunteers whosupported the 10 years journey of the chapter.Valedictory note and the way forward for the chapter was presented by Mr.Ramam Atmakuri, Center Head –Cognizant Hyderabad. He briefed how projects fall short of time but never fall short of excuses! He stressed on thepower of Volunteerism and quoted Dr. Kalam saying that a life is wasted if one has not helped at least one person.He mentioned that Volunteerism is never dull and very enriching though it may be thankless!During their presentations on both the days all the speakers dwelt upon several factors that can create hindrance inimplementing variety of projects and also tried to put forward different solutions and methodologies to overcomebased on their learning’s and vast experiences.All the conference attendees went back, rich with the interactions from the experiences shared from a plethora ofspeakers from different industries coming together on a common forum.