Ahmedabad Branch

Ahmedabad Branch of PMI Mumbai Chapter (PMI MC) has been started with the objective to serve the project community in Ahmedebad and Vadodara Location (Gujarat region). It is the first branch in India being created under the new CTP model from PMI. The branch aims to provide a platform for the project managers/stakeholders under the auspices of PMI Mumbai Chapter to share, learn, and excel in the Project Management & Leadership.

To begin with, monthly PMP Club meeting have started to be organized at Ahmedabad and Vadodara location. It usually comprises of a speech / presentation on contemporary PM/related topics of interest across industries. The meeting provides great opportunity for both the people desirous of presenting their works / papers to share their learning & thoughts and also for the participants besides ample opportunities to network for all involved. The session is open for PMI members and non-members with the objectives to learn from the senior leaders, to build relationship with practitioners and share experiences to ultimately help excel in the field of Project Management & related areas.

The below section will give you snapshot of the events we have celebrated at our Vadodara location.

1st PMP club Meet - 20th January 2013
Mr. Rakesh Gupta – President PMIMC, Mr. Jay Raval – Vice President (branches) and Mr. Saurabh Parikh (incoming President) addressed a group of over 40 project management professionals including students & Academia leaders , Senior Industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "PMI and Project Management as Catalyst for Growth".

Synopsis: The team from PMI MC introduced Project Management Institute, its activities across the world and the presence in India. The team explained the need for effective project management and how PMI MC contributed to the cause. Various activities, sessions, programs, volunteer activities etc. conducted by PMI MC were explained in detail. PM as a catalyst for growth for an economy like India was discussed. The session was interactive as there was a very good Q&A session.

2nd PMP club Meet - 17th march 2013
Mr. S. R. Kulkarni, Head - HR, L&T Power, Larsen & Toubro Ltd., An HR Professional with more than 36 years of experience, covering all facets of Personnel & HR functions addressed a group of over 60 project management professionals including students & Academia leaders , Senior Industry leaders & consultants on the subject of :"Human Resource Excellence in Project Management"

Synopsis: While speaking on "People Management & Synergizing the efforts of people and teams" , he explained about "Meredith Beblin's team roles & its applications" He also explained one of the most quoted models of group development by Bruce W. Tuckman - forming, storming ,norming and performing in groups. Skills Of Project Manager for collective achievement were also discussed

3rd PMP club Meet - 14th April 2013
Prof. Krishna Moorthy, is currently the Dean of the Institute of Project Management established by Larsen &Toubro, at Vadodara. He addressed a group of over 35 project management professionals including students & academia leaders, senior industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "Strategic Risk Management for Project Leaders"

Synopsis: Synopsis: Prof. Krishnamoorthy mentioned that risks were inevitable in any aspect of life including project management. He spoke about various risks, explained the tools for assessing risks and their applications. He also explained about Risk index linked models for projects and risk management maturity models. He touched upon various risk matrices and stressed the need to have an exhaustive work breakdown structure (WBS) to enable Project Managers to prepare more accurate Risk breakdown structure (RBS) and eventually handle risks more effectively. He emphasized the dire need to inculcate a culture of risk management in all organizations.

4th PMP club Meet - 19th May 2013
Chintan Shah, the current title holder of the PMI Australia Young Project Manager of the Year Award, is a skilled Project Management Consultant and Track Speaker for the PMI Australia Conference. He addressed a group of 17 project management professionals including students & academia leaders, senior industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "Leadership - Project Management and Beyond".

Synopsis: Synopsis: Mr. Shah began a very interesting presentation with a video clip from Bollywood movie Sholay conveying Gabbar Singh's leadership style. He talked about various leadership styles. He shared his life story that clearly depicted the dedication and sincerity shown towards the project management profession. He talked at length on "Leadership - is experience necessary?" He shared his experiences and the path he tread on to prove to the world that more than experience, opportunity was necessary to demonstrate leadership. He urged professionals to always challenge the current situations, believe in their beliefs and step out of the comfort zones to be able to make a mark as a leader. He summed up his talk with the following comment -
"Success is not necessarily measured by someone's age or experience but by the leadership and creativity he or she displays."

5th PMP Club Meet - 14th July 2013
Dr. K. Muralidharan is currently working as Professor and Head of Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, M S University of Baroda. He is also the Director of Population Research Centre, MSU Baroda. He is a qualified Six Sigma Master Black belt from Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore. He has authored over 80 publications in national and international journals. He addressed a group of project management professionals including students senior industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "Successful Project Management".

Synopsis: Dr. Murlidharan expressed that project management is a dynamic process. He touched upon various types of projects, their identification as well as the SWOT analysis required to be undertaken. He talked at length on the issues that needed special attention. He explained that for successful management it correct roles and responsibilities. He dwelled on factors such as organization culture, structure, operating climate and business strategy as influencers for success. According to him, managing stakeholders, handling innovation and focusing on customers played vital role in successful project management.
"His mantra - handle projects using various statistical and management tools and techniques to ensure success."

6th PMP Club Meet - 22nd September 2013
Mr Iyer is currently working as Chief Operating Officer of IOT Anwesha Engineering & Construction Ltd., Baroda. He is a Chemical engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. He has rich experience spanning over 41 years in areas of project management, procurement, and logistics and communications management. His skill sets include among other skills leadership, communication, negotiation, influencing and decision making. He addressed a group of project management professionals including students, senior industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "EPC Projects - Challenges & Lessons"

Synopsis: Mr. Iyer expressed that project management is a dynamic process covering knowledge areas and how they help in preparing a comprehensive bid / offer. He explained why schedules need to be construction driven, how prioritizing engineering areas and framing agreements are beneficial. He dwelled on how commissioning requirements determine and govern engineering, procurement and construction. He talked at length on the philosophies such as RICE (Respect Internal Customer Expectations) and POTATO (Process Oriented Thinking All Through Organization). He talked about expediting and commercial planning as well as risk management. He invited a lot of questions and the Q & A session was very informative to participants. He shared his rich experience of over four decades and cited some examples regarding factors such as organization culture, structure, operating climate, local conditions, customs and business strategy as influencers for success.
"His mantra - Never say Die, Pyaas Badhao, Pyar Badhao, Be Eternally Positive."

7th PMP Club Meet - 22nd December 2013
Project Management Institute (PMI) Mumbai Chapter (MC) organized its seventh PMP Club Meet in Vadodara under the aegis of Ahmedabad branch on Sunday, 22nd December, 2013. Mr Sudhakar is currently working as Chief Executive of L&T - Chiyoda Limited, Baroda - a joint venture of L & T, India and Chiyoda Corporation, Japan. After completing his Master's in Chemical Engineering, he joined L&T. He has rich experience spanning over 30 years in areas of Research & Development, Process Design, Process Engineering, Project Execution and Engineering Management. He addressed a group of project management professionals including students, senior industry leaders & consultants on the subject of "Operations of a Project Company".

Synopsis: Mr. Sudhakar explained about the operations of a project company - typically the way L&T Chiyoda handles large projects. He gave details of the extent of detailing undertaken for efficient project management. He stressed on the importance of communication and its effectiveness, interphases of various functions, systems and procedures, planning monitoring & control as well as the increasing importance of HSE for the success of a project. He invited a lot of questions and the Q & A session was very informative to participants. He shared his rich experience of over three decades and cited some examples regarding factors such as organization culture, structure, operating climate, local conditions, customs and business strategy as influencers for success.

9th PMP Club Meet - 2nd March 2014
Dr Ritesh Patel is currently associated with Wellness activities and is a practising specialist. He addressed a group of project management professionals including students, senior industry leaders & professionals from manufacturing industry on the subject of "Wellness Approach to Project Management".

Synopsis: Dr. Patel explained the concepts of Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Spiritual Quotient (SQ). He covered this vast subject by that we have moved from IQ to EQ to SQ. He explained the need to have a good SQ and explained the positive effects of good SQ. He also gave details of core principles and suggested some guidelines for adopting in our daily lives. His extensive research and lucid presentation coupled with some current examples kept the audience engrossed. He invited a lot of questions and the Q & A session was very informative to participants.

11th PMP Club Meet - 22nd June 2014
Mr Panchal is currently associated with Automation Anywhere Software Pvt. Ltd., as Program Lead. He has over 11 years as an IT Professional. He is a certified PMP. He has completed his Master's in Information Management. He addressed a group of project management professionals including students, senior industry leaders & professionals from manufacturing industry on the subject of "Agile Manufacturing - A tool to excel in a competitive world".

Synopsis: Mr. Panchal explained the concept of Agile in industry. He covered this vast subject by explaining agile manufacturing, lean v/s agile, challenges for agile and strategies for agile. He explained the need of agile manufacturing in the current competitive scenario. He shared a typical agile manufacturing model and explained it in detail. He also gave details of agile core principles and suggested some guidelines for adopting agile in manufacturing. His extensive research and lucid presentation coupled with some current examples kept the audience engrossed. He invited a lot of questions and the Q & A session was very informative to participants. He shared his rich experience of over 11 years and cited some examples regarding factors such as organization culture, core competencies, flexibility of people, technology, market focus and strategic planning.

12th PMP Club Meet - 18th Jan 2015
A senior Project Management Professional with more than 14 years' experience, covering all facets of engineering and design. He has also been a cost consultant in service industry. After completing his Diploma in Electrical Engineering, he pursued Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and PMP. He has managed projects for US based customer and actively involved in process improvement project, which has multiple stakeholders from global regions including NAFTA, EMEA, LATAM and APAC. He was a key participant during project initiation, planning, executing and monitoring & controlling. His subject was "Project Cost Engineering".

Synopsis: Mr. Shah explained the concept of Cost engineering in projects. He covered this vast subject by explaining project cost in product and project life cycle, methods of cost estimation, budget estimation, project cost control and vendor management. He explained the need for proper cost estimation in current competitive scenario. He shared various methods including bottom up cost estimate and dwelled on its details. He also gave details of a typical organizational structure for cost engineering that could be adopted by manufacturing as well as IT sector. His lucid presentation coupled with some current examples kept the audience engrossed and encouraged discussion with the group. He invited a lot of questions and the Q & A session was very informative to participants.

13th PMP Club Meet - 7th Feb 2015
Mr. Kamal Trivedi has been a leader in information technology consulting for 16 years focused primarily on enterprise architecture, data warehousing, information integration, and business intelligence. His specialties include Enterprise Architecture, Data Warehouse Architecture, ETL Architecture, Data Architecture, Data Modeling, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Oracle Database Applications, Database Administration, Agile Methodology, and Project Management.
He has consulting and Project Management experience in U.S. Government Defense Contractors, Commercial Airline, Pharmacy and Healthcare Provider, Business Intelligence Software Provider, Telecommunication, Financial and Banking, Wholesale Distribution, Retail, e-commerce, On-Line Sales Service Provider, Manufacturing, Advertising and Marketing, Home Mortgage and Lending, Engineering, Consulting Services, Consumer Credit Reporting Agency, and Government (Los Angeles Sheriff's Department).br />He has certifications include PMP (Project Management Professional PMI), IBM Netezza Technical Professional, IBM InfoSphere Warehouse Technical Professional, IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server Technical Professional, Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Program Management Professional, IBM Certified Associate Developer OpenPages Fundamentals, IBM Information Management Solutions Sales Professional. He holds a Bachelor degree in Science (Physics and Chemistry).

Synopsis: Mr. Trivedi explained the PM for everyone in a very lucid manner. He spoke about 4W and 1H in project management. He used the E2-T2-I2 model to elaborate project management and helped relate the concept of project management for everyone. With the help of a wide range of statistics he explained the need for proper project management at various levels and with various approaches. He shared various thoughts on the approach - multi-pronged targeting various levels with different strategies. He also gave details of project management in various industries viz. IT, pharmaceutical, construction etc.

14th PMP Club Meet - 3rd Jan 2016
Winner of the PMI Australia Young Project Manager of the Year 2012-13 award, Chintan Shah is a business transformation leader with more than 13 years of experience leading strategic business transformation initiatives as Project/Program Manager, PMO Manager and Management Consultant for tier 1 organizations such as PwC and HP in global, virtual and onshore/offshore environments. He has over a decade of experience providing leadership to a range of technology enabled business transformation programs in IT services, logistics, government, health, higher education, transport, financial services, higher education and non-for-profit sectors. He specializes in program and project management with a strong focus on realization of business benefits. Chintan is a seasoned presenter having presented on a range of topics at PMI and AIPM events internationally.

Synopsis: Mr. Shah was pleased to come back and address the club after his last address in May 2013. He requested the audience to spell out their expectations from the session. The 'P' he said was generally understood to represent Project, Program or Portfolio. However, he explained that it encompassed much more - in simple terms he explained that it meant "PURPOSE" He talked about PMO, its roles and responsibilities and setting it up. He explained the various models - off field; hands-on; supporting; empowering; controlling etc. The initial purpose could be to have common visibility and standardization. The warned of the pitfalls of a PMO starting in consultative capacity but ending as controlling PMO that may occasionally lead to its disbanding. The roles a PMO would need to assume include Training and improving capabilities. PMO could be set up as part-time, full-time or virtual entity and needed buy-in from various stake holders. His suggestion for first timers was to start up in a small way and gradually build on. He suggested some tools and explained about "Benefit Map". His lucid presentation encouraged a very healthy participation and discussion.

15th PMP Club Meet - 21st Feb 2016
Mr. Mehta is HR and CSR consultant. He heads Ridhum Consultancy that specializes in HR Consulting. Mr. Mehta has over 4 decades of experience in the field of Human Resources. He has worked both in public and private sector organizations. He has held several senior positions across the industry - namely Senior Manager(HR) at Bank of Baroda; General Manager - Corporate HR with Mafatlal Group of Industries; Director HR of Allscripts India as well as Chief Operating Officer of Talent Anywhere. In addition to these, he has associated with National HRD Network (Baroda Chapter); Rotary Club of Baroda Metro; Diabetes Association of Baroda; Friends Society (NGO) as well as Baroda Management Association. His subject was "Team Management for HR Excellence".

Synopsis: Mr. Mehta explained about TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves Miracles. He broached the various topics related to team work and other aspects of management. He explained these points in a very simple and lucid manner. He gave few examples of how people succeed individually but fail collectively. He explained the various stages of team formation. He dwelled on the features of team composition, the need for team and team work. He suggested that when in a team, one must migrate from ME to WE. He discussed in detail about the benefits of team work. He conducted an excellent exercise - TITANIC (group exercise).

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