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Message from Director PMNC18

DEAR PRACTITIONERS,

India is transforming through various initiatives of government like “Make in India”, Swachh Bharat”, “Smart Cities” and “Startup India”, to name a few. Any transformation intrinsically has its own challenges and also opportunities.

The key to success is "perspective" and understanding challenges; overcoming them by converting them into opportunities. Project and Program Management helps in achieving these objectives through aligning organizational strategy to new needs, identifying Projects and Programs to achieve the same, establishing good governance, managing schedule deadlines, costs and stakeholder's expectations. This is more relevant in today’s context due to volatile market conditions; where big data and AI have a key role to play and Social Networks are rapidly emerging as the key marketing tool. Also, rapidly changing technology is leading to changing customer requirements, almost as a continuum.

The Project Management Institute, a global, not for profit organization that evangelizes the profession of project management, endeavors to build and promote the Project Management profession worldwide. To further the cause in India; this organization has been holding national level project management conferences jointly with the regional Chapters in India. Over the last 9 years these mega events have served as a meeting point for large number of project professionals from a wide spectrum of industries. The tenth Project Management National Conference celebrated the decade long journey and aptly was held in New Delhi, the National Capital, hosted by North India Chapter of PMI.

This tenth Project Management National Conference 2018 marked a major milestone of PMI India and its associated chapter’s endeavors to promote excellence in project management practices in every industry. The theme of this year’s conference was “India at 2022: Leading in a Globally Disruptive Market”, aligned to our national objective of becoming a global leader by the time India turns 75 years. PMI North India Chapter hosted this conference after a gap of five years. It was a massive challenge given the importance associated with it being the 10th National Conference in India. It was action time from the moment we took over the baton from Chennai Chapter in 2017. The first meeting of Core team held in Chennai to lay down a road map and a robust management system to ensure that all activities are planned and executed using the Project Management best practices.

The Conference was attended by thought leaders from across the globe and from different walks of life ranging from Government, Industries, Technocrats, Economists, Social Workers and Spiritual Leader. This year’s Conference had introduced a new concept of “Pitch Perfect” wherein practitioners presented solutions to real time problems being faced in projects. This was a novel concept and well received by every participant. This was made possible by the hard work put in by Pitch Perfect Team working in close coordination with PMI and North India Chapter.

The practitioners were given an opportunity to showcase their projects and were awarded after a protracted and well defined multi-tiered selection process. Various projects that were awarded during this national conference under different categories are as follows;-

Project of the Year – Large

- Winner - L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering

- Runner-up - BPCL

Project of the year – Medium

- Winner : Tata Housing Development Company

Project of the Year – Small

- Winner : State Bank of India

- Runner-up : Tata Consultancy Ltd.

Project of the Year – Micro

- Winner : Fusion Micro Finance

- Runner-up : IBM

Project of the Year – Contribution to Community

- Winner : Tata Consultancy Service

Project of the Year – NGO

- Winner : Save The Children

- Runner-up : World Vision India

The response from participants was encouraging and indicated this event to have successfully met the objective of being the 10th National Conference. The success of this mega event is attributable to the whole- hearted support and hard work of North India Chapter Conference Tower Leads, Volunteers, Company Connect Ambassadors, Regional Connect Ambassadors and PMI staff, who worked tirelessly for the entire year keeping their personal commitments at the back end. This is a true representation of the spirit of Volunteering.

Naveen Kataria

Conference Director