Research & Academic Conference on "Project Management" was successfully organised from 13th Feb to 15th Feb 2015. It was conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI) India and hosted by the NITIE, Mumbai. The event was blessed with the presence of eminent academician, professional and corporate leaders from various sector having interest in Project Management professions.
The conference offered an opportunity for all project management academicians and students across India to come together, gain knowledge and share experiences.Highlights of the session were:
Prof. Acharya emphasized the importance of systems view for projects and introduced systems dynamics modelling. Prof. Ganguli further emphasized on the importance of NCTP diamond model to assess the nature of project for research. Mr. Krishnamoorthy gave a holistic view on the assessment of risk and covered all the knowledge areas of project management. Prof. Bagchi explained the use of Simulation software with the help of real project cases.
Mr. G.S Tuteja started right from Project management fundamentals and explained that project delay is a major criterion because huge funds and stakeholders are involved. Dr. Vijay Kanabar mainly spoke about the significance of University Responsiveness to Workforce Trends and PMI’s Curriculum Guidelines.
A panel discussion on the theme Research challenges: Trends and emerging opportunities for PM was held on the concluding day. The panelist emphasized on the importance of systems thinking, elevating project management from tactical tool to strategic tool. The panelist also had a discussion on How to make project management a dynamic capability of an organization. Agile project management and its associated challenges with cost and scope management, a need for introducing a new Journal focused on project management and teaching were discussed. Adequate incorporation of complexity risk and capturing actuality during execution stage and lack of measures of project success were also focused.
Tracks on technical presentations were spread across various research topics like importance and need for infrastructure development in India, Information Technology, Organizational Projects, Social and public systems, Emerging Issues in project Management, Managing Dynamic Project Environment. These session had healthy discussions among various academician and gave students deep insight into Project Management areas and taught them methodological approach to do research in this field.
Event also witnessed various keynotes session which gave insights and benefits of practising Project Management.
Mr. G. S. Tuteja, Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer, Western Railways, Churchgate, Mumbai, started right from Project management fundamentals and explained that project delay is a major criteria because huge funds and stakeholders are involved. Delaying of project impacts the investment climate and general sentiments of investors. Project is a multidimensional construct. Also he made a notable point, which is specific to INDIA, that is understanding and keeping cultural factors, and maintaining a conducive environment is crucial. He made the session very interesting giving real project examples.
Dr. Vijay Kanabar, Professor & Director of Project Management programs at Boston University, USA, spoke about the significance of University Responsiveness to Workforce Trends and PMI’s Curriculum Guidelines. Prof. Kanabar highlighted the current situation of graduates in market in USA. He gave an insight of companies expectation this will help the students and teachers to understand the actual requirement of the companies. He said that graduate students are not trained as per market demands and are not ready to join right when out of school. The student should be foresighted and must have the ability to address problems 5 years from now. Many interesting and useful insights were given.
Ms. Tessy Thomas, Project Director, DRDO, well known as missile woman, emphasized the importance of achieving single digit accuracy. She presented the growth profiles of indigenous technology for Agni Missile for India from being a technology base to becoming technology leader. She welcomed the contribution of Indian industry in developing sophisticated missiles for our country. Ms. Thomas presented a career growth graph of engineers from technical knowledge base to developing techno managerial capabilities. She shared that the willingness to take risk, positive attitude, following one’s own intuition, no excuse for failure and acceptance of failure are key traits of achieving success. She interestingly presented the stress verses hierarchy graph as she climbed up the ladder from scientist to director. In an engaging way, she articulated her Agni missile launch experience as a project director, multi disciplinary activity, team management, complete system know how, technical requirement, month long extensive launch campaigns.