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Interview with PMI Region 10 Mentor

"An absolutely amazing adventure, I've come across so many opportunities to get involved and give back to the profession. Also, being part of an amazing family, and a lot of great people I met over the years I can now consider true friends" — Anca Slușanschi, Mentor, PMI's Region 10 (Australia and New Zealand)

Thousands of people make time in their busy lives, amidst their careers, families and other obligations to volunteer for PMI. Why do they do it?

Asia Pacific e-Link gets up close and personal with Anca Slușanschi, mentor for PMI's Region 10, to find out more.

Asia Pacific e-Link: We hear that you became the mentor for PMI Region 10 (Australia and New Zealand) in May 2011. How has your experience in this new role been for you so far?

Ms Slușanschi: It has been a great honour serving as PMI Region 10 Mentor.

I have had excellent opportunities to meet and work with great people — the volunteer leaders for the seven chapters in Australia and New Zealand. I had the privilege of hosting the region meeting over two days in Canberra, where 35 chapter leaders came together to share experiences, facilitate learning and explore growth opportunities for the region's leaders

I also participated in the strategic planning day organised by the PMI Melbourne, Australia Chapter in developing their chapter strategies.

Asia Pacific e-Link: We understand that you were previously on the PMI Community Development Governance Committee. Can you tell us how your involvement on the committee has shaped or helped you in your mentor role?

Ms Slușanschi: The PMI Community Development Governance Committee was set up to identify and capture best practices, to build awareness and foster adoption of governance best practices for PMI chapters around the world.

During the time I served as a volunteer in the PMI Community Development Governance Committee, I was involved in developing and documenting the PMI Conflict Resolution Framework, which has since been rolled out to the chapters. As part of that role, I also undertook training to be a mediator and learned about the PMI Conflict Resolution Process.

Developing a deep sense of familiarity with the chapter governance requirements and the Conflict Resolution Framework has given me a solid foundation for my role as region mentor. In this new role, I provide advice and guidance to chapter leaders to develop their leadership skills, help them ensure improved delivery of value to PMI members and build strong local chapters. I also serve as advisor on policies and procedures that enable the success of a chapter's operations.

Asia Pacific e-Link: Volunteers are the lifeblood and foundation of PMI. How does a volunteer help to grow and advance the project management profession?

Ms Slușanschi: Volunteers make a significant difference through their passion and commitment to the profession by getting involved with the organisation; in this instance, PMI. Their willingness to share their own experiences and to learn from others helps them as well as PMI and the profession to progress.

Volunteers have a chance to work at expanding their networks and take advantage of various leadership opportunities. The best volunteers thrive on change and new challenges, finding it rewarding to contribute to the profession and their fellow members.

Asia Pacific e-Link: Can you give us two tips on how chapters can recruit and retain volunteers?

Ms Slușanschi:

  • Keep them interested by providing varied learning, professional growth, networking and leadership opportunities; and
  • Reward their passion and commitment with public recognition and respect.
Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

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Measures for Accountability of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects

By Prasanna B Babli

Infrastructure is a key driver in any nation’s economic development. With an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 7.5 percent and growing, the demand for infrastructure projects is even more evident in India.

To meet this increasing demand in infrastructure investment, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach has been adopted in many projects, especially some of those taking place in India. This article suggests that project management techniques must be applied with accountability for delays. A framework for good and accountable governance can be implemented in each phase of the project development and aid in preventing delays in your project schedule.

PPP, as the term suggests, refers to a long-term partnership between the public and private sectors to deliver a project and/or service. With large private companies making their mark in the infrastructure space, this partnership presents an opportunity to maximise the expertise and resources from both the public and private sectors to complete a project at maximum returns.

However, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI) has found that more than 60 percent of projects are not completed on time and within budget.

Under the Infrastructure Statistics 2010 for central sector projects, MOSPI tracked 515 projects of costs more than Rs. 100 Crore. Findings in its first issue of December 2010 revealed that over 43 percent of projects have been delayed and nearly 27 percent were sanctioned without a commissioning or fixed completion date. As of January 2010, only 30 percent of projects under the PPP model were completed (Figure 1).

Status

Quantity

Cost in Rs (Crore)

Total Projects under PPP Model in India

1050

763,306.00

Completed

314

74,984.00

Implementation

352

298,012.00

Pipeline

384

390,310.00

Figure 1: Projects under PPP model in India, as of January 2010

Land acquisition appears to be the main reason for delays. Other issues arising from environmental clearances, political influences, socio-cultural imbalance, improper risk mitigation and the adverse effects of an unskilled workforce also contribute to cost and time overruns.

Framework Structure for Accountable Governance

Broadly, the phases of a project development can be categorised as:

  • Conceptualisation and preliminary study
  • Detailed study of scope and risks involved
  • Project implementation and monitoring
  • Project handover and maintenance

Governing bodies, which can be entrusted as principle accountable committees or sub-committees are:

  • Central Sector Projects Coordination Committee (CSPCC)
  • Risk Mitigation Committee (RMC)
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
The framework (Figure 2) facilitates project implementation efficiency with each governing body working towards project completion at the various development phases.

Figure 2: Structuring framework for accountable governance. Click here to view the larger version.
Prasanna B Babli is a civil engineer by profession and holds a PG Degree in Advanced Construction Management from the National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, India. He is a deputy manager at one of the leading construction companies in India.

Mr. Babli presented “Augmenting Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure Projects through Project Management and Accountable Governance in India” at the PMI Project Management National Conference organised by PMI India on 8–10 September 2011.

For the full white paper, please click here.

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2012 PMI Asia Pacific Regional Events Announced!

Following the success of the 2011 Asia Pacific Regional Events, PMI is pleased to announce that the programme will be continued in 2012. This year, nine regional events will provide a greater variety of options for professional development in Asia Pacific. We look forward to your participation at one or more of these events.

Please refer to the calendar below for your planning purposes:

Date Event Location

27–29 April

PMI Colombo, Sri Lanka Regional Conference

Colombo, Sri Lanka

7–8 July

PMI Japan Forum

Tokyo, Japan

15–16 September

PMI China Congress

Beijing, China

24–26 September

PMI New Zealand National Conference

Wellington,
New Zealand

28–30 September

PMI India National Conference

Chennai, India

4–5 October

PMI Singapore Regional Symposium

Singapore

2–3 November

PMI Hong Kong PM Congress

Hong Kong

10–11 November

PMI Taiwan International Congress

Taipei, Taiwan

13–14 November

PMI SymEx

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Participate in these events to stay connected with PMI and your fellow practitioners, while you update your skills and knowledge.

Please visit the Asia Pacific Regional events page on PMI.org for updates.

For enquiries, please contact:
PMI Customer Care in Asia Pacific (outside of India): Email / +65 6496 550
PMI Customer Care in India: Email / +91 124 4517 140

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Project Management Hightlights

Three Big Mistakes to Avoid when Managing Projects

Failing to plan is one of the three worst mistakes a project manager can make. Failing to manage expectations and being fearful of making decisions are the others.

A project manager must have a comprehensive plan that has been thought through.

The plan must include the project objectives, scope, execution strategy, team structure and roles of members, as well as a control and monitoring mechanism, among other details.

The full text is available through PM Port®. PM Port helps you keep in touch with your profession through PMI’s online global news service powered by LexisNexis.

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Upcoming Event Highlights

PMI Colombo, Sri Lanka Regional Conference 2012

PMI Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter is pleased to host the PMI Colombo, Sri Lanka Regional Conference 2012 from 27–29 April, in conjunction with the chapter’s seventh anniversary. Themed “Accelerate National Development through the Best Practices of Project Management,” the conference will be held at Hotel Cinnamon in Colombo.

The conference is set to feature a keynote speech from the 2012 PMI Board of Directors and 2010 PMI Past Chair, Eugene (Gene) Bounds, as well as the following tracks:

  • Opening speech by Honorary Secretary to His Excellency, President of Sri Lanka
  • 32 knowledge sessions
  • 2  professional tracks
  • 15 presentations from project management experts
  • 2-day professional sessions with networking forums  

Participants who are interested to present at the conference are welcome to submit their papers via email.

For more details on the conference, please visit the chapter website.

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Community Updates

Recap from PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter OnTarget Conference 2012

Throughout February, PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter organised a series of events as part of its annual OnTarget Conference 2012. Themed “Effective Project Management – A Critical Social Need,” the five tracks covered various aspects of project management and associated best practices and are customised to several audience profiles.

3 February
Coinciding with the International Students’ Leadership Day (ISLD), Gyan Lahari was organised as the chapter’s social initiative to ignite the spark of leadership in today’s students. Over 400 students participated in the one-day programme comprising of inter-school quizzes, debating competitions, keynote speeches, motivational videos and skits presentation by the students. Sponsored by DiptiJyot Foundation, the top prize of Rs 5,000 for the Original Project Competition was awarded to Pawar Public School.

5 February
The OnTarget Professional track, which was the main track of the conference, was attended by both local professionals as well as over 3,000 online participants. The online webcasting feature of this track attracted global participation from India, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Pakistan and more. In his inaugural speech, Chapter President, Girish Kelkar, emphasised on how effective project management is a critical social need in the existing economic climate. Mrityunjay Singh, DC head, Infosys, shared his experiences of collaborating with the government to bring globally renowned expertise of Indian IT industry towards resolving social and infrastructure related problems. V. Subramaniam, director of IT & CIO, OTIS India and Gulf Area, outlined the discipline of execution as one of the key aspects towards effective project management. Ameya Gumaste and Jignesh Donga from Suzlon, through their case study on the Suzlon One Earth Campus, conveyed the key message of how project management practices can be employed towards delivering social and environmental-friendly products, services and infrastructure. Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented by P C Shejawalkar to Anu Aga, Vasant Tamhankar and Suresh Shirke for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

11 February
The chapter also organised a track on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Focusing on configuring the mind for achieving personal, professional and corporate excellence, it was attended by professionals, professors as well as students. Vikas Dikshit elaborated on how the techniques of NLP are useful and effective in changing behaviours, beliefs and attitudes in various environments. He also shared several NLP exercises that the participants can apply in various aspects of their lives.

Udaan 2012, an inter-institute project competition, was sponsored by PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter and hosted by the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research (IICMR). The competition challenged MBA students to apply their critical thinking skills, ideations and analytical perspectives in identifying a real-world problem and proposing unique solutions through an entrepreneurial approach, as well as ensure that the solution is environmentally viable and economically feasible. From this competition, the chapter hopes to build a quality network and a sharing platform for the students.

19 February

OnCampus was organised with the aim to share project management best practices to students, teachers and project management professionals in academia. The track included seminars, discussions and quizzes to encourage participants in joining and excelling in the project management profession in future.
PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter is encouraged by the active participation and positive feedback received throughout the tracks and is set to include more tracks in next year’s conference.

Click here to view the conference presentations.

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What's New

Call for 2012 Evaluators for the PMI Project of the Year Award

PMI Project of the Year Award (POY) nominations are evaluated at preliminary and finalist levels by designated panels of volunteer evaluators. These volunteer evaluators are project management experts with geographic and/or industry specific diversity. 

Selected applicants must fill out all relevant documents in a timely manner, including but not limited to the PMI Confidentiality and Records Compliance Agreement and the PMI Conflict of Interest Questionnaire.  Selected applicants also must review and comprehend the POY evaluation training document provided to reviewers prior to evaluating any nomination packages.

Volunteers who have completed the evaluation process may receive PDUs under Category “E” of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program.

If you meet the requirements to become a volunteer evaluator for the POY, please log-in to the Volunteer Relationship Management System to apply.

To learn more about the PMI Professional Awards, visit this PMI.org webpage.

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Get Involved with Your Profession

Project management isn’t just about projects — it’s about people, too, which is why it’s important to get involved within your profession. PMI offers you many opportunities to do just that! You can:

  • Showcase your expertise as a community of practice council member
  • Organise a chapter event in your local city
  • Help write the questions for PMI certification exams
  • Contribute to the standards read by projects managers all around the world
  • Be a voice of the profession in one of PMI’s member advisory groups

How Can You Get Involved?

Do any of these volunteer opportunities sound interesting to you? If so, we have made it even easier for you to express your interest in volunteering. PMI recently launched the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS), a searchable, centralised, and integrated volunteer database that allows you to search and apply for volunteer opportunities that match your interests. Follow these easy instructions on accessing the VRMS and getting started as a PMI volunteer:

  1. Log into the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS)
  2. Establish your volunteer profile to help better match your skills to appropriate volunteer opportunities
  3. Search and apply for opportunities that meet your interests
  4. Come back regularly to update your volunteer profile and search for volunteer opportunities —new opportunities are posted regularly!

If you have questions regarding PMI’s new Volunteer Relationship Management System or other volunteer programmes and services, please email PMI’s Volunteer Programs and Services Department.

Break away from your project and reap the personal and professional rewards that come when you get involved with PMI. Volunteering is an excellent way to expand your professional network, collaborate with your peers and increase your skills and qualifications as a leader.

Good things happen when you get involved with PMI!

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Past Events

PMI Lahore, Pakistan Chapter Project Management Symposium 2012 Highlights


A project management symposium was organised by the PMI Lahore, Pakistan Chapter, in Lahore on 7–8 January. Themed “Making Project Management Work for Pakistan,”  the topics selected for the sessions highlight strategies for making project management more effective in organisations.

In his address, Chapter President, Khalid Ahmad Khan, shared the chapter’s progress and its growth in 2011 to 600 members.  The opening session also included presentations on the benefits of PMP® certification and volunteering opportunities with PMI.

The symposium featured an award presentation to two individuals in recognition for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the chapter: Rizwan Sheikh, chapter vice president, for developing the Public Private Project Management Training programme and Masood Said, secretary, for organising both the 2011 conference and 2012 symposium.

Kamran Chatta presented on the project management maturity model, which emphasises the importance of a standard process for managing projects. Mr Sheikh concluded the first day with his presentation on the role of culture in leadership and its effect on project success. On the second day, Aamir Rao Khan shares his research in which national factors, people, projects and organisations contribute to the success of international projects. Hammad Qureshi spoke on human resource challenges faced by IT software projects in Pakistan. The audience was especially inspired by the energetic presentation by Nasser Aziz on motivation. Azhar Mansur gave the final presentation on the future trends in project management.

Participants stated in their feedback that the concepts shared during the sessions would be helpful in increasing the efficiency of their work. The positive feedback received is encouraging for the chapter, and participants look forward to the next symposium.

To view the presentations from the symposium, click here.

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Marketplace

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products Second Edition

Title: Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products — Second Edition
Publisher: Jim Highsmith
Description: As the pace of project management moves faster, it needs to become more flexible and far more responsive to customers. Using agile techniques in project management, project managers can achieve all these goals without compromising value, quality or business discipline.

In Agile Project Management: Creative Innovative Products — Second Edition, renowned agile pioneer Jim Highsmith thoroughly updates his classic guide , extending and refining it to support even the largest projects and organisations.

Highsmith integrates the best project management, product management and software development practices into an overall framework designed to support unprecedented speed and mobility. The many topics in this new edition include incorporating agile values, scaling agile projects, release planning, portfolio governance and enhancing organisational agility. Project and business leaders will especially appreciate Highsmith’s new coverage of promoting agility through performance measurements based on value, quality and constraints.


This book can be purchased at the PMI member price of US$47.50 at PMI Marketplace today. To purchase from your favourite local and online bookstores, use the 13-digit ISBN (9780321658395) to locate and order this title.

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You're in Good Company

There are 59,902 members in the PMI Asia Pacific region as of January 2012, representing over 15 percent of the total PMI membership.

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New R.E.P.s in Asia Pacific

Welcome New R.E.P.s in Asia Pacific:

There are currently 310 R.E.P. organisations enrolled in the PMI R.E.P. Programme in the Asia Pacific region.

Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations approved by PMI to offer project management training for professional development units (PDUs) to maintain your PMI credentials.

View the R.E.P. web pages on PMI.org to learn more about R.E.P.s or log in to the new CCR System to find a provider of project management education activities and products in your country.

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Asia Pacific Calendar

If you are organising a PMI event in the Asia Pacific region and would like us to list it in the e-Link, please contact SoHyun Kang.

27–29 April
PMI Colombo, Sri Lanka Regional Conference

7–8 July
PMI Japan Forum

15–16 September
PMI China Congress

24–26 September
PMI New Zealand National Conference

28–30 September
PMI India National Conference

4–5 October
PMI Singapore Regional Symposium

2–3 November
PMI Hong Kong PM Congress

10–11 November
PMI Taiwan International Congress

13–14 November
PMI SymEx

Examinations
PMI’s certification programme is an internationally recognised, globally accredited programme that is transferable between methodologies, standards and industries; applies valid and reliable ways to assess competence and is designed by project managers for project managers.

All candidates for Project Management Professional
(PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM must first meet specific educational and experience requirements and then pass an examination.


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Asia Pacific Regional Service Centre

Contact the PMI Asia Pacific Regional Service Centre at:

Email: customercare.asiapac@pmi.org (preferred method)

Telephone: +65 6496 5501
Fax: +65 6496 5599

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PMInstitute
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PMInstitute

The Asia Pacific Service Centre is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Singapore time (GMT +8).

The Asia Pacific Service Centre will be closed on the following dates due to public holidays in Singapore:

6 April: Good Friday
1 May: Labour Day

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