Thursday, July 31, 2008

PMRI welcomes Mr.Saurabh Singh to it's Board of advisors

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Highly creative and Dynamic Saurabh has 16 years professional experience in Designing, Detailing, Supervising and Project Management of various prestigious building projects in India, Qatar, UAE and the Sultanate of Oman. He has sucessfully completed many prestigious architectual projects in various parts of the world. Saurabh brings in the archiect's perspective to project management and PMRI.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Congratulations Depesh Balan PMP !

Dear Sir,

I attended your class @ Abu Dhabi during May 29-31. I took my exam yday and cleared it. My Heartfelt Thanx to you.It was tough but with the hard work and blessing it went fine.
Thank you once again for your guidance.

Best Regards, Deepesh Balan PMP

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Poll analysis

POLL QUESTION: Project management framework - Which of the followingstatements is correct in the context of triple constraints?

  • A project is successful, when it exceeds customer satisfaction, teamsatisfaction and management satisfaction 0.00%
  • A project is successful, only when it gets completed within time, cost and has met the defined scope 86.67%
  • A project is successfully completed, only when all stakeholder requirements are met 13.33%
  • A project is successfully completed when it is on time and within cost budget 0.00%
Poll ananlysis

A project is successfully completed when a project has met it's agreed upon scope within the agreed upon time, cost.

Let us take the case of the iridium project by Motorolla. It met it's scope within the agreed upon time and cost. At the same time, this project did not deliver the business results becuase by the time this project was completed, internet became very popular and most of the functionality iridium project could deliver to the end user, internet delivered at a fraction of the cost. In this case, is the project management of this project successful?

The business case of the project is owned by the project sponsor, who has funded the project, hence in this case the primary responsibility for the project not delivering it's business objective lies with the sponsor. The project management of this project was of good quality, as the project was completed within time, cost and met it's scope. Of course the project manager could have identified it as a business risk and highlighted it during the course of the project. Still the primary responsibility of not meeting the business case lies with the project sponsor.

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PMdistilled program at Muscat

PMRI and Promatas successfully completed the PMdistilled workshop at Muscat during July 22,23 and 24th successfully. The program was attended by senior and middle level managers from leading organizations, and was well received. The next program at Muscat is scheduled during the last week of August. We take this opportunity to thank all participants for choosing us as their trusted partner in their project management credential enhancement initiative.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Congratulations Yasir Nainar

Dear Abi and Zuhair,

I did the PMP 35 hours program at Syscomms in May 2008 and on Wed 23rd July, 2008 I passed the exam through a PROMETRIC Testing Centre.

I was given a score card by the PROMETRIC Testing office saying "You have passed the exam"

Thanks and Regards.

Yasir Nainar
Doha Qatar

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Scrumming at Torry Harris

We just completed training around 100 engineers from Torry Harris on 'agile project management using SCRUM'. The thrust of the program to explain the scrum framework and the cultural shifts required for getting the best out of scrum teams. First half of the program was spent in explaining the scrum values, agile manifesto and the agile principles. The second half's focus was on practising the concepts learnt in the class, by working on a mock project. Through this the participants got an opportunity to practise hands on, the concepts learnt in the first half. While the teams were busy working on their projects, I had enough time to look at their teaming patterns and here are my observations;

1) Everyone in the team was enjoying work better. Could hear lots of laughter!. It is indeed pressure with pleasure.

2) The team members were exhibiting increased energy levels

3) Everyone wanted to contribute

3) Looks are very deceptive. Some of the team members who were demonstrating 'chicken' behavior while the concepts were explained turned out to be the best 'pigs' during execution.

4) Sometimes the scrum room was filled with noise and at times it was deep silence - may be the teams were self organizing

5) Sometimes a helping hand came from across the team boundaries

6) Sometimes everyone was trying to do everything - a hang over from the antique waterfall model!

7) Teams emerged - In a very short span of time, teams started working as cohesive units focusing on the work at hand

8) Smetimes people had to wait for the dependent tasks to get over. The question raised during these instances were 'what next?'. May be it is time to relax a bit or to pick up another activity.

9) Initially participants were slightly skeptical about the existence of the right environment for agile implementation within the organization. This cynicism vanished after some time

Monday, July 21, 2008

PMP question and answers


How many months ahead of the exam I need to register with PMI ?
Can I do it myself online or do I need to sent hard copies documentsto them?


It is not necessary that one need to be a PMI member for taking PMPexams. The number of PMPs wordwide are more than the PMI members asof now. This explains it.Once you gain 35 contact hours (pre-requisite for writing the exam),the exam can be written within the next 8 years. That means your 35contact hours earned is valid for 8 years.Experience have taught us that, all those who have become a PMP, onthe first go itself, have attempted the exam within 40 days ofcompletion of the course (while the lessons are fresh in the mind)While applying for the exam, you need not send any copies of yourcertificates. Sometimes your application may undergo an audit (randomselection). In that case, PMI may ask for the copies of thecertificates (including experience certificates)

Trust this clarifies.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Congratulations Kshitij Singh PMP

Greetings Aby
Hope when u find this note of mine you would be in best of health as well as cheers, I have given my successfully completed my PMP exam , It feels good being a PMP , Structured approach that was developed in your training was of great help , it provided me with an insight how to use PMBOK
Thank you
Kind Regards

Kshitij Singh PMP ®
Business Solutions Manager
Service Supply Chain Operations
Unisys Warp Tower SJRi Park, Plot #13,14,15, Whitefield, Bangalore-66