Thursday, August 21, 2008

Congratulations Babu Kammath PMP!

2008/8/22 Vittaldas Kamath
Dear Aby,
I had attended the Project Management workshop at Abu dhabi May 29 - 31. I successfully got through the exam yesterday :-) . Thanks for your support and guidance.

Babu Kamath
GE Healthcare
Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Congratulations Sreechith PMP

hide details 15:25 (5 hours ago)

Today I managed to clear the Project Management Professional Exam with flying colors.Rainbow emoticon
Thought of sharing the happy moment with you Smile emoticon


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

PMP(r) application help

Let me admit that filling up the current application form for PMP examination is a tedious process. It takes lot of time to fill it up. I found these links very useful, hence publishing it here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Jumpstart Method for Business Goals and Project Objectives Supporting CMMI High Maturity

SEI Webinar Series: A Jumpstart Method for Business Goals and Project Objectives Supporting CMMI High Maturity

Join us for a Webinar on August 21

Presenter: Robert Stoddard

Many organizations pursuing CMMI High Maturity face difficulty in developing appropriate business goals and quality and performance objectives that support CMMI High Maturity practices including QPM and OPP. This webinar discusses the mechanics of one approach to jumpstart a business goal and objective activity such that the resulting statements readily support the planning of statistical management and process performance modeling. Participants will readily see that merely copying and pasting business goals to serve as project level objectives is not sufficient for QPM and OPP needs.

Title: SEI Webinar Series: A Jumpstart Method for Business Goals and Project Objectives Supporting CMMI High Maturity

Thursday, August 21, 2008

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The importance of team building

You are invited to a Discussion on

"The Importance of Team Building and Team Dynamics"

on Wednesday, 13th August 2008

As part of the effort to provide on-going exposure and discussion platforms for its members, TiE Bangalore Chapter has scheduled a member meeting that will focus on building teams. As is well known, one of the key ingredients of entrepreneurial success is to conceptualise and bring together a well-rounded team that can maximise the probability of success. Many times, one encounters start-up teams that are skewed towards one area, mostly either technology or marketing.

Entrepreneurs are confounded with the need to know the Whys as well as the Hows of conceptualising a well-rounded team as well as finding, selecting and recruiting them.

To discuss the importance of team building and team dynamics, TiE Bangalore has lined up an eminent panel of speakers from a cross-section of the industry:

Moderator: Mr. Subroto Bagchi, Gardener, MindTree

Subroto Bagchi is best known for co-founding MindTree in 1999 where he started as the Chief Operating Officer. MindTree is among India's most admired companies across industries. In 2008, Bagchi took on the role of Gardener at MindTree.

In this new role, Bagchi spends one-on-one time with the Top-100 leaders at MindTree on their 'personal-professional' issues to expand leadership capacity and build readiness for taking MindTree into the
billion-dollar league. In addition, Bagchi works at the grassroots by foster making himself available to its 45 Communities of Practice that organizational learning, innovation and volunteerism within the organization.

He has written extensively in leading newspapers and magazines, and spoken at industry platforms and educational institutions the world over. His Businessworld column - Arbor Mentis - and Times of India column - Times of Mind - were widely read and discussed. Many of these are archived at

His first book, The High Performance Entrepreneur was released in 2006 as a Penguin Portfolio publication to great critical acclaim. His second book, Go Kiss the World was released in 2008 as a Penguin Portfolio. Mark Tully hailed it as "a remarkable story of courage, integrity and enterprise".

Mr. Mohinish Sinha, President, iDiscoveri

An MBA from XLRI, Mohinish has over 15 years of experience in people and organisation transformation. He has worked extensively in building leadership capability within organisations, including working as coach to senior managment professionals. He also serves as an Expert Advisor for Global Virtual Workforce for The Human Capital Institute, USA.

He is currently the President of iDiscoveri, an organization that is a pioneer in the area of learning in schools and organizations. He has
designed and implemented people and change strategies addressing organizations in sectors as diverse as oil and gas, financial services and IT / ITES, across diverse geographies of India, Middle-East, Africa & South East Asia and across various stages of their life cycle including M&As and start-ups.

Prior to idiscoveri, Mohinish was Head- People and Change consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) in India. Prior to that he has worked with Ernst & Young, Andersen, Citicorp Info Tech (now i-flex) and Cadburys. He writes a fortnightly column on Leadership in Times Ascent.

Mr. Arjun Erry, Partner, Hunt Partners

Arjun joined Hunt Partners in India in 2004, after a 15-year career in the enterprise software industry. He has held senior line positions in sales, operations, marketing and general management with leading multinational companies.

Prior to joining Hunt Partners, Arjun was the Country Head - Sales, Marketing & Channels for South Asia at SAS, a leading provider of Business Intelligence solutions. During his tenure, the company achieved
a leadership position in the Business Intelligence league tables.

Earlier he was Country Manager (India & SAARC) for QAD, a leading provider of ERP and supply chain solutions to the manufacturing and distribution industries. He was instrumental in catapulting QAD's market share in India from No.6 to No.2.

He has also held positions in business development at Citicorp Information Technology (now i-flex) where he spearheaded the company's' re-entry into the Middle East region, and in Digital Equipment Corp.

Arjun started his career at the corporate headquarters of AT&T after receiving his Bachelors' degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

At Hunt Partners, Arjun has delivered several C-level mandates for global companies across the Information Technology, Media, Outsourcing, Retail and Financial Services industries.

Mr. Mohit Bhatnagar, Operating Partner, Sequoia Capital

Mohit is an Operating Partner with Sequoia Capital India. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Mohit served as the Senior Vice President - Value Added Services & Alliances at India's leading telecom company, Bharti Cellular Ltd. At Bharti, his group was responsible for significantly growing the VAS P&L by launching successful innovations in electronic recharging, mobile entertainment, interactive media, mobile email and mobile commerce.

Prior to Bharti, Mohit co-founded Brightpod, a wireless solutions enterprise, by orchestrating a spin off from Ericsson. Earlier in his career he held senior leadership positions at Ericsson in Sales, Marketing and Strategy based in North America, Taiwan & the Philippines. He received an MBA with distinction from UNC - Chapel Hill and an MSEE in Fiber Optics & Telecom from Virginia Tech.

Registration Details

Date: Wednesday, 13th August 2008

Time: 7 PM onwards (Please arrive 15 minutes earlier to collect the entry pass)

Dinner: 8.30 P.M.

Venue: Trinity Hall, Taj Residency, # 41 / 3, MG Road, Bangalore - 560 001 (Opp. Trinity Circle)

Entry: By registration only. (Rs. 1000/- for non-members)

To confirm your seat:
Get in touch with K. Alfio Aquien at 41474567 / 69 or

TiE Bangalore Chapter, 3rd Floor, Divyasree Chambers, Langford Road, Bangalore - 560025
Tel: +91 080 41474567 / 69 Fax: +91 080 4147 4570 Internet:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Steps for applying for PMP(r) examination

1) Go to
2) Click on the 'get certified' link on the left side of the page
3) If you are already a registered user of, then log in, else click on 'create an account' link
4) Click on the 'apply for PMP credential link'
5) Complete the application

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Scrum Core Values

Scrum is based on the core values of;


Be willing to commit to a goal. Scrum provides people all the authority they need to meet their commitments

How can we really demonstrate commitment to a goal?. A person committed to a goal focuses all his energy towards the goal. In the process he may say ‘No’ to all distractions on the way. So next time onwards when some one say ‘No’ to something, it need not be due to lack of commitment and it can be due to the commitment to what he/she is currently doing.


Do your job. Focus all of your efforts and skills on doing the work that you have committed to doing. Dont worry about anything else.

At least in India, I see everyone in the team, getting involved in everything. Project managers talks about organizational growth,strategy and bottom lines. Fresh coders gets into design space, even before writing some robust code. Quality assurance professionals who has never done any coding or project management advises on how to code and manage projects. All these are perfectly all right if one gets into these after completing their work on hand (linked to their core competencies). Mother Theresa’s quote ‘If everyone can sweep their doorstep perfectly, this world would have been a better place”, is very true. Let us all worry about the job on hand first!. Be very selfish about it, because your reputation is at stake!.


Scrum keeps everything about a project visible to every one.

How can we make this work?. In conventional project management, success is always seen as positive, where as failures are negative. In SCRUM, the onus is on fast failures. We can foster a climate of openness in teams if the leader herself is open to failures. Actually it is simple. If you are a senior team member, whenever you screw up something say it aloud ‘I really screwed it up!’. The team will reciprocate soon. Take away the stigma attached to failures. A failure is not a failure, as long as you learn from it fast!.


Individuals are shaped by their background and their experiences. It is important to respect the different people who comprise a team.

People walking into a training or for a meeting can happen once in a while and it is not that serious. Unfortunately it demonstrates lot of lack of respect for other’s time (especially those who are on time) and it goes against ‘commitment’. If you are late apologize and do not make it a habit!. Do not ever say that ‘ I had another important meeting, hence could not attend’. In the process, you are belittling others who are there. Respect for others start from self respect!


Have the courage to commit, to act, to be open, and to expect respect.

To imbibe all other scrum values, one need ‘C O U R A G E’ and the vice-versa. Only a person with commitment, focus, openness and respect will have the ‘C O U R A G E’

Monday, August 4, 2008

PMRI completed its PMdistilled workshop at Bangalore

PMRI and knowledgeworks successfully completed the Pmdistilled workshop at Bangalore on 3rd August.