Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dont Miss this one

TiE Entrepreneurial Summit

TiE will host TES 2008 between December 16 and 18, 2008. The event is guaranteed to inspire, inform and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. Can you afford to miss this opportunity to meet some of the most successful entrepreneurs of our times?
TES 2008 is aimed at different industrial sectors and verticals such as Retail, Real Estate, Hospitality, Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Social entrepreneurship, Clean Tech, Mobile and Financial Services. It will provide a common platform for communication between successful entrepreneurs, industry leaders and professionals.
The event will promote interaction with Indian and overseas investors, senior Government representatives and policy makers, business leaders and selected companies representing India’s entrepreneurial talent.
Invaluable Mentoring Sessions:
TES 2008 will also feature highly focused one on one mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs. The mentoring sessions will be led by successful entrepreneurs and VCs offering you instant insights into your business. These sessions are limited in number and an early registration improves your chances of meeting top notch mentors.
Who should participate?
TES 2008 is undeniably unique. It offers a local, national, and global platform designed to connect entrepreneurs, policy makers, the investment community, academia and Governmental agencies - all of which form an integral part of the ecosystem. If you wish to be part of the ecosystem, you should be at TES 2008.

You can’t afford to miss this opportunity
For more information on TES 2008
Contact our Help desk: 080 65461770 / 71 (10 AM to 6 PM, Monday – Friday & 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday)

Agile project management using SCRUM workshop

PMRI conducted a one day workshop "Agile project management using SCRUM'  workshop at Taj Residency, Marine drive. Ten engineers attended this workshop. The objective of this workshop was to enable the participants to implement SCRUM at their workplace. The workshop is logically partitioned into three segments. The first segment focuses on explaining the scrum structure and the value systems required for implementing scrums. In the second segment, the team focuses on doing a mock project which provides hands on exposure to the scrum methodology. In the third segment, the team is given a demo of collabteam tool, with a view to facilitate scrum implementation in a distributed development  environment. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some useful tips from Ashraf PMP

Dear All,
Thank you so much for congratulating me and i wish all the best in your life. Below is my experience that i would like to share with you, i hope you will find them usefull:
- After the class, i went through the course material and the prestenation.
- I focused on practicing the questions as much as i could.
- Here are some usefull formulas that you might need:
EV = BAC * (work completed/total work required)
PV = BAC * (time passed/ total scheduled time)
standard deviation = (Pessimistic - Optimistic) / 2
stright line deperciation = (purchase value - salvage price)/time period
total contract cost (cost plus incentive fee) = finished cost + profit margin + (0.20 * under budget amount)
- My exam was at 8:30 am so my mind was fresh.
- I had a big breakfast, strong coffee and 1 vitamin tablet.
- elmintaing the wrong answers helped me a lot.
- As mentioned by Mr. Abarchan in the course material, don't ignore topics like professional responsiblity and human resources management.

I look forward to hearing your success stories in the near future,

Good luck..

Quick Start Guide Collabteam Version 1.0

Collabteam Version 1.0 is a light weight, easy to use agile project management tool, based on the scrum methodology. The key features of collabteam v1.0 allows you to implement level1 scrum completely. The following are key steps to get going;

Setting up the environment

1) Click on the signup link, and register yourself

2) Log in as an administrator (while logging in, ckeck on the 'log in as administrator' check box)

3) Create users (the resource pool is created against the organization)

4) Create projects

5) Allocate resources against the project and log out

Product backlog creation

1) Log in as a user

2) Create product backlog (if you are the product owner)

3) Expand product backlog to user stories. Allocate story points to the features

Sprint creation

1) Create sprint backlog and drag the respective product backlogs to the sprint.

2) Prioritize these features for production.

3) Break the sprint backlog entries into activities

4) Once the sprint creation is complete, activate the sprint.


1) The users are allowed to volunteer the work (to be done) , by going to the sprint board, and choosing the activities they want to perform. The sprint board provides the complete status of the sprint, including the burn down chart.

2) When someone volunteers for an activity, the activity moves to the 'being done' category.

3) Once an activity is completed, it moves to the 'Done' category

Defect handling

Defects are entered into the product backlog, as 'defects', which will be scheduled in the same sprint or in the subsequent sprints.

Project dash board

The project dash board provides the status of all sprints till date

In case yo face any difficulty contact us

email : mobile : 0091 9745003819 or 0091 9895372115

Monday, October 27, 2008

Congratulations SVS Rao PMP

Dear Abi sir / Mr. Bali / Mrs.Shefali,


Further to my earlier mails, I wish to inform you that on 23.10.08, I attended the PMP exam and passed the exam in first attempt itself.

I would like to thank you all.

Exam preparation module in classtube is really a good tool, which is reinforcing the gained knowledge in PMPdistilled and PMBOK.

Wish you more success.


Projects Engineer
TRANSCO Projects
Tele: +971 2 694 4429
Mobile:+971 50 6780950

FAX: +971 2 694 4374

Congratulations Ashraf PMP

Hello Bali & Abarchan,
I would like to inform you that I have passed my PMP exam today 27th Oct in UK. Your valuable course & material were of a great help to prepare for it.

Now it is my time to celeberate and enjoy my holiday...

i hope i am the first delegate who clears the PMP exam within 90 days...

best regards,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Collabteam project management tool from PMRI

The beta version of the 'Collabteam' project management tool is available for use now. This tool is based on the agile principles, especially scrum methodology, which is one of the leading agile project management methodologies. To use the tool, one need to have a fair understanding of the SCRUM methodologies. If you know scrum, then follow these steps to get going..

1) Register yourself as an administrator
2) Login as the administrator
3) Create a project
4) Create a product backlog (feature list)
5) Create a sprint backlog
6) Create team members
7) Team members can volunteer for work

The key features of the current version collabteam are

1) Product backlog creation
2) Sprint backlog creation
3) Work volunteering
4) Sprint burn down charts
5) Sprint boards, where the entire sprint's progress can be viewed
6) Project dash board - where the snapshot of all the sprints of the project is shown

To start using the tool click here

For a demo of this tool, contact

Back to the PMRI headquarters in Kerala

Last we week we had two in interesting workshops. The first one was the "project management fundamentals program" at HP, Chennai and the other one was the PMdistilled project management workshop at Dubai, which was attended by project management professionals from various countries. The next program is at Qatar, starting on 22nd, October.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Project Management Fundamentals - for HP, Chennai

Today we completed the 3 day project management fundamentals program for HP, Chennai coducted at Marriott. The program was attended by 19 young professionals, who mastered the fundamentals of professional project management. On behalf of PMRI, I thank all, for making this a success. I am rushing to Dubai for the next PMdistilled workshop, hence the photos of this program will be uploaded on 20th. :-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fun and Work

Greetings from Bangalore.....

I am sitting in the conference room of Chancery hotel, amidst a bunch of brilliant youngsters from HP, mastering the project management skills. For a change, this three day workshop is designed around hands on exercises only and all of us are really enjoying it. In this training I have borrowed some concepts from SCRUM. The entire team is really developing a deliverable within 45 minutes, and time is non negotiable. The result is very positive. Just the introduction of a tight non negotiable target and the freedom to execute alone improves productivity.

Implement tight deadlines, freedom to choose and execute work, write the acceptance criteria first, introduce daily stand up meeting... these alone improves teaming and productivity.

Give it a try...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Congratulations Fathima Fabin PMP

(10:16:12 AM) fathima_fabin: Hello Aby
(10:16:15 AM) fathima_fabin: Good morning
(10:16:25 AM) fathima_fabin: I hope you remember me
(10:16:47 AM) fathima_fabin: I was in your Qatar PMP batch during first week of May
(10:16:53 AM) fathima_fabin: A good news
(10:17:11 AM) fathima_fabin: Got PMP certification on 27th of August 2008
(10:18:58 AM) abrachan: congratulations
(10:19:07 AM) abrachan: that is really pleasing news
(10:19:18 AM) fathima_fabin: thak you very much

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Are you a project manager and a smoker?

Smoking is prohibited from Oct 2nd onwards in all public places of India. If you are caught while smoking, the fine is Rs.200. Why?. Last year 900,000 Indians died due to diseases from smoking. I personally see this as a great opportunity for all smokers to quit smoking. If you are a project manager in India, you are violating the professional responsibility of the project manager (violating the rules of the country, not being socially responsible), if you violate this rule. So quit smoking.

Are you interrupted by unwanted telephone calls? - India centric

This site might help you.

About PMP certification (a quick reference)

PMP Certification Exam Info
PMP Certification Exam Objectives
  • 11% - Initiating the Project
  • 23% - Planning the Project
  • 27% - Executing the Project
  • 21% - Monitoring and Controlling the Project
  • 9% - Closing the Project
  • 9% - Professional and Social Responsibility

  • PMP Certification Exam Details
    Exam Number : 3rd Edition - 2005
    Total Questions : 200
    Non-Scoring Questions : 25
    Passing Score : 61% (106 of 175 questions)
    Time limit : 240 min
    Questions Type : Multiple Choice

    PMP Certification Exam Fees

    Member Non-member
    Computer based $405 / €340 $555 / €465
    Paper based $250 / €205 $400 / €335
    Re-exam Computer $275 / €230 $375 / €315
    Re-exam Paper $150 / €125 $300 / €250
    Eligibility for PMP Certification Exam
  • Applicants must have 35 hours of specific project management education.
  • With a Bachelor's Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum three years professional project management experience, during which 4,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application

  • Without a Bachelor's Degree(or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum five years professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.