Friday, November 28, 2008

Warm welcome to Mr.Mohammad Tufail Ahmad to PMRI's advisory body !

We have great pleasure to inform you the joining of Mr. Mohammad Tufail Ahmad to PMRI advisory body. He brings in more than 15 years of experience from the civil and construction industry. During his career spanning around two decades, he had major stints with Turner Corporation and Galfar. He holds a Master's degree in Construction management (Gold medalist from SPA Delhi) and a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He has solid expertise in the areas of;

  • Project planning
  • Scheduling
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Progress and cost monitoring using 'S' curves
  • Design coordination, construction coordination and quality management
  • Procurement and subcontract management
  • Tendering and bid preparation
The type of projects he has worked include tourism, commercial buildings, housing complex, industrial building, marine, airport, railway, roads, oil & gas, transmission line and substation.

We are confident that, his addition to the PMRI's advisory board will help it to serve it's stakeholders from the construction industry better.

All of us at PMRI wishes him the very best.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ask PMRI forum at Knowledge Oman

PMRI and knowledge Oman have jointly started 'Ask PMRI' forum at Knowledge Oman. They objective is to propagate professional project management concepts.

Congratulations Robson PMP !

Dear Aby,

Finally I also became a PMP. Now it is the time to celebrate.

You Initiated, Bali Planned, I Executed, God Monitored and Controlled, now it is the time for Project closing.

Thanks again,


Congratulations Shuaib PMP

Hi All,

I have passed the PMP exam yesterday and want to share my experience with you.
The exam didn’t have many calculation questions as I had thought.
Altogether there were probably four or five to do with earned value
techniques like CV, SV, CPI, BAC, SPI. Some formulas to note:

% COMPLETE = EV / BAC x 100

I’d suggest you thoroughly go through the inputs, outputs and
tools/techniques for each of the nine knowledge areas as listed in the
PMBOK. I got several such questions from the Integration,Scope and
Quality management topics.

Also, several questions related to the Professional Responsibility
topic as well.

My exam prep included going through the PMBOK(3rd Ed.), PM Distilled
Notes, practicing the questions on ClassTube and also from couple
other sites found after ‘Googling’.

I wish you all the very best and look forward to hear your experience.


Photographs from the recently concluded SCRUM training at Oracle Development Center, Bangalore

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One day SCRUM workshop at Oracle, Bangalore

PMRI conducted a one day workshop 'Agile project management using SCRUM' at Oracle, IDC, Bangalore. The focus of the workshop was to introduce the participants to the SCRUM framework and the Value system. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

PMdistilled workshop @ Dubai

3 day PM fundamentals at HP, Chennai

PMRI conducted a three day workshop "Project management fundamentals" for HP Chennai. Here are some pictures from the program. 

Agile project management using SCRUM workshop @ Everett, Bangalore

Recently PMRI conducted a one day workshop at Everett, Bangalore. 

The group photo of the last PMP batch at Dubai

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tips on PMP certification by Pratap K Sahoo PMP

Dear All/Team, Dear Abby/Chinmay,
Thanks to all for congratulating me.

Yes , of-course ! It's my pleasure to share my success.I think following things can be the better way of passing the PMP exam in first Attempt.(I cleared on Nov-6th, with total exp of 4.7 year)
Priority No1:Whether or not a candidate is into project management its better to study from:
1) Start preparing Question / Answer. Try to attempt all available Questions/ Answer.(This will give a general idea).2) Try to visualise (no need to remember all, if possible then its good) all Input/Output of each Process Group,and its tool & technology...
2) Remember all Calculations / Formula, e.g. EV,PV,AC,CPI,SPI,BAC, ETC,EAC,VAC ,BCR ,BCWS,BCWP,its very easy , just remember.(I got more questions on this approx (15/20)4) Go for simulation software (any) just to acquaint yourself with the pattern ,also give you a strength for sitting constantly 4 hr in Exam.
Priority No2:
5) PMBOK Guide atleast twice, with remembering 5 KA, 9 PG.(no need to read all , bcz few are reapeated like I/O , tools & techniques.6) Study Material Abby/ Rita Mulcahy PMP Text book.

Imp questions: i) What happen if (CPI +ve,,SPI -ve) / (Both -ve )/ (Both +ve) / (CPI -ve,,SPI +ve). ii) No of communication channel , for n number of team members. iii) What are the type of Handling Conflicts. iv) Selection of a project , ireespetvive of IRR,BCR,NPV. v) Maslow Hierrachy/Herzberg Thery(Theory X/Y)/Douglas Mc-Gregor Thery. vi) Type of Management Style(6 types, e.g autocratic/leissez faire/democratic etc). vii) Conflict Intensity . highest --> Lowest (e.g Schedule , Priorities, then Manpower , .... at last Cost) viii) Five interpersonal Influences of a successfull PM.(e.g Legitimate,Reward,Penalty , Exper, Referrent) ix) Forms of communications. x) Try to understand Professional code conduct & responsiblity( its different from real Life)
Since all questions are situation based, we have to have enough understanding of issues.
Hope this might be usefull for you.I believe the plan to study should come from ones Job Profile, time availability, Liking , and Own way of remembering,reading habit.
Please let me know for further info , for this exam, at any time, i am available to answer you!

Regards,PRATAP K. SAHOO MCA, PMP, 6s Black Belt(CSSBB), OCA "Stay with Business"SSE Ignis Technology Solution, Bangalore, India Work : +91-80-26592165 Mobile : +91-9880-319-807

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Congratulations Pratap Kumar Sahoo PMP


Thanks a lot for your method of teaching.

I cleared my PMP at first attempt on November 6th, Bangalore.

Pratap Kumar Sahoo,PMP 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Collabteam - New features

1) The home page is made simpler. The central theme is log in and signup. This is deliberately done to help the real user of collabteam (simple and faster).

2) Implemented the sprint velocity calculation feature. This feature helps the team to;

a) Continuously understand it’s capability by analysing the sprint velocity (planned story points / completed story points). The planned story points are frozen while activating the sprint, where as the actual story points are calculated by adding up the completed story points at the end of the sprint. This helps the team to really analyse how much they are able to complete against committed features for the sprint. The key benefit - continuous improvement (the gradually learns to deliver what they committed). This is key to improving productivity of the team.

b) Sprint velocity calculations are implemented under the ’sprint wall’

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