Interactive Session with Defense, Aerospace Decision Makers
PMI Bangalore Chapter

Interactive Session with Defense, Aerospace Decision Makers
PMI Bangalore Chapter has identified construction, defense, and healthcare as sectors critical to drive the nation’s growth. These sectors need to enhance their project management practices and skills to improve the delivery of programs and projects. The chapter has established two industry forums to take this objective forward – the Engineering and Construction Forum and the Defense, Aerospace, Space and Public Sector Undertaking (DAPSU) Forum for organizations in Karnataka. The chapter is working closely with the Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore branch, for the DAPSU Forum.

To kick off the DAPSU forum, the chapter organized an interactive session with key decision makers from organizations in the industry. The objectives of the session were to help understand the challenges these organizations face in managing complex programs and projects and project management best practices that can be leveraged to enhance outcomes and improve organizational productivity, performance efficiency, and stakeholder engagement.

In his keynote, V.V.R. Sastry, former chairman and managing director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), championed the adoption of PMI advocated best practices to improve project outcomes in BEL.

“Adoption of the project management framework of PMI has not only helped BEL in improving client delivery time schedules, but also brought a cultural shift in the organization in their planning, and managing programs and projects with successful outcomes,” said Dr. Sastry.

T. Suvarna Raju, chairman and managing director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) highlighted the challenge of working within the constraints of national policy and compliance guidelines which require a different approach in program risk management. He sought PMI’s help in approaching these challenges through practical examples in the PSU environment.

Padma Vibhushan V. K. Aatre, prominent scientist and former chief, Defence Research and Development Organisation, spoke about the need for a framework of risk identification and the management of indigenous technology driven defense research projects as factors critical for project success.

Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, urged leaders to consider adopting the 3P framework for successful program management. Past chapter presidents, Amar Bhaskar and P.S. Ravindranath, took active part in the event.

(Chapter news contributors are Rekha Unni, PMP, Pradnya Paithankar, PMP, Ashutosh Nadkarni, PMP, Makarand Hardas, PMP, Dipti Kshirsagar, Akhila Gowri Shankar, PMP and Vijay K. Paul)