Waves2017 In Trivandrum
PMI Trivandrum, Kerala Chapter

Waves2017 in Trivandrum
PMI Trivandrum, Kerala Chapter conducted its annual project management conference, Waves, on 10 June in Trivandrum. This is the biggest event of the project management community in the state and provides practitioners a platform for networking, learning, sharing, and growing. The conference theme was “Project management – leadership and agility, the success enablers.”

Over 300 professionals from various industry sectors including IT, space research, construction, banking and finance, and various state government departments attended the conference. Chapter president Jayakrishnan P S welcomed the audience and Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, delivered the presidential address. Governor of Kerala, Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam, inaugurated the conference.

Justice Sathasivam spoke about the importance of contractual clauses in project management. He presented the award for “the best project execution with a social cause” to the Trivandrum City Road Improvement Project and the greenfield stadium project in Trivandrum to the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services.

The keynote speakers were Dr. Jayakumar, managing director and CEO, Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. who spoke about the biggest port project of Kerala. Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, the  founding managing director and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace gave an insightful talk on the topic “Project mindset & leadership — the DNA for success.” Professor Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission, presented a paper on “Analytics for agility — a key to project management success.”

PMI India felicitated two members of the PMI Trivandrum, Kerala Chapter, Paul Chakola and Akhila Gowri Shankar, with the Long-Standing Member Award.

There was a post-lunch session by illusionist Raja Moorthy, who is the director of the Academy of Magical Sciences. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Roshy John, global practice head, Tata Consultancy Services, on “Are robots going to take away jobs?” There was a special session in which enterprising young professionals presented their career stories. Vinay Menon, an English professor and standup comedian, spoke on “Why I teach life skills in college.” Syed Nazir Razik, program director, Eli India, spoke on “Business agility and leadership.”

Tejas Sura, managing director, Cubic Turnkey Pvt. Ltd. gave a talk on “Managing complex mega troubled projects.” Lekshmi Kumar, associate professor, Asian School of Business and former deputy general manager, Spencer's Retail Ltd., gave a talk on “Organizational agility with special reference to supply chains.”