Completing projects conforming to quality parameters within the specified budget warrants building effective partnerships and managing capacity.

A capacity building workshop on ‘Project Management' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (Southern Region) in association with Project Management Institute (PMI) on Friday, the programme provided the about 55 participants from industry, government and institutions in and around the city an opportunity to grasp the methods of bridging critical gaps in application of professional management practices, particularly to prevent time and cost overruns, in accordance with established international standards and frameworks.

Key speakers constituting Sivamani, Co-Convenor, MSME Panel, CII Tiruchi Zone and Director Sri Balamurugan Engineering Works Pvt. Ltd, A. Chandrasekaran, CEO, Infycareer Pvt. Ltd., and Sucheta Govind Dhere, Project and Program Management, Microsoft Consultancy oriented the participants on several topics pertaining to project management including effective integration, freezing of scope, cost and time management, quality control and monitoring, risk mitigation strategies, identifying the right project team, and nuances of appropriate communication. They impressed upon the participants that overcoming difficulty in coordinating and planning various aspects was of foremost importance.

The sequential steps they advocated for implementing projects successfully were planning, setting clear objectives, team work, identifying scope, setting up a schedule and budget, and understanding clearly what will make the deliverable acceptable to the client. The course addressed all phases of a project: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.

While demonstrating different facets of project management through real time experience of leading industry professionals, the workshop, envisaged as a perfect forum to link project management practitioners in the corporate sector, academia and government, also highlighted the various services facilitating global reach of the understanding of the profession.

The workshop involved participants in a project leadership model for replication .