Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Friday, August 8, 2014

Training Programme at L&T, Chennai

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I was recently invited to deliver a guest lecture at Larson & Toubro (L&T), Chennai. I had to deliver a lecture as part of the training programme conducted for the staff of L&T Heavy Infra Civil in 01-M1A cadre (those who are mostly in supervisory and group leader levels).

The training programme on "Diaphragm walls" was planned to be conducted for two days at L&T Construction Headquarters, Chennai on 20th & 21st June 2014. The main aim of the programme was to share the knowledge on the construction of diaphragm walls, by inviting internal and external subject matter experts from the industries.

I delivered the lecture on the topic "Diaphragm wall construction - Site planning & control". I shared my experience from projects done in Singapore and India; I also highlighted the gaps and suggested areas of improvement for the staff.

The programme co-ordinator, Dr. K. S. Ramakrishna, wrote to me after the training programme as follows:
Dear Mr.Manickavel,

I take this opportunity to thank you for sparing your valuable time and for delivering an excellent lecture on

Diaphragm Walls Construction- Site Planning and Control

You have been able to expose the participants to various issues related to the site planning and control. I am sure all the participants could feel the vast experience and knowledge with which you could speak and this must benefit them in their careers.

I once again thank you for disseminating your knowledge and experience to the young and promising engineers of this great institution called L&T.

I look forward to more opportunities where you can share your experience with the deep foundations engineering community in India.


I thank L&T for inviting me to share my knowledge and experience with the upcoming Engineers.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

PMP Training Programme - Photos

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I am sharing here some more photos of the PMP training programmes conducted by me. All these training programmes were conducted in Chennai, India.

PMP Training Programme in Chennai
PMP Training Programme in Progress
Group Photo of another PMP Team
Group Photo of another PMP Team
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution
PMP Training Programme Certification Distribution

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PMP Training Programme - Photos

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Thought of sharing some photos taken during one of my PMP training programmes. The photos displayed below were taken during the PMP training programme conducted in Chennai, India. I conducted the PMP training programme for 4 days between 31 January and 3 February 2013.

PMP Training Programme in Chennai
PMP Training Programme in Progress

PMP Training Programme - Group Photo
PMP Aspirants with me

PMP Training Programme - Certificate Distribution
Certificate Distribution

PMP Training Programme - Certificate Distribution
Certificate Distribution

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Earn 8 PDUs FREE

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Today, I got a mail from Synergy School of Business Skills, a division of CADD Centre Training Services located at Mylapore, Chennai. They are organizing an event called Synergy Fest 2013. The objective of the programme is to enlighten working project management professional with current industry trends.
Topics of the presentations
Path pavers from respective fields will present on the following topics:
  • Vital role and importance of statistical methods in management - Dr. H.K. Lakshman Rao, Former GM MFL and Prof. & Head of Management Department-CEC
  • Why Kaizen is tool to transform? Transform through true Kaizen - Mr. Jayanth Moorthy, Director of Kaizen Institute, India
  • Why credential? - Mr. Vasudevan, PMP
  • What's new in Primavera 8.2? - Mr. Kishore Kumar, Project Management Consultant
  • PMBOK 5th Edition : An overview - Ms. Sowmya Lakshmi, PMP, Business Head, Synergy
  • Panel discussion on "What exactly a project manager requires today?"
  • Closing speech by Mr. Karaiadi Selvan, Managing Director, CADD Centre

Number of PDUs
Synergy website informs that the participants will be able to obtain 8 PDUs for the whole day programme.

9 February 2013, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Synergy School of Business Skills
#25, Radhakrishnan Salai
Chennai 600004

Whom to contact?
For registrations, you can contact Synergy school at 044-4591 8900 (or) you can send a mail to with the following details:
Name :
Email :
Current Organization :
Designation :
Contact Number :
Total Experience :
Industry :

I will be there. How about you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How did I earn 60 PDUs?

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As you may know, it is a requirement to earn 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) over a period of 3 years to maintain your PMP credential. While it may seem a huge task at the beginning, its not so difficult after all. I could easily accumulate 60 PDUs without spending too much money on it.

I managed to complete the required 60 PDUs; in fact, I have earned 7 excess PDUs which I can carry forward to my next 3-year cycle. So, how did I earn these PDUs?

The following is the breakdown of how I earned my PDUs:
  • 10 PDUs Free from IIL (International Institute for Learning) for attending the Virtual Conference held as part of the International Project Management Day 2012. In fact, I could have earned 15 PDUs; but, I could not find time to watch 30 videos required for the 15 PDUs.
  • 17 PDUs from PMI Chennai Chapter, by attending the regular monthly knowledge sharing sessions and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). I became a member of the PMI Chennai Chapter in February 2012; their knowledge sharing sessions are very useful to earn PDUs. I would recommend you to become a member of your local chapter. Considering one knowledge sharing session per month, you could easily earn 24 PDUs per year. So, you need not think any other source beyond this for your 60 PDUs.
  • 18 PDUs for attending India's 4th annual Project Management National Conference held in Chennai. I got my company to sponsor me for this event; so, I did not spend any money for earning these 18 PDUs. But, on hindsight, I would not have regretted if I had registered for the Conference from my own pocket. You rarely get a chance to attend such huge conference right at your door steps.
  • 6 PDUs Free for attending the online seminars conducted by PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter
  • 16 PDUs for attending a two days course on project management. This course was sponsored by my former organization in Singapore.

How about you?
So, that's how I earned/ accumulated my required PDUs. Most of them falls under Category A: Registered Education Provider/ PMI Component. I only spent for the PMI membership and the $10 fee for the PMI Chennai Chapter membership. How about you? How do you go about accumulating your PDUs?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Earn 15 PDUs FREE for PMP

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PMI requires its PMP credential holders to continue their educational and professional development. So, you cannot stop after achieving your PMP credential. You still need to continue to upgrade yourself to keep the hard earned PMP credential.

Continuing Certification Requirements System
The PMP credential has to be renewed once every three years. During this three year period, a PMP credential holder is expected to accumulate 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs). Each PDU is equivalent to one hour of learning.

There are five different ways to earn your PDUs:
(1) Continuing education
(2) Self-directed learning
(3) Creating new project management knowledge
(4) Volunteer service
(5) Working as a professional in project management

International Institute for Learning
As I have written earlier, the International Project Management (IPM) Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of November every year. This year, IIL (International Institute for Learning) has put together an exciting program featuring a wide range of experts and thought leaders from the project management profession to share their knowledge through recorded video presentations.

Earn 15 PDUs for FREE
If you are interested in earning 15 PDUs to help in maintaining your PMP credential, then you can register at the IIL web site for FREE: International Project Management Day: Power of the Profession. This year's event will be available for viewing until December 31, 2012.

To claim 5 PDUs, you are required to watch a minimum of 10 presentations of your choice.
To claim 10 PDUs, you are required to watch a minimum of 20 presentations of your choice.
To claim 15 PDUs, you are required to watch a minimum of 30 presentations of your choice.

Hope you will use this opportunity to collect some useful PDUs. What other ways do you earn your PDUs? Why don't you share it with us?

Monday, October 29, 2012

50 Project Management Articles

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We have completed 50 articles on project management in Just Get PMP blog, in particular topics related to PMP (Project Management Professional) certification exam preparation. I would be glad if some of those articles help you in a little way to your PMP exam preparation. I started this blog sometime in 2010 with an intention to share my experience with PMP certification exam; and also wanted to use this blog as a platform to share information to those candidates who attend my PMP training programmes.

Slowly and steadily, this blog has grown up over the last two years. You can see the traffic growth to this blog in the following graph:

Thanks for your support so far. I will continue to update further information on PMP exams in this blog. Stay tuned...

Project Management National Conference: My View

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India's 4th annual Project Management National Conference was held in Chennai from 28th September to 30th September 2012. I was fortunate to attend the mega event; the first time I attend such a huge conference on project management. While PMI Chennai was painting rosy pictures before the commencement of the conference, I was a little bit negative; as such, I was taken by surprise to see a huge gathering of delegates from all over the world. I understand that the delegates count was more than 1000.

The venue was the Leela Palace Chennai, the new sea front hotel in Raja Annamalai Puram. Being the first mega event hosted by Leela Palace, the staff went the extra mile to ensure the delegates were happy and satisfied.

Mr. Vineet Nayar, Vice Chairman & CEO, HCL Technologies gave a speech which was interesting and engaging. He spoke about the importance of employees to the organization. One interesting question to Vineet Nayar was "I have an incompetent superior; so, I am unable to grow. I am very stressed". Vineet Nayar was quick to respond "You are so lucky. You have the best opportunity to show that you are competent. If your boss is competent, it takes time for you to prove yourselves and establish. Now, you have a better environment, go and use it to your advantage".

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living Foundation & International humanitarian leader was another interesting speaker at the conference. That was the first time I attended a programme by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He engaged the delegates with a quick "desktop yoga/ meditation" session which lasted close to about 20 minutes. He insisted the project managers not to lose their smile in spite of the stressful work environment they have. I liked his advice "Show your anger, but don't get angry". How good if I can follow that? One of the participants requested for advice on balancing his family and work. He gave an analogy of a bicycle, where you always have a nice balance to ride. Sometimes, you bend on one side but not fully; sometimes you bend on the other side to negotiate a curve. But the lesson is to balance both, work and family, knowing when to bend and how much to bend is the secret to have the bicycle running smoothly.

The speaker whom I had been waiting for was Dr. E Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation). In my opinion, he was a pioneer to modern project management in India. He was the roaring success behind the metro rail revolution in India. He showed to the people of India that Government projects can also be completed within the given schedule, to the international quality standards and without any complaint of scam/ bribe. During his speech, he emphasized the importance of forming a good team for your project, encouraging them to take responsibility/ decision making roles and support them when their decisions go wrong. Mr. Sreedharan was of the opinion that delay in decision making was the major reason for delays in infrastructure projects. He ensured the Contractors are properly taken care of and their problems are treated as the project's problems.

I personally felt the panel discussions were boring, particularly the first panel discussion on "Has the time arrived for a Chief Projects Officer?". I felt so sleepy that I had to leave the conference hall for a short walk outside. The second panel discussion on "Do women make better project managers?" was better and was made interesting by the host.

Overall, it was a good experience and helped me learn the experience of project management stalwarts. It was also an opportunity to network with like-minded project management practitioners.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Project Management National Conference, India 2012

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Project Managament Institute (PMI) is conducting India's 4th annual Project Management National Conference in Chennai this year. The theme for the conference is "Project Management for Sustainable Competitive Advantage". During the conference, several project management issues will be addressed by industry experts and project management practitioners.

The list of speakers include:
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living Foundation
  • Mr. Mark Langley, President & CEO, Project Management Institute
  • Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
  • Mr. Vineet Nayar, Vice Chairman & CEO, HCL Technologies
  • Mr. Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman of Cognizant
  • Dr. V. Sumantran, Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive
  • Ms. Deena Levine, Principal of DL&A
  • Mr. Alexei Levene, Catalyst, International Institute of Social Enterpreneurs
I hope India's biggest project management conference would be interesting, exciting and useful. In addition to that,you could earn up to 22 PDUs by attending the Project Management National Conference 2012.

I am attending the conference. How about you?