Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Training. 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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Project Cost Management: Video

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Project Cost Management includes those processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, monitoring and controlling costs. The ultimate goal of project cost management is to complete the project within the approved budget.

Below, you will find the four project management processes covered under project cost management knowledge area:

Planning Process Group
1. Plan Cost Management
2. Estimate Costs
3. Determine Budget
Monitoring and Controlling Process Group
4. Control Costs

Project Cost Management Video from Whizlabs

I would like to share a video on project cost management developed by Whizlabs. This video is a part of Whizlabs PMP Certification Self Study Training. The video explains the concept of Project Cost Management under the guidelines of PMBOK - Fifth Edition.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Part 1

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I get lot of questions from PMP aspirants. Most of them are not related to the PMP content, but generally questions of administrative nature. Several questions were repeated; primarily out of anxiety from candidates.

I thought of putting together these questions on PMP examination here. This by no means is a comprehensive list of questions. I would add more questions as I come across them.

Question #1

I got the training of 35 hours in Project Management 2 years back which was conducted by PMI-Chennai chapter and now I am waiting for the PM experience to get completed in mid of this year. Whether I can apply for PMP with this training hours or I have to take a new training?
Manick: PMI states that you should have at least 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addressed learning objectives in project management. You are allowed to record all education hours regardless of when they were accrued. The only condition is that the course work should have been completed at the time you submit the application.

So, it is not necessary to attend new training. Your previous training would be sufficient, irrespective of the fact that it was two years old.

Question #2

I am planning to go for online 35 hours contact training now based on PMBOK 4th edition. However I would like to take the exam on PMBOK 5th edition after 4 to 5 months from now. So my question is the contact hours I gained on PMBOK 4th edition are eligible for taking PMBOK 5th edition exam also?
Manick: No problem. You can attend the training program based on PMBOK4; and the same contact hours can be used to take exam based on PMBOK5.

PMI requires that the contact hours should address learning objectives in project management. The course hours may include content on project quality, project scope, project schedule, project budget, project communications, project risk, project procurement, and project integration management. It does not state that you have to go through any specific training based on PMBOK only.

Question #3

I had taken the PMP 35 PDUs training for PMP 4th edition in Nov 2012, and due to some personal problems I was not able to prepare for this PMP Exam and have not taken yet, i,e till 5th May 2013. Now, I came to know that PMP 4th edition exam last date is 31 July 2013. I have not started preparation for this PMP exam, so can I prepare for this exam within 2 months?
Manick: The time required for the exam preparation varies depending on the individual’s learning capability, other work load, the level of training obtained and various other factors. From my own experience, I believe that anything between 6 to 8 weeks should be sufficient for exam preparation. But, you have to dedicate your full attention during this period.

I note that there is a long break since you attended the training session. I would suggest you to attend a refresher programme. This should not be a problem since most of the training institutes allow you to attend repeat classes. Please check with your respective training provider.

Question #4

I have done my 35 hours PDU and I am in the process of completing my profile. Please advice whether I should take PMP4 exam or PMP5 exam. I just did the 35 hour PDUs last weekend.
Manick: We still have about two more months before the exam changes to PMBOK5 (PMP5). You have just enough time to prepare and appear for the exam based on PMBOK4 (PMP4). As such, I would suggest you to go ahead with PMBOK4.

Since you have completed the training, its easier for you to study PMBOK4. Moreover, the amount of study material available for PMBOK4 is plenty. To get study materials based on PMBOK5 would take some time. So, I prefer to go ahead with a known devil rather than waiting for the unknown angel.

I would strongly suggest PMBOK5 for any one who completes their training after mid-June. Its too difficult to prepare for the exam in less than six weeks.

I hope the above clarifications would help to cool down some of your anxiety. Do you have any other questions? Please feel free to shoot them.

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, October 7, 2012

PMP Training in Chennai

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Singapore Training Academy is conducting PMP Exam Preparation Course in Chennai. The details are as follows:

Course Schedule: 23, 24, 27 & 28 Oct 2012
Location: Chennai

Special Offer: Rs. 7500 + taxes
Discounts available for group bookings

The price is attractive and probably the lowest available currently in Chennai. The academy is also providing further discounts for group bookings (two or more PMP aspirants). Please avail the offer if you are interested in pursuing the prestigious PMP certification exam, as this introductory special offer could be withdrawn after the initial bookings.

If you are intersted in the PMP Exam Preparation Course conducted by Singapore Training Academy in Chennai, the contact details are provided below:


India Office:
Real Enclave, 2nd Floor
22, Josier Street
Chennai 600034
Phone: (91) 95001-80422

Singapore Office:
320 Serangoon Road
#04-04 Serangoon Plaza
Singapore 218108
Phone: (65) 9671-2941