The focus on sustainability calls for a paradigm shift in approach to project management, where performance will be based on economic as well as social and environmental parameters, according to Srini Srinivasan, Regional General Manager for South Asia , Project Management Institute (PMI).
He said this in the context of the eighth regional conference on project management organized here on Saturday by the Kerala chapter of PMI. The theme for this year’s conference was “Beyond the Finish Line — Towards Sustainability”. Kiran Bedi, IPS’s first female officer and former Lieutenant Governor, attended the event while Jennifer Tharp, Chair of the PMI Board of Directors, delivered the keynote address. Tharp highlighted the role project management can play in tackling global issues such as climate change.
South Asian audience
At least 350 professionals from across South Asia attended the one-day conference. Among those who addressed him were Umamaheswaran R, Eminent Scientist and Director, HSFC, ISRO; Sreekanth K Arimanithaya, Global Head of Talent and Enablement Services, EY Global Delivery Services; Rich Maltzman, co-founder, EarthPM; and Anand Malligavad, lake ecologist. Umamaheswaran spoke about the need for programs, projects and missions to imbue sustainability at the core.
Change management, agility
Sreekanth Arimanithaya emphasized the need for ambidextrous leadership to drive transformation and embrace change and agility. Saveen Hegde, Founder of Unbox Experience, spoke about the importance of bringing new thinking to existing workflows while Rich Maltzman developed proven techniques and best practices for managing green projects, including risk and opportunity assessments. Anand Malligavad spoke about the usefulness of the project management skills he acquired earlier in his conservation efforts, Kiran Bedi concluded the final session by sharing experiences on how projects have always been an integral part of his professionnal career.
The PMI Kerala Chapter has committed to devoting more than 14,000 hours to the United Nations Global Impact Hours campaign, contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through regional social initiatives, a spokesperson said .
May 24, 2022