ValueLabs helps create Hyderabad’s first Knowledge Cluster Meeting

PMI Pearl City Chapter, June 2009

A team of experts from ValueLabs created the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) first ever knowledge cluster in Hyderabad.

Knowledge clusters, as conceived by the PMI, are technological ecosystems formed through local initiative, which aim at promoting collaboration among project management practitioners, and facilitate creation of new knowledge base around the subject.

The initiative for setting up a knowledge cluster at ValueLabs came in response to the PMI-Pearl City Chapter’s recent call for creation of such units, and was spearheaded by Mr. Sumanth Kumar Seelam and Mr. Vijay Bandaru, both Senior Project Managers in the company.

The knowledge cluster would provide an ideal platform for sharing insights, technical knowhow and personal experiences among project management practitioners and aspirants, Mr. Sumanth and Mr. Vijay observed, and emphasized that such initiatives resonate well with Valuelabs’ organizational culture, which lays great stress on team work and collaborative approaches.

The introductory cluster meeting was conducted by Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, Secretary General, PMI-Pearl City Chapter, and Ms. Suma Murthy, Manager, PMI-Pearl City Chapter, on June 12, 2009. The session laid out the goals and ideas of PMI-PEARL CITY CHAPTER and discussed the rationale behind the knowledge cluster initiative.

The session was attended by project management professionals from ValueLabs, and a significant number of non- project management practitioners as well. The second cluster session, conducted by Mr. Sumanth on July 17, 2009, focused on the importance of project work breakdown structures. The session covered the role of work breakdown structure in a project, the various work breakdown structures being used globally, their advantages, and most importantly their relevance for the project management practice. The session then discussed the practical problems and hurdles faced by practitioners while deciding on the work breakdown structures. The Q&A session concluded with an in-depth discussion on how work breakdown structures could be adopted with Agile methodology.

The third cluster session, which was conducted by Mr. Vijay Bandaru on September 18, 2009, included a two-part series on estimation techniques, and covered a variety of topics such as:

  • Activity definition
  • Activity sequencing
  • Activity resource estimation
  • Activity duration estimating
  • Schedule development
  • Network diagrams
  • Critical Path

The session concluded with a discussion on some practical problems in project- time management, and worked on a few examples brought up by the participants.