PM Essence

spl1Lt. Col. (Retd.) L. Shri Harsha, PgMP, PMP
A versatile project management professional, who has successfully managed projects in challenging environment, his passion is turning around troubled and stalled projects. Post retirement, he juggles his time on driving projects, enhancing his knowledge, sharing knowledge with real time experiences with aspiring project management professionals and volunteering activities. His papers, contemporary thoughts on people and project management, have been presented at national forums and also published in reputed professional journals. Strongly believes that while the past make good stories, the capability to leverage learning and experiences of the past to meet future challenges is the hallmark of a successful professional.

About how many total hours did you volunteer in 2011-2012 till date?
Roughly how many hours per week did you spend?

More than 500 hours. Peaking to about 25 hours per week during the preparations for the PMPC, my involvement varies depending on the requirements of the chapter.

What motivates you to volunteer for PMI?
The opportunity to interact and share knowledge with professionals from different fields. Also, the team spirit of the Chapter volunteers draws me to volunteering.

What have been the challenges for volunteering at the Chapter?
While dedicating time has not been a problem, managing conflicting demands of the same time by work and volunteering has been challenging.

PMI Volunteering, Professional commitment, Personal commitment - How do you balance the three?
Prioritizing my commitments on the three fronts, and effective delegation of work to team members ensures that I balance all the three areas. Leveraging technology ensures no compromises on my commitments on the personal life.

Name any 1-2 best volunteering experience

Appreciation from both, speakers and participants, for the selection mechanism and selecting excellent speakers for PMI India Conference in 2011. The challenges of mentoring novices and seasoned authors/speakers to raise them to the standards of Bangalore Chapter has been intellectually stimulating and professionally satisfying.

Tell us your hobbies, or things you are passionate about, other than volunteering at PMI

While I enjoy adventure sports, basketball, golf, philately, photography, and reading, I am also an
excellent cook.

What will be your message for your fellow volunteers
Volunteering is an excellent platform to sharpen your soft skills, especially communication. Experiment with people skills without inhibition and accept challenges, you always have support at call. All this is free. Exploit to the hilt.

What is your thought on preferred recognition for volunteering?
A daily use souvenir indicating our affiliation to the Chapter presented at an appropriate public forum will motivate the volunteers and also draw more to volunteering.

Lt. Col. (Retd.) L. Shri Harsha, PgMP, PMP