PM Essence
Editor’s Note  
SoumenDe
Dear Friends,
 
Greetings from the PMI Bangalore India Chapter!
 
The month of September had significant events both at Chapter and National events. At the Chapter, we had our Annual Members Meet (AMM) where we not only presented our accomplishments on different fronts and presented our financials, but also got approval on selected portion of our bylaws that will enable our Chapter to strive for operational excellence which in turn will help us deliver significantly more value to our members.    
We also had the annual Signature PM Footprints event in September which celebrated successful completion of 236 PM Footprints session spread over eight years. To have this session run non-stop every fortnight is one accomplishment that makes us all feel proud. The highlight of the event were keynote presentation by two seasoned speakers who spoke on their personal experiences on the topic of entrepreneurship and leadership respectively. This event reinforced our Chapter endeavor to provide our members a platform through which we all can learn, share and grow from each other experiences.
 
At a national level, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, was put on Mars orbit on 24th September 2014. India now joins the elite club of nations, i.e., the US, Russia and Europe to reach Mars Orbit. It reached Mars orbit, as planned, in 323 days covering 650 million km distance. Over the next 6 months, Mangalyaan will study the mineral composition on Mars and also look for the presence of methane, a chemical key to life on Earth. It is India's first interplanetary mission and Indian Space Research organization (ISRO) has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. It is also the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so. The total cost of the mission was approximately $70 million and is the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken since Martian exploration began. This prompted our honorable Prime Minister to famously say that ride to Mars cost us Rs. 7/km compared to a typical auto rickshaw ride of Rs. 10 /km. As Project Managers, it signifies the amount of cost management done for this project. This was a demonstration of not only the deep technology capability but also strong Project Management skills that our scientists at ISRO demonstrated to deliver this project as per plan. There are plenty of information on this project in the internet and ISRO site. Do read more about the Mangalyaan project at your leisure and share your key Project Management findings and learning with us.PMPC demonstrates the Chapter's commitment to serve the professional community with a structured knowledge sharing platform. PMPC is the confluence of professionals who feel passionate about making a difference to their personal and professional lives by learning from Subject Matter Experts, Business & Thought Leaders and Project Management Practitioners. We are living in an era where speed has become synonymous with progress, where technology gadgets have become our new sense organs, where health care has reached the corners of the country, where banking and retailing have moved from brick and mortar buildings to hand held networked devices, information is no more a prized possession of handful of experts, hence it is an apt time we recognized the role of Project Management in transforming our lives. That is the thought behind choosing
Thanks and Best Wishes,
Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP
Rama K, PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Soumen De, PMP
Vittal Vijayakumar, PMP