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ssvraghavan         Raghavan S.S.V., PMP

S.S.V. Raghavan brings over 50 years of experience in Commercial and Contract Management. He is an Honors Graduate in Physics from University of Calcutta. He has worked with MNCs and also in Government sector - his former employers include Greaves Cotton, Otto India, IBM, Compaq, HP and Aeronautical Development Agency.

His project experience encompasses a wide spectrum of industries such as Heavy Industries and Construction - Coke Ovens, Ore Beneficiation plants, Rolling mills and Chemical plants, textile and last but not the least Information Technology in both Government and Private Sector.

He retired in 1996 as head of Commercial Wing of ADA, where he was engaged in one of the largest and most prestigious projects ever undertaken in the country - viz the development of the Light Combat Air Craft. Post Retirement, he was full time consultant with IBM, Compaq and then with HP. Presently he is a freelance consultant and Honorary Vice President (Education and Certification) at PMI Bangalore India Chapter. He had been instrumental in setting up the Chapter program, PMP Quest, which is the program for training project managers for the PMP certification examination. He is one of the oldest people to appear for the PMP examination at the age of 63 and got certified. He is also a former Honorary Editor of the official journal of IIMM and has to his credit a few published papers on Material Management and Contract Management.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I feel motivated by the favorable feedbacks from the participants at my training sessions. The inspiration as well as the satisfaction of having been of some use to others come whenever I get
their e-mails sharing their happiness at their success in the exam.

Technical skills or Project Management skills, which is important and why?
Project management skills. I would not have been become a PMP or teaching project management otherwise.

What is your description of an effective team work?
Team work is another name for project management.

PMI Volunteering, Professional commitment, Personal commitment - How do you balance the three?
Even as a superannuated person without regular office hours, I find it difficult to balance these.

A good manager has also to be a a good leader - your thoughts
He / she should lead by example, like a performing cricket captain.

The greatest project management lesson you have learnt
Each for all and all for each.

An accomplishment, professional or personal that you cherish and like to share with us
I do not think I have 'accomplished' anything. However I do cherish the sense of gratification at overcoming the odds in terms of memory loss, failing health and advancing age to obtain the PMP professional qualification when I was well into my sixties.

Tell us your hobbies, or things you are passionate about
Sharing whatever little knowledge I have with others, i.e., my training classes.

S.S.V. Raghavan, PMP