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December 2022

Good day readers.

As human beings, we have the innate ability to survive and sustain on this planet. We have been constantly challenged to survive from time immemorial. To keep up with today’s times, I would say that we are in version 2.0 of the Survival Mode. Because for the longest time we were busy thinking about survival and progression, in the process we didn’t think that we needed to keep our planet in mind. As the author Robert Swan rightly said - “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” So, we were busy progressing and ‘throwing away’ things that we didn’t realize eventually we will have to clean up that mess as well.

People and Projects are no different. PMI, with its rich tradition in creating Project Managers, has contributed to the industries across generations. So, we at PMI started thinking about how we make our projects mindful while embracing this progression. To contribute to the momentum, PMI, this year, chose its theme as—Architecting Project Management for Embracing Innovation & Sustainability.

It is well-known to us that PMI is passionate about promoting innovation and sustainability in projects across industries. Projects that cut down on greenhouse gases, increase renewable energy, electrify the transport system, research and plan geo-engineering techniques to even make fashion sustainable, and many more. Projects need to be purpose-led and impact-driven while creating long-term value. We need to mitigate the negative impacts to create a Net Zero world. This is the need of the hour. As Nishita Baliarsingh, Co-Founder and CEO of Nexus Power, rightly pointed out at the PMI Global Megatrends 2022 that many consider it to be saving the planet while it is optimum utilization of resources.

Over the last few years, India has been contributing substantially to embracing innovation while making it sustainable as well. Be it Mangalyaan or digitalization, there has been a conscious effort to sustainable innovation. To top it all, Covid paved the way for disruptive entrepreneurs and organization processes that we now live in a new era altogether.

I, as the president of PMI’s Bangalore Chapter, wanted to accelerate this thought. This conference, PMPC 2022, was exactly the platform where we not only talked about how we can contribute to this discussion but also implement it in our projects irrespective of the industry. We discussed how innovation and sustainability are executed at all three aspects of PMI Talent Triangle levels i.e., Business Acumen, Ways of Working, and Power Skills – not only for current projects but also for the future of businesses. The project may be just an idea in your head or can be at the deployment stage; so, we learnt how we can still make an impact mindfully. And who better to learn from than our eminent speakers who have walked this talk?

I thank you all who joined me in this overflow of innovative and sustainable solutions along with an exchange of experiences and lessons learned at the Project Management Practitioners’ Conference, 2022.

Sachin Sood
PMI Bangalore India Chapter