With launch of the Make in India initiative by the Prime Minster it is more critical than ever to build project management capabilities, especially at an organizational level. FICCI and PMI have identified the top three critical areas which need attention in order to create a conducive environment for the success of Make in India:
- Quality of stakeholder engagement and risk management in large projects
- Nodal agency role in monitoring and supporting project execution
- Training and tools for enhancing organizational project management capabilities, especially in government
New Delhi, 11 March 2015: While inaugurating the ‘FICCI-PMI Symposium on Project Management Practices 2015’ Mr Shailendra Singh, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion highlighted two important projects of Govt of India handled by his department namely ‘E biz’ and ‘Ease of doing Business’. He said that in most of the government projects, engaging with multiple stakeholders, handling sponsors resistance, inadequate planning, anticipation of risks in advance, taping warning signals, post implementation are biggest challenges before the project managers. Govt project managers are not trained in identifying these signals proactively and there is a hesitation to learn from others experience.
‘FICCI-PMI Symposium on Project Management Practices 2015’ was jointly organized by FICCI and Project Management Institute (PMI) to submit recommendations towards leveraging the science and art of project management for Make in India combined with a supporting eco-system.
Opening the inaugural session, Mr Raj Kalady, Managing Director, PMI India, said, “Everyone agrees that Make in India is an important initiative for the country, at the same time we need to be aware that initiatives that one has and the results that one needs to have, Project Management is the bridge connecting these two sides. While it is very important to improve the business regulatory environment with speeding up of clearances for goods to be manufactured in India, but at the same time what happens with the goods that are manufactured in India? How do they reach the end consumer or the ports in case they are to be exported and how fast they reach there? So for Make in India to be truly successful there needs to be all around development of Infrastructure as well. This needs to be looked at from a very comprehensive perspective.
Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary General FICCI during his closing remarks said that “Everything we do is a project and everyone is an expert in Project Management but does not realize it. Combination of education, common sense and a third element ‘Process’ that is what Project Management is all about, as process links education and common sense which determines success of your project. FICCI aims at building capacity and through forums like these to discuss correct process from unsuccessful to successful stage. In Government it is presumed that Project Management knowledge is inherent with experience of working in government but certification of that knowledge is required.
Mr Neeraj Gill, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft India during his address congratulated government for setting a very clear vision and ambitious charter. Initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, and Smart Cities have set direction for economic growth as well as for inclusiveness and development as well. These require harnessing of information technology as a backbone and industry looks forward to participate in these initiatives. For realization of objectives of these initiatives it is essential to apply Project Management aspects of planning, monitoring and taking corrective action during execution by laying down transformational leading indicators than taking corrective action at the end of the project or after project failure.
Dr Sanjeevan Bajaj, CEO, FICCI Quality Forum unveiled FICCI-PMI recommendations on building Project Management capabilities for Make in India. The way we developed these recommendations was through launch of an open call for papers, in depth discussions with authors of these contributions to develop ideas, scanning PMI studies like Pulse of the Profession and many global research reports, consulted with project management professionals from government and small industry members. All these discussions, research and ideas were distilled to put them into a recommendatory framework for presenting to the government.