Burt Ratan talks about Project management practices in building commercial space travel

George Bernard Shaw once said ” The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man ” And entrepreneurs belong to this rare breed of clan who bring path breaking changes to the society at large. Creativity happens when things are not going good and you tend to be lazy . Even for such rare breed of individuals when they take efforts to translate an idea from its conception to reality they adopt certain project management practices to ensure that they are able to clearly communicate their requirements to the stakeholders and able to transform from design to build seamlessly and with precision.

For the last 2 years, we have been hearing about a few commercial organizations working on sub orbital flights. Off late a lot of startups are exploring the boundaries of space travel on a commercial basis. One among them is Spacex a startup based out of US ( http://www.spacex.com/updates.php ) This startup is heavily invested by companies like Paypal, Tesla motors and is churning some very interesting projects on Space travel. Not to mention the infamous Space travel by Virgin One (http://www.virgingalactic.com/ ) powered by Richard Branson – Virgin Atlantic founder . Today you can book your seat for space travel on their website. Today that niche domain is so overcrowded with a lot of smaller initiatives spawning with great vigor.

It all began six years back when one great visionary climbed a podium at a Ted event and addressed this issue. This person has been one of my great inspirations on most of my initiatives. He is none other than Burt Ratan and you can listen to that speech here

Burt Ratan is one of the prolific speakers at the forthcoming PMO Symposium http://copevents.pmi.org/pmosymposium/program/featured-speakers . We at PMI connect with such visionaries to bring them to relate their journey to our community and also how they had followed various principles of project management in their goal quest. At the forthcoming PMI National Conference 2012 of the Region 11 we are showcasing such visionaries from our region with greater fervor. Come and register for a 3 day of packed excitement and to hears from a stellar speaker list here ( http://pmi.org.in/conference2012/ )

Annual General Meeting of PMI Chennai Chapter, 2012 #pmiccagm12

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Date : Aug 19, 2012

Venue: Hotel Deccan Plaza

Attendance : 160

The day started as early as 3 AM in the morning for me as this was the last day of Saher (Fasting) before Ramzan. After Saher and the morning prayers there was not much time left to catch a shut eye as we had a volunteer meeting scheduled at 7 AM at the venue followed by a planning over breakfast. 

 The chief guest at the AGM was Thiru. K. Rajaraman, IAS.  He is the Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Special Initiatives Department and currently the Managing Director for Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL)

The agenda for the day was as follows 

09:00 am-10:00 am Registration & Networking
10:00 am-10:05 am Welcome Note
10:06 am-10:25 am Secretary’s 2010 – 2011 Annual Report & Bye-law Amendments
10:26 am-10:45 am Treasurer’s 2010 – 2011 Financial Report
10:46 am-11:05 am President’s Address
11:06 am-11:20 am Tea Break
11:21 am-11:45 pm Awards & Recognition 
11:46 am-12:15 pm Portfolio update by Vice Presidents.
12:31 pm-01:30 pm Key Note Speech – Chief Guest.
01:30 pm-01:35 pm Vote of Thanks  followed by Lunch

Synopsis of Growth on the Communication Portfolio:

Here is the short presentation that we made for my portfolio (Communication) at the AGM 2012

Post AGM had to rush to my hometown for Eid celebrations with family and friends. At one end there was this feeling that AGM just a day before Eid was really taxing yet we were able to carry it with ease and flair. A event that was a full house attendance and went well. And we volunteers carry forward with renewed vigor for another year and fresh burst of energy for the PMI National Conference 2012 that is just round the corner. 

Pls watch this space for more behind the scenes action …