PMI-Pune Seminar: “Learning from Diving Sports” and “Pune Transport System Case Study”

PMI Pune Deccan-India Chapter is pleased to invite you for interesting and thought provoking seminars on:

Management tips: Learning from diving sports/projects by Mr. Michael Waldbrenner


 Infrastructure Project Management: Case Study – Pune Public Transport System by Mr. Shirish Kanitkar

Venue: Cummins Auditorium, Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh, 193 Navi Peth, Ganjwe Chowk, Near Alka Talkies, Garware bridge & S. M. Joshi hall, Pune 411030. Reception (Tel) – +91(20) 24334190

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Topic 1:  Management: Learning from diving sports/projects

Michael is going to talk about how the experiences from sports can be applied in management as well. He would present examples in context of scuba diving about how the principals applied in sports can be equally applied for Project management. Michael’s hobbies are sailing and scuba diving, especially scuba diving in water filled caves. This hobby might be considered dangerous but if planned and executed properly it would be equally interesting. There are a lot of similarities to current IT projects. Both are “mission critical”, you can plan them well but you can not cope with all risks attached. Michael will talk about how can we compare the planning and execution of international extreme cave diving projects with international software projects and what can we learn from that?

Speaker: Mr. Michael Waldbrenner

Mr. Michael Waldbrenner – Director, Global Sourcing Healthcare & Welfare India, TietoEnator Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Before Michael finished school (Germany) he already has started his own business together with his twin brother Andreas. They sold PC hardware at that time and installed computer networks in big companies. Also they both gave training in multiple programming languages. In 1993 the company was then converted into a GmbH (private limited) and Michael was one of the managing directors. The focus moved more and more to software development for Logistics companies, banks and travel agencies. 1994 there was a big change in the German healthcare system and therefore the idea to develop a hospital information system was established. In 1999 the Private Limited was converted into a stock based company. Michael was then made the CFO of that company. The revenue at that time was around 2,5Mio EUR supporting around 60 hospitals with the Hospital information system, which contained 84 Modules at that time. In 2005 the business got merged with TietoEnator – IT-Company with 17,000 people in 23 countries.

Topic 2:  Infrastructure Project Management: Case Study – Pune Public Transport System

Increasing traffic in a city leads to problems of congestion, pollution, and road safety and in general a decreasing quality of life through decreasing open spaces etc. However, just building more infrastructures such as roads, flyovers and tunnels to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles cannot solve this problem. In fact, this only makes the problem worse as even more vehicles try to occupy the same space making increasing congestion, pollution and accident rates. The only sustainable solution to addressing the problem – something recognized the world over now – is to have a strong public transport system that is attractive to all sections of society and to provide support for non-motorized transport such as walking and cycling. For Pune, this translates into drastically improving the services provided by PMT, planning and implementing city-wide footpath and cycle networks, planning and implementing a city-wide Bus Rapid Transit system, and undertaking a techno-economic feasibility study of options such as a metro.

Speakers: Mr. Shirish Kanitkar, Mr. Sujit Patwardhan & Mr. Ashok Sreenivas

Mr. Shirish Kanitkar, Mr. Sujit Patwardhan & Mr. Ashok Sreenivas are active members of PTTF (Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum PTTF is a cross-platform NGO for sustainable transportation policy whose vision is “Sustainable, affordable, safe and eco-friendly mobility for all”. This group is working on Pune city’s alarmingly deteriorating traffic situation and the activists are trying to address this issue for about 4-5 years now. The group has spent a lot of time and energy in PTTF activities in trying to further the cause of sustainable traffic and transportation in Pune and made significant impact on local bodies.


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1 thought on “PMI-Pune Seminar: “Learning from Diving Sports” and “Pune Transport System Case Study”

  1. Hallo,
    my name is Anja Engelhardt,i´m living in Germany. I am searching for an e-mail adress from Michael Waldbrenner and i would be happy if you could help me. I spendid the whole time in school with him…Now I´m planing 2 weeks in India, so i would be very glad to meet him and his family…
    Would you be so kind to deliver him my e-mail adress, so he can contact me…
    Many thanks
    Anja Engelhardt

    Hallo Micha,
    sollte das irgendwie klappen was ich da gerade so verzapft habe??? Würde mich freuen von dir zu hören. Plane wie gesagt 2 Wochen Indien Ende November. Ohne Familie, freu mich wie ein Schneekönig darauf…Hoffe von dir zu hören, irgendwie…
    Bis vielleicht bald

    P.S.:Habe die Fotostrecke von Euch gesehen…Traumhaft und herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Nachwuchs!!!

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