SPONSORS

SPONSORS

Our Daughter’s Wedding – a case study

CASE STUDY

By Raju Rao, PMP, SCPM, OPM3 Certified Professional

and

Subhashini N Rao, M A B Ed

Chennai, India


Introduction

Setting the context

This case study is based on a personal project – our daughters’ wedding. Since one of us was formally certified as a project management professional it was but natural that we ensured that all copybook processes of project management were deployed as part of the planning process. This included a WBS, scheduling where required, resource planning, risk management and procurement. In that sense, it was a well-planned project and one week before the wedding we were pretty relaxed. Little did we know what was in store for us! The wedding dates were on 6th and 7th Dec and heavy rains struck Chennai in India from 1st Dec and its disastrous effects continued till 8th Dec (2). In the midst of all that we had to conduct the wedding. It was done against all odds considering that many weddings during the period were postponed or even cancelled.

pmwj43-Feb2016-Rao-PHOTO1pmwj43-Feb2016-Rao-PHOTO2pmwj43-Feb2016-Rao-PHOTO3

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 1 – The Chennai Floods

The Challenges

Phones/ Internet / Electricity – Most mobile phones stopped working as mobile towers were either in water flooded areas or had become inaccessible. Communication became a nightmare. Many parts of the city went without electricity for extended periods – 5 to 7 days. This was we believe a precautionary measure by the Electricity board to avoid mishaps due to short circuit. Due to lack of electricity even internet worked intermittently and sparingly.

Transportation – Radio taxis and Public transport (buses) stopped plying. Only those on the road were private vehicles / taxis, emergency vehicles, ambulances and auto-rickshaws. Petrol was unavailable and those who did have them had filled up outside the city. Airports remained closed due to flooding of the runway. Movement into the city was also impossible because many bridges and roads had been washed away by the swirling waters.

Food – Due to transportation bottlenecks, essentials like milk bread and vegetables became unavailable or were sold at exorbitant prices. Panic buying due to the crisis situation only added fuel to the fire.

More…

To read the entire story (click here)

 


 

About the Authors

pmwj43-Feb2016-Rao-RAJU
Raju N Rao

Chennai, India

 flag-india



Raju N Rao
is Founder of Xtraplus Solutions which is involved in consulting and training in Project Management. Raju has presented papers at Global Congresses and has been involved in the development of many standards of PMI particularly OPM3. He often writes for project management journals and is coauthor of two books – Project Management Circa 2025 and Organizational Project Management. He is a PMP, SCPM and a PMI certified OPM3 Professional. He was a Founder Board member of PMI Chennai Chapter, has been on the Leadership Team for Awards for PMI India and Global Advisory Board for OPM3 Professionals. Raju can be reached at [email protected]

 

pmwj43-Feb2016-Rao-SUBHASHINI
Subhashini N Rao

Chennai, India

flag-india

 


Subhashini N Rao
is a Senior Teacher & Head of Dept of English at P S Senior Secondary School, Chennai. She has 30 years of teaching experience in schools in India and the Middle East. She has been a Board examiner for the CBSE grade 12 examination and a Master trainer for CBSE’s Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills (ASL). Though formally not trained or certified in project management, she followed many of the principles in planning and executing the wedding. Subhashini can be reached at [email protected]