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Based in Bangalore, India, Girish Kumar Dharan is a senior project manager for SAP Innovative Business Solutions. He believes that project success greatly depends on addressing the unknowns, which don’t have defined recipes for managing.

Girish, how did you get into project management? I started my career as a piping engineer with a construction company. Then I did my MBA and joined a pharmaceuticals company where I was part of the PMO formed for the implementation of ERP. Along with PMO activities, I played the role of functional consultant in the implementation of SAP modules. After the successful completion of the project, for the next few years I was a functional consultant with a leading technology company. At a certain point during this tenure, I had to decide whether to continue with functional consulting or move into the project management stream. I consciously took the decision to manage and drive projects.

What do you love most about the work? In general, there are two broad areas that need to be addressed by a project manager. The first area is “the known”—plans, schedules, estimations, reports—that have prescribed ways of doing them. The second area is “the unknown”—customer or partner behavior, organization and location culture, politics—that doesn’t have a defined recipe for management.In my experience, project success depends on how effectively the unknown is managed. I love shaping solutions by addressing the unknown. 

What do you find most challenging or frustrating? Due to the geographical spread of expertise across the world, project teams operate globally and remotely. Great advancement in technology have enabled project teams to collaborate. However, even the best technologies are still not able to provide the effectiveness and efficiency attained by team members working out of a single location. 

What's your proudest professional achievement? Last year, I was fortunate along with the team to [deliver] a project that was extremely complex technically, the first of its kind, with a high level of remote collaboration and resource challenges due to niche skill requirements. 

What's the best piece of advice you've received or can share? It is a quote that I refer quite often: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

How has ProjectManagement.com helped you in your work and career? PM.com has added a lot of value with its wide collection of webinars, templates, articles on various topics, and tools that help me perform my role. I also gain a lot by reading and participating in the community discussions and attending the [online] events.

What interests or hobbies do you have outside work? I am an avid reader. I also play tennis, badminton and cricket, and keep myself fit.

Favorite TV show, artist or movie? Quentin Tarantino movies.

Best vacation? Andaman and Nicobar Islands [in the Bay of Bengal].

Thank you Girish! 

To connect with Girish, visit his ProjectManagement.com profile.

 

Posted by Aaron Smith on: January 15, 2020 12:50 PM | Permalink

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Luis Branco CEO| Business Insight, Consultores de Gestão, Ldª Carcavelos, Lisboa, Portugal
Dear Aaron
Thanks for letting us know Girish, for the way you conducted the interview and for sharing

Fantastic question: "What's the best piece of advice you've received or can share?"
Answer to memorize: "" I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. "

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Rami Kaibni Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Aaron: Thanks for introducing Girish to the community.

Girish: very happy to e-meet you and look forward to see your contributions on this platform.

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George Freeman PM Thought Leader and Author| Alligator Point, Fl, USA
Girish, great to virtually meet you!

The quote you gave is quite inspiring, I will tuck it away for future use. Thanks!

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Drew Craig Coach, Practitioner, Consultant, Humanist| North Highland Philadelphia, Pa, USA
Great interview. Thanks, Aaron. Great to meet you Girish!

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LORI WILSON RETIRED - Technical Project Manager| RETIRED - LifePoint Health Clarkston, Wa, USA
Aaron: I love these!

Girish: So nice to meet you!

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Eduin Fernando Valdes Alvarado Project Manager| F y F Fabricamos Futuro Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia
Very interesting., thanks for sharing

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Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani Manager, Quality and Continuous Improvement| Hörmann-TNR Industrial Doors Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Thanks for sharing

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Nora Krmek, MBA, PMP Manager, Student Success| George Brown College Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Thank you for sharing, and for a great quote: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

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Mushtaq Abdulrahimzai SWIS| Surrey Schools District 36 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nice to meet him, good questions and good answers.

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Tracey Riley Project Manager| Start Early Chicago, Il, USA
Nice to meet you! Love your passion for managing the unknown within your projects. Also - what did you think of the new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"??? I loved it!

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Nora Krmek, MBA, PMP Manager, Student Success| George Brown College Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Tyler Reainthong North Richland Hills, Tx, USA
Thanks for sharing.

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Marcus Udokang Project Manager| Aivaz Consulting Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nice to meet you, Girish.

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Mohd Azmirul Adha Azmir Project Manager| Buildserve Engineering Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Wonderful !! Good sharing

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Mohd Azmirul Adha Azmir Project Manager| Buildserve Engineering Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Your best piece advise so inspired..

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Michael Coleman Memphis, Tn, USA
Thank you for sharing your profile. I like the advice, immensely.

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Michael Coleman Memphis, Tn, USA
Thank you for sharing your profile. I like the advice, immensely.

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Shanos Kunhahamu Product Manager, Mobile Wallet| First Abu Dhabi Bank Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Thank you Girish for sharing your experience.

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