By Bimal Ghimire
Bimal Guimire, is one of the winners of the #StoryContest.
Hi, my name is Bimal Ghimire. I am a project manager by profession and I have been managing various development related projects/programs in Nepal over past thirteen years. I took PMD Pro certification in 2014 while I was working with World Vision International Nepal where the organization rolled out PMD Pro as a part of Project Management capacity building initiatives.
I found PMD Pro methodology useful as it was easy to understand and apply in range of development projects and programs to improve results. Tools such as Work Break Down Structure, Risk Matrix, Issue Log, Stakeholders Analysis, Gantt Chart etc. are helpful for day to day management of the projects.
During 2016, in partnership with Thagaconnect UK, I coordinated development and roll out of Project Management Guide for Partners based on PMD Pro guide in Save the Children International Nepal. Following this milestone, more than 100 staffs and partners were trained in project management who were implementing both regular development and emergency response projects. Upon the delivery of the training, a good amount of positive feedback was received from participants as it helped them to strengthen their project management understanding and as well as practices.
From 2018 onwards, I am also volunteering with Project Management Association of Nepal (http://www.pman.org.np) as a Board of Directors – Training and Education to promote project management excellence (at the moment promoting PMD Pro) across country and region. Recently through this entity we organized one-day event in Kathmandu, Nepal where several participants got opportunity to learn about growing demand of PMD Pro methodology, certification process and its practical application in managing development projects/programs.
There are several project management toolkits available in the market for managing engineering, construction, IT and commercial projects but PMD Pro is the only one tailored toolkit available for managing development projects and programs. It is a simple and low-cost tool so even a small NGO can apply to manage projects. Hence, I strongly recommend PMD Pro for all organizations to design, manage and evaluate their projects and achieve better results.