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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: July 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: July 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter

July 2023 - Volume 23 - Issue 07

Project Manager Networking Lunch in Geneva

PMI Coffee Talk July 2023 

Project Manager Networking Apéro Geneva 


‍Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Dear readers and members, on behalf of our Copy Editors’ team, I take the editorial job this month.


We have arranged for the July Edition starting with a retrospective of one of the events in Zürich. It was about giving the tools to strengthen teamwork and foster a collaborative culture. Both things are what we all unquestionably wish for in the workplace (and in private too, I would say).


We also develop in this edition the initiative to create a positive change with the PMI Social Impact initiative.


Besides, we kickoff a series of articles about PMI Swiss Corporate Networking Group (SCNG) companies. Read more on the insightful interview below and learn stimulating information about SIX.


On the "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging" series, Eric concludes with several very insightful takeaways. Every step forward is progress, he says, and that is so true. Most of the time, done is better than perfect, step by step, one can reach a big objective.

Special thanks to all the ones that proposed to be speakers of the 2023 PMI Switzerland Conference in Basel!


For the upcoming 2024-2025 election term, we are looking for active PMI Switzerland Chapter members. Want to join? Details below.


Enjoy the start of the summer period, long days, and warmer weather.




PMI Switzerland Chapter

Message from the Board

Author: Joachim Dehais, PMP, VP Volunteers

Many changes have crossed the horizon to land at our doorsteps. War threatens our economies, the land, and for some their families and lives. Automation & the dreaded artificial intelligence threaten our jobs with ever more human capabilities. Inflation engulfs western Europe. It is easy to speak of resilience if you are wealthy and secure, or unattached and responsible for little. Harder so for the average person and even less for managers.

First let’s look once more at the topics of robustness, resilience. These topics are extensively covered in major philosophies, biological processes, but also economies, because we need both of them in our lives. Robustness is like the oak. Proverbial for some, it stands alone, strong, and unchanging in the storm thanks to its weight and strong roots, only to be toppled when the winds grow too mighty (Crédit Suisse comes to mind). Resilience is like the equally proverbial reed. Weak in appearance, but able to weather the greatest storms through three things: low investment in a single environment, adaptability to changing winds, and growth in groups.

Can we now apply these principles market fit, process, and upskilling?


 Enjoy the full article: [Click here]


PMI Switzerland Chapter Elections

Author: Kathrin Lutz, PMP

In the PMI world, everything starts with our volunteers. This is valid not only for the newsletter, the website and the events, but also for the chapter strategy and
leadership. For the upcoming 2024-2025 election term, we are looking for active PMI Switzerland Chapter members who:

● Live and breathe the PMI values
● Have practical ideas how to elevate our chapter to the next level
● Have a hands-on attitude to co-lead various committees, workstreams and initiatives
● Can manage complex programs and demanding stakeholders
● Are willing to stand for the upcoming PMI Swiss chapter elections
● Can dedicate to a 2-years-volunteer role:

o Board of Directors
o Election Committee Member or
o Finance Auditor

● Are ready for action, collaboration with great people and a lot of fun!

If we have just described you, please reach out to one of our Board of Directors members or to to indicate your interest in standing
for election. The application process will start in August.
Let’s empower people to make ideas a reality.


Your Election Committee
Kathrin Lutz, PMP and Elena Milusheva, PMP



Enjoy the full article: [Click here]


Collaboration Simplified: Practical Tools to Power Your Projects

Author: Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

I am delighted to share with you the key highlights and insights gained from our recent event Collaboration Simplified: Practical Tools to Power Your Projects driven by Stefano Mastrogiacomo in Zurich.

The focus of the event was to improve collaboration and enhance team effectiveness. The event offered practical tips to strengthen teamwork and foster a collaborative culture.



The fundamental aspect we explored was collaboration within teams. By understanding each team member's responsibilities and ensuring a smooth workflow, teams can achieve goals more efficiently.



Enjoy the full article: [Click here]


PMI Swiss Corporate Networking Group (SCNG)

InterviewerMartin Härri, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP,
Director Corporate Relationships PMI Switzerland Chapter

The PMI Swiss Corporate Networking Group (SCNG) is quite a unique organization within PMI, as very few chapters have a formal network which unites not project professionals, but company representatives. The SCNG was created back in 2010 and is bringing together representatives of over 20 organizations based in Switzerland to share best practices and experiences about project management topics of relevance to their companies. More about the PMI SCNG can be found here.

Starting with this edition, we will feature portraits of the SCNG members in the newsletter, with a focus on the points that matter most to PMI members. We hope you will enjoy this new series of articles, and we are looking forward to your feedback.



SCNG member since: February 2018



Interview Partner: Klaus Christoph Wagener,

Head Project Portfolio Management

“Klaus Christoph, can you tell us a few words about yourself, and how you got into your current position?”


After completing my university studies in Business Administration and Management, I started as a branch manager in a German bank, then went into controlling and accounting, followed by operational risk control for a Bank in Switzerland. At the same time, I deepened my capabilities in change management and then gradually switched to project and program management roles. Finally, I got a call from a former colleague who motivated me to move to SIX in 2019. Independent of the assignment my goal has always been to contribute with my blended experience to the success of the company.



Continue reading [Click here]


Social impact initiative with Bevel World on
project management training

Author: Mafalda Amaro

Dear PMI Switzerland Community,

We are thrilled to share with you the incredible success of our recent social impact initiative, held in collaboration with Bevel World, where we provided project management training to a group of 35 displaced professionals from Ukraine. The event took place on the 24th and 25th of June, and it was an inspiring demonstration of how our collective efforts can make a lasting social impact.

At PMI Switzerland, we believe in the power of our project management community to create positive change. Partnering with Bevel World, an organization committed to social transformation, allowed us to amplify our impact and reach a broader audience. Their expertise in working with displaced individuals created a synergistic partnership that amplified the social outcomes we aim to achieve.


Continue reading [Click here]


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: Helping Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in Uncertain Times

Author: Eric Jelenje, PMP

Over the past three editions of the Newsletter, we have been talking about all things Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), and their relevance to modern day organizational and project management.

As a continuation, I was privileged to facilitate an evening of conversation around DEI  and its benefits to organizations needing to thrive amidst immense volatility and uncertainty.

Kickstarting proceedings, Adi Muslic, VP for Sponsors and Partners, provided a background to the event’s organization process and a brief overview of the keynote presentation.

The next highlight, a 3-minute monologue on the power of DEI in the work, was an ideal preamble, reinforcing its relevance in the face of talent shortages and societal upheaval in the project economy. The conversation subsequently shifted to the DEI strategy formulation process, referencing  the USA for Africa project as a case study. 


Continue reading [Click here]



Speakers for the 2023 PMI Conference!

Author: Ala Lutz, PMP

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your applications to become speakers at the upcoming PMI Conference. We appreciate your interest and the valuable insights you have shared with us.

PMI Conference team is waiting for you for in Basel

We are pleased to inform you that the processing of applications is currently in progress. Our team is carefully reviewing each application and evaluating the proposed topics and experiences. We understand the anticipation and excitement surrounding the selection process.


Continue reading [Click here]

[Community PMI CH]

Members Update

Author: Alp Camci, PMP

A warm welcome to all new members that joined our Chapter.

Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in May.


The following member provided information about themselves; Scott Fletcher,Lugas Raka Adrianto, Alexnadre Gomes Rodrigues, Gianmarco Sirei, Erika Lisovszki, Ryo Shimada.

‍Scott Fletcher

‍Lugas Raka Adrianto

‍Alexandre Gomes Rodrigues

‍Gianmarco Sirei

‍Erika Lisovszki

‍Ryo Shimada

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What's‍ New on Your YouTube Channel?

The PMI Switzerland Chapter has developped its own YouTube channel. Every month you can watch interesting topics about project management and all around.


Discover the last 3 videos posted on the channel:




The next Newsletter will be published on Monday 7th of August. 

Would you want your article as a part of it?

Please share it with us until the 31st of July through our Google Form [Click here].


Ala Lutz, PMP

Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

Martin Härri, PMP

Eric Jelenje, PMP

Mafalda Amaro

 Alp Camci, PMP

Kathrin Lutz, PMP

Joachim Dehais,PMP

Copy Editor:

Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Technical Editor:

Alice Bianchi, PMP

Publications Director:
Daniel Rodellar, PMP

The PMI Switzerland Chapter is a non-profit professional business organization, and is a chartered chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Newtown Square, PA, USA.

Views and opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and, unless otherwise stated, do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the chapter or PMI or imply partnership.

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