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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: August 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: August 2023


‍August 2023 - Volume 23 - Issue 08

‍[Upcoming Events]


‍Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Dear readers and members,


As the sunny days of summer are enveloping us in warmth and radiance, it's the perfect time to infuse our professional lives with the same vibrant energy. The season of leisure and exploration offers a unique opportunity to revitalize our project management strategies and adopt fresh approaches. So, let's embark on a journey that combines the essence of summer with the tenets of project management, unlocking a world of productivity and success.


With the same summer spirit, we are preparing for you the 12th PMI Switzerland Conference, "INNOVATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Power skills for the future", that will be happening on 18th October, at the Roche building (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG Areal Kaiseraugst) in Basel. You will find in this issue an article giving you an introduction to the full content, plus the interviews with three speakers so that you get a taste of what’s on the menu!


Moreover, this issue also covers managing blockchain Truffle projects, a PMI Swiss Corporate Networking Group article about Sunrise company, the presentation of an event where we'll dive into the capabilities and limitations of AI, with real-world examples of how it can automate tasks, predict risks, and optimize resources, and incorporating the Disciplined Agile toolkit to plan the project.


Do not miss the early bird registration: discount of 50 CHF until the 5th of September (it will be automatically applied at the registration). Full price (non-members): 449.00 CHF and PMI® Switzerland Chapter Member price: 399.00 CHF - Students (up to 25 years): 120.00 CHF (max 20 tickets).


Summer offers full of inspiration, and when composed into the fabric of project management, it creates a harmonious blend of productivity, creativity, and resilience. As the season unfolds before us, let us embrace the essence of summer and apply its valuable lessons to our projects. By doing so, we can elevate our project management practices to new heights, basking in the warmth of success that only a well-managed project can bring. So, let the summer breeze propel you towards project management excellence, and savor the rewards of the season. As the days grow longer, may your project management expertise shine brighter, illuminating the path to success for your entire team.


PMI Switzerland Chapter

Message from the Board

Author: Thando Dube, PMP, VP Communications & Brand Development 

It is with great pleasure that I write this message in the middle of our summer; the days are longer, sunny and sometimes very hot…I sincerely hope that you and your families, close friends or colleagues are having a relaxing summertime, whether you are at work or at home.


The past 7 months of the year have been exciting and busy for our volunteers. After the excellent organization of Annual Members Meeting (AMM) in Bern in February, we have organized more than 20 events, from our traditional “networking events” to “in-person workshops” with guest speakers. Just to highlight a few achievements, the Sponsors’ team secured new sponsors for the chapter and for the 12th annual conference. 


We revived evening networking events in Lucerne and Geneva, respectively.  

According to the Volunteers’ and Members’ teams “too much work and no play is not a good combination” so in April, the two teams combined efforts and revived the running event open to all members at the Lausanne 20km run!  Once again, a big thank you to the Chapter volunteers for their commitments and excellent work.


Our Volunteers Day 2023 is scheduled for 2nd of September in Bern. We encourage all our volunteers to register for this free annual event in recognition of the volunteers contributions.



Managing Blockchain Truffle Projects: Embracing Agile for Success

Author: Ala  Lutz,  VP Membership

Blockchain technology has revolutionized various industries, enabling decentralized, secure, and transparent transactions. Among the tools commonly used for blockchain development is Truffle, a popular development framework that streamlines the process of creating, deploying, and managing smart contracts. However, managing a blockchain Truffle project can be challenging due to the evolving nature of the technology and the complexity of the projects.



PMI Swiss Corporate Networking Group (SCNG) - Sunrise

Author: Martin Härri, PMP, PMP-SP, PMP-ACP 

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.


Company: SUNRISE, SCNG member since: 2011
Interview Partner: Luca Gambini, Senior Director Business Delivery Partner



AI in Project Management: Capabilities, Limitations, and the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Author: Adi Muslic, PMP

Are you ready to embark 🚀 on a journey to explore the dynamic relationship 🤝 between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the world of project management?

Join us for an immersive event where we'll dive into the capabilities and limitations of AI, showcasing 🗣️ real-world examples of how it can automate tasks, predict risks, and optimize resources. But that's not all – we'll take it a step further by incorporating the Disciplined Agile toolkit to plan the project, pushing boundaries like never before!


[Programme of the conference]

Embrace the Future of Project Management at the 12th PMI Switzerland Conference

‍Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Let me present you the programme of the conference and what the teams have prepared for you as a menu.


Are you ready to embark on a journey that will take your project management skills to new heights? Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and equipped with cutting-edge knowledge at the upcoming PMI Switzerland Conference!



Author: Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

Interview with Damien Gauthier, Conference 2023 Speaker.

In today's rapidly evolving business environment, communication has emerged as a highly differentiating skill for project leaders.

Project Managers' roles transcend the technical aspects of project processes, pivoting towards soft skills that drive team engagement, client satisfaction, and project success. But achieving proficiency in communication, particularly public speaking, is not without challenges...


Author: Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

Interview Matteo Scalabrino, Conference 2023 Speaker.

Get ready to be inspired by Matteo Scalabrino, a distinguished speaker at the 12th PMI Conference who will take us into the journey of “From engineering project management to environmental sustainability within manufacturing: description of a journey” and check out the insightful pre-conference interview with him.‍


Author: Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

Interview Ruth Christine Lechler, Conference 2023 Speaker.

Prepare yourself to be inspired by Ruth Christine Lechler, one of the speakers at the 12th PMI Conference. She will lead us on a journey titled "Empowering Tomorrow's Project Leaders: Revealing the Motivation of Generation Y." Don't miss the enlightening pre-conference interview with her!


[Social media]

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 4th of September. 

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Please share it with us until the 28th of August through our Google Form [Click here].


Thando Dube, PMP

Joanna Lubowiecka, PMP

Martin Härri, PMP

Alp Camci, PMP

Adi Muslic, PMP

Ala Lutz

Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Copy Editor:

Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Technical Editors:

Thando Dube PMP,

Giorgio Ricci, 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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