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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: December 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: December 2023


December 2023 - Volume 23 - Issue 12

‍[Upcoming Events]


Author: Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP DASM

Dear Readers,


A hearty welcome to final edition of the PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter of 2023.

As we limp to the finish line of the 2023 working period, I’m certain that we are all looking forward to a festive holiday season, where we shall enjoy spending time with loved ones and indulge in all manner of tasty treats.

To shepherd us into the close of the year, this edition will reflect on recent well-received events, share upcoming events of interest, highlight significant Swiss Chapter achievements, and deliver insightful articles to stimulate our weary, yet curious, minds.


We are proud to share two resounding Swiss Chapter successes, namely the Record-Breaking Membership, and one of the Social Impact initiatives that form part of the broader scope of the Social Impact Team’s portfolio of work. This team's Social & Youth Initiatives were also celebrated at the Europe Chapter Leaders Meeting in Lisbon (02 - 03 March, 2023).


Aligned to the Record-breaking membership, we are delighted to introduce 9 new members, and we look forward to welcoming them to all future events, as well as discovering more about them personally.


Along with a host of newly scheduled networking events, we are pleased to announce the ever anticipated, and highly regarded, Annual Members Meeting 2024.

In closing, I wish to extend seasons greetings to the entire PMI Switzerland Chapter, and wishing you a wonderful close to 2023. Health and Happiness to all!

Happy reading!


Warm regards,


PMI Switzerland Chapter

Message from the Board

Author: Philippe Soupart, PMP

Dear Members, 


The Challenge of Rebuilding: A Digital Transformation Journey

In our relentless pursuit of excellence, our Managerial Board acknowledged the need for an enhanced online presence, which would reflect our commitment to innovation and efficiency.

In deciding to perform the website migration, challenges with the current US-based partner provided compelling motivation for the migration. The deciding factors, in favour of migration, were the need to achieve optimal and mandatory compliance, and the need to assume full control of the platform, which would afford us greater quality control over content. Aesthetically speaking, we decided to maintain the current design, whilst applying simplicity.

As we delve into this transformative process, we anticipate that temporary disruptions could occur. We would like to assure you that our dedicated team, comprising only a handful of skilled volunteers, is working diligently to minimize any inconvenience.

Nonetheless, we shall forge forward, whilst making every effort to minimise issues. It may be the case, that a brief period of reduced functionality may be required, such as login capability, however, we shall endeavour to avoid this.

We understand that change can be challenging, hence we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this period of transition. Our goal is to create a website that not only meets; but exceeds expectations as a valuable resource and user-friendly experience for all our members and site visitors.


Save the Date: Annual Members Meeting in Zürich

In the spirit of looking forward, we are thrilled to announce a momentous event in the project management calendar - The Annual Members Meeting! Mark your calendars for the 14th of March, as Zürich plays host to this prestigious gathering.

Your Presence Matters !

Your participation is crucial to the success of our association, and it would be our honour if you would join us at this grand event. Whether you are a seasoned project manager, a budding professional, or an individual with great passion for this field, the Annual Members Meeting is an inclusive space for all.

As we navigate the website reconstruction path, and prepare for the Annual Members Meeting, we stand united in our commitment to advancing the field of project management. Together, let us embrace the challenges, celebrate our successes, and collectively shape a brighter future for our association.

Thank you for your unwavering support, and we look forward to seeing you in Zürich on the 14th of March!


Warm regards,




Impressions from “Reinventing project management - Hybridisation from the field”

Author: Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP DASM

The concept of a Hybrid Project Management Approach first had successful application in the early 2000’s, yet it remains in its infancy in terms of adoption and formalisation within organisations. This was the overarching theme of the November 1st PMI Event, “Reinventing project management - Hybridisation from the field”, hosted at iSolutions, Zurich.


As a recognised expert in the Hybrid Approach, the Keynote Speaker, Stéphane Derouin, shared his extensive expertise with an audience of professionals who have varying degrees of exposure to, or experience applying, Agile or Hybrid methodologies.



Save the Date for PMI Switzerland's Annual Membership Meeting!

Authors: Ala Lutz VP Membership

The PMI Switzerland AMM Team

We're thrilled to announce our upcoming Annual Members Meeting (AMM), which will be hosted in the city of Zurich on March 14, 2024. This key event is a highlight in our calendar, offering a unique platform for members, industry influencers, and project management professionals to connect and collaborate.

This year's meeting promises to be an engaging and enriching experience, providing opportunities to share knowledge, network with peers, and contribute to shaping the future of our field. The AMM is not just a meeting, it is a celebration of our collective achievements and an opportunity to look ahead to the future of project management.




Record Membership Achieved!

Authors: Stefan Vesenmeier, Swiss Chapter President

This month marks an extraordinary milestone for our chapter – a milestone that I am immensely proud to announce. It is a historic moment for our 22-year-old chapter, as we have surpassed a significant threshold. The PMI Swiss Charter can now boast a staggering membership of over 1800 individuals! This achievement is testament to the incredible dedication and collective effort of our volunteer community.

I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation to each, and every one of our volunteers. Your unwavering commitment and enthusiasm have played a pivotal role in propelling our chapter to this remarkable position. Together, you have transformed PMI Switzerland into more than just an association; you've made it the epitome of excellence within the Swiss project management community.



Lessons Learned: Enhancing Medical Device Development Through Experience

Authors: Ruggero Paraventi, PMP 

Having had the privilege of being part of the PMO leadership team in a global medical device company, I have witnessed the crucial role that a well-structured lessons learned process plays within the industry. In this article, I will share our journey in designing and implementing the lessons learned process, emphasizing key elements, challenges faced, and continuous process improvements.


The Essence of our Lessons Learned Process

 The process that we implemented aimed to reflect real-world experiences and challenges in medical device development, which encompassed learning from both failures and successes. To further develop our process, we consulted literature in the domain, and found advice provided by Nick Milton, in his book “Lessons Learned Handbook” [1] particularly valuable.



The Basel Events Team: Join where Passion Meets Purpose!

Author: Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP DASM

Are you ready to be part of something extraordinary? 

The PMI Basel Events Team is calling you, the enthusiastic, creative, and conscientious individual, to join our dynamic team of volunteers! As a part of our team, you'll have the unique opportunity to make lasting connections and memories, while delivering events, workshops, networking sessions, and enriching the project management community.

As a volunteer, you'll have the chance to meet like-minded people, expand your professional network, and develop new skills. You will gain invaluable experience in event planning, collaboration, and project management.



Creative Problem-solving Workshop

Authors (left to right):

Adi Muslic, PMP, VP Sponsors & Partners

Tetiana Pavliuk, PMP

Joachim Dehais PMP, VP Volunteers

Following the successful "Wicked Problem-solving Workshop" at the PMI Annual Conference in October, we ventured to Lugano to share the practice of creative problem-solving, which integrates powerful elements, such as systems thinking, visualisation, creativity, and open collaboration.

The workshop, organised in collaboration with the local Association for Project Management (APM Ticino), took place at the Professional School of Italian Switzerland (SUPSI). Through newly acquired systems thinking, visualisation, and creative collaboration concepts and tools, the participants achieved broadened perspective. This enabled the formation of new and innovative solutions for long-standing, strategic problems, including those that they had experienced themselves.


[Community PMI CH]

Partnership Spotlight: PMI Switzerland Conducts Special Training Sessions for Displaced Professionals from Ukraine

Author: Mafalda Amaro, Social Impact & Youth Coordinator

On 25th-26th November 2023 PMI Switzerland Chapter conducted an exclusive two-day online training for Ukrainian displaced professionals. This initiative was delivered in partnership with Bevel ON, a Swiss association that helps displaced professionals from Ukraine integrate into their host countries and restart their careers, with the Capacity Building Programme for Ukraine (Cohort 4). 

Recognizing the critical role of project management in today's dynamic business landscape, this specialized training offered participants invaluable insights for those who were just embarking on a project management career or seeking to enhance existing skills and enrich their experience. 



[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 September and October.

The following member provided information about themselves: Chloe Azzopardi, Tim Kley, Claire Mizutani, Matthew Walker, Melissa Nimkham, Ioannis Paralikas, Patrick Ghion, Sebastian Commichau, Dr. Harish Mohan Thettemmel.


Chloe Azzopardi

Tim Kley

Claire Mizutani

Matthew Walker

Melissa Nimkham

Ioannis Paralikas

Patrick Ghion

Sebastian Commichau

Harish Mohan Thettemmel

[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 15th of January. 

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Philippe Soupart, PMP

Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP DASM

Ala Lutz

Stefan Vesenmeier, PMP

Ruggero Paraventi, PMP

Adi Muslic, PMP

Tetiana Pavliuk, PMP

 Joachim Dehais PMP

Mafalda Amaro

 Alp Camci, PMP

Copy Editor:

Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP DASM

Technical Editors:

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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