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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: April 2024

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: April 2024


April 2024 - Volume 24 - Issue 04

‍[Upcoming Events]


Author: Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP, PMI-DASM


Dear Readers,


One quarter through 2024, and as I reflect on the all that has been accomplished within the PMI Swiss Chapter, as well as the Roadmap for the remaining year... I feel both proud and excited... and ever so slightly fatigued :D


I rely on humour to energize myself, as I hope many of you do as well. So in that spirit...


  • Why was everyone so tired on April 1? Because they just finished a long 31-day March.
  • Why can April jump so high? It’s spring!
  • Individuals born on March 31st are the easiest to prank on April Fools’ Day... They were literally born yesterday!


If you enjoyed those, we hope that you will enjoy the 'Easter Egg' tucked away in this edition of the PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter.


Also within this edition, Nikola Goran Čutura, the new Chapter President, shares his appreciation for our community and expresses his perspectives on the future.


Readers can also look forward to reading reflections on the Annual Members Meeting (AMM 2024), a tribute to a titan in the project management field, and an introduction to the second PM Talks topic in the series.


Not to be overlooked, are the indispensible Sponsors & Partners offerings and upcoming events, the pinnacle of which being the PM Conference 2024... so 'Save the date'!


Happy Easter Weekend and 'Happy Reading'!


Best regards,



PMI Switzerland Chapter

Message from the Board

Author: Nikola Goran Čutura, President 2024 

Dear colleagues, project professionals and enthusiasts,

The Annual Members Meeting 2024 is now behind us, but its good vibes still resonate within me.

Great venue, great team, great audience! One Board finished the year with plenty of success and celebrating achievements, and another one started with new challenges, ideas, objectives…

I spoke with many of you that evening and the common point amongst all was the confidence in our community. A community of professionals who can share stories of success (and failure, too), advance knowledge and skills, and help one another in improving the way we work and make our impact.

Our community is the very reason for our existence, and our first and ultimate responsibility. Corporate community stands beside, helping us not only through their generous financial support, but also by presenting new professional challenges. Last but not least, we are a part of the global PMI community that defines and promotes professional standards, as well as recommendations that help professionals learn and develop, support corporations in their growth. This community of professionals, our corporate community, and the PM Institute are the three pillars of our Chapter’s strategy. Whatever we do, we strive to bring value to at least one of them without detriment to the others

But these pillars do not exist in isolation. We all live in a world that suffers impactful changes to the basic quality of life. Climate change is threatening our very existence and the response cannot be singular. The required strategic responses include: sustainable development, circular economy, waste reduction, and clean technologies, to name a few. These strategies already dominate professional discussions around the world, and this is no exception within our Chapter. We all have a responsibility as professionals... as corporations... as institutions... for the benefit of all humanity.

Should you share these concerns, we invite you to join us in addressing them. Should you feel that there are other concerns that should be addressed, we welcome you suggestions, recommendations and proposals. In any case, we encourage you to contact us to share your views.

Feel free to reach out to each Board member individually - President included - we are here for you: About the Chapter

Looking forward to your responses,

Nikola Goran Čutura


‍Annual Members Meeting (AMM 2024) Reflections

Author: Florian Pushmann, PMP

On the evening of March 14th, I headed towards the Annual Members Meeting (AMM 2024), looking forward to gaining insights into the PMI year ahead. After having arrived at Bürkliplatz on this sunny evening, I embarked on a stroll towards the Swiss Re Building at Mythenquai, taking in the picturesque scenery along the lakeshore, with the snowcapped Alps in the background.

Navigating to the auditorium, I was greeted by fellow PMI Switzerland volunteers, who guided me to the foyer of the auditorium, which was already filled with event attendees awaiting the start of the event. Stefan Vesenmeier, the 2023 President of the Board, walked through the Chapter's 2023 accomplishments, accompanied by slides depicting the scenic Swiss Alps. Highlights included a series of successful events, culminating in the 2023 PMI Switzerland conference, which was made possible through the dedication and hard work of both board members and volunteers. Membership numbers reached a new high, exceeding 1840 PMI members, 4000 LinkedIn followers and 1500 Newsletter subscribers. Supported by stable finances and the steadfast key sponsors PwC, STS, and AdEx Partners, the chapter has been able to provide value to its members whilst maintaining and upgrading the IT infrastructure as needed.



In Memory of James R. Snyder (1938-2024): Honoring a Pioneer in Project Management

Author: David Puippe, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Dear friends,

Following a communication from PMI to all members, the Switzerland Chapter would also like to honour the man affectionately known as "The Father of PMI", Mr. James “Jim” R. Snyder, in the April Newsletter.

James R. Snyder was one of the visionaries who shaped the landscape of project management as we know it today. Jim was the first to fulfil the role of CEO, and one of the last living co-founders, of the Project Management Institute (PMI), founded in 1969. As such, he left an indelible mark on our profession through his unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and profound leadership, propelling PMI to the premier global organization for project management professionals.

Throughout his illustrious career, James Snyder remained committed to fostering excellence in project management. His contributions extended far beyond the boardroom, in his tireless advocacy for standards, best practices, and professional development opportunities in the profession. His passion for empowering individuals and organizations to achieve their goals resonated deeply within the PMI community and beyond.


Introducing Yodel-Scrum

Elevating Project Management with Swiss Precision and Melodic Collaboration

Author: David Puippe, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Dear PMI Switzerland Community,

As we navigate the intricate landscape of project management, it is essential to embrace innovation, and explore methodologies that push the boundaries of traditional practice.

Today we're thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking project management approach, one which leverages the seamless coupling of 'the precision of Swiss timekeeping' and 'the harmonious art of yodeling'... The Yodel-Scrum Framework.

Unveiling the Yodel-Scrum Framework - A Symphony of Collaboration

Imagine a project management methodology where tasks are not merely assigned, but expressed melodically... Where Sprint Planning sessions are conducted according to the rhythm of an Alpine symphony... and where Daily Stand-ups resonate with the harmonious echoes of yodeling. This is the essence of Yodel-Scrum.

How it Works - Navigating Projects with Musical Precision


In Yodel-Scrum, User Stories are transformed into memorable melodies, each note being representative of a task's priority and complexity. Sprints begin and end with synchronised yodeling sessions, fostering collaboration and teamwork. Daily Stand-ups become lively gatherings, within which, team members are able to communicate progress and impediments through the unique language of yodeling


[PM Talks 02: Embracing Sustainability: Crafting Tomorrow’s Project Management]

Through Today's Decisions - Powered by the Social Impact & Youth Team

‍Authors: Rubina Ajdary, PMP and Mafalda Amaro, VP Sponsors and Partners

In today’s world, no responsible entrepreneur can ignore the importance of sustainability, or its importance. With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN has set 17 interrelated objectives, covering a wide range of sustainable development issues, along with all aspects of economic, social and political actions. The European Union has undertaken various initiatives to promote sustainability in various sectors.


Since terms like 'sustainable responsibility', 'protection of resources', 'climate actions', and 'supply chain sustainability', to name a few, are entering organisational vocabulary, so too are they gaining familiarity within project management, with a growing impact within this domain in the future.



Leading projects according to “Green Project Management® (GPM)” helps to align projects with current sustainability, as well as ensuring compliance with world-wide frameworks. Green Project Management® is an integrated approach to the implementation of sustainability within project management.


[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.

The following member provided information about themselves: Vincent Defalque, Mariia Fufaieva, Felicia Strüber, Valentin Dal Zotto.


Vincent Defalque

Mariia Fufaieva

Felicia Strüber

Valentin Dal Zotto

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Nikola Goran Čutura, PMP

Florian Pushmann, PMP

David Puippe, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Rubina Ajdary, PMP

Mafalda Amaro

Alp Camci, PMP

Copy Editor:

Lisa Gryzagoridis, PMP, PMI-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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