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Event begins at

Thursday, 6th of April, 2017, 18:30

Planned duration

2.5 hours


PwC Bern, Bahnhofplatz 10, 3001 Bern


Critical success factors for successful project management in public industries

Global trends, such as tech breakthroughs, and demographic and social changes, are forcing both private and public organisations to transform to survive and this in a highly dynamic and competitive environment. This has prompted the public sector to invest billions every year in projects and programmes to improve public services and renew infrastructure.

Despite this huge investment, many of these transformation initiatives are facing challenges and failing to meet the desired objectives in terms of benefits achieved or delivery to budget and schedule − or both. Challenging public transformations often make the headlines, in Switzerland too. Prominent examples include the cancellation of the Insieme IT project for the Federal Tax Administration, and the new Land Forces Command Info System for the Swiss armed forces.

You might get the impression that public-sector projects are more likely to struggle than those in other industries. Can this be? What are the keys to success in public-sector projects?
In this interactive presentation you will find out about the key challenges faced in public-sector projects, how such projects differ from projects in other sectors, and ways of identifying the common root causes of failure. You will also get insights into the key lessons learned from our experience, the main areas to focus on to ensure successful project delivery in the public sector and what other industries can learn from public projects.


About the Speakers

Marc Lahmann

Marc Lahmann is the director of the Transformation Assurance division at PwC Switzerland. He has more than 15 years’ experience in advising multinational firms in IT and on business transformation challenges and troubled projects in Switzerland, Europe, the US and APAC; his main focus is on the financial services industry. Marc has a master’s in business administration and information management. Prior to joining PwC, Marc worked as a senior project manager and black belt in the financial services industry.

Peter Keiser

Peter Keiser is a manager in the Transformation Assurance division at PwC Switzerland. His job involves assessing and advising on IT and business transformations projects in complex environments on behalf of domestic and multinational companies and public organisations. Before joining PwC, Peter spent more than 7 years in management and consultancy roles related to project and programme management in public services and transport. He has a master’s degree in business administration and electrical engineering.



18:00 Registration
18.30 Presentation
19:30 Q&A
20:00 Networking Apéro

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Professional Development Units  - 2   (1 PDU Leadership + 0.5 PDU Technical + 0.5 PDU Strategic)

Activity Number: Bern_6Apr17


Event Fee:

  • For Members of PMI Switzerland Chapter: CHF 30.00 (cash at the door) Pay at the door with a Chapter Voucher (One voucher per person per event).

Important - Please make sure to login to the PMI website before registering for the event to get the member discount.

  • For the General Public General Admission: CHF 50.00 (cash at the door)


Please be aware that at the event photos of the audience are made and published on the PMI Switzerland homepage as well as on Facebook. The event may also be live broadcasted over Facebook. With your attendance you accept these conditions.

Event Sponsor:PwC farbig rgb


Event Organizer: Irina Petkova