Inspired by PMIs Global Executive Council, the Swiss Corporate Networking Group (SCNG) aims to be the leading Swiss project management forum for best practice and thought leadership in the areas of project, portfolio, program and change management practices. While the Chapter's focus are the project management practitioners, the SCNG brings together experts who are driving the topic of project management on organization level, such as heads of a corporate PMO, portfolio managers, project delivery responsibles, academic lecturers/researchers, etc.
Founded in 2010, the SCNG meets 3 times a year for a full-day conference (onsite or virtual) on a topic chosen by the members. At these conferences, SCNG members or subject matter experts from their organizations, as well as representatives from PMI and the Switzerland Chapter meet for presentations and knowledge exchange. Also, PMI and the Switzerland Chapter inform the SCNG members about latest activities within their organizations. In addition, the members frequently reach out to each other for advice on specific topics, or even meet each other directly to exchange experiences.
Currently (January 2022), the following organizations are represented in the SCNG: ABB, Atos, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, LafargeHolcim, Nagravision, Nestlé, OM Pharma, Philip Morris International, Postfinance, Procter & Gamble, Richemont, RUAG, Schindler, SITA, SIX, Skyguide, Sunrise, Swiss Re, Syngenta, UBS, International Institute of Management in Technology - University of Fribourg, Institute for Organizational Viability - ZHAW School for Management and Law (Winterthur), Zurich Insurance.
Here's a list of topics of the meetings:
|1||January 2010||Kickoff||Swiss Re|
|2||May 2010||PM Careers||University of Fribourg|
|3||October 2010||PM Methodologies||Roche|
|4||January 2011||Executive Support for PM||IBM|
|5||July 2011||Global PM||Philip Morris|
|6||November 2011||Agile PM||Credit Suisse|
|7||March 2012||Project Metrics and PMO||Procter & Gamble|
|8||June 2012||Resource Management||Hewlett Packard|
|9||October 2012||Complex Projects||Holcim|
|10||March 2013||Management of Change||Zurich Insurance|
|11||June 2013||Portfolio Planning||Nagravision|
|12||November 2013||Agile & Waterfall||Orange|
|13||April 2014||Skills & Careers||SITA|
|14||August 2014||Change Leadership||University of Fribourg|
|15||November 2014||Enterprise PMO & Hybrid PM||Swiss Re|
|16||April 2015||Better, faster, cheaper||Roche|
|17||August 2015||Value of a PMO||Skyguide|
|18||February 2016||Hybrid PM||Philip Morris|
|19||November 2016||Quality Management||UBS|
|20||March 2017||Scaled Agile||Nagravision|
|21||May 2017||Portfolio Management||Credit Suisse|
|22||November 2017||Adjacent Methodologies to PM||Nestlé|
|23||March 2018||Outsourcing / Offshoring||Syngenta|
|24||June 2018||The Future of PM||Swisscom|
|25||November 2018||Value & Benefits Management||Allianz Suisse|
|26||April 2019||Non-IT Projects||SIX|
|27||September 2019||Product vs Project Management||Sunrise|
|28||November 2020||Executive Roundtable with
the President of PMI / Lean PM
|Vifor & IBM|
|29||September 2020||Virtual PM||Online|
|30||January 2021||Agile Governance||Online|
|31||June 2021||Excellence in Operations||Online|
|32||November 2021||Design Thinking||Swiss Re|
|33||March 2022||Project Management Tools||Online|
|34||August 2022||New Ways of Working||Philip Morris|
|35||January 2023||Data-driven projects / Artificial Intelligence in Project Management||RUAG|
|36||tbd||Organizational / Transformation Projects||tbd|
"My organization is interested in joining the SCNG. What are the membership criteria?"
The criteria are as follows:
- Swiss or non-Swiss organization with at least several dozen project managers in Switzerland
- Must have a central organization driving project management (e.g. a PMO), and a standard project management methodology
- The person representing the organization must be responsible for implementation and development or project management on company level
- The organization must have a good maturity in project management and be willing to share good practices - or must be a Swiss university with lectures and research of relevance to the network
- Companies with potential conflicts of interests (e.g. commercial) cannot become members of the SCNG.
"My organization is a member of the SCNG, can I participate at the meetings?"
Organizations can invite selected subject matter experts on the topic of the day to give a presentation. Other participations are not possible.
"Is there a membership fee for the SCNG?"
There is no membership fee, however, organizations are expected to host a meeting once in a while.
"Does every PMI chapter have a corporate networking group?"
Unfortunately not, the PMI SCNG is quite unique. However, PMI is very interested in supporting other chapters in replicating the Swiss model.
"My organization is interested, how can we apply?"
To apply, please contact Martin Härri or Agata Czopek (via Chapter Office) for a first interview. Candidates then will have to fill in a profile which will be sent to all current members, and if there are no objections, the organization will be added to the SCNG members