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Newsletter Editorial November 2021

Shalini Krishnan

Author: Shalini Krishnan, PMP

Dear PMI Switzerland members and supporters,

Autumn is in full swing and just like that the last quarter of the year is coming to an end. However, PMI Switzerland's list of exciting ways to get involved is far from over! 

The November newsletter is full of information about topics such as mentoring and our upcoming Volunteer Day for PMI Switzerland volunteers.  Make sure to read on to see how to participate in our 20 years of PMI Switzerland anniversary game for the chance to win a weekend in the Swiss mountains

We also debrief for you the 3-part project management workshop that took place in September, as well as inform you about an upcoming in-person PM Masterclass that you can still register for.  

Happy (belated) Halloween and happy reading! 

The anniversary year is drawing to a close - last chance to join the anniversary game

Stefan Vesenmeier

Author: Stefan Vesenmeier, PMP, DASSM


The anniversary year, "20 years of PMI Switzerland" is slowly but surely coming to an end which also means that we will soon draw our anniversary competition winner. All participants of our online events are given the chance to participate and win an unforgettable weekend in the Swiss mountains and this could be you! 


The game, which we started in February 2021 at our Annual Members Meeting, is actually quite simple - during each of our virtual events, a word/phrase is announced, which attendees should collect. These will be 20 game words in total to make up the complete 20th PMI Anniversary sentence.


However, since we were unfortunately unable to hold all of the intended online events this year, we would now like to broaden the rules: 

  • The remaining winning words will be announced during the last two online events of the year. 
  • To participate in the contest you need to know at least one of the words that were announced.
  • The winner is the contestant who has collected the most words.
  • If several participants send in the same maximum number of words, the winner will be drawn live at the upcoming Annual Members Meeting in Bern (on February 10, 2022).


How to win?


The drawing and announcement of the winner of the unforgettable weekend in the Swiss mountains will take place on February 10, 2022 in Bern during the Annual Members Meeting 2022.


We wish you all the best with your participation in the game and we hope you have had a lot of fun and interesting learnings at our online events (on Youtube, or live).


Knock on Wood!

Stefan Vesenmeier, on behalf of the PMI Switzerland Board


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Author: Joachim Dehais, PMP

Autumn is underway, Indian summer colours our days, and our mentors are hard at work, bettering themselves and their protegees in one fell swoop. In the mentoring program, you will be put in contact with experienced professionals that can advise you on a course of action to advance in life.

For example, last year, one of our mentees decided to go on a sabbatical to reflect before taking new steps. On his return, he applied to a highly sought job, and with the help of his mentor, got the position he so desired!

Give it a try, see what’s in it for you, it costs nothing but a membership.

You can join via our platform, or simply look at the latest mentoring news on our website!

I look forward to talking with you,

Joachim Dehais, PMI Switzerland mentoring program lead

Event report on the 3-part project management workshop series in collaboration with Girls in Tech Switzerland 

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Author: Ka Yi HUI, PMP


In September 2021, the Social Good team (Benoîte Grisouard, PhD, PMP, Enrico Bornisacci, PMP, Johana Ten Hove, PMP, Saul Figueroa, PMP) in collaboration with Girls in Tech Switzerland held a 3-part series of workshops. This project aims to 1) introduce project management concepts in the Girls in Tech community, and 2) raise the awareness of gender equality in Switzerland within our project management professional community. 


Before we started each workshop, the event co-organizers from Girls in Tech, Anne-Sophie Scharff and Laura Bourne-branchu, talked about the gender equality situation in the tech sector in Switzerland. These numbers showed we still have a long way to go, but the first step is to recognize and understand the problem and then take action to improve it.

During the first workshop, Benoîte led the presentation on Project Management fundamentals. The participants learned the project management vocabularies, worked on hands-on exercises such as a project charter and a work breakdown structure in breakout rooms using miro boards. Specially, they focused on a real-life example, organizing a wedding celebration. At the end of the workshop, Benoîte was very impressed by our participants' plan and would love to be invited to some of those wedding celebrations!

"Change is the only constant in life.", nobody can predict the future. Enrico led the second workshop, which discussed risk and change management. Following up with the wedding planning, we worked together with the participants to analyze risk and make the risk management plan accordingly. After the workshop, no matter if it's new COVID restrictions or a rainy day, the wedding celebration was well prepared for any risk that may come up!


Last but not least, in the third workshop, I talked about communication, leadership, and stakeholder management. One cannot learn to ride a bike by reading books. That's why I designed a few active listening exercises for the participants to practice with each other. We created a safe space by not recording the session and set a few ground rules. The participants and the event organizers openly shared their thoughts and attentively listened to each other. After the workshop, we were delighted that some participants said they would use and practice what they learned in their everyday lives. 


In summary, it is a fruitful exchange with Girls in Tech Switzerland! And we are excited to have more different collaborations in the future.  

Learn more about the PMI “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” initiative


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PM Master Class: Become your own chairperson and set boundaries

Monika Keller

Author: Monika Keller, PMP

Dear members and friends of the PMI Switzerland Chapter


In the last weeks, I had more than a handful of highly qualified professionals and managers in my 1:1 coachings and they all had more or less the same problem: They have difficulties setting healthy boundaries at work, advocating for their needs (what needs?), which resulted in high-levels of stress, dissatisfaction and poor sleep quality. Together we looked at their situation (not just work, but also their private situation including dreams and desires which usually had no room for consideration at that moment). They got clarity on their situation and inputs to improve it in the direction that they want to go.


One of the first things we did together was to help them find strategies to take “me time” in their busy days to be able to reflect on their needs - it doesn’t happen naturally - and then help them find strategies to start advocating for their needs by (re)prioritizing tasks and setting healthy boundaries at work.


Their call for support comes as no surprise to me and shows great bravery: There is so much uncertainty around us with the ongoing pandemic. People are losing their jobs or fear they may lose it, they don’t know when and if they will see their parents and friends again who may be living abroad. They feel trapped by the Covid certificate or may like or dislike staying in the home office… The list of stressors is long.


Not everyone can afford a 1:1 coaching to talk about their individual situation. That is why we decided to offer a PMI Master Class on “How to become your own chairperson, set healthy boundaries at work and advocate for your needs”. It is a class-room based full-day course that will take place on Saturday, 26 March 2022, in Zurich and you will be able to exchange with others and reflect your own situation in a familiar environment. The course will be a blended learning experience, so you will receive some assignments before it starts in order to save us time and make more out of the one day. Would you like to know more? Then check the link here. Enroll soon as places are limited.



Monika, your trainer & coach for this session

P.S. If you want to learn more about me and my business, visit my website at or get connected via LinkedIn at Monika (Krähenbühl) Keller, PMP | LinkedIn

I look forward to meeting you.