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Newsletter Editorial May 2021

 

 Author: Geetanjali Bhat, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers!

It is that time of the year where we can see fresh flowers and greenery all around us, giving us  reasons to smile and cherish more. Today, sunshine and bright skies are giving us an important message about good days coming soon. Friends, I can see that good things are happening too bringing more positivity around us. I cannot think of any better example than we in PMI Switzerland about our continuous learning and inspiring each other. 

As I mentioned in my last editorial about the exciting events with latest subject’s expertise, this month, we bring in various Disciplined Agile Certification courses through sessions and online live workshops. PMI has also taken the initiative of providing Disciplined Agile courses specially for PMI Switzerland members too.

Friends, what are we waiting for! Let’s grab this opportunity to get ourselves agile certified.

While, we are in 21st year in PMI Switzerland, today despite continued restricted access outside world, we from PMI community are continuously learning, innovating new ideas and sharing with the world. Friends, please remember there is always someone out there in our virtual coffee meets for a chat!  Let’s continue to discuss and network more in our virtual coffee meets, ensuring to turn this pandemic into a positive path of new innings of more growth in each one's learning journey.

I would like to thank PMI Switzerland community for creating innovative workshops and events and we continue to learn and inspire each of us in the community.

I wish every member of PMI community, Healthy and Safe days ahead. Let’s all think positive and keep learning and motivating each other in our PMI member journey!

Cheers!

Geetanjali

PM Master Class: Building your personal Brand

How to position yourself as a brand, how to (re-)launch your go-to-market strategy and many real-life examples. This is what we have learnt at the virtual PMI Master Class from the Digital, Social Media & Blockchain Pioneer German Ramirez. As a regular attendee of the PMI Master classes, I was not disappointed, neither by the speaker and his very entertaining approach nor by the topic.  

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Here are some of the LinkedIn related takeaways which each of us can easily implement:

  1. Think about yourself as a brand, define what you stand for and communicate it accordingly. 
  2. If you are not a bot, then don’t behave as one. Personalize your messages and keep in touch with your network, not only when you need something from them. 
  3. Be proactive in endorsing skills and giving recommendations. After that you can ask to receive some yourself.  
  4. Balance out btw. what a search algorithm will detect and what would appeal to a human (“Pharma Project Manager” vs. “Pharma Project Manager joining forces with data analysts and molecular biologists to find a cure of XYZ disease”).

If you get inspired to “beef up” your LinkedIn profile yourself, you might want to check the speaker’s LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerramirez/ 

Disciplined Agile - the best fit for your approach

In the last PMI Switzerland's Open Spaces event we were discussing PM tools. Some of the discussions were about Agile tools but we were really discussing the unfitted agile approaches. Each example was unique and each approach different. 

Disciplined Agile helps you choose the best strategy that is fit-for-purpose given your current situation. You will find a wide range of techniques that will help you be an effective and learning organization. 

However, being Agile means also knowing Agile. Here is an introduction to Disciplined Agile.

You Tube link

 If you like it you may want to learn more about it. It is the right time to do so. To find more about the upcoming PMI Switzerland DASM and DASSM certification training click here:

Empowering Each Other When Working Remotely

The workshop was prepared and conducted by Luisa Colombo from InsideOut People consulting and María Cortés Astudillo from Agile For Life consulting. 

 We started by defining the challenges in working remotely. To do so we were divided into several breakout rooms of 3-4 people and wrote our findings on the sticky notes on a Miro board. Some of the main challenges were : building trust, lack of social interactions, active collaboration, isolation.

 Next step was discussion on competences to develop to face remote working. Again we went into breakout rooms and placed our sticky notes on another Miro board. Some of the competences that were noted are : respect, discipline, moderation skills, patience.

 With these findings we moved to the next activity, self-regulation.. Luisa explained the brain in the hand model for Self Regulation and Emotional intelligence. It is in fact a hand model of the brain that helps us to see how the brain functions. When we can see what the brain does only then we can change what it does.

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Next to come was the Listening activity. The context was a Team Lead who is announcing the problem to the project manager. There were 3 different role plays – not listening, listening and effective listening. It was easy to see the difference between effective and ineffective listening. While effective listening was full of empathy, providing options of working together, ineffective listening was quite opposite. 

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The last activity was the Feedback activity. The context was a 1-2-1 conversation in a work environment where your project manager / manager was going to give you some feedback. Maria facilitated role plays showing the difference between empowering and discouraging feedback. We could see what it looked like not receiving any support or when no solution was offered as opposed to supportive, encouraging feedback.

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Empowering People with respect and dignity, through:

  • connection and self-regulation
  • listening and compassion
  • respect in relationships and empowering feedback

Important components are self awareness, awareness of others and ability to cooperate. Become a servant leader by being firm and kind.

We ended the session by placing our sticky notes on the Takeaways board. Here are some examples :

  • Make time in meetings to talk about other things than work.
  • Make myself more available/supportive to my teammates.
  • Be aware of people’s emotional state.
  • Take distance to observe.

I personally liked the rôle plays as they made the differences so obvious making an immediate effect on all participants. If you have a chance, I suggest you attend one of the workshops that Luisa and Maria are facilitating. 

Community of Practice

Are you a seasoned project manager and want to share your experience with others?

Or are you less experienced and have questions you are looking for answers?

Then our Community of Practice could be the right place for you.

What is a Community of Practice anyways?

Communities have been around for thousands of years and they’ve always been paramount to problem-solving and human evolution. People who share a problem or a passion for something get together regularly and learn how to do it better.

What’s in it for me?

Communities of practice are a great place to find pertinent answers quickly and solve issues in a matter of minutes. Most of our problems are not unique and chances are somebody has already dealt with the same problem and can provide some help.

Every discipline has its own depth, vocabulary and culture. And jokes! A community of practice is a tribe where like-minded people network and exchange ideas. It is a great place to test ideas, get some peer review and experiment. It’s real and it’s unbiased.

As corny as it sounds, true fulfillment comes with helping others. Community members feel proud and accomplished because of the help they provide hence making a direct impact in somebody’s life.

How you can help, are you asking?

Does all that sound great? Yes, it does but there’s a small investment needed to turn it into reality. For this to work everybody needs to contribute with their own experience, knowledge, expertise and most importantly, time! This investment can range from a couple of minutes to a few hours a week. It can be answering questions, solving problems or simply just saying something comforting to someone who needs to hear something nice.

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