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Retrospective for Open Space 8 about PMBOK 7

Author: Leandro Benda., PMP

Leandro Benda

On Tuesday 9 November 2021, our 8th PMI Switzerland Open Space took place on Zoom. In Open Spaces, each participant is able to freely ask questions and/or share his or her expertise and opinion.

The topic of this online event was "The PMBOK 7". The topic was hosted with great talent by our volunteer Patryk Nosalik. On this occasion, 26 project managers joined from different sectors such as food processing, IT consulting, trading, building construction and more.

Different "virtual rooms" of 15 minutes each were created during the event in order to have various exchanges on themes of the participants’ choice. These virtual rooms were each managed by a facilitator to encourage engagement and ensure the best experience for everyone.

The questions selected for the discussion included:

  1. What is the biggest change in PMBOK 7 compared to PMBOK 6?
  2. What is the risk of PMPs in the future? Will they be less technical with the new PMBOK 7?
  3. What will change in the content of the PMP exam?
  4. Is PMBOK6 obsolete now?
  5. Do ITTOs still have value?
  6. Where will PMs find technical knowledge if not in PMBOK?

Each participant was able to freely ask questions and share his or her expertise and opinion and interesting answers were provided on these topics.

From these exchanges, it resulted that the PMBOK 7 will have the following new features compared to the PMBOK 6:

- More pragmatic approach

- More tailoring

- More global picture approach

- Offers more tools for the daily business, for example on the topic of leadership

This more global picture approach could perhaps allow project managers in the future to have more time to focus on tasks that bring even more added value. However, PMBOK6 still remains the reference for traditional methodology and it still has value for existing or new PMs.

We invite you all to register for our future Open Spaces which will take place online via Zoom. Dates and topics will be communicated soon. You will have the opportunity to share and learn more on the numerous and important changes that this new edition proposes.

All our events can be consulted via the PMI Switzerland events page.

Leandro Benda, PMP


Agile CoP: What about some real Agile for once?

Author: Florian Ivan, PMP, PMI-ACP, DASSM

Florian Ivan

The reality of the world today with lots of nuances, intricacies and complexities makes it very hard to have all the solutions to all the problems. On the other hand, whatever the problem you are facing might be, most likely somebody, somewhere already faced it and solved it. Through a Community of Practice, you can learn, grow and solve problems in a formal, hands- on and fun way.

On November 2nd PMI Switzerland launched the official Agile Community of Practice, dedicated to bringing together experiences and realities of Agile practice in Switzerland. More than 20 professionals got together for this first edition and got to know each other. Since a CoP is an opportunity to learn, we’ve had some special guests who shared some stories with us. Yvan Pinto insisted on the importance of being value driven, Frank Tassone shared his experience from working with other CoPs and Raphael Branger explained how you mix Agile and big data. All this in a friendly and exciting atmosphere. 

For those who are new to what a Community of Practice is, we are a group of Agile enthusiasts who get together to share experience, ask questions, discuss and debate. It is a place where like minded people connect and improve their practice of Agile.

If you’re interested in joining, please write us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or join our LinkedIn group at 

Next event: Tuesday December 14th 2021: Why did I get into Agile? 

Register here: 

Editorial PMI Switzerland Newsletter November 2021

Author: Shalini Krishnan, PMP

Shalini Krishnan

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

Author: Stefan Vesenmeier, PMP, DASSM

Stefan Vesenmeier

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


Author: Joachim Dehais, PMP

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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

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