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Author: Miguel Hurtado, CAPM

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During this hard time, you need to know we are here. This newsletter you are reading is the work of a lot of people, and the effort we make is done because, for us, PMI and you are important. Our main goal is to share with you our ideas and our knowledge, to be an open window with fresh air. But we would like to hear from you, know you more and read from you. For that reason, I wish to share our journalist guidelines. I have included also my comments and please, feel free to contact us for more information or to answer your questions.

Things to avoid:

1. Advertising (especially if it is disguised as objective content): We want to read from you, not from a commercial ad. 

2. Promoting project management organizations other than PMI (especially if PMI is not promoted at least equally).

3. Negativity: Smile, also in hard times we need to see the bright side of life. 

4. Personal attacks: Respect everybody, nobody knows how the future will be or who could be your future boss. Respect is important.

5. Political or religious views: Happily, we are a multicultural group with different religions and political ideas. Also we are fans from different football clubs, tennis players, basketball teams...and even different alcoholic drink fans. 

6. Recycled articles (especially where perceived plagiarism is the result):Be original and creative, "In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, ..." was already used. 

7. Articles which can be interpreted by readers as either biased or having a hidden agenda: A good article is clear and direct. 

8. Conflictive or polemic views beyond the reasonable: Respect is a core PMI value. 

9. Lengthy text - less is more!: Lets leave the big books to Fantasy or Sci-Fi authors like Asimov or George R.R. Martin.


We don’t worry about: 

1. Insignificant grammatical errors: Somebody from the newsletter group will revise your article and give you a feedback. 

2. Imperfect English: As Jack Lemmon in "Some like it hot"... Nobody is perfect. 

3. British versus American spelling: Rolling Stones, The Beatles, cookie, biscuit, soccer, football... the most important are the ideas. 


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Editorial PMI Switzerland Newsletter April 2020

Author: Adi Muslic, PMP

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So many changes in so little time. Last month was very intense. It required a lot of effort just to keep up with news, not to mention adjusting to all changes and measures affecting our lives. Some of the measures are to stay for a long time with us, some others will gradually disappear. Although the efforts to find new ways to fight more effectively the virus are tremendous, we will certainly continue living with the virus for many months to come.

My biggest concern, going forward, is the part of the population that is at high risk. Even if they stay at home but a spouse or a relative has to go out, there is still a chance to bring the virus back home. It is quite clear that we will keep the security social distance enforced for some time. But this may still not be enough to feel secure, as the meeting rooms can be quite small. The best way to be better protected is to carry on a protective face mask, gloves and use the quarantine precautions once back home. Will it be the new normal to wear on a mask and gloves in business meetings? Would not, in that case, a video conferencing be more appropriate?

There are so many lessons to learn from this experience in each segment of our lives. The importance of controlled and measured communications. The endless capacity to adjust and change to survive. The need for flexibility and agility to turn around your business or life.
The remote working and home office may become more common practice, and be used as an alternative when appropriate. Having family dinners or celebrations organized with a video conferencing could be used to meet more often.

Thanks to the online events team, PMI Switzerland will be now organizing online events. This new experience may become in the future the new format of the regular in-person events done before. Wouldn't it be nice to attend an event organized in Basel, but from your home, in Geneva or Zurich?

Every change is an opportunity. Let's make use of this one.

Be safe,


Ideas and effort in Covid times

Author: Miguel Hurtado, CAPM

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Seat, Zara, Givenchy, Dior or your favorite beer. What do they have in common during this time? Easy, a big effort to adapt to critical situations. 

With the COVID-19 virus and the crisis situation world economy took a halt, affecting everything from local shops to big factories...many jobs have either been put on hold or put in a home office situation. But some industries have adapted very quick to help in this COVID-19 situation. 

We can find examples everywhere, but I wish to focus on 2 different examples: beer and cars. In Switzerland Fasnachtbier is very common during Carnival time, a tradition during the years but with this last crisis and the cancellation of Carnival's festivities, beer factories didn't have the opportunity to sell their product. But the beer industry reacted and refocused the production and the recycle of its unsold beer to produce alcohol for hand disinfection, dedicated to supply local pharmacies, and neighbors helping neighbors in difficult times. 

The second example is the auto industry. In countries like Spain or Italy where the pandemic hit hard, the auto industry became a good helper. They stopped the production of some cars and decided to find a way to fight the virus and help. A volunteer group developed a breathing machine using the motor of the windscreen wiper!

Around the world we can find examples of how project management provides the chance to lead change and help people.

From elderly people creating handmade masks with sewing machines to big industries creating medical devices, all these are projects and all will make the change we need. 

We can do it, if we work together! 

Editorial PMI Switzerland Newsletter March 2020

Author: Geetanjali Bhat, PMP

Dear members and newsletter subscribers!

This is my first Editorial and I am really excited to be a part of this community sharing more than event articles. This is that time of the year where we usually enjoy the freshness and bright colors of Spring. Unfortunately, due to pandemic, we all are fighting against the virus outbreak staying indoors. The new virus threat has suddenly changed our lives and plans and this is the most challenging aspect of 2020. But I believe we all can fight this and come out of this situation successfully.

We have seen many changes in the Global PMI organization last year. With 2020 too, they are working on continuously, with new and innovative methods delivering great content and value-added events throughout the year.

Swiss Chapter too is actively working towards change, given the current circumstances throughout the world. PMI Board would be soon launching “Online Events” for our community. This would bring a great value addition to our community especially when many of us are really interested to join the event but cannot physically join. I am really enthusiastic and eager to be a part of these online events as soon as they get launched.

Well, I hope that the coming months will bring in a healthy and safe environment for all of us.

Wishing all of you Stay Safe and Healthy!



My first PMI event: AMM 2020

Author: Miguel Hurtado, CAPM

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It was my first event with the PMI Swiss Chapter and I need to confess... I was nervous, like a first date or the first day in a new school. All efforts made to pass the CAPM exam made this possible so I was looking forward to meet new people with different ideas. So when I received the invitation as a PMI Swiss member I didn’t doubt to confirm my assistance.
And it was incredible, I had the opportunity to share ideas, cultural issues and questions with a lot of PMPs from different business areas. 

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But not only that, we had the opportunity to listen and learn from Sunil Prashara ( President & CEO at Project Management Institute) an incredible and inspirational keynote regarding the bright future will come and we are part of it.
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Listening different members experiences and activities regarding volunteering I had the opportunity to discover the passion of a group and the energy used to make great dreams possible.
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They inspired me to join the volunteering and to feel welcome in a group with different ideas and cultures but with the same dream : the passion and energy for PMI Swiss Chapter and PMI.
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