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Save the date 11th PMI CH Conference 21 September

Authors: Adi Muslic, PMP and Valerie Pierre, PMP

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PMI Switzerland is delighted to announce the 11th edition of its PM Conference.

The conference will be held in person at PwC Zurich, Sophie-Taeuber-Strasse 14, CH-8050 Zürich on Sep 21, 2022, under the theme “Innovation in Project Management - Shaping the Future of Projects”. 

There are voices out there who claim that “project management is dead”. We don’t believe in those rumors at all! Project management is alive and kicking, but it will certainly evolve and adapt due to new technologies, changing market forces and societal changes.

What impact are the new technological breakthroughs having on the role and skills of project management practitioners? What forces are at play and how can project managers best equip themselves for what’s to come? As the global demand for project managers keeps increasing, it is all the more important for project managers to anchor their position as strategic leaders and change agents in today’s workplace and be at the forefront of innovation to shape the future of the project management profession.

Join us in Zurich for a full day of dedicated time to learn about the latest trends and get an outlook on the future of project management. Get inspiring insights from thought leaders and get hands-on practice during the breakout sessions. Be part of the PM community and exchange ideas and good practices on how to shape the future of the profession!

The conference will host a variety of speakers, workshops, exhibitors, and a networking dinner for all attendees. 

 

Registration details are coming soon.

Save the date and stay tuned for more information!

Add the date to your calendar: Sep 21, 2022

 

Register to our event mailing list and stay informed https://pmi-switzerland.ch/index.php/events/emails-subscriptions

Four Myths About Agile

Author: Can Izgi, PMP, PMI-ACP, PSM I

Can Izgi

I deliver a lot of Agile courses. There are some questions that come up in my lectures, which are the result of myths people believe about Agile. Some of these myths are related to the misinterpretation of the Agile Manifesto. Below we see the four values of the manifesto: 

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.

Through this work we have come to value:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

© 2001, the Agile Manifesto authors

 

In this article, I will give explanations related to the following keywords seen in the manifesto: processes, tools, documentation, contract, and plan. Experienced Agilists are aware of these myths.

 

MYTH: It is very unlikely that an Agile team is going to follow a process or use a tool during a project.

FACT: Agile teams follow processes and use tools regularly.

For example, Scrum has the following workflow:

… → Sprint Planning → Sprint Execution → Sprint Review → Sprint Retrospective → Sprint Planning → … 

On the other hand, one of the core properties of Kanban is “Make process policies explicit.” Core Kanban properties are: 

  1. Visualize the workflow.
  2. Limit WIP (work in progress).
  3. Manage flow.
  4. Make process policies explicit.
  5. Utilize improvement opportunities.

Agile teams use tools like Jira, Agilean, Agilo, etc.

 

MYTH: Many Agile teams finish projects without preparing any documents.

FACT: It would be impossible for an Agile team to finish a project without preparing any documents.

Examples of documents include Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog (which includes a task list), Definition of Done, Improvement List (which is updated during the Sprint Retrospective), Test Documents, Process Policies (in Kanban), Project Charter, Product Roadmap, Release Plan, Stakeholder Register, Risk Register, etc.

The Agile approach to documentation consists of “just enough,” “just in time,” and “just because.”

 

MYTH: It is extremely difficult to come up with a contract model which would be suitable for Agile projects.

FACT: Many contract models are being used successfully in Agile projects. 

Here are two examples:

Example 1 – Fixed-price with an early termination option clause (money for nothing): The customer can terminate the project early if they pay a predetermined portion of the remaining contract value.

Example 2 – Graduated fixed-price: Different daily rates are used based on early, on time, or late delivery.

 

MYTH: High performing Agile teams generally spend negligible time for planning activities.

FACT: High performing Agile teams always spend a lot of time for planning activities.

Many experts believe that, on average, an Agile team ends up doing more planning compared to a Waterfall team, but the planning activities are distributed differently over the project life cycle. Agile planning is less of an up-front effort. Although the teams prepare product roadmaps and release plans, most of the planning activities focus on smaller horizons. This approach is called rolling wave planning.

Agile teams uncover requirements continuously by trial and demonstration, which will require replanning, and midcourse adjustments are the norm.

In Scrum, the Sprint Planning meeting is timeboxed to a maximum of eight hours for a one-month Sprint. In Kanban, the teams conduct Kanban Replenishment meetings. Daily planning activities are present in both Scrum and Kanban, which are called Daily Scrum or Kanban Daily Standup.

 

CONCLUSION

There are many myths people believe about Agile. Some of these myths are related to the misinterpretation of the Agile Manifesto. In this article, I explained the myths related to the following keywords seen in the manifesto: processes, tools, documentation, contract, and plan.

Elections Committee Announcement - 2022 Elections

Authors:

Elena Milusheva, PMP 

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Alp Camci, PMP

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In the PMI world, everything starts with our volunteers. And this is valid not only for the newsletter, the website and the events, but also for the chapter strategy and leadership. For the upcoming 2023-2024 election term, we are looking for active PMI Swiss chapter members who:

  • live and breathe the PMI values;
  • have practical ideas how to elevate our chapter to the next level;
  • have a hands-on attitude to co-lead various committees, workstreams and initiatives;
  • can manage complex programs and demanding stakeholders;
  • are willing to stand for the upcoming PMI Swiss chapter elections;
  • can dedicate to a 2 years-volunteer role:
    • Board of Directors
    • Election Committee Member 
    • Finance Auditor;
  • are ready for action, collaboration with great people and a lot of fun!

If we have just described you, please reach out to one of our Board of Directors members or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate your interest in standing for election.

The application process will start in August.

Let’s empowers people to make ideas a reality.

Your Election Committee

Elena Milusheva, PMP and Alp Camci, PMP

Editorial PMI Switzerland Newsletter June 2022

Author: Shalini Krishnan, PMP

Shalini Krishnan

Dear Members and Subscribers,

Welcome to your June newsletter, and an advance welcome to summer!

Following the success of last month's virtual message from the board, we have again a virtual message, this time from Joachim Dehais.

Among the topics of this month's newsletter are a heartfelt message regarding the mail aid campaign to support Ukraine, reflections on past events, and information regarding two exciting events coming this month. 

Wishing everyone a sunny and healthy June filled with smiles.

Retrospective to Event - Winning Event Politics

Author: Leandro Benda, PMP

Leandro Benda

 Politics is becoming more and more present in projects and its impact is growing consistently. This makes life difficult for project managers. 

What to do ?

 

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022 took place our 10th Open Space on the "Zoom" platform.

The topic of this online event, "Winning Project Politics" gathered 28 project managers from different sectors such as banking, food processing, IT consulting and more.

During the different surveys, we have noticed that most project managers have been impacted by conflicts in their team caused by politics or even have been victims themselves. Politics around projects also impose often contradictory requirements in the scope and the budget,

Different "virtual rooms" of 15 minutes each were created during the event 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.

These open and exciting exchanges included the following questions posed by the participants:

1. How to deal with project politics

2. What tools can we use if we victim of politics in the project?

3. What can we do if politics conflicts come from the top management?

In conclusion, we see that politics is becoming more and more present in projects and its impact is growing consistently. This makes life difficult for project managers.

Each project as well as each difficult situation caused by the policy is different and therefore requires a targeted approach according to the context, as a tool we can cite in particular dialogue, the search for compromise, escalation (even if risky in some cases), team meetings, one-to-one meetings, transparency, risk analyses, impacts on the critical path, scope, costs and planning of certain changes and consultation of experts in the impacted domain.

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

Note that the upcoming event will be published in our Event page in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, please opt-in to PMI Switzerland’s event notification or regularly visit our event page to learn more about our upcoming events: https://pmi-switzerland.ch/events

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