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Author: Brandon Satre, PMP

On Thursday, May 17th, the Switzerland chapter of PMI welcomed Ronízia Moura to present “How Project Management can enable successful enterprise Digital Transformation” at the Roche Learning Center in Basel. Ronízia is originally from Brazil where she began working for Roche in 2002. Relocating to Basel in 2012, Ronízia is currently the European Head of Digital at Roche. Given her technical and personal experience in Digital and an honest admission to being a “technology geek” the evening promised to be interesting and insightful. Her skills in working with people and technology in unison were put on display in the hour or so that she presented. It was engaging, refreshing and practical.

Now I don’t know that the relevance of this topic for the PMI community really needs to be spelled out, as a company’s ability to “go Digital” is essential to sustained success and competence in the global marketplace. On the one hand, it becomes clear how important it is to engage people as the primary means for digital transformation. It turns out this can significantly affect the degree of success one obtains in such undertakings.

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The evening consisted of experimentation, research, and trial and error. The first experiment: using a live polling application to see how attendees would describe digital transformation in one word. With just under 50 people responding via their smartphones, the top four results (respectively) were: 1. Change 2. Evolution 3. Innovation 4. Technology. But notice that from the top four “people” did not make the cut.

The next experiment: rock, paper, scissors tournament (yes, our experimentation progression took an ironic turn going from digitally-based to “old-fashioned” face-to-face interaction). I will spare the details, but essentially it involved two main teams and everyone in the room experiencing an epic battle of skill-less one-on-one competition until we ended up with two opponents in the coveted championship round. In this silly abstract exercise we realized several insights that describe what one might find in regards to digital transformation projects. The tournament began in confusion and people “dragging their feet” but quickly evolved into understanding and motivation. Why is this? It is because people connected on a personal level with the others on their team and were marching toward a common goal – to put their best foot forward and win. This is just one example that demonstrates the behavior of people and the application of team dynamics in project execution.

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How exactly does this all tie-in to digital transformation? This by no means discounts the need to focus on digital technologies. But the point is the digital technologies are only as good and useful as the people who stand behind them. We must not forget to invest ample time in the people who are not only on the project team, but also (and perhaps especially) those who are most affected by the digital transformation. It may end with a digital transformation, but it all starts with people!

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Author: Krisztian Sardi, PMP

26. April, 18:30 - "What is the value of Diversity and Inclusion on teams and how to leverage this?" by Valerie Villiger.
Very engaging session and great presentation by Valerie about Diversity & Inclusion. It`s been very refreshing to see how different every one of us are - based on our personality and behavior preferences - and that there is no right or wrong here. We are all very valuable the way we are and who we are! We all could see that during a 5-minute team exercise, where all of us participants took a stand on the "Introvert - Extrovert - Rational focused - People focused" scale in the meeting room. 
 
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I know Valerie for 11 years. We first met in a leadership offsite training in Merten-Muyrez in 2007. There I instantly knew I would like to keep in contact with her as she was and still is an experienced Organizational Development Consultant and Coach who facilitates transformationell learning, innovation and change for leaders, teams and organizations. We have not seen each other for a while and I learned she established herself as a consultant after she had worked for nine years in Global HR and OD roles at a Global Pharmaceutical Company.

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Valerie started her presentation with some facts about the diversity of Switzerland. Did you know that 24% of the Swiss population are foreigners, 1/3 have foreign roots and that the working environment for women are rather not so good in Switzerland? Well, after these facts we learned about the definition of diversity and inclusion and its overall goal to work more effectively as (project) teams based on leveraging diversity. Valerie shared with us that "diverse teams outperform teams that are alike" (based on global research). She showed us the "Iceberg model of Diversity", so the drivers of diversity. Then she introduced the DiSC tools, the DiSC model to us by information slides, exercises and through open discussions and/or Q&A. At the end she shared a few "tips and tricks" for project/operational teams based on her many years of experience like the importance of "team agreements".  
 
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Why is Diversity & Inclusion important to project management? Well, remember that "diverse teams outperform teams that are alike". As a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, a project manager, a project team member, a colleague I interact and spend time with my family, friends and with colleagues, and when I do so I often realize how different every one of us are, that we all have our own talent, experience, skills, origin, likes & dislikes and that we are all very valuable the way we are and who we are! Understanding the personality / behavioral preferences of my wife, my children, my mother, my friends, my stakeholders and colleagues is very important in my view, so that I do, speak and act with them in the best possible way harnessing their values, talents and uniqueness. Understanding the personality / behavioral preferences of my own self helps me to achieve that. To me these are the key messages of the session, the take-away about diversity and inclusion.
 
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What if you wrote this article based on the exact same notes. Would it be better? Possibly. Would it be different? For sure! 
 
See you next time in a PMI Basel event!

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Author: Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter subscribers,

Spring, sun, warm weather, thunderstorms and wind... unpredictable weather.

In this newsletter I would like to talk a bit about Stakeholder Management, directly linked with effective communication of course.

When trying to achieve an objective, we will soon realise that amongst others, there is always an external factor so called the stakeholders, those people that have an interest and an impact on the way you may reach your objective.

We find stakeholders in all situations, in our house with the family, at work with the project team and those outside directly or indirectly impacted by us, with our friends... all of them are stakeholders that we need to manage if we somehow want to influence them in a way that we can achieve our objective.

I think that there are 5 important considerations to correctly manage our stakeholders:

1.-Identify the stakeholders, and know when to engage them.

2.-If you have a team, assign stakeholders to team members.

3.-Ask for stakeholder feedback, their opinion - engage them. Asking for an opinion makes people feel valued. Consider that if you ask someone for their opinion they will expect that you take it into consideration.

4.-If you do not want to have direct input from the stakeholders and want to make them feel engaged and at the same time gather input, you might want to use a survey, and as a follow up send them back the suggestions that were received.

5.-Finally, treat stakeholders with true interest and respect their ideas. In many cases they will return the favour...

It is not easy to meet everyone's expectations, or to implement everyone's ideas, but if you justify your decisions they will understand, and will know that you have considered their interests.

Consider also that your stakeholders will have their own stakeholders as well, which might make decisions or opinions unstable, like spring...

I hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.

Provide ideas to the team so that they know what your interests are so that they may take them into consideration for future newsletters..

 

Take care.

Carlos

 

 

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Author: Serge Garazi, PMP

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are doing well. Work here, at Department Operations, continues at full speed.

3 short topics in this paper:

The first topic is GDPR, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which becomes active on 25 May. Although Switzerland does not belong to the EU, PMI Switzerland is affected and has to adapt. Next to the need to sign additional agreements with PMI in the US and with PMI Office, PMI Switzerland has taken some further measures to be compliant. Some of these measures will be visible to all, such as the removal of the Member list from the website, the posting of a Privacy Policy and Terms of use for the website, the need to ensure affirmative opt-in when subscribing, resp. the possibility to opt-out in the chapter communications, among others.

Second, you may have noticed a redesign of the Events Page of the website at https://pmi-switzerland.ch/index.php/events . It now displays pictures rather than a mere list of events. If you haven’t done so, you may want to visit. Remember to login as a member, in order to benefit from the Member’s discount. Thanks to Phil Soupart and Carlos of the Technology Team for that. And… remember that you have the possibility to be the first to know of upcoming events: just subscribe to the Email push lists of your region at the bottom of the same Events Page!

Last, but not least, the Job Opportunity List will be rolled out soon, as an additional service to our chapter members who are looking for new opportunities. Keep posted.

Thanks to the PMO Team and to the Technology Team for their work.

Wish you a happy and successful spring!

 

Kind regards

Serge Garazi

VP Operations, GDPR Lead

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Authors: Krisztian Sardi, PMP, and Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Marc’s daughter asked him: “What do you do all day at work?”. “I ask questions and get answers”, he replied and she then said: “Aaah… OK, ... so you are a chatbot!”

On Thursday 12th April 2018, PwC hosted the event that made the association between artificial intelligence (AI) and project management (PM). Manuel Probst started the presentation by explaining the evolution of project management profession. 

During this event we learned what the main cause of failures of projects / programs are, and then we discussed about the definition of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

With a review of the past years of Project Management, as the starting point of the event, we learned that around 200 years ago the industrial revolution changed society for good.

Did you know that it all started in Egypt with constructing the Great Pyramids (4500 years ago), or perhaps even earlier. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the term “project management” gained some popularity and ever since then it has started to evolve into what it is today.

Experts are predicting that Artificial intelligence (AI) in industry will change everything about the way we produce, manufacture and deliver. Machines could one day be taught to learn how to adapt by themselves, rather than having to be spoon-fed every instruction for every eventuality.

Beyond data integration and process automation, self-driven project management no longer looks like mere science fiction.

Marc Lahmann continued, giving us his view on the anticipated evolution of AI in project management as follows:

  • (1) Integration & Automation;  
  • (2) Chatbot Assistants;
  • (3) Machine-learning based project management;
  • (4) Autonomous project management.

He presented potential use-cases for all 4 steps. Finally, he answered the question of what does AI in Project Management mean to us, project managers in the near, mid- and long term future.

Artificial intelligence and  machine learning could be used for everything in Project Management. However quoting Stephen Wolfram: "we can automate everything that can be described." But, can we clearly describe everything?Ccan we clearly describe in an exact manner what a machine could execute and will the results be always as expected?

Why AI for project management? Well, since we still have projects failing - either on Scope, on Time or on Benefits -, we have repetitive tasks in PM and that we humans unfortunately do not have unlimited capacity (for data) and can only work 24h for 1 or 2 days max!

Some of us personally like to receive factual data based advises - no matter if it comes from a machine - that would help me, my colleagues, the project, the organization deliver better, more predictable results. What do you think?

As a child one of my favorite movies was “Back to the Future”. In 1985, at the age of pure cable telephones, no internet and no “Watson” I watched fascinated the McFlys having video phone calls in their daily life. Today I watch my robot mower doing its job better and better day by day without my inputs.


Hmm. You still ask. And so what?
Well, we definitely can not tell how it is going to be in 30 years.

What we can agree on though: it will be much much different than today, and beyond our current imagination!


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Event: Artificial Intelligence & Project Management: Beyond human imagination!

PMI-CH Event team Romandie Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CEST) Geneva, Switzerland

By Marc Lahmann (Assurance Director) and Manuel Probst (Assurance Senior Manager).

References:

AI will transform project management. Are you ready?

https://news.pwc.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AI-will-transform-PM-Whitepaper_EN_web.pdf

 

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