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Authors: Elena Milusheva, PMP and Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP
How to plan for "The beginning of the end"
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If you think that the Manhattan skyline is there to stay, you might not know that the design of a new skyscraper includes already the plan of its dismantling. The same should go for a system, although it rarely does. Ask those who try to read data archived 20 years ago in the then formats. System decommissioning is much more than unplugging and scrapping it. In fact, it requires as much solid planning, technical understanding and program management approach as the implementation project itself. Yet, the decommissioning projects rarely receive much Management attention. 
"Unfairly so," underscores James Greene - previous PMI Swiss chapter president and experienced project manager, who shared with us on 18 October in Basel the complexity of decommissioning projects. But the first question was the obvious: why should we decommission systems at all? Or isn’t that just a simple press on the “erase” button? 
Actually decommissioning projects are much more complex than that. James compared them with surgery. It really consists of taking something out of the organization and then letting the organization heal from the removal. And there are multiple reasons why you should undertake such a project, whether it is decommissioning an IT system, a merger with a new company, offshoring, etc...
By sharing his experience on the subject, James insisted that the analysis is the key phase. You need to understand the scope of what needs to be done as well as the requirements. Does my system have any interface with others? What is the data as an input and output of the system? What is the impacted infrastructure? And of course, as we all know, who are my stakeholders? 
Once this analysis is done, you have to document all of this in the system retirement plan, and while executing it, ensure that all dependencies are converging towards to same goal: being able to retire the system without impacting the daily business!
As a conclusion, most of us are involved with implementation projects, and only a very few with system decommissioning. But after this insightful presentation, we all realized that they can be fun too!

Julia Posselt

Author: Julia Posselt, PMP

Connect with your Leadership Superpower

A lovely Saturday morning in Bern. It’s our PMI Switzerland Volunteer Day 2018 where Elena and I surprised thirty-five of PMI Switzerland’s active volunteers with the benefit of diving into a one-day experiential workshop, earning PDUs for their recertification with PMI while at the same time stepping into their leadership authority

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Impressions of our lively day

Highly energized, we excitedly designed our group and leader alliances, explored multi-sensory experiences, took on different perspectives, learned about dynamic leadership, reflected individually as well as in dyads and groups, loved the circled seating, experienced the power of co-leading, dived into lots of experiential exercises and deepened our curiosity using lots of powerful questions. 

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The Multidimensional Leadership Model

We walked and explored the five different dimensions of the Leadership Model, discussing the five different ways to lead while finding body postures and gestures to deepen the essential findings of the Leader Within, Leader in Front, Leader Behind, Leader Beside, and Leader in the Field.

PMI vol day 2018p5Every leader can potentially operate from all five dimensions at different times, shifting from one to the otherdepending ontheir leadership style and the needs of the moment. At the center of the model lies Leader Within. Leading from Within allows you living your life with integrity according to your own internal compassandguided by your purpose and values. From here you choose which other dimensions to step into. Invited to an inner journey, the group went on a journey to new awareness, taking aha-moments as inspiration to spark actions in their voluntary work as well as their day-to-day work life.

Thank you for making our day so special…

Larisa Aragon who provided us with a central location at Uni Engehalde nearby Bern main station. 

Oli and his team from spoiled us with local tasty tidbits. 

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 And, last but not least, the Multidimensional Leadership Model and its gestures were demonstrated and facilitated by our fantastic four coaches: Gail Corbett-Smith, Lourdes Martins, Michael Bieder, and Norun Laahne Thomassen. 

Curious to experience the “Leadership Tai Chi” yourself? 

Then join us at the PMI Zurich Event in January 2019 (date and location will be announced early December). For organizing a workshop for teams in other regions please don’t hesitate to directly reach out to me, sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’ll be happy to forward this action… making connection key to inspiration. 

Your participation drives what we do. 

Julia Posselt 
Author: Julia Posselt, PMP
Dear Colleagues, 
As part of our PMI community, we have passion for our profession, growing and sharing the project management spirit.
The power of connection is why I love our PMI events.  
At the PMI Volunteer Day at the end of September, Elena and I greeted thirty-five of our volunteering colleagues, appreciating their desire to contribute with the opportunity to connect as a vibrant community, and exploring the multiple dimensions of leadership. 
Also, the PMI Master Class at the end of October was fully booked. Thanks to Dani and Fredy, project and program managers strengthened their charismatic presentation power while at the same time making new connections and deepening existing relationships. 
Planning the PM (Un)Conference 2019, we hope to engage the Program and Portfolio Managers among us in significant conversations about the impact of business agile on our profession: when to choose an agile, hybrid or classic approach? 
We'd be thrilled if you or somebody you know has a related story worth sharing. If so, please contact me at
Looking forward to interesting sparks, developing practical solutions that will contribute to own our practice. 
VP Special Projects

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Author: Adi Muslic, PMP

Do you remember the PMI Talent Triangle?

It was designed to demonstrate that the ideal skill set for project managers is a combination of technical, leadership and strategic and business expertise. In its latest pulse of the profession report, PMI added the new digital overlay to it. Clearly digital skills have become a necessity to project management professionals.

The report also shows that value based delivery methods are important to deliver digital transformations. Not surprisingly, spreadsheets remain the most used tool to plan projects. Clearly flexibility of spreadsheets to adjust them as required keeps them on the top of the project management tools.

Project managers have no choice but to keep developing their skills as they are leading all these changes. There are plenty of resources, so many, that sometimes it is not easy to decide what to learn next. The overload of available information requires new skills as well to be able to manage such demands.

Many of you have been deeply involved in the digital transformation and it would be nice to hear your stories. Do not hesitate to get in touch and share your experience. Collaboration remains one of the most important skills even in the digital world.

Let’s collaborate to get better in what we do.


Adi Muslic, Copy Editor


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Author: Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP

1661! As I write these lines, this is how many members we are happy to count as part of our chapter in Switzerland. 1661 project managers that felt the need to be a part of our community and who are hopefully enjoy it!

Of course, we are proud to have reached this historical record. Never before has the Swiss chapter counted so many members. But this comes also with a big responsibility for the Board. The responsibility to forge a sense of belonging to a community for all of these members. Not only being one of many, but really having that feeling of being a part of it!

At the board, with the help of all our precious volunteers, we have put a lot of effort into offering as many events as possible. Regular evening events, but also networking lunches and master classes. Also for the first time we will be part of the Lausane Marathon, and in the meantime are preparing an awesome annual assembly meeting! All of this, just for you, our members.

I wish that all of you will have the chance to attend one of these events and be glad to be part of our community!


Kind regards,

Loïc Hascher, VP Members