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Members update July 2020 Newsletter

23 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1649 as at the end of May.

A warm welcome to all !

Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in May: 5 PMP, 2 PMI-ACP

The following members provided information about themselves: David Michael Collins, Philip David Elford, Tommaso Campanella, Dr. Johanny Pestalozzi
David Michael Collins  article   
Philip David Elford article   
Tommaso Campanella article   
Dr. Johanny Pestalozzi article

Article on Achieving Discipline in Agile


Geetanjali Bhat

 AuthorGeetanjali Bhat PMP

“Achieving Discipline in Agile” An Evening with Agile. Being an Agile Practitioner and scrum master, I was very keen to learn more on this current ongoing topic. In the past, I have attended many of the Agile events and conferences in many places. But Today was something different. PMI launched their first online event. During this time when the world is working towards staying indoors and be safe, it is such a great way to keep ourselves occupied and engaged through online events. There are constant New Learnings in Project Management. Considering the situation going on in the world currently, what better way is there, then being able to continue learning!

Many organizations have started to implement Agile Practices. Organizations today require constantly new methods and practices in Agile to suit their needs. I am sure we all know and have heard of the regular Agile ways of working and its methods. Latest discussion in Agile going on all over the Agile World of how we can Achieve Discipline on Agile. We’ve got a great opportunity to listen and gain information from experienced speakers Simon Wieczorek who is a Senior Manager in PwC Germany and David Nagy Assistant Manager in PwC Switzerland, who presented a very insightful session about this topic.

It was interesting to hear from them about how to achieve discipline in an Agile environment by adjusting government risks and control. How can we achieve Agile Discipline and what would be the obstacles and success factors?

One of the biggest risks is governance risk and control. Hence the question arises how do I achieve Discipline in Agile without comprising its benefits.


How can we bridge the gap in transformation that appear in the transformation journey of Agile? This poses a huge risk to the organizations.


David explains that Agile is not just about certification and a one day training of Agile. We can do 4 years of studies in Universities and gather a lot of experience in a traditional environment and now it requires a new mindset to work in an Agile way. It’s definitely more than 1 day training.

Most importantly, we should be able to interpret the Agile principles.


Addressing Risk in our environment requires us to reconsider control functions and risk management principles which impacts the three lines of defence. (LOD). In an Agile organization, the application of the three lines of defence (3LOD) requires adjustment to enable autonomy and alignment.


Reading through the lines of the famous quote by  Peter Drucker who was one of the most widely known and influential thinkers on management,  “What we need is an entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous” , Responsibility for Risk management in an Agile set is shifting more towards business. Due to the shift of responsibilities, it requires a fundamental reworking of the governance model design principles to enable an Agile environment.  

Revised design principles for governance need to be implemented on:

  • Shared responsibility for risk and controls
  • Clear direction setting on risk and controls
  • Full transparency on risk and controls.

What would be the first steps to achieve goal in Agile Discipline?



Listeners were able to connect well through an   Agile Quality Assurance Example


Today as an Agile practitioner or Agile Project Manager, we need to ask ourselves a few questions. If for any of the below mentioned questions is a “No”, we must reflect our Agile working ways and plan to implement Discipline in Agile.




 In implementing Discipline in Agile we can achieve success only when we have understood and cleared the obstacles. Obstacles can be following:

  • Transformation gaps are not recognized.
  • Risk still sits on the top of the organization rather than integrated into the companies
  • Traditional governance structures are not adapted to Agile Structures
  • There is little understanding relating to the purpose of expectations.
  • Lack of leadership support and participation in applying an Agile mindset.

 But all of the above obstacles can be cleared and worked towards the success factors of Discipline in Agile through the following “

  • Identify and be aware of your transformation gap
  • Integration of risk and compliance into the control functions
  • Adjust your governance framework
  • Active change management and upskilling of colleagues
  • Leadership support.


As a listener and also being in Agile for a few years, I believe it was definitely a very constructive and insightful evening for me, though I was locked at home!

Take Away from this session:

“If you do not prove you’re in control, the legislator will push for old(manual) techniques of demonstrating you are in con

Newsletter Editorial June 2020

Miguel Hurtado

Author: Miguel Hurtado, CAPM


We are already in June. Indeed time keeps going even in times of crisis. Some countries have begun to recover to a normal time, face masks and social distance are nowadays habits we are used to seeing in our daily lives. Hard times means opportunity: online events, home office or delivery are growing and adapting to this pandemic situation.

PMI Switzerland made several online events with great success such as "PMI Online Coffee" and "Open Spaces: Project Management in a Remote Environment". We are pleased to have more due to the high demand and interest. For us it is a great success to know we can keep working for you also in hard times and in a virtual environment. In "PMI Online Coffee" we have the opportunity to meet our members while we enjoy a cup of coffee (tea is also accepted) and have a friendly morning chat, a great way to begin a new day. Feel free to join us.

I would like to ask you to keep healthy, body and soul. After the storm, the sun will come back. We made it before, we can do it again. Be positive and keep strong, for you and your family. 

I wish you a great time. Follow our social network profiles to keep informed.

"Fall seven times and stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb.

First successful online Event @ PMI Switzerland

First successful online Event @ PMI Switzerland

 Zorana Boltic

Author: Dr. Zorana Boltić, PMP


It was a privilege to be able to participate in the first online event organized by the PMI Switzerland Chapter attended by over 100 participants from different countries, including Serbia. Especially in the disruptive environment caused by the pandemic situation, the topic of resilience was very relevant and the participants themselves were able to share different stress factors they might have not experienced before. 

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Even though the challenges we are facing everyday such as workload, uncertainty, frustration and information overload are present in all times, it seems that there is a completely new dimension brought by this crisis. It is therefore obvious that we need to build our resilience now more than ever, as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and toughness we are exposed to severely nowadays.

Resilience and why do we need it?

The panel discussion brought together the professionals devoted to giving back and sharing their ways on how to manage resilience and stress. There was certainly a rich experience on the table in order to help the participants understand what resilience really is for them and discover what works best for each individual.  

If we define the resilience as the capacity to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and bounce back from instability, insecurity and fear, all the panelists agreed that the most important step is to validate these feelings first and begin with the awareness about our emotions. It’s only then we can enable ourselves to think about things we can control, since resilience may as well be perceived as a kind of “psychological personal protective equipment” where we learn to focus our attention to what is important to us. It is also a concept of transformation and an opportunity to become a better self.

“Being” before “doing”

How do we practice then and what do we actually need to do to build our resilience? The discussion led to a common conclusion that the starting point is always to understand what makes us stressed and then think about what we can control in order to decide what to focus on and make the actual shift towards learning. This means that before jumping into strategies, it is of the utmost importance to deal with “being” before “doing” and pay attention to reasons why the feeling is there rather than thinking about how to get rid of the emotion. Even if we split resilience into physical, mental, psychological or even spiritual, the main tool to deal with it is acceptance. This is how we nourish ourselves on all these levels before implementing the actual fixing mechanisms. Only after reaching the state of acceptance, can we turn our attention to what we can control, where sometimes creating rituals to reduce uncertainty can help, as well as using the agile mindset to develop sustainable strategies that work best for us through iterations. On the other hand, the question may arise what to do with things that we realize are not under our control? All the panelists agreed that pushing those back only makes them stronger, emphasizing that acceptance is key and that whatever we decide to focus on can become our reality if we embrace the change and manage to release the worst case scenarios we can imagine.   

Practical advice you can use today

There was a lot of practical advice from the panelists on how to use our micro skills and introduce them into our daily routines, such as “taking the frustrations for a run”, making micropauses in this greater pause and practicing different habits in order to develop positive patterns in our brains. 

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Visualization was suggested as a technique to apply in micropauses and a short exercise was a valuable gift from one of the panelists. It was an extraordinary experience that made me realize how words can be powerful in employing all our senses resulting in a truly liberating state of mind. Some coping strategies were also shared by the participants, such as walking, yoga, jogging and meditation, as well as supporting applications proposed by the panelists like Headspace and Yoga Nidra, Loving Kindness Meditation to cultivate compassion and build resilience.

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The panel was closed summarizing some of the main points to keep in mind for managing our resilience successfully encouraging the participants to acknowledge their emotions, understand what is behind, reframe and take advantage of the situation. The importance of faith was also emphasized at the end because it means trusting ourselves that we can handle things and that we are in fact able to connect to our creative side, always ensuring space holders to improve. In conclusion, a good piece of advice is accepting “one foot in front of the other”, which is something most of us are not used to. On the other hand, once we connect our purpose to our values and what is important to us, we minimize the risk that this will be determined by external factors, accepting the ownership of taking care of ourselves.

Artificial Intelligence

Alexander Schumacher

Author: Dr.Alexander Schuhmacher.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly impacts all industries and functions. Therefore, the question of what influence AI will have on the project management practice is also raised. Exactly this topic is now being investigated through a thesis work at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in collaboration with Reutlingen University (Germany). The research covers an analysis of the PMI processes and the impact of AI technologies on it. 

This survey is launched to get your expert opinion and the viewpoints of other project management experts on this subject matter. Please give us your insights and to fill out the max. 10 min. short survey by using the following link:

It is without saying, that all personal information will be handled in accordance with European data protection regulations. And you will receive a brief benchmark report, after the study has been closed.

In case of any further question, please feel free to contact

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schuhmacher
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