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Editorial Newsletter January 2019

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Author: Adi Muslic, PMP

Happy New Year!

You have heard it many times in the last couple of weeks and certainly you asked yourself what this year would be like.

This year will certainly be marked by the trade war, Brexit, EU-Swiss negotiations and many other events that we cannot even foresee. There will also be many factors in your surrounding environment that you will need to take into consideration when planning or delivering your projects. The awareness of the world around us is one of the skills we will need in 2019.

We can foresee with high certainty that the trend of changing business models will continue with larger use of AI and machine learning. The more we know the more we want to change. This also means that we will need to be in the front rows leading and promoting change. The earlier we start the earlier we get comfortable doing it. Attend PMI events to get inspired. Share your experiences and help others.

I wish you many very happy project moments in 2019.

Adi Muslic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Copy Editor

Message from the Board. January 2019

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Author: Irina Petkova, PMP

Dear Members,

Another exciting year full of events has passed for all of us! I truly hope you enjoyed what we have offered you, learned many new skills and tips, created fruitful connections, and were excited and enthused each time to come back.

The statistics for 2018 show we have achieved our goal with at least 8 events per region and overall attendance of 1,250+ participants which is a 7% increase from the last year.

Thank you for trusting us and always motivating us to deliver better service to you.

Of course these achievements would not be possible without the diligent, daily efforts, and time and loyalty of the events regional teams led by Stefan Vesenmeier, Larisa Aragon and Gessami Sanchez Olle (Basel), Prasanth Nair and Aristeidis Matsokis (Zurich), Thijs Wijnands and Julia Ovcinnikov (Romandie).

Sincere gratitude to them and their teams for making our events’ experience in Switzerland memorable and unique.

We've also faced challenges, and to address them we need your support. To organize even greater events we need to combine our efforts in finding opportunities for more sponsorship to our events.

We will be happy to be guests at your work premises where you, your colleagues and other members can benefit from our professionalism to handle all small details before, during and after a great evening event is delivered to you.

Please reach out to any of the volunteers in the events team that you know to take this step further.

Thank you again and Happy New Year to you and your families.

Interim President

PMI Swiss Running Team Kerzerslauf 2019 - 16 March

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Kerzerslauf 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019, it is!

Move into action and join our PMI Swiss Running Team

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What's in for you as PMI member? 

You are invited for an après-run apéro in Kerzers from 15 to 17 pm opposite the train station at "Club Cafe Bahnhof".

Club Cafe Bahnhof
Bahnhofplatz 16
3210 Kerzers

For the apéro, register through Eventbrite after logging in to

 PMI Running Team 2018 org

For the run, register individually and directly at the event website: 

Closing date for registration is Monday, 24 February 2019.

Who: PMI Switzerland Chapter members
What: We are targeting fun at the the 15 km run; and now available at the same event are also 10 km and 5 km runs
For the apéro, register through Eventbrite after logging in to
For the run, register individually and directly at the event website:
By when: For the run, closing date for registration is Monday, 24 February 2019


Value driven by ambition. Here 3 good reasons for your WHY. 

  • Getting fit, being fit, staying fit… not only for Project Management but also for yourself. 
  • Proving that performance measures, metrics and goals are a Project Manager's juicy game… that goes beyond status reports. 
  • Sharing your love for running with your PMI colleagues from all regions in Switzerland. 



Event Report - Confidence and Resilience, Lausanne 06.12.18

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Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP

We closed 2018 with a great event in Lausanne on 6 December by Sally Fisher, founder of AH!HA moments. Sally was a former lawyer with Linklaters and Consulting Partner with Deloitte, who now runs her own international leadership development practice.

The new year 2019 starts now and the resolutions lists are popping up... I have a proposal for you to add on your resolutions for 2019 based on this thought-provoking confidence event!

Instead of subscribing to the gym and give up after first sessions, experiment the following: at the end of the week, on your commuting home, roll back the whole week and look for successes. Write them down, as this will be your evidence basis when you lack confidence.


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It will confirm and illustrate:

  • When have I been in a similar situation and succeeded?
  • What did I do that can help me now?
  • If I did it previously, why did it or did it not work now?

Sally led an engaging and entertaining exploration into how we can build more confidence and develop our ability to more consistently deliver peak performance under pressure.

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She shared her career experience defined by peaks of confidence and periods of crisis of confidence, with the goal to understand what drives the peaks.

How much of an edge do we need to have to get a promotion? Just 5% can make a change! Sally asked us to name an achievement that meant something to us obtained on last week. It took some time to get everyone answering that question. It is important to recognize success!! Are you looking for what you could do better or celebrate what your teams do well?

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The impostor syndrome was first found in Hollywood actors. Most of the people experience this when they get promoted. You need to identify what your trigger is for loss of confidence (feeling unprepared, not knowing how to answer, etc).

Once in this situation, we have the choice on how we respond to it: we could back away from the opportunity, we could simulate we know the answer, etc. You need to recognize the feeling that your body triggers and then DOUBT YOUR DOUBT!

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Take a workout mentality to work, like you do with physical fitness, and it will make you stronger with time. Embrace the pain and welcome the challenges.

We agreed that it is quicker to identify what is worrying us than successes. When we worry we tend to try to solve all the problems, but we should start with the first action that we could take. And solve it, step by step.

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Sally shared the amazing story about her reading of the horoscope one month that was said “Everything you touch will turn to gold!” With this message, everything was so easy because she acted as if it were true, and she did plenty of first actions that ultimately delivered results. It is about your mindset and your physiology (body language).

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You believe what you tell yourself! We did an exercise about repeating sentences like “I’m weak and tired” versus “I’m powerful and strong!” and our body reacts accordingly. Master your mindset and act, because the environment can be toxic. You could for example repeat 3 times “I’m strong, I’m powerful and I’m calm” (the last one to avoid breaking anything or being too aggressive…).

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We ended the event with some questions from the audience related to how to position yourself for a promotion (by formulating it as: how could I help them make the best decision?) and also related to the impostor syndrome (move towards your trigger – physically, remember your successes database and smile, then get back to normal…).

You can find Sally online at her company's web page:

Before leaving, remember: at the end of the week, while commuting home, roll back the whole week and look for successes. Write them down, as this will be your evidence base when you lack confidence. And doubt your doubts!

See you next event!


Event Report - Successful Implementation of Lean Startup Thinking In Projects, Reinach 05.12.18

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Author: Alp Camci, PMP

Event Report: Successful Implementation of Lean Startup Thinking In Projects, Reinach 5th December 2018

On Wednesday, 5 December, we met in the Endress+Hasuer Headquarters in Reinach to get insight about “Successful Implementation of Lean Startup Thinking in Projects” from Dr. Michael Sauter. PMI Switzerland especially thanks Jürgen Ekert for organizing the event and Endress+Hauser for their sponsorship.

Having worked in various organizations as a consultant, manager and managing director, Michael is an expert in the agile environment. With his company, Brainbirds Gmbh, Michael trains organizations for methods to drive changes in their company and to be fit for the fast changing digital world.

Michael classified the organizations starting from “we do not need digital transformation” to “GAFA: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon” who are leading and creating this new age of digital transformation. He said there is a big number of companies lying in between these two extremes, who want to understand why GAFA is so successful and how they could transform their organizations to stay fit and competitive in the digital world. Here lies a danger in his point of view, if the leading pack is too far away, the companies in the middle group may think they are leading.

After this short introduction, we split into 10 groups with approximately 7 members each for the workshop. The exercise is to “develop a start-up idea”.

Visualization is the key to creativity, and it helps create consensus in decision-making. With this in mind, we used the following tools for the workshop: Post-its, pens and a timer.

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The workshop started with the definition of a new business idea. While the timer was running very quickly, each participant put on the board one idea they would like to implement. After a quick voting for the best idea within the group, we defined which users could benefit from this idea. After the user definition, the next step was listing the problems users are facing. We developed solutions to those problems by answering the question of “How might we…” and then we switched to the “Lean Canvas”.

Lean Canvas or Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. Here we visualized the problem, the solution, the key metrics, the channels to be used and, last but not least, the cost structure and revenue streams.

After all of this, Michael continued his presentation explaining what we had just experienced with this small exercise. This exercise was a perfect example of a tool what customer-centric companies should implement in their structures. With design thinking, companies can identify the user, the problem and the solution. In this stage they define the desirability of their product. The next step is to check the value proposition in the business model generation stage with tools like the business model canvas. Once the model is defined the companies can check the feasibility of the idea with lean startup’s learn-build- measure cycles. Only the ideas that pass to the implementation phase may be further developed with scrum/agile methods. Continuous iteration of these cycles keeps companies customer-centric and successful in the world of fast pace change.

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In the world of fast pace change, Michael said project managers are perfect change agents who can lead change on a daily basis in their profession. After a brief Q&A, we continued our event with an apero, which enabled us to meet old friends and make new ones.

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