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Retrospective to Event - Winning Event Politics

Author: Leandro Benda, PMP

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 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:

Partner Event - HERMES de Suisse, 23 June

Author: Stefan Vesenmeier, PMP, DASSM, Chapter President PMI Switzerland

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The project environment in the public sector is changing. Which other methods besides HERMES are gaining in importance? And how do HERMES and other methods deal with risk management? We dare to look behind the scenes.

HERMES de Suisse is the annual symposium of Swiss HERMES users.

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  • Pascal Bettendorf of our collective member AWK Group reports on the implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in the public sector environment.
  • In a panel discussion, our speakers will share their views on project management methods and risk management, and you will have the opportunity to join in the discussion.
  • We will be announcing more exciting speakers on our website soon:

At the following aperitif, there will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and network with project managers from a wide range of industries. If you do not have the opportunity to attend the event in Bern, you can also follow the exciting presentations online. We will send the participation link to the registered persons shortly before the event starts.

As eco-HERMES and PMI Switzerland have been partners for a long time, all PMI Switzerland members get a 20% discount on the ticket price.

Admission from 12:30h: 13-17h, followed by an apero

To register:

We Stand for Ukraine (a message to our members)

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Author: Ala Lutz

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Dear PMI Switzerland Members

Following our mail aid campaign to help Ukraine, many volunteers reached out to propose their support. We are so grateful and honored for every single member that has written back to us and has offered their time and help. In the last couple of weeks we have received invaluable help in the form of donations of clothes, shoes, medical and hygiene supplies that we are planning to bring to the Ukrainian refugees at the borders.

Your support is invaluable to us. Our mission is to bring every gift that has been offered  to us to the refugees fleeing Ukraine directly at the borders. Every single donation will have a positive impact and we are so honored and thankful for your great generosity. More updates with footage will follow.

However we are not stopping here. We at PMI SWITZERLAND are continuing our support to Ukrainians in many ways as possible till it becomes the new normal.

If you would like to continue supporting us and to be part of this social cause, please feel free to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A small donation can make a big difference.

With deepest gratitude and warmest wishes,

Ala Lutz

Youth and Social Impact

Author: Benoîte Grisouard, PMP

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Change begins with a step.

As environmental challenges rise, global energy markets grow and change rapidly and there is a strong need for sustainability strategies supported by the new generation, rapidly evolving in new trends, technologies, regulations, and finances. Our long-term prosperity and success hinge on integrating sustainability into our strategic planning and decision-making, and determining the synergies between performance and impact on society, the economy and our environment.


Cooperation is necessary to enact change.

The last few years we have developed a battery of collaborations to increase project management skills diffusion; to encourage and support youth and social impact. We empower youth with the understanding, knowledge and tools to build and implement an effective sustainability strategy incorporating project management skills to their daily lives. We magnify the power of nonprofits and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in delivering their missions through the knowledge and application of project management, by facilitating no-cost workshops. 


Develop a personal plan for what you can do.

Project management is a key catalyst to solve issues, integrating sustainability into decisions and value creation.  Project coordinators, managers and leaders use their skills and their ability to affect change to tackle these issues across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. It means creating purpose-driven projects that generate value shared by all stakeholders. And it revolves around the fundamental importance of people: improve the lives of the people within their reach.



Get involved.

Learn how you can join us in our mission to inspire youth and use project management for social good

Can AGILE enable a full scope transformation approach and realise expected benefits more successfully?

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Author: Marc Lahmann

Partner and Leader Transformation Assurance, PwC

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Nowadays everyone is talking about agile and its great potential for quickly delivering value to organisations and customers. Anyone following this discussion might get the impression that agile is a silver bullet. While some organisations have demonstrated success in agile project or programme delivery, others have been seriously struggling to quickly deliver the expected benefits – or to deliver anything at all. Why is that?

Have these organisations suffered a lack of agile education and experience or made inappropriate use of agile methods and tools; did they encounter resistance to cultural change, or was there just a lack of discipline? Was it maybe a combination of all these factors? In our presentation we will answer these questions and more:

  1. Why agile projects, and especially large-scale agile programmes, often struggle, and
  2. How the challenges and risks of agile delivery can be overcome to ensure smooth and continuous delivery of value and realize the expected benefits.

Structure of the presentation

  • Agile delivery – the pervasive solution for maximising transformation benefits? 
  • Scaling agile in order to comprehensively realize business objectives 
  • Embedding agile in a full scope transformation approach
  • When to act – common risk areas and early warning indicators 
  • Our point of view

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