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New Year’s Resolution - Future Proof your Career; first Job-aid event

New Year’s Resolution - Future Proof your Career; first Job-aid event

PMI Switzerland’s mission has always been and will continue to be to support the Swiss Project Professionals community with relevant expert knowhow to help them stay relevant in their careers.

But in our fast pacing, uncertain and rapidly changing time some of us are suddenly faced with another challenge – to find a new job. Here we want to jump in and offer some support. Over the coming months we will be offering some events that focus specifically on the topics of "job search” and “career advancement". So be curious about our “job-aid“ series …

And we’re start the new year right away with a first “job-aid” event: New Year’s Resolution - Future Proof your Career - 14th January with Dr. Agata Czopek

“The times are not easy, the world is changing fast, new technologies impacting ways of working, companies reinventing their businesses. How to stay relevant to the job market, how to prepare yourself for the challenge of finding new opportunities? What are the top skills of the future?”

Interested? Go here to find more information and to register:

Traditional Gantt chart or Agile sprints to plan your project - Why not both?

Some people say that projects are either executed in a traditional (plan-driven with a Gantt chart) or Agile (prioritized backlog-driven with a scrum board) way. However, Martin Härri will present how he successfully combined the two approaches for a 20+ million project at SIX. It is 6 years ago where Martin Härri held his legendary (as he claims :-) ) presentation entitled “Who is afraid of Microsoft Project”, where he shared 10 best practices how to use this tool to successfully manage projects. And now he dares to present again, this time with a different tool (Jira), and with a very interesting approach. Do you think it is possible to mix agile and waterfall project planning and tracking practices to keep a large project under control? Martin claims to be doing this successfully for a 20+ project at SIX, the Swiss financial services company, and he will share how he does it. Combining Gantt chart and demos/retros? Absolutely! Combining due dates and sprints? Very well possible!

If you are curious, don’t miss the event on 21 January 2021 on “Experiences from applying a hybrid approach when planning a 20+ million project”


Who is afraid of MS Project

Editorial Newsletter January 2021


Dear members and newsletter subscribers!

A difficult year gone by! With 2021 ringing in, new hopes and desires of well-being throughout the world arises. As Switzerland is going through stricter measures and regulations during this pandemic, we continue to learn and grow together in PMI Switzerland community. There is no stopping for all of us to work and learn harder than ever, keeping our spirits alive.

PMI Switzerland community is striving continuously the best learning outcomes through latest innovations in various subject areas. Last year, we had an exceptional response for our online events, our online events and meets are continuing to be successful with newer additions. With a series of events that would support all our members in their careers is the latest edition to our regular online events.

It’s great to see that we were able to put PMI’s structures and processes today in these challenging times into practice. With successful PMI online coffee meets, online events, online workshops, and now the latest addition of career event series. I am sure this is just the beginning, there is more to rejoice and learn together in 2021.  

I would like to thank PMI Switzerland community for creating innovative online events and takeaways every month,aspiring  all of us to stay committed and focused in our expertise.

I wish every member of PMI community, a very Happy, Healthy and Safe Year. Let’s all think positive and keep learning ensuring  a great 2021 ahead.


Geetanjali Bhat

My positive end-of-the-PMI-year review

The past year was certainly not the easiest for all of us, and it was probably not the most beautiful either. But nevertheless we made the best of it. 


Today I would like to share with you my very personal PMI-Year in review and above all show the positive that we achieved 2020 at PMI Switzerland despite or thanks to COVID-19.


Just as a great effort is required to move a rock, it sometimes needs external pressure in our lives (private as well as professional) to move us further.


My PMI year started in January with the notification that I was elected by the members to the board. After 10 years as a volunteer, a great wish has come true for me and I have taken on this opportunity with energy and a large list of visions. In addition to enhancing our successful live events, my agenda also included some innovations that I wanted to introduce together with the volunteer team.

But everything turned out differently!


Although we initially assumed a temporary and regionally limited impairment of our usual live events, we decided early on to offer online events as soon as possible. But what was initially intended to be more a supplement to our usual evening events, quickly became the only way to keep in touch with our community and to continue with sharing relevant knowledge for Project Management Professionals.


But after it started to become apparent at the beginning of March that there is a high chance of regional restrictions or even bans on live events due to Corona, I launched a call in mid-March to team interested members to help me realize my vision “PMI Switzerland goes Virtual”.


Two weeks later, I met 15 volunteers virtually to kick off the “online events” initiative. The great interest and the numerous positive responses to my appeal surprised and pleased me very much. But what followed was absolutely fantastic!

Based on the given vision and a few specifications, three teams were formed in the kickoff, each of which wanted to organize their own online event. From the beginning, each team had the freedom to work independently and open-endedly, which led to three resulting events each having a different topic and varied format.

It was really great to see how the first event was prepared, advertised and carried out within just four weeks. And I was overwhelmed by the incredible number of 250 registrations within 2 weeks.

Since this starting signal at the end of April, PMI Switzerland has now been offering an online event approximately every 2 to 3 weeks.


Also since the beginning of April, we have been offering our monthly “PMI Coffee Talks”. It is an open and freely accessible “online” coffee corner where we can meet to exchange information and ideas about current or desired topics in an informal and relaxed atmosphere (it usually takes place on the first Friday morning of the month).


The fact that, despite the general increasing Zoom-Fatigue, there is still great interest in our virtual events and that we are receiving many positive feedback, shows me that our offered events meet the needs of our community. And it also confirms to me that the way the event teams are planning and carrying out the online events is right and good.


And for that, the only ones to thank are the event volunteers!  They are not only willing to take on responsibility and ownership, but also contribute to the success of the events with their high time commitment.


And it makes me very happy to see that a large part of the volunteers involved in the three initial projects stayed at PMI Switzerland as volunteers, and actually most of them are still organizing virtual events.


There is nothing good, unless you do it.


From today's perspective, it is clear to me that PMI Switzerland will keep the virtual events as an integral part of the event calendar. And that even then, when we can finally hold in-person events again and consider the chapter Corona as closed.


At last, I would like to give a brief outlook on the coming events year.

During the planning and implementation of the events last year, many new ideas emerged, which we unfortunately were not able to implement all in 2020. The good thing is that we now have a large backlog with lots of great ideas. In the TODO column, we can find for example formats such as: virtual panels, virtual workshops, regular virtual open space sessions, community of practice, introduction of PM tools, and more. As main topics we see among others: Disciplined Agile, Career and Job Seeker Support, Leadership Skills, Power Skills, etc.


And one thing is also firmly on the agenda - my promise - as soon as the situation allows again, we will organize in-person events to meet friends and do live networking with you again. We have already scheduled the PMI Conference, which was cancelled last year, as a live event in 2021.


So much for my review of 2020 that I will not be remembered as the “corona year”, but as the year of birth of our virtual events.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making 2020 such a good PMI Switzerland year!

Don't look back, because that is where the past lies. Look ahead, because that is where the future lies!


Stefan Vesenmeier

VP Professional Development & Events

AI meets PM

When I hear about Artificial Intelligence, the picture that comes into my mind is “Terminator” and machines that learn by themselves and that this technology is far , far away from what I can do in everyday life.


Anna Hakobyan and Manu Reynaert have shown us that Artificial Intelligence is closer to us than we think and that it is not “a kind of magic” (like Queen said in one of its songs). First of all , it is better to set up the basis and sharing a definition of Artificial Intelligence.

 Anna and Manu showed us that we do not need to think about Super AI to obtain benefits. Narrow AI using machine learning can provide us what we need and give us time for strategic thinking and/or human interaction (do not forget human interaction in these days of pandemia and confinement!).

 One of the examples that was used to illustrate this idea was the resource allocation in the port of Montevideo.  There are 4 clear processes with lots of data collected. Using machine learning with this amount of data can provide us with the best allocation of resources.

 Have you ever seen a chat window in some websites where you can ask some questions and they provide you some answers? This is also artificial intelligence using chatbots. The technology is here , it is only a matter of defining your strategy (what do you want AI for?) and applying the different technology tools to support your strategy.

When it comes to project managers we always hear that the majority of the time is spent in communicating and so called admin tasks. 

 Can you imagine that you introduce actual data into an algorithm to provide you the best resource allocation and estimated to complete based on data from other projects as reference?

 And what about having a free hands speaker that could record the meeting and write meeting minutes using NLP (Natural Language Processing)?

 This is how project could look like:


 Like all new proposals we can reach the ethical frontier when we start thinking about using sentiment analysis to identify personalities and recommend actions based on each individual personality. What if the sentiment analysis was wrong? Who will be responsible for this?

 If you want to start tomorrow here is a little roadmap


 Last but not least, let me thank Manu and Anna for sharing these concepts with us on such a special day like Thanksgiving. I hope that the turkey was not too roasted because we were keeping them busy .


You can also find the recording in the following link AI meets Project Management – How will the AI empowered PM world look like in2021 - YouTube