Chapter Communications Blog

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Author: Serge Garazi, PMP

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are doing well. Work here, at Department Operations, continues at full speed.

3 short topics in this paper:

The first topic is GDPR, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which becomes active on 25 May. Although Switzerland does not belong to the EU, PMI Switzerland is affected and has to adapt. Next to the need to sign additional agreements with PMI in the US and with PMI Office, PMI Switzerland has taken some further measures to be compliant. Some of these measures will be visible to all, such as the removal of the Member list from the website, the posting of a Privacy Policy and Terms of use for the website, the need to ensure affirmative opt-in when subscribing, resp. the possibility to opt-out in the chapter communications, among others.

Second, you may have noticed a redesign of the Events Page of the website at . It now displays pictures rather than a mere list of events. If you haven’t done so, you may want to visit. Remember to login as a member, in order to benefit from the Member’s discount. Thanks to Phil Soupart and Carlos of the Technology Team for that. And… remember that you have the possibility to be the first to know of upcoming events: just subscribe to the Email push lists of your region at the bottom of the same Events Page!

Last, but not least, the Job Opportunity List will be rolled out soon, as an additional service to our chapter members who are looking for new opportunities. Keep posted.

Thanks to the PMO Team and to the Technology Team for their work.

Wish you a happy and successful spring!


Kind regards

Serge Garazi

VP Operations, GDPR Lead

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Authors: Krisztian Sardi, PMP, and Daniel Rodellar, PMP

Marc’s daughter asked him: “What do you do all day at work?”. “I ask questions and get answers”, he replied and she then said: “Aaah… OK, ... so you are a chatbot!”

On Thursday 12th April 2018, PwC hosted the event that made the association between artificial intelligence (AI) and project management (PM). Manuel Probst started the presentation by explaining the evolution of project management profession. 

During this event we learned what the main cause of failures of projects / programs are, and then we discussed about the definition of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

With a review of the past years of Project Management, as the starting point of the event, we learned that around 200 years ago the industrial revolution changed society for good.

Did you know that it all started in Egypt with constructing the Great Pyramids (4500 years ago), or perhaps even earlier. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the term “project management” gained some popularity and ever since then it has started to evolve into what it is today.

Experts are predicting that Artificial intelligence (AI) in industry will change everything about the way we produce, manufacture and deliver. Machines could one day be taught to learn how to adapt by themselves, rather than having to be spoon-fed every instruction for every eventuality.

Beyond data integration and process automation, self-driven project management no longer looks like mere science fiction.

Marc Lahmann continued, giving us his view on the anticipated evolution of AI in project management as follows:

  • (1) Integration & Automation;  
  • (2) Chatbot Assistants;
  • (3) Machine-learning based project management;
  • (4) Autonomous project management.

He presented potential use-cases for all 4 steps. Finally, he answered the question of what does AI in Project Management mean to us, project managers in the near, mid- and long term future.

Artificial intelligence and  machine learning could be used for everything in Project Management. However quoting Stephen Wolfram: "we can automate everything that can be described." But, can we clearly describe everything?Ccan we clearly describe in an exact manner what a machine could execute and will the results be always as expected?

Why AI for project management? Well, since we still have projects failing - either on Scope, on Time or on Benefits -, we have repetitive tasks in PM and that we humans unfortunately do not have unlimited capacity (for data) and can only work 24h for 1 or 2 days max!

Some of us personally like to receive factual data based advises - no matter if it comes from a machine - that would help me, my colleagues, the project, the organization deliver better, more predictable results. What do you think?

As a child one of my favorite movies was “Back to the Future”. In 1985, at the age of pure cable telephones, no internet and no “Watson” I watched fascinated the McFlys having video phone calls in their daily life. Today I watch my robot mower doing its job better and better day by day without my inputs.

Hmm. You still ask. And so what?
Well, we definitely can not tell how it is going to be in 30 years.

What we can agree on though: it will be much much different than today, and beyond our current imagination!


Event: Artificial Intelligence & Project Management: Beyond human imagination!

PMI-CH Event team Romandie Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CEST) Geneva, Switzerland

By Marc Lahmann (Assurance Director) and Manuel Probst (Assurance Senior Manager).


AI will transform project management. Are you ready?



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Author: Agata Czopek, PMP

Dear Friends,

The last two months has been extremely busy for me. Thanks to you:) 

I was overwhelmed by the number of people that contacted me after our Annual Membership Meeting with a question – “Can I join PMI Educational Foundation Department”?

Happily I can announce now that we have built a new great team! But what do you do? – you might still ask… We are taking small steps to reach our desired state where project management skills are known in Swiss schools. Where kids are doing small projects in classrooms, when teachers teach team building, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving through project based learning. Where we are magnifying the power of Non-profits and Non-Governmental Organizations in delivering their missions through the application of project management.

Want to join us?

Please contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will never be able to reach our goal alone:)

Agata Czopek

VP PMI Educational Foundation

PS Want more? Read our small section below to find out more about our team!

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Author: Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter subscribers,

Recently I have been in two situations where the simplest solution fixed my problems.

One was related to the layout of rooms in my house, and the other within a project team.

In both cases I had done several changes, thinking that they would solve my problem, these had not been easy to implement, and brought along complications, mainly regarding the duration to implement these and the side effects once implemented.

I had really thought about these changes, thinking that they would definitely solve the problem, but no, the problem did not go away.

Finally, I realized that I had gone maybe too far, making things even more complex, and with a simple and quick fix, I found out that sometimes things can be fixed easily.

I learnt that having a clear idea of what the problem is can then result in an easy fix and that we should strip out those things that surround a problem but are not actually the problem.

Spring arrived and brought longer and warmer days. 

Enjoy the newsletter and take care.



Julia Posselt MarkVeraguthv2

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Embrace diversity! Our lives and organizations are becoming more complex, more global, more diverse. Let's welcome all voices to invite the potential that lives in the wide range of people, cultures and ideas. Project management is evolving, inviting the emerging future to meet us where we are. 

Being masters of change, in our projects we bring together new methods with good practices - seeing diversity as the difference that makes the difference. 

PM Master Class: Live with Stress, Not Led by Stress

Empower yourself! In this full-day classroom training, you will experience and learn how to navigate stormy waters in a calm mindset. Diving with Guus Oosterop into self-management strategies at Zurich Airport on Saturday, March 24th, from 9 am to 5 pm.  

More information can be found here.

Please register and enjoy!

Our Board Members 2018.

Welcome continuity. Paul Selwold (new President); Irina Petkova (VP Events); Manju Bohra (VP Sponsoring); Loïc Hascher (VP Members) and Serge Garazi (VP Operations) will continue their mission with great dedication. Thank you all!

Embrace change. Starting Feb 1, Agata Czopek (VP PMIEF); Elena Milusheva (VP Volunteers); Julia Posselt (VP Special Projects); Karolina Letowska (VP Finance) and David Fowler (VP Communications & Marketing) are bringing their energetic drive and beautiful minds to the board. A warm welcome! 

For Special Projects, Mark Veraguth will hand the baton over to Julia Posselt. Being part of the PMI Zurich Events Team, Julia now looks forward to inspiring and creating together with the Board members.

Your participation drives what we do. 


Julia Posselt and Mark Veraguth

VP Special Projects