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Retrospective to event - Data Driven Decision-making: Potential and Risks for Project Managers

Author: Lourenço Nunes, PMP

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In my experience, one of the most critical responsibilities of project managers is to facilitate decision-making. To avoid bias, good decision-making should remain as fact-based as possible, aiming to bring the right data, at the right moment and to the right people.

Needless to say that the increasing volume of data across the years has made the work of PMs more challenging. The development of data science, on the other hand, is bringing the project management community new means, as we saw in Rodolfe Dewarrat’s presentation, to apprehend this challenge.

Rodolphe Dewarrat is a mathematician, an expert in data science and owner of his own company During the online event organized by PMI Switzerland on 12th April 2022, he introduced the audience to the potential and limitations of data science applied to project management.

In fact, data science becomes critical in projects where the analysis of large and complex sets of data is a key success factor (think about airplane design, healthcare, online business, etc...).

As true as we want to focus decision-making on facts and data, the idea that impacted me the most during Rodolphe’s presentation, is that all our “rituals” around data analysis (tools, protocols, reports, presentations) could actually bring a fake sense of objectivity, leading deciders in the wrong direction.

Quality of data, data literacy within the organization or data contextualization are among the root causes to this loss of objectivity. In the corporate world in particular, processes, tools, as well as roles & responsibilities in collecting data influences its quality, and as a consequence, the quality of decisions.

A key take-away for project managers could be that when data science becomes critical in a project, the project manager’s awareness on data science turns equally important, to allow her or him to put the right effort and resources in managing data for the project, and hopefully avoid a loss of objectivity.

Rodolfe shared loads of situations he experienced in the field as a consultant, giving the attendees great insight into the daily life and struggles of data scientists in all kinds of organizations. And most importantly, it showed all the future or current PMP holders in the audience, including myself, the importance for PMs to get educated in the field of data science, to become data driven project managers and increase their chances of success.

Lourenço Nunes

Retrospective to event - Leading a Dynamic People-centered Transformation

Author: Leandro Benda, PMP

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“Transformation” refers to an organization achieving a sustainable quantum-leap improvement in performance while transforming the mindsets of employees and thus the culture of the organization”  - Tahirou Assane, MASc, P. Eng., PMP

On Thursday, March 31, 2022 took place our virtual event “Leading a dynamic people-centered transformation” on the "Zoom" platform presented, with great talent, by our VP Sponsors & Partners, Adi Muslic and by our guest Tahirou Assane, MASc, P.Eng., PMP. The event gathered 35 project managers from different sectors such as banking, food processing, IT consulting and more.

Tahirou is the Director Brightline Initiative at PMI and has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles, civil engineering, strategy, transformation, and project management. 

As Director of Brightline at PMI, Tahirou oversees the activities under the three benefit pillars of thought and practice leadership, networking, and capability building.  Tahirou led the development of the Organizational Transformation Series and championed Brightline’s Strategy@Work event.

For having an idea as to how strategic the topic of transformation is, a Wall Street Journal survey found that transformation risk was the #1 concern in 2019 and that 70% of the transformations fail representing a waste of approximately $900 billion on digital transformation efforts. In the meantime, Covid has accelerated transformation generally in organizations.

One of the biggest challenges is to manage the resistance of people to change. Having a flat, adaptable, and cross-functional organizational structure that enables change, communication for having people on-board, empowerment and people engagement are some answers to it.

Positive and relevant roles are also important such as the transformation leader, other tough leaders from across the organization, next generation of leaders, etc., to drive transformation.

Having a clear vision shared with the organization and understanding deeply the customers are key for increasing the chances of success.

Last but not least, here is the tool kit for transformations:

  1. Foundation for understanding how organization’s transform properly
  2. Implementation for doing and getting the return
  3. Orchestration for leading transformation

You will find more information under this link

After the presentation, according to our poll, people felt mainly excited, convinced and challenged about transformation, so the participants gained some confidence with this presentation. Congratulations to Stefanie Walt for winning our quiz game.

In conclusion, we can say that transformation is exciting but it’s hard work and some key ingredients to succeed are empathy, passion, courage, and leadership.

Thank you for participating and don’t hesitate to take a look at our events via the link below: 

Kind regards,

Leandro Benda

10th annual WFUNA Human Rights Youth Program

Author: Enrico Bornisacci, PMP

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After a one year break due to pandemic issues, the PMI Switzerland Chapter for Social Good team supported for the second time the World Federation of Associations and took part in WFUNA’s 10th Human Rights Youth Program.

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents.

WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations, through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation.

During 4 online sessions held between September and October 2021, our instructors (Benoîte Grisouard, Enrico Bornisacci, Johann Boucavel and Ka Yi Hui) coached students from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, introducing project management fundamentals aimed to implement a small-scale project in their country or communities.

Each participant submitted a project proposal, and the Social Good team assisted them in transforming their ideas in real life projects and in preparing the documentations required by WFUNA. Themes discussed ranged from human rights, education, hate speech, LGBTQ+ communities and refugees.


Together with theoretical explanations on Project Management methodology, PMIEF offered practical exercises especially tailored to the specific needs of the class.

The Social Good team offered support in analyzing and translating each single project into official proposal, which includes project goals, analysis, methodology and activities, to be implemented under the supervision of WFUNA.

The ideas proposed by students were great and their enthusiasm and vision for a better future for humankind inspiring. In such situations, volunteering can give back much more than expected.


Editorial PMI Switzerland Newsletter April 2022

Author: Shalini Krishnan, PMP

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Dear Members and Subscribers,

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

Spring has sprung, and if March was any indication of the weather to come, we are in for a treat this spring. 

We are also in for a treat with the upcoming PMI Switzerland event lineup: there is an open space event on the political aspect of project management, a networking congress at HEC Lausanne, and a virtual event about Swarming in the digital age (an agile technique to eliminate delays and low-quality work).

Read on for more details, as well as to find out about other topics that have recently taken place within our network. 

Happy reading and Happy Easter! 

Virtual Event “Swarming, working in a digital age”

Author: Isatu Barrie

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Project Management has continued to evolve at speed, so are the roles and responsibilities of project managers and the team working on projects. 

In today's fast-paced business, technology and digital and innovation era, projects and products are to be completed rapidly, to a high standard to delight the customer.  

Swarming is a technique used in agile to eliminate delays and low-quality work, to get priority tasks from work in progress (WIP) to reach the definition of Done. The idea is for the teams to collectively work on the highest priority and high-value items in sequence, to complete tasks quickly and efficiently to achieve common goals. 

Our guest speaker Pierre E. NEIS is an agile coach, thought leader and subject expert in the industry. The theme in this event will explain how Swarming in the digital age can be beneficial when working on projects to maximise performance, increase productivity and efficiency to get projects completed in a high-quality standard.  

Join us for this Virtual webinar to learn about this intriguing topic, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable information which you can apply when working in a team on future projects. 

Participate in a thought-provoking Q&A session where you can ask questions and get them answered by our speaker. 

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 19th of May at 18:30. It is going to be stimulating!