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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: September 2021

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: September 2021


 PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter
September 2021 - Volume 20 - Issue 9

‍September 2021 Newsletter Content

In this newsletter edition you can read about:
  • Editorial
  • Message from the board
  • Innovation & Expertise for Changing Times - Key Topics of the 10th PMI Switzerland Conference
  • PM Master Class: Become your own chairperson and set boundaries (How to influence your own situation in a positive way)
  • Members Update
  • Retrospective to "HERMES - Your ticket to winning a public tender"
  • Retrospective to "Why Stakeholders Regularly Ignore Your Project Reports and How to Fix That"
  • Social Good Project: “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” - How you can contribute, an interview with Anne-Sophie Scharff, the CHO of Girls in Tech Switzerland
  • What's new on your Youtube Channel?



Author: Philip Springuel, PMP

Welcome back in September! Let’s meet at PMI Switzerland events.

Dear PMI Switzerland members and supporters,

We're very grateful that you faithfully follow PMI Switzerland! This month’s newsletter welcomes you back to work in September with can’t-miss articles to get you re-charged; and invites you to attend key events that promise to empower you to live your life and work to their fullest potential.


Take a few minutes to read inspiring articles on a variety of topics: Edul Nakra provides us with a retrospective on "Why Stakeholders Regularly Ignore Your Project Reports and How to Fix That", and Ka Yi Hui shares an exceptional interview with Anne-Sophie Scharff, Chief Happiness Officer of Girls in Tech Switzerland.

This month your newsletter also reminds you of important upcoming events:


Please rapidly investigate your availability to attend the 10th PMI Switzerland Conference, on 29 September. This in-person event in Zurich features the theme “Innovation in Project Management" and will include a special focus on tools, practices and methods for changing times. A fresh perspective, first-hand insights and countless connections are just some of the things you will walk away with. Register NOW.

If the value of networking needed reminding, the newsletter highlights five new members of the PMI Switzerland Chapter.

We offer an enlightening summary of the Hermes Master Class event held recently and highlight the upcoming Master Class on 25 September that teaches you to be your own Chairperson! Sign up today to attend.

Also look forward to both our 8 October PMI Coffee break and 16 October PMI Volunteer Day, when you can learn all there is about the joys and benefits of lending your valuable skills to your Swiss PMI Chapter.

Do take a few minutes to read your September newsletter, comment on our social media and offer us any feedback you may have.

Happy reading and remember to register for events today!

‍Message from the board

‍Author: Larisa Aragon, PMP, PMI-ACP

PMI Switzerland Chapter VP Members and Volunteers

Dear Members and Volunteers,

As some of you might already know PMI global is the world’s leading project management organization with over 600,000 Global Members and over 300 Local Chapters Internationally.  Our chapter has been founded 20 years ago and we are the largest project management community in Switzerland!

Connect with over 1.300 local project management peers and experts through live events, learning seminars and online community in Switzerland. Build a network of peers that you can rely on for guidance, support and idea sharing. Converse with peers locally, in other cities, in and outside your industry that share the same core passion for project management. If you are interested to get more involved,  please check our website to join as a volunteer. 

Looking forward to meeting you at one of our next events, please check our website for newest events at

Best wishes,

Larisa Aragon

Innovation & Expertise for Changing Times - Key Topics of the 10th PMI Switzerland Conference

Authors: Agnieszka Skalska, PMP, SAFe, RTE, PMI Switzerland Chapter VP Brand Management & Development

Martin Härri, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP, PMI-DASSM, PMI Switzerland Chapter Past President



Martin Härri and Agnieszka Skalska, Project Managers of the 10th PMI Switzerland Conference, exchange their views on how it is to organize an event on a large scale, finding interesting topics and current industry challenges.   




Agnieszka: Martin, could you please tell me what is the leading topic of the PMI Switzerland Conference in 2021 and why we decided to repeat it?

Martin: In 2019, the Chapter contacted me to ask if I knew a company that could host a conference. Just 2 days prior, I had seen a presentation by Nestlé on their very innovative way on how to plan their project portfolio. In that presentation, the entire audience was fascinated, and everybody said things such as “that’s so inspiring” and “I would like to do this as well in my organization”. This resonated with me and so I thought, “let’s create an entire conference with that purpose: inspire the audience with ideas that they can apply in their projects and organizations.” Hence the sub-motto of the last conference “Apply Inspiration!”...

Enjoy the full discussion: [Click here]

PM Master Class: Become your own chairperson and set boundaries (How to influence your own situation in a positive way) 

‍Author: Daniel von Niederhaeusern, PMP

After 2 years, we are very happy to offer you again an In-person live Classroom Training.

In this 1-day classroom training, you will learn: 

  • How to deal with stress to prevent a burnout
  • How to improve your self-management skills to achieve a better work-life balance
  • Methods to better reflect yourself, communicate your needs, and set boundaries
  • From peers by discussing real PM challenges in small groups


And by the way; earn 7 PDUs for this full day training.


Come to our PM Master Class 1-day training session on 25 September 2021 and get the right answers. Seats are still available.


To subscribe to the event: [Click on the banner below]

‍Members Update

Author: Alp Camci, PMP

A warm welcome to all new members that joined our Chapter.


Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in July and August for PMP, CAPM, and PMI-PBA, PMP-ACP, PgMP, PMI-RMP, DASM, DASSM.

The following members provided information about themselves: Línic Almeida, James Heidrich, Eric Jelenje, Giorgio Ricci & William Stamato. 

"Getting this ticket is not so hard, according to Serge Schiltz, our speaker and the President of eco-HERMES - community of HERMES practitioners"

‍Author: Nikola Goran Čutura PMP, DASSM

Serge Schiltz is also the former Board Member of the PMI Switzerland Chapter and the holder of the PMP certificate. With his certification in Agile methodologies (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Scrum Master) and his experience and deep knowledge in business process management, he is the founder and the CEO of “processCentric GmbH” (, company that offers training and consultancy in this domain.

After a brief introduction and explanation of the origin and the name of the method (Handbuch für Elektronischen Rechenzentren des Bundes, eine Methode zur Entwicklung von Systemen), Serge went into some details about its elements.

Those of us who had the opportunity to work in administration bodies, have seen some familiar diagrams and flowcharts. Indeed, HERMES is the project management framework for all Swiss administrative bodies - from Confederation, through Cantons, down to Municipalities. This is why mastering HERMES opens the door to all public tenders as they are all managed according to this method.


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

Retrospective to "Why Stakeholders Regularly Ignore Your Project Reports and How to Fix That"

Author: Edul Nakra, PMP

Speaker: Peter Taylor
Co-speaker: Tim Stumbles, co-founder of Office Timeline


In this very interactive online event, Peter Taylor, the author of the bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ led participants through the practical aspects of Project Reporting and getting the most benefit out of Reports.


As many of us can relate to, there are so many different reports: Status Reports, Risk Reports, Board/Executive Reports, Resource Reports, Variance Reports...and the list goes on. It is sometimes hard to cut through the “noise” in the midst of this.


At the heart of what we do as Project Managers is communicate, and Peter emphasized that the key to this is getting the right information, to the right person, in the right way, at the right time! These are the building blocks. Reporting in itself is NOT Communicating – in order to communicate well, we need to get these key elements right!


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

Social Good Project: “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” - How you can contribute, an interview with Anne-Sophie Scharff, the Chief Happiness Officer of Girls in Tech Switzerland

Author: Ka Yi Hui, PMP

The Global PMI recently launched a new social good initiative, “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion”. The mission of this initiative is to foster a global work culture that celebrates individuals with diverse backgrounds, such as race, gender, and age. In alignment with this initiative, the PMI Switzerland Social good team collaborates with local non-profit organizations and communities that share the same mission. We would like to 1) showcase their work with our PMI community to raise awareness and 2) promote project management education to that organization and their community.


We are happy to announce our first collaboration of this kind with Girls in Tech Switzerland. In September, we will hold a series of workshops to help students and young professionals take their project management skills to the next level.


In this article, we are excited to interview Anne-Sophie Scharff, the Chief Happiness Officer of GirlsInTech Switzerland. She will share her journey working with GirlsInTech. We hope it will inspire you to dig deeper into this topic and take action in supporting gender equity.


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

What's‍ new on your Youtube channel?

The PMI Switzerland Chapter has developped its own Youtube channel. Every month you can watch interesting topics about project management and all around.


Discover the last 3 videos posted on the channel:

Networking tips with Jonas Thürig

Why stakeholders regularly ignore your project reports and how to fix that

HERMES - Your ticket to winning a public tender


Larisa Aragon, PMP, PMI-ACP

Agnieszka Skalska, PMP, SAFe, RTE‍

Martin Härri, PMP, PMI-SP, -ACP, -DASSM

Daniel von Niederhaeusern, PMP

Alp Camci, PMP

Nikola Goran Čutura PMP, DASSM

Edul Nakra, PMP

Ka Yi Hui, PMP


Copy Editor:

Philip Springuel, PMP

Technical Editor:
Thierry Altenhoven, PMP

Publication Director:
Daniel Rodellar, PMP

The PMI Switzerland Chapter is a non-profit professional business organization, and is a chartered chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Newtown Square, PA, USA.

Views and opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and, unless otherwise stated, do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the chapter or PMI or imply partnership.


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