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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: April 2022

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: April 2022

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter
April 2022 - Volume 21 - Issue 4


‍Author: Shalini Krishnan, PMP

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!

‍Message from the Board

‍Author: Ala Lutz

VP Membership

"All you need is Dopamine"


At the PMI Switzerland Chapter we are very member oriented and we are on a mission to create more dopamine shots for our members.


So how does this work?


As humans we are a delicate chemical soup of hormones and neurotransmitters going from testosterone and oestrogen over cortisol and adrenaline to dopamine and serotonin. Every single time we have a pleasant experience, we get a little dopamine shot. We hear a good joke, dopamine. We solve the problem, dopamine. We have a good time, dopamine and so on and so forth.


There is one more thing we need to understand regarding the workings of dopamine, and that is its anticipation. You see, every time we are close to repeating an activity that has given us pleasure in the past, we will already start producing dopamine, which will in turn make us crave that activity, the full dopamine shots. The force of anticipation from dopamine is the driving force behind our willingness to go the extra mile and to achieve more goals. It makes us unstoppable because we know the reward is coming.


At PMI Switzerland we are constantly reflecting on keeping the things fun for our members instead of death by PowerPoint. We are spicing things up with more on-site and online events, workshops and networking activities. We have introduced new engagement programs for our members like Guest Pass to have the dopamine flowing and to allow the members of PMI Global to enjoy one year for free with the PMI Switzerland. Moreover we are very appreciative of every feedback we receive from our members and we are constantly building on it to keep them happy.


If you are on your way to achieve even more project management related goals and to enjoy your dopamine rush then come join us, grow with us and be part of the PMI Switzerland Family. Our goal is to leverage the expertise of our network together with simple tools to help you master the daily project and program management tasks.




Ala Lutz

VP Membership

SMP - Congress of Project Management‍

Author: Société suisse de Management de Projet

Let’s get together and join the hundreds of participants already registered! 

The congress is a privileged moment to enrich your knowledge on the transformation of the profession and meet other project management professionals. 

Exciting speakers, a wide selection of training classes, passionate exhibitors, plenty of networking opportunities and let’s be honest, really good food will fill each attendees' day !

Let’s catch up on April 21st at HEC Lausanne.


Program and registration:


Open Space #10 - Winning Project Politics

‍Author: Leandro Benda, PMP

We often think of the standard phases of project management, but one aspect comes up more and more to stir up trouble in the life of the project... This phenomenon is called... “Politics”


Are you intrigued in the political aspect of project management? 

Don't hesitate any longer, come and join us in this open space and discuss this fascinating subject!

Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

Virtual event: SWARMING, Working in a digital age

‍Author: Isatu Barrie, PMP

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...

Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

‍Members Update

Author: Alp Camci, PMP

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

The following members provided information about themselves: Silvia Romeu Casals, Julie De Castro and Gaurav Kumar Garg.

Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in February.

10th annual WFUNA Human Rights Youth Program

Author: Enrico Bornisacci, PMP

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...


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

Rather than asking yourself, “Can I do this?”, ask yourself “Do I want to do this?”

Author: Monika Keller, PMP

Years ago, I was asked to lead Project X. It would have been a big change management project, but I couldn't stand by it. It just didn't fit my understanding of sustainable and responsible business as it was clear it would not end well for the company and my colleagues. Perhaps you know what I mean. Yet I knew my sponsor had to implement it as it came straight from the top (he was showing them the effects by regularly stating facts and figures, but they had other priorities). - I looked for all kind of answers and excuses as to why I couldn't do it. At one point, my boss said, "Monika, I'm convinced you can do it. Because no matter what project I give you, it always turns out well! You have all the prerequisites to do it. The question is rather whether you want to do it..." -


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:

Creating a Culture of Authentic Engagement and Empowerment

How innovation ensures competitiveness?

Impact Warrior Excellence: How To Master Tough Times!‍‍

The next Newsletter will be published on Monday, May 2nd...

Would you want your article as a part of it?


Please share it with us until the 25th of April through our Google Form [Click here].


Shalini Krishnan, PMP

Ala Lutz

Leandro Benda, PMP

Isatu Barrie, PMP

 Alp Camci, PMP

Enrico Bornisacci, PMP

Monika Keller, PMP


Copy Editor:

Shalini Krishnan, PMP

Technical Editor:
Thierry Altenhoven, PMP

Publications 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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