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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: February 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: February 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter

February 2023 - Volume 23 - Issue 02

Project Manager Networking Lunch Basel

Project Manager Networking Apéro in Zurich

Project Manager Networking Afterwork in Lausanne

Women in Project Management

How to foster and build teams to solve complex problems

‍Project Manager Networking Lunch Basel

Project Manager Networking Apéro in Zurich

Playing Strategy Planning

PM Master Class: Master Project's Communication 


Philip Springuel, PMP,  

PMI Switzerland Newsletter Copy Editor


Dear friends,

This February, we begin your PMI Switzerland Chapter’s newsletter by reminding you of the many networking opportunities available in different parts of Switzerland: Truly, I have never seen another professional organisation offer so many opportunities to connect and grow! As highlighted here, PMI Switzerland offers pure networking lunches and many workshops to build your skills. Do check out our coming event links and sign up early to ensure you benefit from irreplaceable in-person connections.

In this newsletter, we’re delighted with Martin Härri and Adi Muslic’s summary of the Chapter’s corporate networking meeting of 25 January at RUAG’s premises in Thun. The talk was about data driven projects and the feeling that AI has so far mostly failed to live up to expectations.

We also bring you reasons why you will want to sign up to upcoming events on developing modern project communication skills and how to creatively approach strategic planning inside project teams. Other upcoming events include ‘Women in Project Management’ and ‘How to foster and build teams to solve complex problems.’

Volunteering has never been more rewarding at PMI Switzerland: Read Marco Chiletti’s article about our Chapter’s Positive Impact program, where your help contributes to partnerships with non-profit organizations to impact society worldwide.

With best regards,


[Feature Article]

Effective Communication, the Key to Successful Project Management

Author: Damien Gauthier


As project managers, we all know that effective communication is crucial to the success of any project. But what exactly does that mean? And how can we improve our communication skills to ensure our projects are successful? In this article, I’ll be giving you my top 9 advices on what to work on to improve your skill in public speaking and present a training I’ll be offering to PMI members in April.

My top advices to gain an unfair advantage in communication

According to Tim Stobierski from Harvard, communication and presentation skills are the top skills to acquire in the 2020s. Effective communication rallies your team around a shared vision, empowers employees, builds trust, and seeds successful projects.


Damien Gauthier, actor, director, and TEDx speaker coach

 Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

‍[Feature Article]

Data driven projects & AI in project management

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

Director Corporate Relationships

Adi Muslic, PMP - VP Sponsors & Partners

On 25th of January, over 30 senior project professionals from 20 organizations gathered at RUAG’s premises in Thun, to talk about data driven projects and the application of AI in project management.


It was the 35th meeting of the Swiss Corporate Networking Group. This network, created back in 2010, is bringing together representatives of 25 organizations based in Switzerland which are sharing best practices and experiences about project management topics of relevance to their companies. More about the PMI SCNG can be found here.


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

‍[New Event]

Invitation to the Playing Strategy Planning workshop

‍Author: Adi Muslic, PMP
VP Sponsors & Partners

I first met Pierre in April 2022, in Lausanne, where he presented 12 steps of transition to an Agile Organization. I was impressed how he made it look easy to transform an organization. 

Our collaboration continued and Pierre presented the 59 minutes Agile (simulation game) at the PM Conference in September, in Zurich.


It was a simulation game or serious game that was developed twenty years ago to explain how Scrum works. During the 90 minutes long workshop, participants divided into several groups,  played a project and developed a product. The product was nothing less than a Travel to Mars tourist offering. I witnessed idea generation, several iterations of product development, and at the end the results were breathtaking. 


Many participants specifically mentioned this game as one of the conference highlights.

Pierre uses this game in all his projects as a kick-off to first experiment with the new way of working before engaging. You can too.


Initially I wanted Pierre to present this game in our event in March. But he convinced me that we will have much more fun with “Playing Strategy Planning”. 


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

‍‍[New Event]

Invitation to the Master Project's Communication 2 days workshop

‍Author: Adi Muslic, PMP
VP Sponsors & Partners


To understand what drives project value delivery and success, PMI analyzed data from nearly 3,500 project professionals who responded to the Annual PMI Global Survey on Project Management. PMI has published the results of the research in the Pulse of the Profession® 2023 report.


Power skills (also known as interpersonal skills or soft skills) such as communication, problem-solving and collaborative leadership, are essential for project professionals. They are the key to leading the teams, actively engaging stakeholders and delivering projects successfully.


The number 1 power skill is communication as being effective in explanation, writing, and public speaking.


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]

‍[Community PMI CH]

Members Update

Author: Alp Camci, PMP

Warm welcome to all new members that joined our Chapter!


The following members provided information about themselves: Peter Stockman, Armin Reicharz and Prince Dziwornu.

[‍PMI Switzerland Chapter]

‍PMI Switzerland Chapter - Volunteer Opportunity

Author: Marco Chiletti, PMP

As a for-purpose organization, PMI is dedicated to enabling changemakers worldwide to elevate their positive impact on society. Protecting our planet and improving the lives of people worldwide is essential for creating peace and prosperity. Hours for Impact supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to better people’s lives and the planet, now and in the future.

PMI Switzerland Chapter - with the PMI Switzerland Chapter Positive Impact program - is determined to contribute by partnering with no-profit organizations to create together a positive impact in the society worldwide.


We are looking for a volunteer project management professional to help We-Building with projects for the construction of educational infrastructures (schools, etc.) in the Global South.


Enjoy the full article: [Click here]



[Social media]

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:

The next Newsletter will be published on Monday 6th of March.

Would you want your article as a part of it?


Please share it with us until the 27th of February through our Google Form [Click here].


Damien Gauthier

Alp Camci, PMP

Marco Chiletti, PMP

Adi Muslic, PMP

Martin Härri, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP



Copy Editor:

Philip Springuel, PMP

Technical Editor:

Alice Bianchi, 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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