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Angel Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers
The first quarter of the year is already gone, time flies. It seems that Spring is also here to stay.
Communication is a skill that if mastered, it can help us a lot to progress our projects, it can save time, misundertandings, it can connect a team. In my years working in Project Management, I can state that nothing in a project is more important than effective communication.
PMI identifies four ways to communicate, formal or informal, verbal or written. Each of them needs to be used at the correct time, and we all know that this can be complicated to determine.
Think about how verbal and nonverbal communication will influence your communication planning. Use e-mail for routine simple communications, and insist on face-to-face meetings for problem solving and conversations about complex or complicated topics.
Most of the time of the Project Manager is spent communicating, therefore it is a key skill for the PM.
Moving forward, in our day-to-day, I have not to say that the world moves because of communication, it is a must, a given.
So the trees and the bees have effectively communicated to us that Spring is here, this communicaiton has been very effective as it was easy for Mother Nature to make us understand us so.
Let's be effective and communicate a little bit more.
I truly hope you enjoy reading through the Newsletter, and in case there might be questions, please do not hesitate to raise these.
Author: David Fowler, PMP
49 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1,494 as at the end of February.
A warm welcome to all !
Congratulations also to the members who obtained their certifications in February: 8 PMP and 2 CAPM.
The following members provided information about themselves: Andreas Rabenstein, Maxime Macron and Markus Grüter.
Message from the Board
Author: Yann Steimer, PMP, VP Volunteers
We don’t need an accurate document, we need a shared understanding – this quote from Jeff Patton at one of his Agile 2012 session could be a good summary of one of the very positive aspect of introducing Agile in your organization.
Last Tuesday, I had the chance to attend a Swiss Corporate Network Group whole day session on "Scaled Agile". It's one of the privilege we have at the board of PMI is that we always have 2 seats available at those sessions. In two words, the SCNG is an association with representatives from all the 1'000+ FTEs companies in Switzerland that have an interest in project management; you will find there the big banks, pharmaceutical companies, large IT providers, … They meet 3 or 4 times a year and pick interesting subjects and share best practices during full day sessions.
It's really funny how agile is trendy since a few years and as we learned at this session, it is still a "word" for most people. I even have a few examples in my practice where customers demand that the project managers we provide are agile certified and have concrete experiences. And when we arrive there, we discover that they do "iterative waterfall" that they call "agile".
And this was not the case of the companies that presented at the event; not only had those companies years of experience with agile teams and also experienced "scaled agile" that is a way to apply agile methodology at the program and portfolio level. So coming back to the title of this article, there are 3 main benefits:
1.- That documentation is no longer so critical with agile as the whole team is on-boarded and with the daily meetings, the understanding of the whole group increases. In the traditional approach, there are one or two guys writing the specifications that have the global overview of the project. They gave the example of a complex regulatory project where at the end of the project, the whole offshore Indian team could explain to top executives the content of the project in details.
2.- That today not implementing agile will drive your best resources away as this is the latest trend on the market and your most talented people want to be at the edge
3.- That is allows to drastically reduce the time to market. Also here, they showed an example of a project that would never have been delivered on time with the traditional waterfall approach.
And just as a final confirmation that this topic is key, I had this morning a company information session where they stressed how the market digitalization is so linked with this methodology. And where else than this chapter can you learn about this ? so join our events and become a volunteer as I let you guess what the topic of this year's volunteer day will be.
Managing Your Project in India
Authors: Paul Selwold, PMP, VP Communication & Marketing
The 2017 Spring PM Master Class, organized by the chapter and held on a Saturday, 11 March, was an all-day event which passed so quickly, one could be both happy and sad. Happy, because the day was informative and enjoyable. Sad, because the weekends are simply too short and Monday was even closer than before.
The event was nearly at its limit, with ten participants representing the industries of IT, Life Sciences, Transportation, and Telecommunications...
So, see you next time!
New Volunteer Seeks Trolls to Take Social Media to the Next Level!
Author: April First, PMP
Ines Kaps (pictured below) recently joined the Social Media team after seeing the great objectives for the chapter announced at the AMM in Zürich in January. She was so motivated to sign up that she approached Paul Selwold during the networking session to express her interest to become a new volunteer.
One thing led to another and before long, Ines was part of the Social Media & Marketing team, participating at their annual Kick-Off face-to-face in Bern. The purpose of the kick-off is to meet with the other volunteers and brainstorm about what great ideas to bring to the chapter. Director of SocMed & Marketing, Filippo Meloni, was very impressed by the experience and big-picture contribution that Ines brought forward.
The Newsletter Team decided to interview Ines to find out more and to share with its readers the great new idea. Please read on to learn more.
Angel Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP
Yann Steimer, PMP
David Fowler, PMP
Paul Selwold, PMP
The Newsletter TeamCopy Editor:
Angel Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP Technical Editors:
Daniel Rodellar, PMP
Sebastian Dutkowski, PMPPublication Director
Mario Bonilla, 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 newslettter 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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