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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - April 2017
Author: Pete Cowan, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers
By the time you read this we will all - hopefully - be enjoying the lovely Springtime weather which Switzerland bestows upon us at this time of year. I was born and brought up in Britain, therefore it is in my DNA to be very aware of and sensitive to the weather. Because as many of you know, a typical day in the UK can bring you snow, rain, hail, mist, sun, wind and more rain, to the extent that planning a barbecue in the UK Summer is often a risky business.
Swiss weather is generally more settled, easier to predict, and consequently less of a conversation item than it is back in my homeland. When we get visitors to our home in Geneva they often tell us how surprised they are by Swiss weather, the assumption being that such a mountainous country should always be covered in snow!
Country stereotypes - for instance Swiss weather is going to be snowy - can be amusing, but we all need to guard against them during our professional activities. Especially if you are working on a cross-cultural project, it is very important that first of all you are aware of any country stereotypes which you might be carrying around, and secondly that you "check them in at the door" when you start work each day. You can always check them out again after work if you want to :-)
I hope you will enjoy this month's Newsletter. I advise you to take the time to check out our Chapter's upcoming Events. I am sure you will find one that will interest you.
Best Regards,Pete CowanCopy Editor
Message from the Board
Author: Paul Selwold, PMP, VP Communications & Marketing
We are getting very excited about our next upcoming PM@CH magazine! Thanks to the inspiration of the PM@CH team and their hard work, we are all going to be treated to something which matches the vision and objectives of our annual magazine: it is Project Management specific, representative of our industry in Switzerland, and....it's going to be fun in addition to informative!
Actually, my rule which I gave to Aliah some years back when she joined the team was this: will the articles still be interesting and pertinent two years from now if one were to read them in the doctor's waiting room? This is the litmus test: if the answer is "yes" then it is accepted as a valid article for PM@CH!
I should have, but did not need to, add another rule: it needs to be interesting and fun. Forever.
This year we have relied on our social media channels to solicit support from volunteers across the chapter. I do not want to give away what our topic is, but please know, we are happy to rely on our traditional channels too. If you want to talk to someone on the PM@CH team to join, just let us know the old-fashioned way! Approach us at a networking event and find out what it is all about.
Until then, please enjoy the revitalised memories of Winter which Nature seems to be sending our way. As I have witnessed my garden suffering from the frost which was non-existent four weeks ago, I am reminded of something told to me by a Swiss woman who was explaining the weather patterns in Switzerland. "We have three seasons in Switzerland," she said. "But we never know which three, until the year is over." Let us hope Summer will be one of them this time.
Best regardsPaul SelwoldVP Communications & Marketing
Event report: Cultivating Your Creative Confidence, Basel, 21st March 2017
Author: Chiara Nenci, PMP
What is creativity, can it be developed and are we all capable of being creative?
We explored answers to these questions, and more, during a highly interactive session with our speaker Eli Fumoto - coach, facilitator and PMP.
Creativity typically leads to something original, meaningful and useful. Literally anything intangible or object-like satisfying those qualities can be claimed to be creative. As such, creativity is deeply embedded in our everyday life and as human beings we continuously use it, often unconsciously, to pursue our personal and professional ventures.
Creativity is also highly complex and hard to quantify. And even though we are all able to be creative, we are not automatically so.
Creativity is in fact a “habit” that can and must be exercised in order to flourish. The brain is quite obviously the “muscle” that must work out to develop capabilities such as diagnosing gaps and difficulties and seeking solutions. So if you think you are not creative, you may simply not be training your brain enough. But how can we change ourselves from being lazy practitioners to creativity advocates and habitués? Read more…
Event report: How to rescue a troubled project, Zurich, 21st March 2017
Author: Carmello Dimotta, PMP
Interesting topic, that raised my interest already when I came to know about this event. And Marc Lahmann, director of the Transformation Assurance Division, and Manuel Probst, senior project manager at PwC Switzerland, have definitely met my expectations. You find so many whitepapers and articles about problem solving. The PMI also teaches various techniques to analyze and resolve problems. But I was happy to have the opportunity to attend this event and enrich my project management tool set.
That many projects - or even most of them - face a failure during their lifecycle, is well known. Project failure can happen and it does especially nowadays, that the definition of success has changed. The standard project management triangle of scope, time and cost is not enough to define key performance indicators. The so-called "added value" and "stakeholders expectations management" have become even of more importance. The overall project context has become more complex and, with this, also the ways to handle difficult situations. Read more…
Event Report: Critical success factors for successful project management in public industries, Bern, 6th April 2017
Pete Cowan, PMP
This Event was one of the first ever – if not THE first ever – to be hosted in Bern, and from start to finish it was a great success. The venue was Pricewaterhouse Coopers directly above the main Bern Railway Station, which was quite apt really since the presenters – Marc Lahmann (on left of photo) and Peter Keiser – are employees of PwC.
The presenters did a great job in covering such a wide topic inside 90 minutes, and their references to projects which they had experience in – both successes and failures – really helped to bring the subject to life. The key message was that projects do succeed and fail in both the private and public world, yet our understanding of the different parameters which apply to the environment of Public Projects can often make the difference between success and failure. Read more…
Contributors: Pete Cowan, PMP Paul Selwold, PMP Chiara Nenci, PMP Carmello Dimotta, PMPCopy Editor: Pete Cowan, PMPTechnical Editors: Sebastian Dutkowski, PMPPublication 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 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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