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Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
How did you become familiar with PMI? Some might answer it was a question of time, others that they had it clear since decide to manage projects, for me it was just by chance.
It all started when the economic crisis hit Spain, the company I worked for stopped being paid and I was out of work, so I had to think what to do next. I sent my CV everywhere, looking for work became my obsession and work, I did not have that many offers in Spain, and therefore I had to broaden the search to Europe and the rest of the world, obviously, it was only a question of time.
At the same time, I decided to do a Master degree in Project Management, which is what actually made me aware of the different Project Management methodologies and certifications. I think we can all agree that until we become certified or decide to follow a methodology, we are already following processes that are quite similar to those that certifications or methodologies teach us, but maybe with less discipline or in a different manner.
This degree made me aware of agile methodologies used in Project Management such as Agile, Lean Thinking, Scrim, Kanban, and of course Prince2, ITIL, and PMI, for which at the end decided to go for and obtain a PMP certification.
Since then I have been asked by many people what is PMI? What is the PMP? And many other questions or comments that we are all familiar with, especially the comments.
When this happens I try to provide the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time, I could truly go on for hours explaining what the PMP certification means to me, but normally this is not really, what people want to know, and sometimes the lack of knowledge can lead to preconceptions.
I think the way to stand out Project Management is by showing the benefit that a professional Project Manager can provide to a project, the experience, the knowledge, the discipline, the know how... if not why choose acquire one?
These and the values and behaviors are what make each individual stand out for themselves, to be recognized for their work.
I encourage everyone to support the profession on a daily basis, little gestures build up and at the end, all tie to make it evident that the reason for them was that we are professionals who follow the PMBOK somehow.
I hope you enjoy the weather and of course reading this month’s newsletter.
Authors: David Fowler, PMP, Chiara Nenci, PMP
41 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1,530 as at the end of April. This an important milestone for the Swiss Chapter, having exceeded 1,500 members. Bravo !
A warm welcome to all the new members and congratulations to the 12 members who obtained their PMP certifications in April.
The following members provided information about themselves: Vince Antenna, Martin Werder and Pablo Paz.
Message from the Board
Author: Carolina Thomaz, CAPM
Looking back over the past few months, I find myself evaluating what we have accomplished in terms of financial controlling and reporting.
As with the previous year, the budget was planned accurately, which is a clear indication that this process has been firmly established.
Concerning 2017, a number of improvements worthy of mention have been implemented. For instance, the monthly payment reports sent to the BoD members and auditors. They contain a detailed description of expenses incurred, which are invaluable to the BoD members when managing their budget.
Striving for further development, there are still many targets for 2017, like the budget reassessment due to take place in June. While the first aforementioned objective helps to maintain a healthy financial situation within PMI, the second will provide the institute with better-structured governance.
For this to be made a reality, new members have joined the Finance Team and the members of the Board have been actively participating in the controlling process.
The path for improvement has been laid out, hence, 2018 will find PMI standards on a sounder foundation.
Best regardsCarolinaVP Finance
Event report: Managing Stress and Emotions @ Work, Lausanne, 4th April 2017
Author: David Fowler, PMP
Anyone who thought they were going to just sit back and listen to Frédéric Kerautret talking about stress management was in for a surprise: “Everybody stand up for our first exercise”. And there we were, staring into the eyes of our neighbour for an uncomfortably long period of time.
It was an excellent icebreaker and introduction to a highly interactive event. The key message was that we connect with many different groups of people in our daily work. How do we cooperate and behave with these people? In order to understand each other better, we must first work on ourselves.
Are public projects doomed to failure from the start?
Public projects have a bad reputation. Is it deserved, or more a matter of expectations and the way success and failure are defined? In this critical review we take a close look at what makes public-sector IT and transformation projects different from those in other areas, the specific challenges they face, and tried-and-tested approaches to making them a success.
Event Report: Are you curious about Design Thinking?, Basel, 18th May 2017
On Thursday 18th of May, PMI Switzerland brought to Basel, in Building 67 of Roche, a great event, facilitated by three speakers from Roche that really knew what they were talking about. I was truly impressed by the event and the subject, and I think all of the attendants were as well.
The subject of the event was related to Design Thinking, a proven problem-solving protocol that can be easily used by any business and profession to discover new opportunities. Design Thinking is often referred to as ‘outside the box thinking’, as designers are attempting to develop new ways of thinking that do not abide by the dominant or more common problem-solving methods.
PMI – EMEA Leadership Institute Meeting 2017 – 28-30 April ROME
Author: Thijs Wijnands, PMP
More than 300 PMI members from 86 chapters representing 74 countries gathered in Rome last April to talk about Leadership and to advance their leadership skills. As a first time attendant, I had no idea what to expect and I just went with an open mind. Well, just imagine this: a blend of dedicated volunteers with very different cultural backgrounds, education, beliefs and ideas that gather during more than 40 educational sessions, various social events and listen together to world class keynote speakers.
And all this in a beautiful setting in Rome with an organization as close to perfect as one can possibly imagine. It was just a great experience to learn about the tools and resources that PMI provides to manage a chapter, to share and network with other volunteers and to learn about PMIs global initiatives at first hand. And I had never expected to be playing with LEGO to learn how to Build My Chapter's Engagement!
Membership Automatic Renewal
Author: Paul Selwold, PMP
On 6 May 2017, PMI launched automatic membership renewal, which is simplifying the renewal process. This is an optional feature that enables members to have their PMI and Chapter memberships renew automatically each year. You can read more about it
Carlos Martinez, PMP
Carolina Thomaz, PMP
Chiara Nenci, PMP
Daniele Pinto, PMP
David Fowler, PMP
Paul Selwold, PMP
Thijs Wijnands, PMPCopy Editor:
Carlos Martinez, 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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