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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - July 2017
Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
Half of the year is already gone, like a bliss, to me it seems that yesterday we were celebrating New Year's Eve, it was snowing, and now suddenly the snow has melted and it is warm!
Change, we live in an ever changing environment, there has always been change, but the speed change happens today has not precedent and there is no end to it. We always face change, our family changes, if we have kids, they grow up and change, daily, trust me, and they also make us change. Our work environment is also always changing, our colleagues, the company strategy, the requirements, the priorities, these are always changing, and they make us change.
Change needs to be managed, and how we handle it will make the difference between moving ahead of change or having to face it longer than wanted, that is if we want to manage it. I suppose that looking back we can think of many situations that have changed our life, and I am sure that we are all surprised by some of those changes, that if someone would have told us upfront about it we would have never believed them, but yes it happened and here we are today. Change can happen and involve us indirectly, this type of change is normally harder to manage, as normally we do not expect it, and it will make us change. The change that we initiate, in the beginning, for us, can seem easier to handle, but we have to be aware that this change will also affect others, and that they will also try to manage this change in a way that it is easier for them to handle, which does not necessarily mean it will also work for us.
Change can be perceived as something not good, as it means that something will not be the same again, I think that a good way to manage is and to make the most of it, and work for us is to think that a change will always bring something positive at the end, normally it works.
And of course, then, we also change.
Enjoy this month's newsletter, enjoy the weather, and enjoy the break.
Authors: David Fowler, PMP, Chiara Nenci, PMP
46 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1524 as at the end of May. A warm welcome to all!
Congratulations also to the 18 members who obtained their certifications in May: 17 PMP and 1 CAPM.
Of the recent new members, Zoubir Admane and Gabriele Papini provided more information introducing themselves below:
Message from the Board
Author: Sascha Wyss, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP
At one of our networking aperos someone recently said to me, that traditional associations are outdated. And he has a point: In a time of webinars, e-journals and social media, it seems that all needs, which were provided until now by an association, can be satisfied now virtually.
So why do we still have over 1500 members in PMI Switzerland?
“People crave comfort,people crave connection,people crave community.” - Marianne Williamson
The quote above is the perfect answer. While we can get any information we need today from the web, there is no way the web can provide the feeling of comfort, that we feel when we are physically together with a group of peers we know and like, and it is impossible that social media can create connections as strong as when you meet someone regularly in person.
There are still limits what the web can do and thankfully we still value the human touch more than a digital connection. As long as it is like this, PMI Switzerland is there to help in creating this feeling of comfort, to enable connections beyond a click on a like button and to provide a real community to everyone interested in project management.
Kind regardsSaschaChapter President
I found this year's PM@CH theme very inspiring!
Author: Stefania Rosu, PMP
Dear readers, I found this year's PM@CH theme very inspiring! When Paul Selwold approached me back in January, during the PMI-Switzerland AMM, to ask me if I have time to support Aliah Blackmore on this year’s edition of PM@CH, I honestly had some reservations: why shall I invest my time in, what I had thought back then, just “another magazine”?
However, after Aliah explained the topic for 2017, I immediately said to myself that it would be something worth working for: When People are the Purpose: exploring humanitarian projects and techniques for mindful project management. As with every PM@CH publication, the theme chosen for 2017 is both universal and somehow uniquely “Swiss.”
Helping gathering the content for the magazine from fellow volunteers gave me the opportunity to get in direct contact with the authors and read “first-hand” their articles. Reading and reading, one starts to reflect about today’s world and the incredible challenges humanitarian projects are bringing on the table. I can summarize my state of mind after that in just one word: inspiring. I hope the articles from this year's edition, planned to be published in August 2017, will get you inspired as well.
As soon as the Magazine is published it will be available here.
Message from the PMI-CH PMO Operation teams
Author: Sumon Vangchuay, PMP
A big thank you to our members who voted to approve the porting of our Chapter’s Bylaws into the new PMI GOC format. After the voting was completed on June 14, we have 99% of participants who voted, yes. The voting turnout was 6.20% which is above the required quorum of 5%. As a token of our appreciation, a free pass voucher for any regular Chapter event of 2017 was randomly drawn among participants. Our winner is Andreas Hirschbuel. Congratulations Andreas!
What Does Agile Mean for Your Organization?
Author: Sebastian Dutkowski, PMP
Find Out at This Free Virtual Event — and Sharpen Your Agile Edge. With sudden market shifts and new priorities by the minute, agile transformation is an organizational imperative. You need to understand what agility means for your organization — and how to help lead it through change.
Get the insights you need at the free, virtual PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017 — the latest opportunity from PMI to help you build your agile skills
PM Network June issue is out!
Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP
What's in this month's issue of PM Network, the award-winning professional magazine for PMI members?
Very intersting articles about Retail Reimagined (Brick-and-mortar retail stores need to transform in order to survive online competition), Talent Deficit (Growth in financial technology projects is straining the available talent supply), Smart Start (Do you want to break into the project management field? Learn six tips to develop your skills and chart your career path), Power Shift (Wind farm projects are taking over turf once held by traditional energy.
But teams must contend with a complex mélange of logistics, politics and economics) and Deep Dive (An experienced crew navigated strict requirements and skeptical stakeholders to deliver a museum at the bottom of the sea) among much others.
Published monthly, PM Network is filled with new ideas, perspectives, and tips and techniques from the profession's most experienced and engaging leaders.
Contributors: Sebastian Dutkowski, PMP David Fowler, PMP Carlos Martinez, PMP Chiara Nenci, PMP Daniele Pinto, PMP Daniel Rodellar, PMP Stefania Rosu, PMP Sumon Vangchuay, PMP Sascha Wyss, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACPCopy Editor: Carlos Martinez, PMPTechnical Editor: 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.
© Copyright 2017 Project Management Institute Switzerland Chapter. All rights reserved.
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