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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - August 2017
Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
Networking is common practice in the business and entrepreneurial worlds. Although in the last 4 or 5 years this word can easily be heard in many conversations. Humans have always been networking, as it is nothing but the creation of a good contact network to create business opportunities.
Rare is the day, conference or fair that does not reserve a space to facilitate networking among attendees. In fact, many of the people who attend these kinds of events do precisely to meet people and weave their network of contacts for the future. And I even dare say that some of these events are organized as an excuse to facilitate this type of practice.
But what is the use? Networking can be useful to a wide range of people. Speaking out loud, I can think of different situations such as: an entrepreneur who has set up a company and wants to make it known in a certain area; A person with some business idea who needs the help of others to get it going; Or an unemployed person who wants to make himself known to other entrepreneurs and people in the sector.
In the first case, although starting a startup is not a simple task and requires the entrepreneur to dedicate the time and resources that he does not have in the day to day of the company, going to events can be fundamental for a startup. We can receive feedback from our product of people in the sector to be able to improve it, establish contacts to attract users or prescribers of our product or leave our bubble to have a global vision of the sector that we are facing.
Regarding the second situation, one of the most important aspects when it comes to starting a business is to surround yourself with the right people and networking can be a suitable formula for it. We can try to get people for our team or investors who can help get an idea forward.
The last situation is especially important, since about 75-80% of the job offers are not known publicly, opting for companies with people with references and endorsed. In fact some of the latest data that is handled, talk about that almost half of the young people found their first job thanks to a relative or an acquaintance. Therefore, it is fundamental to create a good network of professional contacts, not with the aim of "placing" us in a job, but to familiarize ourselves with the professional world in a certain sector and be informed of the job opportunities that go.
I leave it there.
Enjoy the weather and of course the newsletter.
Authors: David Fowler, PMP
38 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1,508 as at the end of June. A warm welcome to all !
Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in June: 9 PMP 1 CAPM and 1 PMI-PBA.
The following members provided information about themselves: Stefania Comellini, Krisztian Sardi and Ludovic Lecerf
Message from the Board
Author: Serge Garazzi
Dear Project Managers,
Hope that you are enjoying your holiday and, should you not be in the position at this time, that you are ... getting ready to grab one in September!
A short note from the Department Operations, the Department that I am heading at PMI Switzerland.
Shortly before the holiday, we migrated email hosting to Gmail. Some of you may say "so, what?". Our Volunteers will value this migration, as we now have a state-of-the-art hosting, which ensures reliable email delivery. Which was unfortunately not the case with the previous hosting provider.
The migration went well, thanks to the Technology Team at PMI Switzerland!
Another innovation which will concern all, Volunteers or not: Email push lists. We will shortly turn on the possibility to receive notifications of upcoming events when they are published. Like this, you can be proactively informed and can secure your seat early. An email list for job opportunities will also be provided, for Chapter Members only, though. A(nother) good reason to join the Chapter, if you haven't yet done so.
The PMI Switzerland bylaws have been ported to the new format and have been approved by the Members. Thanks to Martin Vesely and Sumon Vangchuay for making it happen and to all of you who voted.
Last point: have you already attended a PM Lunch or PM Afterwork drinks event? If not, why not give it a try during the Summer? Please check the Events calendar for the next occurrence in your location!
Enjoy Summer and see you at an event soon!
Kind regardsSerge GaraziVP Operations
Leaders Develop Leaders Serving as Chapter Mentors
Author: Jose Reynal, PMP
Within the PMI Swiss chapter, we truly believe in the potential of every person. In support of that belief, we offer a wide variety of outlets and tools for professional and personal growth such as events, workshops, networking as well as volunteering opportunities within different chapter departments. Sometimes the assignments and leadership positions have goals which may seem unattainable. However, with a mentor in-place to provide support and guidance, many of the goals are truly not out of reach at all.
We have created an additional development opportunity for seasoned leaders to further strengthen their leadership and listening skills. By becoming a Chapter Mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide guidance and advice to help groom project managers as they pursue their own path of leadership. As a Chapter Mentor, you will have the added opportunity to gain insights into other companies, industries, corporate cultures, and generational thinking.
Join us as a Chapter Mentor within the PMI Swiss chapter 6-month pilot Mentoring Program, kicking off in Q3 of this year.
You can find more information here or you can reach out to us via email
Jose ReynalVolunteer Engagement Manager
PM@CH 2017 edition will be published in September
Author: Stefania Rosu, PMP
I am convinced you are all waiting for the publishing of this year’s PM@CH magazine. As announced in last month's Newsletter the chosen theme is very inspiring : “When People are the Purpose: exploring humanitarian projects and techniques for mindful project management”.
Reading the magazine you will learn about “Save the Children”, Corporate Responsibility projects in Nestlé, Novartis and ATOS, projects run at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a personal view on projects at World Health Organization ( WHO).
As you can imagine gathering content for such a theme has proven to be very challenging. Nevertheless, we did manage to do it, and this great collection of interesting articles is planned to be published next month!
Looking forward for your impressions after reading the new edition of PM@CH magazine in September.
Notorious Project Failures #1:The Berlin Brandenburg Airport 8 Estimated Value Destruction close to 10 billion euro'!
Author: Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, PMP
Projects are everywhere in our lives: personal projects, development projects, educational projects, business projects, capacity building projects, infrastructure projects, innovation projects, technology projects, research and development projects. There have been zillions of projects in the past; there will be zillions of projects in the future. Basically, we got where we are now through projects.
What is fascinating about all these projects, no matter the kind, is that they all share a set of common characteristics which, if well understood, soundly addressed, and actively managed; can increase the chances of success and minimize the risk of failure. This is what we do in project management. Yet, every year, millions of projects fail.
Continue reading this article here
Antonio Nieto-RodriguezPMI Director & PMI Global Board of Directors
Learning At Its Best: Negotiation workshop
Author: Mark Veraguth
Learn how to negotiate with your customers, service providers, stakeholders, managers and project team members as well with your private with Anders Pedersen, PMP
Read more about this event here
Managing Newsletter content during Summer period
Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP
Summer period is a challenging period for the Newsletter team because PMI events are paused during summer, so it means less articles are available, and the team takes some days off, which decreases availability. We are missing content and resources, so it creates a very complicated situation to publish, on the usual first Monday of the month.
This is what happened to our August newsletter, and it is like what happens in almost all organizations during summer period. In our case, we are not obliged to deliver on a specific date, so we could just delay it to get enough content and the right people on board. We have this flexibility and that has saved us.
Summer is a less stressful period, if it is well planned. (more)
Contributors: Serge Garazzi David Fowler, PMP Carlos Martinez, PMP Daniel von Niederhäusern, PMP Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, PMP Daniele Pinto, PMP Jose Reynal, PMP Daniel Rodellar, PMP Stefania Rosu, PMP Mark Veraguth Fredy Wehrli, PMPCopy 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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