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Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
I am lucky to have 3 little kids in my life, all under 6, all irradiate happiness, all full of life, all empty and fill my batteries at the same time...For those who have kids, it is well known that the day they arrive, a part of us suddenly goes away. Also suddenly we do not have just one shadow, but two!My kids have molded they way I now am, they have made me a caring person, to put myself in other people's shoes, they have even been able to make me realise that if it takes 5 minutes longer to drive to our destination, it is fine, as long as we get there... and that never again been on time is also fine.I have become more patient, I might be able to do something quick, but others might be doing that for the first time, like children, and this I have realised though them.I also become aware of that I have to stand more for what I say, and therefore I have to think of what I tell my kids. Whatever I might say will be considered as totally true, "Dad can't be wrong, he is Dad!!". I have always stood for what I have said, but now more than ever, I have to leave up to it, as if not I will be immediately reminded of what I said...A kid will show you that it is ok to be friends the second after you fight, that a frienship is stronger than any dispute..., and that no matter how angry you might be, with a few words that anger will vanish away..Finally, children will make you realise that you too have a dad and a mom, and if they are still around, you will realise what they have gone through to get you where you are today, and how proud they surely feel about you... just like you are of every thing your kids achieve!!I leave it with my favourite quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry : "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart".Sun is life, specially for kids!Regards,CarlosCopy Editor
Author: Alp Camci, PMP
120 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1'578 as at the end of January. A warm welcome to all !Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in January 43 PMP and 1 PMP-ACP
The following members provided information about themselves: Pascal Cornuez, Jakub Wilkos, Rhafael Moretti, George Popescu, Elaine O'Brien, Zoe Lawson, Parveen Jaswal.
Message from the Board
Author: David Fowler, PMP
It’s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to write my first message to you, having joined the board in February. During this time, I have met many of you at various events and through volunteering activities. The commitment, spirit and enthusiasm in our Swiss Chapter is really impressive.Communication is something very close to my heart: how we exchange information with each other is a major factor for success and happiness in our personal and professional lives. Here in the Communications team, we are launching a few initiatives to stimulate communication and exchange of ideas between members. Firstly, we encourage anyone to submit an article for the newsletter, sharing your work experiences or any content which you believe would be of interest to the community. You may have seen the article in last month’s newsletter giving more details. You can also look for “Member Journalist” under “Get Involved – Become a Volunteer” on our website. As an alternative approach, if you do not want to write an article yourself, then one of our journalists could interview you on a topic of your choice and write the article for you. If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Secondly, please do make use of our social media communications channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) to start a new discussion, join an existing one or to simply share something about yourself. Our social media team is at hand to promote your contributions.At the beginning of May, some of us attended the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting EMEA (LIM) in Berlin. Here we had a great opportunity to meet with other chapters, listen to some inspiring keynote speakers and share ideas between ourselves. Here’s some feedback from a few colleagues:“It was a great pleasure, and great fun, to have such a large group of PMI-Switzerland leaders at this year's LIM! So often we have talked about the benefits of being able to attend and I am really happy - and proud! - that finally other members in our chapter could see and partake of the great energy and ideas that the LIM generates. It was also so nice to enjoy the company of our team members in a different way. I hope next year's LIM (in Dublin) is at least as popular as this year's was.” (Paul Selwold, President)“It's always a pleasure to meet so many like minded people and feel part of such a vibrant PM community!” (Loïc Hascher, VP Membership)Finally, I have just returned from a project kick-off event with a very large global customer and multiple suppliers. Despite the intensity and high expectations during those few days, we all managed to find time to relax in the evenings and have some fun. This reminded me of the importance of perspective and the famous quote from Charlie Chaplin: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Enjoy these warmer, summer months and spread some happiness!David FowlerVP Communications
Event Report - How Project Management Can Enable Successful Enterprise Digital Transformation on 17.05.2018 in Basel
Author: Brandon Satre, PMP
On Thursday, May 17th, the Switzerland chapter of PMI welcomed Ronízia Moura to present “How Project Management can enable successful enterprise Digital Transformation” at the Roche Learning Center in Basel.The evening consisted of experimentation, research, and trial and error. The first experiment: using a live polling application to see how attendees would describe digital transformation in one word. With just under 50 people responding via their smartphones, the top four results (respectively) were: 1. Change 2. Evolution 3. Innovation 4. Technology. But notice that from the top four “people” did not make the cut.
The next experiment: rock, paper, scissors tournament (yes, our experimentation progression took an ironic turn going from digitally-based to “old-fashioned” face-to-face interaction). I will spare the details, but essentially it involved two main teams and everyone in the room experiencing an epic battle of skill-less one-on-one competition until we ended up with two opponents in the coveted championship round.
Event Report - Robotic automation projects - Industry trends and key learnings on 3.05.2018 in Lausanne
Author: Edul Nakra, PMP
We are living in the new age of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Robotic Automation. We see this in the consumer product space from Siri and Alexa, to smart devices and self-driving cars. There are also several automation changes happening in back-office functions as well. How do these trends affect us, and what are some of the things that we, as Project Managers, need to know? We covered the evolution of automation, and the distinction with AI. This is not really a recent trend – we have been “automating” since prehistoric times. What is striking these days is the rate with which we are now automating.
We saw some interesting studies where the numbers showed more automation in fact led to fewer jobs lost – and the work humans performed moved from repetitive to creative jobs
Article: How to build your cyber resilience
Author: Daniele Pinto, PMP
Some years ago, we could have thought about cybersecurity like something related to preventing unwanted access to information within the fence of a company. Hence, preventing non-authorized people from accessing company information systems has been historically a “job” for IT personnel. In today’s world the situation is more complicated. Think about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), or the possibility to cooperate with partners and suppliers.
The borders are so extensive that the decision makers should no longer ask the question "if" an accident may happen but "when" will it happen and “how” will the system be able to detect it and quickly recover. Hence, today we talk about cyber resilience as a wide concept that goes beyond IT.
Contributors: Alp Camci, PMP David Fowler, PMP Carlos Martinez, PMP Edul Nakra, PMP Daniele Pinto, PMP Paolo Marco Ripamonti, PMP Brandon Satre, 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.
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