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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - October 2018
Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
Project battles - none of us want them, as they require effort to deal with, effort that we know could be used doing something else.It is complicated to deal with someone who has, for some reason, a tendency to enjoy entering into conflict for no apparent reason. I recommend dealing with this sooner rather than later as ignoring the problem will only lead to one that can not be managed anymore. It is good to enter into discussion when the objective is to find a solution, but it can be very tough to enter into discussion knowing that there will be no agreement. If we foucs on finding a solution and avoid side distractions, a discussion can turn into a success.PMI gives recommendations or methods for resolving conflict. In the end the objective is to find a solution. And even if it's not the best for all involved parties, it should be a solution nonetheless.I have been in situations where I was faced with people that, due to their position in an organization, had the understanding that they could impose their ideas. Such cases are not easy, as we have to determine whether it is even worth entering the conflict. Here is where the idea comes into play that some battles have to be fought and others not. We need to evaluate which ones we should fight (and know that we are going to win) and which not.It takes practice to know which battles have to be directly addressed and which not, but the thinking that goes behind deciding which battles we want to enter into becomes more agile as we exercise the decision making whenever this happens.Anyways, I leave it there for you to decide what to do.Cheers,CarlosCopy Editor
Message from the Board
Author: Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP
1661! As I write these lines, this is how many members we are happy to count as part of our chapter in Switzerland. 1661 project managers that felt the need to be a part of our community and who are hopefully enjoy it!Of course, we are proud to have reached this historical record. Never before has the Swiss chapter counted so many members. But this comes also with a big responsibility for the Board. The responsibility to forge a sense of belonging to a community for all of these members. Not only being one of many, but really having that feeling of being a part of it!At the board, with the help of all our precious volunteers, we have put a lot of effort into offering as many events as possible. Regular evening events, but also networking lunches and master classes. Also for the first time we will be part of the Lausane Marathon, and in the meantime are preparing an awesome annual assembly meeting! All of this, just for you, our members.I wish that all of you will have the chance to attend one of these events and be glad to be part of our community!Kind regards,Loïc HascherVP Members
Get to Know our volunteers - an interview with Daiva Sadauskiene
Interview by Elena Milusheva, PMP
Continuing our "Extended Get to Know" series, Elena interviews chapter volunteer Daiva Sadauskiene.Why have you decided to become a volunteer?Since I moved to Switzerland I decided to move my career towards IT project management. After taking CAPM courses, one of the colleagues told me about the volunteering program and I thought it would be an exciting experience to see the organisation from within and support others with industry specific education. How long have you been volunteering within the chapter and what is your responsibility?I have been part of the Volunteer Engagement team for the past 6 months. I am the first contact person for PMs interested in volunteering and make sure we assign a volunteers to positions they will enjoy on one hand and where they will acquire skills relevant for their future career, on the other hand.How do you find it so far?It has been great! I have met new, interesting people. I have also been a part of our mentoring program which helped me with my goals and direction.
Newsletter Feedback: The Results and A BIG THANK YOU!
Authors: Daniel Rodellar, PMP and David Fowler, PMP
Indeed, there were 300 hits on the three options (Green, Amber and Red) that gives a very high rate given the number of views and distribution emails. Thank you very much to all of you for your participation!The results are essentially one third on each category. We are analyzing the comments given and trying to adapt our Newsletter delivery to fit better the expected quality and formats by our readers.We have several options open to make changes and aim for a better experience. If we examine the results we see that one third of the feedback is unhappy with the current Newsletter and they would like us to change it. That's very important feedback for us. We put a lot of effort in to deliver a valuable newsletter to your inbox every month, gathering content, organizing ourselves and creating this customized email. If the readers are not happy with the content or the format, we need to improve to satisfy these expectations, otherwise our efforts are not justified.At the same time, two thirds of the feedback are happy with the current newsletter. Half of them would like to do some changes, and the other half is fully satisfied! It was a great positive feedback, as we mainly hear the negative feedback of those who are not happy. This was the first time we could put things into context, going away from personal preferences to a readership-wide view.Even if the results are mainly positive, we take the opportunity to see what could be improved. We target to make this request for feedback again and see how we expand the positive feedback statistics.There are two ways YOU can help us improve both format and content of the newsletter: send us your article proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org or get it touch with a subject that you would like to write about (related to Project Management, of course!). And you can also send us sugestions of what we could improve or do differently, we do not need to wait until the next feedback check!Again, thank you so much for all this feedback, it means to us you care about the newsletter, and it makes our effort worth the time spent!Much appreciated,the Newsletter Team
Social Media Guidelines Online Training - 25 October
Author: Diana Lagalante
Register for this free webinar on 25 October at 19.00 to learn about the "Do's and Dont's on Social Media", the key objectives of this webinar are:
Interview With Paul Selwold - Current PMI Swiss Chapter President - From Newsletter Journalist to Chapter President - Development Paths for Volunteers
In order to strengthen their leadership pipeline, many companies focus on developing people on the job - by offering stretch assignments, rotation through different functions, assignments abroad, exposure to key customers and senior executives.Also within the PMI chapter, volunteers can take up leadership assignments which can help them prepare for top positions. The insights into the various aspects of an organization, the extended network of PM professionals, the ability to find a way out of the most impossible situations and leading without authority will - if they play their cards right - pave their way to the desired position. Over 30 volunteers seize such opportunities in Switzerland as Board of Director members, team leads or in an advisory capacity.Why so many people desire top positions and why so few can reach team? Curious to hear about the stories behind the scene, I am approaching Paul Selwold - the current PMI Swiss chapter president:How does it feel to be the president of one of the biggest PMI chapters in Europe with 120+ volunteers, 1350+ PMP certification holders and 1600+ members?I feel really proud! I say this, because I think we have a great chapter with a dedicated board of directors. Becoming the president of this chapter felt like something I wanted to do was able to be realized. What I mean is, in order to become president of this chapter, you must present yourself as a candidate for the role, and your candidacy must be voted on by the other board members. So, like with many big decisions, you risk rejection. I was really proud to stand in front of so many chapter members, at the AMM 2018, and announce the objectives of the 2018 Board of Directors.What is the way of becoming a PMI chapter president?
Contributors: Carlos Martinez, PMP Daniel Rodellar, PMP David Fowler, PMP Diana Lagalante Elena Milusheva, PMP Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP Paolo Marco Ripamonti, PMPCopy Editor: Carlos Martinez, PMPTechnical Editor: Brandon Satre, 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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