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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - November 2018
Author: Adi Muslic, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
Do you remember the PMI Talent Triangle?It was designed to demonstrate that the ideal skill set for project managers is a combination of technical, leadership and strategic and business expertise. In its latest pulse of the profession report, PMI added the new digital overlay to it. Clearly digital skills have become a necessity to project management professionals.The report also shows that value based delivery methods are important to deliver digital transformations. Not surprisingly, spreadsheets remain the most used tool to plan projects. Clearly it is the flexibility of spreadsheets and the ability to adjust them as required that keeps them at the top of preferred project management tools.Project managers have no choice but to keep developing their skills as they are leading all these changes. There are plenty of resources, so many, that sometimes it is not easy to decide what to learn next. The overload of available information requires new skills as well to be able to manage such demands.Many of you have been deeply involved in the digital transformation and it would be nice to hear your stories. Do not hesitate to get in touch and share your experience. Collaboration remains one of the most important skills even in the digital world.Let’s collaborate to get better in what we do.Regards,Adi MuslicCopy Editor
Author: Alp Camci, PMP
38 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1,669 as of the end of September. A warm welcome to all!Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in September: 1 PMI-ACP, 1 CAPM, 3 PMP and 1 PfMP.The following members provided information about themselves: Thomas Geiger and Marco Crescenzi.
Message from the Board
Author: Julia Posselt, PMP
As part of our PMI community, we have passion for our profession, growing and sharing the project management spirit.The power of connection is why I love our PMI events.At the PMI Volunteer Day at the end of September, Elena and I greeted thirty-five of our volunteering colleagues, appreciating their desire to contribute with the opportunity to connect as a vibrant community, and exploring the multiple dimensions of leadership.Also, the PMI Master Class at the end of October was fully booked. Thanks to Dani and Fredy, project and program managers strengthened their charismatic presentation power while at the same time making new connections and deepening existing relationships.Planning the PM (Un)Conference 2019, we hope to engage the Program and Portfolio Managers among us in significant conversations about the impact of business agile on our profession: when to choose an agile, hybrid or classic approach?We'd be thrilled if you or somebody you know has a related story worth sharing. If so, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Looking forward to interesting sparks, developing practical solutions that will contribute to own our practice.Best,JuliaVP Special Projects
Event Report - The Beginning of the End: Managing Decommissioning Projects, Basel 18.10.2018
Authors: Elena Milusheva, PMP and Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP
If you think that the Manhattan skyline is there to stay, you might not know that the design of a new skyscraper includes already the plan of its dismantling. The same should go for a system, although it rarely does. Ask those who try to read data archived 20 years ago in the then formats. System decommissioning is much more than unplugging and scrapping it. In fact, it requires as much solid planning, technical understanding and program management approach as the implementation project itself. Yet, the decommissioning projects rarely receive much Management attention."Unfairly so," underscores James Greene - previous PMI Swiss chapter president and experienced project manager, who shared with us on 18 October in Basel the complexity of decommissioning projects. But the first question was the obvious: why should we decommission systems at all? Or isn’t that just a simple press on the “erase” button?Actually decommissioning projects are much more complex than that. James compared them with surgery. It really consists of taking something out of the organization and then letting the organization heal from the removal. And there are multiple reasons why you should undertake such a project, whether it is decommissioning an IT system, a merger with a new company, offshoring, etc...Continue reading this article here.
Get to Know Jürgen Ekert
Interview by: Alp Camci, PMP
Continuing our "Extended Get to Know" series, Alp interviews Jürgen Ekert Head of Project Management & Engineering in Endress+Hauser Group Services.Could you please tell the readers about yourself like your specialized fields, current role, your motivation in being a member of the Swiss Chapter or any other relevant information about yourself, which you would like to share?Yes my pleasure. My name is Jürgen Ekert and at Endress+Hauser I am globally responsible for Project Management & Engineering. Already during my study at university, I realized how important project management is. I started at Endress+Hauser as a project manager and executed national and international customer projects. During a 2-year working period in Southeast Asia I learned a lot about cultural differences and the many aspects of project management. Later in my career I broadened my knowledge and became a Project Management Professional (PMP). Communication and collaboration are for me the most important topics needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of projects. This was one reason I decided to execute a coaching education program. I see coaching as a new language, which helps in leadership, project management and in private life to get the best out of people. In the Endress+Hauser world I have trained and coached more than 1,000 people in many different countries. I draw my motivation from working and exchanging with other people.Could you please tell us about your previous and current participation in the PMI-CH Chapter?To survive in our fast changing and globalized world we need constantly to adapt to new situations, keep open to other opinions, new technologies, different behaviours and other cultures. This is one thing I love about my job. Nevertheless, it requires continuous self-driven learning.If I am not traveling I enjoy the events and the networking of PMI Switzerland. It is a good platform for exchange and getting inspiration from others. For more than 5 years now, I have organized an annual PMI event for PMI Switzerland at our office in Reinach. Having the full support and commitment of my company for this is something I really treasure. I always try to find speakers that inspire and help the participants to explore areas outside their field of activity. We have had, for example, an extreme runner and a guy from Generation Y. Usually the speakers I select have also in one way or another inspired me.As actively participating in and hosting events with the Swiss Chapter, could you please tell us about your experiences?Read Jürgen's response along with the full interview here!
PMI Switzerland Volunteer Day 2018
Connect with your Leadership SuperpowerA lovely Saturday morning in Bern. It’s our PMI Switzerland Volunteer Day 2018 where Elena and I surprised thirty-five of PMI Switzerland’s active volunteers with the benefit of diving into a one-day experiential workshop, earning PDUs for their recertification with PMI while at the same time stepping into their leadership authority.
Impressions of Our Lively DayHighly energized, we excitedly designed our group and leader alliances, explored multi-sensory experiences, took on different perspectives, learned about dynamic leadership, reflected individually as well as in dyads and groups, loved the circled seating, experienced the power of co-leading, dived into lots of experiential exercises and deepened our curiosity using lots of powerful questions.The Multidimensional Leadership ModelWe walked and explored the five different dimensions of the Leadership Model, discussing the five different ways to lead while finding body postures and gestures to deepen the essential findings of the Leader Within, Leader in Front, Leader Behind, Leader Beside, and Leader in the Field.Continue reading this article here.
Event Report - PM Master Class: Charismatic Presentation Power for Project and Program Managers, Zürich 27.10.2018
Author: Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP
How should you spend a rainy Saturday? What about gathering with a group of fellow project managers to learn more about "Charismatic Presentation Power"? This was indeed a very insightful day for all of us! With lots of practice and exercises provided by former professional actress Anouk Scherer. All attendees could try out their presentation skills while being recorded and reviewed by the whole group. As we all know, controlling your voice speed, your tone and gesture are not an easy thing, especially in front of a big audience. But thanks to Anouk's experience, all of us could learn and improve!
PMI Local Chapters – Take Part! Geneva
Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP
The "Take Part!" event in Geneva that took place on 27 September 2018 was an insider event on what you can do as a PMI Switzerland Chapter member, and learning how others contribute towards and benefit from the institute. These presentations featured an introduction from Jan Cardol, CEO of the PMI Netherlands Chapter, who joined us for this occasion to tell us what has been achieved in the Netherlands, mainly working together with industry and academia. Some highlights of the presentation in a nutshell:When classified by industry, 70% of chapter members are in delivery services. One could classify them as being in the "enabling industry" (like ICT service providers) or "creating industry" (delivering products to creators and market). Sponsoring is paying more attention to the creating industry.By combining industry and academia, we bring scientific research toegether with practice (pragmatic approaches).Strong links have been developed and maintained over the years by your chapter volunteers, leaders and colleagues, neighboring chapters, PMI mentors, the EMEA Center in Brussels, communities of practice, the PMI Global Board of Directors and many expert practitioners.Continue reading this article here.
Contributors: Adi Muslic, PMP Alp Camci, PMP Daniel Rodellar, PMP Elena Milusheva, PMP Julia Posselt, PMP Loïc Hascher, PMP, ACP Paolo Marco Ripamonti, PMP Copy Editor: Adi Muslic, PMP Technical Editor: Brandon Satre, PMP Publication 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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