PMIFC, the oldest PMI chapter in Europe is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Venkat Rao, VP Members & Meetings opened the chapter meeting with this highlight and with a short recap of the history of the PMI Frankfurt Chapter, on this occasion. The chapter which was founded in 1988 by a group of US Army Engineers has the distinction of being the first PMI Chapter in Europe. Beginning with a handful of members, the chapter has now over 1170 members. A series of events – to be announced shortly - are planned to celebrate this special occasion.

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The first speech of the meeting focused on how to manage a Project Portfolio containing both waterfall and agile projects, and the challenge faced by PMO’s in strategic planning and operational control. The speaker, Peter Säckel, Advisor PPM at CA Technologies gave a lucid explanation of the differences in information flow between classic and agile projects and how the data collected from agile projects could be translated and managed with the help of an integrated PPM Tool. The presentation could be downloaded by chapter members here:

Strategische Planung und operatives Management von klassischen und agilen Projekten in einem Portfolio

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The second speech of the day continues our series on the topic of change – which is both constant and inevitable - and how to successfully manage it, to the satisfaction of both the organization and the people. The speaker, Britta Eremit, Principal beChange & Company provided valuable insights about both the challenges as well as the success factors in managing change effectively. She explained how the perception about change goes through six steps beginning from Resistance caused by shock and fear, through Realization and Re-orientation aided by knowledge to finally accepting change. She emphasized that emotional acceptance by the employees is the key for successful implementation of change in any organization. Downloads are available here:

Six Stages of Change

The Success Factors for Change

Article: Modern Project Manager & Digitization - Change!


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