Dear Project Management Community,

Hello! And welcome to the 97th edition of Excellentia, in the time of Covid-19. I hope that you are healthy and productive during these strange times. In this edition, we spent some time with Tony and Devi who spearheaded the Organizing Committee of Symex 2020. They shared the planning process to execution of the event, the challenges they had to overcome and also how they adapted to the circumstances around Covid-19.

Our main article is an uplifting one, that will take us to see how “things are going to be ok”. How we can preserve a level empathy in this situation, but at the same time get past the sensationalism – and continue to contribute to the workplace and the society. We also share with you an excerpt from this year’s Pulse of the Profession survey.

On behalf of the board of editors I would like to thank the contributors of this 97th edition and everyone who has supported in the preparation of this newsletter. I hope you enjoy it. I would like to take the opportunity to also wish Eid Mubarak to our readers who are celebrating.

Arief Prasetyo

Editor in Chief
PMI ID #844427

April 2020 e-Excellentia Volume 97

It's Going to be Okay

I can’t see the future, but I’m a project manager. I’m rational, and I can see past the sensationalism—and so can you. Don’t get caught up in all of the hype from the media and politicians. Don’t watch or read any more news than you have to.

Find out more on page 1

Excellentia spent a good hour with the event’s Project Manager, Tony Hu and the Co-Project Manager, Devi; to get a feel of the action, the blood, sweat and tears endured by the organizing committee.

Find out more on page 5

Symex 2020:
Behind the Scene

Pulse of the Profession 2020

At a time of extraordinary change driven by new technologies, executive leaders from across business, government and nonprofit organizations know that success depends on big, bold ideas. And they need people with the skills and mindset to deliver on those ideas with big, bold projects — or risk being left behind.

Find out more on page 7

The month of April is always a special month in Indonesia as it coincides with Kartini Day. The Chapter hosted two events featuring an all women line-up, delivering topics surrounding women role in project management and also touching on the subject of disruption and changes that organizations go through due to the COVID-19.

Find out more on page 10


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