Donnerstag, 27. Februar 2020

PowerBI Resources

PowerBI is a very useful tool for working with data and visualization. PowerBI models can be developed based on data from different sources:on-line services or databases plus local files. In some cases it is even easier to build basic reports in PowerBI than in excel.

Building reports and models with PowerBI can be done without prior knowledge. Most of questions related to formulas, models can be addresses via PowerBI Community forum:

PowerBI courses are available also for free, like this one @ EdX

Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

Plus regular updates and demos from PowerBI YouTube channel:

PowerBI Client Free Download:

Montag, 10. Juni 2019

4 Life Science events in Zurich and Basel in June 2019

LifeScience Forum Basel on June 21st 2019 : Drugs, Digitalisation,Transformation. From Devil's Stuff to Miracle Cure?

SAS Global Health Care and Life Sciences Executive Forum 2019, June 25th 
Blockchain Innovation in Life Science by Espeo Blockchain
Blockchain in Pharma Network, DAOs & Pharma (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations), Thursday, June 27, 2019

Donnerstag, 31. Januar 2019

Blockchain in Clinical Trials

Pfizer and Genentech Turn To Ethereum Blockchain

sunny lake: Community-based clinical research

Big Pharma Seeks DLT Solution for Drug Costs

Blockchain technology for improving clinical research quality

Silicon Valley Business Institute | Blockchain | GDIS 2018 Project Launch

Panel 1: The Future of Healthcare, Powered by Blockchain

Pharma Integrates 2018: Blockchain: More efficient and secure

H2020, GDPR, MDR and International Clinical Trial Regulation Blockchain Integrates CRO Solution from ClinicalStudio.EU to Manage Compliance with Smartillions Smart Contracts

Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications

Samstag, 26. Januar 2019

Coworking, Cafe, Events - in Zürich and around

Coworking is a self-directed, collaborative, flexible and voluntary work that is based on mutual trust and the sharing of common core values between its participants.

Coworking Lounge,
Tessinerplatz 7, 8002 Zurich

ImpactHUB Zurich 
Sihlquai 131
8005 Zürich

Selnaustrasse 25

Hardturmstrasse 66
CH-8005 Zürich

Strassburgstrasse 15, 


Dienstag, 1. Januar 2019

Project Management Software

  • What is a Project Management System or Project Management Software? 
  • Is there a common understanding on functionality of such system and if it is needed at all? 
  • What systems project managers use for projects?
Project Management System should be one to help Project Managers to manage Projects. The word "project" originally meant "before an action" or plan of something. Projects are defined by PMI as Temporary endeavor (having start and end) to create a unique product, service or result. Project managers are to manage timelines, budget and scope. PMI  defines 5 process groups (from start to end) and 10 knowledge areas.

Project Management Software definition in Wikipedia is vague and open to interpretations:
  • Project management software has the capacity to help plan, organize, and manage resource tools and develop resource estimates. Depending on the sophistication of the software, it can manage estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, decision-making, quality management and documentation or administration systems
Definition of Project Management Information System (PMIS) in Wikipedia is also far from being exact: 
  • Project management information system can vary from something as simple as a File system containing Microsoft Excel documents, to a full blown enterprise PMIS software.
  • A project management system (PMS) could be a part of a PMIS or sometimes an external tool beside project management information system. PMS is basically an aggregation of the processes, tools, techniques, methodologies, resources, and procedures to manage a project. What a PMIS does is to manage all stakeholders in a project such as the project owner, client, contractors, sub-contractors, in-house staff, workers, managers etc
Wikipedia also proved a list of project manager systems, comparing software not by function but by License, Programming language, if this is web based, on-premises or Saas : Comparison of project management software

Searching for definition of Project Management Software (or System) on google, brings a lot of paid advertisements of tools. Many system offer a free 30 days trial or, as Proggio, can even be free for 1 project and limited number of users.

There is a good collection of Project Management Software @ Capterra with a possibility to benchmark systems by platform, features, client rating etc. Comparison of Celoxis, JIRA, LiquidPlanned and Monday is below as example:

Despite there are so many systems and tools, the question about Project Management Software and availability of good systems is still open.

Montag, 24. Dezember 2018


The word "mnemonic" is derived from the Ancient Greek word μνημονικός (mnēmonikos), meaning "of memory, or relating to memory" and is related to Mnemosyne("remembrance"), the name of the goddess of memory in Greek mythology. Both of these words are derived from μνήμη (mnēmē), "remembrance, memory". Mnemonics in antiquity were most often considered in the context of what is today known as the art of memory.

The Top 20 Project Management Software

Top Project Management SoftwareTop Project Management Software from Capterra. 
Monday Project Management Blog:

Montag, 17. Dezember 2018

Samstag, 10. November 2018

Meetup Groups and Events around Zurich

Health Care & Marketing @ZHAW

Swiss Healthcare Startups

Project Management Network Zürich

Project Management Network Basel

Python Co-Learning Group

AWS Cloud Technology Zürich

OWASP Switzerland Chapter<

Artificial Intelligence Suisse

Power BI User Group Switzerland

Zurich Blockchain Techonology Meetup

Zurich Behavioral Economics Network - ZBEN

Zurich Data Scientists & Machine Learners

Context-Driven Software Testing Meetup Zurich

Meetups in November 2018:

Hidden inbox rules in MS Exchange... or how to persistently steal your messages

Montag, 1. Oktober 2018

RSS, News feeds and APPs

Blog's Atom/RSS feed:

  • Atom 1.0:
  • RSS 2.0:

(More about RSS

NewsTab OMPL file to import: NewsTab PM News.opml

PM RSS News: Appyet app to download (for Android) 
* - installation guideline for apps from unknown sources is here

** - Appyet -

Develop Android app without Coding Using App Inventor |Google Sheet | APP SCRIPT

Donnerstag, 26. Juli 2018

Women in Science: 100 years back -> 1918

July 23, 1918  - Emmy Noether published her famous theorem that every differentiable symmetry of the action of a physical system has a corresponding conservation law.

1918  - Lina Stern who is best known for her pioneering work on the blood–brain barrier, was the first woman awarded professional rank at the University of Geneva, being a Professor of chemio-physiology, and researching cellular oxidation.

Stern-Gattiker Prize

In 2018, the SAMS has launched a new prize to recognize women in academic medicine and to motivate early-career female scientists. The prize is named after two women with distinguished medical careers: Lina Stern, who was the first woman to hold a professorship at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, and Ruth Gattiker, who was among the first female professors appointed at the Faculty of Medicine in Zurich.

Nadezhda Suslova (11 September 1843 – 20 April 1918) was Russia's first female physician.

Suslova's first  article, Changes in skin sensations under the influence of electrical stimulation, was published in Meditsinskiy Vestnik in 1862. In 1865, after women were officially banned from universities, she moved to Switzerland, partially influenced by the arrest of her siblings and Bokov and her husband for political activities. In Switzerland, she audited medical classes at the University of Zurich for two years, then became an official student when the university was opened to women. She had intended to study obstetrics in Paris for her doctoral research, but instead moved to St. Petersburg. For her dissertation, she researched the muscular reflexes of frogs and their relationship to the function of lymph hearts at Graz Medical University in Sechenov's lab. She graduated in 1867. Suslova was the first Russian woman to be awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree, which was conferred after having to defend her research and education in front of a large audience and the medical school faculty.

Donnerstag, 10. Mai 2018

ScienceMatters, Blockchain & Scientific Publications

Open science platform powered by blockchain, Sciencematters allows scientists to share their observations.
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (

FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology.  (

Current Trends in Clinical Trials

Virtual clinical trials will be standard, says THREAD exec on Novartis project

 By Brittany Farb Gruber
Novartis’ recently launched FocalView app will be used in a new study to remotely collect electronic device reported outcome measurements (eDROs) from 150,000 users.

Top CROs slow to adopt new tech? Smaller firms better positioned for innovation, says exec

 By Melissa Fassbender
More efficient clinical trials may reduce global CRO revenue, potentially slowing adoption of new technology, says Otsuka director – noting that the industry doesn’t often take operational risks, but it must.

Innovative Technologies for Clinical Trials Showcased at Oracle Industry Connect 2018

Why Amazon Needs AI At The Center Of Its Healthcare Strategy

AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA
Google interested in Nokia digital health unit

Sonntag, 6. Mai 2018

Photography + Clouds = Citizen Science

Pictures of clouds are very popular on social networks, Instagram, photo-sharing sites. There are 84 Mio posts with hashtag #clouds on Instagram and 168 Mio pictures with hashtag #sky.  

With NASA Globe and Globe Observer app, Sky photography and Citizen Science can be combined. 

Recording sky and clouds observations is technically simple. There is a minor data entry on high, mid and low level clouds required before pictures of clouds can be taken. Altogether up to 6 pictures can be recorded: North, South, West, East, Up and Down. Once observation is done, measurements and pictures shall be checked and submitted to the NASA server. These can be then publicly visible on the NASA GLOBE Visualization System:

Training materials to identify cloud types, step-by-step instructions to record measurements are provided via Globe Observer website (1) and the app (2). Program updates, events, webinars are also published @NASAGO Twitter channel (3).

The GLOBE Program's Mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery (4). The cloud observations help NASA scientists understand clouds from below (the ground) and above (from space) (5).


Sonntag, 22. April 2018

Blockchain, DNA Marketspace & events near Zurich

Some genetic companies of interest:

Some technology meetups around Zurich, Zug, Basel:


Project Manager Networking Lunch in Zurich or Basel

Crypto Valley Forum


Pantalks - tech & non-tech talks @ Colab Zürich

Web Zürich April
Montag, 23. April 2018

Donnerstag, 26. April 2018
Lerne direkt mit Google und NexMarket, wie effektives Digital Marketing geht.


Cutting through Hype: Problems & Limitations in Data Science

After work drinks: First introduction and disucssions
Donnerstag, 3. Mai 2018

Dienstag, 8. Mai 2018
Behavioral Economics

Dienstag, 8. Mai 2018
Python Co-Learning Group

Mittwoch, 9. Mai 2018
Blockchain on AWS | Hybrid Networking on AWS

Montag, 9. April 2018

Kaggle, Machine Learning - free tutorials

Kaggle is a platform for predictive modelling and analytics competitions in which statisticians and data miners compete to produce the best models for predicting and describing the datasets uploaded by companies and users. This crowdsourcing approach relies on the fact that there are countless strategies that can be applied to any predictive modelling task and it is impossible to know beforehand which technique or analyst will be most effective. (

The 7 Steps of Machine Learning

Oracle APEX platform, free account for testing/development purpose: 

Sonntag, 1. April 2018

Capterra: from PM blog

Agile Vs Waterfall: Showdown For Software Development Domination

Buyer Beware: 7 Common Time Management Software Issues
About half (47.1%) of project managers use or have used project management software to address their projects' obstacles.

Samstag, 10. März 2018

Podcasts, Webinars, Videos

The Syneos Health Podcast

Why Life Science Companies are Moving to the Oracle Safety Cloud:

Deloitte - Dbriefs Webcast - Life Sciences & Health Care

XTalks Webinars:

IBM Video's and webinars

Entrepreneur Resources and Tools

How to Become a Young Entrepreneur / helping young people know, go and grow

Free Website Assessment tools.
BDC Website Assessment:

Website Grader:

Varvy SEO tool:

10 SEO Tools to Analyze Your Website Like Google Does in 2018

Donnerstag, 22. Februar 2018

''Unusual" Clinical Trials

Barry Marshall

After failed attempts to infect piglets in 1984, Marshall, after having a baseline endoscopy done, drank a Petri dish containing cultured H. pylori, expecting to develop, perhaps years later, an ulcer. He was surprised when, only three days later, he developed vague nausea and halitosis (due to the achlorhydria, there was no acid to kill bacteria in the stomach, and their waste products manifested as bad breath), noticed only by his mother. On days 5–8, he developed achlorydric (no acid) vomiting. On day eight, he had a repeat endoscopy, which showed massive inflammation (gastritis), and a biopsy from which H. pylori was cultured, showing it had colonised his stomach. On the fourteenth day after ingestion, a third endoscopy was done, and Marshall began to take antibiotics...

In 2005, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Marshall and Robin Warren, his long-time collaborator, "for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease"

Stewart Adams 

Ibuprofen was first made in December 1961.

Four substances that went to clinical trial failed, and the last - ibuprofen - worked; He took the first dose himself and used the drug to treat his own headaches before it was on the market. Animal tests were very encouraging, and tests on humans showed it was about three times stronger than aspirin.
A patent was filed in 1962, and granted in 1962, for phenylalkane derivatives. In 1969 ibuprofen was licensed as a prescription drug in the UK, and in 1974 in the USA.

Waldemar Haffkine

Anti-cholera vaccine:Haffkine focused his research on developing cholera vaccine and produced an attenuated form of the bacterium. Risking his own life, on July 18, 1892, Haffkine performed the first human test on himself and reported his findings on July 30 to the Biological Society.

Anti-plague vaccine:  In October 1896, an epidemic of bubonic plague struck Mumbai and the government asked Haffkine to help. He embarked upon the development of a vaccine in a makeshift laboratory in a corridor of Grant Medical College. In three months of persistent work (one of his assistants experienced a nervous breakdown, two others quit), a form for human trials was ready and on January 10, 1897 Haffkine tested it on himself. "Haffkine's vaccine used a small amount of the bacteria to produce an immune reaction."

Mittwoch, 24. Januar 2018

Technology and Project Management meetups near Zurich in Feb-Mar 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Next "From PhD to Founder" Meetup on 1st of February 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018
When Data Warehouse Yoda meets Data Lake Luke - Coping with Analytics

Needs a date and time
Property Testing with Hypothesis

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Tech Data Innovation DAY: Machine Learning Event + Apero

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Augmented/Mixed/Virtual Reality Geekout

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The disruptive potential of blockchain technology for healthcare

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Vorsprung durch Leadership - Case Study zu Culture Change bei Audi

Friday, January 26, 2018
Project Manager Networking Lunch in Zurich (first in 2018!)

Dienstag, 16. Januar 2018

PM Tutorial Quizz 3 is ready

PM Tutorial Quiz 3 is ready and available per link below:

Other 2 tests are as follows:

Donnerstag, 7. Dezember 2017


Four Ways AI & Bots Will Change Project Management, Artificial Intelligence reinvents Project Management

AI to Disrupt Project Management

3 ways AI will change project management for the better

I, Project Manager: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

Predicts 2017: Artificial Intelligence (Free Registration)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Clinical Research:

AI and Project Management: What Will Change for the Better?

Should Project Managers Fear Artificial Intelligence?

AI & Healthcare

AI, machine learning will shatter Moore's Law in rapid-fire pace of innovation

Deep Learning In The Clinic: Predicting Patient Prognosis

A Knowledge Graph-based Semantic Database for Biomedical Sciences