Selection processes begin with feature lists, even if most of the terms used are unclear. How should you perform a project management software comparison?
About Michael Schenkel
Michael Schenkel believes in useful tools, that support users in their work and that provide a common working environment for all types of roles in a project. He became a member of the microTOOL family more than fifteen years ago and took over the position of head of marketing for about half a decade. In October 2017, he moved on to a new adventure and we wish him all the best on this new path.
Entries by Michael Schenkel
An imaginary journey into art and an homage to the Easter egg. With conceived works by Picasso, van Gogh, Miró, Munch, Gauguin, Haring and Banksy.
What are disruptive and evolutionary innovations? How important is the point of view of an innovation and what is the disruptive model?
A conversation with Leonhard Limburg about communication in IT projects, supporting staff in concrete situations and Aikido.
Changing the project leader is no easy task. Which criteria should you pay attention to when doing so to save the project?
Make the perfect Christmas star yourself! A small do it yourself project with aluminium foil, scissors and a pencil. 45 minutes of fun!
The number of recalls is increasing. This leads to impage and profit losses in companies. So what does successful crisis communication look like?
A discussion with Dr Andreas Zeuch about changes in business, the definition of problems anad concrete approaches to change processes.
What can you do when there are too many requirements and you can’t keep track anymore? Try working with templates and expiration dates.
Individual performance in teams is not always measurable. Why is an individual still delivering performance and what has appreciation to do with it?
An interview with Rainer Wendt, president of the IIBA Germany Chapter, about becoming a business analyst and business analysis in the IIBA Germany chapter.
Digitization is a buzzword that still holds many challenges for businesses. How should companies actually deal with digitization?
What challenges are involved in choosing supervisors? And what practical examples are out there of electing supervisors democratically?
Spot the error this Easter with conceptual artworks by Haring, Mondrian, Johns, Magritte, Marc, Miró and Pollock. Compare two images.
How does a software introduction at a Chinese company work? A discussion with Rudolf Siebenhofer, IT consultant and IT project management expert.
Homemade Christmas decorations. A short do-it-yourself guide using silly putty, cookie cutters and an oven. 45 minutes of pure joy!
Projects fail but procect cancellation is rarely seen. Why do companies have a hard time to cancel projects and how could they do better?
By definition each project is unique, so can there even be patterns in projects? A project may be unique but only with regards to the result it produces.
October 21, 2015 – the future is here. But how was life in 1985? And how is your knowledge about “Back to the Future”?
An interview with Clemens Schmidt, IT developer, administrator, coach, project manager and consultant, about effective software introduction.
A lot of people are convinced that transparency is a good thing. But this conviction may be wrong. How do you turn transparency into a positive thing?
Team work is the preferred form of work in organizations. But what about theory X and theory Y and Social Loafing as described by Douglas Murray McGregor?
Run-of-the-mill is a term that describes something that is of average quality, something that is mean, or cookie-cutter. But is it always a bad thing?
Complexity is a personal thing. Is it worthwhile to try and calculate complexity, and how important are the results for your individual perception of it?
Communication is regarded as the Alpha and Omega of project management. Read more about how you can improve communication in your projects here.
Why does a company do what it does? Why should customers opt for a solution of a particular manufacturer? The Golden Circle helps to answer these questions.
In many companies, there are uncertainties, which tasks business analysis and which tasks project management have to perform. Find a definition here.
Another surreal excursion art history and a homage to works by Rene Magritte, Franz Marc, Paolo Scheggi, Gerhard Richter, Yves Klein, Sabine Wild and more.
Is leading a project to its success a form of art or is it a science to apply defined processes? Or is it maybe something completely different?
A workflow is a chain of events, conditions & prerequisites. How do you create a workflow for your project and what advantages do you get using workflows?
„How many diagrams are necessary to describe a system?“ Systems developers are familiar with these kinds of questions. But is the number really important?
Are you looking for an easy way to make a cute Christmas card? Here it is. And you basically need only a pencil and a sharpener.
If you are busying yourself with stakeholders and their goals, a goal diagram might be an effective and easy way for you to visualize interdependencies.
You have deployed a new project management software and only a few employees use the tool. What you can do to increase the acceptance.
If companies are opting for new software based on individual criteria and careful research, why is it so hard to introduce new software successfully?
How much time do you dedicate to documenting your projects with MS Word? Read how you could use Word in a sensible way.
How much time do you dedicate to requirements Engineering when you operate a project? Read why the right approach to requirements is critical to projects.
How do you want to deliver good results if you do not know the goals of your stakeholders? Read what happens when you ignore stakeholders and their wishes.
Projects fail. It is time to improve aspects that are not the primary focus of the projects, but still contribute very much to the success.
There are many good reasons to use Excel. But there are 3 reasons why I never missed Excel in my own project work. And why you won’t miss it, too.
Ideas are the driving force of progress. Easily support your workflows and perform effective Ideas Management with in-STEP BLUE.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. We should take adequate precautions and perform risk management, even if we can’t eliminate every risk.
Why brings a hare eggs for Easter? Eggs? A bunny? There must be something wrong! Colour by numbers at Easter.
A surreal excursion to an art history and a homage to the Easter bunny. With Haring, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Hirst, Mondrian, Miró, Kandinsky and Johns.