Remote führen - geht das?

Remote Management – How Can it Work?

Remote collaboration is the new normal today. How can you manage teams remotely? This blog post offers practical advice.
Introducing Software? It’s Best Done Lean

Introducing Software? It’s Best Done Lean

Agile methods and lean management are not only suitable for product development. Have you ever introduced software iteratively?
Videokonferenz-Etikette - für ein gutes Miteinander

Video Conferencing Etiquette – for good cooperation

What rules should you apply in video conferences? Which mistakes can be easily avoided? Read our blog on video conferencing etiquette to find out.

Prioritizing Requirements – Techniques for Stakeholder Workshops

How do you prioritize requirements with stakeholders? Best in joint workshops. Get to know the Rock, Pebble & Sand method with objectiF RPM today.

Becoming a Certified SAFe® Program Consultant – Online

Axel Höner reports on his acquisition of the title: Certified SAFe® 5 Program Consultant (SPC) and describes an all-round positive online seminar format.

objectiF RPM and SAFe® – a good fit

As a new Scaled Agile Platform Partner, we present objectiF RPM for SAFe® and show you how to achieve Business Agility with it.

Agile: fast, flexible and …. stressed out?

Agility and resilience = agilience, a mindset comprising multi-layered abilities to deal with crisis and change for people, teams and companies.

The Scaleable Agile Framework – Part 1

Agile program management means working agilely with several teams to realize a vision. But what's the best way to coordinate sprints and backlogs?
Herausforderung und Chance: Sicherheit in agilen Softwareentwicklungsprojekten

Challenges and Opportunities: Security in Agile Software Development

Information security is not a big topic in agile software development. In this article, Dagmar Stefanie Moser explains why it's still important.

Idea Management in the Digital Age

Everything begins with an idea. And knowledge is power. Especially today in the so-called knowledge-based economy, ideas are everything.
Agile FMEA

Agile Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

FMEA is an analysis for the early identification and resolution of errors and risks. How can it be done agilely? André Kapust gives some tips.
Verfiziert und validiert ist wie realisiert und funktioniert

Verification ain’t Validation

What's the difference between verification and validation? How do you ensure quality using the V-Model or an agile approach?
Kanban Engpass

Kanban – More Than a Board

Using a board for visualizing workflows and setting task limits (WiP limits) to maintain throughput are just two ways to optimize the production process in Kanban.
R wie Requirements, P wie Projekte

R for Requirements, P for Project Management

objectiF RM is for requirements engineering. objectiF RPM = objectiF RM plus project management and controlling. A comparison of both products.
Wir packen unseren Koffer für ein digitales Organisationsmodell

We’re preparing for a digital organizational structure

How does digitalization work? What considerations and organizational structures do you need? Kim Duggen from oose gives us her ideas on the subject.
Scrum skalieren nach LeSS mit objectiF RPM

Scaling Scrum with LeSS in objectiF RPM

Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) scales agile project management according to Scrum, opening the method for multiple teams in an organisation.
SysML v2 - The Next Generation

SysML v2 – The Next Generation

Version 2 of Systems Modeling Language (SysML) will be released soon. Co-author of specifications, Tim Weilkiens, discusses the most important changes.
Mit DevOps Software schneller entwickeln und in Betrieb nehmen

DevOps for faster Software Development and Deployment

DevOps is the cooperation between development and operations teams, which aims at achieving faster time to market. Roland Wanner explains it here.
Story Mapping versus Geschäftsprozessmodell

Story Mapping versus Business Process Modeling

Is user story mapping nothing more than good old business process analysis? Yes and no, says Dr. Andrea Herrmann and explains the differences.
Agiles Requirements Engineering

Agile Requirements Engineering

David Theil compares classic and agile Requirements Engineering and concludes that agile methods deliver better results.
Identify risks successfully with brainstorming

Identify risks successfully with brainstorming

Risk management is an ongoing process. Roland Wanner explains how to identify risks even better in your team with brainstorming.
MIcroservices - the latest architectural approach

Microservices – the latest architectural approach

Microservices are top dog in the field of architecture. Eberhard Wolff introduces this modular concept to us and points out hierarchy, advantages and disadvantages.
requirements engineers effizient eingesetzt

Efficient assignment of requirements engineers

How can you assign Requirements Engineers efficiently? René Busch gives advice on how to allocate resources and save money in this blog post.
Role Mode Canvas Verantwortlichkeiten sauber definieren

Role Model Canvas – Clarify Responsibilities

How do you define roles in your projects? Who is responisble for what and communicates how with whom? Use Christian Botta's Role Model Canvas to clarify that.
The real reasons behind conflicts are deep below the surface

Connecting two worlds: The interface between requirements engineering and Jira

Requirements Engineering nach IREB umfasst ein breites Spektrum an Aufgaben, die Sie mit objectiF RM bewältigen. Um die Anforderungen weiterzugeben, können Sie die Jira-Schnittstelle einsetzen.
Ein Board für alle Zustände

One Board for all States

Kanban boards and Scrum boards are popular aids for controlling progress on user stories and tasks within agile project management.
Agile project management

Self-organized teams? So what will the agile project manager do?

The manifesto for agile software development calls for self-organized teams. Dominic Lindner has done a study on leading agile teams and and points out results.
Vom Requirements Engineer zum Digital Business Analyst

From requirements engineer to digital business analyst

Business analysts are becoming more and more important through the course of digitization, because they serve as a connection between strategy and technology. Which skills does a digital business analyst need?
Wie sich die IT-Analyse unter ihrem Wert verkauft

How IT analysis undersells itself and why that’s bad for everyone

IT analysts do a lot more than just creating, documenting and managing requirements. They design solutions. Josef Falk explains why this is good for software projects.
Blockchain digitale Transformation auf dem Vormarsch

Blockchain: Digital transformation on the rise

Blockchain is a decentral chain of blocks that are transparent and tamper-proof. IT consultant Dennis Streichert explains it here.
Can User Stories be Good Requirements

Can user stories be good requirements?

User stories describe the stakeholders' goals and wishes in agile development. Can the IREB quality criteria for requirements be fulfilled with user stories?
Cooking up a requirements engineer

Cooking up a requirements engineer – the right talent makes all the difference

Job ads often list unusable RE or BA requirements. How do you find candidates with the right talents, nevertheless? René Busch gives some tips.

Between excitement and frustration: keeping capable of acting in the age of digitization

How do you deal with uncertainty from technology? Can VUCA be fought with rationality? No, says Astrid Kuhlmey, and instead she recommends self-awareness.
Gantt charts are boring

Gantt charts are boooring

The Gantt chart is an established tool for planning projects. This blog post shows you how you can get the most of it.
don't panic rabbit

Don’t worry, bunny, because irrational fears stop development in its tracks

Are you a coward? Do you sometimes feel like a panicking bunny? Ralf Schmitt explains how to overcome fears and profit by it in your career.
Business Storytelling

Business storytelling

How can you gain attention in the age of digitization? With good stories, says Stefan Marc Wagner. And he explains how to write them.
Visualize clearly

Visualize clearly – practical tips that work

Communication trainer Susanne Lorenz reveals how she uses a flipchart to clearly illustrate her presentations. Get inspired.
Santa Lucia Project Uncertainty

Santa Lucia! Dealing with uncertainty in projects

Santa Lucia or San Jose - which city will build its road? Not even good planning can avoid uncertainty in projects. Joachim Reinke explains why.
2018 A Forecast

2018 – A Forecast

We take a look at the year ahead as we change our calendar. What lies ahead in 2018 for microTOOL? Events, releases…
Establish baselines

What does it mean to establish baselines?

Establishing baselines is an important task for requirements engineering. Why is that, and how do you establish baselines?
Patterns in agile project management

Patterns in agile project planning

A pattern is a proven and repeatable solution concept for a concrete problem. How do patterns work in agile project planning?
Keys to better requirements

The key to establishing better requirements

Requirements are often established as documents. Stephanie Selmer describes how to integrate users, get them enthusiastic and turn them into requirement heroes.
Specialist Departments Requirements Engineering

Why requirements engineers should also work in specialist departments

Problems often arise because the specialist departments' knowledge roams over to the IT departments. What does this look like and what does it mean for requirements engineers?

Welcome to the Twin Peaks Model

How do you develop requirements and archteciture without delaying the project or letting the costs get too high? The Twin Peaks Model explains this.

Control progress with the cumulative flow diagram

The cumulative flow diagram visualizes the "flow" of tasks. Project risks can be identified through its compact presentation. How does it work?
Project Health Check

Successful projects with the Project Health Check

Take different perspectives on complex projects and ensure the project's success by using the Project Health Check.
Principles of agile business analysis

Business analysis in classical, hybrid and agile project contexts

Rainer Wendt describes the new structures for agile principles of agile business anaysis with the concept of planning horizons.
At a glance: All relationships between the core concepts

Core concepts of business analysis or: all about turtles

What do business analysis and turtles have to do with each other? Learn more about the BACCM mode, the core concepts and their relationships to each other.

Digitalization – the fastest revolution of all time

Is your business model ready for the digital revolution? Prof. Dr. Frank Hälsig shows five common business concepts for the digital economy.

Let’s do a test

Agile development promises value for stakeholders in a short amount of time. But doesn't that inevitably come at the expense of the quality?
Business DNA

Strategic changes with business DNA

The meta-tool of business DNA allows businesses to better include workers in structural and strategic changes. How can you save time and energy by doing this?
Project teams with beavers, bears and eagles

Optimal project teams with beavers, bears and eagles

You can best achieve your project success with an optimal project team. Get to know a simple method to get the most out of your project team.
Im Flug zur Marke ICH

Flying toward more successful self-marketing

Get to know 4 plus 1 success factors to improve your self-marketing. And learn how to internalize these factors as a pattern for success.
New work

New Work

Work changes. What is the most sensible and constructive way to handle upcoming rejuvenation of work? And what are the dimensions of new work?
Requirements workshops - determine requirements together

The ideal requirements workshop

Requirements workshops are a great technique for developing requirements. Where does this resonate in the execution, preparation and follow-up of a workshop?
Once upon a time there was a project plan, but then something unpredictable happened

Once upon a time there was a project plan

A project always has something to do with uncertainty. How do you approach uncertainty and which skills can you learn for dealing with it?
Gather requirements with field observation

The best observation techniques in requirements engineering

Observation techniques like field observation, apprenticing and contextual inquiry are good development techniques in requirements engineering. What are some tips?
Perfect feature reviews - whenever you find the time.

The perfect review of features

For feature reviews, both review meetings and mechanical reviews are available. What is recommended when and how does a mechanical review go?
Fact controlled management - react quickly to changes

Fact-controlled management

Through IT structures and networking, facts quickly develop that are hard to control. How should businesses react to this?
Find the right team for your projects with profiling

Get the right project team with profiling

The interactions of project workers is a success factor for projects. How can profiling employees help improve cooperation in the team?
Problems - are they good or bad?

The problem with the problem

A good problem statement describes the task to be solved as generally as possible and so helps with the search for the right solution.
project management software comparison

Project Management Software Comparison

Selection processes begin with feature lists, even if most of the terms used are unclear. How should you perform a project management software comparison?
Picasso Queen with an Egg

Art meets Easter bunny and the Easter egg

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.
Easter still with flowers and eggs

Digital Easter

Digitalization is here - even for Easter. An entertaining experience of draining, dying and painting Easter eggs.
Disruptive Innovation

200 grams of disruptive, please!

What are disruptive and evolutionary innovations? How important is the point of view of an innovation and what is the disruptive model?
Select product type

Limit references to concrete product types

in in-STEP BLUE, relationships between products are created through references. How can references be limited to concrete product types?
Work agilely without calling it that

Working agile without calling it that

How can a very classical business culture introduce agile instruments and work more successfully? An experiential report.
In conversation with Leonhard Limburg

Communication in IT projects: an interview with Leonhard Limburg

A conversation with Leonhard Limburg about communication in IT projects, supporting staff in concrete situations and Aikido.
Agile transformation

Agile transformation in four steps

An agile transformaiton is a large challenge for many businesses. A change process with four steps can help.
Agile Coaches

A Plea for the Agile Coach

How does the role of agile coaches in businesses look today? And what would organizations be missing is they went without agile coaches?
Digital Working World

The digital working world and its effect on management

How can employees be managed in a digital working world? What does it come down to on the theme of management in the Working World 4.0?
Generate added value by using a processual structure

Taylor was wrong, after all

Many businesses operate with functional teams in sales or IT. In the future, processual structures will offer more advantages to the customers.
Migrating old systems is a real challenge

Migrate complicated applications agilely

How do you migrate applications? And why is it worthwhile to consider an agile, iterative approach?
Adapt in-STEP BLUE forms

Elegantly navigate through form lists

In in-STEP BLUE you can record information in forms and manage it in lists. Learn how to easily flick through forms here.
Danger Zone Project

Danger Zone Project

Projects are new by definition, so the outcome is uncertain. Additionally, they are threatened by project dangers. Get to know six solution scenarios.
Improve workplace communication

What you can do to improve communication at your workplace

Evaluations frequently lead to misunderstandings. What should you pay attention in order to improve the communication in your workplace?
Flash of inspiration

How does creativity come into IT analysis?

Does requirements engineering have to develop further to be able to design new solutions? And how can creativity be embedded into IT analysis?
Allocate employee capacity

Hybrid project planning with objectiF RPM

With objectiF RPM you can do your project planning classically, agilely or hybrid. Here you can find the different settings.
Documentation with post-it notes does the trick!

Product specification – the seven biggest mistakes

Why do you want to specify products when you could just develop them? Seven reasons to renounce documentation.
Export further properties

Export custom properties into MS Project

You can export information from in-STEP BLUE to MS Project. It also works for custom in-STEP BLUE properties.

Three Success Factors for Handling Uncertainty and Complexity

Agile approaches require an active mind set change. Read three important success factors that are very useful for project managers.
Changing the project leader

Changing project manager – who, how, what?

Changing the project leader is no easy task. Which criteria should you pay attention to when doing so to save the project?
Select triggers for password request

Securing state changes with a password

In in-STEP BLUE you can secure state changes with a password request. This helps avoid mistakes and to increase security.
Checklists in use

Checklists in project management

Pilots use checklists before and during flights. When can checklists be employed in project management and what advantages do they offer?
setting of user-defined properties

Show properties in the title bar of a form

Forms can easily be adapted individually in in-STEP BLUE. Read here how to display the properties directly in the title bar.
Expanding your knowledge online

Where do you get your knowledge from?

Do you want to know something, learn to do something, or master something? An evaluation of knowledge acquisition and the importance of feedback by Dr. Andrea Herrmann.
The perfect christmas star

The Perfect Christmas Star

Make the perfect Christmas star yourself! A small do it yourself project with aluminium foil, scissors and a pencil. 45 minutes of fun!
Net plan in objectiF RPM

Precedence diagrams – the right tool for every task

With objectiF RPM you can generate precedence diagrams for your project plans and activities - either as a MS Visio or a PDF document.

Interacting with JIRA

You can exchange information between JIRA and in-STEP BLUE. Read how you can adapt your system for data exchange in just a few minutes.
The christmas blues

The Christmas Blues

Do you know the Christmas blues? Too many expectations, wishes and hopes - Christmas can be stressful. A report.
Manufacture or Industry

Manufacture or Industry? IT doesn’t have a choice!

Digitalization leads to new processes and structures. How should business IT set itself up to allow these changes?
Learning from mistakes

Learning from mistakes is easier said than done

Businesses need a culture of mistakes, because only through making mistakes can new ideas and concepts be developed. What is Navituition?
Deploying software so that it fails

Software deployment – how to make sure it fails

How can your software deployment fail - you can achieve that with these tips.
Correctly exchanging requirements

Exchanging requirements correctly

A structured exchange of requirements among companies are not easy to arrange. The ReqIF standard in the OMG can help.
Eliciting usability requirements using a charrette session

Collaboratively developing usability requirements

A charrette session is a good opportunity to collaboratively develop requirements. What's important with charrette sessions?
Functional security

Practicing Functional Safety

The functional safety is concerned with the analysis of possible dangers and the definition of safety functions. How does that look practically?
The foundations of usability requirement

The foundations of usability requirements development

What should you pay attention to when developing usability requirements? What role does human performance capacities and perception play?

At your command – make sums in views

With in-STEP BLUE you can calculate the sum of multiple values of a column, like the total effort of individual requirements in the requirements list.
Communication in crisis

Communicating during a product recall

The number of recalls is increasing. This leads to impage and profit losses in companies. So what does successful crisis communication look like?

Artifacts in version 4.0

With objectiF RPM version 4.0, you can define your own artifacts and use them in your projects.
You should be careful while driving into fog

The paradigm shift in requirements engineering

Products have errors because the wrong employees carry out the wrong tasks. It is time for a paradigm shift.
PMO or project assistant

PMO or project assistant – an overview of the differences

A PMO and a project assistant both seek efficiency and effictiveness in project management. But what are the differences?
The success mindset

Success is all in the mind

What is the difference between successful and unsuccessful people? Their actions and their thinking. Find out how to develop the right mindset.
IT managers' new way of thinking

The new way of thinking among IT leaders

How can importance, urgency, effectiveness and efficiency be integrated into a single formula to adjust a company's priorities?
Interview with Andreas Zeuch

Weathering change – An interview with Dr Andreas Zeuch

A discussion with Dr Andreas Zeuch about changes in business, the definition of problems anad concrete approaches to change processes.
The glorious four factors required for a successful new professional world

The glorious four factors required for a successful new professional world

How can comapnies adjust to new challenges in the new professional world and how can success be achieved?
We love innovation

The many enemies of innovation

Innovation is and requires a mindset. Many companies find it hard to adopt this mindset. What can corporations learn from startups?
Organisations often have to deal with too many requirements. Perhaps it’s time for a change?

Requirements with an expiration date

What can you do when there are too many requirements and you can't keep track anymore? Try working with templates and expiration dates.
The I in team

The “I“ in TEAM

Individual performance in teams is not always measurable. Why is an individual still delivering performance and what has appreciation to do with it?
Interview with Rainer Wendt

Becoming a Business Analyst – Interview with Rainer Wendt

An interview with Rainer Wendt, president of the IIBA Germany Chapter, about becoming a business analyst and business analysis in the IIBA Germany chapter.
Individuals calling for more individual leadership

The future of leadership

One thing is certain, leadership is changing. But how will it change? And will leaders even exist in the coming years? A prognosis.
Escaping micromanagement

Breaking Out of Micromanagement

If you want to make a change you need to break out of micromanagement. By delegating tasks you gain the time to get things done. Find out how!
Group communiction

Leverage in group communication

Leverage points combine the knowledge of large groups with the communicative efficiency of small teams. Collective intelligence through leverage points.
Discussing content and arriving at better conclusions

What is requirements engineering and what content goes into a specification?

Requirements engineers translate users' desires into language that developers can understand. But what kind of content goes into a specification?

Effective teams with a unified vision

Effective teams are an important factor in developing products. A unified vision is absolutely necessary for team work to succeed. How do you develop it?
Flexibility through job sharing

Becoming attractive through flexibility – job sharing in the IT industry

With job sharing companies react to the changing demands of employees. Find out how can job sharing can help you become a more attractive employer?
Bumbling towards strategic success

Bumbling towards strategic success – is that even possible?

Businesses find it hard to stick to their plans. That's why a German small business owner is trying to do things differently, with a wager and feedback.

Keep calm and digitize

Digitization is a buzzword that still holds many challenges for businesses. How should companies actually deal with digitization?

The solution evaluation in business analysis

Solution Evaluation is the assessment of existing or new solutions before or after a business goes into operation. Read more about Solution Evaluation.

Selecting or electing supervisors

What challenges are involved in choosing supervisors? And what practical examples are out there of electing supervisors democratically?

Project and personal goals

Who should I talk to to find out my figure out my project goals? Or even better: what is the meaning of my project? A post about project and personal goals.
The sound of music in in-STEP BLUE

You’ve got Mail

With in-STEP BLUE you can send and receive automated messages. It is also possible to play sounds when receiving messages. Find out how to customize them.

Securing systems with misuse cases

Misuse cases are a good instrument in the area of safety and security to help you elicit quality requirements properly. How do misuse cases work?

Update and distribute templates

You can centrally manage and update document templates in in-STEP BLUE, and then distribute them into your projects with the press of a button.

Showing Up – be the leader you feel called to be

Leadership used to be just for mangers. Today it is more of an activity than a position. Learn how to lead with confidence in every area of your work.
Using the ReqIF Interface in in-STEP BLUE

How to use the ReqIF interface

How do you use ReqIF to import and export requirements? Read these instructions to find out how the ReqIF interface works in in-STEP BLUE.
5 Things software developers should learn

5 things software developers can learn from designers

Design thinking is the ability to perceive things that others cannot see and knowing how to execute ideas. What can developers learn from designers?
Set views

Determine product history with the web service

Manage a lot of information with in-STEP BLUE. How do you determine product histories of individual artifacts for external tools?
Experimental leadership

Irresponsible experimental leadership

Experiments can be useful in product development (to a limited degree). But if they are done on people they are irresponsible. When are they a good idea?
Project managers or sales staff

Hey you, yes you, the project manager. Ever thought of a career in sales?

IT project managers have a lot of skills that are highly sought after in sales. Find out why it makes sense for them to begin a career in IT sales.
Projektmarketing with Videos

Using videos in your project marketing

Project marketing with videos offers many advantages. But what is the cost benefits relationship? Find out what you need to know about producing clips.
3 World Model

Unrecognized conflicts of interest – Self-awareness with the 3-world-model

The 3 world model of personalities by Bernd Schmid helps us to recognize conflicts of interest in organisation. Read concrete case studies.
Addressing risks in agile projects

Addressing risks in agile projects

Find out how to develop systematic risk identifcation mechanisms in your projects so that you can manage and minize the risks you face regularly. 

Plan work assignments with activities

Step by step to a ticket system in in-STEP BLUE. Today is step 11: plan work assignments with activities.
Killer questions Sender and Receiver

Evil oratory – how to beat knock-out arguments

Killer questions are everywhere. Tatjana Lackner, experienced coach, explains how to identify them in for your own personal and professional success. 

Spot the Easter error

Spot the error this Easter with conceptual artworks by Haring, Mondrian, Johns, Magritte, Marc, Miró and Pollock. Compare two images. 
IT Analysis 2016

IT Analysis 2016 – Taking Stock

There are many IT anaylsis concepts. Concepts that compliment each other, some that conflict and some that contradict each other. Time to take stock. 
Finding your way in projects

Chaos and Confusion or Clarity and Orientation in Projects

Orientation can be obtained by means of goals, process descriptions and situational roles, according to Annette Berger. Find out how they provide clarity. 
Export in view two

Multi Excel export for different views

Step by step to a ticket system with in-STEP BLUE. Today is step 10: use multi Excel export for the parellel evaluation of different views.
Non-violent-communication in projects

Non-violent communication in projects

Communication is not always easy. How can non-violent communication in projects help and what are the different aspects of non-violent communication?
using chance to your advantage

How to use chance to your advantage

Chance could either be your biggest enemy or your greatest advantage. Find out how you can use chance to jump start your success.
Simply register the components

Exporting tickets to MS Excel

Step by step to your in-STEP BLUE ticket system. Today Step 9: Export tickets and ticket lists from in-STEP BLUE to MS Excel.
Inspections as path towards good specifications

Inspection as the Path to Good Specifications

Errors in specifications are unavoidable. An inspection is used to find those errors. Here are six best pratices help you do so. 
The System Footprint

Visualized Understanding: The System Footprint

Using a system footprint to visualize your system requirements and allow everyone on your team to stay informed of the big picture. 
Activate command for forms

From ticket form to work contract

Step by step to an in-STEP BLUE ticket system. Today step eight: create a work contract from a ticket form.

Lean traceability in three steps

Learn how to get the right amount of traceability in your agile projects. Improve your compliance and your overall performance through lean traceability.
Patents and Your Competitive Advantage

Patents and Your Competitive Advantage

Patents documentation contains information about developments as well as an invention’s technical context. Learn how to let your company benefit from it.
On the path to work contracts

Create a work contract for tickets

Step by step to a ticket system: today, step 7: create a work contract for tickets. Multi part series about managing tickets.
Step by step and level by level

Choosing Project Leaders with Logical Levels

Learn how to hire the right project managers in your company using the Logical Levels method as developed by NLP expert Robert Dilts.
The real reasons behind conflicts are deep below the surface

Developing Conflict Warning Systems

Learn how to develop early warning systems to improve your conflict management system and save money.