is-stress-poisonous

Is Stress Poisonous To The Spirit?

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Pressure to perform is a reoccurring and big issue in project work. How can we reduce stress and appreciate the things we have already achieved?
Create ticket

Just one click to a ticket!

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Step by step to a ticket system. Today, step four: determine the storage location for the tickets and create the first one.
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Moderation, Or: At Eye Level With The Alpha Male

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How do you handle resistance in workshops and seminars? Learn more about moderation and the best techniques on how to ensure fruitful workshops here.
Select product type

Organize storage and create tickets

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Step by step to an in-STEP BLUE ticket system. Today, step 3: Determine the storage location of the tickets and create the first ones.
lego no game

LEGO is not a game!

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What is LEGO SERIOUS PLAY? How does it work as a participative problem-solving facilitation method and what is important in workshops?
Create product type for tickets

Create a product type for tickets

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Step by step to an in-STEP BLUE ticket system. Today is step two: create a product type for tickets. Steps to manage tickets.
Clear steps. Clear rules. High pace.

Agile Specifications

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How do you get agile specifications done within 2 weeks by following 5 steps and 2 basic rules? Maik Pfingsten explains how it works.

Step by step to a ticket system

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With in-STEP BLUE you plan projects. And you also manage requirements, change requests, tests or even tickets. A step by step guide for a ticket system.
Patterns in nature

Breaking Patterns, Using Patterns

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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.
The Internet of Things – Hype or Business Opportunity

The Internet of Things - Hype or Business Opportunity?

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Are there sustainable business models able to prove that the Internet of Things is not just a concept but an economically feasible trend?

October 26, 1985 - Back to the Past

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October 21, 2015 - the future is here. But how was life in 1985? And how is your knowledge about "Back to the Future"?
Clemens Schmidt

An Interview With Clemens Schmidt about Successful Software Introductions

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An interview with Clemens Schmidt, IT developer, administrator, coach, project manager and consultant, about effective software introduction.
All Power to Nobody

Corporate Democracy, or: All Power to Nobody!

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We live in a democracy with most people quite happy about not being controlled or even punished, on the other hand we give up our democratic rights.

Transparency Needs Feedback

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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?
Braindumping-Session

Be More Creative! Forget Brainstorming!

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How to make meetings effective? What are the advantages of brain dumping and why is better than brainstorming or brain writing 3-6-5?

A Conversation with Peter Gerstbach of IIBA

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The Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) is a rich source of knowledge and another good reason for talking to Peter Gerstbach of IIBA.

Theory X and Theory Y in Project Work

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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?
Create reports over a period

Create products over a period

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How to create products with in-STEP BLUE like project state reports or meeting protocols with the click of a button over a certain period.

Interview with Stefan Sturm, IREB

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The following is an interview between Stefan Sturm, Managing Director at IREB, and Tanja Weiß of microTOOL, about ireb, cpre and requirements engineering.
project launch

Project Launch – Why Is It So Difficult?

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Especially with IT projects initiated by departments acting under pressure of success we make the mistake of taking the second step before the first one.

When Run-of-the-Mill Is a Good Thing

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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

Subjective Complexity

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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?
projects need a business case

Why Projects Need A Business Case

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Projects fail because of mistakes by management rather than technical issues, so why are we still applying processes that do not include a business case?
objectif-rpm-refinements

Customize arrangement of tabs in dialogs

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With objectiF RM you easily capture requirements with forms. Read how you can customize the arrangement of tabs in these forms.
Goal modelling in-STEP RED

Documenting relationships in a table

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With objectiF RPM you can easily model the relationships between elements and you can also enter them into a table. Read these short instructions.
sherlock holmes as project manager

If Sherlock Holmes Was Your Project Manager

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Do you know how to find 6 causes of conflicts in the cooperation of people systematically? Sherlock Holmes probably knows how.
Moving and copying elements in objectiF RPM and objectiF RM

Moving and copying

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In objectiF RPM and objectiF RM you can simply drag and copy elements from the product browser.
effective compliance measures

4 Steps to Effective Compliance Measures

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The reason for non-compliance that almost always applies is an unfinished conversation about requirements. Read more about how to improve your compliance.
design thinking more than another method

Design Thinking

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Design Thinking is more than just another method of solving problems. It is an attitude. Learn more about the 6 phases of Design Thinking.
trust as essential ingredient

Trust in Projects

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Trust facilitates communication processes, an essential ingredient of project success and high productivity. Learn how to increase your trust in projects.
Ineffective Collaboration

6 Wrong Reasons for Ineffective Collaboration in Projects

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Problems of collaboration in projects are perhaps annoying, but basically no problem, as long as the problems are solved repeatedly.

How to Communicate Effectively in Projects

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Communication is regarded as the Alpha and Omega of project management. Read more about how you can improve communication in your projects here.
The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek

The Golden Circle in Requirements Engineering

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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.
How to Streamline Your Project Documentation

How to Streamline Your Project Documentation

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Looking for a way to reduce project documentation by a third without missing anything? Read our 5 steps to project documentation without dead weight.
project management software comparison

Project Management Software Comparison

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Selection processes begin with feature lists, even if most of the terms used are unclear. How should you perform a project management software comparison?
business analysis or project management

Business Analysis versus Project Management

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In many companies, there are uncertainties, which tasks business analysis and which tasks project management have to perform. Find a definition here.

Art meets Easter Bunny (again)

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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.
Intuition in Project Management

The Power of Professional Intuition

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Our intuition is far more powerful than our ability to make rational decisions, making it an important resource for our decision-making processes.

Money Pit 101

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How can a project spiral out of control so much that the Elbphilharmonie is a long way from opening fours years after the originally planned completion?
Understanding different points of view

Torn out of Context in Reverse at 50 mph

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When eliciting requirements it is paramount to keep an eye on the context and on the background on which persons are creating requirements.

Project Management: Is it art or science?

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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?
project management with attitude

Project Management with an Attitude

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Successful project managers approach their work with a seamanlike serenity. How do you develop the skills to stay calm in difficult situations?
When personas meet use case 2.0

When Personas meet Use Case 2.0

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What is the difference between Persona scenarios and use cases? And how do personas and Use Case 2.0 fit together?
being connected concept

Being Connected - Real-life Applications of a Concept

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What are the differences between meaning, identity and the process of giving meaning to something. And how do you apply the concept of being connected?
business analysis nutshell

Business Analysis in a Nutshell

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What is Business Analysis and why is it of inestimable value for companies trying to reach their real objective while saving resources and money?
different positions

How to Solve Conflicts with Perceptual Positions

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In this article you will learn how conflicts, e.g. with stakeholders, can be worked on, solved or even avoided by adopting different perceptual positions.
Workflow - A combination of processor, activities, products and states

How to Manage Projects Effectively With Workflows

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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?
being-connected

Being Connected – The Interlinking of Meanings and its Hidden Powers

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Understand the interlinking of meanings, its multiple aspects and its hidden powers. It's worth it.
The-ideal-number-of-diagrams

The Ideal Number of Diagrams and Diagram Elements

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„How many diagrams are necessary to describe a system?“ Systems developers are familiar with these kinds of questions. But is the number really important?

How to make your own custom Christmas card

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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.
no more project loners

No More Project Loners!

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Every project manager wants to manage his or her projects successfully, but often they become project loners. What can project managers do about it?
the best tips

19 Tips for Successful Projects

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Fruitful cooperation of people, the organization and IT are the steady aspects of success. Find 19 very useful tips for successful projects.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Goal Diagram

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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.
pitfalls

Pitfalls of Communication and How to Avoid Them

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Human interaction and communication are diverse. They are the cornerstones of the economy and communities we live in, and they also pose many challenges.
Compliance_Flexible

Do You Comply?

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Are compliance and flexibility a contradiction or can they go hand in hand if the processes and operations are designed to do so? How do you comply?
Reaching goals

How to Boost Acceptance of Your Project Management Software

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You have deployed a new project management software and only a few employees use the tool. What you can do to increase the acceptance.

The Clever Way of Managing Project Documents

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The universe of project documents is subject to its own project laws, with teleportation and time travels being common phenomena.
Key Factors in Software Introduction Processes

How to Introduce New Software Successfully

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If companies are opting for new software based on individual criteria and careful research, why is it so hard to introduce new software successfully?
using word

Using Word, The Sensible Way

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How much time do you dedicate to documenting your projects with MS Word? Read how you could use Word in a sensible way.
approach to requirements

Why the Right Approach to Requirements is Critical to Your Projects

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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.
steps to good requirements

IREB: 6 Steps To Good Requirements

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Requirements Engineering is a key discipline in systems development. Find out the 6 key steps to developing good requirements in your projects. 

Why not ask the stakeholders for once

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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.
Taking An Agile Approach With Use Cases

Taking An Agile Approach With Use Cases

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For many companies use cases are the method of choice for stakeholder communication. Find out how they help us understand how a system supports users.
Rowboats

Why Projects Fail: The Island Problem

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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.
excel no team tool

3 Reasons You Won't Miss Excel In Your Projects

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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.
personas goals

Three Ways Personas Help To Improve Your Projects

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What do you do if you develop products and your customers don't want to be involved in your team? You can use personas. Personas will help you in 3 ways.
microTOOL Farbenlehre

GREEN – RED – BLUE: Three Colours, Three Tools, One Goal: Successful Projects

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What are the goals, differences and benefits of in-STEP BLUE, objectiF RM and in-STEP RED? Get to know microTOOL's different software options.

Generating a document template with objectiF RM and MS Word

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How do you generate requirements documentation in MS Word? Just use a configurable document template in objectiF RM.
Information flow diagram

Run requirements analyses with your own medium

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Do you want to use your own mediums for your requirements analyses? With objectiF RPM you can easily expand the available mediums with UML and SysML.
Form to edit test cases

Develop project patterns for project planning

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Project patterns take away a lot of routine steps. You can quickly create your own patterns for planning and executing projects.
Editing a test case

Project documentation at the click of a button!

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objectiF RM offers a variety of possibilities for goal orientated project documentation at the press of a button! Here is an example.
Ideas-Management

I have an idea!

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Ideas are the driving force of progress. Easily support your workflows and perform effective Ideas Management with in-STEP BLUE.
Domain structure management

Product management with objectiF RM

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Product management often has to answer questions about goals and the requirements that result from them. ObjectiF RM can help you with it.

Risk Management: No Risk, No Fun?

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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.

Colour by numbers at Easter

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Why brings a hare eggs for Easter? Eggs? A bunny? There must be something wrong! Colour by numbers at Easter.
Radiant-Rabbit

Art meets Easter Bunny

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A surreal excursion to an art history and a homage to the Easter bunny. With Haring, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Hirst, Mondrian, Miró, Kandinsky and Johns.
PRINCE2 - Projects in controlled environments

What I Love About PRINCE2

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PRINCE2 is a well-known methodology for running projects. Learn what consultant Olaf Lewitz loves about PRINCE2 for his work.