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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?

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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?

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.

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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 

Software Introduction in China – A Conversation with Rudolf Siebenhofer

How does a software introduction at a Chinese company work? A discussion with Rudolf Siebenhofer, IT consultant and IT project management expert.

Project Cancellation – How Come and Why?

Projects fail but procect cancellation is rarely seen. Why do companies have a hard time to cancel projects and how could they do better?

Is Stress Poisonous To The Spirit?

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?
at eye level with the alpha male

Moderation, Or: At Eye Level With The Alpha Male

How do you handle resistance in workshops and seminars? Learn more about moderation and the best techniques on how to ensure fruitful workshops here.
lego no game

LEGO is not a game!

What is LEGO SERIOUS PLAY? How does it work as a participative problem-solving facilitation method and what is important in workshops?
Patterns in nature

Breaking Patterns, Using Patterns

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.
Clemens Schmidt

An Interview With Clemens Schmidt about Successful Software Introductions

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!

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

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?

Be More Creative! Forget Brainstorming!

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

Theory X and Theory Y in Project Work

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?
project launch

Project Launch – Why Is It So Difficult?

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.

Subjective Complexity

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

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?
sherlock holmes as project manager

If Sherlock Holmes Was Your Project Manager

Do you know how to find 6 causes of conflicts in the cooperation of people systematically? Sherlock Holmes probably knows how.
effective compliance measures

4 Steps to Effective Compliance Measures

The reason for non-compliance that almost always applies is an unfinished conversation about requirements. Read more about how to improve your compliance.
trust as essential ingredient

Trust in Projects

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

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

Communication is regarded as the Alpha and Omega of project management. Read more about how you can improve communication in your projects here.
How to Streamline Your Project Documentation

How to Streamline Your Project Documentation

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

Business Analysis versus Project Management

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

The Power of Professional Intuition

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

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?

Project Management: Is it art or science?

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

Successful project managers approach their work with a seamanlike serenity. How do you develop the skills to stay calm in difficult situations?
different positions

How to Solve Conflicts with Perceptual Positions

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

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?
no more project loners

No More Project Loners!

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

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

Pitfalls of Communication and How to Avoid Them

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

Do You Comply?

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

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

The universe of project documents is subject to its own project laws, with teleportation and time travels being common phenomena.
using word

Using Word, The Sensible Way

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

Why Projects Fail: The Island Problem

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

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.

Risk Management: No Risk, No Fun?

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.
PRINCE2 - Projects in controlled environments

What I Love About PRINCE2

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