Project Management Software: A Comparison

Project Management Software: A Comparison

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It is difficult to compare project management software because there is a wide range to choose from. How can you still find the right solution?

Agile: fast, flexible and …. stressed out?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

Digitization between excitement and frustration

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
New work

New Work

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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

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A project always has something to do with uncertainty. How do you approach uncertainty and which skills can you learn for dealing with it?
Work agilely without calling it that

Working agile without calling it that

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How can a very classical business culture introduce agile instruments and work more successfully? An experiential report.
Agile transformation

Agile transformation in four steps

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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

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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

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Many businesses operate with functional teams in sales or IT. In the future, processual structures will offer more advantages to the customers.
Serenity

Three Success Factors for Handling Uncertainty and Complexity

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Agile approaches require an active mind set change. Read three important success factors that are very useful for project managers.
Managing projects with workflows

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?
Changing the project leader

Changing project manager – who, how, what?

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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

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Pilots use checklists before and during flights. When can checklists be employed in project management and what advantages do they offer?
Deploying software so that it fails

Software deployment – how to make sure it fails

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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

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A PMO and a project assistant both seek efficiency and effictiveness in project management. But what are the differences?
We love innovation

The many enemies of innovation

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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

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

Project and personal goals

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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.
Project managers or sales staff

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

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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.
3 World Model

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

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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

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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

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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

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Communication is not always easy. How can non-violent communication in projects help and what are the different aspects of non-violent communication?
The real reasons behind conflicts are deep below the surface

Developing Conflict Warning Systems

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

Software Introduction in China – A Conversation with Rudolf Siebenhofer

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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?

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

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?
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.
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?
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 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.
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.

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?
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.
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.
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.