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Reinhard Wagner

Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defense, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is Past President of IPMA and Chairman of the Council, Honorary Chairman of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.

Passion for Projects – the Beauty and the Beast

20 June 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

If someone is going the extra mile in projects, we characterize this as passion. But what is passion? In philosophy and religion passion may be defined as “the instinctive, emotional, primitive drives in a human being (including, for example, lust, anger, aggression and jealousy) which a human being must restrain, channel, develop and sublimate in

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Project Management at the Edge of Chaos

18 June 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The headline seems to be a contradiction. Project management is typically perceived to be structured, keeping order and being the opposite of chaos. However, the authors of “Project Management at the Edge of Chaos”, Alfred Oswald, Jens Köhler and Roland Schmitt, saw a gap in the management dealing with theories and models in complex contexts,

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Projects and project management in Denmark

11 June 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Denmark is a Nordic country, south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the

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Project-based learning for a changing world of work – Part 4

4 June 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Written by Dr. Jesus Martinez-Almela and Reinhard Wagner Training and assessment offerings of professional organizations – with special focus on IPMA Training and educational assessment is the systematic process of documenting and using empirical data on the knowledge, skill, attitudes, and beliefs to refine programmes and improve student learning. Assessment data can be obtained from

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Ludvig Holberg – The Underground Travels of Niels Klim (1741)

1 June 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Niels Klim’s Underground Travels, originally published in Latin as Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum in 1741, is a satirical fantasy novel written by the Norwegian-Danish author Ludvig Holberg. It describes a utopian society from an outsider’s point of view, and often pokes fun at diverse cultural and social topics such as morality, science, sexual equality, religion,

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Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Rudolf Diesel

28 May 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

You are all encouraged to write about great projectors out of your context so we may learn from them and improve our way of performing projects. “Projector” is a term introduced by Daniel Defoe in “An Essay upon Projects” (1697). It refers to people that “project” into the future and thus make them real. A

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Project-based learning for a changing world of work – Part 3

24 May 2018 IN Featured Know how Uncategorized BY

Project-based education and training approaches  The terms “education” and “training” are interrelated but represent two different concepts. “Education” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as follows: “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at school or university.” [Oxford 2018a] Therefore, it refers to learning in classrooms for acquiring knowledge. Education helps for developing

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Project-based learning for a changing world of work – Part 2

22 May 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Written by Dr. Jesus Martinez-Almela and Reinhard Wagner Which competences are needed for the people engaged in projects? That typically depends on the context, content and complexity of the particular project. Competence required can be divided into those needed for managing projects and those that are specific to the individual project type, content or context.

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Projects and project management in Turkey

16 May 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, comprising mainly Anatolia in Western Asia and a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria

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Projectors in Denmark – A comedy from the 17th Century

9 May 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez (1580 – 1645) was a Spanish nobleman, politician and one of the most prominent Spanish poets of the 17thCentury [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_de_Quevedo]. He produced a vast quantity of poetry, ranging from satirical and mythological subjects to love poetry and philosophical pieces. In his “Dreams” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Sue%C3%B1os], the somewhat misanthropic Quevedo showcased his

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