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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 Defence, 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 President of IPMA, Past President and Honorary Fellow of GPM (the German Project Management Association), and founder and CEO of Projectivists, a PM Consultancy.

The Program Canvas – A useful tool for designing programs

22 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

During the 2014 IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam, Theo van der Tak, Björn Prevaas and Hans Cremer introduced a new concept for designing a program by using a “Program Canvas”. During a workshop with about 50 experts the canvas was further improved and in 2016 a book as well as a toolset with poster, templates

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The World in 2050 – and some implications for project management

17 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

New results of a PwC report sets out the latest long-term global growth projections to 2050 for 32 of the largest economies in the world. The research was started in 2008 and updated every second year from 2011 onwards. The full report reveals fascinating insights regarding the dynamics of economic growth and change. The research

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Projects and project management in Sri Lanka

15 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The name of “Ceylon” may still be more familiar for the island south east of India nowadays being the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Actually, the island´s name changed quite often. It was first called “Tambapanni”, later the Hindu mythology used the expression “Lankā”, in Tamil language the island translates to “Eelam”, the Greek

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!

13 February 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has published a new book with an attention-grabbing title: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Schwab explains that we have a chance to shape this revolution. It will fundamentally alter how we live and work. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing

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Competition first, collaboration second?

8 February 2017 IN Best Practices Featured News BY

Competition first, collaboration second? During his Inauguration Speech Donald Trump he made the following statement: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from

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GPM´s action program aims at strengthening project management in administration

1 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Airport, and Stuttgart 21 – only a few examples of failed projects in Germany clearly indicating that the public sector needs to strengthen project management. And it is not just about infrastructure projects in Germany. Other challenges such as migration, digitalization, the massive change in energy sector as well as security issues

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Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects

30 January 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Planning and performing projects means always dealing with ambiguity. We need to look forward and predict the future developments, which is quite a difficult tasks as we often do not have a clue about what is coming. Thus, competence in foresight and tools such as scenario techniques and wild cards are supporting us in our

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The Chief Project Officer (CPO) – a new role for project-oriented organisations

26 January 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

The number of projects and thus their importance for the success of organisations is constantly increasing. As a result, we see more and more project managers performing their jobs on a full-time basis (not parallel to other roles), the project managers are getting more authorities to balance the matrix, and Project Management Offices (PMOs) are

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EU Commission released new PM Methodology (PM2) Guide

23 January 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM²) of the European Commission has recently released a Guide on Project Management Methodology. The purpose of the guide is to enable project teams to manage their projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations and stakeholders. PM² is a light and easy to implement methodology

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It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!

16 January 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget. In fact, that´s only partly right, as we should measure success of a project rather based on the long-term impact than its deliverables. What is the impact and how does it relate to

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