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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.

Overcoming challenges of project work through innovations in project management

14 March 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Project-related work dominates many areas of our society. In many sectors of the economy more than one third of the time is already spent in projects, with an increasing tendency. Projects are not only performed for external customers, but increasingly for internal purposes (e.g. R&D, Investment or Change). Projects, however, have always been under great

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The Project Maker – A forgotten masterpiece

9 March 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Carl Spitzweg (February 5, 1808 – September 23, 1885) was a German romanticist painter, especially of genre subjects. He was self-taught as an artist, starting out by copying the works of Flemish masters. He contributed his first work to satiric magazines. One of his masterpieces is “Der Projektenmacher (Ballonfahrt/Luftige Station)” (“The Project Maker (Balloon Flight/Airy

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The World Projects – an utopian story, or real life?

7 March 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Kurd Lasswitz (1848-1910) was an interesting man. He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Breslau and the University of Berlin, and earned his doctorate in 1873. He spent most of his career as a teacher at the Gymnasium Ernestinum in Gotha (1876–1908), and was later called “the father of German science fiction”. His

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How to engage top managers in projects and project management?

5 March 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

During the last couple of months I had the opportunity of talking to several top managers of multi-billion Euro companies. They certainly have a very different perspective and need to be approached in special way. However, it´s crucial for the success of projects and project management at large that we do so more often. Surveys

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Beneficiaries of projects – multifaceted perspectives

2 March 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

According to the IPMA ICB 4.0 a project is a unique, temporary, multidisciplinary and organised endeavour to realise agreed deliverables within pre-defined requirements and constraints. ISO 21500 highlights the benefits realization through projects. Projects are described as a means to accomplish strategic goals. The strategic direction of an organisation enables the identification and development of

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Join IPMA´s Smart Cities Symposium in Berlin

26 February 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The number of people is steadily growing. By 2050 the world population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people of which approximately 80% will be living in cities. This is a huge task for all governments and leaders worldwide. Already nowadays 60% of the energy consumed and 70% of waste and greenhouse gas emissions

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Progressing career through projects? Results of a survey …

21 February 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Research has paid little attention to the careers and career models of project managers [Bredin/Söderlund 2013]. Some authors highlight the difficult situation project managers are exposed to, for example an article in the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM) titled “Great expectations and hard times: The paradoxical experience of the engineer as project manager” [Hodgson/Paton/Cicmil

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Do we need a new leadership approach for projects?

12 February 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Uncategorized BY

Last week I joined a discussion on LinkedIn, triggered by Dr. Marcus Raitner, Agile Transformation Agent at BMW, who pulled together a “Human Leadership Manifesto”. The discussion was based on the assumption that in an agile world, traditional leadership approaches do not suffice anymore. Project teams need to organise their work more on their own,

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Competences – an update for the digital era

5 February 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Digitalization is a trend which influences our life in all regards. Waking up in the morning, we´ll get a full update on what has happened during the night and what we can expect during the following hours. An App provides all information for today, the shortest route to our office considering relevant traffic jams and

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Your Project Needs You!

31 January 2018 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

With his first book titled “Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects” he already made me smile and in my blogpost and I summarized it “neither boring theory, nor methodology is in the focus, rather the perspective of living for and working in projects.” And now: “Your Project Needs You”, written by John Chapman. It was

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