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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.

Kick-off as crucial event for project success

14 August 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

There are many meetings during the project lifecycle, nonetheless a kick-off is the most decisive one. During a kick-off all members of a project team meet for the first time and exchange important information. Firstly, the project manager will introduce him or herself to the team, the project and all information which is relevant and

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Handover in projects – some pitfalls and good practices

7 August 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

The Association of Project Management recently published a valuable report aiming at understanding the critical success factors of handing over projects. But do we really hand over projects? We do not hand over a project, but the deliverables, knowhow and the responsibilities for benefits realisation (and risk mitigation) beyond the end of a project´s lifecycle.

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Organizational Project Management

24 July 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

In recent years, the focus of project management shifted from managing an individual project to managing a multitude of projects in organizations. Thus, the organization and its leadership became more important for managing projects. Standards like the IPMA Organizational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB) or the ISO 21505 „Projects, Programmes and Portfolios – Guidance on Governance“

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Life is a Project: Project Management as an Enabling Life Skill

12 July 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Author: Neil Robinson “Life is one big project. The trick is in managing it” (Maylor, 2010). When we speak of Project Management, we are inevitably envisaging the management of business projects which may occur across a multitude of commercial and social organisations.

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Projects and project management in Bolivia

10 July 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The Plurinational State of Bolivia is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. It is bordered to the north and east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru. The geography of the country exhibits a great variety of

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Shape your own life through experiencing projects

7 July 2017 IN Best Practices Featured News Opinions BY

Literature is full of good advice “how to” manage projects. Projects are treated as subjects distinct to the person managing or participating in it. I would counterargue, we cannot really separate projects from our own life.

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The Lean Project Manager, or how to improve productivity

26 June 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The concept of “Lean Management” was originally developed in the Automotive Industry, reducing waste in manufacturing processes. However, in recent years it became also popular in areas of non-repetitive processes, such as product development or administration. Laurent Kummer proposes in his new book “The Lean Project Manager” a complete guide to transform project managers through

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Projects and project management in Argentina

22 June 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Argentina is a federal republic forming the key part of Southern America. It is bordered to the west by Chile, by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. The flag is a horizontal triband of light

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Ikigai, or the reason for getting up in the morning

19 June 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

A Japanese concept named “Ikigai” (生き甲斐)means “a reason for being”, or in French the “raison d’être”. Everyone has an Ikigai, it´s our intrinsic driver. You need to search for it and identify it in order to discover your individual source of value in your life or the things that make your life worthwhile. Finding the

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Good practices for distributed project teams

12 June 2017 IN Best Practices Featured BY

n several blogposts we already addressed aspects of global project teams with aspects such as managing collaboration in virtual teams, how to perform virtual meetings and elaborating on experiences during the GeCCo Global e-Collaboration
Competition of the IPMA Young Crew.

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