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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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Recognition for Project Management in the Public Sector of Ireland

18 January 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

December 19th, 2016 marked the launch of the Project Managers’ Network and the Project Management Handbook for the Irish Civil Service at Dublin Castle.   The context of today’s economic and social background mean that developing Project Management capacity is a necessity across the Civil Service, rightly identified by the Civil Service Renewal Plan. Some

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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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Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects

11 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

My first thought holding John Chapman´s book in my hand was: “what a weird title for a book on projects and project management”. However, it´s an extraordinary book and definitely worth reading it …. It differs from other project management books in perspective and depth. Neither boring theory, nor methodology is in the focus, rather

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Are we going to do things better in 2017?

9 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

“Well Mr. Buijnsters. Again full of good intentions for the new year?” This way the dental assistant welcomes me to the bi-annual dental check. And of course we all start the New Year with good intentions and promises. And despite all the issues in the world around us, we’re really going to do things better

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Starting your journey into 2017 – thinking it from the end

2 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

The year 2016 has ended and 2017 has just begun. After a few days of rest, relaxation and reflection we are going to start our journey. Typically, we commence the new year by looking backwards, reflecting what happened in the past and try to establish a “wish list” for 2017, e.g. losing weight, spending more

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Project management for the good of society

22 December 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The mainstream of project management focuses on projects that deliver value to a business. The application of project management for social projects, humanitarian and development aid as well as community services is rather underrepresented and needs more attention. We are always questioning ourselves in projects what is the purpose, the value and benefits created through

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Recovery projects – Better with a bloody nose…?!

19 December 2016 IN Best Practices Featured News BY

By awarding the IPMA Project Excellence Award to the Medupi power plant project in South Africa, IPMA’s PEA jury has recognized and awarded a brilliant recovery project. It is an example how an initially poorly performing project can be turned around to excellence. When a project team can get blood out of stone with excellent

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Excellent Finalists and Winners of IPMA Awards 2016 have been decorated by IPMA

15 December 2016 IN Best Practices Featured BY

Managing projects and programs often means dealing with ever-increasing complexity and volatility. Project and program managers together with their teams are required to give their best to achieve the desired outcomes for stakeholders, organizations and/or society. These achievements were the main drivers to initiate the IPMA Project Excellence Awards, later followed by the Otto Zieglmeier

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Projects and project management in China

12 December 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

The People´s Republic of China has a population of over 1.4 billion and this is the world’s most populous country. Located in Asia, it is covering nearly 10 million square kilometers, and is surrounded by many countries, including but not limited to Russia, Mongolia, India, Nepal and North-Korea. China´s history reaches far back. One of its first

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