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First Diversity in Project Management Conference in the Netherlands

24 February 2017 IN Best Practices Featured News BY

Several research results in the last years showed that diversity has a significant impact on the success of project teams. In 2005 the HR researcher Egan analysed the meaning of diversity in the most successful Fortune 500 teams. His study showed that heterogeneous teams develop more and more frequently creative ideas than homogeneous teams. The

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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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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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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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Temporary Organizing – the new art of working

7 December 2016 IN Best Practices Featured BY

Research has documented a concomitant rise of temporary organizing principles in and across firms – ranging from managing short-term projects and forming temporary organizations, through to navigating short-term networks, orchestrating field-configuring events, maintaining temporary clusters, and hiring temporary contract workers.

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