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The evolution of project management practice

11 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The practice of project management is developing rapidly, starting from the medievals as a kind of craftsmanship. In the 1950s the “management approach” came into game and formed the nowadays called “professional practice” or “profession” (which, at least some argue, is not yet a profession). However, the project practice has undergone significant changes requiring new

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Help vs. Harm potential: Using social media for Project Management (Part B)

6 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

Social Media is undoubtedly a disruptive innovation driving new means of wealth creation, creativity in business and ease of organizing an individual’s social life. However, all is not hunky dory. One could be tempted to think that bringing together social media and project management would be like a match made in heaven – except that

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Sustainability and Project Management – Perspectives, Challenges and Threats (Part 3)

4 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Achieving sustainability requires project managers applying systemic thinking, taking various interrelationships and reciprocal transactions into account. For example, changing from diesel engines to electrical cars sounds like a good idea to protect nature, but in some countries electrical power is still produced through coal, which may cause more damage to nature than diesel engines. Another

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Hoshin Kanri – Executing the organisation´s strategy through “doing the right” projects

2 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

One of the most difficult tasks of an organisation´s leadership is to execute the vision, mission and strategy. It´s pretty easy to describe the ambitions, but difficult to execute and more difficult to sustain the strategic intent. The IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB®) describes in Chapter 3.3 what needs to be done in order

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Programmes are not just big projects

29 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Nowadays, in many organisations, the term programme is used to mark the top of the project hierarchy: small project, normal project, big project, programme. It is often used to promote good senior project managers, after a while in business, they become a programme manager. But this approach is like: a small apple, a normal apple,

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Using social media for Project Management: Now or never? (Part A)

27 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

Social Media can be seen as making people’s lives closer virtually and remote physically at the same time. It is therefore driving a disruptive shift in people’s interactions and relationships management. It is fast becoming an everyday component of the lives of both business people and common folks alike. Its widespread and varied use is

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Sustainability and Project Management – Perspectives, Challenges and Threats (Part 2)

25 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The most important aspect of reaching sustainable solution through projects is to widen our perspective. It´s not enough to focus purely on the project lifecycle. We need to have a much broader view. Let´s elaborate a bit on three important stages for projects in order to see how sustainability can fit in. The “ex post“

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Project management in Kenya and IPMA

22 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

written by Amin Saidoun Jesus Martínez Almela Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from

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Sustainability and Project Management – Perspectives, Challenges and Threats (Part 1)

20 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

I was born in the Black Forest, a rural area in the South-West of Germany, well known for its beautiful forest and the world-famous Black Forest Cake. Some of my ancestors cut the trees and shipped them on the Danube river down to the Black Sea, where they were used for ship building. But still

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India – Propelling Sustainable Growth Through Competent Project Management

18 September 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

Written by:  Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai President, PMA India, as one of the high growth economies, is progressing on the path of future sustainable growth, based on various large-scale Government Programmes like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Smart Cities Mission’. In order to realize the success of these Missions, it is of prime importance that proven

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