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IPMA® Professionals Driving Transformation

15 November 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Bord na Móna was established 80 years ago to develop Ireland’s peat resources for the economic benefit of Ireland. Today, it is comprised of 6 business units Powergen, Biomass, Peat, Fuels, Waste and Recovery, and Horticulture and is an integral part of the economic, social and environmental fabric of Ireland and Irish life. Due to

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One-Point Lessons: A knowledge transfer driven Lean project management technique

6 November 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

Projects are knowledge-intensive entities and the knowledge bandwidth of teams affects their ability to solve problems and deal with emerging challenges during project delivery. Such dynamics require ongoing learning and augmentation of knowledge bandwidth. However, time-bound project environments are not ideally suited to introducing and managing long term learning and training programs to improve that

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4 Fallacies of Typical Project Management Thinking (Part 3)

3 November 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Written by Ryan Downing Part 3 – Providing a Very Detailed Schedule As this series continues, we will explore another area of managing projects that many deem to be an essential element.  However, my purpose for writing this is to make project managers aware that they do not always have to manage their projects in

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The real value of IPMA Certification

1 November 2017 IN Featured Opinions BY

The 4-Level-Certification-System of IPMA is a unique service for individuals pursuing a career in project management. Through the certificate of IPMA they can provide evidence of their competence to an employer or project sponsor. And competence is much more than knowledge. According to the IPMA ICB 4.0  competence is “the application of knowledge, skills and

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4 Fallacies of Typical Project Management Thinking (Part 2)

27 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

Written by Ryan Downing Part 2 – Setting a Go Live Date. You can read previous articles in this series here. In this series, my goal is to bring to light several common project management practices that I feel are forced on projects because they are assumed to be best practice.  However, there are plenty

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4 Fallacies of Typical Project Management Thinking (Part 1)

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

Written by Ryan Downing Part 1 – The Weekly Status Meeting I have spent over a decade managing projects and studying different philosophies on what the best practices for this are.  During this time, I have managed many successful projects, several unsuccessful ones and obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certifications.

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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 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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What exactly is competence?

9 August 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

When interested in the question of what exactly is competence, having a look at the OECD definition of competence is of course a must: they describe competence as “personal attributes or underlining characteristics, which combined with technical or professional skills, enable the delivery of a role / job”. http://www.dictionary.com takes another route and defines competence

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