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4 Fallacies of Typical Project Management Thinking

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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Project Eco-system: Designing future developments through Big Data analytics (Part B)

18 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The fast pace of technological and business dynamics require organizations to develop what can be called TALK capabilities (T= Technology readiness, A=Awareness, L=Leadership competence, K =Knowledge). Data analytics and associated technologies are expected to play a key role in helping organizations doing exactly that, Talk. In a project-savvy business world, achieving project management efficiencies through

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Sustainability and Project Management – Perspectives, Challenges and Threats (Part 5)

16 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

Many roles are engaged in reaching sustainability through projects. Foremost, the governance bodies of an organisation need to set the directions. ISO 21505:2017  defines a governing body as “person, group or entity accountable for the governance of an organization, organizations or a part of an organization.” This may be a project steering committee, a body

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Envisioning the Future – Trends, Developments and Strategies

13 October 2017 IN Best Practices Featured Know how News BY

The future of Project Management will not be defined by the standards that have shaped the last 15-20 years, nor by the current status quo, but rather by the unfolding characteristics of the 21st century. The characteristics that are shaping the world in which we live, but also driving the business and project management landscape, are the following:

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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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Sustainability and Project Management – Perspectives, Challenges and Threats (Part 4)

8 October 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

Reaching the 17 Development Goals of the United Nations require us to consider those high-level objectives during the goal setting in our projects. During goal setting for projects we define several goals. For a project we typically define, what we want to achieve at the end of the project, the outputs, results, deliverables, products or

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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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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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