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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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The Program Canvas – A useful tool for designing programs

22 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

During the 2014 IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam, Theo van der Tak, Björn Prevaas and Hans Cremer introduced a new concept for designing a program by using a “Program Canvas”. During a workshop with about 50 experts the canvas was further improved and in 2016 a book as well as a toolset with poster, templates

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Project management and societal challenges in Morocco: the first national conference of Moroccan Project management Association in Casablanca took place on 16 February 2017

20 February 2017 IN Featured News Opinions BY

In 2015, Moroccan Project Management Association (MPMA) was formed by some pioneers with the continuous support of IPMA. Since that time, MPMA developed its membership and strengthened its internal organisation. On 16 February 2017, MPMA organised its first national conference in Casablanca at the Sofitel Hotel with over 120 participants from many areas and sectors

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The World in 2050 – and some implications for project management

17 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News BY

New results of a PwC report sets out the latest long-term global growth projections to 2050 for 32 of the largest economies in the world. The research was started in 2008 and updated every second year from 2011 onwards. The full report reveals fascinating insights regarding the dynamics of economic growth and change. The research

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Projects and project management in Sri Lanka

15 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

The name of “Ceylon” may still be more familiar for the island south east of India nowadays being the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Actually, the island´s name changed quite often. It was first called “Tambapanni”, later the Hindu mythology used the expression “Lankā”, in Tamil language the island translates to “Eelam”, the Greek

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!

13 February 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has published a new book with an attention-grabbing title: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Schwab explains that we have a chance to shape this revolution. It will fundamentally alter how we live and work. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing

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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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“Everything must change”

6 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

One of my favorite singers is Randy Crawford and I often listened to her 1976 debut album “Everything must change.” Those words have a different meaning in my mind now, when I work as a project management teacher, researcher and advocate. We, advocates of project management, sometimes claim that it is all about the ability

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GPM´s action program aims at strengthening project management in administration

1 February 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Airport, and Stuttgart 21 – only a few examples of failed projects in Germany clearly indicating that the public sector needs to strengthen project management. And it is not just about infrastructure projects in Germany. Other challenges such as migration, digitalization, the massive change in energy sector as well as security issues

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Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects

30 January 2017 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Planning and performing projects means always dealing with ambiguity. We need to look forward and predict the future developments, which is quite a difficult tasks as we often do not have a clue about what is coming. Thus, competence in foresight and tools such as scenario techniques and wild cards are supporting us in our

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