IAPM Essentials #103 - News from the project management world

What was eventful last week? What has happened in project management? Here you can find articles worth reading and links to videos or podcasts that we warmly recommend.

To put it briefly: Essentials from the world of project management.

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IAPM Essentials April 26, 2022

This week, these three articles were particularly inspiring:

How consultants can deliver successful projects
In most projects, about 10 % of the budget is wasted. In addition, 50 % to 66 % of all projects miss their targets completely or partially. For this reason, this article presents six measures you can take to minimise this risk. First, set the right expectations. Milestones should be as realistic as possible and measurable from the start. This helps the team to unite in the initial phase without hesitation and it increases motivation. The second advice is to keep an eye on time. If all steps are sufficiently documented and follow a well thought-out timetable, further planning can build on this with greater certainty. The third measure is communication. It should take place regularly and, above all, be understood by everyone. If you are interested in the other measures, we recommend reading the original article!
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Technical Debt – Good or Evil?
Technical Debt allows us to deliver our product faster and get quick feedback. As the name suggests, there is a quid pro quo - we have to pay back this Technical Debt at some point, i.e. purify the code. This comes at the expense of speed, for example, possibly leads to new bugs and usually doesn't satisfy the developers. Is Technical Debt a good or a bad thing? That depends on whether it is actually Technical Debt. The benefits of deliberately taking on Technical Debt may be that it allows the market to enter sooner and saves budget. Unintentional Technical Debt is, for example, simply poorly documented code and inadequate testing. This should be avoided as it can lead to a variety of problems. For a detailed description, we recommend the original article.
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Unconscious biases – the world in our heads
We speak of Unconscious Biases when we make unconscious decisions. The basis of these unconscious decisions varies from person to person, depending on how you grew up, your cultural background, your everyday interactions and so on. This behaviour enables us to process the multitude of impressions we experience every moment. We only make 5 % of our decisions consciously, the rest are decided instinctively. In the past this ensured our survival, today it gives us stability. We divide situations into four major groups with numerous subgroups. We associate these main groups with certain patterns of behaviour - for example, we tend to like people who are similar to us, choose an option that is also chosen by many others, or look for confirmation. To overcome negative and outdated Unconsious Biases, we should actively focus on dismantling them. This can pave the way to a more enjoyable and happy life.
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Further articles worth reading and podcasts worth listening, you should not miss:

Six Project Management Methodologies For Control Freak Entrepreneurs
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Don’t Panic! Any Crisis Is Solvable!
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Being busy is the silent killer of Scrum Team effectiveness
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3 Prinzipien, die Unternehmen von Facebook lernen können, um Ziele und Messungen effektiver zu nutzen
(en.: 3 principles that organisations can learn from Facebook to use goals and measurements more effectively)
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How Implementation Intentions Help My Sprints
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Planning in the dark
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A primer on product management for engineers
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5 key resources to improve your project management
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Trello vs. Todoist: Project Management Software Comparison
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Why Choose Six Sigma Methodology for Project Management
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28+2 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams
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