IAPM Essentials #121 - 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 August 30, 2022

This week, these three articles were particularly inspiring:

Simply make no mistakes
Making mistakes is simply part of life, no matter how well you plan something, ultimately mistakes can always be made. Even though it is always said that mistakes have a positive side because you can learn and become better through them, the best scenario is ultimately the one without mistakes. But as was said at the beginning: You can't always avoid them. But if the horse has already bolted, or the mistake has already been made, then you should simply make the best of it. In the article we recommend, you are presented with three ways of dealing with mistakes. We would like to describe the first possibility in more detail here: lower the drop height of your mistakes. In most cases, the problem is not the mistake itself, but the impact of the mistake. If you are working on something with certain uncertainties, don't invest everything you have in the implementation. Take it step by step, get feedback, and try to build in extra safeguards at one point or another. Would you like to know the other two ways to better deal with mistakes? Then read the original article.
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Product Backlog Building Canvas
Did you know that writing user stories originally came from Extreme Programming and was only adopted by Scrum? In the beginning, it was common for all team members to write user stories, but today it is often the case in Scrum projects that only the Product Owner is responsible for this and not all team members contribute. This is actually a pity, because when more people are involved, more perspectives are taken into account, and this can positively influence the project. Therefore, you should also think about involving every team member. This can be done with the Product Backlog Building Canvas. At the beginning of a good user story is the persona, the "who". Once you have defined your persona, you can use this as a basis to identify the features that the persona expects from your future product. These now need to be prioritised and broken down into Product Backlog Items. This process, which we have summarised here, only roughly describes how the Product Backlog Building Canvas can help you create user stories. Read the original article to find out in detail how you should proceed.
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From Servant Leadership to Shared Leadership
The idea that the leader is the sole decision-maker and tells his or her employees exactly what to do and not to do, without taking their opinions into account, is long outdated in most industries. Rather, it is the case that the leader acts in a supportive way and helps the team to develop, the keyword here is servant leader - you probably know it. But have you also heard of shared leadership? This concept refers to the fact that it is not possible to combine all leadership qualities in one person. It is much more realistic to form a leadership team consisting of different types of leaders who complement each other. For example, one leader could be responsible for strategy, one for operations and one for interpersonal relations, as suggested by the Primary Colors Model. However, this is only the first step towards shared leadership. It is also important that the leadership team is diverse. Find out how to achieve and measure this in the original article.
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Further articles worth reading and podcasts worth listening, you should not miss:

Succedding with OKRs in Agile Infographic
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The ideal handling of notes
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10 Kreativitätstechniken, die jeder kennen sollte (Beispiele inklusive)
(en.: 10 creativity techniques that everyone should know (examples included))
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How to organize a notebook for work
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Datenökonomie: Lehren aus Lean Management ziehen - ein Plädoyer
(en.: Data economy: Learning lessons from lean management - a plea)
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Top challenges for project sponsors
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Top 10 Must-Read Books on Collaboration on Projects
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In-Depth: How Scrum Motivates Teams Through Goals And Autonomy
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Have we forgotten about reflecting?
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7 Mythen über Sprint-Ziele und wie du sie widerlegst
(en.: 7 myths about sprint targets and how to refute them)
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