IAPM Essentials #127- 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 October 11, 2022

This week, these three articles were particularly inspiring:

I Didn’t See That Waste
Nobody wants to be bitten by the waste snake because they haven't seen it. It would be much better if waste snakes were discovered in time. But there is a reason why they are discovered so late. Let's stop speaking in metaphors: A waste snake is a term used to describe unnecessary tasks. Which tasks these are is a matter of opinion. In the sense of Lean, for example, these would be all tasks that do not add value. To illustrate this with another example: imagine a team of eight programmers. Each team member spends 15 minutes a day on a task that could actually be automated. The team members do not know among themselves that they are doing the same tasks. Instead of spending a lot of time automating the task, the task is then done within 15 minutes - that doesn't take long. But when you sum it up, 15 minutes a day per person is 10 hours in a week. So you should be proactive. But how exactly do you discover the waste queue? You can find out in the original article!
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Good and productive teams do not emerge overnight. Every team needs time for the team members to adjust to each other and become familiar with each other's way of working. This time must also be spent when you form a team with the best and most experienced colleagues. But after a few months, when the team has got used to each other, it may be advisable to change the team slightly so that more people can share in the success. For example, you can take on new team members. Not many at once, but gradually, so that the team's success spreads to others. However, it is not advisable to let a team last forever. Mistakes will creep into the team's functioning or the team will lose productivity. Therefore, you should regularly re-evaluate the team. We recommend you read the original article!
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Overview: The 12 attitudes of a Product Owner - German language
A Product Owner can have different attitudes. This article introduces you to 12 attitudes that a Product Owner can have: six are good and six are bad - we will give you an overview of a few of them. Let's start with the bad ones: The Product Owner is a project manager, i.e. he plans everything and wants everyone to be fully utilised. He behaves like a good project manager, but not like a good Product Owner. Another unflattering attitude is that of the clerk. The clerk tries to satisfy everyone and the Product Backlog gets more and more extensive. Now we come to the desirable attitudes. The visionary has the product vision in mind. He has the goal in mind and motivates everyone to work towards it. The second desirable attitude we want to present is that of the collaborator. He works closely with the project stakeholders and supports the best possible cooperation between the stakeholders and the Scrum Team. What other positive and negative attitudes exist? Find out in the original article!
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Further articles worth reading and podcasts worth listening, you should not miss:

Product Goals: How to Write and Use Them
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Produkt-Roadmap erstellen: Die Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitung mit Beispiel
(en.: Create a product roadmap: The step-by-step guide with example)
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How Much Product Discovery Is Enough?
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How To Decide What Projects To Do
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How to List Projects on Your Resume: A No Stress Guide
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Die „Pomodoro Technik“: Produktiver und konzentrierter Arbeiten dank Kurzpausen – Vorteile, Nachteile, Kritik und Vergleich
(en.: The "Pomodoro technology": productive and concentrated work thanks to short breaks - advantages, disadvantages, criticism and comparison)
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How to Have a Powerfully Effective Day
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What is the RACI/ARCI Matrix in Project Management?
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Tooling #6: Take It To The Team
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