IAPM Essentials #26 - 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 27, 2020

This week, these three articles were particularly inspiring:

Asking Better Questions
There is uncertainty within your team about what is to be measured? John Cutler knows this uncertainty from his teams. In order to avoid it, he suggests to be guided by "good questions". In other words, he asks himself the question: What needs to be measured to answer this particular question?
For this purpose he holds workshops with his teams on a regular basis. As workshop leader, you should allow any question. And don't forget: There are no stupid questions! Every question, no matter how "bad" or incomplete, can be the basis of a very good question, from which a solution can ultimately be developed. It is also important that the team is not rushed. Nobody likes to work under pressure, especially when it comes to creative tasks. John Cutler attaches great importance to asking questions like What, When, Why and How. From these general questions, new categories and levels emerge, which will be deepened during the workshop and from which sub-questions can arise. Based on these specific sub-questions, solutions can be worked out and the team should be able to easily determine which measurements are needed.
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Why You Should Not Force People to Join Scrum Events
An important part of Scrum are Scrum Meetings: The Daily Scrum, the Scrum Review or the Scrum Restrospective play an essential role - and the participation of all team members is inevitable. Isn't it? Leise Passer Jensen has noticed that more and more team members are looking for excuses not to participate in Scrum Meetings. She has dealt with this problem and has come to a conclusion. It makes more sense to leave it up to the team members whether they want to participate in the meetings or not. This means that such a meeting would no longer be a mandatory activity but an event in which the team members can participate voluntarily. Leise Passer Jensen mentions a decisive advantage that goes hand in hand with voluntary participation: Someone who accepts an invitation rather than following a regulation is usually more motivated. Someone who is motivated makes good contributions and has a positive influence on the event. At the same time, however, this also means that something does not work quite well for team members who do not participate in the events.
If you do not dare to hold all Scrum Meetings on a voluntary basis, the author suggests to start with one meeting first and then evaluate this.
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Wie du mit agilem Projektmanagement deinen inneren Schweinehund überlistest
Before one can finish unpleasent tasks, one’s weak self tends to appear. In private as well as in professional life, the lack of motivation often delays the completion of projects. Agile project management can trick one's weak self. Because if individual tasks are broken down to smaller tasks, several intermediate goals can be reached. These can be implemented more easily than one main goal. Thus, motivation is maintained.
In an agile team, the different team members work closely together. Everyone has his tasks and responsibilities. This creates liabilities and a higher motivation to implement one's tasks.
Another advantage of agile project management is the visualisation of what has been achieved. When you recognize what you have achieved so far, you are happy about it. You get the feeling that the project will have a good end and that this end is coming closer.
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Further articles worth reading and podcasts worth listening, you should not miss:

Are You a Leader or a Manager?
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Der Mensch, das Gewohnheitstier
(en.: Mankind, the creatures of habit)
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Digitale Kommunikation im Team
(en.: Digital communication in a team)
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Flight Levels in der Praxis
(en.: Flight levels in practice)
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Guide “Agile or adaptive management”
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Ideen und Gedanken zu Diversity
(en.: Ideas and thoughts on diversity)
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Misconceptions about Scrum by the book
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So identifizieren Sie Projektbeteiligte
(en.: How to identify project participants)
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Story Points – Einer der größten Fails im agilen Kosmos!
(en.: Story Points - One of the biggest failures in the agile cosmos!)
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The Lonely Servant Leader
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Author: IAPM intern
Keywords: IAPM Essentials, Links, News

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