IAPM Essentials #39 - 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 January 26, 2021

This week, these three articles were particularly inspiring:

How To Find Your Stakeholders
Several methods are available to identify and manage stakeholders. One simple technique is to classify important stakeholders on the basis of an influence/impact matrix. Here, the team tries to identify those stakeholders who have a low or high influence on the project and those who are affected a little or a lot. You can also find this method in our PM Guides [1], however, when applying it in an agile context, there are some things to keep in mind regarding communication. For example, while in traditional project management a stakeholder with high influence and high impact should be part of the steering committee, in agile project management this stakeholder should be invited to sprint reviews and product backlog refinement. In this article, you will learn in more detail how to communicate with stakeholders in an agile environment, how to involve them and how to organise a suitable workshop.
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Six Thinking Hats
Making good decisions is not always easy. Often a situation is over- or under-thought, a subject is examined overly analytically, or emotions affect the decision-making process. Edward de Bono has therefore developed “Six Thinking Hats”, which helps to look at a problem from as many perspectives as possible. Through a methodical approach, solutions can be worked out with this tool in a systematic way, and on the basis of opposing points of view. This short article explains the different hats, which represents the different views of people and describes with the help of an illustrative example how this tool can be applied in reality. If you are now curious, why not read the whole article?
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When are SMART goals not-so-smart?
Anyone who has ever worked on the creation of project goals is certainly familiar with the SMART criteria. This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic as well as Time-related and helps to formulate adequate goals. SMART goals have become increasingly common in the corporate landscape and for many, good goal formulations must also meet these criteria – but what if they are not always that smart? In his article, Kurt Bittner addresses this question and explains why he believes these criteria are no longer up to date and could even lead to problems. Since all goals should primarily be specific and measurable, the author believes that the property “assignable” undermines the developers' self-responsibility, especially in Scrum teams. If you are now curious, why not check out the article?
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Further articles worth reading and podcasts worth listening, you should not miss:

Agilität wird gefordert, aber …
(en.: Agility is required, but ...)
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Die Kunst des Fragens
(en.: The art of asking)
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Die SMART-Formel bekommt Gesellschaft: PURE, CLEAR, PIDEWaWa, AMORE und MAGIE
(en.: The SMART formula gets some company: PURE, CLEAR, PIDEWaWa, AMORE and MAGIE)
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In VUCA-Zeiten anders führen in IT-Projekten – ja, aber wer genau und wie?
(en.: Lead differently in IT projects in VUCA times - yes, but who exactly and how?)
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Neue Gewohnheit etablieren mit Habit Stacking >> Habit Hacking
(en.: Establish a new habit with Habit Stacking >> Habit Hacking)
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Silodenken – keiner mag es, jeder kennt es
(en.: Thinking in silos - nobody likes it, everybody knows it)
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The 12 best Scrum articles I read in 2020
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The FLEKS model
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The work of an Agile Coach is very versatile. Agile transformations are as well.
Click here to read the recommended article.

Weisst du was ein Key Visual ist?
(en.: Do you know "Key Visual"?)
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What Happens When You Use Agile for the Wrong Reasons?
Click here to read the recommended article.

What Not to Do With User Stories
Click here to read the recommended article.
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