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Associations publish revised guides

Associations publish revised guides 22.04.2013 - Two international project management associations have updated their certification knowledge guides almost simultaneously. The International Association of Project Managers (IAPM) published the updated version of its guide to Scrum and agile project management in March 2013. Just a few weeks earlier, the 5th edition of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) was published. Read more »

5 tips for really good project management

5 tips for really good project management 11.04.2013 - Knowledge is something you can never have enough of, whether you’re an experienced project manager or a newcomer. Here are some practical tips from a genuine project management expert. Today’s expert is Dr. Russel Archibald, a world-renowned author of much-acclaimed project management text books and an honorary member of the IAPM. Read more »

“Don’t limit yourself”

“Don’t limit yourself” 27.03.2013 - Kanban has evolved impressively over the last few years. The IT sector today appreciates it as an agile project management method that is often used in conjunction with other agile methods. The Lean Kanban North America Conference, the world's most influential forum for lean management experts which takes place in Chicago between 28 April and 2 May, will continue to drive this development. Volker Duetsch answered four questions for us. Read more »

PM expert Dr. Roland Ottmann has been appointed as the IAPM’s Chairman of the Council of Experts

PM expert Dr. Roland Ottmann has been appointed as  the IAPM’s Chairman of the Council of Experts 25.03.2013 - Renowned project management expert Dr. Roland Ottmann has been appointed as the IAPM’s Chairman of the Council of Experts Ottmann has been acting as advisor to the association since 2010 and, prior to that, he was a member of the German and international PM Awards jury for several years. Read more »

My book tip!
No.1: Hans Stromeyer

My book tip! <br />No.1: Hans Stromeyer 18.03.2013 - What do the experts read and recommend? At sporadic intervals we ask trainers, academics and project managers to recommend outstanding books to us. The first recommendations come from Hans Stromeyer, manager of award-winning aerospace projects in the 1990s and currently President and CEO of the consultancy and training firm Stromeyer & Partners, which provides training to project managers for IAPM certification. Read more »

A common denominator for project management: KS Aluminium-Technologie and KS Kolbenschmidt have had their project managers IAPM certified

05.03.2013 - The IAPM (International Association of Project Managers) has another success story to report. When the KSPG Group implemented a restructuring programme in 2012, it selected a number of project managers in its automotive units KS Aluminium-Technologie GmbH (ATAG) and KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH for IAPM certification. Read more »

IAPM recommends Essential Scrum, a comprehensive textbook and practical manual in one

IAPM recommends Essential Scrum, a comprehensive textbook and practical manual in one 13.02.2013 - It’s 500 pages long, logically structured and comprehensive in every detail. US agile project management trainer and former Managing Director of the Scrum Alliance, Kenneth S. Rubin, published this genuinely mammoth book in summer 2012. Read more »

Read the full IAPM whodunit advent calendar

Read the full IAPM whodunit advent calendar 30.01.2013 - This December was packed with thrills and spills thanks to our IAPM whodunit advent calendar on Facebook and the three whodunit competition rounds. We gave our readers the chance to play sleuth right up to Christmas. Read more »

IAPM certifies 80 Siemens project managers

IAPM certifies 80 Siemens project managers 22.01.2013 - Certification is an advantage in tenders and international collaborations The Bogies Business Segment in the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector’s Locomotives and Components / Rail Systems Division Business Unit requested Ottmann & Partner to certify 80 project managers as IAPM standard compliant. Around 40 employees who work in project management, purchasing, quality management and engineering at Siemens AG Graz / Austria were trained and certified between 2011 and 2012, while another 40 staff who already had certification from another certification body exchanged their existing certificates for IAPM certificates. Read more »

Antje’s Editorial No. 1

Antje’s Editorial No. 1 20.12.2012 - How I decided to embrace randomness. I’ve never had a problem admitting that I've been wrong when it's true. For decades - half of my career as a project manager, in fact - I’ve been basing my assumptions on incorrect facts. From the very first day that I was given project management responsibility to the present day, which finds me embroiled in a complex Asia-Finland-German project, I had believed that random occurrences were rampant weeds that had to be exterminated. Random occurrences. I had always viewed them as my enemy and waged a personal war against them. They caused too many hours of overtime. Too many costs. Too many complications. Too many unscheduled meetings. I genuinely wanted to rid myself of them entirely - so I spent a lot of time working with best practice models. Read more »
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