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The opportunities and risks of digitisation

The opportunities and risks of digitisation 13.07.2017 - When a company undergoes major changes, some people see mainly the opportunities and others mainly the risks. When discussing the topic of digitisation, the younger generation frequently likes to highlight the opportunities and advantages that the digital world offers, while large portions of the older generation tend to see the risks. Digitisation is undoubtedly changing everyday life and the professional world. Thanks to smartphones and countless apps, anyone who embraces this technology can quickly and easily access the Internet. Even people who are less computer-savvy can ... Read more »

Project management with virtual teams

Project management with virtual teams 06.07.2017 - In a working world of increasing digitisation, you are often torn between enthusiasm for the beauty of this new world and confusion about how complicated it is. As a project manager however, you have to get to grips with this new technology to ensure that you don’t miss the boat. The virtual team is a way of working which is increasingly coming into modern project management due to globalisation – if this doesn’t set alarm bells ringing, it’s high time to get involved. Project meetings are a completely everyday task for project managers. In the past few decades, the team, the customer or expert, sat together at a table, discussing plans, making decisions and then shaking hands and saying goodbye. ... Read more »

Smart government – the future of government

Smart government – the future of government 19.06.2017 - The Internet has not only changed the world of work and everyday life but is also taking government affairs to a new level. First and foremost, the "Internet of Services" as it is known is what enables the state and administration to be a new smart government. The aim is an intelligent and networked government that optimises its administrative tasks and simplifies and facilitates them for citizens. Different governments around the world are pursuing different approaches and ideas. However, it is noticeable that digitisation is almost everywhere and is changing the nature of administration. ... Read more »

Industry 4.0 and Project Management

Industry 4.0 and Project Management 24.05.2017 - The digitalisation of our world, particularly in the world of work, is marching forward every day. The term Industry 4.0 describes a development that is expected to lead to a new fourth industrial revolution and is fundamentally characterised by digitalisation. Some observers even believe that digitalisation will have as much impact on economic affairs as ... Read more »

PM Camp in Munich – a barcamp for project management!

PM Camp in Munich – a barcamp for project management! 17.05.2017 - Classic conference formats have both advantages and disadvantages. One advantage, for example, is that the schedule can be planned in advance, which (hopefully) ensures that the content of the conference is of a high quality and participants know from the outset exactly what they have signed up for. However, one disadvantage that must be borne in mind when choosing this approach is that the classic conference structure tends to be purely based on the participants listening Read more »

The Hybrid PM Guide 2.0 has arrived – the IAPM guide for hybrid project management

The Hybrid PM Guide 2.0 has arrived – the IAPM guide for hybrid project management 12.05.2017 - The pressure to produce and innovate continues to rise across the world, a circumstance which affects the information and telecommunications technology sector among others. In order to remain competitive, companies have to be able to employ flexible project management methods which are oriented towards the most transparent project times possible, Of course, shying away from a particular project management method either out of habit or due to lack of knowledge also carries its own risks, especially on projects where requirements can change unexpectedly. Hybrid project management gives project teams far more ... Read more »

Tips for PM Beginners: Defining the project scope (in and out)

Tips for PM Beginners: Defining the project scope (in and out) 03.05.2017 - In each project, irrespective of its scope, it is important to avoid misunderstandings wherever possible. Many arise because some project participants have false expectations about the project in question. In order to ensure that everyone is working on the same assumptions and more or less have the same preconceptions about the setting of goals and the implementation of the project, it is worthwhile defining from the outset what is part of the project and what is not. The project scope must be clearly defined. This step is often referred to in project management jargon as ... Read more »

Tips for creating a motivated and highly effective team

Tips for creating a motivated and highly effective team 26.04.2017 - Motivation levels within the project team can be a crucial contributing factor to the success or failure of a project. Motivated colleagues and team members work differently to people who are not very concerned about the outcome of the project. As well as undertaking the usual administrative tasks, it is essential that project managers do not neglect their staff management responsibilities. Just like the head of the company, they must always ensure that everyone participating in the project performs their work well, which can be most easily achieved if the staff members are motivated. ... Read more »

A PM Beginner’s Guide to Managing Project Milestones

A PM Beginner’s Guide to Managing Project Milestones 05.04.2017 - All project managers hear about milestones during their first few weeks of studying project management and they soon find that numerous meetings and discussions focus on this subject during their everyday professional lives. For many customers milestones are ultimately one of the few criteria by which they can measure the progress of a project, which enables them to avoid having to get too deeply involved in the minutiae of the project or having to keep a close track on things on a daily basis. However, milestones are not only an important way to keep the customer updated on project progress, they are also used in everyday project management to ... Read more »

Recognising misunderstandings and improving project communication

Recognising misunderstandings and improving project communication 29.03.2017 - It is important that every project manager understands that communication within the project management team is of vital importance if the project is expected to succeed. This also applies to all other individuals involved in project management. Well organised and balanced communication can avoid many misunderstandings, however it is still also the responsibility of the project manager to recognise misunderstandings within each project team and to specifically work towards preventing them from happening. There are various reasons why misunderstandings arise and there are also many opportunities for them to happen in stressful working environments that are often experienced by project managers. Project Managers need to be conscientious about ... Read more »
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