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Report on the Agile Leadership Conference in Nuremberg on 17/10/2017

Report on the Agile Leadership Conference in Nuremberg on 17/10/2017 28.11.2017 - By Dr. Hans Stromeyer Everyone is talking about agile working nowadays and many people are starting to question if it really works. If we consider the IT sector, and in particular software development, a noticeable trend has emerged which is leading away from the classic waterfall approach towards process models and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, Extreme etc.). Annual status reports published by Version One have clearly proven this using verifiable data. The impressions I have had and the experience I have amassed as a project manager trainer have also shown that many companies in which I train Classic project management are now becoming increasingly interested in knowing how they can become more agile. Furthermore, more and more participants from completely different backgrounds to software development are registering for my courses on Scrum, Kanban Extreme Programming. Read more »

Project Management Tools for Smaller Teams

Project Management Tools for Smaller Teams 20.11.2017 - Project Management not only plays an important role in large-scale companies, but smaller organisations and informal teams also interact with project management tools when they start working on unusual tasks and those that must be completed within a specific time frame. Smaller teams, in particular, usually do not have enough time or money to familiarise themselves with special PM tools. Five simple tools will be outlined in the following article which offer something to suit everyone, whether Classic PM is the methodology of choice or Agile. Read more »

Managing difficult employees

Managing difficult employees 10.11.2017 - We all know colleagues and team members who are simply just not cut out for teamwork. It is usually the case that things rarely run smoothly when they are part of the team. Even though some people possess a high level of specialist expertise and are even willing to cooperate, they just do not have the ability to work together with other people in a goal orientated way. The role of the project manager is to integrate these difficult colleagues into the team and to profit from their capabilities even if this is not the easiest of tasks. When working as a leader in project management, it is important to be able to lead certain types of people towards achieving tasks who (usually unintentionally) inhibit and derail the team’s progress. This challenge often demands a great deal of energy, however, there are thankfully a range of techniques that can be employed to help you manage difficult colleagues. Read more »

New Agile Certification: Certified Junior Agile PM

New Agile Certification: Certified Junior Agile PM 26.10.2017 - Even though the year is drawing to a close, we are still stepping on the gas. In recent months, we have developed a new Agile project management certification programme, the Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager, which can be taken with immediate effect. This certification programme is a logical extension of our existing portfolio of programmes, such as the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM), which is primarily aimed at novice project managers, students, entry-level professionals and young professionals. The certification programme is a perfect way for aspiring project managers, who would prefer to work in an Agile project environment, to lay the foundations as they start a career in Agile project management and acquire knowledge of the Scrum methodology through IAPM certification which is recognised and well-respected around the globe. Once the course has been successfully completed, the certification is permanently valid and there are no re-certification costs and requirements. This applies to all certification programmes offered by IAPM. A basic understanding of Agile and Scrum methodologies are tested in the Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) certification examination, whereas additional subjects such as Extreme Programming and Kanban are tested in the higher level examination, the Cert. Agile Project Manager. Read more »

Learning to say no

Learning to say no 25.10.2017 - Project management is a competitive arena in which it can be difficult to find a clear perspective in day-to-day work situations and in which many are at risk of suffering from burnout. Project managers need to be a little tougher than those in other professions in order to autonomously bring projects successfully to fruition. This primarily involves having the ability to focus completely on the requirements of the project and to avoid becoming sidetracked by anything. As a project manager, it is also important to be able to say no, to refuse to carry out favours and to firmly reject any suggestions that do not benefit the project. This can prove to be challenging for many people both in terms of their project management responsibilities and their personal lives. Read more »

Unlock potential through delegation

Unlock potential through delegation 13.10.2017 - The traditional interpretation of the term ‘delegation’ is closely linked to the Eisenhower Principle. This interpretation is changing, however, due to digitalisation and the increased use of Agile methods in projects. Methods that can be employed by managers to ensure that tasks are properly delegated will be discussed in the following article. The Eisenhower Principle states that managers should only delegate urgent tasks to their members of staff. Important tasks need to be carried out by the managers themselves. When it is presented as a black and white issue in this way, it is difficult for many managers because it becomes a question of either delegating the task completely or managing it all alone. Read more »

Improving B2B Business by Agile Project Management

Improving B2B Business by Agile Project Management 05.10.2017 - Many project managers probably avoid agile project management because of lack of self-assurance. In fact, agile project management and traditional project management are not that different: The elementary parts are the same. Both types need to be well planned and organized before the project starts and during the project it must be monitored. Read more »

One hundred nations united under the IAPM umbrella!

One hundred nations united under the IAPM umbrella! 28.09.2017 - The IAPM team has informed me that we have now broken through the 100 country mark. The recent addition of Armenia to our list of countries now means that we have project managers from 100 different countries who have passed one of the IAPM examinations (achieving certification in Classic, Agile or International project management). We would like to warmly congratulate our colleagues from Yerevan in Armenia on passing their examinations. I would also like to highly praise and acknowledge all the tremendous efforts undertaken by the IAPM team and everyone who has helped us in recent years to become the most successful project management association. Our growth figures speak for themselves not only in terms of the number of certificates awarded, but also in relation to the many other activities which we have become noted for. Read more »

Coping with the flood of information

Coping with the flood of information 19.09.2017 - In Project management it is of the utmost importance to be well informed of current project developments, in order to lead a project to success. Information is therefore a fundamentally important basis forProject management. Over the last few years, the distribution and exchange of information has increasingly been taking place in digital formats, however traditional types of information exchange, such as telephone calls, letters and plans have not become obsolete. By means of the new media and methods, many things have been simplified, however, it has also been observed that the abundance of information has increased as, for example, it is very easy to send information via email to a large number of people. Every day, Project managers receive unending amounts of information of various kinds by means of the most diverse channels. Therefore, it is important to have a system that allows you to differentiate between important and unimportant information and thereby maintain an overview. Read more »

HR and Agile Management

HR and Agile Management 06.09.2017 - An event took place at the Pforzheim University on the subject of Agile Transformation which was called "HR Trends of the Future - Business meets Science" and was led and opened by Professor Stephan Fischer. This HR event was held as part of a series of events on Agile Transformation which, thanks to its great success, was already in its eleventh edition. The event, as the entire series of events, has the goal of combining business and research. Within the framework of the event, workshops were held on various topics involving representatives of companies as well as scientists. Read more »
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