Effective project management in small and medium-sized enterprises

Effective project management in small and medium-sized enterprises 21.02.2017 - Although quick and direct decisions are part of the everyday routine at all business enterprises, a company still needs a long-term vision to give it a picture of where it is heading. That vision also provides a reality check for the people who make the decisions. Project management is one of the keys to success in business, however big or small the company is. SMEs have taken this insight on board by employing professional project managers to keep their projects on track - from the design phase through the implementation phase to the post-project evaluation phase. It’s obviously impossible to transfer the project management practices and methods used by major corporations to SMEs without some adjustments because... Read more »

Giving feedback diplomatically and effectively

Giving feedback diplomatically and effectively 14.02.2017 - Politeness and mutual respect in the work environment promote positivity and productivity in a project team. Even if a team works well together, there will always be occasions when criticism, praise or just general feedback are needed. Project managers know in theory how to provide criticism and feedback in a diplomatic and motivating way. But the theory is often difficult to apply in practice, so they have to try out different approaches to giving feedback. Read more »

Presentation of the Deutsche Zukunftspreis 2016 award and the winners

Presentation of the Deutsche Zukunftspreis 2016 award and the winners 24.01.2017 - The three projects that were shortlisted for the Deutsche Zukunftspreis all have one thing in common – they are all highly complex. Ultimately, though, there could only be one winner, and the winning project is an impressive example of what can be achieved with good project management. Federal President Joachim Gauck presented the award The Deutsche Zukunftspreis 2016 award ceremony took place in November, attended by Federal President Joachim Gauck who had been invited to present the award to the winning team and congratulate the two runner-up teams for their no less innovative projects. The Deutsche Zukunftspreis 2016 once again demonstrated that Read more »

What are project assistants and what does their work involve?

What are project assistants and what does their work involve? 17.01.2017 - Demand for project assistants is growing. There are many areas where the work of a project manager and a project assistant overlap. The job of project manager demands a wide range of competencies. Management competence is just as important as sector know-how, negotiating skills and the ability to think along strategic lines. So the project manager needs a universal skill set. Specifically, the project manager has to ensure that time schedules, budgets and quality standards are complied with. That’s no easy task. The management of the project as a whole is also the project manager’s responsibility, and this is where the project assistant comes in. Read more »

Working with experts

Working with experts 10.01.2017 - There are many situations in project management when the project team needs specialist input from an expert. Architects and engineers are examples of people working in projects who sometimes have to consult other experts because they simply don’t know the answers to all the questions they encounter. For example, they might need specialist information about the composition of a material, or the advice of a fire safety expert, or someone who can use a thermographic camera or a sonic measurement device. These are all obviously construction project-related examples, but specialists are often consulted in all kinds of projects. It’s the project manager’s job to coordinate and support these experts, as well as their feedback or input, because it is that feedback and input that will help the project team to bring the project to a successful conclusion and ensure that the customer is satisfied with the deliverable. Read more »

Prestigious construction projects in Germany often fail - so what are other countries doing better?

Prestigious construction projects in Germany often fail - so what are other countries doing better? 31.12.2016 - What makes a construction project prestigious? Is it the investment or the design? Germany is a country where a lot of construction projects fail. There are many famous examples of such failures every year, one of the most notorious being BER Airport, the mega project to construct another airport in Berlin-Brandenburg. Although it’s not yet completed, it has already swallowed up almost 5 billion euros and is costing the tax payers just over a million euros a day, on average. Massive costs, ineffective budgeting and planning mistakes are the main reasons why the airport project that was originally scheduled to close out in 2011 has been such a failure. The current and rather optimistic opening date is scheduled as 2017. The BER Airport project definitely deserves ... Read more »

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA)

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) 20.12.2016 - US-President Barack Obama signed ‘The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA)’ into law on Wednesday 14th of December 2016. This new law shall improve federal government project management of the United States of America by: Creating a career path for project managers, developing a standards-based model for project management, designating a senior executive responsible for project and program management policy and strategy and leveraging an interagency council on program management to share best practices. Read more »

Project management has no safety net

Project management has no safety net 12.12.2016 - The success of a project depends to a great extent on good planning. In project management, the saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ doesn’t apply. On the contrary, it’s easier to effectively manage a project if there are several players on board. This ensures that the milestones are reached on time and that the project schedule is adhered to. If you take the lone wolf approach, it only takes one thing to go wrong and the project is in jeopardy. Team work is therefore a must, and the success of the project doesn’t necessarily depend on whether the team members like each other or not. The timely close-out of the project is in the interest of everyone involved. It leads to the rewards of praise, recognition and personal... Read more »

10 pieces of useful advice on how to close out a project successfully!

10 pieces of useful advice on how to close out a project successfully! 06.12.2016 - Project management experience is a professional competence that employers appreciate because they need people who can take the initiative, are well-organised and who are objective-oriented team players. Projects are a central aspect of many jobs these days, so we’ve put together ten pieces of useful advice that will help project managers to do their jobs efficiently and successfully. Read more »

“If you work together as a team you can achieve almost anything” – Project Manager of the Year Benjamin Hübler answers 15 questions on project management

“If you work together as a team you can achieve almost anything” – Project Manager of the Year Benjamin Hübler answers 15 questions on project management 28.11.2016 - Benjamin Hübler’s project management career began in Berlin at ‘familie redlich – Agentur für Marken und Kommunikation GmbH’ in 2010. The agency’s client base included various government ministries which engaged it to implement diverse communication campaigns and events. Between September 2011 and March 2015 Benjamin managed brand communication projects for clients in banking and telecommunications at arsmedium eins GmbH. At the same time he attended a part-time degree course at FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management, graduating in 2014 with an MBA. Benjamin has been a Business Engineer ... Read more »

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