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Getting to Yes: How to Negotiate Using the Harvard Principle

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Not everyone is born with great negotiation skills, but everyone can learn to negotiate correctly and fairly. The so-called "Harvard principle" can help you overcome conflicts of interest with your negotiating partner and come to a solution with mutual benefits.

2018 399

Joint Idea Development and Brainstorming Meetings with the Catchball Method

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Brainstorming sessions aren’t only about developing completely new ideas. Often, you already have some existing ideas or at least approaches that you want to develop further. For situations like these, there is a special creativity technique that focuses on the joint development of ideas: The so-called catchball method.

2018 367

Back to Basics (Part 10): How to Create a Project Network Diagram

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What is a project network diagram? The InLoox project management glossary defines a project network diagram as follows: ". A network in project management displays the duration of project activities and the dependencies between activities graphically or as a table. ".

2019 260

Quick and Easy: The Difference between Critical Chain And Critical Path

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Critical chain The critical chain is a resource-oriented method and represents the longest chain of tasks, taking into account limited resources and is used with the aim of achieving the minimum project duration.

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

Objectives and Key Results: How to Set and Manage Goals with OKR

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OKR – A Goal Setting Framework OKR stands for "Objectives and Key Results" It is a management method that is currently becoming increasingly popular with large companies such as Google, Twitter and Zalando.

2019 212

New Whitepaper: On-Schedule Delivery in Projects with InLoox

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With InLoox you can create a phase-milestone planning including links ( dependencies ) and constraints in the Gantt chart. Once you have created the planning with activities (phases) and milestones , InLoox offers three features that are very helpful. These features are in the focus of our newest whitepaper: Fixed Deadline. Critical Path. Snapshot. >> >> Download free InLoox Whitepaper << Not an InLoox user yet? Get a free 30-day trial – trial ends automatically: [link

2019 183

The InLoox Year End Review - Everything That Has Happened in 2018!

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2018 was an exciting year for InLoox - a lot has happened. It's hard to know where to start. So let’s just dive right in and start with the highlight of 2018! New Headquarters Let's start with the obvious: The room I am writing these lines in is not the room I was writing from six months ago.

2018 238

The Kick-off Meetings: Checklist for a Motivating Project Start

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A good project start is essential for good teamwork and project success. Although a kick-off meeting is not absolutely necessary for this, it is a good means to provide the necessary motivational boost for everyone involved.

2019 212

Infographic: How to Keep Different Team Members Motivated

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The German psychologist Prof. Dr. Werner Corell has developed five categories helping to roughly assess the needs of each team member. These provide managers with helpful tips to ensure long-term commitment in their team.

2019 212

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

Video Tutorial: Task Management with Kanban in InLoox 10 Web App

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Project-related task management made easy: With the help of Kanban you can quickly and easily visualize the work flow. The classic model uses three columns (To Do, In Progress, Done). In the InLoox Kanban board you can add individual columns to adapt it to your needs. >> >> Watch the full video here (no audio) <<

2019 150

Back to Basics (Part 11): How to Create a Phase-Milestone Plan

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Get to Know the Phase-Milestone-Plan Shortly before the project kick-off , it is often not possible to create a detailed project plan. At this point usually important details are missing. Would you still like to get a rough overview? Then the phase-milestone schedule is your method.

2019 195

Employee-Led Innovation (2): Innovation Labs and Open Innovation

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In the first part of the "Employee-Led Innovation" series we’ve already looked at the advantages of developing new ideas in this way and what creativity and innovation mean in the first place. Now we’re going to look at a method that lets employees be creative without being steered in a particular direction: Innovation Labs. What is an Innovation Lab?

Employee-Led Innovation (5) – Innovation Digging for Fresh Ideas

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Innovation Digging was developed by Tamer Kemeröz and Benno van Aerssen. As the name suggests, it is a systematic 'excavation' of ideas that can help you to innovate both radically and continuously. Very few people can come up with new ideas on the spot, because idea generation is a process.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

Mobile Project Management: InLoox Mobile App for iOS and Android

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Nowadays we can do a lot on just one device - the smartphone - for which we previously needed several devices: watching TV, listening to the radio, sending emails, taking photos and videos, setting your alarm, and so on and so forth.

2018 227

Get to Know InLoox: Marco Grano – InLoox Sales Representative

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What motivated you to apply for a job at InLoox? I was especially enthusiastic about the huge potential of InLoox as a project management software. From the very beginning I saw InLoox as an outstanding tool and "must-have" for every office. My goal is to make project management with InLoox easily accessible for everyone. In addition, it gives me great pleasure to work step by step towards a set goal.

2019 163

Video-Tutorial: How to Work with Fixed Deadlines with InLoox 10 for Outlook

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In project management it is particularly important to complete projects on time. Client specifications, deadlines for further processing and deadlines for submission are just a few of many factors that can determine project end dates. For those time-critical projects, InLoox for Outlook offers the “Fixed Deadline” feature. You can easily activate the feature in the management view of each project. This means you can individually decide for each project whether you want to use it or not.

2019 163

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the Cold and Maximizing Your Productivity

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Many people look forward to fall and winter with the colorful leaves and ski-season awaiting them. Others hate the idea of the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter.

2018 212

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

Video-Tutorial: How to Use the Snapshot Feature in InLoox 10 for Outlook

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Project plans are based on activities , tasks and milestones. In larger projects, project managers are often confronted with very complex Gantt charts. For those cases we recommend working with the planning snapshot in InLoox 10 for Outlook. This feature allows you to quickly and easily record the current state of your project plan and either fade it in to identify changes or restore it to undo changes made and return to the previous plan.

2019 150

Cheers to Another Wonderful Thanksgiving Thanks to Project Management

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Project #1: Thanksgiving Dinner Scope The key to good project management is a clearly defined scope. Decide beforehand how big your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be, how many dishes you want to offer and so on. Be aware of the so called ‘scope creep’: going overboard with fancy ingredients and elaborate decorations will significantly increase your budget. Task Plan and Schedule A comprehensive task plan will help you prioritize your tasks and keep an overview of what you have to do.

2018 195

Digital Transormation Projects (3) - The Path to Digital Transformation

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In part 1 and 2 of our blog series we have dealt with the basic aspects of digital transformation. We have based our work on the following definition: A digital transformation is a process of disruption ("destruction") and subsequent renewal. Old patterns are broken up and replaced by new, more efficient processes and structures. Finally, in the third and last part of this series, we will describe a possible path to digital transformation.

2018 204

Best of 2018: Presenting Your 10 Favorite Blog Posts This Year!

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There was a lot going on at InLoox in 2018, which is also reflected on the InLoox blog. From all the posts on various topics around project management , time management , organizational agility , disruptive trends and professions in project management , you particularly liked these 10: #10: Digital Transformation Projects (2): Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalization Digital transformation breaks with tradition and replaces obsolete processes with newer and more efficient ones.

2018 174

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Successful Team Communication and Motivation with Storytelling

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Flatter, more open hierarchical structures and agile collaboration increasingly determine the daily routine of the project. This means that communication needs to be more and more emotional and motivating. The storytelling method helps you motivate employees and - more importantly - keep them motivated during the often lengthy course of the project. What is storytelling and why do I need it for my project? Storytelling means just that: you tell a story.

2018 174

Employee-Led Innovation (6) – The Walt Disney Method for Idea Development

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The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Bambi, 101 Dalmatians and many, many more. We owe it all to Walt Disney. So who could be a better guide when it comes to creativity and brainstorming than the master himself? The roleplay as invented by Walt Disney, is similar to the six thinking hats method and a brainstorming alternative. Ideally, there should be at least 3 participants. But a person can perform it alone as well.

2019 150

Employee-Led Innovation (4): IdeaSedCard and Pitching Contest

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You want to motivate your employees and successfully lead them to be more innovative and creative. What better way to do so than a little friendly competition among colleagues? The Pitching Contest So-called Pitching Contests are about developing your own ideas and presenting and defending them to a jury in the shortest possible amount of time. In competition with other ideas, your idea needs to be thought out as far as possible and presented in a way that convinces the jury.

2019 150

Employee-Led Innovation (3): Promote Creativity Using These Techniques

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Many people claim to be either creative or not creative. People who claim to be uncreative often shy away from sharing their ideas or give up quickly. To a certain extent, however, creativity can be learned and fostered. So we’re going to focus on how you can lead your employees to more creativity and inventiveness with the help of numerous creativity techniques in the upcoming posts of this series. This time we will look more closely at the so-called 'lateral thinking' method.

2019 150

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Teambuilding and Idea Development with Lego Serious Play

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Most people associate Lego with childhood memories or, if you already have children of your own, with very painful encounters between Lego bricks and your feet. What many don’t know is that Lego can also be used as a tool in business: Lego Serious Play. The idea of Lego Serious Play (LSP) The LSP method promotes both innovation and business performance. Studies show that this kind of hands-on experience supports a deeper understanding of processes and faster recognition of opportunities.

2018 195

Employee-Led Innovation (1): Advantages of In-House Idea Development

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Our latest blog series will focus on idea generation and management and we’ll present you with a number of methods which will help you offer your employees incentives to create innovation because your own employees often have the best ideas and the necessary know-how. Companies are often skeptical when it comes to having their own employees develop and implement ideas. After all, this would mean that they would have to be given time to do so during working hours.

2019 150

InLoox Wishes you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2019!

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Even our support team needs a break from time to time. That's why there will be no support from December 24 to December 26, 2018 and on December 31, as well as January 1, 2019. Please submit a ticket for your support requests directly via our ticket system. We will take care of your requests as soon as possible

2019 163

Artificial Intelligence and the Role of the Project Manager in 2030

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In the year 2030, projects will no longer be controlled by managers, but by software. Artificial intelligence will take over project management, based on the data sets of all projects planned and executed with this software. This is not a gloomy future scenario, but reality in many areas. You ask Google for the term "Jaguar" and based on your previous behavior and the behavior of other, similarly thinking Google users, it knows that you mean the car and not the animal or vice versa.

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Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Next Practices: 5 New Future Ways of Working in Project Management

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Our ways of working in project management have continuously changed over time and keep on changing. We know exactly how we work today, but how will we work in the future? What will be important? How can we keep on delivering the best results? The key will basically be to be able not only to keep up with disruptive trends but to anticipate them and see them as an opportunity for innovation.

2018 190

Professions in Project Management (#2) – The Project Engineer

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In project management, terms such as project manager and project engineer are often used synonymously and people get confused. This is why we want to introduce the project engineer in more detail in this second part of the ‘Professions in project management’ series. Tasks of a project engineer Project engineers organize and monitor the execution of technical projects and take over project management during the implementation phase.

[GUEST AUTHOR] 6 Project Management KPIs To Keep In Mind

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The projects your company works on will need to need to be properly structured and managed properly in order to avoid disastrous situations. In a recent study, nearly 37 percent of the business owners polled claimed that the lack of clearly defined goals led to project failure.

2018 195

The New Way to Work with InLoox 10: Flexible, Mobile & More Networked

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We know: Your daily work routine is already complex enough. That is why we have integrated and adapted InLoox 10 even more strongly into your existing systems. With the convenient login for O?ce

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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.