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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 266

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 245

Time Management: How to Work More Productively with Timeboxing

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Time management methods are currently very popular. No wonder. Who doesn't want to work more concentrated and focused to complete more tasks? In this blog post we are going to talk about the time management methode Timeboxing.

2019 141

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 173

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

The 7 Most Important Arguments for Implementing Project Management

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Relevance of Project Management According to the PMI "Pulse of the Profession" report (2018), only 58 percent of companies acknowledge the value of project management. The importance of full acknowledgement of project management cannot be emphasized enough.

2019 130

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 141

Process Optimization in Project Management (1): Steady Progress with Kaizen

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Process Optimization in Project Management In almost all areas of life the pressure to optimize is increasing. This also applies to companies and projects. Even if your colleagues are asking for more process improvements, you shouldn't jump at any optimization approach unprepared.

2019 141

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 158

Parkinson's Law: Why we Waste so Much Time and How to Improve Time Management

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". „Work expands exactly to the extent that time is available for its completion.“ ~ (C. Northcote Parkinson, 1955). ". You probably know a couple of cases from your day-to-day work where we could easily transfer this quote to projects.

2019 130

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?

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 141

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 151

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 141

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 122

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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 130

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.

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 141

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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 130

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 136

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 130

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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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Process Optimization in Project Management (3): Lean Project Management

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In the last blog post on process optimization in project management we introduced you to the 5-S framework, which is also very popular in Lean Management. Therefore, we will now deepen the topic Lean Project Management. Working Efficiently with Lean Project Management Getting project costs under control and optimizing communication with the customer: this is where Lean Project Management comes in.

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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 116

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 116

Process Optimization in Project Management (2): The 5S-Framework

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Kaizen with the 5S Method In the last blog post we already discussed the Kaizen management concept. Numerous practical methods have been developed to integrate this approach into everyday working life. One of these tools is the 5S method, with which you can optimize your working environment in only five steps. The 5S enable you to create a good basis for Kaizen. This methodology is also used in Japanese Lean Management.

2019 100

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

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 126

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.

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 109

[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 130

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

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.

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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.

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.

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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Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.