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Quick and Easy: This Is New in the Scrum Guide 2020

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The creators of Scrum , Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, developed the concept in the early 1990s.

2020 130

Traditional or Agile? - 10 Questions to Find Out Which PM Method Is Right for Your Project

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Traditional vs. agile project management. The discussion about the right method has divided the industry. The answer to this question is usually a list of the differences, followed by the note: It always depends on the specific project.

2020 171

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PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2020: Creating a Future-Oriented Project Management Culture

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) has been conducting surveys, questioning international organizations and project managers on a regular basis since 2006.

2020 130

5 Key Success Factors that Large Companies Can Learn from Start-ups

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Anyone who has ever worked in a large corporation knows the working conditions: long decision-making processes, rigid hierarchies and ineffective communication inevitably creep into companies with 1000 or more employees over time. To remain relevant in today's fast-paced world, large organizations must question their established business processes, way of thinking and behavior. A look at the smaller competitors on the market could be worth it.

2020 126

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Global leadership: What you need to consider in multicultural teams

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Globalization and digitalization enable us to work with employees and partners from different countries. Project and team leaders in particular are constantly faced with new challenges. Besides the obvious cultural and language barriers, virtual communication via modern information media is a special characteristic of multicultural project teams. Global and virtual team leadership inevitably overlap.

Back to Basics (Part 13): How to plan your projects backwards

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There are projects that need to be completed until a specific date. An obvious example is the planning of an event. The project goal is clearly defined and must be achieved at a pre-defined time or date. A delay or postponement in planning would risk the overall success of the project. Also projects whose finalization has an impact on further processes are often under increased time pressure.

2020 100

Knowledge Management (Part 4): How to Implement and Use Knowledge Management Systems Correctly

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The implementation of knowledge management is a multi-stage process and should be regarded as a separate project within the company. The previous blog post has already defined the organizational steps of the knowledge cycle. This post explains the next operative steps in the process. Step 4: Distribute your knowledge How do you transfer knowledge to the right employees? Who needs to know what and to which extent? These questions have to be clarified when you discuss knowledge distribution.

2020 126

Management Basics: What is the Difference Between Efficiency and Effectiveness?

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"Efficient work" and "effective results" are common terms in project management - but what is the meening behind them? When it comes to time management or productivity, project managers often talk about processes that need to run more efficiently in the future or, in the worst case, you hear them saying: "You work effectively but not efficiently" But what does this mean and is there even a difference between effectiveness and efficiency?

2020 116

Daily Standup for Remote Workers: The Most Important 15 Minutes of the Day

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Due to the current situation, many project teams have to work from home. In order to enable a structured workflow and to keep track of who has to do what and which tasks still have to be done, there is a simple method: the Daily Standup. The short meeting originally comes from the agile projectmanagement method Scrum. In agile, the Daily Scrum is a central event where the team meets every day to agree on upcoming tasks.

2020 116

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

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 147

Services all around the Implementation of Project Management Software

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Current study results Based on a study by PWC, project management software demonstrably increases project performance: 77 percent of all above-average successful projects are handled with software support. Furthermore, in a survey conducted by the Access Group, 66 percent of project managers surveyed stated that a very important factor for investing in new software was the level of support provided by the company.

2019 154

Sprint Planning in Scrum (Part 1): Why sprints will never be perfect

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Scrum vs. Perfectionism Sprint planning and perfectionism only fit together to a limited extent. Perfectionism conflicts with the basic idea of Scrum. Scrum is primarily characterized by it iterative and regular approach. The process is mainly based on experience and is divided into regularly repeating stages called “ Sprints ”. Let’s take a look at why your team won’t think of everything in sprint planning and why that’s totally okay.

2019 158

New InLoox Integration: Visualize Your Projects With the New Interface to Microsoft Power BI

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The definition of project management says: Project management includes the planning , control and implementation of a project. Nevertheless, project controlling as an important component tends to be underestimated by many project managers. As it’s seen as taking too much time and effort, it discourages a lot of them.

2020 116

6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Knowledge Management (Part 2): Why It Is Necessary to Manage Your Company’s Knowledge

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The last blog post examined the most important basic terms about knowledge. This week's focus lies on the benefits you can gain from a well-maintained knowledge management system and which goals you should set yourself for a successful implementation in the short or long term: What are the goals of knowledge management? The fundamental goal of knowledge management is to convert individual and existing knowledge into business value.

2020 140

The Best of This Year: Presenting Your 10 Favorite InLoox Blog Posts from 2019!

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#10: Time Management: How to Work More Productively with Timeboxing Do you handle far too much tasks at the same time and without a proper plan? Then you should try Timeboxing. Using fixed time windows and a clearly defined goal, can boost your productivity. #9: 9: The Iceberg Phenomenon in Project Management: How to Make Invisible Efforts Visible A project takes longer and costs more than expected - not uncommon.

2019 126

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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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. Timeboxing Definition Timeboxing is a technique that comes originally from project planning. Instead of spending as much time as necessary on a task, fixed time windows (timeboxes) including the final result are set in advance.

2019 161

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

The Iceberg Phenomenon in Project Management: How to Make "Invisible" Efforts Visible

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Each project has a workload of clearly visible time expenditure that flows into previously defined activities and work packages. In most cases, however, there is an additional proportion of "invisible" time expenditure, where even project managers cannot say exactly which tasks this time has been allocated to.

2019 126

Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future

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New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace. In order to not only react to those but use them to make projects more effective and profitable, project managers need to adapt and keep on learning.

2018 148

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. The critical chain planning is not only about determining what to do and when to do it, but who actually does it. The critical chain method brings these two new thoughts to project planning : No Multitasking is not allowed! There are no individual buffers!

Time Tracking in Project Management (Part 1): Why there is so little acceptance for time tracking in projects

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Time tracking in project management has been the subject of intense discussions for some years now. The reason: This is not only about recording basic working time, but rather about booking time for specific tasks. The aim of the companies is to subsequently compare estimated and booked expenses and thus optimize processes and workflows. In doing so, many project members fear that this granular time recording makes it possible to compare the efficiency of resources.

2020 109

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

InLoox now! Enterprise for Students: Organize your Studies now for Free with InLoox

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Organize your studies with the InLoox Project Campus InLoox now! is our collaboration solution in the cloud with server locations in Frankfurt am Main and Magdeburg. With this flexible planning tool, you can quickly and easily coordinate all the challenges of your everyday university life: Course enrollment. Exam registration. Seminar and group work. Research projects. Semesters abroad. Final thesis. Deadlines. Loan periods for literature.

2019 138

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.

Why you are constantly distracted by minor tasks & how to end micromanagement

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Are you a micro manger? Are you a micro manager? If many of the following statements apply to you, that is likely: The majority of your working time is spent on day-to-day business. You have been promoted from specialist to manager, but still have the greatest expertise in your field within the company. You believe that once you don't take a closer look, everything gets out of hand. If you can't make status queries about a project at short intervals, you get restless.

2019 133

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

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 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. For example, organizations that underestimate project management as a strategic competence for promoting change report on average 50 percent more failures in their projects.

2019 152

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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Knowledge Management (Part 1): Why Knowledge Is the Most Important Resource in Your Organization

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Every employee in your company carries knowledge and experience within them. But how can the company and all its employees benefit from that? What exactly is knowledge and why is the organized networking within the company so important? This new blog series will clarify important fundamental questions about knowledge management. It also shows how you can successfully integrate knowledge management and which methods are useful.

2020 122

Digital Transformation: The 5 Must-Have Skills for Digital Leaders

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Digital transformation is on everyone’s radar right now and a majority of industries and companies are working towards digitizing their organization. But what does it take to digitally transform an organization successfully? Hint: It’s not just about implementing fancy new tools. A company is not automatically “digital” just because they have digital tools at their disposal.

2017 164

The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

Remote Work: 6 Common Mistakes You Really Should Avoid to Stay Productive (Part 3)

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Home office can solve many problems, but also create new ones. But if you are aware of the challenge and know how to deal with it, you can really take the benefits of remote work. Avoid typical mistakes and use all the possibilities and tools that Inloox offers to make working from home easier.

2020 100

Time Tracking in Project Management (Part 2): Three tips on how to create acceptance

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In the first article of this series we came to the conclusion that time tracking should be understood and used as a tool to improve planning and resource allocation in projects. Time tracking helps to identify those projects that generate extra work compared to the planned effort. How can executives now credibly communicate this approach? First, say goodbye to these opinions: High effort means inefficiency. Less effort means good performance.

2020 100

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. ". In a network , nodes (rectangles) represent activities and events. Arrows connect nodes with each other. Arrows represent the dependency between the activities or events.

2019 133

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. So it’s not far-fetched that sooner or later we’ll also be planning and controlling projects with our phones. InLoox users could already work on the go with InLoox Web App, but InLoox 10 offers users a new possibility: native apps for iOS and Android devices.

2018 143

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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