From Laying the Foundation to Completion: The Basics and Challenges of Project Management in Construction


Construction project management is considered one of the original forms of today's project management. Hardly surprising, as the Egyptians already had grand plans.

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Why People Are the Most Important Resource in the Company


What do you think of when you hear the word resource? Perhaps natural resources in the form of oil or gold, hidden in the earth beneath our feet. Or do you have a project budget in mind that is running low? We've all heard phrases like "our resources are depleted" However, in HR, phrases like "we need more resources for our software engineering team" are also quite common.

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7 Things We've Learned After a Year of Online Meetings


For almost a year now, the Corona pandemic has determined our daily lives. The consequences also turned our working lives upside down. Last year, many employers around the world had to change their work culture from working in the office to working from home.

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


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

What is Contextual Analytics? The Next Evolution of Embedded Analytics

Download this white paper to learn what contextual analytics is, how BI platforms like Yellowfin revolutionize the way users discover insights from their data with native contextual analytics, and how it adds value to your software solution by elevating the user experience.

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


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

2020 130

Back to Basics (Part 12): What You Need to Create a Meaningful Project Status Report


As a project manager you are probably familiar with this situation: Your boss asks you to present the status of your current project in the form of a project status report by Monday. Keep calm now! Because yes, most people tend to be afraid of the word project status report, because creating meaningful reports usually requires a lot of time, communication and data.

2020 143

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


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 127

Global leadership: What you need to consider in multicultural teams


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.

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


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 127

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

The new DevSecOps team is up and running, and you feel ready to take on rising security threats while delivering quality software updates. But that leaves just one question: how do you monitor your new program as effectively and efficiently as possible? Join Shannon Lietz, Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and award-winning innovator, to learn the answers to these questions so you can lead your DevSecOps team to the top!

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


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.

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


"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?

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Cheers to Another Wonderful Thanksgiving Thanks to Project Management


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.

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Services all around the Implementation of Project Management Software


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

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.

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


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

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


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.

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


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


#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 127

Business Monitoring Systems: Using ML to Analyze Metrics

This whitepaper discusses how automated business monitoring solutions like Yellowfin Signals revolutionize the way users discover critical and relevant insights from their data.

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


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

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


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.

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Time Management: How to Work More Productively with Timeboxing


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

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


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

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.

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


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 127

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


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!

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


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.

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


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

How to Select an Embedded Analytics Product: 12 Criteria to Consider

This report is designed to help readers select an embedded analytics product. It provides 12 criteria to consider when evaluating embedded capabilities. It also comes with a companion spreadsheet that enables users to score and compare products along these 12 dimensions and others they may add.

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


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

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


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.

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The 7 Most Important Arguments for Implementing Project Management


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

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


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

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Homegrown Analytics

If you built your analytics in house, chances are your basic features are no longer enough for your end users. Is it time to move on to a more robust analytics solution with more advanced capabilities? Follow this free guide for tips on making the build to buy transition.

Artificial Intelligence and the Role of the Project Manager in 2030


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


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.

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


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

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


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

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?