ERP systems explained simply


The origin and meaning of ERP systems The first predecessor of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) was developed and established in industry more than 100 years ago. EOQ (Economic Order Quantity) did not require a computer at all, only pen and paper were used to improve time planning in production.

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Public Infrastructure: Project Management as a Key Success Factor


Content. External influences. Intentional miscalculation. Lack of uniformity in implementation. Incompetence in project management. Lack of risk management.


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The 9 Biggest Project Management Trends in 2022


Content. Remote work & leadership. Bigger focus on soft skills. Professionalization of project management & increasing demand for project managers. Agile is here to stay. Value and principle-based perspective. AI, machine learning & automation. Cloud as the standard.

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Why Deadlines Promote Procrastination


Deadlines play a central role in the project context. They ensure that tasks are completed on time so that subsequent tasks can start according to plan and the project is completed by the agreed deadline.

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Level up Culture & EQ | Sign up for the #CultureDrop

Once a week, culture & leadership expert Galen Emanuele gives free, actionable EQ training in 5 minutes or less. Subscribe to the #CultureDrop and access free resources & content.

Modularized megaprojects: What we can learn from Tesla (Part 2)


In the first part of our two-part blog post, you learned that complex planning and a multitude of dependencies can make a project a very fragile construct. If a project fails, it always fails in its entirety. This is because the project only adds value after it has been 100% completed successfully.

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Top 8 Benefits of Project Management Software for Your Company


Content. Benefits for team members. Benefits for project managers. Benefits for executives. Benefits of project management software Every company, large or small, is faced with a multitude of projects on a daily basis. The complexity of projects requires teams to take a structured approach.

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How to build the best project team: The 4 key features


What makes a good project team? At the beginning of each project, the project manager has to put together a suitable project team. For this purpose, the requirements of the respective project are usually evaluated. To meet these requirements, certain project-specific skills are needed.

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Modularized megaprojects: Failure of Conventional Approaches (Part 1)


Tesla as a pioneer in the modularization of megaprojects In Germany, it is almost a tradition that large public projects fail. A prime example in this context is the BER Airport. Originally, the megaproject was to be completed in 2007 at costs of only 2 billion euros.

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Key Skill for Project Managers: Concept Development


Does this sound familiar: A manager calls an employee in and proudly informs them about new challenges, ideas and projects. But first of all, they need a concept, and the employee has to create one. Back at the desk, the employee sits in front of a blank sheet of paper or an empty Word file.

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How to Improve Team Effectiveness & Reduce Workplace Stressors Through Exceptional Culture

Speaker: Galen Emanuele - President, Shift Yes LLC

Having a great workplace culture increases engagement and performance, yet many leadership teams lack the tools they need to successfully develop one. In this webinar, you will receive guidance on how to adapt your workplace culture and improve your employee experience.

Risk management (2) - The FMEA method


Risk analysis with the FMEA method The abbreviation FMEA stands for Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. The FMEA method is therefore much more than just a risk management method.

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The 6 central roles of the project manager


Content. The initiator. The role model. The coach. The negotiator. The listener. The working member. The importance of managing a project The project manager plays a very central role in the entire project process. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring the project.

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Transactional vs. Transformational (Part 2): Leadership in practice


In practice, managers use both styles and adapt them for their teams or their company. The transitions are fluid, and the optimal leadership behavior can vary greatly depending on the industry, project or corporate objective.

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Self-Leadership: How to Become a HERO


Content. What does Self-leadership mean? Become aware of yourself. Regulate yourself. Find your intrinsic motivation. Become a HERO. Karim Benzema is a phenomenon. Last May, the soccer star brought the possibly most coveted silverware, the UEFA Champions League trophy, to Madrid for the fifth time.

Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

The 5 Axioms by Watzlawick: How to Communicate in a Project Team


Content. Axiom 1: You cannot not communicate. Axiom 2: The content and relationship aspect. Axiom 3: Characterization by punctuation of the communication processes. Axiom 4: Digital and analog modalities. Axiom 5: Symmetry and complementarity of relationships.

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The Inloox Blog Turns 10!


The evolution of the InLoox blog. Project management and software is our passion, and it is evident on our blog. A majority of our posts revolve around every possible aspect of project management and project management software.

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Product Development with the Stage-Gate® Process (Part 2): Strengths, Weaknesses, Pitfalls


The Stage-Gate® process is a process model for the targeted development of innovations - for example, in the form of products and services. In the first part of this blog series, we looked at the definition and basic principles of the method according to Robert G. Cooper.

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Diagnosis: Micromanagement? Here’s how to cure it!


Are you a micromanager? Are you a micromanager? If some or any of the following statements apply to you, you probably are: The majority of your work time is spent on day-to-day operations.

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Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

Project Management Guidelines (Part 1) - What We Can Learn From Project Failures


Projects are becoming increasingly complex. This may be due to the project itself, which is becoming more complex because of the multitude of parameters it contains. Another reason can be the influence of the project environment or a high number of stakeholders.

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Risk Management in Projects (1) – Introduction


New blog series on risk management in projects In the coming weeks, we will focus on a very relevant topic in project management: Risk management. This area of project management is very important, as projects are confronted with permanent changes and thus constantly with new risks.

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The waterfall model: classic project management explained simply


The waterfall as a classic approach for projects In the run-up to a project, a decision must always be made as to which method is most suitable for the specific case. Here, the project manager is spoiled for choice. Some of the most common methods are, for example, the critical path method , Kanban, Scrum or Scrumban , which combines elements of the two previously mentioned methods. These approaches all fall into the category of agile methods. On the other hand, there are the classical methods.

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Quick and Easy: This is New in the PMBOK Guide Edition 7


Founded in 1969 in the USA, the Project Management Institute is a global non-profit project management association. In 2020, the institute counted more than 600,000 members in over 200 countries, making it the PM organization with the largest membership worldwide.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

Transactional vs. Transformational (Part 1): Leadership styles in comparison


When you think of impressive leaders , US-American CEOs like Elon Musk come to mind first. He is considered a prime example of a transformational leader. If we look at Germany, specifically at the DAX companies, we see a different picture: CEOs tend to favor a transactional leadership style.

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Complaint management: Added value with the help of project management tools


Content: The importance of a well-run complaint management system. The complexity of complaints. Project management as a success factor. Wherever transactions take place between buyers and sellers, complaints are an integral part of everyday life.

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Product Development with the Stage-Gate® Process (Part 3): Procedure and Structure


In the last parts of our blog series on innovation management with the Stage-Gate® process, we looked at the basics such as the definition, strengths and weaknesses, and the basic principles.

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Product Backlog vs. Sprint Backlog: What are the Differences?


In recent years, “agile” has become an increasingly important topic in the corporate world. Driven by the need for better performance, efficiency and results, companies are using various agile management methods. Scrum is probably one of the best-known methods.

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Enhance Employee Wellness to Retain High-Performing Teams

Speaker: Eric Torigian - Managing Director, Advisory Services, CHRO Solutions

During this informative webinar, Eric Torigian, Managing Director at CHRO Solutions, will explore how organizations are emphasizing employee wellness, how that has helped workers attain a healthy "life balance", and how, as a result, this has contributed to corporate success.

SAFe Simply Explained (Part 2): Basic Idea and Most Important Terms


The SAFe method is based on the Lean philosophy and offers a fixed framework in which Scrum and other agile management methods can be scaled to the entire company.

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Management Definitions: What Are the Differences Between Vision, Strategy and Tactics?


". "If you don't know where you're going, don't be surprised if you end up somewhere else." " - Mark Twain. ". Whether in project planning or in business management, for reliable decision making you will need some predefined parameters.

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Risk Management (3) - The Risk Catalog


Introduction: The risk catalog The risk catalog - also called risk inventory - can serve as a basis for a risk analysis or the FMEA method. This method also offers many advantages when used on its own. A risk catalog represents a structured compilation of potential project risk events.

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(Multi-) Project Management Myths Busted


Multi-project management is nothing new for many organizations. Nevertheless, there are enormous challenges in the simultaneous management of several projects, which have still not been adequately solved - at least that's what many people think.

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Employee Wellbeing & DEI: Supporting Inclusivity Throughout the Employee Life Cycle

Speaker: Catherine Mattice - Culture Consultant, Business Coach, Strategic HR Expert

Join Catherine Mattice as she details actionable steps for encouraging and reinforcing inclusive behavior from the employees’ first day all the way to their last.

Quick and Easy: How to Manage Your Tasks with the Eisenhower Principle


The Eisenhower Matrix was named after the former US president of the same name, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who is said to have developed this method and even taught it himself. To this day, the Eisenhower Principle is a proven and widely used tool for prioritizing personal tasks.

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Worst Practice in Project Management


Worst practice in 4 steps What is worst and best practice anyway? Perhaps some of you are now wondering what worst and best practice actually is. Let's start with a brief definition of these two terms: Best Practice is mainly used in benchmarking processes. In this context, best practice represents the best realized solution for an issue or a project.

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SAFe Easy Explained (Part2): Basic Idea and Most Important Terms


The SAFe method is based on the Lean philosophy and offers a fixed framework in which Scrum and other agile management methods can be scaled to the entire company.

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Best of 2021: Here Are Your Favorite Blog Posts This Year


In 2020 the top positions were dominated by posts on working from home and knowledge management. As the pandemic is far from over, this year's list includes our personal lessons learned from a year of (mostly) working from home.

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Unlocking Your Supply Chains True Potential in The Midst of Disruptions

Speaker: David Food - Head Of Supply Chain at Board International

In this webinar, Supply Chain Futurologist David Food will discuss how to manage risks and build customer loyalty in the midst of disruption. Don't miss out!