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.

2020 139

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!

2020 185

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


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

2020 130

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. Your project determines the project management method and not the other way around. The key question is therefore: Which method fits your specific project?

2020 131

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?

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 126

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:

2019 164

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?

2020 116

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.

2020 141

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?

2020 158

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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


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.

2020 130

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.

2020 116

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.

2020 116

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

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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

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.

2018 146

The Project Management Toolkit: What is really needed to make project work simple and effective?


Imagine the following situation: You have just moved into your first own apartment and some of your friends have helped you. Now you want to assemble the new furniture together. In doing so, you realize that you only have a spoon as a tool.

2020 130

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.

Lean 157

Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

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 126

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

How to shrink your project with the Minimum Viable Product: 5 Tips for Minimum Viable Projects


Germany is known as the industrial nation with the 99.9% solution. We are expected to deliver a perfect engineering performance, but real innovation? You'd rather look for it in Silicon Valley.

2019 130

Social Collaborative Management: Harnessing the Power of the Many

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker & Author of The Lazy Project Manager

Social Collaborative Management aims at delivering, at the enterprise level, a common goal for the business while harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community. This is a vital paradigm shift that many organisations are trying to understand right now - balancing traditional work and centralised leadership against the value of decentralised teams and trust. But the principles of harnessing collective power, collaboration, and community build an underlying ‘constant change’ capability that is critical in today’s new work environment.

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!

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

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.

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


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

Collaborate Better with Your Customer-Facing Teams

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Leader Coach, Fearless Product LLC

Customer discovery is the lifeblood of product teams to identify the most important customer needs to solve next. Often it's the Product and UX members of the trio who take lead on facilitating this discovery. But what about other customer-facing teams in an organization? How do product teams best partner with these teams to understand customers’ unmet needs and decide which needs to address next?

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

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

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.

2018 136

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.

2030 152

Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

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


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 151

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.

2017 164

Tips for Project Managers: How to Lead Your Project Team Through a Crisis


In many cases project managers find themselves in critical or uncertain situations, as every project has some unknown factors that have to be taken into account. Nevertheless, the current Corona pandemic creates an even bigger insecurity than anything project management has experienced in the last decades.

2020 100

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

Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.