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10 Steps to Set up a Project Management Office

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 2404 words • 22 minutes

Setting up a successful and sustainable PMO is a significant challenge but provides excellent benefits if implemented correctly.

We developed ten steps to help you set up a PMO that fits your organization's needs, aligns with your business goals, and is designed to outlast major organizational changes. So, let's get started!

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How to Manage Major Projects Successfully

DI Gernot Winkler DI Gernot Winkler 1022 words • 9 minutes

Unclear distribution of roles, lack of communication, late involvement of stakeholders, and insufficient integration into the process and line organization can cause (not only) major projects to fail. With these 10 theses, you can avoid the biggest pitfalls and successfully manage tasks of this scale.

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New Ways of Project Work with the Half Double Method

Johanne Lyngsø Jensen Johanne Lyngsø Jensen 1030 words • 9 minutes

The Half Double methodology helps organizations reinvent their way of working with projects, increase the overall success rate of projects, and balance resources more effectively. Find out how to improve your daily project work using this innovative methodology.

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5 Features That Make Essential SAFe Unique

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 685 words • 6 minutes

The Scaled Agile Framework is a process management model that is quite different from all project management methods. Discover five characteristics that differentiate Essential SAFe from other methods and why we believe they are unique.

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How SAFe Drives Business Agility

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 559 words • 5 minutes

In today's highly competitive and ever-changing markets, organizations need to adapt to changes quickly. The Scaled Agile Framework transforms entire enterprises, leading them to an agile and customer-centric business approach and ensuring faster time-to-market.

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How to Manage a Change Request Process in a Traditional or Agile Environment

The process of requirements management depends on the process model used to realize an investment. In sequential models, a change request process is used to change requirements. In iterative models, there is no change request. Instead, additional requirements are defined at each iteration, and requirements that have not yet been realized are prioritized.

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What's a Sprint Board and how you can use it

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 619 words • 6 minutes

In agile theory, you plan only one single sprint ahead. But as we all know — theory and practice don't always align. The sprint board is designed to overcome this potential limitation. This blog post deals with the idea of the sprint board and approaches on how you can make the best use of it in agile planning.

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Agile transformation in your organization: 4 steps & principles

Thomas Lieb, PMP Thomas Lieb, PMP 1234 words • 11 minutes

Nowadays, there are many different approaches to how to develop organizations agile. The philosophy is that agile working methods and agile organizational structures should always be striven for and ultimately considered to be "better." As for the so-called "agile transition," the same three observations or points as stated by those involved and affected, should always be mentioned again and again.

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Agile Transformation of Organizations: PMCC Organizational Model

DI Gernot Winkler DI Gernot Winkler 814 words • 7 minutes

No matter how we twist and turn it, we live in a VUCA world. To ensure competitiveness, new or changed strategies, and business models are required and, ultimately, organizational changes. A process that can be understood as a transformation of the organization into a target state recommended to be carried out agile.

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Agile project management: 4 advantages of the social intranet

Martin Neubert Martin Neubert 722 words • 7 minutes

In order for your company to develop, new projects are definitely going to be started over and over again. This is exciting – and also a massive undertaking. It is not always easy to find a proper start. Fortunately, many companies are already using a tool that saves them a great deal of work in project management: their social intranet.

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Do you determine your deadlines or vice versa? How to use the timeline

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 418 words • 4 minutes

Management reporting is the primary source of information for all managers, stakeholders and decision-makers and therefore an essential success factor for every company. Naturally, digitization has also become an integral part of management reporting.

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What is Program Management: The Purpose behind It

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 371 words • 3 minutes

What is program management, what are the tasks of a program manager and how can you differentiate it from multi-project and portfolio management?

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Part 4: Agile Techniques and Methods at a Glance: Design Thinking

Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE 811 words • 7 minutes

Design Thinking is a management tool that combines creative and analytical methods. It aims to release maximum creative potential among all stakeholders of an innovation project in order to systematically solve complex problems or tasks.

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Part 3: Agile Methods at a Glance: The Kanban Method

Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE 845 words • 8 minutes

The term Kanban comes from Japanese and consists of the words "Kan" for visualization and "Ban" for card, document or board. The best-known Kanban element is probably the Kanban board.

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Part 2: Agile Methods at a Glance: Scrum & Agile

Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE 655 words • 6 minutes

The origin of agile methods (e.g. Scrum) lies in software development, where changes are often not only on the agenda, but can even represent a competitive advantage.

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Part 1: Agile Techniques and Methods at a Glance

Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE Ing. Oliver Dragoun zPM, PcE 483 words • 4 minutes

Agile methods - where they come from, what they can do and who they are (particularly well) suited for. Our new blog series introduces you to the most popular agile methods and their fields of application.

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The Basics of Stakeholder Management

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 453 words • 4 minutes

Learn in this article how to define project stakeholders, why stakeholder management is important and how to conduct an adequate stakeholder analysis.

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Earned Value Analysis as an Efficient Project Controlling Tool

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 1071 words • 11 minutes

How efficiently are you using your time and resources? Learn how to properly use the concept of Earned Value in project management: Explanation and calculation of important project controlling key figures to compare the project plan and actual status.

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Milestone Trend Analysis: How to Analyze Your Stage Wins

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 298 words • 3 minutes

Milestones mark important dates within a project. The Milestone Trend Analysis (MTA) visualizes whether these dates are met or postponed. In this article, you will learn how to interpret the MTA easily.

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Scheduling with Gantt Chart: Always Following the Bar

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 463 words • 4 minutes

The Gantt chart or bar chart according to Gantt is one of the most popular methods for scheduling projects. What it can do and how it is created can be found here.

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How to overcome large tasks with the Work Breakdown Structure

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 470 words • 4 minutes

Everyone knows the feeling of standing in front of a task that is so big that you do not know where to start. The secret of successfully completing such a large task is to "break” that task “down" into smaller, easier-to-handle sub-tasks.

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Start and Guideline: The Project Charter

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 421 words • 4 minutes

The project charter is the “green light” for the project. The moment a customer or client places the project order, the preparation phase ends and the implementation phase begins.

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3 expert tips on how you should define your project goals SMART

Gerald Aquila Gerald Aquila 386 words • 4 minutes

Can you imagine a marathon whose length and endpoint are unknown? Probably not. That's exactly why project goals are needed. How they are formulated correctly and why the right self-assessment is not only crucial in sports, read on here.

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