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In the beginning there was ADKAR | The People Side of Change Management

ADKAR© was developed in 1996 by Jeff Hiatt, founder of Prosci Inc. and first presented in 1999 in the form of a white paper entitled “The Perfect Change” (orig. “The Perfect Change” © J. Hiatt 1999). About a whole decade later, after countless research and application projects, the book “ADKAR: A Model for Change in …

The Project Management Office (PMO) – Current trends and emerging opportunities

The PMO enjoys great popularity worldwide. Although it is nothing new, many aspirations in terms of effectiveness and efficiency are expected of the PMO, which in practice all too often are not fulfilled. When I talk about a PMO in the following text, I am referring to an organisational unit that is responsible for a …

Agile – The Power of the Principles

We live in the world of quick solutions. Failure is not an option. Failure is a simple correlation coefficient that is collectively based on the sum-total of everyone’s fault except for you. Lately, I have seen a lot of buzz on Agile. There is excitement, there are T-Shirts that say, “Do Agile, Be Agile”. Excitement in the project management area …

The climate in organizations has changed – and not only as a result of Covid 19

In nature, we experience regular changes in the atmosphere, be it the seasons, alternating high and low systems that pass over us, the warm wind blowing over the mountains into the valleys or the more long-term climatic changes caused by global warming. We feel these changes; some are felt to be invigorating, others cause the …

In risk management, culture and mindset are more important than processes and tools

Currently, there is an increasing number of requests from businesses to improve their risk management, as it no longer leads to the desired results. Based on the literature and standards such as the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition*, many organizations have adopted a very strict formalism or process and are asking project teams to follow it …

Purposeful projects – A new paradigm for projects in a complex world

The Corona pandemic was in a sense a wake-up call for all of us to rethink what and how we do things, both privately and professionally. For example, many employees are currently considering whether they would prefer to work from home after the pandemic, thereby reducing unnecessary travel time and costs and gaining more time …

Change or die – the consequence of (not) changing

Imagine you have smoked all your life and your doctor tells you due to Covid 19 that you belong to the risk group and you better stay at home because otherwise you will die. Thus, you turn your whole life upside down and work from home, keep distance to your friends and family and give …

Surfing the Digital Tsunami – A book review

I never would have guessed. It wasn’t a disruptive company, a killer technology or application, but a virus called “Covid 19” that sparked, or at least accelerated, a digital tsunami. The lock-down in almost all countries made it necessary to work from home and digital applications for collaboration with customers, colleagues and the network suddenly …

The role of standards for collaboration in project teams

Standards have always played a major role in the handling of projects. They are based on the paradigm that a complex problem can be broken down into its components and systematically planned and controlled by means of a project. As early as the 1950s, the US Air Force and Navy issued detailed standards on the …

Insights into the 7th study on salary and career of project managers in German speaking countries

Last year, the German Project Management Association (GPM), together with its counterparts in Austria and Switzerland, conducted a survey on salaries and career prospects for project managers in the seventh year. The study was published in German, the most important findings will be summarized here. A total of 1,650 people with an average age of …

From management of projects to management by projects

In the last couple of weeks, I have been talking to several executives from corporations who are seeking our advice because they are running up against (sometimes invisible) ceilings with the traditional management of projects and are puzzled as to how they can improve the situation. Many of these companies have seen a massive increase …

Fighting consequences of the Corona pandemic by means of a hackathon

Before Easter I received an invitation to a hackathon and accepted it, because I had never participated in a hackathon before and was curious how it would all take place. I was additionally motivated because the hackathon was about fighting the consequences of the Corona pandemic with the help of experts from the Project Management …

Emerging out of the Corona crisis stronger | Interview with Reinhard Wagner, Executive Director of Tiba

The Corona pandemic is keeping people around the world on tenterhooks. Read the interview with our Executive Director Reinhard Wagner about what he advises to emerge out of the crisis. One thing is certain: it takes a lot to survive as a company in the end. Resilience, change ability and solidarity are only the beginning. …

Take off with a smart(er) organization – organizing from the outside in!

During Easter I had been reading the book “Cell Structure Design” by Niels Pfläging and Silke Hermann. This inspired me to take up some of the thoughts expressed there and to deepen them in this blog. In my opinion, these thoughts are particularly relevant in the context of the Corona crisis, as the virus has …

Effectuation – an approach to overcome the corona crisis stronger than before

While in most countries of the world the corona virus has paralysed large parts of the economy, travel is severely restricted and most people pursue their professional activities from their home office, the question arises as to when this crisis will be over and how everything will then go on. One is clear in this …

How we will work in the future – a look ahead

A competition is currently taking place on the Internet to see what can be done online or virtually during the Corona crisis, from training sessions and government meetings to symphony concerts. Of course, this raises the question why this was not possible before Corona. Nothing but excuses? Fear of technology? Or afraid of your own …

Back to the roots – from the effects of the corona crisis on supply chain management

In recent years, supply chain management has been “optimized” in the face of globalization and cost pressure. This has led in some cases to absurd developments, where for example goods from Germany were transported to Eastern Europe, re-packaged there and sent back again, just to maintain the “low cost country” share. Or parts were manufactured …

Logic of failure – our inability to deal with exponential growth and uncertainty

In these days (in my home office) I have been working on one of my favourite books again, namely “The Logic of Failure – Strategic Thinking in Complex Situations”. It was first published in 1989 and was written by Professor Dietrich Dörner, who held a professorship in psychology with the research focus on cognitive psychology, …

Prioritize activities with portfolio management – not only in times of crisis!

In good times and bad, we tend to take on far too much. This then inevitably leads to an overload of the resources used, stress, delays in implementation and correspondingly higher costs. It is actually easy to understand that we should set clear priorities. But why do we then only do this in the very …

Searching for purpose in times of uncertainty

What the financial and real estate crisis, the “Fridays for Future” movement and the arbitrary trade restrictions of recent years have failed to do, a virus now manages in just a few weeks – to knock the entire society out of balance. No event has struck us as hard as the Corona virus. Yet there …

Cultural change on the way to an agile organization

Executives are currently feeling the changes in markets, society and technologies and are trying to adapt their organization. They often reflexively prescribe the introduction of agile methods and think that they are taking a step in the right direction. All too often, however, negative side-effects occur, either among employees who do not really keep up …

Corporate culture and projects – breeding ground or stumbling block?

Inspired by a keynote address by Prof. Sonja Sackmann during a conference of the Bertelsmann Foundation, I would like to address the relationship between projects and corporate culture. However, culture is very difficult to grasp in an organisation. Moreover, there is not just one culture, but a multiplicity of (sub)cultures that influence each other. Cultural …

Projects in trouble – from fire fighting to resilience

Currently, there is an increasing number of crisis signals, be it regarding climate change and its consequences or the corona virus. The effects are often very personal and leave a clear mark on specific industries, organisations and projects. It is in the nature of the crisis that we humans are first of all in a …

The new role of organizations in 21st century

The world of work is in transition. Self-organisation, project work and start-ups are just a few keywords for the change that is currently taking place in our society. There is a lot of talk about “new work”, “agile projects” and “self-organized work”, but nobody asks the question as to why organizations are still needed. Traditionally, …

Does self-organisation still need leadership?

In the context of agile project work, the question repeatedly arises as to what role leadership still plays, or whether leadership in connection with self-organisation is not even superfluous. It is certainly necessary to deal with the function of leadership in general. In his classic “Leading, Achieving, Living”, Fredmund Malik outlined the tasks of effective …

Status quo (scaled) agile – interesting insights in an international study

For the fourth time now, Professor Ayelt Komus and his team from the University of Applied Sciences in Koblenz have analysed the status quo of (scaled) agile working in a project context together with international partners. Once again, it has been shown that agile methods have clearly established themselves but are often used together with …

Transformation of project-oriented companies – Part 2: Drivers of change

With this blog series, we want to report on current developments in the field of corporate transformation and at the same time provide concrete tips for implementation. Every month we take up one aspect of the topic and present background information, potentials for improvement as well as solutions – from practice for practice.

Building successful relationships with Radical Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the most important success factors for project-related work, e.g. for teamwork, between companies in a supply chain, or for tackling major social challenges such as climate change. Collaboration means working jointly together. Radical collaboration is a fundamental way of acting jointly, favouring basic change.

The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO) of people

My last blog “Human needs as starting point for self-organisation” highlighted three needs of people relevant for the work context: autonomy, relatedness and competence. This blog entry is dedicated to the second of these basic needs, namely people’s desire for relatedness. I refer to the “Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO)” theory, which in the 1950s …

Transformation of project-oriented companies – Prologue

With this blog series, we want to report on current developments in the field of corporate transformation and at the same time provide concrete tips for implementation. Every month we take up one aspect of the topic and present background information, potentials for improvement as well as solutions – from practice for practice.

Agile Management in Innovation Projects: Best Practices of Rehau AG

In fast-moving markets, a company’s ability and speed of innovation will increasingly determine its competitive ability. Do speed and innovation really go together? Dr Martin Watzlawek, Head of Strategy and Innovation Automotive at REHAU AG & Co., may have some answers. Details in the interview below.

Women in project management

„If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.“ (Margaret Thatcher) 100 years of women’s right to vote in Germany – the perfect moment to analyse gender equality in project management. In this blog post we show the historical development and current findings on the job situation of …

Ethical beaviour in consultancies – A contradiction in terms?

Since the current scandal surrounding the McKinsey management consultancy erupted, which has made negative headlines due to its cooperation with Saudi Arabia, the subject of ethics in consultations has once again become the focus of public debate. This type of scandal generally leads to a negative perception of management consultancies. We would therefore like to …

Complexity beats Methodology | Disenchanting Agility by Conny Dethloff

A guest article by Conny Dethloff In my view, the hype around agility in companies has recently taken on increasingly bizarre traits. It is like admiring the cutlery before every single meal and debating how beautifully shiny it is before we start eating. With this article, I will attempt to demystify agility and the methods …