Some More Details on the IF Forum of September, 25th, at Unterhaching

In less than tree weeks!

On September, 25th, there will be another very special technological IF Forum in our Unterhaching building. After 2010 (AGILE) and 2011 (LEADERSHIP), this is the third “Technological IF Forum”.

In 2012, the protagonists of the PM Camp will visit Munich (Unterhaching) on the 12th of September. They will bring with them the “Best of PM Camp”.

The day is about:

Projects and work, coaching and success!

Here are the agenda and a short introduction of all speakers and their papers:

Presented by – Roland Dürre

14:00  – 14:15  Welcome (Kornelia Hietmann)

Segment I

14:15  – 14:45 Integrated Project Management (Dr. Stefan Hagen)

14:45  – 15:15 Post-Industrial Project Management (Dr. Marcus Raitner)

15:15  – 15:45  “Fishbowl” on Segment I


Segment II

16:15  – 16:45  Systematic Creativity (Jens Hoffmann)

16:45  – 17:15  Purpose, Nonsense and Chances of Life (Nadja Schröer-Petranovskaja)

17:15  – 17:45  “About Onions and Cultures” (Dr. Eberhard Huber)

17:45  – 18:30  Fishbowl on Segment II


Happy Hour (discussions, fun, laughter, beverages and snacks)

Now let me introduce the speakers to you and give a short summary of their presentations:

Dr. Stefan Hagen will open up the first section with his presentation about “integrated project management“.

Stefan is the founder and owner of the Hagen Management GmbH.

In the truest sense of the word, Stefan lives his life

Project Management – Organization – Strategy

Consequently, he is also the author of the perhaps best-read German project management blog (pm-blog). In his IF Forum 2012 opening statements, he will plead for “integrated project management“. Here is a short summary of his theses:

  • Problems arising in project management can probably only be solved using a conventional approach and methods. Just look at the poor success rate.
    • Integrative approaches will be necessary. Basically, this means we have to look beyond our own horizons.
    • Horizontal Integration: classic and agile approaches;
  • Vertical Integration: humans in (social) systems.
  • Stefan will mainly discuss systemic principles currently neglected in an unpardonable way in most projects.
  • His conclusion is: we need a “change of level“ in order to generate better frameworks for successful project and team work.

The ideas introduced by Stefan will be completed by “post-industrial project management” as introduced by Dr. Marcus Raitner.

Marcus wrote his dissertational thesis in Informatics at Passau University.

After five years as a senior project manager with a huge IT service company, he started a new career as senior partner and board member of the esc Solutions GmbH in 2010.

His focus is on IT project management and IT project coaching.

Dr. Marcus Raitner has his own quite famous PM blog. He is on the organizing team of the PM Camp  and initiated openPM.

Read what Marcus says about his own presentation:

Many projects are two-class systems: a few persons do all the intellectual and leadership work, while all the rest of the people just execute it. That is what I call planning apartheid. You cannot miss the similarities with the organization of huge enterprises: industrial project management with the main goal of efficiency. Industrial project management will work quite well if the complexity is so small that the creativity of the planning class is sufficient for overcoming obstacles. Except that most of the projects are far beyond this level of complexity. What then?

After the presentations by Stefan and Marcus, we will conduct the “Fishbowl”. Together, we will process all we have heard.

Then, we will take a break.

The second part will be opened up by Jens Hoffmann.

Jens, born 1967, is managing director and founder of the Hoffmann Consulting GmbH. Originally from Düsseldorf, he started his career very young – at 20 – with Munich Microsoft, before joining Roland Berger & Partner in 1987. He soon advanced to the posts of project leader in Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich.

In 1999, he founded the Hoffmann Consulting GmbH. It specializes on consulting services for IT communication. His main areas are governance, risk management, compliance and business innovation (Business Model Design, Product and Service Innovation).

One of his most important topics is creativity. That is why he will talk about

Systematic Creativity

Identify new challenges and solve problems efficiently.

Here are some ideas on his paper for you to take a look at in advance:

Just like the enterprises that provide them, products and services, too, get more and more interchangeable. Technological and social competence are matters of course, but creativity is the one skill currently most on demand. Your competence at identifying and addressing the needs of your customer – and then to solve problems efficiently – will certainly determine whether you are a success or not.

For many people, the connection between creativity and business is something they find hard to get used to. Jens will give you an overview about how creativity can be integrated into business as a process and then be developed and used systematically, either by individual persons or in a team.

When Jens has finished, we will all be looking forward to hearing Nadja Schröer-Petranovskaja speak.

This is how Nadja sees herself:

Human, Russian, psychologist, project leader, business muse, photographer, mother, author, blogger.

She is always looking for something and finding it between countries, (entrepreneurial) cultures, along their inhabitants and sectors. Nothing is pre-assigned with her, except that:

It must make sense.

Freedom-loving, lazy and courageous.

She will tell us her ideas about:

Purpose, nonsense and chances in life!

Nadja’s presentations are always very special affairs. I very much look forward to her impulse presentation. Said presentation will give us new questions, combine facts and introduce new propositions about how we might design the rest of our lives.

Incidentally, this is the one question that I am mostly concerned with these days.

Our cycle of presentations will be closed by Dr. Eberhard Huber.

Dr. Eberhard Huber is the embodiment of experience and knowledge. He can look back on: 25 years of project leadership, having been trainer and coach for project management, group dynamics and team development, project management in research and education (at the universities of Mannheim and Magdeburg), and practice.

His Credo is:

Making a team out of a group of people, developing cooperation that is more than just an accumulation of individual competences, often depends on a few lucky coincidences, the leadership qualities, or the project leader’s charisma. This is where team-oriented project leadership  comes in. It accompanies the process of building a team during the project.

Team-oriented project leadership that leaves room for and promotes self-organization will enable you to really make proper use of all the potential you have at your disposal.

This time, Eberhard will tell us about

“Onions and Cultures”

His “onions“ will actually close the circle opened by Stefan. Culture and the active promotion of culture can serve as one solution for the change of level Stefan demands. Eberhard chose the title “onions and cultures“ deliberately, because the plural is important for what this will all be about.

Now is the time for our second “Fishbowl“. We will finish the exciting afternoon together and recuperate from the strains of the intense work during our Happy Hour!

I find it great to have the chance of presenting this super event. I look forward to an exciting and beautiful day with Stefan, Marcus, Jens, Nadja, Eberhard and many friends and partners.


(Translated by eG)

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