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September 24, 2014 2474 Comment(s)

A Free Alternative to MS Project

What if there was a project management app that provided more planning tools than Microsoft Project, e.g., an interactive WBS? What if this app was more than just a planning tool? What if this app was completely free for single project managers? read more

September 20, 2013 1503 Comment(s)

To Agile, Or Not to Agile?

Agile is the solution, or is it not? As with many frameworks and tools, it always depends on the application. Just think about the "real world": would you use a screwdriver to drive a nail into a wall? read more

August 13, 2013 2461 Comment(s)

Apple is NOT doomed w/o Steve Jobs

Yesterday Jobs long-term friend Larry Elison implied that Apple without Steve Jobs won't be much different than last time when he was forced out of Apple. I strongly believe this is plain wrong, let me tell you why... read more

June 13, 2012 2433 Comment(s)

Onepoint Goes HTML5: R11 Preview

It has been a long time since my last post, but this does not mean that nothing is going on. On the contrary, there has been going on so much lately that I did not get to posting :-). Anyway, I wanted to provide you with a quick update on our next major release of Onepoint Project and its totally new HTML5 user interface... read more

July 23, 2011 2489 Comment(s)

Firetask Cloud Syncing: Public Beta

With the great feedback and help of our closed beta group we finally did it. Firetask's free cloud-syncing service is ready for its public beta test. Let me share with you some of the ups and downs we encountered as well as on how to get started with cloud-syncing using Firetask for Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. read more

May 11, 2011 2476 Comment(s)

Ideawell HD Becomes "Ideabook"

We are happy to provide you with a major update to Ideawell HD called "Ideabook for iPad". Read on if you want to know more about why we changed the name of our idea management app, if there will also be a major update to the iPhone version and what you can do with "idea spaces"... ;-) read more

April 3, 2011 1423 Comment(s)

Firetask Cloud Syncing Update

After nearly four months of development we have completed most of the actual coding on Firetask's upcoming cloud-syncing feature. A perfect time to provide a short update on our progress on this endeavor... read more

January 25, 2011 2390 Comment(s)

The Road to Firetask Cloud-Syncing

We have got many feature requests since we launched the Mac version of Firetask in fall last year. There are a number of features that are requested more often, but there is only one functionality that is nearly asked for in every second email we got: cloud-syncing. So, let me share our roadmap to cloud-syncing with you... read more

November 9, 2010 1432 Comment(s)

Getting Things Done with Firetask

While working on Firetask HD for the iPad I thought it would be a good idea to write a short introduction to the most important concepts in Firetask and how they relate to David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) method... read more

August 18, 2010 808 Comment(s)

Agile PM with Scrum: A (Very) Short Introduction

We are currently finalizing a new optional module for Onepoint that will allow integrating agile project management based on the Scrum framework into formal PM processes. I thought that this might be a good time to introduce you to the basic concepts behind Scrum and to try to relate these to PMI/IPMA standard terms. read more

June 13, 2010 2463 Comment(s)

Firetask Mac: A Glimpse at the BETA 2 Release

Good things come to those who wait - so they say ;-). We hope that our BETA testers agree with us that Firetask for Mac is definitely something worth waiting for. We have sent out the BETA 2 release this morning and are eager to get their feedback. Let's take a look at what Firetask for Mac has to offer so far... read more

April 7, 2010 2453 Comment(s)

First Look: Onepoint on Apple's iPad

As you have probably already suspected, I cannot order an iPad for the Onepoint office and not having a mobile version of Onepoint Project running on it ;-). So we experimented a little bit with Apple's iPad Simulator and came up with this gorgeous dashboard for our soon-to-be-released Onepoint Project 10 server editions... read more

March 29, 2010 2465 Comment(s)

Preview: "Ideawell HD" for the iPad

We admit it: we could not resist. So we submitted a "High Definition" (HD) version of Ideawell for the Apple iPad to the App Store on Saturday. Let me share some screenshots with you and explain why we are so excited about the iPad and its potential for collaborative innovation and project management. read more

March 14, 2010 2475 Comment(s)

Ideawell: Innovation Management - Personal & Mobile

Every project starts with an idea. Large companies have been aware of this fact for some time and many of them have introduced innovation management processes and software in order to help them to decide which ideas are worth pursuing and which not. But what about your own, personal ideas - how do you decide? read more

January 17, 2009 1462 Comment(s)

PM Standards, Methodologies and Organizations

I have referenced a number of PM standards, methodologies and organizations in the past without being aware of the fact that of course not everyone knows about these. Therefore, I will use the first post of 2010 in order to shortly present the most important ones. read more

December 11, 2009 2496 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project 9.1: Formal Project Management & Controlling

While writing the text for the new "Onepoint Report", I thought that a stripped-down version of the "Solution" section would also make for a good Task1 blog post. I hope that you will agree with me... ;-) read more

November 18, 2009 2491 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project: New Case Studies

2009 was a tough year for everyone. Even more, we are thankful to three of our key customers who took the time to do a case study together with us. This is the first time we have done "real" case studies in order to show how our clients use Onepoint Project in the "real" world. Please note: German only for the time being. read more

October 17, 2009 2484 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project Enterprise vs. Microsoft Project Server

Last week we were showing a preview of Onepoint Project 9.1 at the PMA-Focus event in Vienna and like always, a lot of people asked us about the differences between Onepoint and Microsoft's server version of MS Project. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to summarize the major differences in a short blog post. read more

September 8, 2009 889 Comment(s)

Apple's App Store Approval Process - Suggestions for Improvements

Let's take a slight detour and take a look at Apple's App Store approval process. The approval process is what each application update needs to go through in order to become available in Apple's iPhone application online store. As each review can be seen as a small project I would like to analyze how it might work today and why I believe that it could work much better by adopting a couple of improvements. read more

August 27, 2009 2522 Comment(s)

Most Important Reports for Project Controlling?

As you might remember we are currently making major changes to our "Controlling Cycle Option" for Onepoint Project. In order to make sure that these changes are really practical we are closely working together with a number of key customers and partners. One of the questions we are asking is: what are the most important reports that support the project controlling cycle? read more

July 3, 2009 2481 Comment(s)

Status Reporting and the Controlling Cycle

As I am currently working on improving our controlling cycle support and status reporting I thought it would be a good time to share some thoughts about this topic with you in general. This will also round up my other posts around project controlling a little bit and put them into a larger context. read more

June 4, 2009 2472 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project 9 - What's New?

The new major version of Onepoint Project features many improvements, one of them being a face-lifted user interface that incorporates a lot of the feedback we got from existing and prospective customers. Functionality-wise we added a report writer as well as two optional modules covering basic risk and issue management. read more

April 16, 2009 1451 Comment(s)

GTD and Project Management?

Can David Allan's "Getting Things Done" also provide benefits for "classical" day-to-day project management? My opinion is yes, but not all concepts apply and some might have to be slightly adjusted. Let me explain how I applied some of David's concepts in order to improve project management and leadership at Onepoint. read more

February 19, 2009 2478 Comment(s)

Introducing "Getting Things Done (GTD)"

I normally really hate books about how to improve your personal time management, because most of the time after reading just a few pages you ask yourself: what has this guy been smoking? Not so David Allen's "Getting Things Done". It's really a good book and describes some interesting concepts for effective task management. read more

December 31, 2008 2468 Comment(s)

Milestone Controlling: Milestone Trend Analysis

The old proverb that a picture says a thousands words is also true for milestone controlling. The milestone trend analysis (MTA), a both simple and at the same time powerful tool visualizes milestones in a date grid making it possible to spot delays, trends and even to make "visual" forecasts of future milestone dates. read more

Octber 18, 2008 1452 Comment(s)

Project Leadership in a Financial Crisis?

The current financial crisis and the banking fiasco reminded me that especially in times like this, effective project leadership and controlling can make a significant difference. Let's take a look at at some of the dos and don'ts... read more

September 29, 2008 2437 Comment(s)

Milestone Controlling: Why, What, When and How?

In an earlier post we concluded that milestones are a very important concept in project planning. The same is of course also true for monitoring and controlling. By keeping track of your milestones you control what has been achieved and how much more time it will take to finish a certain part of your project. read more

August 23, 2008 2491 Comment(s)

Introducing "Resources": Report Plug-ins for Onepoint

My vacation week is nearly over, but I have not been lazy this time ;-). As you might have already discovered, there is a new area called "Resources" - so let me tell you a little bit about it... read more

August 19, 2008 2488 Comment(s)

Under The Hood: Improved Comments

As I am currently enjoying a short one-week vacation, I decided to improve the Task 1 website a little bit. The first thing I updated is the commenting feature; mainly, by adding a new spam-blocker... read more

July 22, 2008 2489 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project: Planned Activities vs. Ad Hoc Tasks

When talking to potential as well as to existing clients lately, I came across one more common misunderstanding when starting with Onepoint Project: You cannot create new planned activities in "My Tasks"; instead,... read more

June 22, 2008 2497 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project: Traps & Pitfalls

Even though Onepoint Project is known to be really easy to use and quick to learn, there are still some "traps & pitfalls" you can run into. Since it just happened to a potential client of mine, I thought it was time to blog about it... :-) read more

June 5, 2008 1434 Comment(s)

More Controlling: Standard PMI/PMBOK Terms

Let's round up the resource and cost controlling topic by taking a quick look at what standard terms the well-known PMBOK Guide defines regarding "Cost Control: Tools and Techniques" ;-). read more

May 12, 2008 2491 Comment(s)

Basic Project Cost Controlling

Project cost controlling is done the same way as project resource controlling. If you are working mostly with human resources, even the deviations between baseline and projection will actually be quite close to each other. read more

April 14, 2008 2536 Comment(s)

Checklists for the Controlling-Cycle ("Inspired" by David Allen)

The not so good thing: I am currently in bed, because I caught the flu. The good thing about this: I managed to finish David Allen's "Getting Things Done" which reminded me about the value of checklists in project controlling... read more

March 13, 2008 2513 Comment(s)

Project Resource Controlling: How To

In February I had too much to do with resource controlling myself in order to being able to write about it ;-). However, things are shifting back to normal (at least a little bit), so let's take a look at the basics of project resource controlling. read more

January 6, 2008 2461 Comment(s)

Project Controlling: Goals, Deliverables, Progress and Quality

One of my New Year's resolutions: Back to project monitoring and controlling, our main topic stream ;-). Let's start with content-wise controlling, i.e., what has been achieved and how are we progressing? read more

December 18, 2007 2484 Comment(s)

Impressions from the Gartner PPM-Summit

Once more slightly off topic, but I thought you might find this interesting. These are just some impressions from the Gartner Project and Portfolio Management Summit that took place two weeks ago in Prag. read more

November 3, 2007 2497 Comment(s)

Onepoint Project in 200 Words

At the Systems tradeshow last week I was asked by one of the visitors of our booth why I have never really blogged about Onepoint Project and, anyway, why another project management tool...? read more

October 13, 2007 1463 Comment(s)

Monitoring and Controlling: First Steps

After our brief detour into pecha-kucha we will take a look at the basics of monitoring and controlling. In addition, I will answer the question of a friend of mine (who was "too shy" to post a comment ;-) about the difference between monitoring and controlling. read more

September 15, 2007 2468 Comment(s)

pecha-kucha for Project Status Meetings?

When browsing through Wired Magazine I came across a short article about "pecha-kucha" - a kind of simple set of presentation rules originating recently from Japan: I was wondering if pucha-kucha could be used to speed up project status meetings. read more

September 5, 2007 2516 Comment(s)

Why Project Monitoring & Controlling?

Creating and maintaining the project plan is an important part of project leadership. However, constantly monitoring a project's "health" and regularly controlling a project's overall status is vital for ensuring the successful implementation of the project plan. read more

July 1, 2007 1461 Comment(s)

Wrap Up: My Way of Planning

I thought that before going on to topics such as project monitoring and controlling, let's take a brief look back at what we have covered so far. Summing up what we have learned about project planning should make it easier to "jump" into the upcoming more advanced topics. read more

June 2, 2007 2485 Comment(s)

Planning Project Costs

For many project managers project cost planning is some kind of "black magic". The major reason for this is probably that there are very few general rules. Instead, the personal experience of the project manager is the most valuable ingredient. read more

May 6, 2007 1450 Comment(s)

Milestones Revisited

People told me that they liked the article about milestones, but they would like some more examples for what milestones can be used. So I have tried to summarize some example applications for milestones including the ones suggested in Melanie's and Christian's comments. read more

March 3, 2007 2460 Comment(s)

About Milestones

Until recently, I thought that the concept of a milestone is basically self-explaining, but it seems that I was wrong. On two different occasions, I was told that even trained project managers sometimes cannot tell the difference between an activity and a milestone. read more

January 28, 2007 2453 Comment(s)

Activity Scheduling Basics

Scheduling planned activities is the "art" of concretely planning activities in the time dimension, i.e., adding concrete start and finish dates to your project plan. Today we will look at the basic dos and don'ts around activity scheduling. read more

December 31, 2006 1881 Comment(s)

How to Accurately Estimate Effort

One of the most controversial topics in project leadership is how to accurately estimate planned activities. The major reason for this is simple: You are dealing with human beings and not with machines. And if you didn't know it yet: Humans are not always predictable ;-). read more

December 24, 2006 2447 Comment(s)

Merry Christmas

I wanted to post another article before December 24, but there was simply too much going on and way too little time. Therefore, I simply wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! read more

December 1, 2006 2479 Comment(s)

Resource Planning: The Basics

So you know what you want to achieve, you potentially also already have a simple work plan of some kind and suddenly, your boss assigns you a number of team members to your project - what now? Let's take a look at the basics on how to practically assign resources to planned activities. read more

November 19, 2006 2460 Comment(s)

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

Once we know what we want to achieve (our goals), we can start thinking about how to achieve it (our work plan). In my opinion, the best way to create a work plan is to develop a work breakdown structure (WBS): It is a simple, but powerful tool helping you to keep track of your goals. read more

November 3, 2006 2484 Comment(s)

Starting with a Mind Map

There are many ways to start planning a project: The possibly worst way is to start with the schedule, since you will quickly get lost in details. The most organized way is a work breakdown structure (WBS), but if you are still in the conception phase, why not simply start with a mind map? read more

October 18, 2006 2464 Comment(s)

How to Start a Project

Successful projects need an explicit project start - some kind of kick-off meeting or workshop where you decide and communicate the project's goals, who is responsible for what, etc. If there is no "formal" project start you will see that things will get fuzzy pretty fast... read more

September 16, 2006 2504 Comment(s)

Is There an Ideal Team Size?

Well, though there might not be the specific magical number, it is (or at least should be) common knowledge that small project teams typically outperform larger ones: So the general rule is to keep project teams small. You especially have to be careful with your expectations when growing a team. read more

September 10, 2006 2480 Comment(s)

What Is A Project, Really?

This question may sound very academic - but in fact it is not: A lot of project managers seem to constantly forget about what makes a project a project with sometimes dramatic outcomes. read more

August 20, 2006 2485 Comment(s)

Be Willing to Make Decisions (Fast)

If there is a single thing which distinguishes a project leader from a project administrator then it is his or her ability and willingness to make decisions. It also makes sense to make decisions as fast as possible, because until a decision was made you will be traveling in a rudderless boat. read more

August 8, 2006 827 Comment(s)

Introducing "task1"

This is the very first time I am writing something into my very first blog - and it feels great. I have written a number of articles (mainly in IT journals), but this feels different: It's more dynamic, it's faster, it's more to the pulse of this time. I am eager to start... :-) read more