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5 questions about project management
with Olaf Hinz

Coffee Talk

Olaf Hinz

Before we leave the office for the weekend, we stop for a quick coffee talk with our project management colleagues to chat about their best practices. Well, not literally, but that's how we designed our interview series "5 questions about project management". To be fast, intense and refreshing like a good cup of coffee.

Today, we’ll talk with project management and executive coach Olaf Hinz. For more than 15 years, he trains professionals in project and change management. He shares his knowledge for free on his personal blog and today with us.

1. What is your favorite project management method?

For quite sime time now, I combine methods from different backgrounds depending on project issues and project context. Today, you would probably call it a hybrid approach.

2. Do you use project management software for bigger projects? If so, which one?

I work for clients. So, they choose their tools. And I am surprised how often project managers work with simple MS Office applications.

3. What is your favorite routine in a project?

The Startup Workshop. It prevents us rushing into a project just because the doers are impatient.

4. What in your opinion is the most underestimated factor for project success?

There are lots of them. If I am to name one, it’s probably group dynamics which arise when different personality types, experiences and professions work together. There is lots of potential to exploit.

5. What is your biggest time waster?
Reporting and milestone reviews when the project itself gives unexperienced sponsors and customers a lecture in project management.

Thank you for your time and all the best for your next project.

Posted by Paul Henkel on January 26th, 2018 under Project Management
Tags: 5 questions

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