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Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020

Gartner

Every year the research and consulting company Gartner publishes studies regarding today's most relevant technologies. The study's objective is to provide a compact overview of which trends already exist and what the next steps of development will look like. The trends for 2020 are collected under the theme: "people-centric smart spaces". These are technologies that will significantly change our behaviour and our living space. Such changes will also serve as the basis for disruptions in the business context over the next 5-10 years. Accordingly, we do not only look at current trends out of curiosity, but also try to align the strategic development of Merlin Project with these trends. In the following, the trends for 2020 are briefly presented and broken down to their essence.

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Posted by Marvin Blome on April 20th, 2020 under Project Management
Tags: Strategy Technology Trends

Storytelling for Project Managers – A Summary of “Made to Stick”

Made to Stick book cover

Picture this scene: It's evening in Hamburg. A man walks into a hotel bar during his business trip. He enters the bar which was next to the reception, walks beside other people enjoying their after-work drinks and sits down on an empty bar stool for one or two drinks before calling it a day. After a few minutes, a woman sits down next to him, smiles and askes if she could buy him the next drink. Feeling flattered, he agrees after insisting that the next round will be on him though. When the drinks come in, he takes a sip and … well that’s all he can remember after that. As he wakes up, he finds himself in a bath tub filled with ice. He can hardly move. His stomach hurts as if he had just gotten into a massive fight. Next to him, a post-it and a telephone. The hand-written note says: Don’t move, call the police. The man starts panicking. He calls the police to state his situation, still being completely unsure about what has happened. After stating what he did knew, the officer tells him: “Sir, please move your hand slowly to the back of your neck and tell me if there is a tube behind you.” Nervously the man reaches behind himself. The officer was right. “It is very important that you try to remain as calm as possible. We send an ambulance to the hotel. You seem to have fallen victim of a criminal organization focusing on organ theft. Don’t move, we will be there as fast as possible!”

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Posted by Marvin Blome on November 1st, 2019 under Project Management
Tags: book

The Business Model Canvas

In two previous articles, the subject of executive summaries has already been discussed in more detail. It was mentioned that business plans are also often presented in a clear and comprehensive form. A well-known example of how to present your business model quickly and easily is the business model Canvas.

The Business Model Canvas
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Posted by Marvin Blome on September 18th, 2019 under Project Management
Tags: projektmanagement

What Project Managers Can Learn from Pixar

A Book Review on

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Toys who were magically brought to life, a rat cooking in a French restaurant and monsters that scare children for a living. In their movies, Pixar has introduced the world to a plethora of creative characters. While keeping an extraordinary level of creativity, the company does not lack in terms of financial success either. Its most recent animation film, Incredibles 2, sold more tickets in the first week than any animation film has ever before. No other company in the film industry has even come close to the same level of constant success that Pixar, as a part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, is having since the release of Toy Story in 1995.

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Posted by Marvin Blome on January 11th, 2019 under Project Management
Tags: book

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