Those who apply to register a patent protect their intellectual property against third parties using the same idea. But a patent application requires good preparation and a lot of effort. Before national or even international protection of your idea is guaranteed, there is often a long way to go through various authorities. We explain how to successfully apply for a patent and how to save time and...
The work breakdown structure is one of project management’s most important planning tools. Beginners in the field shy away early from creating it – at the same time, with the right approach, it is easier than people think. We’ll introduce various methods for creating a work breakdown structure, and give tips on content structure along with an example that you can use as a template.
Many companies are looking for an alternative to Microsoft 365. It is not always an easy decision to make as there are now numerous free and paid options on the market. Not every option will be right for every company and their requirements. Here we will present a variety of alternatives to Microsoft 365 and discuss their respective advantages and disadvantages.
It is important for companies to have an objective picture of their current market position when making strategic decisions. Analyzing your own business activities in comparison with the competition involves comparing your internal strengths and weaknesses with the opportunities and risks posed by micro- and macroeconomic environmental influences. These factors can be determined using PESTEL...
Entrepreneurs face problems on a regular basis. However, in order not to postpone but instead to solve these problems, it is important to look not only at their effects but also at their causes. The fishbone diagram is a tool that helps to identify causes of a problem in a structured way. We explain the principle of this cause-effect diagram.
For many, asking other people questions can take a lot of effort. But those who succeed in finding the ideal mix of attentive listening, showing interest, and questioning at the right times can also benefit professionally. The deliberate use of questioning techniques also helps you to promote communication based on trust and find the optimal answers to relevant questions with your coworkers.
Obviously, work hours need to be accurately recorded. The question is how and with what tool? There are a variety of time tracking systems on the market with varying prices and functions. However, the right solution for you is not necessarily the one with the lowest price or the largest range of functions. The system needs to be the right fit for your company for everyone to benefit from it.
How you make sure that your project will be a success? With a well-thought-out project plan. When creating a project plan, you should make the work stages clear, as well as the requirements that the project has to be successful. In doing so, you’ll always know what the next steps are in the project, and if you are still on schedule and within your budget.
“Agile working” is currently one of the biggest trends in the corporate world. It’s seen as the best way to master the challenges of digitalization. How does the agile approach work? What opportunities and risks does it involve? And what role will this hot topic play in the future? We provide an overview.
Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organized and effective method for setting objectives? We’ll explain the advantages of SMART goals, how to use the technique for your personal and business goals and what to watch out for with this method. Because, like all methods, SMART goals also have their drawbacks.