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Mailing list

Mailing list

A list of recipients of a certain document. In professional information systems, all document types are assigned a mailing list.

Management agreement

Management agreement

A document detailing specific rules for interrelationships between managers and staff.

Management by projects

Management by projects

A key management concept used by base organisations, especially project-oriented organisations. The latter mainly work through projects. They initiate, implement and conclude many different projects concurrently. Management by projects enhances organisational flexibility and dynamics, decentralises operational management responsibilities, improves organisational learning and facilitates organisational change.

Matrix organisation

Matrix organisation

Form of project organisation in which all project team members continue to report to their superior in the (vertical) line organisation (e.g. departmental manager) while at the same time ensuring that project requirements are satisfied and carrying out instructions issued by the project manager (horizontal). This creates the image of a matrix.

Meetings in Scrum (= Scrum events)

Meetings in Scrum (= Scrum events)

Meetings in Scrum projects take place in a fixed sequence, they are also time boxed to increase effectiveness.
These include:

  • Backlog Grooming or Backlog Refinement Meeting
  • Sprint Planning
  • Daily Scrum
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective

Method

Method

A systematic way of doing something, a planned process. Often used to describe defined algorithms in complex processes. Development of alternative plans so that the appropriate one can be selected.

Milestone

Milestone

A significant event (e.g. completion of a sub-task, interim acceptance) during a project.

Milestone plan

Milestone plan

Checks the timing of interim results.

Milestone trend analysis (= MTA)

Milestone trend analysis (= MTA)

Systematic monitoring of milestones to see how they shift over the course of the project. The milestone trend chart is one of the most important project management tools. It has two time axes. Review dates are plotted on the x-axis and projected milestone occurrence times are plotted on the y-axis.

Milestone

Milestone

A significant event (e.g. completion of a sub-task, interim acceptance) during a project.

Monitoring

Monitoring

Watching/ supervision of processes.

Motivation

Motivation

Motives for project team members to complete the work at hand.
These can be:

  • positive
  • negative
  • extrinsic
  • intrinsic

Multi-project coordination (= multi-project management)

Multi-project coordination (= multi-project management)

Coordination of the deadlines, resource utilisation, objectives etc. in several projects so that synergetic effects can be generated and to prevent the projects from conflicting with each other.