Best of 2016: The 10 Most Popular Posts on the InLoox Blog

A lot has happened on the InLoox blog in the last year, the biggest change was the complete re-design of the blog. We also introduced different Lounges in which you can find posts based on your interests:

We also featured different blog series throughout the year. For example, February is National Time Management Month, so we dedicated several posts to this topic.  We also started the Back to Basics series this year. This is an on-going series of posts which explains some basic project management concepts, such as project sponsorship, stakeholder management or different project management office (PMO) types. We also had a three-part blog series about the difference between project dependencies, constraints and assumptions. So you can see that we covered a lot of different topics this year, but which ones were actually your favorites? We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most read posts on the InLoox blog in 2016: 

1. The Best Project Management Jokes Shared By Project Managers

The most popular blog post is probably also the funniest one. We asked project managers on LinkedIn to share their favorite project management jokes with the InLoox blog and collected them all in one infographic. Happy laughing!

2. The Importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) for Project Management

The internet of things is not a mere trendy buzzword anymore. It’s become an established part of the tech world. The IoT has its risks, such as security issues, e.g. the DDoS attacks in October which took down several major US websites such as Twitter, Spotify or Paypal. But it also presents vast opportunities for the tech and business world in general, and project management in particular.

3. Innovation: Better Problem Solving with the SCAMPER Method

SCAMPER is a collection of various problem solving techniques and stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate and Reverse. Using one or all of these seven methods can help you solve your problems more effectively and come up with more innovative ideas. 

4. Back to Basics (8): Top-Down Versus Bottom-Up Project Planning

There are two ways to plan a project: Top-down or bottom-up. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. And there are several factors you need to take into account when deciding on one or the other approach.

5. The 62 Most Inspiring Project Management Quotes

Quotes motivate people because they come from people who are often leaders in their respective fields and have achieved great things, often after overcoming adversity and failures. We’ve compiled a list of the 62 most inspiring project management quotes. 

6. 10 Common Project Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Making mistakes is inevitable, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing as you can learn from your mistakes and use them as a lessons learned. But there are some very common mistakes that many new project managers make that are avoidable.

7. Back to Basics (Part 6): The Project Management Life Cycle Model – A Roadmap to Success

Every project goes through the 5 stages of project management, also known as the Project Life Cycle Model. This model serves as a sort of roadmap for the project manager and the team to deliver the project successfully, i.e. on time, and within budget and scope.

8. Check List: Project Scope Statement

The project scope statement is an important document. It serves as a guideline to the project manager and project team throughout the progress of the project. It is also an important basis for the successful collaboration between the client and the project manager as it helps avoid misunderstandings.

9. The Ultimate Guide to Project Management Certifications (Part 1): The PMI Certifications

There are a lot of different project management certification programs out there, so it’s easy to lose track of which certification might be the right one for you. We’ve created the ultimate guide to all the popular certifications out there: PMI, PRINCE2, IPMA, and Green Project Management. You can find part 2 here.

10. Idea Management: How to Generate New Ideas and Innovations

Businesses need to innovate if they want to survive in a world that is moving at an ever increasing pace. Those who are too slow, are left behind. But you need to come up with ideas first before you can innovate, and ideas – or rather the idea generation process – also need to be managed.