IPMA – All you need to know

Here you will find all the products and free content we have regarding IPMA. Airbornleadership makes both e-learning, books, tools and project management articles a good preparation for your IPMA certification.

As a project manager, it is your job to manage the project professionally. It is important to be able to document that you can carry out projects responsibly and make the most of the resources provided. Many companies therefore want you to have an IPMA certificate if you need to be employed as a project manager.

With an IPMA certification you get paper on your competencies within the three areas of competence: Context, People and Methods. IPMA tests both knowledge and practical skills.

Read more about IPMA down the page and find further information and tools from airbornleadership

  • Power in Projects, Programs and Portfolios

    Power in Projects, Programs and Portfolios

    book

    This book is the international version of the best selling Danish project management book: “Power i projekter og portefølje”. Several Danish universities, higher educational institutions and private course providers use the book. The book covers the most important subjects in IPMA certification and has a very practical approach to the project manager role, providing online access to more than 30 useful tools and templates.

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  • Half Double

    Half Double

    book

    The book describes the Half Double method which creates projects with double effect in half the time. Studies show that 86% of the projects using the method reach the success criteria. The methodology has been co-created by 1 consultancy, 3 universities, 17 companies and more than 1,400 dedicated project practitioners. The book is written for all the other passionate project practitioners out there.

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  • Facilitation

    Facilitation

    book

    Create results through involvement.
    Change needs leadership in order to achieve the desired effect. If you as project leader is responsible for driving the change processes and ensure that the changes actually take place, facilitation is one of the answers.

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  • TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments

    TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments

    book

    Take advantage of all the disturbances as a useful opportunity for leadership. Touchpoints are written by strategic management advisor Mette Nørgaard and the former CEO of the American Campbell Soup Company, Douglas Conant

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  • Hierarchy of objectives and Impact case

    Hierarchy of objectives and Impact case

    tool

    Download the tool and prepare a hierarchy of objectives or an impact case. The hierarchy of objectives and impact case describes the desired impacts the project must achieve with SMART formulated objectives. It is an essential part of the project definition and is a kind of requirement specification of the project impact. The hierarchy of objectives creates a connection between the project’s deliverables and the impacts. The impact objectives are defined on the basis of a situational analysis to ensure that the project creates the desired return on

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  • Milestone plan

    Milestone plan

    tool

    Download the tool and see how you as project manager develop a milestone plan or master plan with the project team. The tool describes how a proactive project leader facilitates the planning in the project team, so that you at the same time conduct team building and build quality in the plan. The tool shows how the planning is based on the project scope described in the objective hierarchy. The project plan is built up in workstreams with short feedback loops so that a proactive follow-up is possible.

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  • The project organization

    The project organization

    tool

    Download the tool and describe the project organization in detail. The organization contains all your resources, it is the project engine that must ensure professional quality, decision-making competence and involvement of the “customers”. Projects are temporary and many are not familiar with the different roles, therefore it is important that the organization can be clearly described. The tool gives you 6 alternative templates to describe the project organization.

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  • Stakeholder analysis

    Stakeholder analysis

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    Download the stakeholder analysis as a useful tool for your project management. The stakeholder analysis provides input to your communication plan, change management and knowledge of potential conflicts of interest. As a project manager you need to facilitate workshops and focus groups, in order to gain knowledge from the key stakeholders. You must create stakeholder acceptance concerning the project results. This requires that you know the stakeholders, their desires and concerns.

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  • Risk analysis

    Risk analysis

    tool

    The risk analysis covers the project’s risks, assesses the severity of the individual risks and prioritizes the risks in question. Finally, the analysis provides solutions to prevent or mitigate these risks. These proposals can be incorporated into the project plan. The tool consists of a number of templates that are easy to use and copy into your report or project description. The templates are in Power Point or Word.

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  • Check the motivation

    Check the motivation

    tool

    Download the tool and carry out a check of the motivation in the project team. The many motivational factors affect the individual project participant differently and thus the individual’s commitment and passion for the project. As a project manager, it requires empathy and active listening, to understand how you turn up the motivation of the individual. This tool is based on motivational theories from Daniel Pink, Maslows, Hertzbergs and Czikszentmihalyi and gives you an overview.

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  • The communication plan

    The communication plan

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    Download templates for the communication plan. The project’s communication must create and maintain knowledge and support for the project. Communication to the target groups affected by the project’s changes must ensure acceptance and create security. The tool describes various communication models, e.g. the actant model which ensures an appropriate structure of the narrative. In change communication, active listening and involvement is important in your stakeholder approach.

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  • Visual agile planning board

    Visual agile planning board

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    Download the tool and work visually in the project team. If you work agile or want to use visual methods in a more traditional project, then print the agile planning board in the format you need. It can be used in agile projects whether you work with Scrum, Half Double or other principles. Follow the tool’s instructions on how to build the planning board, conduct planning and follow-up meetings with the project team. The visual planning board ensures overview, short feedback loops, creates commitment and shared focus.

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  • Design the project for impact

    Design the project for impact

    theory

    If you wish to achieve strategic impact you need to build a bridge between deliverables and impact

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  • Make decisions in a good way

    Make decisions in a good way

    theory

    Four strategies for making optimal and legitimate decisions without wasting time

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  • Types of conflict in a project

    Types of conflict in a project

    theory

    As a project manager, it is important to assess what type of conflict you are facing and then choose the solution options based on the type of conflict.

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  • The conflict staircase

    The conflict staircase

    theory

    As a project manager you should solve the conflict while it is easy before it moves up the stairs and spreads to several project participants.

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  • Motivation according to Dan Pink

    Motivation according to Dan Pink

    theory

    How to motivate your project participants. The work has to make sense, we want autonomy and we want to improve. Your task as project manager is to set the energy free in the project team.

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  • As project leader you must spread positive energy in the project

    As project leader you must spread positive energy in the project

    theory

    Understand the connection between behavior, thoughts, senses and the six basic feelings.

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  • Understand the uncertainty throughout the project

    Understand the uncertainty throughout the project

    theory

    We can reduce the internal uncertainty of the project. The uncertainty in the surrounding organization and externally does not disappear

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"Project economy accounted for 34.7% of German GDP in 2015 and will rise to 40% by 2020. The level is probably the same in other industrialized countries"

- Yvonne Schoper, MTV, Berlin

Who is airborn leadership?

As a project manager I have always lacked a platform where I could click in and get inspiration, relevant knowledge and concrete tools, regardless of time and place. A wireless toolbox where knowledge came to me through the air. A help that could give me a much needed boost in my current challenge.

You have never been more important as a project manager. Projects are the engine in developing a better business, new products, improvements in society and the global transformation to sustainable energy and production. Your leadership is therefore crucial. As a leader and project manager, you are the tool that creates the results.

I hope airborn leadership can be your gateway to knowledge within project management, no matter what journey you are on.

John Ryding Olsson Founder & author
John Ryding Olsson Founder & author John Ryding Olsson

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