20.02.18 | Events
Eigenland® Workshop Project Management Maturity
Eigenland® is a novel 360°-assessment method to quickly and reliably analyze complex issues and situations by testing hypotheses across six perspectives in a hands-on, playful way. It offers teams a fast, simple, and structured way to understand, visualize and align on critical issues, identify necessary actions and build team confidence in less than a day.
09.02.18 | Events
in Singapore on 12 April 2018.
Our topic: managing change and uncertainty with project portfolio management.
Our dinner brings together existing and new customers, project management thought leaders and the next level consulting leadership team for an evening of inspiration, networking and fun.
05.02.18 | Press
Introduce enterprise-ready processes in six steps
Companies are constantly changing processes and many of these large process change projects end up being nice on paper but ineffectual. The audience, which is often the employees for which these changes and new processes are intended to benefit, do not participate. Expert Thomas Becker observes that employees often do not feel responsible for the changes. On the one hand, they were not included in defining the change, on the other hand they are not aware of their tasks and responsibilities. Thomas Becker explains what needs to be done - and has a six-step work plan.
01.02.18 | Events
Breakfast for female project managers
More and more projects are managed by women who bring special skills and abilities to projects. The Female Project Managers Breakfast event series offers a networking platform to women in project management roles so they can bring their full potential to play. This event takes place every three months in Bern, Graz, Salzburg, Singapore, Vienna, and Zurich.
25.01.18 | News
Serious Gaming Interview - Fire Drill Training at T-Systems International
Reality trainings are in high demand at the next level. One of our training highlights is the Fire Drill Training. Read more about this new training format in our interview.
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12.01.18 | Press
A checklist approach to finding pain points
Many companies want to improve their workflows. But instead of rethinking the processes completely in a greenfield approach it is worthwhile considering a step-by-step, pragmatic approach. Namely, to untie knots in the organisation to gradually address the problems and pain points. The advantage: This gentle approach has often a higher acceptance rate with employees, because it preserves a lot of the familiar ground. It maintains employee performance during process optimisation.
03.11.17 | Events
PMI Chapter Event in Manila on 26 November 2017
This event showcases "Project Portfolio Management – a practical introduction on methodology, implementation and execution" presented by our project management experts Thomas Martin and Walter Sedlacek.
03.11.17 | News
Edge execution: how projects make an organization agile
The increasing complexity and dynamics of today’s business environment challenges established structures and ways of working. To become more agile and responsive to customer demands companies are moving their execution to the edge of their business and work directly with customers in projects to develop products. Projects are becoming the new mode of operation and project management is becoming a core capability.
06.10.17 | Press
With the "five-finger strategy" project managers bring peace to the team again
Loud, annoying, discouraging - "troublemakers" in the team can be a real nuisance for project managers. But they also offer the project opportunities. Disrupters often feel uncomfortable, dissatisfied with the approach, or even point to undetected project risks. Expert Gaston Saborowski explains the easy-to-use five-finger method, which can be used to turn disrupters into dedicated team members.
15.07.17 | Press
Six professional strategies: How to generate acceptance from project stakeholders!
Many projects fail because of opposition from the project environment. Various stakeholders have resistance towards to a project because they fear that the project induces undesirable changes. The task of the project manager: to obtain acceptance and support for his project. Project professional Thomas Waldorf explains six success strategies for communicating strategically and finding compromises.
07.06.17 | Press
Avoid silo mentality: Six tips for project team diversity
Successful project professionals bring diversity to their teams - not only content diversity, but also personal diversity. They consciously combine conscientious detail workers, forward-looking creators or creative visionaries. The mix of different personalities makes the project team more dynamic - it also leads to better results. Expert Gunter Gruhser explains six success factors for employee selection in project management.
12.05.17 | News
Interview with Lizette Gericke
Lizette Gericke now supports Christina Hiller since March 2017 in managing the next level consulting branch in South Africa. She joined the team successfully and is giving us first insights about herself in a short interview.
16.03.17 | Press
Online Chat, Social Media & More - discover the digital project world with "Reverse Mentoring"
Digital technologies such as online chat and social media inspire project work. They accelerate collaboration and support team building. However, many project managers struggle with these media. Professor Manfred Mühlfelder of SRH Mobile University, an economics psychologist, recommends five strategies for project managers to benefit from the digital opportunities.
15.03.17 | Press
Finding the right team motivators
Project managers are like kings without a country. They lead a project team but have no authority. They are not the line managers of their team members. Nevertheless, project managers can achieve buy-in, motivate and lead their teams without the need for any disciplinary action. Leadership expert Anna-Maria Muck explains seven strategies for project managers to address this “power gap".
02.02.17 | News
next level consulting extends its management in Vienna
next level consulting continues to reorganise its management. In the beginning of 2017 Thomas Waldorf was appointed Managing Director of next level consulting Austria, and Michael Müllner took over the position of Managing Director Sales in the next level holding.
19.12.16 | News
next level consulting expands its management board
next level consulting’s (Vienna) management has repositioned itself. At the end of November 2016, the CEO Wolfgang Rabl incorperated its newest members.
15.12.16 | Press
Five Creative Strategies for project managers to reach their audience
Project managers face the difficult task of obtaining buy-in from team members, customers and other stakeholders for their plans. Providing only factual information is not enough. Brain research reveals: With skilfully placed emotional impulses, project managers can effectively embed messages. Five Creative Strategies show how professionals can increase the impact of their presentations and successfully convey messages.
05.12.16 | News
Our new website is online.
We are pleased to present our new website. Together with our marketing agency k25, we raised our web presence to the next level.
16.11.16 | Press
Six tips to pack in your travel bag as an international project manager
International project work has developed into a mega trend – more and more project managers are send abroad. Once they arrive in their host country difficulties tend to pile up. It is not that they misstep because of cultural differences, the problems often come up in other unexpected areas. Here are six helpful tips for project managers abroad.
07.11.16 | Press
7 typical mistakes when improving work processes
Many businesses would like to re-design their work processes to be more economical. However, often improved efficiency comes at the cost of customer satisfaction or quality. The process management expert Michael Popp explains which common mistakes businesses should avoid and how work processes can be improved gainfully.
14.10.16 | Press
Fight, Flight or Freeze – Why Our Brain Blocks Change Projects
Restructuring allows companies to adapt to changing markets. Progress through change. The other side of the medal is this: During the efforts to reorganise productivity often plummets. Staff calls in sick; top employees hand in their notice and leave. Experts have a surprising explanation for these “side effects” of change: The human brain cannot cope with such comprehensive change. It just switches automatically into “alarm mode”. Employees respond on instinct: flight (call in sick or leave), fight (aggressively impede the project) or freeze (inner migration, work-to-rule). With the following steps organisations can deal with these inevitable as well as dangerous instinctive responses.
01.09.16 | News
Certification expert Michael Wolf will enhance our team of experts in september 2016
„next level consulting“ project management certification with top-transfer
10.08.16 | Press
“Everyday projects“ lack support within their organisations
Small- and medium-size projects often fail. They are expected to succeed without any attention or positive regard from management. There are no clear goals, realistic time lines, committed specialist and none of the necessary manoeuvring space needed by project managers. Kerstin Wünnecke explains, how project managers can deal with such adverse conditions.
06.06.16 | Press
Five hands-on strategies on how to lead successful projects as a project management team of two
More and more businesses turn towards dual leadership for projects. Instead of one ‘soloist’ two project managers run the project together. Through this strategy the project profits from the combined expertise, experience and personal abilities of two project managers. Dual leadership is especially useful in complex projects requiring a wide range of specialist skills. Five practical strategies work towards successful cooperation in what can otherwise be a tricky leadership situation.
19.05.16 | Press
5 criteria to establish if an organisation stands to profit from implementing Agile
The nightmare of any project manager is a vague and hazy description of a project’s desired deliverables. As early as possible a project manager needs a precise list of all project requirements to ensure feasible planning. Because of this difficulty more and more businesses turn to Agile. Its essential advantage is that project managers can dispense with a “100% detailed plan”. Teams delve right into the work and cooperate very closely with the client, discussing progress and next steps at short intervals.
04.03.16 | Press
What does the customer really want? – The four steps to success
A crystal clear project assignment with well-defined requirements: This is what is at the heart of a truly successful project. However, in practice it is tough for project managers to establish these requirements and it is also tough to work with them.
03.02.16 | Press
Project Portfolio Management – “Flight Control” for Projects
Many companies lose track of their projects. They don’t focus on the essential projects and squander resources on projects that are hardly worthwhile. Through project portfolio management businesses can align their projects with their strategy: Do the projects fit the strategic objectives and development chances? Which projects are needed – and which ones should be dropped? Here are five steps to establish portfolio management in your company.