Weblog von Manuel Pistner

6 rules to follow to promote communication in projects

In the last part of our blog series, we dealt with the specifications of a project. Today we discuss the issue of responsibilities and ongoing communication. Ensure that the infrastructure exists to support project communication and that everyone has access to it – and uses it! Keep up the communication in the project and make sure that there’s a central communication tool, especially if you’re working in distributed teams.

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3 things to consider when creating project specifications

In the last part of our series, we talked about "Agile work at a fixed price". We realized that detailed requirements in terms of a project specification are the key to agile management of fixed-price projects. Today, we’ll deal with those project specifications.

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Agile projects for a fixed price? Yes you can!

In the first part of our blog serie we discovered why we need "objectives" to give projects a solid base to succeed. In this blog post we will describe how to manage agile projects for a fixed price. Doesn't work? Es it does, if you respect some rules and do a detailled planning.

In general you should be careful with agile projects on a fixed price agreement. Both parties, the vendor and the customer should be aware of what this agreement means.

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Setting objectives in projects with these 3 rules

Many of you who work on projects every day have enjoyed great success with them, but then again, there are also those projects that don't achieve their financial goals, or slip over the timeline or don't deliver the results they should. In this article, I’ll describe three rules to help you consistently plan for project success. In no case should a project be left to chance, to the customer or to the supplier alone. Here I’ll explain how to control a project from its start to its successful end. You risk driving it into the ground if you don’t stick to the following points:

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These 3 questions help you to ensure satisfactory project results

When you start a new project, you want your client to be happy with your solution because then you’ll get paid for what you’ve delivered. But what if your customer isn’t happy with your project results? Most likely, you won’t get paid the full amount of your order. The project setup with all the necessary agreements is one of the most critical parts of a project, and it influences the overall project's results. The good thing is that it’s not as hard as it seems to draft solid project agreements.

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The 6 most important steps of the ERPAL Platform roadmap

In 2014 I got in contact with many other Drupal shops. We had lots of great discussions about the future of Drupal, the future of ERPAL and the industries other than publishing that could definitely take advantage of Drupal. What with all the new ideas and results from these personal contacts, I want to take a little time now to make the ERPAL roadmap in 2015 more transparent to you. All our activities in 2015 will align with our vision to make Drupal – via the ERPAL distributions – into the most flexible web-based framework available for business applications.

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Looking back on 2014 with Drupal business apps

The year 2014 was entirely about flexible and open business applications based on Drupal - and we’ll continue to follow this vision in 2015.
In 2014 we staffed up our ERPAL team and won strategic clients who gave us feedback and helped us continue to finance our open source development. This positive resonance provides confirmation that Drupal can become an ever-larger part of the open source business application market.

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How we automate Drupal security updates

During the past few weeks, automated security updates have been one of the hotly debated topics in the Drupal community. Ever since Drupalgeddon, security automation has been one of the issues we should really try to solve in order to ensure Drupal's continued growth, especially in the enterprise world. Whereas content management systems such as Wordpress already run automated updates in a background process, Drupal does not yet have such a feature.

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How to build a full-featured e-commerce business with Drupal

Whether you’re a startup or an already-established business that wants to start selling online, Drupal has all the tools you need. It provides flexible modules for building e-commerce features and for defining workflows, data structures and lists, and displays. The Drupal Commerce framework provides you with everything required to sell products, services or files online. It integrates very well with Drupal and all its contrib modules, so you almost only need to do configuration – no programming – to build the features you need.

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Start an online business with ERPAL Platform

Drupal has everything you need to start a full-featured online business. Drupal is open, free and flexible – and it provides all the components required to integrate content, commerce and community features. With just a few of the 15,000+ modules, it’s possible to build almost any web application you need. With the ERPAL Platform Drupal distribution, Drupal developers and site builders get a pre-configured Drupal installation as a starting point for flexible and open business applications.

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