Seaport management: Online seminar for participants from Colombia

In August 2020, DMAN held its first qualification programme for participants from Colombia. The seminar, which was held virtually because of the Corona pandemic, targeted experts and managers from Colombian chambers of commerce and from local companies who wanted to learn more about seaport management and receive further training on project management and innovation management.

Seaport management
Over three seminar days, the participants spent three hours per day on the question of how seaports can become a driver of regional development. Questions of port organisation and port operations were explained and discussed with the participants. One focus was on the differences in port organisations in Germany and Colombia. Thanks to his international experience, speaker Dr. Lars Stemmler, Head of International Projects at bremenports, was able to present the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of organisation and operation in a comparative manner, giving the participants the opportunity to draw their own conclusions. On behalf of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, bremenports manages the port infrastructures of Bremen and Bremerhaven, and is responsible for the development, maintenance and operation of the port facilities.

Project management
One seminar day was dedicated to the topic of project management. The five phases of project management were explained, the roles of different stakeholders in the project were highlighted,  and different methods and approaches were presented, such as Tactical Matrix, Critical Path Method and Gantt Charts.

Innovation management
The next day was devoted to innovation management. First of all, the group discussed what innovations are and how they can be classified strategically. Nespresso was analysed as an example of corporate product innovation, and 10 key factors influencing the innovation potential in companies were examined. In a practical exercise, the participants then explored how they could make their own organisations more innovation-friendly.

Further aspects of innovation management were discussed on the following day and deepened in practical exercises: creativity and empathy, methods for brainstorming, and change management with a focus on the change curve and change communications.