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2answers
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Documenting diversions or delays from a schedule?

This question is based on David Espina's answer: http://pm.stackexchange.com/a/14017 Specifically, the following portion: On the other hand, deviation from a planned approach is sometimes required. ...
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3answers
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Who determines task dependency?

Say two tasks, A and B, have a F-S (finish-start) dependency, who actually decides this is the case? Probably not the greatest example, but here's one: During software development, let's say the ...
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1answer
10 views

Software development process for a product like MS-Office

What is the best or most suitable software development process to follow when developing products like Microsoft Office product (has no specific client)? and Why? Could it be Waterfall? or a ...
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2answers
36 views

What practices would allow an Agile team to work effectively when every developer is allowed to gather requirements from the business customers?

I may possibly inherit a new team which had toyed with Scrum but not found it the correct approach (largely due to the parallel not sequential nature of business projects). They are working to a ...
1
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2answers
22 views

Can Pivotal Tracker prevent anyone other than Product Owner from moving stories from the Icebox to the Backlog?

Having evaluated a number of tools for managing an agile workflow, we are settling on Pivotal Tracker. There is one desired piece of functionality it does not appear to have. It would be beneficial ...
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4answers
69 views

How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

The picture I saw far too many times over my career. A team of developers in a company driven by non-technical management, practising scrum, severely pressured to deliver points and features by ...
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2answers
74 views

How to improve a Scrum-Team with a Product Owner who lacks authority

I'm the new Scrummaster of a Team that develops a software for a customer outside our company. This is my first time working as Scrummaster, I have no background in this field. Our company is just a ...
3
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3answers
61 views

How to make user stories independent in multi-discipline teams

When there is a team which has multiple disciplines such as designers, artists and programmers. How should user stories be written to make them independent? Example: "As a user, I want a beautiful ...
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0answers
20 views

Communication overhead technical client [on hold]

How much communication overhead (in percentage) do you foresee when you engage a technical client
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0answers
14 views

Tool for dashboard with KPI, connected to a database [on hold]

I have plenty of metrics on AT Internet and am using "boxes" to display the most important KPI evolution. I also have a lot of information in the database and would like to have a dashboard with 4 ...
0
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0answers
15 views

How do I get Milestone Trend Analysis with MSProject or other software

I am used to use MTA (Milestone Trend Analysis) to track that my projects remain on schedule and identify some management issues. I usually do it manually, but I like to extend it to a larger team ...
2
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3answers
76 views

Assessing the effectiveness of a development team

I am performing an assessment on the effectiveness of a development team, the results of which will be used as the basis of introducing change. Are there any appropriate resources or guides to assist ...
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3answers
28 views

MS Project Predecessor Path in Gantt Chart

In MS Project 2010, is it possible to show the entire predecessor path driving the start of one specific task in a Gantt Chart?
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6answers
171 views

What level of analysis should the development team expect before being asked to estimate and develop a story?

Here is an example of s story that recently made its way into a timebox. As an Ecommerce Executive, I want to make improvements to the Request a Callback form which will make it easier to segment the ...
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0answers
33 views

Tool help for Automated testing [on hold]

Most of our business functionality is written using PL/SQL. Till date we do not have a unit testing tool for testing PL/SQL. So, in our two sprint cycle we end up without unit test automation. What ...
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0answers
19 views

PMP Exam preparation [on hold]

I'm gonna prepare for PMP Certification exam. I'll appreciate if you could give me some information about available regular classes, I'm not interested in Boot Camps and online classes. Thank you
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0answers
18 views

Why is resource-levelling functionality missing from online pm tools (e.g. wrike, teamwork, etc)? [on hold]

Aren't most project resources scarce? I know this functionality is provided by Primavera or MS project.
2
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1answer
49 views

What do you do next after creating an SRS?

Having gone through the IEEE standard document (IEEE 830-1998) on what a Software Requirements Specification should contain I'm now looking for guidance on the next steps following the creation of an ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Cloud-Based Time Tracking Software [on hold]

I'm looking for a cloud-based time tracking service for a 20 person company which allows employees to be logged in throughout the day and choose a work category from a drop down menu, choose the ...
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0answers
15 views

Task Unique ID and Resource Usage view [on hold]

I would like to create a report that shows for all over-allocated resource a list of the tasks that are causing the over-allocation within a certain time-period.
0
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0answers
11 views

Missing topics & weaknesses in PMP Head first [on hold]

One of best books in PMP is headfirst, it is helping you to understand PMP like story but i found uncovered topics on it -found in RITA book- like : Present value (integration knowledge area) ...
3
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3answers
82 views

Team consistently exceeding their WIP limit

I'm working with a team (but are not part of the team) that is consistently going over their WIP limits. They have decided on a WIP limit - they think it is realistic. Regularly they break the ...
2
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1answer
75 views

Giving PMs a view of developer resource

I run a dev team of 8. We have a few PMs here and they often ask about getting a good view of what free developer resource we have. Other parts of the business have a shared outlook calendar but for ...
1
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4answers
98 views

Reducing the sprint length duration

How do I convince my team who is working in three week long sprint to work on two week long sprint? The idea for me is to get quicker feedback from Product Owner. The team doesn't get that.
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0answers
31 views

Collabrative Web based version controlled maintainance of qa testing or project documents [closed]

Can anyone suggest some Open Source tools for Web based version controlled document maintainance. We have TFS in our company but this is more for source code. I am thinking of something along the ...
3
votes
2answers
107 views

Are there any respected Kanban certifications?

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
3
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10answers
194 views

Do you including testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not including any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that ...
0
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4answers
86 views

Conflict with Programme Manager

A couple of days ago I got called into the PMO office asking me as to why certain developments were not communicated. This was not an easy conversation and though it is categorically stated in the ...
1
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1answer
41 views

When a resource is over allocated why does the “extend duration of task” option sometimes not appear?

I am pretty green and I am having an issue. I have 2 staff that can commit 50% of their time to the project. I opened the resource sheet and set their units to 50%. Then when I assign someone to a ...
0
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1answer
37 views

Inactive resources

How can I make a resource appear 'Inactive'? I see the 'Inactive' button on the 'Resource information', however it's disabled. I have a resource that's been working on a project, but is no longer in ...
0
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0answers
36 views

task duration not coming correct as per start and finish dates

i am using MSP 2010. there is a problem which i never faced before. if i set a duration of a task as 10 days, the dates should be reflected accordingly. but it does not. Work order issue to vendors ...
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3answers
48 views

Risk management concepts definitions

I am trying to define some concepts of risk management and I am having some trouble. I am using definitions from ISO 73:2009 and from "A. Avizienis, J-C Laprie, B. Randell, and Landwehr. Basic ...
0
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1answer
44 views

Work statistics report for resources

I have a master file with several sub-projects and resources assigned to them. Is there a way to make a bar chart in Project Pro report that shows the work hours for resources based on the ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

Finish variance in Hours

How can I show the Finish variance column in hours and not days? I am working in MS project Pro 2010. Thank you for your help.
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5answers
167 views

Is it necessary to address all three questions every day in the Scrum?

Sometimes people don't make that much of a progress and even if they do, saying each day I will do something and the next day that I did...then you lose more time than it is worth it to mention it. In ...
0
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4answers
209 views

Gamification, competition, fun and jokes in the daily scrum

I would be interested in stuff that might get some gamification and fun into the daily scrum. I find this very tricky. How to make the daily to be different|fun|interesting and still productive, ...
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2answers
43 views

What SOPs are best suited for projectized teams in order to seek customer satisfaction and delivery in software quality?

We are an IT Solution provider and I work as a Business Analyst. We are in the phase of streamlining our processes and procedures for software development projects. One of our core activity is to ...
0
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1answer
44 views

An offer for project with source code [closed]

A company is offering me project with source code the offer is like following(generic): Grab your Last Chance to Buy "product name" with Source code for "limited" licenses at just $. I am curious ...
2
votes
2answers
78 views

How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

Real Situation: you are the project manager for a small company, you have one senior developer and one junior developer. You have a big client (accounting for about 50% of company sales) breathing ...
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2answers
50 views

Breaking Down a Code Review of a Prototype

I'm the Product Owner on a project, which is essentially the integration of a new technology into an existing product. A prototype has been written by an external developer and we are now tasked with ...
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1answer
57 views

Kurt Lewin's 3 stage change process: which stage has the most resistance?

Is there in Kurt Lewin's 3 stage change process (Wiki) any "resistance distribution" or all stages have nearly equal resistance level? If so, which stage actually has the most resistance level?
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1answer
137 views

Agile. Release planning. Why do I need stories instead of themes/epics

I'm reading Mike Kohn's book about Agile estimation. At the same time I have a release planning in couple of days. It's going to be 6 months (12 sprints release). We have the ideas about what needs ...
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3answers
57 views

How do I pitch and back up the concept of pointing to my team?

I am a scrum master with a small team of developers. We have had a difficult year but this year we are trying to get back into doing things correctly. Part of this includes getting back into ...
2
votes
2answers
50 views

System for high level project status

A head of software R&D would like to see high level information about the projects R&D works on. What is needed : project, milestones, features, risks. Ability to add features or report bugs ...
3
votes
4answers
150 views

Who is reponsible when the team doesn't implement the Scrum Master's ideas for continuous improvement?

I am working as a Scrum Master. With an intention on continuous improvement I am coming up with ideas in order to deliver better software. I realized that the team is not making enough progress from ...
1
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3answers
65 views

Should managers be involved in decisions about what technical practices the team adopts?

With the popularity of agile methodologies on the rise it comes the time to make decisions about what it means to be done with a given feature/task. Should the managers be involved in the decisions ...
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2answers
38 views

Is there a theory of management that supports backward/reverse planning?

I have found that project managers/project leaders use this common sense approach to planning. Namely, they already have a deadline, then they set milestones in a backwards order. They apply the same ...
0
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1answer
43 views

Outsourcing company: Usage of velocity for offers

Currently I am working in an outsourcing company and our management has decided to use the following scheme for "Velocity of the developers": Each developer has a velocity quotient: Senior ...
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votes
1answer
40 views

Finding a decent Development Team [closed]

hope this isn't out of the concept, I couldn't find any place better to ask. Me and my friend are working on a social networking app idea but we both don't know enough coding to develop that big of an ...
1
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3answers
92 views

Pair Programming bad case? [closed]

I know pair programming has lots of good point to use. However, I don't think it will be a silver bullet in every situation. Is there an example of bad case to use pair programming or bad situation in ...

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