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where does a project manager fit into the reporting chain?

Given that a unit has a Director and a Manager, whom does the Project Manager of that unit ordinarily report to, the Director or the Manager? It seems that if the Project Manager reports to the ...
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9 views

Interview question for an Iteration Manager position

I am having an interview for an Iteration Manager position and they have given me a scenario to prepare for which we will talk about during the interview. The scenario is as follows: There is a piece ...
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13 views

Internship advice for new PM student?

I am a first year student attending the Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management degree at SAIT. Interested in any advice about attaining high quality internships and making connections ...
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14 views

Project manager with e-mail support and without clouds

There are many project management tools in internet, which you can suggest? Basic requirements: no clouds (we have our own servers, so this must be placed there) and integration with e-mail (making ...
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3answers
22 views

How do I elicit measurable business objectives in the real world?

A very common theme in project management/software engineering resources is that goals should be SMART. This question is targeted to the "M" in SMART: Measurable. The examples commonly found in ...
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Does it make sense to reopen closed User Stories in SCRUM-project

I was asked to adjust our ticket-workflow and I don't know if it's a good route we take here. So I'd like to ask for your opinion. Our project is being developed based on a Scrum process with weekly ...
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Switching from BI to Hadoop? [on hold]

I have been working on Business intelligence 4 years. Is it a good move to switch to hadoop ?? Will my experience as a BI developer help in Hadoop?
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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?

When the deadline is tight and when there are not enough QA people, the Product Owner asks developers to join in with QA to meet the deadline. What should the developers do when this happens? ...
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5answers
63 views

Mechanism in JIRA to signify issues/tickets that are stalled

I'm using Agile views/boards in JIRA to manage issues of a project. Is there a mechanism to signify issues that are important (hence high priorities) but for technical difficulty and human resource ...
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545 views

Daily stand-up with multiple Scrum teams

There are 3 Scrum teams (with ~15 people) whose work is tightly connected so it's necessary that teams to be up to date with the others' progress. How possible to exchange info between teams on a ...
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3answers
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Is Defect density a valid technique at all?

The formula involved for calculating defect density is simply (number of defects) / (lines of code). So if lines of code would be less it increases the chances of having a high defect density. In ...
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Materials needed for Final Year Project [closed]

I have selected Software Project Management Tool as a final year project. I am searching for Materials which can help me in developing my project. As i did not worked in software house so do not know ...
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1answer
73 views

Roles mapping between Scrum and XP methodologies

A lot of people mix Scrum and XP methodologies. But these methodologies have different set of roles. I tried to make mapping between them. This is result: ________________________________ | Scrum ...
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1answer
38 views

Ensure direction of project is kept after opening source [closed]

I had an idea and started working on a web site which aims to be of societal value. I believe making it open-source would benefit the project. Doing this will be a turning point where I no longer have ...
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2answers
65 views

Process for tracking work external to the team?

I'm currently running a project where a very simple Kanban setup (Backlog/Doing/Done) is working great for us—most of the time. But we're also highly dependent on a lot of other teams' ...
0
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1answer
35 views

Gaps in resource scheduled time

I'm attempting to use the "Level All" button in MS Project 2013 Professional. There are three resources, which you can see in the screenshot, with two of the resources working on the same item, shown ...
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2answers
51 views

What are the primary differences when promoted to a Programme Support role out of a Project Support role?

Within a newly formed Programme Support Office, a number of new starts have been asked to evaluate their roles but they are all former Project Support Officers and some are straying into Project ...
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1answer
27 views

Tasks on my Project do not print

I am using MS Project at work, and I noticed on one job when i print the calendar, certain tasks do not show up. It appears that every task that is lower in the day cell does not show up on the Print. ...
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3answers
84 views

What to do with epic technical stories?

I have a lot of stories of the type: "As a passenger, I want this plane to fly so that I can get to places". The amount of work that the end user doesn't care about from this point on is enormous. ...
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4answers
125 views

Dealing with stories/functionality that will spread across the entire lifetime of the project

I'm trying to determine how I would deal with a story/epic that appears to potentially spread across every sprint. As a user I wish to have see help information against data inputs so that I can ...
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0answers
8 views

Utilities to manage projects with calendar [migrated]

I know in in general, it is frowned upon to ask for software recommendations, but I find that I'm having difficulty articulating what I want; and I'm suspicious that I what I want might not exist, and ...
0
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1answer
32 views

Resource usage total doesn't match Gantt chart total

I have an MS Project file where the total value of the effort calculated by adding up each resource in the Resource Usage sheet is greater than the total effort of the tasks in the Gantt chart. I've ...
0
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1answer
38 views

Scheduling teams to complete a percentage of work

I'm trying to work out how to allocate work to different teams, and my brain is struggling with the logic. I have three different teams who arrive in a geographic area at different dates. There's a ...
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4answers
137 views

Should I disclose technical constraints and details to the client?

Background In our Software Requirements Specifications (SRS) we have a clause which states that the user should be able to make push notifications from the website to the mobile devices. Should we ...
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2answers
84 views

What do you mean by inspect relationships during sprint retrospective

One of the purpose of the Sprint Retrospective is to: "inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, and tools". What mean relationships?
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6answers
109 views

What to do with ill-defined stories?

So, I am the Scrum master for my team, and my team's manager insists on putting stories in the sprint that are ill-defined. For example, while they have a end goal in mind, it is a poorly defined ...
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3answers
69 views

What do to when there's a discrepancy between what the team produces and what the management expects?

I'm a programmer and I'm used to work in a way where I do my work, do not check if I am wrong or not, present the work to my manager / client and wait for their feedback on my faults. I've heard that ...
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1answer
102 views

Estimation Quote on realism vs optimism - does it exist?

I could have sworn I read a quote by Steve McConnell or perhaps Fred Brooks about teams that make conservative estimates and pessimistic deadlines but meet them every time garner more trust and ...
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2answers
44 views

Scheduling not calculating properly [closed]

In Office version 2007, I have some tasks that are all fixed duration. I'm a prime contractor with subcontractors and I'm trying to schedule out events. I have add the duration and assigned the ...
3
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1answer
132 views

How can we adopt Kanban to our workflow?

I'm working in a creative agency, with 8 people sharing the same physical space. Some of us travel often, and we are loosely organized in the following departments: RnD, Design, Social, and ...
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2answers
39 views

Is there any difference between “method” and “methodology” terms?

I saw many times that this two terms are used like synonyms. For example in wikipedia write that Agile is "a group of software development methods", but Extreme programming is "a software development ...
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1answer
47 views

What is the definition of “development model”?

What is the definition of "development model"? For example: Waterfall model, Iterative model or Spiral model. In this case "model" is just synonym of "methodology" (wikipedia keep articles about ...
3
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1answer
83 views

Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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0answers
26 views

Estimating milling times for CNC milling moulds

I'm currently doing an internship for a tooling company. We make moulds for small plastic products out of aluminum, and my final thesis is supposed to be about projections (planning and costs) for ...
3
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1answer
82 views

Aligning story points' value

We've ended up with non-linear weighing of our points. I worry this makes reporting velocity data erroneous. Background: A fairly traditional deck is used: ?, 0, ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, ...
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1answer
120 views

UI in scrum - what's the silver bullet?

I'm a certified scrum master and, by trade, a UI/UX/Front end dev guy. More than most I come across the issues faced by having folks with my skill-set within a cross functional team (the 'vertical ...
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71 views

What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...
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56 views

Best practices for managing eShop eCommerce? [closed]

It may be general question, but I would like to ask. What is your best advice/practices in managing eShop. What methodology is best for managaing operations (orders, payments, logistic etc.)? And ...
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45 views

Real world differences between Portfolio and Program

Can I have a have a project without having a portfolio? This issue has been slightly touched on in the above link but I am hoping the collective expertise of this community could expand it. I have ...
2
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5answers
83 views

How to deal as PM for a technical-only refactoring project

Our company has accepted to do a full-scale refactoring of our core IT product and I'm supposed to act as PM for this project. First some background info: The project is 5-6 years old, build as a ...
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1answer
38 views

Using MS Project 2007 for Manufacturing Build Time

Is there a way for MS Project 2007 to calculate durations based on a give time/part and total number of parts. For example: A manufacturing process can process 1 part every 30 sec and we want to ...
4
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4answers
202 views

How to get developers to take more initiative and ownership and think through problems before escalating?

How do you handle developers who every time they encounter a problem immediately forwards it to the tech lead without doing enough of their own research to resolve it? The tech lead is getting ...
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1answer
41 views

Resource planning within large project

I am in the middle of a project that consists of 2 different teams, one team does migration of websites while the other team does development of features. My challenge is to maintain an overview of ...
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2answers
25 views

MS-Project 2010 - How to add Task Name to the Quick Access ribbon?

I used to love the fact that there was a text editing box at the top of the screen in old versions of MS-P, allowing you to edit Task Name directly without having to open the Task Information dialog. ...
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2answers
48 views

Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've been using Scrum for ages on my own projects, which are usually part-time (couple of hours per week -- maybe up to 10 hours a week) and usually solo (although occasionally include teams of up to ...
5
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2answers
326 views

How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

As part of the audit and compliance for my company (PLC), any Agile Projects are treated as a normal Waterfall Projects for review purposes although run according to Scrum best practice. We don't ...
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1answer
26 views

Company business titles for its founders [closed]

Not sure if this would fit in this community, but could not find any other more suitable :) In short.. IT company, 5 co-founders, 2x backend devs, 1x frontend dev, 1x social media manager and 1x ...
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5answers
252 views

How do you ensure code quality when having a weaker programmer on your project?

In an ideal world, each new joiner is expected to be trained with the practices and standards applied on the project. Happens that the ideal world is far from reality. When project starts getting off ...
4
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3answers
170 views

How to communicate a delay to a client when team member is ill?

Is it ok to communicate that a project is delayed due to a team member being sick? The reason I ask is because to some extend I feel it sounds pretty bad. But maybe there are some way to communicate ...
0
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1answer
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How to configure resources that work different max hours per day

I have three groups of resources: Group one - onshore permanent employees that work 7.5 hours max per day Group two - onshore contact employees that work 8 hours max per day Group three - offshore ...

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