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Project Management in Data Science Projects [on hold]

Does anybody know any references about Project Management practices in Data Science Projects? i.e. the processes, causes of failures, failure stories , skills needs for project managers in this field ...
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On an IT project, how to manage and publicize (development and testing) environment usages?

Question: How to broadcast to the whole IT team the current and future environment usage plan, in a fluid project with constant changing priorities? Background: When a project is relatively small (5 ...
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In a programming project, how to ensure the project reliability when going up-level on the WBS?

Problem: How to make sure the project keeps reliable knowing that its parts are reliable when tested separately? Background: Our project is currently structured as having each team working in a ...
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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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Handling bugs in the Scrum process?

I have recently gone live with a big project. To meet a tight deadline some technical debt was accumulated but the true extent only became apparent after go live. As this is intended to be a ...
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How to keep a requirements gathering discussion focused on business needs and not technical details?

I'm certain that acquiring the business requirements from the clients and providing the work items for the developer teams are always a headache for experienced business analysts as well. A few days ...
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How to enhance project management practice for the small team?

In our team, we have a small team of 3 people, fresh graduate from the computer and networking stream. 2 people are responsible for software development , 1 people are responsible for back-end ...
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Starting responsive web design from desktop planning? (x-post from ux.stackoverflow)

I originally asked this question from http://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/28987/starting-responsive-web-design-from-desktop-planning-project-time-crunch, but was referred to here Backstory: Our ...
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Are employee's pay factored into costs for project?

Here's my story. I started working for a new company as an interface developer, with a small team of 3, for a semi-large laboratory 2 weeks ago. When I came into the department all of their projects ...
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Interface building and background programming in a project

Let's say, we have a project with: a well defined user interface the application's features specified in details backoffice, where the data comes from. The backoffice development takes less then ...
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How frequently can a release happen within a Scrum Sprint?

I am aware that the length of a Scrum Sprint can vary on a case to case basis. This raises the following questions: How can product releases be handled within the Sprint time-box? How frequently can ...
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Handling new suggestions to resolved user stories in closed sprint

In a project managed using scrum framework, I've a situation where all tasks associated to a user story (feature) had been done successfully. No more code changes are allowed since testing is in ...
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Badges for project team members for motivation

Stack Exchange is using nice way to motivate contribution through Badges. I was thinking of implementing this same idea for my project team members. Badges will be awarded to project team members in ...
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How can a new PM manage a failing project in a few hours per week?

I am working as a beginning scientist and was given the management role for a small project (5 internal scientists, 1-2 external software contractors). What are the absolute essentials I need to ...
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To measure performance of software developer, which KPI should I use?

I would like to measure performance of my developers using KPI (Key Performance Indicators). Which KPI would best help me distinguish between good and "needs improvement" programmers?
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs created?

I am trying to implement KPI for employees of my company. One of the KPI have listed is the quality of code, as measured by bugs created by developers. Now my problem is: I am planning to give 40 ...
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How to share information found on the internet with the team?

I need a simple way to share texts, links to frameworks, videos and, of course, actual project data with multiple people. Things that come to mind are blog, wiki and public Facebook page. I also ...
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As a development manager, what are your first steps joining a new company?

I've recently been offered my first position as a development manager. I would be taking over a team of 4 at a small software development shop with the mission of creating structure, and improving ...
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What Lightweight/Project Management or Bug Tracker Software Can I Use to Manage Exceptions, Milestones, and Old Bugs?

I have a problem: in my team we are currently using bug tracker for project planning, issues backlog and exceptions. It doesn't scale well. We have about 2000 issues there and it's unwieldy to manage ...
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How Can a Project Coordinator Assigned a New Project Complete the Project On Time and Get Promoted?

I'm relatively new to the industry and have spent the last year or so as a project COORDINATOR, helping out the project managers with their various contracts, billings, and assisting in any way that ...
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What's the best way of estimating initial software size using '(agile) epics', given a time-to-market but not knowing who the developers will be?

Given a set of high level epics what's the best 'guestimate' we can come up with to scope the software system appropriately given a time-to-market window? What are some good/best practices for this ...
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PM learns deliverable is vaporware, team has been hiding it from the client & want PM to lie to client also.

I will TRY to keep this simple. I was brought on this project approx. 1/2 way through to fill the role of CM DB SME(20+yrs broad based experience). The PM (non-technical by his own admission) ...
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Mentoring for new Project Managers

I'm trying to figure out if and how to help people who become Project Manager / Project Leader for the first time. Not sure if it is a good name, but I'm trying to create kind of a "mentoring system" ...
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How to work with freelancers in a proper way?

Note: At first I wrongly posted this question to the original Stackoverflow site Let's say that for a software project I have: a complete project plan; a software requirements specification; a ...
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When should I use a contract Scrum Master?

Lately we've been looking at growing our organisation, and I've been looking at the possibility of either getting a contract Scrum Master to help us grow, hiring a new full-time Scrum Master or ...
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How to go about taking over a failing project?

I work for a pretty small company employing less than 150 people, for the last 35 years this company has never had any sort of project managers and every project that they have had has always come ...
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As a project manager how worthwhile is it to have 50/50 estimates of certain metrics?

I was reading Steve Tockey's book Return on Software and he mentioned it's quite beneficial to have such estimates. Let's say I have an oracle that spews out 50/50 estimates of ...
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How do you report project status?

What is the typical project reporting model are you using in your project team? When I say reporting, I am talking about both reporting externally to stakeholders and internally to all team members. ...
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Project Management Tools for Embedded Software Professionals

I understand this may apply to very few but I hope there are some who can give me good advice. I would like to know what project management tools embedded software engineering ...
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Do you know any companies that rotate developers between different projects on regular basis?

I work for a smallish outsourcing company of about 30 people, nearly all of them developers. At any given moment we have 6-9 projects in development for various clients. Most of the projects are ...
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Writing the perfect proposal

What strategies can I take to write a good project proposal document? So far the way I write them is that I include 3 main sections: Technical Details Delivery Items Cost Estimation My ...
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How can I best facilitate the transition of responsibilities from one team to another?

I am currently transitioning responsibility from one team to another. All tasks that are handled by team A will be in the future handled by team B. The tasks are mostly support. Is there any check ...
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One Dev One month - What elements of agile would you use

I'm starting a one dev project (me) and it's going to be a short one (Approx. 4 weeks). In such a short term scenario, I still went through the requirements with the Product Owner (PO), prepared all ...
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Is it important to have a clearly defined methodology from the outset of a project?

I'm a final year undergraduate student studying software engineering. 1 module for my final year consists of a development project of approximately 6 months. I'm completely new to this level of ...
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How to always be updated and manage information only useful to me? Don't want to waste time in my life

How to always be updated and manage information only useful to me? Don't want to waste time in my life. I mean I don't want to waste my time reading ads and other things which aren't useful to me
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Partner suggestion to a big project, is it ok to ask for a commission?

First, let me tell that I'm a freelancer and don't belong/have a company and work on my own. The context: I have a big client that asked me for a cost estimate for a big project. The project ...
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How can I gather requirements from those who don't want to give time for interviewing?

Actually, I'm a fresh CS graduate, who wants to build a system for his dad's road transport business. However, the issue is, whenever I go to ask to him about: who are the people involved in his ...
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What size of the IT project that should have IT Project Manager?

IT PM to be assigned that I mean is 100% IT PM (as a job), not just a role. Could you please share how large or what size of the projects (e.g. project is long more than 3 months ect.) should have IT ...
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Who are the top thought leaders in the project management space? Why? [closed]

Please include links to their blogs, books, or articles, if possible.
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Will hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference?

My company is still young, and our processes still inadequate. I want to get the scrum process right from the start. Would hiring an agile coach make that much of a difference even if I've done ...
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What is the preferred number of tasks to assign?

I am going to lead a small team for the first time in my career and I am determined to not subject my team to the same issues that I perceive to have been subjected to as a programmer. This question ...
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What questions would you recommend to put into project estimation checklist?

I would like to create common checklist for project estimation in my organization. The idea behind is to make sure that you have taken into account different aspects (ie. lack of knowledge of given ...
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Project cancelled, still client wants to use parts of it?

After four prototypes on a mailshot design, the client is now telling me that the project is going to be cancelled. Because a lot of work was involved, I submitted an updated "cost estimate" (in this ...
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How do you schedule maintenance work in Scrum?

What are some of the different patterns you use to schedule maintenance work (any non-feature work like bug fixes, technical debt reduction, etc.)? In our organization, we've considered mash-ups of ...
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Are processes and procedures only for enterprises?

I've had the opportunity to work at quite a few start-ups. One thing I've found to be common in them is adhoc way of doing things and ignorance towards processes, best practices and known project ...
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Managing Product Releases

I work as a Product Manager in a company focused on GIS Products. Our software development team works on both internal products and clients projects using agile methodologies. I'm having trouble ...
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What is your list of fundamental practices that you use to make your project and organization successful?

I just sat through Chet Richard's keynote talk at the Lean Software and Systems conference here in Long Beach. He asked us to build our own list of fundamental practices that we should become great ...
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What are the first steps to take when given a new project?

After you've resisted the urge to run towards the door screaming, what are the first two or three things that you do to get your thoughts in order when you have been given a new project? I tend to ...
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How is agile different from the way in-house developers have always worked?

in-house in this context means developers working in a company department, where software is used only by that company (defined due to subtleties in translation) I've been confused by this for a ...
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How to Organise Help Desk?

I have to organize the help desk. I have some thoughts and ideas. The project for which I have to do is a Web application. It has 5 servers in different time zones. We have something about 25 ...