This tag is for all questions about problems that are likely to occur during the progress of a project related to any aspect of the project, including stages of the project, tasks, equipment, documentation, and/or inhouse/external people involved in the project directly or indirectly.

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Scrum and Project planning for a price quote

To set some things straight. I have got experience with scrum and I know how the planning process goes in a Scrum project. The question I have relates to the start of a project. Let's say I as a PM ...
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Is there room for good/tested design in “Agile” setting?

I just came out of an "Agile" team where the sprints are 3-weeks long, and during this same time, about 12 hours of that time is spent on exercises such as Scrum grooming, reviewing, Scrum, and ...
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How to work with different project management methods/tools in one org? Applying “Agile” in ops type work

In my role I need to manage two types of projects standard development projects (software/coding) operations related projects (IT/Vendors/Marketing - no coding involved) In the first one, we ...
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Handling a team member gone rogue?

We have a small three of three, including me as a PM/BA for the project. Every month we have a release, and the two developers which I have have different levels of experience. The senior fellow has ...
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Using Trello to 'iterate' / give feedback on tasks that are marked as staged or done

We are using Trello for project management of a dev project. Here is how we are working currently: Developer takes a card assigned to them from the Todo pile and moves it to Doing then the Developer ...
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What can I do to mitigate the risk presented by moderately skilled developers?

We are about to start a new project which is very serious. That will be a mobile project, and the target users is the whole population of a country. The client expects more than 1 million downloads ...
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when a software project is behind schedule should we add manpower?

When an essential software project is behind schedule we might naturally add manpower. The new developer, however competent and however quickly recruited, needs additional training from an ...
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Free project support after sell [closed]

I'm working on a quite small engineering/programming project (~100kloc of code) which tackles many different areas of expertise. The program communicates with many external devices, has data ...
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Help needed for creating project network diagram from WBS

New Facility Center: Work Breakdown Structure Here below is the wbs... need to create network table and diagram from it.. Did I required to select major dependencies only for network table and ...
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What measures and checks to implement for an effective Matrix Management project teams structure?

I saw this image where there are nine managers, one supervisor, and one guy doing all of the work on a project, and something about it rang true. I've worked in two organisations that attempted to ...
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Background Check on Prospective Hires [closed]

I'm looking to start up a small business, and I'd like to know if anybody here--and I'm not sure if this question belongs here--might know of a method to ascertain the following things in a ...
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How to handle a complex project without Tech Lead or Project Manager?

I am working on a complex project in Android alone. There is no tech lead or any project manager to guide me about the project development. I have to interact with the client and do the work according ...
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What does over-alignment mean for business or IT alignment?

I am quite confused with the term 'over-alignment'. Do you have any clue what this might mean in the context of business or IT alignment? My speculation is that it is like putting too much focus on ...
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How to sequence tasks given time estimates?

What are the recommended techniques to get the fastest completion time? Just an example, a project has 6 tasks: task1 takes 1 day task2 takes 2 days task3 takes 3 days, requires both task1 and ...
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How to Evaluate an Implementation Plan by 3rd Party Vendors

Question: I'm not sure how to handle this. Background: We have a software requirement and we've asked two vendors for their implementaion proposal. The first vendor haven't submitted their proposal. ...
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Should there be separate PMs for projects which involve development of new hardware and new software?

My company is developing a new product which consists of several embedded systems. The hardware for these devices is being developed by electrical and mechanical engineers and the software is being ...
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Agile for web development - How detailed does the plan have to be?

I am in the process of starting a website build and previously it has just been a case of : Get designs Start implementing site by incrementally building the style and functionality That's it. No ...
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How can I complete a project with unfixed requirements from the client?

How can I politely ask a customer to participate in the design of the deliverables before we begin work? I have received a content update and brochure design job from client. Unfortunately it is so ...
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PM crash course

I have an engineering background and have accepted an offer from a tech company for which I will be leading a brand new web project (mix of PM + tech lead). There is no prior work done except overall ...
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Why didn't we need a prototype for some of the projects?

This is not about why do we need a prototype. Or the opposite of Why don't we need a prototype. It's about why some of the projects that we did without a prototype/not even thinking about one... ...
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How to compare and select one project out of two?

It's being rather a tough choice on selecting projects. (Different case from what I had posted before.) Now in the scenario if there is Project A and B. Only one project can be executed and that has ...
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How to determine which project should execute first?

Assuming we have 3 projects for three different clients within an industry. The Concept papers are already approved and will be funded by senior managements. So it's rather in the next step of ...
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How can we combine time sheet in project server with scrum?

Our developers work with VSTS using a scrum methodology and also with project server. Developers are required to enter their work hours in Project Server by time-sheets. However, they are not happy to ...
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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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What are the key roles in a Scrum team?

Based on my understanding, Product owner, Scrum Master and Development team are the major roles in a Scrum team. I have to setup a .Net Scrum team with 5-8 members. I don't have enough knowledge about ...
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Project management blogs [closed]

Blogs related to project management.
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How do I discover the features of a product that are most valued by customers? [closed]

What tools or frameworks exist to identify which features of a product would add the most value to a customer?
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Forced to implement what I think is the wrong solution

Should I listen to the Team Leader or stick to my position? Here is some background: This is a repost of this topic, as I think I've missed the site where I need to ask such questions. And I am not ...
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Which is the best methodology to manage a distributed team, working in several short term one-man projects?

I lead a team of around 20 people, distributed around the world (different timezones, most of us haven't met in person). Most of the projects we work on are short term (3-4 weeks) customizations with ...
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What is the procedure for adjusting the project schedule when a team member is replaced?

There is a project team with a project manager and 5 development resources working on a Web 2.0 web application. The current project the team is working on is for a long term client who commissioned a ...
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How to implement scrum on an Waterfall enterprise?

Research prior to asking this questions -> When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ? I am not focus on pure waterfall vs pure scrum conversion. I am more incline of solving the following problems ...
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Is there any 'pocket guide' with the differences between countries' labor laws? [closed]

Working on a multi cultural environment, one of the problems that's haunting some projects we have are the differences between two countries' laws. I know that there are as much laws as there are ...
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How can I ensure our project gets developed successfully, without having any project management experience?

I'm a web developer who is part of a three-man team that has been tasked with a rather large and complex development project. Other than some direction and impetus from management, we're pretty much ...
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Implementing new software development process

Question: Apologies for the long post, but I'm not sure how to handle this. Background: We have a development team of 3 situated in another city. The lead developer has been around for 6 years and ...
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Dealing with a coworker who keeps making the same mistakes over and over

I've been struggling in a peculiar situation since a while ago and would like your inputs on it. In our project (which is a maintenance project), there are some tasks that are done from time to time ...
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Best project management methodology for virtual office

We're a team of 10 developers working in a virtual office. It basically means that we're not located in one office but in different towns and countries. All of us are in the same timezone and only one ...
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How to handle CEO “priority” requests that affect existing client deadlines?

Our team(s) have agreed upon timelines both by the team themselves and the clients, including a bit of extra padding in case of any mistakes. However, the CEO of the company consistently sends ...
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Do I Need to Match-up the Functional Spec with the Spec in the Contract

This maybe a bit of a noob question to you client facing PM's out there, but I'm a PM with a pre-sales background, so please bear with me. I'm used to working on projects where you have an initial ...
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How to suggest project improvements in a rigid / narrow-minded environment?

Briefing: I'm a new employee at a small company that has a lot of talent but seems to have gotten by with ad-hoc processes simply because they've had mostly small projects and repeat customers who ...
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What went wrong - project going off track

I'm not a PM. I'm a developer working on a large project with a small team at an 18 person company. The "team" is just me and the project manager. The project isn't the largest my company has ever had ...
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How do I get traction on my project?

As a newbie project manager, I am leading an effort to transition data from one department to another. My counterpart in the other department acts as interface with their development staff. I am ...
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How to handle difficult Project Manager

I always feel difficulty to face my project manager and don't know how to handle him. There are many situations in which I feel very bad because of his behaviour. 1) While discussion about time ...
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How to I cut down on all of the communications?

I am new to Project Management. I am coming in on a project that was just implemented and is now in Post Implementation. The roles do not seem to be fully understood be everyone. Now, when something ...
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Project complete but does not really satisfy the end users. Business owners unhappy

Some background on the project: I recently completed a project for a company. The project was a fairly large line of business web site. The customer was a company with no prior experience ...
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In project management, How might you adjust the project if you don’t have resources when you need them?

In project management, How might you adjust the project if you don’t have resources when you need them?
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Agile and Scrum:- approaches, problems, common mistakes and lessons learned

From doing Agile and Scrum are there any lessons you can pass on from your experiences? Are there any approaches that work better than others? Which of the many parts of the theories have you found ...
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how to define success and failure criteria of project?

I got client requirement now i want to design strategy and criteria to measure success and failure of project please help me to do this actually i m developer now i got work of project manager so ...
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Get enough information from client to start project

I am trying to create a form that request for information from a prospective client, this form will have to work for all kinds of industry (business, construction, design, programming...). In most ...
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How do I handle a personality conflict between a vendor and customer's employee?

Is there a recommended process for handling two people from different teams who cannot get along? Should I start with their managers, and work my way down? It seems like a simple problem that requires ...
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How to frame 'Cancellation Clause' in the contract?

I work for a consultancy firm and it happened (rarely) that the project got cancelled after 1 week of the day it should be starting. No work has been done, but the allocation of the developers were ...