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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...
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Working with a “single point of contact”

I've often seen it recommended to include a "single point of contact" clause in the contract. This stipulates that all communication between a client company and your own company must be made between ...
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Communication Management: Booking meetings in advance via email

To overcome the obstacle of clients not responding on time, an idea our management (not PMs) team has proposed is to send multiple email meetings invites ahead of milestones that are outlined in the ...
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Moderating a compromise between Top-Down and Bottom-Up approaches?

I just started a new experimental project in my division which will attempt to integrate application-use and development efforts across different teams. Problem: In the kick-off meeting today I ...
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Who speaks with the client about the active project?

We are programming company. One guy is seeking jobs and talking to clients. Then when the job terms are negotiated, a project gets its own project manager and programmers. Once a project is started, ...
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How to improve communication skills of a team?

In IT companies, English is usually the official communication medium as most of the companies deal with foreign customers. We have so many countries where English is second, or even third language ...
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Should a PM continue to stay on a project after a legal dispute?

Situation: The main dev left a project and deadlines have gone up in smoke. The client is upset after 3 weeks of no significant improvement (obviously, new devs have a huge learning curve). The client ...
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Prioritization of adhoc request vs Handling long term deadline

Right now we have 2 tasks, which will take about a day each. One has to be completed by end of day as it's an adhoc request. The other is part of a client project that is due not immediately, but 3 ...
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iPad for Scrum to Skype or Google Hangout [closed]

I am thinking of using iPad as a Scrum tool to Skype/Google Hangout to coordinate better with our offshore team in a different country. I am planning to hang the iPad onto the scrum board ...
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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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What Should a Project Manager Do If Development is Not Completed On Time?

I am a project manager of a development team. Oftentimes, the deadline for the development project is not met. About my team: I have 4 people in my team, and they are older than me. Sometimes I ...
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Scrum interactions for distributed teams

Scrum by the book says "Interactions over processes and tools" which kind of implies that tools should be avoided. This is plain easy when the team is co-located but how does it go when a team is ...
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Are there good templates and processes for monitoring project progress?

When managing a team of 40-50 team members, are there good processes and templates to monitor project progress? We do daily standup meetings and weekly email reports, but we're looking for more ...
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Make them understand we need a DMS

I have put this in SE-PM as in my eyes, it affects Project Managers the most. I have just landed a role as a product engineer for a software product in a mid-sized company (around 100 staff across ...
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3answers
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Organizing communication in project

I'm going to be in charge of administration/communications in a small project (16 programmers in total including myself). We're all fourth year computer engineering majors, and we'll be developing ...
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What makes an effective email status report? Why?

In project management, what criteria makes an effective email status report, and how often should a status report be sent to be useful?
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How can I fill in the blanks in my Stakeholder Analysis table?

Robin: Department of Correction Robin, a senior consultant for a large consulting firm, was just assigned to be the project manager for a $100 million project to upgrade the information systems for ...
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Number of people in a team that need to communicate with the client?

Is it more useful that all the people in a team to communicate with the client or should there be one person - i.e. the project manager that does all the communication and then informs the other ...
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How to report performance of a software development project?

What metrics do you use in order to report performance of a software development project? And how do you collect them?
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Shall performance be reported to the project team?

Report Performance is one of the processes being done by a project manager in every project (according to PMBOK). Performance metrics have to be reported to a project control board in order to allow ...
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How to deliver bad news to a project sponsor?

Report Performance (especially if it is behind plans) is a responsibility of a project manager (according to PMBOK). Very often adequate and accurate reporting of insufficient performance will provoke ...