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How to ensure developers don't sneak in code not part of requirements?

Other than than code reviews by another developer and by trusting your developers won't do anything nefarious or stupid, is there any way to ensure that when you release a build to production or even ...
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Optimizing the phase model of CMS-project [closed]

We are working since couple of years with an CMS. Until now our working model was divided in the following phases: Preparation Online Meetings Soft Kick off-online Scoping ...
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How to diplomatically deny client access to their server

My client has requested access to their server we have not delivered yet, due to the development of the project is still in progress. They do not have anyone on staff with technology experience. And ...
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Development team are not meeting sprint deadlines

I do 1 week sprints with my scrum team, and every Monday I do a sprint planning where my team estimates by allocating story points to the cards, this then allows me to measure the progress of a sprint ...
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Recreation of user stories for common functionality/screens between Releases?

To provide a background, we have created UI forms from Business Unit A for the end users to fill. Once completed/filled the UI form flows through the defined workflow, where different users in ...
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Collapsed sub-process with multiple end events (BPMN)

I am designing a BPMN business process and figured out that I do not understand, how subprocesses with multiple end events are managed. I'd like to mention that I am talking not about compensation ...
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Feature Teams - Project with multiple teams

We are starting a new project that spans multiple teams (squads). I don't really know how to handle this situation. Do you create a new team for this project ? Do you split user stories on both ...
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Aiming to finish development of sprint a bit early to give testers time

I'm about to start a new development project that our company would like to run in an agile manner. At this stage I am the only developer but it is expected 1-2 more will join in future sprints. ...
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IT Consultant engagement in a project [closed]

I have been asked as an IT consultant to help an insurance company to upgrade their legacy Information management system to more reliable and user friendly one which has to last for the next 7 years. ...
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Alternative name for Developer Acceptance Testing

In our process our developers run Unit Tests and Integration Tests before they check in their code for it to be built and deployed to UAT where the testers and product owners can perform their test ...
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Are Project Managers redundant in a digital agency?

I have worked as a freelancer and have experienced this problem several times in various places. Scenario: In a digital agency, there is a coding development team with a coding development lead. ...
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I need help finding a problem to research and solve for HS research project [closed]

Short version: I want to do a research project, but for the life of me I cannot think of an original problem to solve that isn't already being solved. (also for the record, if I am in the wrong ...
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Timeline management for one man band getting into outsourcing

I'm a one man band business owner, having run my web development business for 11+ years, 8 of which I used no project management tactics at all - other than code like hell and persistence. I also used ...
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How does one manage scope in JIRA?

I work in a software development company. We develop with Fixed Price contracts, thus there's a lot of BDUF (Big design up front). During the initial/planning phase, we create very big monolithic ...
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How to track impediments in SCRUM?

This has been asked several times already but none of the answers fully convince me. We are an R&D team doing some support from time to time. Most of the support work can be included in capacity ...
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How to manage Software projects with an intermediary?

When a company gets outsourced by a non-software company, the main issue comes when requirement acquisition is going on. For example, client company will look up to an Advertising company for a mobile ...
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Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of adding external software developers to an existing developer team for a small project? What are the pros and cons? For me: Pros: Development should in theory be ...
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How to start developing project management tool? [closed]

I have been nominated for developing a project management tool for my organization where all project related information, check list and related information to be stored (as of now, no concrete ...
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Kanban for web agency

We use Kanban since a couple of months and have some difficulties to implent it 100%. Nowadays, we use it more as a todo list than a real Project Management System. You will find below some of my ...
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How to prevent deliberate long estimation?

There is a team and a PM. Unfortunately, the PM does not have very strong technical skills, therefore he has no basis for estimation of the time and costs which are required for each part of project. ...
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What is a good git workflow that involves QA/Testing? [closed]

So here's the scenario: We've been developing this application for almost a year now. The application is already on production and we have: 3 Developers 2 QA guys 1 Team Lead (me) We have worked ...
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Agile for Web Development

1) Can anyone recommend a resource that correlates Agile terms (Epic, Feature, User Story) with the web development process? 2) I understand the concept of waterfall development, but what is it ...
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Software development process for a product like MS-Office [closed]

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to get a dev team to use TDD and CI?

I'm a software development program manager who has experienced many of the benefits of test-driven development and continuous integration. But some of the dev teams I work with don't follow these ...
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Can we say that a Sprint and a source code branch are almost the same things?

I'm going to begin a universitarian project with my fellows. It is required that we use one of the Agile Methods together with Bitbucket. We'd like to begin with Scrum. I've read its documentation and ...
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How to handle poor delivery from an Outsourced relationship?

To place in context, I made a document that went to tender where I stated the objectives and timeframe of the product, but because of an NDA I couldn't be explicit with a lot of it in case the ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

This is one thing that I've always taken as a given, the "status quo" in my line of field (software development) but never really gave it a deep thought. And even now that I do, I still don't ...
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Best way to evaluate software engineers' performance?

What is a good mechanism to evaluate software engineers' performance? We need to have a PAR session every year so would like to know how to proceed and what mechanism is used within the industry. ...
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Having problems within development team re approach

Noob PM here - I have a project with 3 developers (one of whom is tech lead), a BA, and a tester. The tech lead (hereafter referred to as TL) is responsible (on the RACI) for the technical output of ...
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Who decides to add new feature in any project or not and what factors are taken into consideration?

What factors are taken in consideration when adding/eliminating features, and who is responsible to add new feature in any project or to change -lets say- UI components to increase usability new ...
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How do I advise someone creating a programming language and user/developer community? [closed]

Friends of mine want to take their in-house programming language and take it into the open source arena. There are many challenges, one of which is how to begin to create a community of users. Where ...
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Need appropriate software development process and paradigms for very short term project

I have to do a sort of case study in applying a software development methodology. The focus is more on the report which documents my experiences with the process. I have only 16 days left to do the ...
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For every hour cutting code, how many project hours are spent doing something else?

I work on a large line-of-business legacy application, my projects are very much NOT green field. The dev teams are small, usually 2 developers, 1 system tester, plus part-time PM and BA resources. ...
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Development process in a highly dependent environment

I was going through a question on PMSE when this question struck me. I have been working as a Project Manager for a software company. Most of our work we get from an agency. The agency in-turn gets ...
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Scaling software development teams

I've been reading on this subject for a while now, but still can't come up with a workable solution for my situation to scale a development department. May be someone can advise me on where to go from ...
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Scrum or V-Cycle?

Explicitly, I have problems in describing the Development Process of my project. I'm doing my internship in an enterprise as an Information Systems designer and Java EE developer, for graduation. I ...
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How can I generate a timeline for tasks based on “typical man-days?” [closed]

I need to come up with the planned and actual start & end dates for the following tasks below. How should I do it and what is my basis? Finalize business user requirements Technical ...
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How to structure a software development team

Given a 15x strong software development team working on individal projects, and small, medium, and large projects; what is the best way to structure this team and what is the best software development ...
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How to start my first project?

I'm going to manage my first project that is really a small stream of an even greater project, and my boss said that I could make my own schedule and plans etc. I have a couple of questions, I need ...
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Release Team vs PM

In terms of releasing the code and separation of responsibilities, should it be the project manager or the release teams that inform the business of the releases? I believe it should be the release ...
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How do I improve the development process when the only 'spec' is a “slogan” from management

I am working in a new environment where a typical project consist of a “slogan” provided by management and a team of engineers who delivers a product that matches the slogan. The company doesn't have ...
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Tool for Managing the Feature Development Process

Background: we currently use MantisBT for tracking of bug tickets, and have attempted to use the same for feature development. The latter has worked, but only to a point. Ours is a small shop, so ...
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How to keep all the developers on the same page in Scrum?

We are a small team of 6 developers. We usually complete 4 to 5 user stories in a given sprint. Typically every person takes a complete user story and some take a couple of them. The problem arises ...
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Should small teams use Continuous Integration?

I recently switched to a start-up organization providing a social network site. In my new organization, we are a small team of 8 developers/designers. I heard a lot about continuous integration (e.g. ...
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Project Management for Inconsistent Development Efforts

I am a CS grad student, and I am interested in applying project management or software/system engineering methods to research projects at my university. I have experience applying the Scrum framework ...
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What artifacts does Scrum require for application design and systems documentation?

I have been a developer for awhile. Recently, I got promoted within my team. Now I am responsible for application design and documentation, and am thinking of following the Scrum methodology. We are ...
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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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Could you please help me in providing the phases that i should follow to apply Agile / Scrum this web development project?

I'm doing my final year project, and I'm going to develop a website. I'm interested in using an Agile methodology such as Scrum. Could you please help me in providing the possible steps which I can ...