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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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Developing Skills in Project/ Program Delivery [closed]

How do you become strong at program delivery? What should be the specific steps to take?
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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 ...
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How to make better software developers out of less-than-average ones?

I've asked this before in other places, and I'm now turning to you guys to see what sort of advice you can offer. Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I’m in no way the best ...
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Why does the WIP limit for a kanban discipline apply to completed work?

In kanban, there is a hard work-in-progress limit that stops a discipline working on too much at once. In this example kanban board, the WIP limit includes work listed in the "done" column. Why, for ...
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VCS + IssueTracking + CI for free? [closed]

What is the best way to build an IT infrastructure based on a free / affordable online services (GitHub, BitBucket, etc)? To facilitate collaborative work of a group of independent remote developers ...
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Best way to do peer code reviews in the development process [closed]

In our company, we use Scrum with short sprints of 1 or 2 weeks and peer code reviews as a requisite, but I'm still trying to figure out which is the best "flow". One option could be doing the code ...
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Drawing Architectural Diagrams Before Building Software

I don't know I am posting this question. in the right place. I thought I could post it on stackoverflow but this places looks more suitable for this question. I am wondering that how much drawing a a ...
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What to do with a messy project when it's close to be finished

It happened to me in the past that for some reasons a project (software app) has become very messy, or we inherited it that way. With messy I mean that some basic best practices was not followed at ...
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Asked to assist on a technical level with a project, have misgivings about the direction and management of the project

The company I work for is looking to create a new version of their main software package, and wants to outsource the development to a local company. So far, so good. The non-technical project manager ...
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?

I'm not a 100% certain that this is the best place for this question as it's a little more development methodology related than directly project management related. I work at a company where the ...