The documentation tag is for questions about documentation of processes and projects in the field of project management.

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How to document existing products and their development?

My product have been going for almost three years without any product requirement or documentation at all. And at this moment things are getting out of hands. For example when I hire new people, it ...
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How to write a good Critical Success Factor?

Can you share some of your tips and tricks on how to pull out the information from stakeholders in order to write good CSF? What questions do you ask to get to the heart of the project? Can you ...
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Tracking requirements

I am having a difficult time understanding how requirements are tracked through the project. I have a list of requirements - do I link these to deliverables during planning? Do i periodically ...
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How should a project manager handle a request for contracted software to produce twice as many reports as specified in the project's requirements?

I have joined a late-phase software project and there is a great deal of disagreement between my management and the client about work items they are claiming to be outstanding. In short, our business ...
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Can planning documents be retroactively produced to fit the product that's been built?

I am currently implementing an Android application and am struggling to do my class and sequence diagrams, predominately due to the fact that the specifications are too abstract and vague. I was ...
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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

I just started a new job as a technical project manager. It's more or less my first experience, as I have just run teams of two students before, and now I am managing a project of 10 engineers, some ...
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When does one develop a RASCI?

Generally I see a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RASCI) being developed at the start of a project. However, in the current environment, a RASCI is only being developed as part of handover to the ...
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Differences in perspectives for various types of documentation

In the current environment, there appears to be a subjective difference of opinions of the types of documentation and the level of detail required. For example, at what point is a document a design ...
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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Documenting business & technical decisions, changes, updates and so on

After years of experience in software development, I've not yet come up with a best practice for documenting business & technical decisions and requirements. For instance, I want to know why we ...
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What is the correct way to handle delays caused by technical issues?

I am working on a Web Design and Development project for my Final. I have missed Alpha and Beta milestones due to a critical server error that was beyond my knowledge or understanding. I had to get in ...
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Failed to finish project in time, now threatened with UK court [closed]

I wonder if anyone has experience and can help with some advise. I am a programmer with 15 years of experience, and I feel it is unfair what is happening to me. I was silly enough to sign a ...
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What artifacts should be created during the lifecycle of a project?

Looking at the lifecycle of a project, is there a industry standard (not specific to only project management) or a set of best practices of the artifacts that should be created as part of a project? ...
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How does one bridge the gap in producing deliverables between operations and projects?

As with most reasonable sized organizations, the current organization has an operational team and a project team which drive varying degree of initiatives. Unlike any other organization i have ...
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Is there a document management system or process that keeps track of child/forked documents?

I may need to cross-post, but I'd see if anyone has experience with this project management issue. We have a core document, say, a series of standards, that, based on that, we create solution guides, ...
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Documents to create prior to Kick-off Meeting [closed]

We have gotten approval of our Project Charter and have a kick-off meeting scheduled already and I'd like to know what documents do I need to create prior to this kick-off meeting and/or what ...
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What does MOS and RA stand for in IT project?

My customer asked if I can do an MOS and RA. RA should be risk analysis if I'm not mistaken. But what is MOS?
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How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

As part of the audit and compliance for my company (PLC), any Agile Projects are treated as a normal Waterfall Projects for review purposes although run according to Scrum best practice. We don't ...
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What are the best ways to specify project deliverables to non technical persons

I have a list of deliverables below (draft) Client Side User interface design for mobile app Registration module to allow end user register to the system by providing their personal information and ...
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Which common file naming schemes are available for project management?

Are there ISO (or other) standards which suggest a naming scheme for office files like Q-2014-01-02_ObelixAndCo.pdf (example for a quotation) O-2014-01-04_ObelixAndCo.pdf (example for an order ) D-...
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How to track change requests over a functional document

Functional requirements tend to mature as the time goes by, and the initial versions of requirements for a project are usually based on assumptions (otherwise the work would never start). As the ...
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How should technical writers fit within a Scrum team?

I think my company could benefit from adding a technical writer to the team; making sure our output is unified and of a high quality. For our current project we need to produce a range of documents, ...
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Documenting institutional knowledge and legacy systems

I am a long-tenured employee at my company and have become the subject matter expert for our business rules and the reasoning behind them. Additionally, I'm the last person around that knows the ...
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What should be included in a comprehensive “plan of attack” document?

Its common for most software development processes to begin with a plan of attack, in which you could find the following topics: The context of the clients company A summary of the business ...
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Project documentation (initiation, requirements, etc) on a WIKI versus requirements word document?

A team was having a debate where historically we had project documentation (requirements analysis, technical specs) put together large Microsoft word documents. Looking back over time, I have found ...
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What is good criteria for deciding what constitutes an individual task?

My own background is in software dev and I've started work as a network engineering PM recently. In my previous PM work, creating documentation was a separate task. It was sometimes done by the ...
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What are the required documents should I prepare In order to start my Project

I am preparing to start my new project which is Developing open source ERP System What really I am confusing about: How to start : what is the first step should I begin with. ( Preparing the ...
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Create team activities that will lead to an improved documentation process

One of my goals for this year is to try to improve the documentation process within the R&D-department. My first step have been to sit down with each developer and talk about documentation in ...
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Maintaining consistency over documents

In the company that I work for we have documents covering system requirements, standards, user acceptance, etc. each of these are maintained manually. If a change to the requirements is made then it ...
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How best to 'leanify' test case documentation?

I'm currently reviewing some test case artifacts for various project teams as standardized by our organization. However, I'm a bit appalled to find that a lot of content is being captured in documents ...
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Documenting PMP Experience [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I apply for PMP without experiences in all processes? What are the requirements for obtaining these certifications? I am a new member here and getting ready to take my ...
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What a good Lessons Learned paper should include?

I'm preparing a Lessons Learned paper and I wonder what such paper should contain. I found this post: http://www.ehow.com/how_8014106_write-lessons-learned-report.html, some of the points listed there ...
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How can I connect Project Issues to Project Deliverables in a Post-Mortem document?

I'm conducting a Post-Mortem Review with Senior Management, regarding a project that had multiple unfulfilled/half-fulfilled deliverables that caused issues for clients. The deliverable for the Post-...
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Is there any alternative to MS-Project server to build a collaborative deployment plan?

Objective Questions: How do you guys coordinate cross-team deployment plans? Are you still using the old school Excel for these plans? How do you rearrange tasks in a way the dependencies between ...
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Is it correct to refer to a 'post mortem' session even for successful projects?

It might be a silly question for non-latin speakers, but it's odd to hear about a post-mortem meeting for a successful project since this expression means 'after death'. I know that this can be also ...
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What are the metrics for software documentation?

I would like to get information about measurements and metrics for documentation work in a project. The project can be itself limited to documentation as a deliverable or documentation as part of ...
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How to start off a project plan documentation for research oriented projects?

I have planned all the tasks using MS Project 2007. I used shots of Gantt chart, Network diagram and critical path. Can the project documentation plan have the following contents? Project ...
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Tool for writing progress logs/documentation? [closed]

I'm looking for tool (web application/service) that would allow me to write progress logs. I like to document what i'm doing over time, so i can look back what i was doing, what am i doing wrong, and ...
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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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What is an “implementation plan”?

I was recently given the task of creating an implementation plan document. When I asked for an example of one that I could look at, I was told to look at the Project Plan that had already been ...
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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 to select a good Project Documents generation solution?

Within duration of project I often have to communicate various things to the clients. The projects I'm working on are very flexible, so often I receive from the client set of changes to implement and ...
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Can Letter of Award (LOA) or Service Order be considered as a Project Charter?

If the customer issues a Letter of Award or service order and asks us to provide a service in the form of a project, can it be considered as a Project Charter?
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Project Management Document to prepare for Technical Team Leader

I am recently promoted to team lead, with this, my organization has also recently started to following the process of software development life cycle, but so far not too many things are streamlined. ...
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Software project workflow template for the lonely programmer?

My problem is simple: I am the only software developer in an organization trying to start organizing projects for me. Management directors don't care and ignore EVERYTHING about corporate governance ...
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Evidences and experience letter for PMP

I am working in one of the very big petrochemical project from IT construction to startup. I'm still working there. I have been working in the operations department, not exactly in project ...
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Technical Specification Tools

I am planning to write a technical specification document / functional specification for my personal project. Can anybody suggest any useful links / tools / templates that can help me? I am mainly ...
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Release Notes Best Practices

What are some tips for writing good release notes? Any best practices or examples? My audience is both my QA department and the executive team.
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What document/diagram is must have for a software project? [closed]

I'm a newbie PM. I am a programmer before. So, what document/diagram is needed or better to have in a software project?
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Is manuscript (handwritten documentation) used in project management?

In today's world, is there any place for manuscript documentation? Can manuscript be used nowadays? Some people still favor paper over digital media, then how to document such things? If developer ...