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What is “Lead Time”?

I have a task within my project criteria which states: "Purchasing lead-time for the steelwork is estimated at 60-80 days". What does lead time mean? Do I have to make special considerations for ...
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Should defect criticality change based on user needs?

Question Is it correct to assume that the criticality of a defect can change along with the project's progress? If so, when is this acceptable? Background Criticality is one of the indexes we've ...
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How to make realistic long term time estimations when adopting Agile methodology?

I just started to manage the technical department of a small web design firm. It's the first time I'm faced with such a job and I'm trying to figure out how to improve their project management ...
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What's a good way for a Scrum team to handle budgets and work with other departments?

In my organization, the developers are using Scrum (which started recently), but the sysadmins are not. We're about to start a large project, and we've been asked for detailed description of our ...
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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PERT adjust most likely time with probability and duration time

I don't know if the name of the question is clear what I would like to do is: I need to adjust the most likely time for an activity of my project in purpose of the probability of any path through 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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Estimation Quote on realism vs optimism - does it exist?

I could have sworn I read a quote by Steve McConnell or perhaps Fred Brooks about teams that make conservative estimates and pessimistic deadlines but meet them every time garner more trust and ...
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Aligning story points' value

We've ended up with non-linear weighing of our points. I worry this makes reporting velocity data erroneous. Background: A fairly traditional deck is used: ?, 0, ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, ...
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What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...
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Estimate hours of work for every user story

In Scrum, is it mandatory to estimate the amount of hours needed to finish every user story before putting it in the Sprint? Or should we use planning poker and use points instead of hours?
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Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
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How to estimate time required and deadlines for creative and problem-solving tasks?

How to quantify time requirements for tasks that are almost purely problem-solving or creative? And how to set deadlines based on those estimates? Practical scenario in my team: Steve must find a ...
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How can I determine a project end date when PBIs are not estimated?

How can I determine a project end date when Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are not estimated? Consider the following two examples: I am on a project that is at the beginning. I'm asked when the ...
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Small firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers in need of some guidance for project workflow

I work as a developer in a small IT firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers. We currently implement some sort of traditional project management, in which the workflow for a given project is as ...
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When can a project's wrong estimates be justified?

This question is not about project estimation techniques, initial processes, etc. Assume everything was done correctly. Recently, we gave an estimation for an Android application with development ...
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Estimating the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time?

How can one estimate the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time? For example in fixed price project, say a ten-member team project with project duration 12 months 1 PM 1 ...
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Re-Estimating a story's points midway through a timebox

I have recently come across this situation: user stories are estimated using story points timebox planning session has taken place and everything is agreed on timebox (three weeks) is in week three ...
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Estimating user stories at the start of the project so that the PM can determine a quote for the client

Recently I have started to work on a team in a new project. Our company is attempting to run things in an Agile manner. The project team consists of 4 developers each from different teams and with ...
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Why not use costs instead of story points for estimation?

I propose the following scheme for estimating user stories in a scrum process: A good programmer might cost 80000$ a year, so per hour this is 80000$/52 weeks/40 hours per week = 40$ per hour. In a ...
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Constantly under-estimating user stories

I'm the dev manager in my company. We're following what some people in the company like to call "scrum" but is in fact waterfall in scrum clothing - we are using some scrum terminology (backlog, ...
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Should I remove distraction time from developers' capacity time while giving time estimation?

I am about to give new estimations of a project delivery time, estimating iterations etc.. Besides development, developers spend much time on distractions. By distractions I mean everything(tea, ...
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Agile estimation and communication of price to customers

I'm new to this Agile way of doing estimates. For a long time I have been working in the classical way of estimating the whole project up front (roughly). Now I have started to look into the Agile ...
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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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How can I plan a project that has undefined scope associated with learning new skills?

The client has set (and we have agreed to) the deadline for a project. In order to complete the project, the team needs to master a new tool chain including Selenium and Java. How do I establish a ...
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Cost of resources in virtual environments

In planning hardware costs, considering the distribution of the product in virtual/cloud environments, where the cost is derived from the use of resources, considering the following points: The ...
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What ways have you reduced cost for a software project during the planning phase?

I am getting ready to head up an internal project. I already know that the budget will be tight on this. I am looking for effective ways to reduce project cost. What I would like to see is the most ...
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Calculating time needed for finishing project from scratch [closed]

I want to calculate or estimate time needed to code a particular project. This may include time spent doing analysis, actually coding etc. I find it difficult to make a good estimate. Can someone help ...
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How to prevent top managers setting unrealistic expectations with a customer?

Currently we're working on a project where top management is providing unrealistic estimates to our customers, especially in terms of the number of bugs that we can fix. We are not talking just about ...
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How can we estimate the learning curve for new technology in a project?

I work with embedded systems and sometimes there are some technologies that the people involved with the project have to learn before applying to the product. We are three people that never worked ...
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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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Getting estimated working time from MS Project

Our company has just recently started using MS Project Professional 2010 and we plan to eventually have a Project Server installation. I've created a few projects so far, but still claim to be a ...
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Functional vs Non-functional requirements: Standard proportion of time spending

I have an application that have no unit tests. There are performed only manual tests through UI clicking. There is also a lot of spaghetti code, runtime evalutions, duck castings, old versions of ...
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Is it a good Scrum practice to use large story-point numbers for effort estimation?

Is it generally a good practice to have large story-points for user stories in a sprint? We are following a modified Fibonacci series of 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100. We estimate the effort ...
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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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Should there be testing-only user stories?

We estimate stories as 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 points. Consider a story with less development work but huge testing effort. Let's say we estimate that story as 8 points. We see the following options: ...
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How can we manage schedule risks brought into a project by 3rd party software?

Working in web-development, I face a common situation when clients want to use 3rd party software as a starting point of the project. That could be a CMS, an e-commerce site, or something else. ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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How to estimate cost to remove bug?

Couple of month before I committed one project to remove bug from that software, that project is not developed according to customer requirements. So, I have included some advanced function according ...
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What are Our Alternatives to Function Point Analysis for Estimation?

We've been using Function Point Analysis (FPA) estimation for new software development projects and medium sized changes that involves development efforts for code involving database entities as well ...
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Does the team estimate time for tasks or stories or both?

During the sprint planning meeting, does the team estimate time for each story, or the tasks that make up the story? Then which is tracked by the team/scrum master? I assume the team estimates the ...
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Can story points remain constant between the initial estimate and later planning sessions?

Background We have a bunch of epic stories. We have a fixed term to do the project. We have to get approval from a project board. We don't know the velocity of the project team yet. The ...
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When should I assign 0 and 0.5 story points to user stories in Scrum?

I am not a Scrum Master or a Ph.D. in math. How do stories with 0 and 0.5 points apply to stories on the Scrum board?
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The meaning of & Calculating Project Budget

I'm very new to the whole Project Management world, so this question may be at the beginners level, anywho: What is the Budget Cost compared to the full Cost of the Project?, based on the research I ...
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Who should estimate user stories?

Should the product owner take part in estimating user stories? Furthermore, in our team not all developer familiar with every part of the system. Client and server side is a usual separation. GUI ...
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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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Should the Kanban CFD be weighted with estimates?

I am working in a Kanban process with a team the tries to estimate Cycle time, Lead time as well as completion time based on applying FIFO wherever possible on our queues. Using the Cumulative Flow ...
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How to Estimate Scope, Cost and Budget for Developing a Phone App

I have some questions regarding how to handle bidding for a project, and how to structure the contract for the project. How can I find the answers to the following questions: How many people ...
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Quickly explain how to make estimation work to an external business stakeholder

Scenario: need to quickly explain how the estimation will work to an external business stakeholder; can't take more than few minutes really. The project area is web development. P.S. There's no point ...
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How can we transition to Agile estimation based on complexity or effort of user stories?

We have being practicing agile development methodologies for a long time as a development company. Most of the time our product owners tries to have a map between story points and time. As a example, ...