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What are reasons against cross-functional teams?

I often work in companies where functional departments are rigidly separated. To me this seems inefficient, as adds a lot of communication overhead. Are there reasons why companies prefer this type ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept "requires" the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient. But if the diversity of projects objectives and required technologies make it impossible to form small ...
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Where does a project manager fit in a business unit's organization chart?

Given that a unit has a Director and a Manager, whom does the Project Manager of that unit ordinarily report to, the Director or the Manager? It seems that if the Project Manager reports to the ...
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Should Project Management be its own department?

So I have recently taken on a role of Business Analyst for a Software team, and I am currently the only 'Project Management' to speak of. My company had a Project Manager before, but it was mostly ...
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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 ) ...
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Scrum and Organizational Structure

I am working in a company that wants to migrate their development process to Scrum. The company did not have much of a development process up to now but had well organised sales and marketing ...
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Assign client engagement responsibilities to members of each team instead of a single Project Manager?

My team and I have been working on a web product that is targeting businesses. Usually we can deploy the product to any client within 4 weeks, we call this a single client engagement and is by itself ...
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Am I not organized, or have I put too much work on myself?

I am a member of a team of programmers. We do not have a real boss as we work as a group. Each member of a group took non-programming tasks on himself as well, which mainly means that they do testing ...
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Program management and the value of Gantt charts when dates are predetermined

I work for a very large organization not in the PM role that has historically had problems with project leadership and project management in general. They have recently broken up and were reformed as ...
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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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Need an advice on Project management and company structure for a small social media agency (10-15 ppl)

I need your advice folks! I know the question may be quite trivial but I haven't found any related to my situation answers. And I don't know where to start We have new start-up company, that has ...
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Are there alternatives to “resource” for describing tech staff on projects?

I am a full-time developer; almost everywhere in project management we are listed as resources. Are there better terms to use other than resource? I feel term resource has a connotation of being ...
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Should team members report to the project manager?

Should the project manager be the team members' supervisor/manager? (In other words, should team members report directly to the project manager?) Or should the project manager be in a separate line ...
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Database of project proposals

In academia we constantly need to write project proposals and apply for funding. Sometimes it helps to read what others have already tried or written in order to learn from them. I wonder whether ...
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What percentage of software development companies adopt each type of organizational structure?

In my previous question, I said that, from my personal experience, it seems that most software development companies adopt a functional-like organizational structure. But, of course, this is just a ...
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Why is the middle ground between functional and matrix organizations so common?

I'm a software developer, and most companies I've worked for are organized in a system that is a middle ground between functional and matrix. Much more functional than matrix, indeed. The structure ...
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What are some of the pros and cons of having a Project Management Office?

Are project management offices the exception or the rule in most organisations? Does every organisation need one? Do YOU see value in having one?
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Structuring an Internal API Team in an Agile Environment

My company has adopted scrum two years ago, and I think we have been fairly successful using it. I am currently facing the task of trying to restructure part of our development organization, and I ...
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What are good ways to structure a group that has both a product development team and a professional services team

I am the development manager for a small software company. My team focuses on developing our product, and we have some partner companies that do the "professional services" work for our product: ...
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To what point PM should interfere with team's organization?

There's a project team which has just got a project into production. The project was late (a bit) and over budget (more than a bit) but it isn't considered as a failure within organization. It was ...
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Dealing with a culture of fixed, scheduled project board meetings

An earlier question, Managing Without Meetings, was mainly focused on the number and frequency of internal team meetings. This question is about project board meetings that are scheduled to take ...
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Team focus during corporate restructuring

How would you manage/lead a project team during a reorganisation of the company. The project itself has nothing to do with the reorg, but the people are affected: some change departments, some are ...
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Is it still possible to use formal methods if the organization has chosen not to adopt them?

I managed a project in a company where I was the only person with experience of using formal methods (Prince 2). The directors of the company, and the other senior staff, all took the attitude that ...
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At what point should a company decide to introduce a project manager role?

What criteria should a software company use to decide if they need to introduce a project management role into their team? From what I have seen, most companies start out with no project managers, ...
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How to deal with chaotic stakeholder who is high in pecking order?

Consider you run a project where a key stakeholder is one of VPs. She is a typical hit-and-run type of person: she comes to a project team with half-baked idea, either refuses to discuss details ...
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How can I tell when I need multiple 'tiers' of management?

Large projects and enterprises always seem to have various levels of management. There's usually a top committee that runs the overall direction and big-picture of the project, and one or more levels ...