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How do I improve the development process at our small startup?

I work for a small, independent software development startup. We’ve been in business for nearly three years now and things are going pretty well. We’ve got a pretty steady stream of projects for an ...
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How to manage monthly customer activities?

Suppose you allocate to your customers 3 of Activity A/month and 5 of Activity B/month. How do you keep track of what you've allocated and what they've used every month? Something that is going to ...
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In a programming project, how to ensure the project reliability when going up-level on the WBS?

Problem: How to make sure the project keeps reliable knowing that its parts are reliable when tested separately? Background: Our project is currently structured as having each team working in a ...
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How to define clear processes for different projects?

I work in a small company, we don't have clear roles and depending on the case somebody different can take the role of project manager, this is great but each one organizes the project different which ...
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Is there an Agile or Scrum method without Iterations / Sprints?

I just had a little discussion about this with a few coworkers but we did not come to a conclusion yet. We have a bunch of projects that are actively maintained and developed using scrum, with fixed ...
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Schedule & Customer Blame

Here are work we are having some difficulty with, well, difficult customers during the implementation phase of a semi-custom SaaS product. Standard story, I guess, ship deliverable's and then nothing ...
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Where is the Deming study that asserts most errors are in organization or process?

Organization background: SW development team, painful level of bugs, little process (2 to 3 pts max on Joel Spolsky's 12-point test). I have hard time convincing the team that the organization is ...
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New team with little to no management of work and lack of processes

I have been working with my current employer for a little over and 2 and half years now and shortly, I'll be moving away from my current team to a new team within the same department. A few days ago, ...
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Multi-level process development

I was previously acquainted with a specific model, which contains levels for different phases of a systems development, ie: Phase 1: Complete chaos, nothing works Phase 2: Getting stuff to work, but ...
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PM for non IT business

I am a software developer and am familiar with Scrum. However, I have also started a very different type business. I raise different types of poultry for the fine dining industry. I don't think ...
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Title/subject formalism in bug reports (standardising bug naming only): I was <context>, I did <action>, I got <actual behaviour>

Intro We use different formalisms in titles/subjects for different purposes (story, feature, test), but we have no formalism for bug reports... We are investigating the advantages of a standardised ...
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How can we successfully introduce Test Driven Development(TDD)?

My team needs to successfully implement Test Driven Development (TDD). Which techniques have you found successful in making the cultural shift from traditional development to TDD? And what checks and ...
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Background Check on Prospective Hires [closed]

I'm looking to start up a small business, and I'd like to know if anybody here--and I'm not sure if this question belongs here--might know of a method to ascertain the following things in a ...
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What is a Contingency Value and Value Pricing?

When it comes to Project Management Vocabs and definitions, as a beginner I find it hard to understand some of the definition I find on the web, two of those are meanings that I find hard to ...
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How should I deal with changing points of contact on a Project (client side)?

The point of contact (say, Dave) on a large project has now informed me that due to the overwhelming quantity of work, he has now authorized a new point of contact (Let's call her Sally). The ...
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Is a Project Coordinator a Step closer to becoming a Project Manager?

So I understand that the Project Coordinator's main duties are to schedules the project, manages contracts and vendors, manages the resources (especially in construction projects), creates most ...
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How can project management process influence the product management process?

I experience projects in which Product Managers delivered the requirements with a great delay. In other cases, the requirements were delivered only for 1 or 2 sprints, then the PM left the company. ...
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Agile for web development - How detailed does the plan have to be?

I am in the process of starting a website build and previously it has just been a case of : Get designs Start implementing site by incrementally building the style and functionality That's it. No ...
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How does the team deliver consistent velocity when user stories are de-scoped mid-way through a sprint?

We are using the Rally tool for managing our sprints. Mid-way through one of the sprints, the Product Owner de-scoped two user stories. These two stories are complex user stories carrying 8 story ...
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What sort of norms or frameworks can I set up to get portfolio management team to prioritize projects

The idea is that this team of 6 lower, mid and upper managers would would prioritize all of our IT development and infrastructure projects instead of trying to have us work on everything at the same ...
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What is the difference between a Process and a Process Framework?

Can someone explain what are the differences between a "process" and "process framework"?
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What is the correct process for assessing project management tools/solutions?

We do cross-platform development with .NET, Java, and iOS. I have been tasked with selecting an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution suitable for managing multiple small distributed teams. ...
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What should a project manager do to on-board remote team members efficiently?

What can I do as a project manager to ensure new team members are quickly brought up to speed within the project team? The team is multidisciplinary, having mobile software engineers, UI & UX ...
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Is there a clear benefit to separating “issues” from “tasks” when working in larger teams?

Is there a clear benefit to separating issue from task when working in larger teams? When working with sizable teams of developers in addition to a number of external clients, QA, and any other ...
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Completing a SWOT analysis

I've been asked to complete a SWOT analysis covering my small R&D group with reference to an enterprise wide project combining R&D groups from across the organisation. One section has already ...
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What is the best way to get a UX/UI team to adopt standards?

We're a team of around 4 UI Developers, 1 Designer and 2 UX. We work on a series of ongoing projects and every month or so, we start a new small project from scratch. All projects are owned by the ...
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Interface building and background programming in a project

Let's say, we have a project with: a well defined user interface the application's features specified in details backoffice, where the data comes from. The backoffice development takes less then ...
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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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Is the daily scrum 15mins meeting mandatory for successful scrum project?

Is the daily scrum 15-minute meeting mandatory for a successful scrum project? Is it possible to replace it with a one hour meeting once or twice a week? I am asking this because I am finding it ...
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How to Migrate from Task Management to Project Management?

The company in question is currently micromanages task assignments, updating people's calendars several times a day as to what they should be doing and when. They feel the need to put more structure ...
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How do I select project management software for our current workflow?

We are a small engineering firm that has just expanded from one to three workers. Earlier, the managing of projects was done by e-mail, where the user sorted each project by folders in Outlook. Since ...
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How can one apply a method of management to a project that was initiated without one?

A small project was launched, which was not expected to take more than a week. Gradually, many things were added. The project started six months ago, and it has really grown. No project management ...
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How to better manage definition of project scope for business change projects?

My unit manages business change projects. In order to flesh out what a project is (i.e. what are we trying to accomplish, what is the scope, how do we define success, etc etc) we tend to get bogged ...
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PMBOK 4th Edition - Monitor and Control Project Work versus other Control Processes, what are the differences?

Are there any significant differences between "Monitor and Control Project Work" process versus other control processes e.g., control scope, control schedule, control cost, perform quality control? ...
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As a development manager, what are your first steps joining a new company?

I've recently been offered my first position as a development manager. I would be taking over a team of 4 at a small software development shop with the mission of creating structure, and improving ...
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Project Estimation is off by 50% or More! Who is Responsible for Vague Requirements?

I've just started doing some small contracts for the first time, and I'm working on a project with a person responsible for dealing with the client and analyzing requirements. In this case, there was ...
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With Scrum, how do you keep from dropping the little things?

We've moved our group's workflow to a scrum-based approach, with a lot of success. We're getting things done, people are more engaged, and we're more focused on our actual user community's needs. ...
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Input on new project management system feature, exposing to customer

We had a customer come back to us and ask to be able to expose the backlog of our system to their customer in an easy fashion, as well as allow the customer to simulate deleting requirements and ...
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What are the best practices/methods/tools/techniques for conflict identification in requirements?

For the sake of this discussion requirements = user-stories (since I'm not differentiating any process per se and would like to get rid of any ambiguities). It's quite common to have a set of about ...
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The right way to correct a new employee who accidently stepped on your toes

I'm managing an upgrade project and I asked my assistant to do some preliminary research and come to me with some ideas on how to approach the project. This particular project affects a large number ...
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Measures to get out of fix-test-fix cycle

We have completed the feature implementation for new release of a product. The product is strategic for the company with a large customer base and making good revenue. The product has had lifetime of ...
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Leading Student Teams

I am currently heading three different projects which are all composed of students from various universities and colleges around Toronto, ON and Waterloo, ON. In each of these projects I am facing ...
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How can I best facilitate the transition of responsibilities from one team to another?

I am currently transitioning responsibility from one team to another. All tasks that are handled by team A will be in the future handled by team B. The tasks are mostly support. Is there any check ...
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What is the difference between framework vs methodology?

What the difference is between a methodology and a framework? And where does the process come into that story? And perhaps, it would be good to have this comparison explained by using methodologies ...
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How to efficiently track raw data deliveries

I work for a company that conducts modeling and analysis work on large 3D CAD and GIS datasets. For each project we work on, we can have hundreds of individual .las files (LiDAR point cloud data) that ...
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Project Charter Template [closed]

I actually just answered a question for someone who was curious about Project Charter Templates and the rest of their question included things like PIDs, SOWs, and Project Proposals, and I decided ...
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Documents to make for larger appspot projects

My appspot projects are growing and I'm making an SDD ("system design document") and an RAD ("requirements analysis document") for every larger project I deliver (currently 2 and 2 others are also ...
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How do I break silos that exist because of culture, and make them flow horizontally?

I have a silo in an organization of under 20 people. Actually, it's about five silos that everything needs to go up to approval for, come back down with revisions, go back up... and we keep running in ...
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Good resources on applying Earned Value Management

Two part question - First - I have a basic understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM), but the example I've found so far on applying seem vague. So any suggestions on understanding EVM more? I'm ...
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Driving process change within a company that only has recently viewed its software as a competitive advantage

I have recently changed roles ( 4+ years ) as a product manager within an organization with previous years spent as a business analyst within a mid-sized agile software development firm and I have ...