Management of a product that will be sold, rather than management of a project or process; what the product should do, rather than how the product does it. Not synonymous with Project Management.

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How to detect the CMMI level of an IT organisation?

What are real world examples of organisations that are at maturity level 2 for example what do they posses and what else do that organisation need to achieve in order to go to level 3, 4 and 5?
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How calculate profit margin of a IT project?

I want to calculate: How much money I have for each dollar invested in each product of my portfolio. For example, each 1 dollar I invest in one product, I have 1,25 dollar. It can be the ROI, or ...
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PMP/PMI and other similar classes

I am poor, very poor, so poor that I don't have money to take a PMP class. So I decided to teach myself about it. However, I find myself having a lot of knowledge gaps that a PM may have (i.e ...
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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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What services are available for managing a product roadmap? [closed]

I'm not fully versed in project management but this seemed like a good place to ask the question. I'm looking to manage a "product roadmap" for a web site and eventually a mobile app. I'd like to be ...
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How to get a customer to deliver the needed ressources as quick as possible

We are a pretty young Startup who helps offline retailers to get their products successful online and we also take care of anything else, like shipping etc. Also the customers are very eager after ...
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How to create metrics that can't be “gamed?”

I've seen managers create metrics that worked, and ones that had unintended side-effects. For example, one manager measured his IT team based on how quickly "help request tickets" were closed. Service ...
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How to structure a scrum team to build native iOS and Android mobile app that needs backend development?

Here is the scenario: I have a mobile app that should be developed for Android/iOS/Windows. The app has similar features but with different design per OS. It also needs backend/web development as ...
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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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New in an IT infrastructure project company - what to do first? [closed]

If a project manager with a software development background assigned as a project manager for an IT infrastructure project company, what should be done first? Let me know your innovative ideas
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How do I end crashed sprints and remain responsive to the customer?

We have been using Scrum methodology and have been mostly successful, but there are few weeks where the sprints are totally crashed by customer demands or defects. Is there a better way of handling ...
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Difference between “Earned Value” and “Contribution Margin”?

I have been searching here and there for the meanings of "Earned Value" and "Contribution Margin", it doesn't seem to make sense to me why so many project could have a positive(+) Contribution Margin, ...
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Is a Partner Manager role different from a Project Manager role?

A partner manager is there to maintain relationships. What's the difference between the partner manager role and that of a project manager?
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How to manage client feedback during wireframe phase

My team and I offer freelance web development services, often to non-technology personal. We started to incorporate a wireframe phase in our web software development process (as opposed to ...
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How to introduce a dedicated PM and separate myself from those tasks to become a Product Manager?

Like most PMs, I wear many hats. The one which fits me better and is consuming more of my time is the Product Manager one, so I would like to start planning for the recruiting and responsibility ...
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What is the difference between Project and Product Management?

From a cursory survey, they appear extremely similar. Is this the case? Other than Projects tending to be short-term and Products tending to be ongoing endeavours, is there a difference in the two? ...
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Issues with the Iterative Development Model

I am the Product Manager for a software company. We use an iterative development model (similar to Agile) to separate out versions of our software (i.e. 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, etc.) Prior to each version, ...
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What are the steps to be taken in the initial projects in Software Companies? [closed]

I'm working in the middle level of a software company. My role is a software developer. I don't know what processes are to be handled in the Software Development company? Can you explain me in ...
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Project complete but does not really satisfy the end users. Business owners unhappy

Some background on the project: I recently completed a project for a company. The project was a fairly large line of business web site. The customer was a company with no prior experience ...
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How to organize multiple releases/feature sets

I'm the product manager for two of my company's application sets, and I've been running into some difficulties trying to manage future releases and how best to move them around. If I have version 2.2 ...
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Product Owners- Tips for engaging non-Engineering in the agile process

From my experience, in mid to large size software companies, agile most often grows out of the eningeering organization. Either grass roots up, from the team level, or exec sponsored from the ...
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Running training session for a software product

I am running a training session for external users of our software product soon, and am currently planning how to approach it. I have a good idea how to run through the specifics of our platform ...
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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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How strictly can we differentiate the importance of Project Scope and a Product Scope for developers

Is it always important for developers to know about the entire product before they get their hands on to develop a certain module of it? Let's say that if the customer wants to keep the product ...
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Training methods in small team

I'm working for a startup company where there are only a few employees (5 programmers). I'm senior in terms of my time with the company and experience even though I'm only 23 years old. I have no ...
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IT Project Management tool aimed at developers, but still generic enough for general purpose use?

I am a lead software developer, and I have just been tasked with revamping our software development process. Part of this will be to implement a system with the following: Source Control Build ...
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In Scrum, how do you account for tasks with lead time?

I am the scrum master for a project that involves not only software, but firmware development, electrical engineering and industrial design. Some tasks involve a small amount of time from a team ...
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Questions to ask to the client before making any cms for them?

I need a comprehensive list of questions or at least basic idea of which questions to be asked to the client before customizing a cms for them? I may use Wordpress, Drupal, Sharepoint or anything, I ...
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Reassuring boss that our product will be one step ahead of competition…

I am the development project manager for a web-based software product. I have been asked the following question from my superiors: Our product is facing increased competition from other ...
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What is the PM's mindset who is facing a project from scratch and with no clear direction?

Is there a PM starter kit that the PM needs to know in order for him to take on any projects whether its complicated or not, from scratch or from any other project scenario?
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Mapping user stories to specification

I'm looking for a tool which help me keep the product backlog and the specification consistent. Consider that I have specification from client. Based on the specification I create the user stories ...
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Prioritizing Features

Question for fellow product owners/product managers. How do you prioritize your features? We are currently trying to develop some common criteria (as objective as possible) that we can use to ...
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What are some ways you are getting your business engaged with your Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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What Techniques Do You Use to Deal With Other Managers Who Try to Change Your Product Vision?

You're a product manager in charge of developing a new product, and you've done months of research to determine a direction and a vision for the product. The product development is going well, and ...
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Tips for Selecting an Existing Employee to Be a Project Manager

Projects are defined as being temporary. As a result, this means that unless more projects will follow, a project manager could be any employee with the necessary skillset who is selected to see the ...
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What Is the Ideal Number of Departments/People for a Product/Program Manager to Manage?

Recently, the workload has been getting heavier and there are more areas to coordinate in an ongoing program to develop and market a product. The product has reached the sales stage and has taken on ...
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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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How and What to Learn - New to Product Management

What documentation, skills & tasks should a new (Technical) Product Manager concentrate on learning first to effectively do their job? I have read this Wikipedia article, and it didn't answer my ...
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What are Some Tools and Techniques for Communicating Product Updates to Existing Customers?

I am a product/project manager for a product we've created. We have customers using the product, which we are continually updating as it is Web based. What are some tools and techniques for managing ...