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Awarding responsibilities in a small, but multi-leveled company

Today, we stumbled upon an abstract problem due to the lack of experience. Five of us are starting a company, everything is carefully planned and organised, but... When we tried to split ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Can an unexperienced person be a manager?

I am new to asking question on this site, So please comment if you want me to delete this question or feel free to edit this question if you think this is not a good question. I am facing one ...
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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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Transition from bachelor degree to project manager

I have done my bachelor's degree (BTech) in Computer Science. I want to pursue Project management and become a project manager. At present I do not have any Project Management experience except for ...
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Expectations - In a start-up, what happens when the project is finished?

What kind of future position can a project manager expect in a start-up? Should I expect to be let go once the product is up and running or will I be expected to morph into something else? The ...
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What are the minimum requirements for a project?

I've just completed prince2 and I'm wondering what is considered a project in day to day work. I work as a software developer, so everything i do created business change. At what point do I assume ...
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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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What is a good book for Project Management of Software for non-programmer individuals? [closed]

I am a project manager of software developers and would like to read a book that will provide me with general information about software development. It would be good to understand what it is that I ...
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How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating? [closed]

need to solve this question: How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating?
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How constant should be the software team?

I believe each software product should have its constant team throughout its life cycle. What about the situation, when one of the core developer, who has been involved in project by 100%, shifts to ...
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How to monitor team members activity and effectiveness?

I would like to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of my team members. I'd like the measurement to be relatively objective and transparent, and I believe that some form of software would ...
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How many projects can a PM manage at the same time?

We are a small team and can afford only one project manager (PM). As a result he's basically managing all of our projects. To keep the quality of our business, we would not like to overload him. ...
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Newbie Project Coordinator

I'm currently a Business Analyst who's shifting to a new company as a Project Coordinator. I have done quite a bit of coordination as a Business Analyst in my current company. What is the initial ...
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How to manage agile projects with high staff turnover

Background: a large consultant company wants to better utilize their consultants time when they're between assignments. The plan is to have an internal concept managing internal projects, which aim to ...
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I am a Product Manager with 6+ years in Product Management; am I eligible for PMP certification?

I have been full time product manager for last 6 years, with total of 9 years of industry experience. I could not find good software project/product nanager certifications which are accepted globally, ...
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Help needed for creating project network diagram from WBS

New Facility Center: Work Breakdown Structure Here below is the wbs... need to create network table and diagram from it.. Did I required to select major dependencies only for network table and ...
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MS Project: How to set a Resource work by hour regardless of work days?

Please kindly help me find way to solve in MS Project. I have two Resources below: Employee_A = 4 hours per week only, but can work any day Employee_B = 12 hours per week only, but can work any day ...
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A software development workflow for a company of 2-4 developers?

I work in a research group of an architecture firm that contains around 4-5 developers at any given time. We develop a lot of the in-house architecture software, and our skillsets range from C#, to ...
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Unable to control team and deliverables

I'm new to project management. I'm working in a software company. We have a team of 5 members. I was a developer too 4 months ago and was promoted to the project manager position. In my 4 months of ...
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Should a PM assign fine-grained tasks to individuals, or do we have an over-zealous PM?

I work in a small digital agency where we have the following roles: 1 Managing Director 1 Partner 1 Tecnical Lead 1 Project Manager 1 Designer 3 Developers Our day to day work is mixture of ...
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How do I know if I have enough experience for a PM job, or whether I need PMP certification first?

I hope to find guidance on how to begin a career in Project Management and what I need to do in order to get started. I recently graduated from college with 2 years of theoretical experience with ...
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How to manage a project in foreign country - language barrier

I moved to Asia recently. I have to optimize some production cells, mainly painting cell (manual spray), which means measurements. No operators in the company can speak English. In the offices, some ...
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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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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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Will Project Managers Disappear in a Scrum World?

In a Scrum team there is no role of a project manager. Does that mean that project manager jobs will eventually disappear? What is a project manager supposed to do when organization starts to shift ...
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How to start my first project?

I'm going to manage my first project that is really a small stream of an even greater project, and my boss said that I could make my own schedule and plans etc. I have a couple of questions, I need ...
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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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Definition and distinctions between Project x Program x Portfolio x Product Managers

What are the definitions, distinctions and relationship between the following roles? Project lead Project Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager Portfolio Manager Product Manager (optional) ...
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Should project management and business analysis be seperate roles and teams?

We are doing a review or several teams and in certain cases the PM and BA roles are combined into one and in other cases they are seperated out into completely independent teams. I am looking at this ...
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Original vs Revised dates status tracking

I run a program management office, reporting to a client on status of multiple projects on a one-page report card. I need to be able to capture and maintain when a milestone slips, including the ...
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Setting Project Deadlines

As a project coordinator, would it be acceptable if I asked the employee "Would this be a reasonable deadline for you?"
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New Project Management Duties

From being a Tester to a Developer then to a service support engineer, I am now responsible for program coordination and resource management (Yes it is a big shift), along with some Project management ...
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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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Project Manager, profession or role?

I'm curious if the project manager is best considered to be its own profession, or a role within some other context. From what I've read there is a wide range of project types and I find it hard to ...
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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 clients who want to meet up all the time?

I have a client/shareholder who is more of a face-to-face kind of client. They can't grasp how to use email and phone to communicate project amendments and feedback. Instead, they wish to meet up ...
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What actions can a PM take when a client pursues a sub-optimal design?

My client is not sure about the impact a particular product design would have, but insists that the product design that he suggests is workable. The Project Managers know there are other options that ...
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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 skills do I need to beat my competitor to be a good project manager for my team?

I've learnt project management and I got a project by my lecturer requesting me to form a team. And yes, I have a team now. I just want to be the project manager so badly! My performance has been ...
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Interview preparation tips for junior project manager position or project manager with no experiences

What kind of preparations or any helpful tips should be done/handle ahead for going in interview for junior project manager position or project manager position? ( A person who has no PM experiences ...
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Project management and research

What are the pros and cons of incorporating a project manager into a research team? If anyone has any experience doing so, do you have any suggestions about how to make the program manager as ...
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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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How to create an astounding innovative project plan when the information is too broad and there is short time to do it

Maybe you remember my last question, where I asked how to leverage my internal knowledge to better handle an internal selection process for project manager. Well, in part because of that advice, I ...
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What value do project managers provide a software development team?

What value does a project manager bring? How do they benefit the technical members of the team who do the work (e.g., the software developers)? Why should software developers prefer to have a ...
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How to handle selection process for new project manager position I'm interested in?

In the company I'm currently working at, there is a new opening for a project manager position. I've been here for two long years working in a more technical role (software configuration manager), ...
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PM salary in the IT industry

I'm currently a developer who recently applied for a project manager position at my company. I was told that being a PM in my company will make me earn less than what a developer will earn. I did ...
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How should a project manager assess probationary employees?

I'm a new project manager, and I have the authority to accept new employees who are still on probation. I'm assigning points to people in the following categories: Attitude Skills Teamwork Is ...
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Shall I use my project management style when I'm substituting for my colleague, while he is away?

It is vacation period again, and I was asked to help out with a project while my colleague was on vacation. I don't know too much about the project - unfortunately we aren't that transparent -, but I ...
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Methods to track a project (lots of tasks and over a long period of time)

I'm running a project that lasts about 2 years in total, made up of many tasks, some of which are handled by other teams who report back to me. Some tasks can only run when the preceding tasks have ...