Questions related to project team and/or a member(s) of the team involved in the project.

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When would we want to measure different skills using different grading schemes? [closed]

So, we use the skill matrix to measure all of our users along their skills. This then drives their training, etc, and what not. That all is fine. However, now we have a situation that different ...
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Appropriate use of 'Supporting Experts' as descriptor for people 'familiar with subject matter'

The PMBOK uses the term 'Supporting Experts' in the list of project team roles, defined as Supporting experts perform activities required to develop or execute the PM plan. ... such as ...
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Setting Up Infrastructure for Managing a Distributed team

I'm in the unenviable position of creating a team that will be distributed for a minimum of 3 months and up to a year. The team includes 4 now, but may increase to up to 7 before we manage to relocate ...
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How to record client requirements?

How a typical Software development company keep records of client requirements? for example: A) One day client ask us to add a tracking code to his website B) Another day same client ask us to add a ...
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Misunderstandings about Collective Ownership in an Agile environment [closed]

From my understanding collective ownership will solve common problems with the antiquated such as quality, failure due to absence and knowledge-sharing. However, there are some things that I don't ...
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Project Management in bad times - demoralized people and loss of power

I'm a Software Project Manager currently facing a hard situation: our company is having some hard times (mainly due to financial things) and lately people are generally pessimistic, apathic and/or ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

The picture I saw far too many times over my career. A team of developers in a company driven by non-technical management, practising scrum, severely pressured to deliver points and features by ...
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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

Real Situation: you are the project manager for a small company, you have one senior developer and one junior developer. You have a big client (accounting for about 50% of company sales) breathing ...
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Should I include the developers in the official email communication with clients?

Currently I am a Project Manager of the following team: 3 Android Developers 2 Web Developers 2 iOS Developers and we are currently between the project initiation and development stages since the ...
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Development team budget for training and social activities [closed]

I am trying to understand if our team budget is aligned with the outside world, This is the closest sub forum out there... For a big company (500+ employees) What is the budget for 5-10 developers ...
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Managing a project with the Boss/Owner as a Development Team Member

A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product. He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week ...
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Avoid employees from stealing source code on a project [closed]

I've been working for big and small companies, for the last 5 years. I've noticed that nobody, or at least on the places where I've worked for, is worried about the source code of the applications. ...
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Handling a team member gone rogue?

We have a small three of three, including me as a PM/BA for the project. Every month we have a release, and the two developers which I have have different levels of experience. The senior fellow has ...
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Is scrumban approach suitable to a small organization management? [closed]

The case is: There are 9 people involved - 3 engineers 2 sales 2 marketing 1 client/project manager 1 general manager Engineers are related to marketing, sales and project managers. Sales and ...
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What's the ideal ratio of roles on an agile team?

I work in a large company that is in the process of transitioning to Agile. I suspect our ratios for the various roles are way off, especially for the technical writers. What is the ideal head-count ...
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Split time recording method for tasks in Project Server

We would like to separate % Work Complete, Work, Remaining Work, Actual work in the task updates on Project Server. For example, a resource is allocated to work 8 hours on a task. The resource records ...
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How would you achieve and maintain a high performing team (of Project Managers)?

I realise this is not strictly a Project Management question, but is very closely aligned to PM practises and people, so I hope it's in scope. I am currently in the process of applying for an internal ...
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Scalability of Scrum [closed]

Is scrum scalable? Can it be employed in large scale non-IT projects? I have gone through some articles and views on the Internet, which suggest that scrum can be employed in non-IT projects. But I ...
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How can I effectively split a team into smaller teams?

There's a lot research on team sizes and communication in social groups, but is there any research on how to grow and build multiple teams working on one large product? Assuming that the "perfect" ...
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Is there a role for formal Business Analysts and Systems Analysts in Agile teams?

Apologies for the long ramble and fairly short question but I wanted to set the scene (as such) Within all the blogs and articles on-line we use the term "Generalist" or "Team Member" when ...
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No performance from Teammember [closed]

I want to hear some opinions about my situation. Initial: Im the initiator of a startup idea Investor brings up his employee as Teammeber Investor splitted his proportion half for the employee I ...
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What are the disadvantages and advantages of the MoSCoW model?

I*ve used the MoSCoW model (but I'm not project manager, I'm developer) and I think it is good. But I also think that you can tell me more and perhaps find a drawback that I didn't think of while I ...
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How can I measure the performance of individuals within Scrum?

I know it should not be done, but I'm tasked by my company to measure the performance of each person on the Scrum team. What would be a "not so bad" way of doing it? P.S. I cannot let the team decide ...
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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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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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How to manage reluctant or negligent colleagues to be interested about meetings, administration, or Kanban introduction?

The beginning of the next year we would like to optimize our system (we working in the recruitment industry, the market is changing in every minutes). With my compeer we worked out a plan and the ...
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How can we effectively manage a master project schedule alongside Asana?

Background My team uses Asana for all of our project communications and task management. We're very agile and lean focused and therefore our project plans are changing all the time. We love the ...
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Project manager must be the chief recruiter?

Is it correct to think that a project manager should also carry the role of a recruiter and that it is entirely wrong to separate the PM role from the recruiter role? Reasons: The project manager ...
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What is “agile's answer” to projects that come in many shapes and sizes with different scope?

We have a set of teams and they are trying to go Agile. Lets say each team support one application and we have a total of 4 teams and 4 applications. When we projects that are all within a team / ...
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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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How should technical writers fit within a Scrum team?

I think my company could benefit from adding a technical writer to the team; making sure our output is unified and of a high quality. For our current project we need to produce a range of documents, ...
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Balance between sharing creative control and leading the project

I've been working on a project for almost a year now as the Project Manager. Initially, it was just myself. Over time, several others have been engaged in the project on a much smaller scope. The ...
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Is there a project management methodology that is designed for small teams of 1-3 people?

I am doing a research project on this topic for a graduate class, and I have had a hard time finding sources that specifically talk about this in detail rather than briefly mentioning it and moving on ...
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How can I get the most benefit joining a team as the weakest link? [closed]

I heard several times that the greatest way to build your career and increase your knowledge is to become the weakest in your team. I recently became one. However, every time I ask a question or ask ...
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What are additional responsibilities that a coordinating manager can take up?

I am working as a coordinator for two teams situated in different time zones. I do everything that is related to coordination (arrange meetings, doing scrum updates across teams, adding clarification ...
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Student project vs Real project

I've been a part of student project teams for years now, both in highschool and at university level. I enjoy project managing but so far it's always been fictional, but as I'm going in to the next ...
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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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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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Product Owner depending too much on the team

I am a Scrum Master for two different teams. The product owner of one of the teams left recently, so we have a new product owner. The team is fairly experienced with the product. Since the product ...
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How to effectively combine different (project and non-project) activities in Kanban?

In our company, we're currently trying to get started with Kanban. When discussing about how to handle the different work items / user stories / tasks, this question came up: How do you ...
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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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Managing team distractions (chit chat)

I work with a team of developers who are talented but often distract each other with chit-chat. They can waste hours of the day with these 20-30 minute, non-project related jam sessions. Since I am PM ...
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In an Agile environment, how should a developer update team members and managers when there's no “visible” progress?

A developer is working on a research project that involves working with new technologies. The concepts are also new to the developer, and the developer is working on building a product on top of the ...
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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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How to keep a requirements gathering discussion focused on business needs and not technical details?

I'm certain that acquiring the business requirements from the clients and providing the work items for the developer teams are always a headache for experienced business analysts as well. A few days ...
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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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Right Resources For First Time Managers

My question is more of a management than a technical one. My boss gave me my first team project. I'm used to writing code by myself. This project will require that I manage a team including myself and ...
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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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Badges for project team members for motivation

Stack Exchange is using nice way to motivate contribution through Badges. I was thinking of implementing this same idea for my project team members. Badges will be awarded to project team members in ...
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What is the best way to divide a development team?

I lead a medium sized team of developers whose skill, age & time in the company vary for quite a bit. Some of the youngest in the team are considered profficient while some of the most seniors ...