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Mixing organizational and SCRUM roles

Within a quite young and fresh Startup, I'm currently holding the role of a SCRUM Master, as well as a developer. My tasks are split up 50/50 between those roles. The 1.5 years before that, I was ...
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What should the job title be of the person who runs a Project Management Office? [closed]

What would be a good job title of the person who is typically tasked to run and manage a PMO?
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What would a better industry standard title be than “Team Captain” and “Team Leader”?

I recently took a position as a Team Captain. I report to my Team Leader who then reports out of department to an operations manager who manages multiple departments with hundreds of people. I handle ...
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Should there be junior and senior developers in a Scrum team, or should everyone be a developer?

I have worked in an organization where we implemented Scrum, but we dropped the roles "junior" and "senior." Senior developers still regarded themselves as seniors (with all the attitude that comes ...
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Can a developer become a Scrum Master?

Can a developer become Scrum Master after taking Professional Scrum Master certification? I am a developer and lead with 9 years of experience. I am interested to shift my career to the Scrum Master ...
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Team member frequently disregards “small” requests

I am the PM for a smallish-medium software development team at a large IT services company. One of the developers is knowledgeable and generally a nice guy, but has a tendency to ignore "small" ...
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Can a Business Coordinator become a project manager

I am working as a Business Coordinator in an IT company. I have completed Bachelors of Technology in Information Technology. Is there a chance for me to become a Project Manager? If yes, then what ...
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Can Product Owner + Scrum Master (Team/Kanban Lead) provide combined leadership for a team?

Is the combination of the Product Owner and Scrum Master (or Kanban Lead) a better combination for leadership on a team? I am leaning toward POs being part of the leadership as well as the Scrum ...
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When does one develop a RASCI?

Generally I see a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RASCI) being developed at the start of a project. However, in the current environment, a RASCI is only being developed as part of handover to the ...
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What are the tasks that project manager should NOT do, but delegate instead? [closed]

If you work in a startup environment (less than 20 people), you will see yourself working not only on project manager's tasks, but also on business analyst's, sale's, etc... Gradually, your company ...
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What are developers expected to do during testing in the latter half of each Sprint?

When you are using the Scrum framework, a Sprint cycle involves development and QA. At the end of the Sprint the tasks worked upon and tested are showcased and released. Typically, for a team of 3 to ...
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How to prevent well intended project managers from getting too involved in the details?

When working on projects, there are often Project Managers who have transitioned from technical roles. For better or worse, these project managers often take the lead in defining the technical ...
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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?

Can someone try to explain me the tasks of a PM in a software project? Especially during the stages of development, test and release. Can't figure out what benefit they bring to the team during ...
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How do the following QA, Business Analyst, Developer and lead or architect fit in scrum

How do the following QA, Business Analyst, Developer and lead or architect fit in a scrum.
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How to transition from programmer to project manager?

I'm a programmer at a small company who's used to receiving projects by someone saying in a meeting: "make an e-commerce website," and then I'll just take it upon myself to do it. The only ...
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What are differences between Project Manager, Project Expeditor and Project Coordinator?

What are differences between these positions in matrix organization structure? There is no "Project Expeditor" in this question and it is not related with matrix organization structure.
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How to get a dev team to use TDD and CI?

I'm a software development program manager who has experienced many of the benefits of test-driven development and continuous integration. But some of the dev teams I work with don't follow these ...
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In agile projects, who is assigned to do the testing?

When you have a small company with some programmers, designers and a project manager, who is responsible for the testing? Does everybody have to write tests, or is it always the same person?
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How can I handle disengaged and unmotivated employees on my Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master, what actions or steps do I need to take when team members are not engaged or motivated, especially when the team members realize they don't have to report to me and that I don't do ...
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...
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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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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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What's the Title for the Person Who Runs a PMO Office?

I've been in several organizations that have a PMO - Project Management Office. But I've never gotten a clear take on what the person who runs it should really be called. I've sometimes heard ...
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argumentative team members

I am now the team lead of a known argumentative team. I was chosen by them, and upper management approved. I thought that because I was chosen by most of them, I would at least be someone they ...
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What should be the role of Project Scientist in the team? [closed]

I have joined one research institute as Project Scientist, but there is no clarification of the job profile here. What should be the role of Project Scientist in the team? As we work on projects ...
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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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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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How much independence should project managers have?

As each software project has its team who work on it, this team is considered somehow a "separate body" within the company. Team members have their assignments, their vision and expectations from the ...
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Project leadership of engineering team

A team of engineers (software in this case) needs to be lead. Leadership can involve: Architect - Leads "design in the large" issues, such as what components to use Lead engineer - A peer leader, ...
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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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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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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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Should a Scrum Master also perform a functional manager role?

We're trying to plan for agile transformation soon, and one of the main sticking points in this is organizational structure. Management's expectation is to have a Scrum Master perform all normal ...
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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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What is the role of a C# or Java Technical Team Lead in an agile/XP approach?

There is, funnily enough, not much information on this type of role on the Internet. Perhaps that in itself says something. I do however find myself in this role for a small development team of around ...
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Who decides how much work should be included in each Sprint?

Once we have groomed the backlog and have a relatively clear direction of what should be done in short and long term, how do we decide what to include in each Sprint? Who makes that decision? It ...
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Should our Tech Manager or Product Manager be the Project Manager?

We have one technology manager and three product managers. As our small startup grows from 4 people to almost 100 I had assumed that our new product managers would also be 'project managers.' (The ...
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Role of stakeholders in the control of execution stage [closed]

What role stakeholders play in the control of a project in execution stage of the project cycle.
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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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Should the same person do the testing who did the development?

Background We have 50 employees who are working on different projects in a team of 3-4 people. In my firm the testing is done by the developers. We have 2 or 3 products with a large code base that we ...
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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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What are the definitions 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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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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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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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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How to handle multiple suppliers in a PRINCE2 project?

Let's say you have two suppliers, one for software development and one for graphics design. It seems odd to have the Senior Supplier role filled by any one supplier. When you have multiple suppliers ...
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Can somebody be his/her own Scrum Master in a programming company?

If a programmer in a small company wants to be his own Scrum Master, and Scrum teams are supposed to be self-organizing, does that mean no one can manage him? If that's true, then: How can he manage ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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Release Team vs PM

In terms of releasing the code and separation of responsibilities, should it be the project manager or the release teams that inform the business of the releases? I believe it should be the release ...
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How to keep WIP down with swarming in Agile/Scrum teams?

We are practicing swarming in our Agile/Scrum teams. However, keeping WIP (Work in Progress) down continues to be a challenge. I am familiar with the theory, but I have some questions about the ...