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Extent of Project Manager's responsibility

To what extent can a Project Manager be held responsible for projects remaining on schedule and on budget? Would it make sense for Project Managers to be either promoted (or otherwise rewarded) for a ...
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Team consistently over commits

I'm a developer on a small-ish team. 1 DBA, 2 Senior Devs, 2 Juniors, and 1 QA (sometimes, most of the time we do our own QA). No PM at the moment. We do mostly maintenance/upgrades to a large legacy ...
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Task with start not based on actual dates

I am scheduling a construction project that has tasks that rely on external factors to determine a start date. The specific example is that the project must cross a river, but the construction on ...
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What's the logic behind 8/80 rule

What's the reasoning behind the 8/80h rule? Why a work package must not be less than 8h and not be bigger than 80h of work? This is just a given number easy to remember or there is some more detailed ...
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Avoid to kill project without reducing scope

Within a project, we develop an application. The project is set up as follows: The overall application is divided into four different "level". We completed one of those levels in four month. We use ...
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MS Project Overallocation

MS Project seems to take a task and calculate per day work by dividing total work by duration. In the schedule I am working on, each resource is available for 10 hours per day, but MS Project doesn't ...
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Schedule entire project based on a 5 hr work day

Using MSoft Project 2013. Wanting to schedule entire project based upon a 5 hr work day. I have performed the following steps to do this however it does not seem to be working: In MS Project; ...
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Is it feasible for a project manager to work reduced schedule for a a few months? [closed]

A project manager's demands can be varying and unpredictable at times. Could somebody offer feedback on how to make a reduced schedule (like 30 hours) workable and successful ?
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What is the process of schedule management with clients who aren't very responsive?

Here's the scenario: The main point of contact was fairly active up until the project came close to the launch date. At that point, the client started to miss the dates for requirements that were ...
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Who determines task dependency?

Say two tasks, A and B, have a F-S (finish-start) dependency, who actually decides this is the case? Probably not the greatest example, but here's one: During software development, let's say the ...
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Status Field and Microsoft Project

I am using MSP 2010 and have a fixed duration schedule. We are monitoring only durations of tasks and using % complete to evaluate where we are. We do not have a resource loaded schedule nor are we ...
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Scheduling teams to complete a percentage of work

I'm trying to work out how to allocate work to different teams, and my brain is struggling with the logic. I have three different teams who arrive in a geographic area at different dates. There's a ...
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S Curves, Comparing where you should be and where you are

If you are using Earned Value, you can create an S Curve that shows your planned value across time. As you add actuals and take earnings, you can show the AC curve and EV curve and compare it ...
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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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How to manage risk of “just in time” delivery?

One of the functional units involved with most of our projects has a philosophy of "just-in-time" completion of deliverables. I believe that the root cause of this is understaffing or inefficient use ...
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How Do You Calculate Schedule Compression Ratio?

Schedule Compression Ratio How do you calculate schedule compression ratio? When and why would you do it? What does it tell you? What benefit does this bring to a project manager? Are there ...
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Project schedule reviews

As a PMO project coach, I am often asked to review the time schedule of projects. Some are detailed schedules in MS Project while some are high level (capacity) planning in a spreadsheet. There are ...
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Software Projects with loose requirements

What is the best method(s) to keep software projects on track when the requirements are loosely defined? (i.e. Just general functional concepts provided).
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MS Project with Sub-Projects

We are using MS Project 2010 to manage our projects. We have a subcontractor that works on the same project. They report differently within their company than we do. So, we had him break apart his ...