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How can I plan for contingencies in Scrum?

Like any project, things happen. How can I plan for contingencies in a Scrum-based project? My current practice is to have 10% contingency for the whole project, e.g. for a 10 sprint project, we will ...
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What does it mean to 'crash a project'?

'Crash the project' is a term is used frequently in PMP materials. What does it mean exactly? How is it related to 'compressing the schedule', if at all?
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Earned Schedule results versus Critical Path and Finish Variance results

I am monitoring a schedule right now for a project that is about 57% complete (duration). Looking at it at two different perspectives--Earned Schedule and Critical Path--I am finding results that ...
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How can we prevent project professionals from sabotaging the project schedule?

I work with an organization that hires professionals with temporary contracts that last for the length of the particular projects they are working on. At the moment, these contracts are usually just a ...
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How to deal with scheduling/control when task insertion (vs task duration) is primary risk

We're working on a project that has a considerable amount of task insertion risk (by which I mean either a) the insertion of new tasks into the WBS or b) the rearrangement of technical dependencies in ...
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time management

After you determine the activity durations, you have a range associated to the it (duration +/- sigma). If you now want to determine the critical path in the network diagram what figure should you ...
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How to calculate Critical Path including Std Dev for each activity estimate?

When estimating activity durations, you get a duration plus/minus a sigma (standard deviation) for each activity. Afterwards, when you want to determine the critical path, what figure should you ...
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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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Documenting diversions or delays from a schedule?

This question is based on David Espina's answer: http://pm.stackexchange.com/a/14017 Specifically, the following portion: On the other hand, deviation from a planned approach is sometimes required. ...
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Important Concepts In Project Management [closed]

What are the most important concepts that should be added (as notes on ms project)? for example: Defining the project scope, risk management .. what others?
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What does a “Contingency” Plan involve? [closed]

For example, if lack of resource commitment is identified as an issue, then what would the contingency plan look like? does it have a specific structure? what key factors must I consider when ...
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How do you calculate extra costs incurred if a project overruns its schedule?

If a project doesn't meet its planned schedule, how do you calculate any losses per day incurred? Is there a graphing function in MS Project that I can use to depict losses per day?
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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?

When the deadline is tight and when there are not enough QA people, the Product Owner asks developers to join in with QA to meet the deadline. What should the developers do when this happens? ...
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When can a project's wrong estimates be justified?

This question is not about project estimation techniques, initial processes, etc. Assume everything was done correctly. Recently, we gave an estimation for an Android application with development ...
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How to ask for more time if project misses a milestone and will be delayed?

I've been searching for management role for a long time and finally got myself hired into a new start up company as Project Manager. I'm managing a project (Multi Level Marketing Apps) Team. I ...
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How to do risk profiling?

I've recently started working on a data center migration project for a large financial services client. One of the tasks I'm accountable is risk profiling the migration based on the as-is and to-be ...
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How can I plan a project that has undefined scope associated with learning new skills?

The client has set (and we have agreed to) the deadline for a project. In order to complete the project, the team needs to master a new tool chain including Selenium and Java. How do I establish a ...
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How can we manage schedule risks brought into a project by 3rd party software?

Working in web-development, I face a common situation when clients want to use 3rd party software as a starting point of the project. That could be a CMS, an e-commerce site, or something else. ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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Can story points remain constant between the initial estimate and later planning sessions?

Background We have a bunch of epic stories. We have a fixed term to do the project. We have to get approval from a project board. We don't know the velocity of the project team yet. The ...
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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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How should a drastic deviation in overall design be managed in Scrum?

We are starting a Sprint today, first day of a 3-week Sprint. Our requirements from the client are still evolving, so remaining hours are estimated on some unclear values. How should a deviation in ...
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Schedule Control

Here's the scenario: You are building a schedule for a project that has a planned duration about three months. You are not concerned about project costs so you will not be doing EV. You are ...
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What is a good way to set control limits on a schedule?

I want to try to track project progress using Earned Value Management approaches, mainly for my own education rather than out of a pressing need. The metric used to define planned value (PV) and ...
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Is planning software necessary?

Is planning software necessary? Can you plan your project without one?
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How to deal with inhouse technical group manager?

Regarding to management of a multi-task IT project; How to deal with technical group manager who risks the completion of the project in time by not respecting weekly work-schedule?
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Early stage risk/cost/time estimaties when working with unstable/beta software integration

What is the usual way to estimate costs in the first weeks of this kind of high risk projects where there is no specialist knowledge of the technologies you need to use in a development team? In my ...
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How can a PM prevent a train wreck in progress?

Our mid-size development team is doing a multi-year project. We always had major technical concerns that were never resolved. Now we find ourselves part of the way over a cliff: the architecture ...
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Would this be a good way of reporting?

I do not know whether I am reinventing the wheel, but I have never come across the following reporting method. I imagine that if I was to choose a single metric to report to upper management about a ...
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What is the Procedure For Handling High Risk Involving Another Team's Conflicting Goals?

I am working on an ongoing project which spans over the course of several years. The project has moved to the stage where the product we're building has customers. Our management structure is the ...
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How to calculate budget margin?

Say a work package (containing several tasks) is estimated to take between 320 (Most likely) and 480 (Worst case) hours of work (not duration) to complete. Because of some dependencies and the ...