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Is there any of Special way of showing Tentative Tasks in a Gantt graph using Project Libre?

I'm documenting a Software Web Application Project Plan. The customers have sent us: 1) snapshots of the various Web pages, and 2) Change Request Snapshots of some existing Web pages that we already ...
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What to do when the same project needs to generate two specific products - and product build is not aligned?

We work in a project where we have to build the same game for both Android and iOS platforms. The requirements are the same, but each result in specific products. We use SCRUM in order to keep our ...
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What's the practice to include new subtasks in a project chart?

I am new to project managment. I am trying to apply a task chart for different activities for my personal life as a "project". The chart has different areas, goals, taks, and schedule. Pherhaps you ...
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Linear Programming and PERT charts

I've studyed some Operations Research (maths), as well as some Project Management (for engineers) at Uni. It is fairly well known that directed Graph with weighted edged (such as a PERT Chart, and ...
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How to represent changes on efforts % for a specific resource over different tasks?

Scenario: John Doe is 100% allocated to the task 'vacations' from 01/Dec to 01/Feb. He's doing great (a lot of efforts to wake up at 11AM!), but during 20/Dec to 30/Jan John needs to be 50% ...
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Schedule & Customer Blame

Here are work we are having some difficulty with, well, difficult customers during the implementation phase of a semi-custom SaaS product. Standard story, I guess, ship deliverable's and then nothing ...
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Unable to schedule a 4-hour task completed over 2 days in Gantt Chart

I'm trying to create a detailed Gantt chart, using MS Project 2013, for a project in one of my courses. Being a student, I'm not working the same number of hours every day. For example, I may have a ...
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Scheduling tasks to start today

I have a plan that's broke up into a few stages. I want to schedule the first couple tasks in stage 2 to start as soon as possible, there are no predecessors for these tasks. My tasks in the middle of ...
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Update project plan, rescheduling and dates

I'm trying to understand the update function in MS Project 2010 and I hope you can help. Let's say I have a road-project where I have divided a task in to several activities based on where the task ...
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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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What is the best way to develop a project baseline?

I am conflicted on how to create a baseline for a project. Which of the following scenarios would be considered a "best practice" for creating a project baseline in which to measure progress and get ...
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Early and Late Start

A statement "a plan curve that will be created based on 40% late, 60% early" - does it mean a 40% chances of starting late and a 60% chances of starting early . . . please help me clarify a plan ...
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Participants of sprint planning meeting - Is it essential to involve part-time team members

I'm currently in the process of getting my team in a position to start using Scrum and Sprints within the next couple of weeks - I intend on taking on the role of Scrum Master as long as everyone on ...
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How to not count the duration of non-working days of a calendar in Microsoft Project?

I have a plan in MS Project. I have a resource that can't work 5 days per week, so I have negotiated with him to work just 3 days per week. In the plan, I changed his calendar for Thursday and Friday ...
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For every hour cutting code, how many project hours are spent doing something else?

I work on a large line-of-business legacy application, my projects are very much NOT green field. The dev teams are small, usually 2 developers, 1 system tester, plus part-time PM and BA resources. ...
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Project scheduling based on use cases or technical tasks

We have a web project going on and there are several use cases and we're now busy scheduling the development of the project. We're wondering what the best practices are about scheduling a project. ...
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How can new project managers avoid the pressure of creating schedules that meet deadlines but are not realistic?

I can see some project managers who worked as engineers and programmers in the past suddenly device impractical and insane plans when they become managers. Do they lose sanity even after worked so ...
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Timetabling solution for small tutorial college

I am currently working as a maths teacher at a small tutorial college, which offers one-on-one tuition. There are around a dozen tutors and a dozen students at any one time. Currently timetabling is ...
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What is the effective procedure or process to get the esimate of the Project Managers time on the projects ? [duplicate]

When you estimate for project management i.e PM's role time, do you take a certain % of the total estimate? Can you provide me the process or procedure used in general and how accurate it is?
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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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Optimizing scheduling of developers: “who works on what, and when”?

I'm trying to plan the next 9-12 months of development using a Gantt chart. I've input all the tasks, their durations, and their dependencies, and all is well. However, as I assign developers to ...
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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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How can I schedule resources across multiple projects?

Drawing from the body and comments of a previous question, what is the best way to schedule simultaneous projects and resources to those projects? For example, in a group of 16 staff, each working on ...
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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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In Scrum, how to estimate research stories?

In our Scrum team, when there is uncertainty about a story or the team is not sure about how to implement it, we take up a research story first. Based on the findings of this research story, we are ...
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What is the typical ratio of PM/EM hours to “work” hours in a project?

What is the rule-of-thumb ratio of Project Manager/Engagement Manager time to overall project time (e.g. man-hours for work products) in a project? I'm especially interested in an answer within the ...
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Is there a clear benefit to separating “issues” from “tasks” when working in larger teams?

Is there a clear benefit to separating issue from task when working in larger teams? When working with sizable teams of developers in addition to a number of external clients, QA, and any other ...
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How should I account for non-coding time when estimating duration of a coding task?

I was wondering whether this approach I am doing to scheduling dev work on a day to day basis is correct. In which I assume that instead that a developer has 8 hours a day to do coding, they actually ...
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How to schedule a team during a time of many holidays, on a project with a tight deadline?

You are assigned a three month duration project at the end of the calendar year that has legal obligation of a finish by Jan 1. The schedule is very aggressive with higher odds missing that date than ...
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Agile/scrum - tracking time spent in current iteration towards stories from the next iteration if all current stories are done

Our team has been slowly trying to go towards agile, and like many other teams, up to this point, the question of "what do we do when we actually finish all commitments?" is fairly new and foreign to ...
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How can I improve a project schedule on a project I took over and complete it on time?

I just took over a project from a Project Engineer and just saw a revised project schedule. The revised schedule shows the project will be delayed by 3 months. I am trying to complete it within the ...
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Canned project breakdown suitable for training interns in scheduling

I'm looking for a project with a well-constrained breakdown that would suitable for training interns in scheduling projects. (The desired context is actually software project scheduling, but I'm ...
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Are 40 hour work-weeks (no overtime) acceptable for development teams?

No matter what our current conditions are, it seems like my team is always working 40 hour work-weeks. Under normal work conditions this would be fine, but as we approach a deadline on a major ...
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How to manage a project schedule based on Late Start dates?

We finished planning a project a month ago and since then have had four formal changes pushing out start dates to the latest possible. Scope change isn't a factor, rather the root cause appears to be ...
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How can I track team member utilization across a range of projects?

I have a fixed-sized team (with fixed-hours) and products, more than the team can handle. At any given time, while my resources are working on one product, requests keep flowing in about work on other ...
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How can an EV be calculated when there are different versions of a project plan?

There is a project manager who is trying to come up with a way to calculate EV under a specific situation where there is a project management system which allows different versions of project plans. ...
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Resources used by multiple PMs

I am the Infrastructure PM on a large project, working as part of a team of PMs with different responsibilities. These include Development, Testing, Environment Support, and Implementation. My remit ...
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What is the procedure for adjusting the project schedule when a team member is replaced?

There is a project team with a project manager and 5 development resources working on a Web 2.0 web application. The current project the team is working on is for a long term client who commissioned a ...
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Rational Team Concert for resource scheduling

We are evaluating RTC as a primary project management / development framework tool. In particular we follow a high number of concurrent projects with mutable teams. Our main problem are that we ...
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How to add value beyond collecting tasks and their dates?

As a project manager I catalogue a group's tasks, definitions, dependencies, milestones, resources, and similar other elements of a project. The managers use this to report up, estimate project ...
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Quick win or long term sustainability?

My project has to deliver middleware components that will support a large, complex system development spanning multiple phases. My phase is due to implement in 6 weeks, with future phases being ...
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How to communicate with project leaders when they are doing poorly

I have been on multiple projects where the project leaders have not involved themselves in the project enough to even learn what the project is really doing. Other times the project leaders didn't ...
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What went wrong - project going off track

I'm not a PM. I'm a developer working on a large project with a small team at an 18 person company. The "team" is just me and the project manager. The project isn't the largest my company has ever had ...
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Is there a name for this PERT-like project management status chart?

I know of a long-standing program where a particular format of project status chart has been in use for more than a decade. It was originally created to status the assembly sequence of a complex ...
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Scheduling interview with stakeholders

Have a business process re-engineering project where I need to schedule and conduct interviews with business participants and stakeholders in a short period of time (4 weeks). What is the best way ...
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What techniques are useful when factoring in the likelihood that one or more members of the team may take leave during a project?

What's the best way of planning for the possibility that a key member(s) of the team might want to take leave at some point during a project? I understand one solution is to buffer the project ...
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Fogbugz Evidence Based Scheduling

Has any one in the community used 'evidence-based scheduling' by Fogcreek's fogbugz to come up with estimates and schedules on your real projects? I understand the basis of this technique (well ...
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How can I show scheduling for shared resources?

We have people who work on half a dozen projects at a time (tech writers, testers, etc.). What's the best way to do time planning for resources like this if you have six separate MS Project Plans for ...
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What's the most effective way of sharing the schedule with the team?

I'm keen to know the perceived best way of sharing a company wide schedule of work. Here are some key considerations: I want the team to be able to see what is upcoming in the next 1-6 weeks and ...
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Buffers, tolerances - how do you approach them in your project management practice?

How do you apply them in practice? What tools do you use / what would you recommend?