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What to do when someone says “that is not an acceptable solution”?

I've been running into this a lot lately between bosses and clients. I am told about a problem where there is only 1 solution. e.g.: When asked to create a job posting and in describing what we do: ...
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How to track impact on planning due to scope changes?

I face a recurrent issue where actual work done for my projects by team constantly surpasses the planned work for the same. Primary reason being scope changes that leads to inclusion of new ...
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Scope, Time & Cost Triangle Balancing To Motivate Team and Satisfy Client

I have worked on two start-up firms and observed that our product managers over promises (at least from my vantage) to our client always. The projects in which our team members have been worked out ...
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Can someone explain the Requirements Traceability Matrix purpose?

So I was taking a sample scope management test online, and Question #9 stumped me -- the question on the traceability matrix. Can someone please explain why b is better than c? Below is the direct ...
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project work with difficult client

My company takes in projects from a variety of clients in the region I am in. One of these clients is a firm that kind of competes with us on some things, but in other ways we cooperate. The ...
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What actions can a PM take when a client pursues a sub-optimal design?

My client is not sure about the impact a particular product design would have, but insists that the product design that he suggests is workable. The Project Managers know there are other options that ...
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How can one apply a method of management to a project that was initiated without one?

A small project was launched, which was not expected to take more than a week. Gradually, many things were added. The project started six months ago, and it has really grown. No project management ...
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How to better manage definition of project scope for business change projects?

My unit manages business change projects. In order to flesh out what a project is (i.e. what are we trying to accomplish, what is the scope, how do we define success, etc etc) we tend to get bogged ...
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How to go about taking over a failing project?

I work for a pretty small company employing less than 150 people, for the last 35 years this company has never had any sort of project managers and every project that they have had has always come ...
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Putting a project back on track tips

What measures can be taken to put a project back on track and roll-out on time, if it is currently facing issues like: loads of unexpected bugs appearing in system tests, less detailed user ...
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How to maintain software requirements specification (SRS) for a small agile project?

What are the best possible instruments/tools to maintain an SRS in a small agile project (up to 10 people)? How to keep this document(s) available to the entire team, to enable its baseline (and ...
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What's the difference between Scope Creep vs Scope Change?

Not a beginner question. I've seen too many otherwise competent PM's that don't know the difference, and I'm curious how others define it. Bear in mind, Scope Creep and Gold-plating are not the same ...
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Adding new team members to a late project

According to Brooks' Law, adding more people to a late project will make the project later (or by analogy, nine women cannot have a baby in one month). The increased lateness is due to the fact that ...
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Managing Gold Plating Scope Creep

Although scope creep often comes from stakeholders, it can also come from project team members in the form of Gold Plating ("when technologists augment the original requirements because of a bias ...
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What instrument to use to Define Scope of a software development project?

Define Scope is one of the processes to be accomplished in any project. An output of this process is a Scope Statement (according to PMBOK). This artifact identifies boundaries of a project and helps ...