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Sizing a potential project rapidly without formal estimation

We have been asked by management to spend a very short period of time to "size" a software project - that is, to give them a very loose ballpark of time to implement the entire thing. There are three ...
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How would we manage a project that involves replacing Cobol with Java?

We are working on replacing 5 million lines of cobol with Java. Apparently this cannot be done without significant cost. We have estimated it will cost 70000 man hour days to convert it all to ...
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How should I create a process for front end testing?

We have a product similar to Photoshop and we have a lot of trouble in the testing period. we started to use Agile Framework, in middle of project. We have to use human manual testing to test ...
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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metrics for bug fixing / learning legacy system

We are a new team of about a dozen developers in our not-very-IT company tasked with reshoring/onshoring/insourcing (bringing into the company what a vendor has developed for us) a large (10M+ LOC?) ...
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What is the correct way to handle delays caused by technical issues?

I am working on a Web Design and Development project for my Final. I have missed Alpha and Beta milestones due to a critical server error that was beyond my knowledge or understanding. I had to get in ...
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Agile Project Management with iOS, Android, and Server Components

We are currently trying to start a project with three different OS's, iOS, Android, and Server components. The argument has been on how should we create the stories, should there be a story for each ...
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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 should the title of this PM position be?

What should the proper title of this position be, at a tech company that focuses on developing software? Role Requirements: Manage several Business Systems' Web, Database and Cloud Projects ...
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Which role among these are suitable for “Administrator” in Agile Software Development Projects?

I did some research in DSDM and Agile Projects and got stuck in this scenario. I'm new to this so please help me out. Suppose, in an organisation there are following posts: 1) Managing Director 2) ...
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What does “Architectural Spike” mean?

What does Architectural Spike mean? I know, that this is investigation activity for unknown and unestimated tasks. But I want know more details. When we should do it: during Sprint or between them? ...
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Recode or Recycle?

I am a developer for a non-IT company whose main service is marketing. There's not much technical people when I came on board, just one who is the project manager and all of their IT projects ...
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Hybrid Software Development Methodology [closed]

Hybrid, Scrum and XP an agile methodologies. My Question is what is the different between them and what is better or the greatest methodology? Thanx ... :)
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81 views

Any books of running large (100+) development teams? [closed]

Running a large (100+) development team is quite different to 10 or even 40 people, manual control stops working. What are the books on how to do it the most effectively?
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115 views

Dealing with inherited development team

Imagine you inherited a large team of developers and found out that interviewing in the past had certain slacks and some members of the team lack certain skills. It is certainly wrong idea to ...
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366 views

How to record client requirements?

How a typical Software development company keep records of client requirements? For example: A) One day client asked us to add a tracking code to his website. B) Another day same client asked us to ...
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3answers
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Assessing the effectiveness of a development team [closed]

I am performing an assessment on the effectiveness of a development team, the results of which will be used as the basis of introducing change. Are there any appropriate resources or guides to assist ...
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2answers
509 views

Are there any respected Kanban certifications?

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
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Finding a decent Development Team [closed]

hope this isn't out of the concept, I couldn't find any place better to ask. Me and my friend are working on a social networking app idea but we both don't know enough coding to develop that big of an ...
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3answers
221 views

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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262 views

How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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3answers
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What is the recommended practice for adding and organizing technical debt for a project? [closed]

I am new to software engineering and looking for someone with agile experience to help me understand what the recommended practice is and why. If this question can be related to a better site please ...
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2answers
228 views

Best practices for robust enterprise level software development (using python Django) [closed]

We are building a software project (using python Django and a bunch of other Open Source technologies). The project is fairly big. To give an idea, it has over 50 templates. Our team is composed of ...
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What does MOS and RA stand for in IT project?

My customer asked if I can do an MOS and RA. RA should be risk analysis if I'm not mistaken. But what is MOS?
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648 views

Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

This is one thing that I've always taken as a given, the "status quo" in my line of field (software development) but never really gave it a deep thought. And even now that I do, I still don't ...
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624 views

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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Ensure direction of project is kept after opening source [closed]

I had an idea and started working on a web site which aims to be of societal value. I believe making it open-source would benefit the project. Doing this will be a turning point where I no longer have ...
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143 views

Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've been using Scrum for ages on my own projects, which are usually part-time (couple of hours per week -- maybe up to 10 hours a week) and usually solo (although occasionally include teams of up to ...
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3answers
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Should a Statement of Work (SOW) include “coding style” under the Client Obligations section?

I am hiring a contracting firm to rewrite a small application for my group. The dev team is going to be a single person. Based on past experiences with other developers, I'm concerned that the code ...
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2answers
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How to track and manage tooling issues?

In every complex project, we use a lot of external dependencies and tooling. Of course, they have bugs. Thanks to Github and the like, it is very easy to fork a project and track issues in libraries ...
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332 views

How do I improve the development process at our small startup?

I work for a small, independent software development startup. We’ve been in business for nearly three years now and things are going pretty well. We’ve got a pretty steady stream of projects for an ...
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601 views

Minimum PM documents for a small IT company

I work in a small software company (1-50 Employees) as assistant project manager. I have been studying the PMP study notes for quite a while now and wondering that there are too many documents ...
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883 views

Best way to evaluate software engineers' performance?

What is a good mechanism to evaluate software engineers' performance? We need to have a PAR session every year so would like to know how to proceed and what mechanism is used within the industry. ...
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1answer
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How much Java should a Web Design team member know? [closed]

We have a Java/Web team with several Java developers and a web designer. The "developers" handle everything from the database layer up to the sending of pages to the browser (using JSP pages). The ...
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Green as grass: PRINCE2 or Agile? [closed]

Post completing a Psychology degree I've found myself in a health-tech startup acting as Research and Development Manager. As there's only three of us in the team, we have hybrid roles and as a result ...
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344 views

Should Project Management be its own department?

So I have recently taken on a role of Business Analyst for a Software team, and I am currently the only 'Project Management' to speak of. My company had a Project Manager before, but it was mostly ...
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Is there room for good/tested design in “Agile” setting?

I just came out of an "Agile" team where the sprints are 3-weeks long, and during this same time, about 12 hours of that time is spent on exercises such as Scrum grooming, reviewing, Scrum, and ...
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In a programming project, how to ensure the project reliability when going up-level on the WBS?

Problem: How to make sure the project keeps reliable knowing that its parts are reliable when tested separately? Background: Our project is currently structured as having each team working in a ...
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Similarities / Differences between BPM and software projects

I have begun working for a company that resell BPM products, for improvement and automation, including small Sw development sometimes. Sadly, they have a colosal rate of failure when estimating time ...
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How do I advise someone creating a programming language and user/developer community? [closed]

Friends of mine want to take their in-house programming language and take it into the open source arena. There are many challenges, one of which is how to begin to create a community of users. Where ...
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657 views

Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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What is the difference between “New feature” and “New development”?

I have seen the two terms New Feature and New Development in same backlogs (i.e. more than one backlog), for things to be developed and integrated within a system/application. I have used both myself ...
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132 views

How to design and organize a project? [closed]

I have recently been hired for a job as a Bukkit plugin developer for a gaming website. As the projects become larger and more complicated, I am finding it more and more neccassary to carefully design ...
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101 views

What is a good book for Project Management of Software for non-programmer individuals? [closed]

I am a project manager of software developers and would like to read a book that will provide me with general information about software development. It would be good to understand what it is that I ...
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Techniques on showing management how much effort it takes for quality software development?

I'm in a fairly interesting situation. I'm the only software developer in a team of electrical engineers who work on hardware and know how to hack some code in C. I am the sole developer responsible ...
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How can we manage multiple projects, as one small scrum team?

I know Agile came about as a group of 'adaptive software development' methods, where Scrum is one of them. Some background: We are an innovative web agency, which implies design and development. We ...
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122 views

Should we include Graphic Team into Scrumban Process?

Our team familiar with traditional SDLC process like waterfall. So, We wanna step to scrumban. (we think it suitable for us.) But we have something to concern and not sure what is best practice for ...
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Whats the best way to 'make' a web developer [closed]

We have a team of developers and everyone has graduate degree, but they are just degrees... no practical experience, they just studied it so that they can get a job. Before, we used to teach them ...
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Project stuck in endless testing cycle

I am involved in a project where for some time now the project has stuck in an endless testing, UAT, bug fixing cycle. The issues that caused this are, lack of initial requirements, new requirements ...