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Scrum Sprint Review without the stakeholders

I am working in a pretty small startup and we've just started doing scrum. The team consists of me as the scrum master (but also a developer), the product owner which is also the owner of the company ...
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Involving a non participating Stakeholder

My client has initiated the project and pledged to be an active participant in project activities. However, as project progressed, my queries on functionalities were not answered by the stakeholder. ...
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A development workflow for a team of 3 developers that minimizes outside interruptions?

My question is similar to these two topics; A software development workflow for a company of 2-4 developers? How to manage a Web Project but where my team fails is when we are all working on ...
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How to handle epics in Kanban?

We are about to start working with Kanban instead of Scrum for our product development. We have identified that we will ahve the following flow: Backlog -> Analyze -> Development - Test Nothing ...
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How should a Product Owner in a Scrum framework deal with client requests that differ from the PO's preferred UCD approach?

Let's say that our Product Owner decides to take the path of User Centered Design (UCD). So, instead of looking at what the client wants he looks at what the end user wants. How do you convince the ...
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managing stakeholder expectations in executing and monitoring and controlling phase

When following PMBOK guideline, to manage stakeholder expectations, how does a project manager manage stakeholder expectations in in monitoring and controlling phase??? what kinds of techniques are ...
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What sort of norms or frameworks can I set up to get portfolio management team to prioritize projects

The idea is that this team of 6 lower, mid and upper managers would would prioritize all of our IT development and infrastructure projects instead of trying to have us work on everything at the same ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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How do you get stakeholders who don't care engaged?

Background – We are a small group (three PMs reporting to a director) doing business improvement projects for a large company. Problems with our processes have been identified, in particular going ...
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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 format do you use to store your stakeholder register?

I'm trying to update our project management templates and tools for 2012 and looking at all the available online resources and tools. Most are obvious matches (project charters use a word processor, ...
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Do contacting companies, whose services are key to the project, count as stakeholders?

Say a contracting company is hired by a parent entity to complete a given piece of work. It's a fixed-fee project with a specified deliverable. The work is critical to the overall project, and the ...
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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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Maintenance project with insufficient staff - what should PM do?

There is a project with huge technical debt which is currently in maintenance phase. However because of the technical debt a lot of effort is needed to keep the thing running - 3 people should ...
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Project is late, how should PM act?

There's a project where: In the middle of project it is already late Initial estimates were done by development team It looks like estimates were too optimistic Development team says it's client who ...
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Is it still possible to use formal methods if the organization has chosen not to adopt them?

I managed a project in a company where I was the only person with experience of using formal methods (Prince 2). The directors of the company, and the other senior staff, all took the attitude that ...
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How to neutralize negative project stakeholders?

There are positive and negative stakeholders in every project (according to PMBOK). Positive ones will benefit from project implementation, for example their work will become more effective, more ...
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Testing and customer acceptance of a project is dragging on forever

I'm the only software developer and project manager for the technical side of a project we're delivering for one of our clients. We initially agreed to and signed-off on a high-level spec that we ...
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How to deal with chaotic stakeholder who is high in pecking order?

Consider you run a project where a key stakeholder is one of VPs. She is a typical hit-and-run type of person: she comes to a project team with half-baked idea, either refuses to discuss details ...
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How to engage new stakeholders into project?

I've recently started a new project. Requirements were set, project was already specified and no new revolutionary 'features' can be added. Although on the client side, person responsible for project ...