Questions relating to the management of individual tasks in a project or within project management software.

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Duration of Recurring Tasks in MS Project

I have set up a recurring task to recur every 4 weeks for 4 occurrences. To me, this means the duration should be 4 x 4 x 7 = 112 days, but the duration is set to 253 days. Can someone explain?
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Defining Story Independent Tasks in Scrum

I know that in Scrum this is the hierarchy for defining things to do: Theme -> Epic -> Story -> Tasks My question is. I got some tasks that I consider story-independent, for example, configuring ...
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What's the best way to manage business tasks alongside technical tasks?

Our company is currently using Jira Agile to manage user stories/tasks in two-week sprints. However, there are business deliverables that also need to be completed (e.g. install guide, internal FAQ, ...
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Adding new tasks to the current baseline

I would like to ask what the best approach would be in the following scenario. I have a project with all the tasks. I've created the baseline but my boss comes and says: I need you to add these other ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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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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Which specific tasks do fall under “Project Support” activity?

I need some advice on what tasks can fall under "Project Support" activity in a similar way that we can say the following fall under "Project Development" Requirement gathering coding testing
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How to make personal tasks in Asana reflect general project task priorities

We use Asana a lot for task and bug management with less technically oriented customers and externals. This works well except for one feature that keeps confusing everybody: the fact that the order of ...
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How can I manage both user stories and other non-backlog tasks if using VersionOne?

We are taking our first steps in agile and Scrum. We use VersionOne for managing our user stories and tasks. As the development manager, I am trying to build a sprint plan for the development team. ...
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What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and Finish Dates?

What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and End Dates as follows in MS Project? 1 Task Start Date is within 5 or more of the Task Start ...
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Is it possible to synchronise TFS work items with outlook or sharepoint tasks?

Is there any integration between Team Foundation Server work items and tasks in either sharepoint or outlook?
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How handle small refactorings and minor code base improvements in Scrum?

How should be handle small improvements, should we include story for them in each sprint? Or should it be done outside of the sprint scope? I am talking here about things like Uncle Bob's boy scout ...
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What is good criteria for deciding what constitutes an individual task?

My own background is in software dev and I've started work as a network engineering PM recently. In my previous PM work, creating documentation was a separate task. It was sometimes done by the ...
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What is smaller than a user story but bigger than a task?

We have a "heavy" story that cannot be decomposed into smaller stories. It will span several sprints. We can decompose the story into tasks all right, but tasks seem to be abstractions that are only ...
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Why does MS project multiply the duration of tasks?

I've created a recurring task in MS project and I'd like to assign resources (staff) to that resource but when I add the resource(s) to the task the Work hours multiply to extremes and I don't ...
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Is it possible to create a recurring task in OpenProj?

Is it possible to create a recurring task in OpenProj? If so, how do you edit a task to make it a recurring task?
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Project Plan software - auto triggers tasks to team

I manage a team of 20 people. I would like to create a project plan with tasks, start date/time, end date/time, link predecessor and successor tasks and also assign my team member names. Here's what I ...
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Should Summary Tasks or Detail Tasks be Predecessors?

When setting up a project, what are the advantages and disadvantages to using Summary Tasks vs Detail tasks as predecessors? If it matters, I am experimenting with MS Project 2010 as a tool.
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A practical way to estimate a project cost ( I mean time cost)?

What is the practical way to estimate the time required for a project ( I am a web developer working alone most of the time) I find difficulties in estimating tasks and projects,
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With Scrum, how do you keep from dropping the little things?

We've moved our group's workflow to a scrum-based approach, with a lot of success. We're getting things done, people are more engaged, and we're more focused on our actual user community's needs. ...
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How do I manage requests to work on tasks outside of my job? [closed]

I am but 1 month in my new company. My position is Web Content Provider, so it would be managing web content, creating contents for the website, publishing, SEO and stuff. Then came a point that I had ...
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Who is responsible for passing a task when going for vacation?

Recently, I had a following problem on my team: One team member was going for vacation and he had two critical tasks assigned. He wasn't able to finish them before leaving. So we had a discussion ...
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Valueable task for team member during presentation?

Next week, I'm going on a road trip to make a presentation of our current application on several places. Essentially, it well be two of us doing the presentation, but circumstances (among them, ...
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How to use Kanban with small tasks?

I recently introduced Kanban in our software development team, but I'm struggling with some things. The main problem I have is how to handle 'small tasks'? Let me explain some background: We develop ...
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“Start to finish” dependency example?

Can you give me an example of a Start to Finish dependency? Wikipedia describes it like this: Start to finish (SF) A SF B = B can't finish before A starts
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Interpretation of 'negative lag' between tasks

I'd like to get your opinion on how you think, intuitively, 'lag' on a depency between two tasks works or should work. To make my point I will start with some examples that are no problem, and ...
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How do “action items” relate to various task identification and tracking methods used by agile methodologies?

I'm specifically thinking about the relationship between action items and various methods of organizing tasks in agile methodologies, such as user stories. I think this requires a little bit of a ...
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Keeping Tasks Organized

Currently where I am employed (as a developer) we have two programs to track tasks. One tool (Ace Project) for larger project that groups several tasks below it, allows for some attachments, and ...
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Which sticky note is the stickiest?

The question might sound a tad silly, but I'm actually trying to solve a real problem. Our team room has a glass wall, which we also use as our kanban board with hand-written swimlanes (= status) and ...
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Multi-task or concentrate on one project at a time?

I am a freelancer with +15 years of experience in the multimedia design field and sometimes I struggle with the following: I have several projects, and most of the time I can do them in a sort of ...
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Resource/project management software - with resource levelling [closed]

Can anyone recommend some project management software which has good resource management features e.g. resource allocation and levelling. I'm really struggling to find to something that allows enough ...
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How to handle big stories / epics in Scrum?

It's about a Scrum Team. PO and the couple of developers. They do well every time, when task is clearly defined and only technical part is to be done. It gets complicated when there is a need to work ...
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What Is the Ideal Number of Departments/People for a Product/Program Manager to Manage?

Recently, the workload has been getting heavier and there are more areas to coordinate in an ongoing program to develop and market a product. The product has reached the sales stage and has taken on ...
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Tool to track recurrent tasks [closed]

There are many great tools helping you to manage your projects or just to track team tasks. But I am looking for a tool to track recurrent tasks of my team. For example, there are lot's of tasks like ...
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How and What to Learn - New to Product Management

What documentation, skills & tasks should a new (Technical) Product Manager concentrate on learning first to effectively do their job? I have read this Wikipedia article, and it didn't answer my ...
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Ideas for setting up task/project management for small team..

Currently I work on a small team of 3 developers in a privately owned college with about 12,000 students. There is currently no tracking of projects, tasks, bugs, or other work items. After I ...
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Perf.A(task X) >> Perf.B(task X), and Perf.A(task Y) > Perf.B(task Y) - whom do you assign?

Ok, admittedly, that title is quite cryptic, but couldn't imagine any better short explanation. What I mean is the following: The (expected) performance / qualification of employee A is MUCH higher ...
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Help regarding creating a WBS for an Application

I'm trying to build a work breakdown structure for a project I'm working on and since this is my first time doing something like this I was wondering if I could get some guidance. The application I'm ...
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What are best practices for bug tracking?

I was looking for some information on bug tracking best practices, but the Google search on this topic wasn't as helpful as I wished; I mainly found about software issues such as writing good bug ...