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How to manage a situation when one team member doesn't want to participate in retrospectives?

Team works together for couple of months. They are somewhere between norming and performing phase. All team members are enthusiastic about their work and the product they work on. One of team members ...
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How does the Agile mindset contribute to a High Performing Team?

I was asked this specific question a few days ago by a senior manager. He had received a presentation on the Agile principles and some of the methodologies which lead the market (XP, DSDM, Scrum). ...
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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens

I have met more than one time a situation where everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen. For example: Our team discusses where to go in our next team building trip. Our team discusses a ...
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How picky should I get with a team member's quality of work?

I am a web development team leader. One of the team members turns in code that is almost always bloated and inefficient, even though it technically works (although, from time to time it doesn't). I ...
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Misunderstandings about Collective Ownership in an Agile environment [closed]

From my understanding collective ownership will solve common problems with the antiquated such as quality, failure due to absence and knowledge-sharing. However, there are some things that I don't ...
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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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how do you deal with a team member who isn't sharing information and disturbing a lot with several questions [closed]

How do you deal with a team member who doesn't share information with you at the right time? On asking he gives one word replies and usually counter questions for more details on "what exactly do I ...
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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?

I'm a Scrum Master in a project. The development team was merged from two separate teams and now counts 8 people. John and Peter are previous teams leads - very experiensed C++ developers, who know ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept "requires" the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient. But if the diversity of projects objectives and required technologies make it impossible to form small ...
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Managing a project with the Boss/Owner as a Development Team Member

A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product. He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week ...
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Company business titles for its founders [closed]

Not sure if this would fit in this community, but could not find any other more suitable :) In short.. IT company, 5 co-founders, 2x backend devs, 1x frontend dev, 1x social media manager and 1x ...
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How to deal with a team of Cowboy coders?

My current team is not following the working model I'd expect they follow. They're programming on their own, without much interaction with other members and they are not interested into testing ...
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Using Trello to 'iterate' / give feedback on tasks that are marked as staged or done

We are using Trello for project management of a dev project. Here is how we are working currently: Developer takes a card assigned to them from the Todo pile and moves it to Doing then the Developer ...
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How to monitor team members activity and effectiveness?

I would like to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of my team members. I'd like the measurement to be relatively objective and transparent, and I believe that some form of software would ...
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1answer
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How to track large number of similar projects and tasks?

I work in a university unit helping develop online courses. Upper administration wants a way of reporting these out there and how long our people are working on things. Each semester we are tasked ...
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How can I get the most benefit joining a team as the weakest link? [closed]

I heard several times that the greatest way to build your career and increase your knowledge is to become the weakest in your team. I recently became one. However, every time I ask a question or ask ...
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How to mentor a newbie tester when I lack relevant experience?

I have been working as a developer in software industry for the past 8 years. I have seen many projects and worked as a dev lead which also involves interacting with QA team to get the testing done of ...
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What is the standard for evaluating team maturity?

There are ever so many references to the team's 'maturity' in the Agile/Lean related books and articles/blogs. Using my common sense I think I can get the idea. I can see how my team has evolved over ...
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Need a good example for what a self-organizing team looks like

In Agile/Scrum teams, the concept of a self-organizing team and the notion that "the team owns all the stories, individuals don’t" is turning out to be difficult to communicate. I have seen lots of ...
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In Scrum, what role is responsible for changing team composition?

I am a team member in a Scrum team. This morning I had a discussion with my Scrum Master where I said that I needed a two people from another team to be a part of my team. I said I would like to ...
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How to deal with a team member who constantly overestimates

In an ideal world using Scrum we are all supposed to take part in the iteration planning, select tasks and stories, from the groomed backlog. You then have a planning meeting where everyone comes ...
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How to determine the skills of a software developer in a job interview?

I have come to a new challenge in my career that involves handling some job interviews, and I must determine if the applicant really has mastered the skills he/she lists in his/her CV. How do I ...
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How to balance Teamwork and Babble?

I have sensed conflict in an organization, which works like this: They want to encourage teamwork and good personal relationships They want discuss work-related personal matters and design decisions ...
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what to do when one team member doesn't value collaboration?

I've just finished running a retrospective of a team I doesn't manage usually (they don't have a dedicated ScrumMaster), and it appears that there is a conflict of opinions in the team (which is ...
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Which team PM can consider as his own?

For some time, I wonder which team PM can consider as his own. I see at least few areas of membership: Production teams which he works with, PMO - among other PM's The team of stakeholders in the ...
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What are the best 3 pieces of advice you would give to a new project manager? [closed]

I ask this question because I have noticed that in our community, we have some new project managers. We have also very experienced project managers. I would like our more experienced collegues to ...
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Easiest online team collaboration tool [closed]

I would need an online team collaboration (project management) tool very easy to use. I don't need a lot of features, just these ones: assign tasks to team members comment on tasks give time ...
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Team Building Exercises

I'm looking for some good team building exercises for a small (7 people) software development team. We are just in the forming stage of our group and looking to bond a bit more. It doesn't have to ...
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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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Habits of an exceptional Team Lead: Practical examples [closed]

As one of the senior guys in our development team, I would like to start moving into a lead position. The team leads I have worked with in an Agile development environment have been pretty good, but ...
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Working with team members

We are a team of 5 guys. I am newest one among the team and a starter (been with them for about a year already) I have two issues here: Whenever I try to voice my ideas/opinions during meetings ...
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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 ...