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How to get a good overview of team member utilization across multiple projects in TFS 2013

I would like to be able to see a weekly summary of scheduled hours of work across all TFS Team Projects in TFS 2013 for myself and other team member. This would, for example, let me look a few weeks ...
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Handling a team member gone rogue?

We have a small three of three, including me as a PM/BA for the project. Every month we have a release, and the two developers which I have have different levels of experience. The senior fellow has ...
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What should be the role of Project Scientist in the team? [closed]

I have joined one research institute as Project Scientist, but there is no clarification of the job profile here. What should be the role of Project Scientist in the team? As we work on projects ...
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Team logistics to build a cloud service API from a Matlab prototype [migrated]

My objective is to get from an algorithmically sound software prototype to a SaaS API product. To give a similar and illustrative example, suppose that I have prototyped scalable facial recognition ...
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Team member asks the same information across the team

There is a specific team member on my team that comes for me to clarify his questions. Once these questions are clarified, he does the same questions to other team members. What would be the best ...
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Should I remove distraction time from developers' capacity time while giving time estimation?

I am about to give new estimations of a project delivery time, estimating iterations etc.. Besides development, developers spend much time on distractions. By distractions I mean everything(tea, ...
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Is there an Agile or Scrum method without Iterations / Sprints?

I just had a little discussion about this with a few coworkers but we did not come to a conclusion yet. We have a bunch of projects that are actively maintained and developed using scrum, with fixed ...
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What can I do to mitigate the risk presented by moderately skilled developers?

We are about to start a new project which is very serious. That will be a mobile project, and the target users is the whole population of a country. The client expects more than 1 million downloads ...
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Best way to deal with developers whose work is always unsatisfactory

The problem is not in experience, The developers have all the necessary resources to work in a good dev environment (time, books, assistance, team leads, technical leads, senior devs, project ...
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Assign client engagement responsibilities to members of each team instead of a single Project Manager?

My team and I have been working on a web product that is targeting businesses. Usually we can deploy the product to any client within 4 weeks, we call this a single client engagement and is by itself ...
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when a software project is behind schedule should we add manpower?

When an essential software project is behind schedule we might naturally add manpower. The new developer, however competent and however quickly recruited, needs additional training from an ...
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How much independence should project managers have?

As each software project has its team who work on it, this team is considered somehow a "separate body" within the company. Team members have their assignments, their vision and expectations from the ...
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How constant should be the software team?

I believe each software product should have its constant team throughout its life cycle. What about the situation, when one of the core developer, who has been involved in project by 100%, shifts to ...
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How would you achieve and maintain a high performing team (of Project Managers)?

I realise this is not strictly a Project Management question, but is very closely aligned to PM practises and people, so I hope it's in scope. I am currently in the process of applying for an internal ...
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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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How can I effectively split a team into smaller teams?

There's a lot research on team sizes and communication in social groups, but is there any research on how to grow and build multiple teams working on one large product? Assuming that the "perfect" ...
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Project leadership of engineering team

A team of engineers (software in this case) needs to be lead. Leadership can involve: Architect - Leads "design in the large" issues, such as what components to use Lead engineer - A peer leader, ...
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How to partition backlog sprints among the team? [closed]

After breaking backlog items down to sprints, how should we partition the sprint items among the team ?
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No performance from Teammember [closed]

I want to hear some opinions about my situation. Initial: Im the initiator of a startup idea Investor brings up his employee as Teammeber Investor splitted his proportion half for the employee I ...
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What ways have you reduced cost for a software project during the planning phase?

I am getting ready to head up an internal project. I already know that the budget will be tight on this. I am looking for effective ways to reduce project cost. What I would like to see is the most ...
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Factors to consider for Merging two or more IT Operations team into ONE

I believe this question falls under a Project from the Management side. But I would appreciate any help or resources for the scenario. The project as an IT Manager, is responsible for ...
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How to manage agile projects with high staff turnover

Background: a large consultant company wants to better utilize their consultants time when they're between assignments. The plan is to have an internal concept managing internal projects, which aim to ...
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Taking over a disorganised team

I'm about to take over an IT team that lacks organisation between members. The employees are as follows: Part time lead software developer & team leader; Onsite; (Me) Full time IT all rounder ...
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How do you handle utilization rates for teams with members that have no tasked hours?

Let's say that we have a team of twenty, and each of them tracks their time on tasks. They have a manager who doesn't track time on tasks because his job is to support the team, regardless of what ...
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How to manage reluctant or negligent colleagues to be interested about meetings, administration, or Kanban introduction?

The beginning of the next year we would like to optimize our system (we working in the recruitment industry, the market is changing in every minutes). With my compeer we worked out a plan and the ...
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Project manager must be the chief recruiter?

Is it correct to think that a project manager should also carry the role of a recruiter and that it is entirely wrong to separate the PM role from the recruiter role? Reasons: The project manager ...
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Need appropriate software development process and paradigms for very short term project

I have to do a sort of case study in applying a software development methodology. The focus is more on the report which documents my experiences with the process. I have only 16 days left to do the ...
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New team with little to no management of work and lack of processes

I have been working with my current employer for a little over and 2 and half years now and shortly, I'll be moving away from my current team to a new team within the same department. A few days ago, ...
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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 select coaching tools and techniques [closed]

What are the impact of personalities on the selection of the tools and techniques adopted with individuals? And what are the differing techniques needed when coaching different groups and individuals? ...
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A software development workflow for a company of 2-4 developers?

I work in a research group of an architecture firm that contains around 4-5 developers at any given time. We develop a lot of the in-house architecture software, and our skillsets range from C#, to ...
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Lead Dev Training [closed]

I am looking for training (or training resources) for those in a software team lead position. There seems to be plenty of oft-recommended training programmes for project management, but I feel these ...
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How to avoid mail-chatting and improve the online communication?

I work in parallel with 20 other people on different projects. We can't see each other most of the time so we used to talk with emails (Gmail). We have to discuss about different subjects and ...
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Is there an optional ratio of talented vs average people in a team?

Initially, it sounds best to have only talented (in their specific professional domains) people at hand. But then there's the fact that talented people want creative, non-routine work and unless they ...
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Should a process be put in place when the team is very small?

In my team, there are two full-stack developers, one DevOps guy, a business manager, and a marketing person. We will be hiring more people soon. Is this too early to create and implement a project ...
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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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What role does a PM play in off-hours engineering work?

My thought had always been that the person who is responsible for a team having to work late should be there with them. In most of my experience as a developer, that person has been a project or ...
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Unable to control team and deliverables

I'm new to project management. I'm working in a software company. We have a team of 5 members. I was a developer too 4 months ago and was promoted to the project manager position. In my 4 months of ...
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How can new project managers avoid the pressure of creating schedules that meet deadlines but are not realistic?

I can see some project managers who worked as engineers and programmers in the past suddenly device impractical and insane plans when they become managers. Do they lose sanity even after worked so ...
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What are some ways to improve team motivation and sense of achievement using Kanban?

I manage a development team using Scrum extremely successfully. When I started there was no organization to development, so we implemented Kanban as a stepping stone to provide visibility into the ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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Should a PM assign fine-grained tasks to individuals, or do we have an over-zealous PM?

I work in a small digital agency where we have the following roles: 1 Managing Director 1 Partner 1 Tecnical Lead 1 Project Manager 1 Designer 3 Developers Our day to day work is mixture of ...
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How can my team reconcile flow and pair-programming?

For those of you who have read Peopleware, you were probably exposed to the concept of flow. Flow is a mental state attained by creativity workers (engineers, writers, programmers, etc.) which is ...
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How QA, FE, BE and System administration can fit in Scrum Management Framework

We are a small start-up that is growing fast. We have 4 department (Backend dev [2 pers], Frontend dev [2 pers], QA [2 pers], and one system administrator ) Before using scrum methodology, we don't ...
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What measures and checks to implement for an effective Matrix Management project teams structure?

I saw this image where there are nine managers, one supervisor, and one guy doing all of the work on a project, and something about it rang true. I've worked in two organisations that attempted to ...
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Background Check on Prospective Hires [closed]

I'm looking to start up a small business, and I'd like to know if anybody here--and I'm not sure if this question belongs here--might know of a method to ascertain the following things in a ...
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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 information can predict positive future performance when evaluating candidates?

We have developers who have cleared the technical round of interviewa and the technical interviewers mentioned that the developers appear to have good communication skills. Since bringing good people ...
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Should our Tech Manager or Product Manager be the Project Manager?

We have one technology manager and three product managers. As our small startup grows from 4 people to almost 100 I had assumed that our new product managers would also be 'project managers.' (The ...
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Scaling software development teams

I've been reading on this subject for a while now, but still can't come up with a workable solution for my situation to scale a development department. May be someone can advise me on where to go from ...