This tag is for all questions related to leading and managing project teams and project team members either directly or indirectly.

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Team member frequently disregards “small” requests

I am the PM for a smallish-medium software development team at a large IT services company. One of the developers is knowledgeable and generally a nice guy, but has a tendency to ignore "small" ...
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How do you keep track of software engineers daily activity?

We are a new software development team in a manufacturing company. Currently, we are using agile methods for our software development. But since we are just a new team, there are times that we could ...
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Team consistently over commits

I'm a developer on a small-ish team. 1 DBA, 2 Senior Devs, 2 Juniors, and 1 QA (sometimes, most of the time we do our own QA). No PM at the moment. We do mostly maintenance/upgrades to a large legacy ...
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Oversee and monitor several scrum projects

I have to oversight several different scrum project. Which measurements for the health of a project do you regularly look at? I appreciate your replies!
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Team velocity dramatically slows down to the end of a sprint

I have noticed that team velocity sometimes becomes "negative" near to the end of a sprint. There's few trivial story's/bugs left but they took extraordinary effort to finish. Team seem's not to be ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

It is clear that in Sprint Planning the Product Owner has to be present. However, since the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? Although the ...
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Action Item Register - Can a formal method of tracking action items be successfully applied to teams using more adhoc / agile methods?

Background I am a software developer working on an Action Item Register Application. Based on research I found a process flow chart that helped clarify a way of processing action items. I want to ...
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Can a single resource be in multiple teams for multiple projects?

A single user is mapped to a multiple teams in an organization which is handling multiple projects simultaneously. Can a scrum master assign the tasks to the user who is in multiple teams and multiple ...
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Feature team - Chapter size

I work in an organization where we are moving towards feature teams. We have four squads and seven chapters such as web development, api development, back-office development... Prior to this we had a ...
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Suggestions to motivate Team Members in an “Special Environment”?

I am working on my very first Project and act kind of the Producer / Manager or however it's called. The Project is an Videogame we're working on. It's an easy and dead Genre we're trying to revive. ...
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Kanban / Agile Goes Haywire

I've been practicing Agile and leading a new team for a while in a new organization. Everything works perfectly fine. Task got pulled by the team. Process that is set by the team has been followed by ...
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How to increase the project team engagement?

I wonder how you seek to increase engagement in project teams. I'm with the challenge of finding ways, methodologies and principles that open up characteristics as pro-activity, leadership and ...
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How important are PMI certifications in the beginning of a PM career?

More specifically, should I consider getting the CAPM while completing graduate studies, or just wait out until I have more experience and can get the PMP?
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IT Consultant engagement in a project [closed]

I have been asked as an IT consultant to help an insurance company to upgrade their legacy Information management system to more reliable and user friendly one which has to last for the next 7 years. ...
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How to replace a programmer when he is the only one that understands the system?

After few years of working on this complicated project, and with only few months left, i realized that my programmer been feeding me BS all along, that the system is not near ready, with quick fixes ...
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How to convince my boss to use SCRUM

We are 7/8 person in the development team. I would like to convince my boss to use agile technics(SCRUM). He told me to present a bit of documentation, in order to evaluate it. He has an economy ...
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Is there any good method for managing a team by means of 2 managers?

We have a software development team of 10 members. There are tow persons we want them to manage the team and projects cooperatively, since they have complementary skills and working times. I searched ...
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PM for team of 30-50 people

I was always wondering how people can manage 30-50 people projects. Working for software company, you can have 1-2 small projects, 7-8 people each. This can be managed using Agile. Now what if the ...
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How to create an organised association that is project oriented?

A group of youngsters (age average of 20 years ) would like to establish an organisation that makes projects into reality. The question would be : What kind of structure would be the best to manage ...
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New developer has trouble communicating

We recently hired a senior developer however he has issues communicating. There is a bit of a language barrier but even when spoken to in his own language he is difficult to communicate with. I am ...
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New to Project Management with a new team on a short deadline

I have just been put in charge of a brand new team of a developer and designer, the first of each for our company. I've never had this role before, but I do have some design, development, and ...
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Agile practices in scientific research projects / organizations

This has already been asked(*), but the thread is from 2011, so I thought I'd poke for an update. Does anyone know of a good process for managing research projects or a whole research organization ...
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Developer doesn't make deadline

Situation: Company is about 50 people. Total number of developers is about 15, split into three teams. Team 1 has five developers working hard building a new system. The deadline is yesterday, which ...
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How to prevent well intended project managers from getting too involved in the details?

When working on projects, there are often Project Managers who have transitioned from technical roles. For better or worse, these project managers often take the lead in defining the technical ...
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What project management methods will keep a visionary person on task?

I'm tasked with realizing a project that was created by a visionary stakeholder. This individual needs to play a role in making the project happen day-to-day. But as we work towards deadlines, this ...
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How to integrate a new QA Engineer in a established dev team

Does anyone have any tips or advice of how to integrate a new junior QA Engineer into a established, highly technical dev team.
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How to handle a part-time kanban team member

A Kanban development team has a WIP limit of 4 on their in-dev column. One of the team members is part-time i.e. not 100% and they are working on a story and therefore holding up 1 spot in the WIP ...
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Guidelines on feature development

Are there any sources out there on a guidelines how to implement a new feature for web or mobile app from start to finish? I'm looking for how the idea is presented to the team and how the managers, ...
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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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The role of a product team in new product development

This question is specific to new product development. I am part of a medium size organization. In our organization, our executive team sets the product strategy. Once the product strategy is set, ...
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Team productivity vs team size

I am looking for information about how the team size impact on project velocity. Let's assume that I have small project estimated on 300 h for single worker. What impact has got team size on ...
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How to manage remote developers?

I have a small company that produce commercial WordPress themes. Things are working well and I want to hire a freelance Front End Developer to help me. I never managed a remote person(the city I live ...
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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

Project management theorists discuss the importance of the RAID log (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies). I have found in software development there is commonly the Issues log (which is ...
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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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How to handle access to resources on a Scrum team which was previously a hierarchical team?

From what I've read and learned about scrum from my recent reading, as well as years reading the great questions and answers on this site, a scrum team is a team of equals, where there's no hierarchy, ...
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Can a website content writer, support, and marketer be a part of a scrum team?

We're finally looking into utilizing scrum for one of or products, and we're trying to figure out what to do with all of the people on the team. We have the following people: Developers Testers ...
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Delegation Poker with more than two interested parties

Delegation Poker is a Management 3.0 workout practice that differentiates delegation on seven levels. This works fine for two interested parties: the manager and the team. But how can it be made to ...
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Advice for Scaling a Web Development Agency

We run a niche web development agency and we are struggling with scaling and I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of resources. We build custom WordPress websites for clients with a ...
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Multiple project tracking

I've initiated into a PM role where there is a requirement to view project health of around 30-40 projects. This includes handling resource allocation requests. Can anyone please advise on using of an ...
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How many minutes an employee worked? [closed]

we have observed in our company that employees are prone to take multiple breaks during a typical 8 hours working day. We wish to deploy a system which will keep a count of how many minutes an ...
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Objectives and release train philosophy

I have a question about this article "The Role of PI Objectives", where the author stated near the end of the article: As I captured these thoughts I was reminded of a key difference between ...
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Can one developer be included to several Development Teams at the same time?

If technical skills of developer are very rare and specific and this developer hasn't full-time employment on one product, can he work with other product inside other Developer Team at the same time? ...
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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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How can I measure the performance of different teams in different departments?

I was hired by a start-up company as a manager to run their operations and their offshore office. There are different teams under me including internet marketing, accounting, IT, etc. My background is ...
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How to implement knowledge management within project teams?

Being a PM while executing many project, it's vital to retain project specific knowledge to be used in future projects as well. What are the techniques that could be used to assist this kind of ...
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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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How to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?

With one scrum team velocity against itself over time it is easy - just number of points per sprint. But how to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?
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Scrum uneven distribution of work hidden in a unified effort

I'm currently a developer at a small software development firm, and we are starting to adopt Agile (specifically, Scrum) philosophies into our culture and project management style. We have only a few ...
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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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Project Management in bad times - demoralized people and loss of power

I'm a Software Project Manager currently facing a hard situation: our company is having some hard times (mainly due to financial things) and lately people are generally pessimistic, apathic and/or ...