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Ensure direction of project is kept after opening source [closed]

I had an idea and started working on a web site which aims to be of societal value. I believe making it open-source would benefit the project. Doing this will be a turning point where I no longer have ...
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How can we adopt Kanban to our workflow?

I'm working in a creative agency, with 8 people sharing the same physical space. Some of us travel often, and we are loosely organized in the following departments: RnD, Design, Social, and ...
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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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Best practices for managing eShop eCommerce? [closed]

It may be general question, but I would like to ask. What is your best advice/practices in managing eShop. What methodology is best for managaing operations (orders, payments, logistic etc.)? And ...
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How to get developers to take more initiative and ownership and think through problems before escalating?

How do you handle developers who every time they encounter a problem immediately forwards it to the tech lead without doing enough of their own research to resolve it? The tech lead is getting ...
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How do you ensure code quality when having a weaker programmer on your project?

In an ideal world, each new joiner is expected to be trained with the practices and standards applied on the project. Happens that the ideal world is far from reality. When project starts getting off ...
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Would Scrum & Kanban work for a small organisation with several “projects”

Background My question deals with introducing Scrum and/or Kanban in a small organisation (currently 9 employees), but with several more or less distinguished areas of focus, some including only one ...
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How does one integrate reward systems at an individual level into an Agile landscape, without damaging team cohesion?

I have recently been working and immersing myself in the Agile space. Among other things, I have been inspired by the promise it holds for empowering a team and maximizing efficiency. However, I have ...
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Awarding responsibilities in a small, but multi-leveled company

Today, we stumbled upon an abstract problem due to the lack of experience. Five of us are starting a company, everything is carefully planned and organised, but... When we tried to split ...
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Best way to evaluate software engineers' performance?

What is a good mechanism to evaluate software engineers' performance? We need to have a PAR session every year so would like to know how to proceed and what mechanism is used within the industry. ...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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Are you more efficient leading you project virtually or in person? [closed]

Is physical contact making a difference in efficiency, motivation and profitability?
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Can an unexperienced person be a manager?

I am new to asking question on this site, So please comment if you want me to delete this question or feel free to edit this question if you think this is not a good question. I am facing one ...
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Communication Among Teams

What is the best way to communicate between project teams so that your staff feels "in the loop"? Context: I work in a small research center (about 40-50 researchers, statisticians, and support ...
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Interview question on “convince your programmers to work that hard”

If you have been asked the following question during an interview. What would be your answer? You have only 2 weeks before the deadline to fix 500 bugs. Since there is no more other programmers ...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...
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Is there room for good/tested design in “Agile” setting?

I just came out of an "Agile" team where the sprints are 3-weeks long, and during this same time, about 12 hours of that time is spent on exercises such as Scrum grooming, reviewing, Scrum, and ...
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creating a process that works “without team members' realizing” makes a manager good or bad?

When I started to manage a team of software developers 3 years ago; I realized that there was no development process. First of all; i created 3 groups: backend, frontend and graphic design. After a ...
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How can I fairly allocate payment among a group of developers

Let me tell you the scenario- Few months ago I have started a business in Software Development sector and we are working good. We are getting jobs and earning well. Actually, my team members was my ...
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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 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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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 ...