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Both of my developers are stuck on one task, now what?

The whole development are stuck on one task in a sprint, they would rather work on other tasks then try and solve it. This is the only task remaining in the sprint, all other tasks have finished. The ...
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Fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of increase in duration when updated

Using MS Project 2013, I would like to express the following situation. I have schedule/tasks set to fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of the increase in duration when ...
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How do I tell resources that I need them to do something I could technically do myself?

I have a technical background in software development and spent some time as a lead for a small team. Last year, I officially became a project manager in a much larger team whose work I am much less ...
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What to do if a developer is waiting on a colleague to complete his side of the story during a sprint?

So today I was managing my team and they are in the middle of a sprint, I went over to my dev team just to find out how they are getting on. Turned out that one of my developers was waiting on his ...
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What “management by discomfort” is? [closed]

I've just read about management by discomfort that Elon Musk uses: The challenge is he is a machine and the rest of us aren't. So if you work for Elon, you have to accept the discomfort. But in ...
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How can I motivate members of a university project without money or punishments?

First of all: if this is not the right place for this question, please move it to the appropriated one. This one was the closest I found to the subject. Context Some context: Junior enterprises ...
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How to manage stakeholder expectations when they keep on raising the bar

Long story short, we are building a product and I have introduced then implemented the Scrum framework for product management. It has been working extremely well, and my team have done an amazing job. ...
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Project Management Methodology for software and real time audio processing project [closed]

Im starting a project with some college friends and we want to make a team of audio engineers and software developers. We have experience in apps development, filters implementation and audio ...
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What's a project management methodology suitable for a small team that addresses both operations and rapid-fire small projects?

I work for a small distributor of technical products. We're about 20 employees strong; our primary business involves sourcing and selling often-obscure technical equipment and accessories. I've been ...
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Having trouble managing a sub contractor

I am project managing on an on going bases an e-commerce site for a client. I have only one resource working on it, a sub contractor due to a lack of resources. He is working remotely. I am having ...
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Advice for developer team leading his first project [closed]

I am a student developer team leading a comparatively small project with no experience in management. My team consists of a dozen students with little experience in development and little to no ...
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Can you use story points to measure growth?

We recently started using story points in our agile process, which is awesome. Because of this we are getting estimates for certain tasks and getting an idea of our velocity. However, I am curious ...
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I'm the new dev team boss - some advice please [closed]

I've just been put in charge of a software development team, and don't want to stuff it up. I'm interested to find out what are some of the things you valued most about the best managers you've worked ...
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How many people during the initial meeting with the client?

We're a small team (2 developers and 2 designers), experimenting with Agile. Tomorrow is our first big meeting with a new client. I'm wondering, How many people do you include in the Meeting? ...
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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 ...