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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 ...
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Giving PMs a view of developer resource

I run a dev team of 8. We have a few PMs here and they often ask about getting a good view of what free developer resource we have. Other parts of the business have a shared outlook calendar but for ...
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Outsourcing company: Usage of velocity for offers

Currently I am working in an outsourcing company and our management has decided to use the following scheme for "Velocity of the developers": Each developer has a velocity quotient: Senior ...
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Turnover rate in a project

I have to calculate the monthly turnover rate of my team. The formula I am using is the same as described in (http://www.payscale.com/compensation-today/2010/02/how-to-calculate-employee-turnover): ...
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How to get a dev team to use TDD and CI?

I'm a software development program manager who has experienced many of the benefits of test-driven development and continuous integration. But some of the dev teams I work with don't follow these ...
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How to handle a slow developer?

We have a team of 3. Given a task X, developers A and B would each take about a day to do it. Developer C will take a full week. What is the best way to deal with this? I don't want to just fire ...
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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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Why management is more concerned of JIRA hours than of following SCRUM values?

As in many other projects, we are also using JIRA to manage tasks and user stories, and SCRUM as the Agile methodology. At the end of each day, the ScrumMaster provides the burndown chart to the PMO ...
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Is the a Product Owner the business/functional analyst in Scrum?

I would like to know what is the role of the a Product Owner in a Scrum team. I already worked in many Scrum team as developer, tester. In all teams the product owner was always the guy that created ...
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Purchase a physical scrumboard? [closed]

Any ideas on where to acquire a pre-drawn physical scrumboard? I want to save the hassle of preparing one and to just buy it somewhere. If there are nice boards like that would also look professional ...
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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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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?