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Optimizing the phase model of CMS-project [on hold]

We are working since couple of years with an CMS. Until now our working model was divided in the following phases: Preparation Online Meetings Soft Kick off-online Scoping ...
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Is it possible to prescribe PM time spent on key activities during a working day?

I will be transitioning from a developer role to a lead/project manager role soon, at a new job. I am not clear how Project Managers spend their day. I have asked this question to my friends and they ...
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How can I find the best distribution of a set of tasks

I have a project that has many tasks, some of them needs others as requirements, others don't. All tasks have a duration that will not change. We have 5 "workers" that can work at only one task at a ...
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How can I handle objections about the percent of utilization of a non-technical PM?

One of our best PMs is a non-technical PM. She used to be a BA, not a developer, and is extremely detail oriented, has excellent communications, is Scrum certified, etc. We are placing her on one of ...
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Ratio of learning time and working time at work in software development

In software development, technology is changing super fast. Therefore, learning new skills and testing new tools are indispensable . If the schedule is tight, developers will not have enough time to ...
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Network Diagram Duration Problem in time management

I am practicing exam nowadays to get PMP exam using famous exam simulator but i found question i cannot determine how they draw the diagram table below : & they draw it like the following : ...
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MS Project: Make task delays visible

I want to show the delays that are caused by moving the end of a task. Let's say I have a task that is planned like that: Task 1 - Start: 26.10.2015 End: 20.11.2015 Now the following changes occur: ...
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How to communicate technical obstacles?

For my project management class we have been proposed with a case and have been asked to come up with a proposed solution. I am not quite sure how to approach this, or what the best solution might be. ...
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What is the purpose of logging work on daily time sheets?

My company recently introduced time sheet logging for each individual in the development team. To be honest, it is quite time consuming. Each member needs to log what they have done each day. They ...
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What are developers expected to do during testing in the latter half of each Sprint?

When you are using the Scrum framework, a Sprint cycle involves development and QA. At the end of the Sprint the tasks worked upon and tested are showcased and released. Typically, for a team of 3 to ...
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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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Automating processes within your organization?

Case: My company deals with creative tasks, which by default are difficult to automate: graphic design video editing / post-production audio composition & sound effects On the other side, for ...
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How to automatically track time spent on tasks

In my organization, we have tasks that are repeated in the same way for every project. I need to track the time the team or an individual has spent doing those tasks (i.e. the time between the moment ...
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How can I make a joint management of gantt chart, calendar view and time tracking? [closed]

I want to manage my project by means of a Gantt chart, combined with a cakendar view and an easy time tracking tool. I've been looking for a product (app or program) that would integrate Gantt, ...
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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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Vocabulary used in drawing activity diagrams

In a drawing activity diagram when it says: Activity A Follows Activity B does it mean A->B or B->A? I am confused with this lingo.
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What does person-month mean in development time?

I have a question about communication channels that is talking about person-month but I don't understand what is a person-month. Does it mean this many persons? or this many months? Here is the full ...
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Time taken for a project versus time objective

I've set a time objective for my project. 10 days, for example. The project took 15 days to complete. I have to report the performance regarding the time of the project, as a %. My question is: how ...
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Is it bad, if events took much less time than Scrum Guide prescribes?

The question opposite to this and this one. Sometime Scrum events may took much less time than Scrum Guide prescribes. Is it a signal, that we did something wrong? As usual, there is my thoughts on ...
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What should Scrum Master do if Scrum Team hasn't reached an event goal after time-box expires?

What should the Scrum Master do if the time-box of event has already expired, but the goal not reached yet? This is the quote that made me think about this question: So what do we do when the ...
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What Scrum Master should do to prevent out of time constraints (time-boxes) of events?

Scrum has strict limitations of events in time. It is hard to stay in the events time-boxes that Scrum Guide prescribes. What Scrum Master should do to avoid situation when Scrum Team didn't reach a ...
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How to calculate Critical Path including Std Dev for each activity estimate?

When estimating activity durations, you get a duration plus/minus a sigma (standard deviation) for each activity. Afterwards, when you want to determine the critical path, what figure should you ...
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When do you determine whether project will use sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase manner for project management?

Is determining if a project is going to executed in a sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase (fast-tracking) manner done in Project Management plan( and/or one of it's subsidiary ...
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Best reply to project manager's failed humour [closed]

Whenever a manager ask us to perform a task, we often ask "when do you need this by?" Some managers try to be smart and often say: "yesterday". What would be the best comeback response?
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Is it feasible for a project manager to work reduced schedule for a a few months? [closed]

A project manager's demands can be varying and unpredictable at times. Could somebody offer feedback on how to make a reduced schedule (like 30 hours) workable and successful ?
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Cloud-Based Time Tracking Software [closed]

I'm looking for a cloud-based time tracking service for a 20 person company which allows employees to be logged in throughout the day and choose a work category from a drop down menu, choose the ...
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What is “Lead Time”?

I have a task within my project criteria which states: "Purchasing lead-time for the steelwork is estimated at 60-80 days". What does lead time mean? Do I have to make special considerations for ...
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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 to track and manage tooling issues?

In every complex project, we use a lot of external dependencies and tooling. Of course, they have bugs. Thanks to Github and the like, it is very easy to fork a project and track issues in libraries ...
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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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How to estimate time required and deadlines for creative and problem-solving tasks?

How to quantify time requirements for tasks that are almost purely problem-solving or creative? And how to set deadlines based on those estimates? Practical scenario in my team: Steve must find a ...
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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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How many projects can a PM manage at the same time?

We are a small team and can afford only one project manager (PM). As a result he's basically managing all of our projects. To keep the quality of our business, we would not like to overload him. ...
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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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Recording work experience on PMP application

can I have 0 hours recorded for some process groups in my PMP application? as I was not involved in all the process groups.
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Am I not organized, or have I put too much work on myself?

I am a member of a team of programmers. We do not have a real boss as we work as a group. Each member of a group took non-programming tasks on himself as well, which mainly means that they do testing ...
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For every hour cutting code, how many project hours are spent doing something else?

I work on a large line-of-business legacy application, my projects are very much NOT green field. The dev teams are small, usually 2 developers, 1 system tester, plus part-time PM and BA resources. ...
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What is the effective procedure or process to get the esimate of the Project Managers time on the projects ? [duplicate]

When you estimate for project management i.e PM's role time, do you take a certain % of the total estimate? Can you provide me the process or procedure used in general and how accurate it is?
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Improving quality and efficiency in development team

Hi I started a new web development company and have some clients. At present one of my clients regularly complains about loss of time and poor quality of the work. How can I simultaneously increase ...
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Calculate start and finish dates based on remaining work in Project

I have a project plan for a project that we already started and I want the plan to reflect the schedule moving forward, say as of tomorrow. I have a handful of dependencies and resources assigned. I ...
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Indicate max hours per day per resource in MS Project Plan

I have a project that has 4 team members in the plan: 2 developers @ 8 hours per day 2 developers @ 4 hours per day How can I configure that two of those dev can only work 4 hours per day but the ...
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When is time tracking too detailed?

Currently, all developers all required to "clock in" by actually clicking on a timer in our internal application. So even a discrepancy of 3 minutes from the budget needs to be accounted for. As a ...
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How to handle a complex project without Tech Lead or Project Manager?

I am working on a complex project in Android alone. There is no tech lead or any project manager to guide me about the project development. I have to interact with the client and do the work according ...
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Project, Time, and Task Management software 1 person [closed]

I have spend countless hours trying demos of the 100's of types of project and task management software out there, and none seem to fit the bill of exactly what I am looking to accomplish. I decided ...
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Is there anything wrong with sending meeting minutes late?

I like my emails to be perfect, especially the minutes that summerise the meetings we have, I understand that it is obviously preferred to send it through right after the meeting, or even an hour late ...
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New Project Management Duties

From being a Tester to a Developer then to a service support engineer, I am now responsible for program coordination and resource management (Yes it is a big shift), along with some Project management ...
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I am having difficulties in managing tasks that shows up in a random fashion

I am managing 4 projects, and every time I check email, I do see lots of tasks. Once I complete all these tasks, and feel it is done, again I see suddenly something else coming up. Please suggest ...
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What is the typical ratio of PM/EM hours to “work” hours in a project?

What is the rule-of-thumb ratio of Project Manager/Engagement Manager time to overall project time (e.g. man-hours for work products) in a project? I'm especially interested in an answer within the ...
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How should support be provided for existing software?

In our organization, sales people and administrators ask developers for support whenever they experience a problem. How should support time be structured/provided for existing software without ...
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Have I become paranoid about project & time management?

How do you manage your projects (and your personal life) ? I tend to become psychotic because nothing seems to work. To specify the requirements & information better (as a developer's way of ...