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'Promoted' to Release Manager - Now What?

Background: I work for a small, 7-person Analytics/Consulting company. Originally, I was taken on to be a data analyst, but the needs of the company changed, and the principle requested I take up the ...
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lead and lag times

in the Project Management framework I am developing http://www.lowcoupling.com I have defined a Domain Specific Language enabling a declarative description of schedules and plans. Like Project ...
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How to manage monthly customer activities?

Suppose you allocate to your customers 3 of Activity A/month and 5 of Activity B/month. How do you keep track of what you've allocated and what they've used every month? Something that is going to ...
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How to determine which project is best suited to Scrum

Though Scrum is an excellent solution for many situations, it is not the proper solution in all circumstances. The Cynefin framework is a framework that helps understand the situation in which we have ...
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How can I get my team to use our tools and follow a (any) workflow

I am a Software Engineer at a startup ( 16 employees ), and we are still working like we have 3 employees. The buy in for our tools is very minimal and renders them almost useless. I know we are ...
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Circular project visualisation tool that resembles a cross between Gantt and pregnancy calculator disc

I find it hard to visualise projects across the years on a Gantt chart, especially when there are seasonal tasks repeating. It would be nice to have a tool that looks like a pregnancy calculator ...
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Is there a role for formal Business Analysts and Systems Analysts in Agile teams?

Apologies for the long ramble and fairly short question but I wanted to set the scene (as such) Within all the blogs and articles on-line we use the term "Generalist" or "Team Member" when ...
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How do you create your burn-down charts apart from using paid tools

If you're NOT paying for software like Jira, what/how do you create your own burn-down charts? I have seen a few tools out there for creating burn-down charts. The one I'm most familiar with is ...
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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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Which features of user story management should an agile team look for?

In my research study, I need to identify the key features of user story management tools that can be used to support agile development. So far, I identified the following general groups of features: ...
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What should be the methodology followed by a research and development project?

I am an Engineering undergrad and I am working towards establishing a 8-10 person team for a 6-8 month long academic research project. Timeline We will be starting the groundwork for the project in ...
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Podio - How can we re-schedule other future tasks?

Does anyone know whether it is possible to re-schedule several tasks at once with Podio? Let's say I have one task that needs to pass to another day. I wish that all others future tasks also adjust ...
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What is the name for this type of chart?

I love using burndown charts, but they only work for finite chunks of work. Since I also help out groups that do continuous operational work, I wanted to develop a similar tool that would work for ...
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PM crash course

I have an engineering background and have accepted an offer from a tech company for which I will be leading a brand new web project (mix of PM + tech lead). There is no prior work done except overall ...
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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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How can we update nested projects in master project

When we open 1 project from MS Project Server , then we can update it easy and fetch changes and publish again to MSPS. But when we have many project and programs that embedded them in 1 Master ...
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How to calculate execution variance?

Our Program Management office is interested in identifying tasks where the projected execution differs from the planned execution. MS Project's "Duration Variance" field calculates the difference ...
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Can I resolve an issue's sub-task using a FishEye smart commit? [closed]

Context I have a feature request represented as a JIRA issue with the handle PRJ-11. My issue has a sub-task with the handle PRJ-23. JIRA has the latest FishEye and FishEye Plugin installed and smart ...
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How to calculate breakdown (in hours) of each resource used (open project)?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate time spent on a project by resource? Given 5 people, I'd like to know how much time each person is spending on the project. Is it done manually, or can we ...
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How to calculate staff-hours using Open Project?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate staff-hours? Using Project -> Project Information -> Statistics, is work it? ("Work" is 1,219 hours in my example below)
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Where to write ATs/UATs in JIRA?

In JIRA, if I create a high level user story, where do I put the AT(s)? If I put the ATs into the user story, say as text "AT: must do blah blah", then the user story gets split into sub tasks for ...
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What should be in an Atlassian toolkit for website PM?

I'm requisitioing some tools for a large scale web development project. Intending to start with the following: JIRA for issues tracking, wiki, git or svn hosting Greenhopper plugin for agile PM ...
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Should small teams use Continuous Integration?

I recently switched to a start-up organization providing a social network site. In my new organization, we are a small team of 8 developers/designers. I heard a lot about continuous integration (e.g. ...
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Project component - what exactly is this?

In order to better track issues and plan development of an ever-expanding web application, I am setting up an instance of Trac. As developer, I will use this system primarily, along with the ...
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Microsoft Project - display “plan schedule” vs “actual schedule”

I work on a project with many changes. To get data about how these changes affect my project, I want to show my boss about my plan gantt & actual gantt on the same diagram. Could I do this with ...
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How to manage different detail levels in a project plan to be presented to different audiences?

In any given project, a variety of detail levels are needed: executive summary technical summary delivery team summary delivery details How can these different levels of detail be contained and ...
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Microsoft Project - How to quick-filter tasks in this week

As subject, on early Monday, I want to see "what we planned to do in this week". At late Friday, I want to see "what has done/delayed in this week". However, I can't find how to quick-filter tasks ...
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Can MS Project graph out planned value?

I would like to create a graph like the one below dynamically in Project. I have done this in the past using Excel, but in those cases it was "easy" since planned and earned value were calculated ...
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What's a good way to do requirements management in Jira? [closed]

My team gets a pretty big corpus of requirement documents before each product... and by "pretty big" I mean roughly a hundred documents with 20-200 requirements a piece. We're moving to Jira for ...
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Managing team workflow using Asana and Kanban principles [closed]

Our team uses Asana, and we're quite happy with it as it has excellent tools for team collaboration and personal task management. However it falls down a bit when trying to manage workflow in Kanban ...
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Rational Team Concert for resource scheduling

We are evaluating RTC as a primary project management / development framework tool. In particular we follow a high number of concurrent projects with mutable teams. Our main problem are that we ...
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Looking for a tool that has ticket management, user/client profiling and project task assignments [closed]

I'm looking to improve my digital agency's workflow (about 10 people - web design, graphic, photography, etc), and hopefully it'll be something like this: Mails sent to contact@myagency.com are ...
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What features every Agile software tool should have? [closed]

I have been task to recommend an Agile tool for my team. I am still a month away from my recommendation due date, but I wanted to get started on my due diligence. Our organization have some ...
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What are common tools used in an agile environment? [closed]

I've been promoted to PM in an agile environment and I would like to know what are the current typical s/w,tools PMs use to do the following: Reporting risks, impediments, sprint and release ...
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What tools do you use for creating an offer and project management? [closed]

What tools do you use for the whole chain of talking to a customer, creating an offer, doing project planing and actually creating a project within a software so you have a stable work basis? I am ...
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Project management tool that bubbles up from employee to CEO [closed]

Few days ago, I encountered a new tool that in essence makes people write 5-minute reports every week/month, of which their managers send the important things up to their managers and so on and so ...
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Project & BAU Pipeline/Portfolio tools

We have a team with around 4 to 5 concurrent major projects, 10 minor projects and about the same number of BAU projects. Are there any tools that you use to manage and visualise your departments ...
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How to suggest project improvements in a rigid / narrow-minded environment?

Briefing: I'm a new employee at a small company that has a lot of talent but seems to have gotten by with ad-hoc processes simply because they've had mostly small projects and repeat customers who ...
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How to share information found on the internet with the team?

I need a simple way to share texts, links to frameworks, videos and, of course, actual project data with multiple people. Things that come to mind are blog, wiki and public Facebook page. I also ...
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Is there a powerful Multiple Calendar Tool out there?

I've looked into many different types of tools, but I'm not finding one that can: Create multiple project calendars See a Master View of All Project calendars Unlimited filtering options for ...
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Tool to manage projects reports

I have a few projects and I want to prepare/update and send reports about them. Could you suggest me any tool/application/web-site which can do the following things: Describe a project's current ...
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Should we use different project trackers for different teams working on the same product?

We have been using a popular project tool, Pivotal Tracker. We have decided to break up our product team into 3 separate teams, each focusing on features with a particular theme. There is some debate ...
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Looking for free solution for project and process management [closed]

Currently we are running a small team around 10 people, and almost use free tools for low cost reason. We've installed, 1. SVN for version control 2. Bugfree for defect tracking 3. TWiki for PKM and ...
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Project Management Tools for Embedded Software Professionals

I understand this may apply to very few but I hope there are some who can give me good advice. I would like to know what project management tools embedded software engineering ...
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Good (possibly free) tools for running Monte Carlo Simulations?

We need to perform a good deal of Monte Carlo analysis on some of our project plans - basically creating tornado diagrams, sensitivity analysis and follow it up with Monte Carlos. I am aware of ...
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Project Management tool that helps in retrospective/analytics

I am looking for a project management tool that has support for the following analytics-related requirements: Be able to see the historical progress or trend (red/yellow/green) of the project. Be ...
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What's the most effective way of sharing the schedule with the team?

I'm keen to know the perceived best way of sharing a company wide schedule of work. Here are some key considerations: I want the team to be able to see what is upcoming in the next 1-6 weeks and ...
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Which apps / accesories for efficient meeting notes taking with an iPad

I'm evaluating the use of iPad for meeting minutes. PS : I've read this question : How effective will be an iPad to take Meeting Minutes? My question is here HOW to use an iPad effectively (which ...
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Requirements management software for mere mortals

I would like to discuss with you a special case of requirements management. I call it “requirements management for mere mortals”. I had worked as a project manager in a small web development ...
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Project 2010 opens with blank screen

I've run into a problem with my Microsoft Project 2010 file. Whenever I try and open it I just get a blank screen. None of the alternative views (e.g. network diagram, resource sheet, tracking ...