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In Microsoft Project why is my actual duration calculating to 0 days?

I had set a baseline previously and I am now updating to show what has actually happened. I went into the task information and changed the "start" and "finish" dates to what actually happened. When ...
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Should bug/regression tickets be reopened, or new tickets created?

Question This is a paradox I have: when I create GitHub Issues (or JIRA tickets, or whatever issue tracker you use), my engineers like to make them very granular, so that it narrows the scope down ...
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Dynamically queueing tasks to better plan ahead

I'm no project manager but I have a time management issue. I'm a programmer in a small team with plenty of tasks distributed among many projects and I'm responsible for managing my time. I'm alright ...
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One channel per task to track all discussions related to particular tasks in Slack: good or bad idea?

Wanting to quickly see everything that has been said regarding a particular task is very common. And often impossible, because both channels and PM contain discussions about multiple tasks. Therefore, ...
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Jira story points versus sub task estimation

We are using Jira for agile PM, but are having problems working with both story points and sub task hours estimation. Articles like this and this just don't seem to help. The second article has a ...
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Should a Scrum team formally track daily commitments?

Should a Scrum team be tracking the daily commitments each team member makes during the Daily Scrum? We write them down in a kind of a mini task manager, and then we mark them as done during the work ...
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Improvement on awareness of ongoing/scheduled multiple projects for our client

I work for a project of my client. along with my project there are multiple projects are going on. Issue: Currently my client doesn't have much awareness of multiple projects which are going on / ...
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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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How to manage very small, easy tasks in Agile?

Let's say you have a bug on your website. Your developer needs to fix some CSS or something. He estimates it will take him one minute to fix. What is the best way to manage these kinds of tasks? Do ...
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Managing project in LAN network [closed]

I'm managing a project in my company, and we have many tasks that should be assigned to many employees and then be tracked. We use telephone communication, e-mails and even face to face ...
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Case-style project management software [closed]

I am looking at a slightly different take on project management - rather than having a set project performed over a particular timeline, I am looking at individual investigative cases as being their ...
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Who pays when actuals exceed pessimistic estimates?

Scenario: A Developer estimates between 70 to 100 hours for a task. Due to the urgency of the task and the developer's unavailability, a far less experienced developer is assigned to the project. The ...
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How can I perform a comparison between baseline and actual hours worked?

How could I calculate cumulative hours worked on all tasks from project start date to current date (status) to get a comparison between projected hours worked (baseline) and actual hours worked (...
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Task status tracking

Independent from project type (agile/non-agile) and independent from the depth and size of projects and tasks, I need to keep tracking multiple tasks of multiple projects. Currently I use a status-...
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Handle the same project over multiple platforms in Agile

I'm working in a company that mainly perform mobile apps with their backend systems. My question is, what's the best practice to handle the same projects over multiple platforms (iOS and Android) and ...
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How to record client requirements?

How a typical Software development company keep records of client requirements? For example: A) One day client asked us to add a tracking code to his website. B) Another day same client asked us to ...
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What is the way to go to create tasks?

I already read: How to map user stories into tickets? But I still have difficulties understanding how I exactly should use a ticket system, especially in the case of tickets for new features. Let's ...
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How to reschedule activities after entering actuals in MS Project 2010

Like in MS Project 2007, there was a button “reschedule”. We clicked it after entering actuals on activities. The “reschedule” button calculates activity’s remaining duration and changes it ...
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Calculating and tracking benefits post delivery

Prior to commencing a project we need to justify taking on the project by detailing expected benefits. To date their is no follow up on this information, no way to monitor and no way to calculate ...
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Is a Requirements Traceability Matrix a validation or specification technique?

I am quite confused. Is a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) a requirements validation technique or a requirements specification technique?
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Would gamification increase employee engagement with time tracking?

A typical difficulty in implementing time tracking in companies is that employees are rarely engaged with time tracking tasks, seeing them as a waste of time. I'm wondering if a gamification approach ...
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What are some commonly tracked metrics in Kanban?

I'm currently working with a development group that has a variety of project management approaches. They use a Kanban board for tracking work with a constantly re-prioritized backlog, they have ...
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Update project plan, rescheduling and dates

I'm trying to understand the update function in MS Project 2010 and I hope you can help. Let's say I have a road-project where I have divided a task in to several activities based on where the task ...
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After rescheduling a partially completed task again, work progress is delayed. How do I update it in Microsoft Project?

A task has completed. It's, say, 20% of duration progress, but it is still behind the schedule. Then in tracking, the 20% completion was updated and the task was rescheduled to the current date or ...
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Trying to develop a Project Health Check tool - How can I show the Health of a Project in Dollars and Hours?

My projects generally have 6 areas (Engineering, Fabrication, Assembly etc). Each area has been allotted a budget for a particular project (dollars and hours). Every week, I get a report on how much ...
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Critical communications during product roll outs

My current project is to roll-out a new technology product throughout my company. I want to come up with a website that will give a high level insight to the roll-out. I don't know how should I do ...
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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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How can I update a MS Project plan to show schedule slippage?

Once I've set up my baseline, I like to use the Tracking view to see schedule slippage (ie: is a project going to be "late"?). The problem occurs when I'm updating the % Complete, but a task that was ...
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Is there a clear benefit to separating “issues” from “tasks” when working in larger teams?

Is there a clear benefit to separating issue from task when working in larger teams? When working with sizable teams of developers in addition to a number of external clients, QA, and any other ...
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Tool for writing progress logs/documentation? [closed]

I'm looking for tool (web application/service) that would allow me to write progress logs. I like to document what i'm doing over time, so i can look back what i was doing, what am i doing wrong, and ...
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Can bug trackers be used for tracking tasks other than programming?

I work as an electrical engineer, and sometimes when work gets busy (read: most of the time) there are so many various tasks and things to remember to take care of later that it can get difficult to ...
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How can I track team member utilization across a range of projects?

I have a fixed-sized team (with fixed-hours) and products, more than the team can handle. At any given time, while my resources are working on one product, requests keep flowing in about work on other ...
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Methods to track a project (lots of tasks and over a long period of time)

I'm running a project that lasts about 2 years in total, made up of many tasks, some of which are handled by other teams who report back to me. Some tasks can only run when the preceding tasks have ...
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Software to help estimate effort and record effort for timeline purposes (one man team)

I am trying to find some software that allows the following workflow: Create a wbs with effort. Plot wbs items onto a Gantt chart to see when items should/could be completed by and build a schedule. ...
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Tracking points spent on bugs during sprint

The product owner wants to keep track on how much points are spent on bugs during a sprint. This can raise some issues, such as: Scoring a task that is already done. Surprisingly even with it done, ...
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Is it possible to use HP Quality Center as a task tracking tool?

In my current project, I felt the lack of a sound platform for tracking our tasks, as in my previous project we were using Atlassian's Jira. Chatting with development managers, they mentioned that ...
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Completely customizable issue tracking system?

I have been looking for an issue-tracking system for some time. Our workflow is not software development. Rather we track changes to documentation across groups of people. I don't need project ...
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PMP-ers: How does PMI recommend tracking of requirements through to project deliverables?

Reading through PMI's PMBOK and Rita's exam prep guide this morning, I'm failing to see if and how they advocate requirements to be tracked through in project deliverables. How does a stakeholder know ...
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Keeping track of time per developer per task using TFS

I am a 2 month old PM came out as a developer. One thing that I am facing issues here in my company is how to keep track of time per task per developer. Like we are using TFS and we are creating BLI (...
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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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Any methodology to track the stages of a network project?

For the management of a network project which covers the stages of structured cabling, LAN and WAN from design to installation which is, Design of LAN & Cabling Design of WAN Installation ...
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Is it wrong to collect user's IP addresses for registration purposes? [closed]

I develop software and release it under a simple license that allows people a free copy as long as it remains for personal use only. I was thinking of setting up a registration server where the ...
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Planning / tracking work which is sporadic / irregular in nature

Within my organisation we have a project that is largely about adding new content/chapters to an existing piece of software. The content providers for this work often provide content in dribs and ...
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How to efficiently track raw data deliveries

I work for a company that conducts modeling and analysis work on large 3D CAD and GIS datasets. For each project we work on, we can have hundreds of individual .las files (LiDAR point cloud data) that ...
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Communicate a project easily without MS Project?

ISSUES Microsoft Project isn't cutting it as a project communication tool: I have a copy of Project 2010 and so do many other employees, but they cannot be expected to learn how to use this program. ...
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Software for task tracking [closed]

I'm remotely managing a team of about 10 persons, and it becomes difficult to track every task and its status. I'm looking for a solution for task tracking. There are already a few of such ...
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What time tracking / time management software do you use? [closed]

I made a few searches for such a question and I did not discover any. So... have you tried implementing and actively using a software that is tracking employees time spent on different assignments? ...
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How do you track and measure multitasked work and deliverables between different teams?

Projects have different tasks. As PM, you need to measure how effective the team member with the task he/she is executing. What if the team member multitasks? How do you measure multitasking? I have ...
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Communicating weekly goals amid uncertainty

If a project's inherent uncertainty prevents accurate planning or resourcing of task effort more than a month into the future, how can project managers best communicate, coordinate, and track ...
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How do you handle new tasks in an earned value analysis chart?

Earned Value Analysis is great on paper. However, I'm having difficulty using it for programming projects that tend to change dramatically from week to week. For example, a milestone is "complete ...