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In Scrum, what is an impediment?

One of the questions in Scrum is What impediments have you encountered? But what exactly is an impediment? Can you give me an example?
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Documents to create prior to Kick-off Meeting

We have gotten approval of our Project Charter and have a kick-off meeting scheduled already and I'd like to know what documents do I need to create prior to this kick-off meeting and/or what ...
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What can we do with a “mispointed” story in Scrum?

Is it OK to repoint the story at the beginning of the new sprint to reflect the size that we have now discovered it to be so our velocity is more accurate? On rare occasions, our team will work a ...
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What is the best way to include a “refund money” clause in a project agreement?

I want to write an agreement with a company who is developing software for me. I want to make sure that if the company fails to develop software as agreed they will refund money I paid to them up to ...
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High Level Budget for Project Charter

How much detail should go into putting together a high level budget for a project charter? For example, should I blindly accept the Suggested Budget for the Project before I even breakdown the tasks ...
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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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What is agile model? [on hold]

What is Agile model? Can anyone please explain me what actually done in this model. What is the model commonly used in Software Development? Please explain me with a real time example.
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Best way to keep tracking for clients, to-do's, projects? [on hold]

i need some advice to figure out how to keep a track of múltiple clients, with to-do lists, time lines, tracking with email links, etc. I have tests with Excel sheets but i don't know if this is The ...
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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?

If at that time, development team is currently at max WIP, then there's an urgent task like critical bug that need to be fixed immediately, do we need to violate the max WIP and allow to do work more ...
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How to use Jira to indicate blockers in a Kanban system?

We are already using Jira to visualize the work of ~30 people, and it's being rolled out to other teams too, so this number will increase dramatically. One of the enhancements we need, is to be ...
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Remaining work roll up value incorrect after refreshing TFS data in MS Project

I have problem importing TFS data into MS Project that is driving me crazy. When I first import TFS data into a new project all the roll up values for remaining work in MS Project are correct, but ...
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How to delegate work and what is best methodology? [on hold]

I have following situation. 6 Project Managers. 4 computer scientists. Project Managers have six projects. 4 computer scientists team does have one month to create 1 project for 300 hours. Computer ...
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Web Application to display data from multiple sources [closed]

I need to put up a plan for an application (more like a portal I guess) that will get information from different branches of the company from all over the world. Each will have to expose the same ...
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trends in project management research (journal/conference articles) [closed]

I am looking for trends in project management research (journal/conference articles)? Does anyone know any of them?
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What is the recommended practice for adding and organizing technical debt for a project? [closed]

I am new to software engineering and looking for someone with agile experience to help me understand what the recommended practice is and why. If this question can be related to a better site please ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Context and Problem One Scrum Team One Scrum Master Delivering value to ...
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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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What are reasons against cross-functional teams?

I often work in companies where functional departments are rigidly separated. To me this seems inefficient, as adds a lot of communication overhead. Are there reasons why companies prefer this type ...
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In Jira where to login hours for tasks that is not part of sprint

There are some subtasks and their hours need to be tracked. They are not directly related to Sprint work but indirectly related to Sprint. There are not related to particular story so they cannot be ...
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Finding the minimum number of functional teams needed to do repetitive tasks

I have a Project Plan in MS Project, its a construction project which has repetitive tasks and multiple gangs. For example: Building 1 Strip Clean Paint Varnish Building 2 Strip Clean Paint ...
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Adding Additional Cost to MS Project

I have a question where the Finance Department has asked to add the following additional cost to the MS project. Administrative Cost of 2600 dollars per week (to be paid at start of the week i.e. ...
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Development team budget for training and social activities [closed]

I am trying to understand if our team budget is aligned with the outside world, This is the closest sub forum out there... For a big company (500+ employees) What is the budget for 5-10 developers ...
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PERT adjust most likely time with probability and duration time

I don't know if the name of the question is clear what I would like to do is: I need to adjust the most likely time for an activity of my project in purpose of the probability of any path through the ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept "requires" the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient. But if the diversity of projects objectives and required technologies make it impossible to form small ...
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Duration of Recurring Tasks in MS Project

I have set up a recurring task to recur every 4 weeks for 4 occurrences. To me, this means the duration should be 4 x 4 x 7 = 112 days, but the duration is set to 253 days. Can someone explain?
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How to plan ahead your resource growth?

Several years ago I was in a startup and they explained to us about roadmap growth. That in the first year a startup should earn XXX money and the year after it should be YYY. the increment in money ...
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...
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How would you implement scrumban to large team performing concurrent multiple R&D projects

I'm working in a private technological center, performing only R&D projects for industrial clients and institutions... I'm looking at applying Agile methods to our activities. From all my ...
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Best practices for robust enterprise level software development (using python Django) [closed]

We are building a software project (using python Django and a bunch of other Open Source technologies). The project is fairly big. To give an idea, it has over 50 templates. Our team is composed of ...
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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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How can I modify the Upland PowerSteering templates for Iterative/Agile Management?

Our department recently brought in Power Steering for waterfall projects but in the absence of an agile-focused software (Jira, Rally, VersionOne) there is some appetite to experiment with Power ...
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Master Project with Subprojects - need to share master but without the subprojects included

I have a master project which contains 11 sub projects. Whenever I send the master project to anyone, I have to send all the 11 sub project MPPs out to them too. Is there a way of creating the master ...
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How to manage a project when not every member is proficient in a common language?

I am currently building a Project Management Plan for a new project where members will come from different cultural background. I clearly identified that not all the project members will share ...
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TFS KanBan, How do you view total work done?

We have recently moved to the TFS KanBan boards and I am loving this organization. Breaking our stories up into smaller, more manageable tasks has been a huge help. We currently size in hours, and ...
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Defining Story Independent Tasks in Scrum

I know that in Scrum this is the hierarchy for defining things to do: Theme -> Epic -> Story -> Tasks My question is. I got some tasks that I consider story-independent, for example, configuring ...
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In kanban, what did you do when there's a temporary delay on some card?

In kanban, you shouldn't move the card reverse to previous state right? If that so, what should I do when there's something like temporary stop this card until the committee board approve the change ...
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What's the best way to manage business tasks alongside technical tasks?

Our company is currently using Jira Agile to manage user stories/tasks in two-week sprints. However, there are business deliverables that also need to be completed (e.g. install guide, internal FAQ, ...
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How do I interpret the results of the PMP exam to do better next time?

After taking the PMP test, upon failure, you get a report with scores of below proficient, moderately proficient, and proficient results: Initiating the Project Planning the Project Executing the ...
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What does MOS and RA stand for in IT project?

My customer asked if I can do an MOS and RA. RA should be risk analysis if I'm not mistaken. But what is MOS?
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

This is one thing that I've always taken as a given, the "status quo" in my line of field (software development) but never really gave it a deep thought. And even now that I do, I still don't ...
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How do I give feedback to a manager that doesn't see the forest for the trees? [migrated]

I recently completed a migration from one server to another of a service I manage that affects over 4,000 users, and it all went off without any interruption or degradation in functionality. The few ...
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Advice on becoming a Project Manager in IT

I have just enrolled on the Open University's Open degree to allow me to pick and choose my modules to tailor a path toward attaining a position in the career I want to pursue. Project management in ...
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Should requirements collection be included in the Work Breakdown Structure?

Can (or should) the activities relating to collection of requirements for the Requirements Matrix be included in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
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Calculation of increased process efficiency

Say I have a process taking 19 h. Some improvement measures allow to reduce the required time to 17 h (to reach the same level of output). Does it make sense to say that the process is now ...
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Where can I find the PRINCE2 study material?

I just passed the PMP 2 months ago, and I would like to start PRINCE2 foundation and practitioner exam as soon as possible. I self-studied the PMP too and am looking for good study material. I have ...
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How often should a development team review code quality metrics so that we keep reasonable control over technical debt and code quality

Is there any recommended practice for how frequently code quality metrics should be reviewed by the team? I'm not sure how often should we be conducting a review of code quality metrics to look for ...
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Predicting software errors

There are two distinct projects where we are trying to define a bug prediction model. We used bug at file level and defined co-factors: Number of changes per file, Developers who left per file. ...
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Does the quality of a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course vary from vendor to vendor?

I'm looking to take the exam and am wondering if any vendor/trainer listed through the Scrum Alliance will do or if I should be selective in who I pick. Specifically, I have the option of taking the ...
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Product owner for SaaS app

I am developing a SaaS app using Scrum and wondering if there are any best practices when it comes to having multiple "Product Owners". This is because I am working with some "users" who will help ...
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MS Project 2013 Reports: ACWP in Timephased Line Chart does not match ACWP in Column Chart or Table

Software Version: Microsoft Project 2013 Standard (15.0.4420.1017) Hello - I am creating a report in MS Project 2013. When I create a time-phased line chart containing ACWP, the ACWP shown in the ...

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