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Scheduling not calculating properly

Office version 2007 I have some tasks that are all fixed duration. I'm a prime contractor with subcontractors and I'm trying to schedule out events. I have add the duration and assigned the ...
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17 views

Which tool for a web agency [on hold]

I am working on an agency (8ppl on the same physical space, some travels a lot) with different departments. One is Social, one is RnD, one is Design and one is the Management. We want to have a way ...
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Is there any difference between “method” and “methodology” terms?

I saw many times that this two terms are used like synonyms. For example in wikipedia write that Agile is "a group of software development methods", but Extreme programming is "a software development ...
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What is the definition of “development model”?

What is the definition of "development model"? For example: Waterfall model, Iterative model or Spiral model. In this case "model" is just synonym of "methodology" (wikipedia keep articles about ...
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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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Estimating milling times for CNC milling moulds

I'm currently doing an internship for a tooling company. We make moulds for small plastic products out of aluminum, and my final thesis is supposed to be about projections (planning and costs) for ...
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Aligning story points' value

We've ended up with non-linear weighing of our points. I worry this makes reporting velocity data erroneous. Background: A fairly traditional deck is used: ?, 0, ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40, 100, ...
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UI in scrum - what's the silver bullet?

I'm a certified scrum master and, by trade, a UI/UX/Front end dev guy. More than most I come across the issues faced by having folks with my skill-set within a cross functional team (the 'vertical ...
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What's the best way of writing user stories about “improve this metric” if I'm not sure how much improvement is possible?

Say you have a piece of software that you know can be improved on various quantifiable metrics (time to boot, CPU and memory usage, latency for various actions, accuracy of recognition tasks, etc.), ...
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43 views

Best practices for managing eShop eCommerce? [on hold]

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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Real world differences between Portfolio and Program

Can I have a have a project without having a portfolio? This issue has been slightly touched on in the above link but I am hoping the collective expertise of this community could expand it. I have ...
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How to deal as PM for a technical-only refactoring project

Our company has accepted to do a full-scale refactoring of our core IT product and I'm supposed to act as PM for this project. First some background info: The project is 5-6 years old, build as a ...
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Finding a PM Mentor [on hold]

I came into project management somewhat accidentally via an obtuse career path, and while there are some areas of the job I do very well instinctively, there are others where I feel that some good ...
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35 views

Using MS Project 2007 for Manufacturing Build Time

Is there a way for MS Project 2007 to calculate durations based on a give time/part and total number of parts. For example: A manufacturing process can process 1 part every 30 sec and we want to ...
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179 views

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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32 views

Resource planning within large project

I am in the middle of a project that consists of 2 different teams, one team does migration of websites while the other team does development of features. My challenge is to maintain an overview of ...
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17 views

MS-Project 2010 - How to add Task Name to the Quick Access ribbon?

I used to love the fact that there was a text editing box at the top of the screen in old versions of MS-P, allowing you to edit Task Name directly without having to open the Task Information dialog. ...
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Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've been using Scrum for ages on my own projects, which are usually part-time (couple of hours per week -- maybe up to 10 hours a week) and usually solo (although occasionally include teams of up to ...
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279 views

How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

As part of the audit and compliance for my company (PLC), any Agile Projects are treated as a normal Waterfall Projects for review purposes although run according to Scrum best practice. We don't ...
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Company business titles for its founders [closed]

Not sure if this would fit in this community, but could not find any other more suitable :) In short.. IT company, 5 co-founders, 2x backend devs, 1x frontend dev, 1x social media manager and 1x ...
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How do you ensure code quality when working with weaker programmer

I've been working on some project for some time. Now I have to cooperate with new guy who, in company, does not have opinion of good programmer. I've already seen his first commit and he has attitude ...
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How to communicate a delay to a client when team member is ill?

Is it ok to communicate that a project is delayed due to a team member being sick? The reason I ask is because to some extend I feel it sounds pretty bad. But maybe there are some way to communicate ...
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1answer
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How to configure resources that work different max hours per day

I have three groups of resources: Group one - onshore permanent employees that work 7.5 hours max per day Group two - onshore contact employees that work 8 hours max per day Group three - offshore ...
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How should we assess “Build vs. Buy” for an ERP System?

Background We are about to make a huge decision and change of ERP. The current solution is outdated and failing on us. The burning question is: Do we buy a solution like SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle or do ...
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4answers
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Agile Development and when to deliver

Agile promotes the use of giving your software to users as soon as possible so they can provide feedback and so we overcome the Waterfall problem of making an app no one wants. But recently, I ran ...
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Microsoft Project, total resource usage by group

I have Project 365 and I am trying to create a view where a task will display all the resources it uses, and then total them by group. For example I have the Group "labour" where I've put all my ...
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What to do when someone says “that is not an acceptable solution”?

I've been running into this a lot lately between bosses and clients. I am told about a problem where there is only 1 solution. e.g.: When asked to create a job posting and in describing what we do: ...
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How can we stop developers from working on stories that are not planned into the current sprint?

ORIGINAL QUESTION We carefully plan out a sprint and decide which stories should be worked on however some developers are working on stuff outside of this planned work. This is undermining the whole ...
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Avoid employees from stealing source code on a project [closed]

I've been working for big and small companies, for the last 5 years. I've noticed that nobody, or at least on the places where I've worked for, is worried about the source code of the applications. ...
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Does a Product Owner submit to Change Control before re-grooming Product Backlog?

In your experience, have you found it beneficial to enforce Change Control upon a Product Owner after the Product Backlog has been agreed? IE If he/she wishes to change the scope by adding in/taking ...
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Should a Statement of Work (SOW) include “coding style” under the Client Obligations section?

I am hiring a contracting firm to rewrite a small application for my group. The dev team is going to be a single person. Based on past experiences with other developers, I'm concerned that the code ...
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How can I calculate required project resources with less manual computation?

My workflow process looks like this: I get some info about the number and complexity of project tasks. I have time-data about past tasks of the same complexity. I have prices for current tasks. I ...
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Estimate hours of work for every user story

In Scrum, is it mandatory to estimate the amount of hours needed to finish every user story before putting it in the Sprint? Or should we use planning poker and use points instead of hours?
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Can you Gate each Agile Sprint to provide comfort to Stakeholders in Waterfall?

A quick summary of the facts - Multinational Company Traditional Waterfall Project Management Agile/Scrum being used for the Design/Test/Build (>25 Sprints) Traditional Waterfall Gates must be ...
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Planned work until date in MS Project 2007

I want to know the Planned work until the status date to compare with the Earned work done to this date. It is a value calculated in ARTEMIS , but I'm new in MS Project and I don't find it. Like the ...
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45 views

Big Bang vs Phased Implementation - Impact on Time and Cost

I am preparing a business case for a new Project. We have been debating the implementation model and the differences between a big-bang implementation, and one that is phased either but business ...
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552 views

Is Kanban considered an agile methodology?

I need to choose an agile method of development for my team; we tried Scrum for the first two weeks, but since we have to make a simple universitarian project, we thought that Scrum was more ...
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How to write a multi-point requirement for a requirements document?

I am a realtively new BA and I am having trouble finding the best way to write out a requirement that has multiple points. We are trying to build a dashboard, and I am getting conflicting opinions on ...
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Sprint Interference chart and Capacity

The Scrum team I'm currently working with are finding it harder and harder to work on user stories that have been forecast, so I've been looking into Sprint Interference charts. How do I take ...
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131 views

Can a Scrum Master be the Product Owner in Scrum

I would like to know if a Scrum Master can be the Product Owner in Scrum?
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How Test Driven Development can pretend to be Agile?

How Test Driven Development can pretend to be Agile? To do Test Driven Development you need to write your test first. Then you need to know your methods, your business and your scenario before coding. ...
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Project Manager - Writing Project Specification

Background I've been in web development field for past 8 years , and i got myself a management role as a Project Manager several months back. Most of the time i'm dealing with open source web ...
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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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What are the benefits of estimating hours during the task breakdown?

I'm a big fan of story points to gather relative estimates for stories. During task breakdowns I take a back seat answering any additional questions that might come up, however I have never seen the ...
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How to properly handle a team mate who rambles during daily standup and other meetings?

I am looking for a tactful way to help a team member improve their communication skills to be more concise and direct. I'm trying to introduce a daily standup into a startup team of 3, which will ...
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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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Scrum Sprint Length Study?

Does anyone know of a (reasonably) rigorous study done on benefits and drawbacks of different sprint lengths? I certainly have read (and have my own) anecdotal experience, but am curious to know if ...
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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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MS-Project: any ideas on how to approach defining a MINIMUM work assignment per day for resources?

I am currently working on a high level project plan with all our department's projects and resources allocated to each project (roughly like 10% during 2 months, 20% during 2 weeks, etc.). This is to ...
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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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