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1answer
5 views

How to estimate effort when the story involves large number of repeat process

In our organization, occasionally have stories involves very large number of repeated process. The process itself is very simple and straightforward, usually we give 2~3 points. But when the story ...
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2answers
16 views

MS Project: Multiple tasks for one employee

I am using MS Project for the first time, and I am developing a Gantt chart. I have multiple parallel tasks with different length, and only 1 employee works on these tasks. Because the working time ...
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13 views

How to adjust “Create issue” fields?

I would like to change the text in "Ceate issue", particularly Please fill following information: Who? What? Why? What happens if we dont do it? into some ...
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1answer
18 views

Question about documenting project hours on PMP application [duplicate]

I've been working in a PMO since July of 2013. I estimate that I have roughly 3520 hours of project hours from working there. I got this estimate by counting 22 months between then and now and ...
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0answers
31 views

How are items with dependencies to other items handled in Kanban?

In our team we are working with system integration testing only. This means that we don't have any development tasks, just testing tasks and tasks related to preparing our heavy systems for test. We ...
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3answers
92 views

Scrum on maintenance. Is it possible?

God bless, I never had a lot of deal with maintenance. But I am curious, is it possible to customize Scrum for maintenance? If yes, how to guarantee SLA (if developers have a fixed Sprints), for ...
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15 views

Where can I find a service to manufacture plastic parts? [on hold]

I am currently developing a product which consist of hardware and software. I have designed the PCBs (Circuit Boards) and I have found services that produce them. I am currently designing the plastic ...
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2answers
60 views

Who tests what criteria for epics?

So our product owner is in a position where she feels encumbered by the decomposition of a large user story: Product owner presents a story Engineers determine that it is too big for a single story ...
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29 views

objectives and release train philosophy

I have a question about this article "The Role of PI Objectives" (https://www.rallydev.com/community/coaching/role-pi-objectives), where the author stated near the end of the article: "As I captured ...
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60 views

Can one developer be included to several Development Teams at the same time?

If technical skills of developer are very rare and specific and this developer hasn't full-time employment on one product, can he work with other product inside other Developer Team at the same time? ...
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2answers
19 views

Resource Availability, Max Units - Relationship between settings

I am helping a colleague "debug" an MS-Project project plan today, where there seem to be unexplained over-allocations. They have chosen quite a complex method for restricting allocations and I don't ...
0
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3answers
65 views

Microsoft Project for Agile software development?

I am getting to grips with MS Project 2013. But I wonder if it is usable for Agile software development? So far it seems to be quite useful for setting up an initial plan, for creating offers, ...
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1answer
14 views

Timestamp fields for <initial creation> and <last update> of a task

Microsoft Project 2013: Are there any default fields which show Time & Date when a task was FIRST CREATED, and when it was LAST EDITED ? I would like to filter for tasks which lately have been ...
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4answers
62 views

Should story points be strictly relative? [duplicate]

If we size our stories along the Fibonacci scale (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13) should we expect that we could complete approximately four 2-point stories in the same time as an 8-point? or thirteen 1-point ...
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3answers
73 views

Are win-win situations/negotiations always fair?

Based on some statement of a book (the 7 habits of highly effective people), a friend told me that every win-win negotiation implies that the outcome is fair for both parts, and that fairness was a ...
2
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5answers
88 views

What should the title of this PM position be?

What should the proper title of this position be, at a tech company that focuses on developing software? Role Requirements: Manage several Business Systems' Web, Database and Cloud Projects ...
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29 views

Stakeholder management articles [on hold]

I am looking for some case studies in Stakeholder management topic (for a class presentation) and with Googling around I found a lot of them but I am mostly interested in Agile methods of stakeholder ...
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2answers
201 views

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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1answer
24 views

MS Project: Show annual project cost

I am currently planning a project in MS Project. After allocating all resources and other cost to the tasks I need to present the annual budget of the project (split into manpower and direct cost). ...
1
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1answer
46 views

Which role among these are suitable for “Administrator” in Agile Software Development Projects?

I did some research in DSDM and Agile Projects and got stuck in this scenario. I'm new to this so please help me out. Suppose, in an organisation there are following posts: 1) Managing Director 2) ...
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1answer
22 views

Summary task shows wrong total duration

Microsoft Project 2013: A summary task shows a wrong total of DURATION HOURS: The sum should be 31 hours, but it shows only 25 hours. However, the sum of WORK HOURS is correct. Also, the calculation ...
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0answers
20 views

Any tips for customizing a Kanban View for Outlook Tasks?

I worked out how to create a Kanban View in Outlook, at last, and had hoped to contribute to this excellent and inspirational thread at "Where to Find a Desktop Kanban board application?", but I ...
3
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5answers
146 views

Planning a quick retrospective

If we had a semi-crummy sprint with low velocity and little to show for it and don't want to inundate ourselves with scrum-related overhead, fully cognizant that something not-right happened, with ...
1
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1answer
32 views

Applying conditional formatting on task status!

I am looking to apply conditional formatting specifically on task status field. Meaning, when the task is on schedule or complete, the task bar turns green. If the task is late, the bar turns red etc. ...
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1answer
99 views

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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2answers
29 views

MS Project - Resource assignment priorities

I have a support project that starts on 9th Feb and ends on 30th Sep. Work has to be done every day except holidays and weekends. I have three resources: Alice, Bob and Eve. Alice is working on the ...
0
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2answers
113 views

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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4answers
89 views

Should we put internal team tasks into Product Backlog?

Developer Team always has internal tasks (such as environment improvements, process improvements and so on). Sometimes they can be related with current project, sometimes not. There is no problem, if ...
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2answers
43 views

Do people use sticky notes for release planning still?

There is a perception in our company that Jira and other web tools have replaced the need for having scrum board and sticky notes. Our release planning happens with lot of impromptu big-huddles and ...
2
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1answer
38 views

Separation of cost from percentage complete?

I am monitoring the progression of a mine shaft. I have 2 goals each month: Goal 1: Progress 247 feet per month Goal 2: Spend roughly $133k per month. However, spend is not solely driven by the ...
2
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5answers
99 views

What is a good plan for a retrospective to show its purpose?

Background & assumptions: the team has 4 developers + team lead some of them participated in retrospective meeting before, some didn't the team would like to start doing retrospectives and ...
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1answer
37 views

MS Project - Duration without a start and finish date

Im currently working on a schedule where we have several options. Due to the fact there are several of them, and its not decided which we are going to be asked to perform, I want to be able to show ...
0
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2answers
65 views

time management

After you determine the activity durations, you have a range associated to the it (duration +/- sigma). If you now want to determine the critical path in the network diagram what figure should you ...
2
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2answers
55 views

Planning in MS Project: fixed work AND fixed duration

I currently plan a quite complex project in MS Project. At the moment I cannot plan everything out in detail, but I think that in my head I have a good understanding of how long a task will last and ...
0
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3answers
27 views

Should RACI matrix contain “Work estimation” activity?

A manager in our company (not really familiar with RACI) insists on having task "Work estimation" in the RACI. I am not really sure but IMHO it does not belong here as it is included in the ...
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1answer
41 views

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 use ...
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3answers
95 views

How can I measure the performance of different teams in different departments?

I was hired by a start-up company as a manager to run their operations and their offshore office. There are different teams under me including internet marketing, accounting, IT, etc. My background is ...
1
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2answers
48 views

MS Project 2013 - How to schedule a 6 hr work week maximum

I am working on a project with over 800 tasks and each task can take anywhere between 10 mins-3 hrs. I am assigning people (team of 10) to do tasks but each person can only be assigned for a maximum ...
2
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2answers
57 views

Underlying algorithms to restimate the remaining tasks based on previous estimated and actual time realised for completion?

I need to re-evaluate time for remaining tasks based on the actual time and estimated time of completed tasks. For example if a small project had 4 tasks and each task was estimated at 2 days. Lets ...
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2answers
36 views

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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2answers
33 views

Using TFS 2013 for Portfolio Management

1)I am planning on setting up TFS 2013 and using TFS 2013 for managing a number of projects, using the Portfolio Management features. I wanted to get a general opinion if this is a good idea - or is ...
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4answers
105 views

What we should do, if after planning we still have some free time in Sprint (i.e. unused forecasted capacity) and no tasks that will fit in it

A question about Sprint planning. Let's assume, that Team velocity are 20 Story Point (SP). The most prior Stories in Product Backlog are A (12 SP), B (5 SP) and C (4 SP). It's easy to see, that if ...
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3answers
90 views

What we should do with tasks which estimated time bigger than sprint?

I know, we need to separate this task to several subtasks. But what we should do, if further division of this task have no sense? What if all of resulting subtasks will have no business value until ...
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3answers
136 views

Scrum development team doubts

I have some doubts about development team: When is it formed? Each sprint? Because in each sprint I may have different requirements. It's necessary to keep all members on development team, if only ...
1
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2answers
87 views

What does “Architectural Spike” mean?

What does Architectural Spike mean? I know, that this is investigation activity for unknown and unestimated tasks. But I want know more details. When we should do it: during Sprint or between them? ...
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1answer
47 views

Microsoft Project Task to Start and Finish on the Same Day?

I have a project with a number of similar tasks all with slightly different durations. The tasks are also broken down into sub-tasks (all the sub-tasks are the same for each main task, again only ...
0
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4answers
69 views

How to document all tasks required in a project?

When leading a project, what are some suggestions for documenting all tasks required? Who should be involved with the PM to come up with the list?
0
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1answer
53 views

Who is responsible for structuring teams in Scrum?

From Scrum Guide: Development Teams are structured and empowered by the organization to organize and manage their own work. I am not a native English speaker and can not understand if by ...
2
votes
3answers
50 views

How can I manage a rapidly changing copy deck with a fixed deadline?

One of the projects I am managing is the creation of a large website for a very sensitive client. I am in a position where it's crunch time and I am being asked to promise on delivery dates for ...
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votes
1answer
34 views

Can we implement Scrum with activeCollab? [closed]

We are currently using activeCollab for our agile software development team. We are thinking of switching over to Scrum. Is it worthwhile to do so? I think the team may find it a bit difficult to use ...

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