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Story point on team with separate technologies

Currently we do like this: we estimate backlog in hours on sprint planning we fill backlog by assign tasks to persons as each one has different technology background and we need to know how much of ...
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Project Managing Upwards

Does anyone have any suggestions for managing upwards. Books, articles, blogs or papers? I have been told in a couple of performance reviews that I need to learn to manage upwards (in respect to ...
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Will it hurt my uncle business if he uses flash for the site?

Its a restaurant. I'm trying to convince him its a bad idea. I told him i was looking for a chinese restaurant with Google local search and found one but it was using flash so i went back and picked ...
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279 views

How to keep track of all the goals of a large project?

I have a very large library project in-progress involving French linguistics - (it will be) multi-faceted to work with the many aspects of language, including algorithmic inflections/conjugations, ...
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How to create custom fields at Project level in MS Project

Currently, i'm trying to create some custom fields, but i don't want to repeat them in all the tasks, i want to use the option of custom fields by project but the option is disabled. I want to know ...
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1answer
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The role of a product team in new product development

This question is specific to new product development. I am part of a medium size organization. In our organization, our executive team sets the product strategy. Once the product strategy is set, ...
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Best intro to Jira?

This is a bit of a broader question, but I hope this is the right place to ask. I think I need to provide a bit of backstory regarding my goals. We tried several different PM solutions (Wrike - ...
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Export timescale data from MSproject to Excel

I'd like to export timescale data like work to an excel file from MSProject We are looking to make a custom dashboard in excel but all timescale are not available to export. It seems like VBA can do ...
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Best way to get data from MS Project to Excel

I have created an excel file that outputs a really nice report for me after taking the input of Task name, resources, start date and finish date. The excel file is quite complicated and isn't ...
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How to compute the real finish date?

I would like to compute the real finish date, I mean : If Start date is 01/01/2015. and the Duration is 7 days , the real finish date is supposed to be 07/01/2015 (or at least 08/01/2015). Please ...
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Why the Auto-scheduled Finish date is Wrong in this case , using MS Project 2013 ?

When I set a Auto scheduled task to Start date : 07/05/2015 , and Duration to 12 month. I get a Finish date of 07/06/2016. There is a problem ! The finish day is supposed to be : 07/05/2015. I ...
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Project start date calculation in a Finish to Finish dependency scenario

In a Project task Finish to Finish relationship scenario, assume there are only 2 tasks in a project. Task B should not be Finished until Task A is finished. Task A takes 2 days and assume it is ...
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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?

Our team is distributed across two cities in EST and one city in PST. We heavily use Hangouts, Google Docs and other collaboration tools. Most advice and techniques for conducting retrospectives are ...
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Story Points mean effort but not time?

In Scrum, team assigns story points to tasks during planning poker. When explaining the meaning of points, the scrum master says it is effort. So if it is time consuming task but can be done easily or ...
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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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Time estimation and deadlines

I started working in my current job as an Android developer right after graduation (1.5 months ago), my first task was to build a complaint application which includes the following features: ...
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2answers
53 views

Fast start guide for ScrumMaster

I have been hired as a new ScrumMaster for two existing teams I would like a fast start guide to use as a plan of attack for how I should start. I am literally going to be dropped into the teams ...
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1answer
23 views

Automatic Dependency Generator

I have a list of datasets which are required to deliver a large project. The project is comprised of various products. Each product has a requirement for one or more of the datasets. I am want to ...
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Can you add a person to watch a JIRA issue?

In some cases, I'd like to let a teammate watch an issue, and be informed of whatever is going on about that issue, even though the issue is not assigned to him/her. Is it possible to add a person to ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to sort tasks by the order of a Custom attributes of a Custom Field?

This is not as simple as it seems to be. I have multiple tasks. That I group following a Custom field (text), called TypeC. The custom field can have Custom attributes that are already defined like ...
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4answers
379 views

Team productivity vs team size

I am looking for information about how the team size impact on project velocity. Let's assume that I have small project estimated on 300 h for single worker. What impact has got team size on ...
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6answers
81 views

How can you estimate workload for scrum when you have 4 disciplines in one team

We have been struggling with scrum for quite some time and I actually think one of the major problems is that each story takes multiple disciplines to complete (Design, IOS, Android, Backend). We ...
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Should a burndown chart be based on stories or tasks completed?

TL;DR; As the title reads: do you base your burndown chart on stories completed, or on tasks completed? Some background on why I'm asking this: I currently work in a software development team of 4 ...
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37 views

How to draw stacked column chart with custom text fields?

I am working on a report on MS Project 2013. In this report there is chart. The chart is based : NumberOftasks (Y-axis) which is a custom field of type number. Localization (X-axis) which is done ...
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2answers
41 views

Displaying a resource's tasks across multiple subprojects

I am having a bit of an issue getting the kind of report that I want from MS Project 2010. To get some background on my project, I am creating a master scheduled using multiple templates. The ...
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2answers
175 views

How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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1answer
37 views

What formula should I use to calculate a target date in google docs, based on total man-days, if the size of team will change during development?

I'm having a complete brain fart trying to figure this out. Let's say I have 600 man-days left of work to complete, and this is located in cell E3. I want to calculate the target date for completion ...
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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?

Can someone try to explain me the tasks of a PM in a software project? Especially during the stages of development, test and release. Can't figure out what benefit they bring to the team during ...
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ScrumBut. Does this term have any negative connotations?

I have always heard this word in a negative context. But I don't understand why? I don't see anything bad in deviating from the Scrum. Why not, if it works? Well used ScrumBan is ScrumBut too. Or even ...
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Counting PMP experience part time on multiple projects

I know you aren't allowed to claim hours for overlapping dates when you work full time because there are only 40 hours in a week. I wonder though how to document my situation. I usually have one big ...
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1answer
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How to visualize changing priorities between different projects so each group of stakeholders could see the relative importance of “their” own?

Current status: 30 open projects competing for a fixed pool of R&D resources and workers. Stakeholders from within the company spread among different areas of the company (Production, Tech ...
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1answer
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Automating processes within your organization?

Case: My company deals with creative tasks, which by default are difficult to automate: graphic design video editing / post-production audio composition & sound effects On the other side, for ...
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257 views

When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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421 views

Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of adding external software developers to an existing developer team for a small project? What are the pros and cons? For me: Pros: Development should in theory be ...
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Enhance Participation

One of the main issues of my kind of projects seems to be the participation. Since these projects run beside the people's daily business some people only spend so much time in the project. This makes ...
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What problems can be diagnosed from a Scrum Cumulative Flow Burnup?

Useful charts for a Kanban system shows how to read a Kanban cumulative flow chart. I am wondering what patterns stand out on a Scrum cumulative flow burnup? I've seen two patterns frequently: the ...
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How to start developing project management tool? [closed]

I have been nominated for developing a project management tool for my organization where all project related information, check list and related information to be stored (as of now, no concrete ...
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Microsoft Project resource usage hours problem

These are my default calendar options: Default start time: 8am Default end time: 5pm Hours per day: 8 Hours per week: 40 I have two resources. Resource 1 has the standard calendar (8 hours / day) ...
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Why use both story points and hours?

I'm a new scrum master for a team that is using story point estimation and hours. We do story points first during grooming and then hours during planning. I always thought of story points as being ...
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When I split a task, where can I find the dates related to the cut?

When I split a task, where can I find the dates related to the cut ? I mean: Start date; End and start of the first cut; Start of the second cut; End of the second part of the task.
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1answer
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How to draw a graph with X-axis group by and Y-axis a Customized field using MS Project?

I am unable to draw a chart in report using MS Project 2013, that have in X-axis (Grouped by) and in the other part Y-axis a customized field ? I can't find customized fields here :
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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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1answer
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Scrum master certification from other authorities than Scrum Alliance?

Having worked in Scrum for the past 5 years, a client of mine demands a formal certification. I certainly do not want to spend money for 2 day training of something I know quite well but I thought ...
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1answer
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Can I have a double task on the same line in MS Project?

Suppose I have a task that is being stopped for a while and then it continues. I would like to show that like recurrent tasks , is this possible with manual tasks ?
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1answer
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Microsoft Project 2013 Custom Report Not Respecting Task Filter

I've recently made the move to Project 2013 Standard (15.0.4727.1001) and seem to be having problems using even simple filters I've created within custom reports. For example, I wanted to create a ...
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1answer
23 views

How to filter the tasks that have a non-estimated duration?

I would like to filter only the tasks that have a duration fixed and know. I have a lot of tasks with an estimated duration, I want to filter the others. Is this possible under MS Project 2013 ?
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2answers
106 views

How do I get started with Kanban? I have a backlog full of user stories

I'm in the early stages of developing a new project and I'm trying to pick up and apply agile techniques. In particular I'm trying to set up a Kanban approach with the development of this project. ...
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2answers
41 views

tracking and progress in a Kanban

How can we measure the progress of a task in Kanban? Also will there be an estimate for a task or is it simply saying that focus on the task and finish it rather than sticking to the deadline ?
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How can we mitigate uncertainty about project estimation in the initial phase?

According to Boehm’s Software Engineering Economics, during the project initiation, estimates can be off by as much as 400%. However, in order to make the sale, account managers are expected to make ...
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2answers
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...

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