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What is the name of the practice of mapping problems and their inter connected relationships?

Some time ago I saw an article about a model where the different problems or dysfunctions of a team (or company) where identified. Then, once the problems are identified, the relationship between them ...
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Is "citizen development" <software development> an old thing with new name in the project management field?

From my personal experience project managers as other "knowledge workers" have being creating software applications using low-code / no code platforms, i.e. the Macro recorder in MS Office ...
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If the end (date) is forever sliding intentionally, is it a project?

I have this struggle in my mind, on how to define projects, and how much can I (we) stretch the definition of a project. A rough, simplistic definition of a project would be "an endeavor taken in ...
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How do you create a road map for a non-development department? [closed]

I recently started a new position as manager of a department in a small software company. I was project lead at my previous position, but our setup was much less formal and relaxed than it is here. ...
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Is Backlog a list of items or a status of those items?

I'm a little confused about the "backlog" best practice and I would like to educate myself on this. I know the point of it, but the thing is, that I can't tell by definition, whether it's a ...
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A term for projects with long release cycle

Traditionally Agile is compared to Waterfall. And I think that most people when do this, think of Waterfall simply as a model with long release cycles. E.g. we plan tasks for 6-12 months, implement &...
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Self-organizing teams: team as a whole or every team member?

While many people mention self-organizing/self-managing teams, I'm having hard times finding out the precise definition. Self-organization by itself seems clear: you're not pushed by external force. ...
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What is the purpose of a milestone?

How is it any different between a goal or a deadline?
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What are the step to go from a vague IT idea to an IT project?

I am currently working on an IT project, and I have no prior experience in project management. I would like to ask what is the process to get from a vague IT idea to a concrete project, and a ...
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Efficiency vs effectiveness in an example - isn't it wrong?

I have just read an example: Consider there are sales representatives whose weekly goal is to make 70 calls. That reflects the effectiveness. Then the amount of these calls leading to successful deals ...
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What is an "e zero" estimate

I am often asked to provide an "e zero" estimate for a piece of work. I have been assuming up to now that it means "rough estimate". Does anyone have any link to what this means specifically. I ...
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What is the definition of Product

When working Scrum we are familiar with the words "Product Owner" and "Product Backlog" but what is "Product"?
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Is there a name, a study, a blog post about the management failure to give clear priorities and objectives? I experience this every day. My boss gives me long term deadline that I discuss with him. ...
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Is there a terminology for projects spanning across multiple time zones?

It is very common for projects involving people from different time zones which brings with it a bunch of management and communication issues. Is there a terminology used in Software world for such ...
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Requirements vs User stories

In this accepted answer (from Software Engineering StackExchange) to a question targeting my blocker, one can read: (...) think of user stories as a subset of requirements (...) It's quite ...
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Difference between Project and Process

I am little confused with a difference between project and process. Is "An upgrade of software on 100 machines or 1 machine" a project or a process? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
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Boss came and said "The system is broken". Would this be a project?

I am preparing for the CAPM exam and following Rita's book. But I couldn't figure out whether or not the above would be considered a Project. It is also written: Of the thousands of students RMC ...
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Can running my own business be counted towards PMI experience requirements?

I started a retail business from scratch. I imported ready-made garments. I was the CEO for three years, managed everything, and worked in my stores full time. I had employees as well. The ...
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Caution or Waste?

Are there any strict definitions regarding the difference between caution/security/safety and waste? For example, consider the following scenarios: 1: "We just finished this. We'd better test it ...
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Project Outline

I am writing a proposal for my project to create a data warehouse for a company. I came to the question of the Project Outline and I am a bit not sure of what shall I say in regards to this section! ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

I'm a developer on a scrum team and I'm finding it hard to understand and empathize with the end goal when stories start with "As the system". These stories should be straight forward because as a ...
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PM project definitions [closed]

What are the definitions, and examples of to show the differences between: Vision, Business outcome, Goal, Objective, Requirement, Scope, Product.
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How is a project's governance different to its strategy?

As i understand it, governance is the strategic task of defining an organization's goals, direction, limitations and accountability which sounds similar to a strategy however people seem to refer to ...
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How should we apply MoSCoW prioritization to our project requirements?

I've read a reference to MoSCoW prioritization. I'm confused about what the requirements are for each level: Must Have Should Have Could Have Won’t Have (this time) Do we need all four levels of ...
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Risk management concepts definitions

I am trying to define some concepts of risk management and I am having some trouble. I am using definitions from ISO 73:2009 and from "A. Avizienis, J-C Laprie, B. Randell, and Landwehr. Basic ...
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Is deciphering a book a project?

I just got an argument with a friend about whether deciphering the Voynich manuscript (a mysterious book dated in the 15th century, written in an unknown script) should be deemed a "project". He told ...
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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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What are some good definitions for High, Medium and Low priorities?

I am using a project management system that forces me to define feature requests as either High, Medium or Low priority. Has anyone got a good set of definitions that clarifies what those priorities ...
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Can I have a have a project without having a portfolio?

I'm studying the PMBOK Guide together with Head First PMP. I'm confused about the distinction between portfolios, programs, and projects. If I have only one project, do I still have a portfolio?
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What is the definition of "project" in Agile settings?

The context is a PMO running across two development groups, one doing Agile development, the other using the waterfall model. In order to come up with a common approach and engagement model, we would ...
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What is a Contingency Value and Value Pricing?

When it comes to Project Management Vocabs and definitions, as a beginner I find it hard to understand some of the definition I find on the web, two of those are meanings that I find hard to ...
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Difference between "Earned Value" and "Contribution Margin"?

I have been searching here and there for the meanings of "Earned Value" and "Contribution Margin", it doesn't seem to make sense to me why so many project could have a positive(+) Contribution Margin, ...
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Project metric definitions

I often read about Agile development in blogs. It seems that some PM terms are sometimes mentioned with slightly different meanings depending on the context. Could you transcribe from a book (either ...
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What's the exact definition of "Program Manager"?

I'm still confused with the title 'Program Manager' after I went through this site and searched over threads. Actually I haven't seen many 'Program Managers' in practice. Is it a regular role in ...
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What is the spiral method of project management methodologies?

What exactly is a spiral module in terms of projects management methods? What does it entail? Is it a loosely formed term akin to agile as well (as there are various variants)? Finally, In which ...
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Disregard PMBOK. How could I define a Project?

I've been placed in a new position, to manage "projects" for a help desk/tech support organization. Some of the projects on my list have arbitrarily been removed, because they were not considered a ...
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality Assurance"...
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What is kanban?

I'm curious as to what kanban is. I just learned about it seconds ago reviewing another question. (a) What is involved that would consider it Kanban? (b) Also how does it different from other ...
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Definition of Project Success

How do you define a successful project? Is success contingent on the overall value that the product or service yielded for the organization? If the project was successfully delivered, that is the ...
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What is an engagement manager - what does (s)he do?

Could anyone please give me a role description of an engagement manager? I think it should be the person internally responsible for getting a deal. The more detailed the better. References are also ...
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What is the generally-accepted definition of a "software project?"

One of side discussions here on PMSE brought me to this: what exactly do we understand when we say "a project?" The most obvious thing is to start with Wikipedia definition: A project is a ...
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What is OEM-dependent consulting? [closed]

Is this a common term in consulting? Our prof mentiones this, but I can't find any definition in the inet.
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Whats the difference between a project manager and an IT manager?

What is the difference between these roles and where is the crossover? Is it possible to be both in particular jobs?
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What's the best definition and explanation of project risk?

I've had trouble in the past explaining project risk to non-PMs. For me the key element I struggle to get people to accept is that a risk is something outside the control of those on the project (...
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