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How to estimate a project without understanding the network path?

I am trying to estimate for a project, with each resource work for some hours and i have total hours for project. How can derive the exact completion date ? Eg. Resource 1 - 25 tasks - 240 hrs ...
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What to do with the Sprint backlog tasks that we have decided are not needed any more

Can anybody answer my question here? I have estimated for 5 to 6 tasks like analysis (4 hrs), design (3 hrs), logical review (1 hr), peer review (1 hr), unit testing (1 hr), coding (2 hrs) and release ...
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How to Calculate Effort Variance in Scrum

My team currently works in 3 week sprints and we are capturing Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for each sprint. One of the KPIs is Effort Variance (EV) per sprint My question is at the end of the ...
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Is it possible to control a project without start date and durations?

In a discussion about the project plan with my team we collected activities, brought them into order and defined end dates. When we came to defining start dates and durations one of the elder team ...
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Estimating and Project budgets

I'd be interested to hear how you manage dealing with project budgets when having to provide a fixed cost up front for the customer ahead of starting the work? For context, and without giving too ...
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How many developers do we need? How much time?

We are currently using Scrum and we are evolving into Kanban. At the same time, we are starting a migration from version 1 of our underlying framework to version 2. There is a target date of January 1 ...
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When are Story Points and priority estimated in the planning phase of agile?

In our agile requirements gathering sessions (not sure of the technical name sorry), where we engage with the product owner to list all stories that are required for the implementation, we typically ...
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How to estimate effort when the story involves a large number of repeat processes?

In our organization we occasionally have stories that involve a very large number of repeated process. The process itself is very simple and straightforward and usually we give 2~3 points. When the ...
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How can I determine a project end date when PBIs are not estimated?

How can I determine a project end date when Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are not estimated? Consider the following two examples: I am on a project that is at the beginning. I'm asked when the project ...
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Current best metrics related to requirements, design and architecture

So my boss put forth a 'research and find out question' to me: Are there ANY (absolutely any, no matter the dumbest, but any) metrics for requirements management? Eg. Requirements completeness, ...
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Should we estimate business users' availability for an agile project?

I recently submitted my project estimations for peer review and I have been advised that we need to estimate the business users' availabilities that will be required to complete each Sprint. I was ...
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Lean Kanban without estimates or time logging

I work in academia (research). Tasks are varied and almost always involve delving into topics that produce more tasks when you are more informed. A pull system seems appropriate rather than an ...
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How to set quarterly goals for an unknown amount of work?

My team is working on improving performance for our web application. We have a general idea that we want to: Lower the number of "bad" API calls by focusing on driving down the number of requests ...
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How do you write completable “stories” when all members of a team have a specialty?

From a user perspective our stories seem clear. From a engineering perspective our stories are a bit too broad and need to be broken up into sub-tasks. This is OK, but each member of the team has a ...
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How to determine hours spent on a project if didn't record them at the time?

How can I produce an accurate determination of hours spent on projects in the past when I didn't record the time spent at the time? I used to own my own business putting on concerts in the Seattle ...
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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 ...
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How to estimate cost to remove bug?

Couple of month before I committed one project to remove bug from that software, that project is not developed according to customer requirements. So, I have included some advanced function according ...
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Multiple resources for one task in MS Project

I have a single task (of type Fixed Work) with a total Work estimated to 160 hours. When I assign two full-time resources (let's call them Alice and Bob) to it, Duration of the task is 80 hours, as ...
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Software to help estimate effort and record effort for timeline purposes (one man team)

I am trying to find some software that allows the following workflow: Create a wbs with effort. Plot wbs items onto a Gantt chart to see when items should/could be completed by and build a schedule. ...
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Which model of benefits measure is appropriate for a new projects

I would like to know a good method to measure which idea choose to get the maximal benefits. The live is more easier when we have a customer which suggests some price and we can balance the cost to ...
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How can we persuade team members to estimate in story points instead of hours?

We use story points to estimate our user stories. We find that story points solve the problem of underestimating the amount of actual work which is required to complete a task, as it takes the ...
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How to estimate a Research and Development project?

Our software team has been doing a lot of R&D work to improve the performance of our product. Of course, the management team would like to know how long it's going to take to improve the ...
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Advanced estimation accuracy techniques

What techniques are available to calculate the accuracy of ranged estimates, on units of work that may be irregularly re-estimated? The evaluation should account for estimates made on behalf of ...
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Is COCOMO 2 Estimation Sound, or is there Something Better?

I am reading about COMOMO estimation and what I see is margin of error is almost always too high. Also I didn't like the idea to use lines of code to measure progress. So I wonder is COMOMO really a ...
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Unable to determine the actor in UCP estimation for a given scenario

I have just started using Use Case Points recently. Apparently it looks simple to use but there are certain scenarios where it is difficult to figure out the right transaction count or actor count. ...
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Estimating the project time and cost while preparing the proposal of a project

I'm working in a medium sized company as a CTO, the business side in the company is sending an average of 5 proposals/day to be estimated in terms of working hours and cost for each proposal. In that ...
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How to estimate story points if team members work on different applications

Our team consists of 4 full-time developers and occasional outside help. The developers maintain several different applications and do not all share the same skill set. I understand that scrum teams ...
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Estimating the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time?

How can one estimate the resource usage breakdown of a project at initial proposal time? For example in fixed price project, say a ten-member team project with project duration 12 months 1 PM 1 ...
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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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Can you use the Software Equation to get LOC output?

The Software Equation is: E is effort in man months or years. P is the "productivity parameter." B is the "special skills factor." t is length of project measured in months or years. Now, I'm ...
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Any suitable cost estimation approaches for ETL projects?

I would like to know if there are any suitable estimation approaches for ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) projects. In my case I will be using Logstash for an elastic stack. Since the amount of work (...
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Is it possible to display Estimation Points for lanes in Active Sprint in JIRA?

in the attachment you can see JIRA, an active Scrum Board. I've a very simple question, is it possible to have on top of the lane a number representing the Estimated Points that are the sum of that ...
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

I am reading a book from Steve McConnell dealing with software project estimations and I do not understand the following statement (my translation, I got the book in German): An effective ...
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EQ/EO determination from a functional point sizing perspective

I am new to function point(FP) estimation. I am considering the following cases would be considered as External Inquery(EQ)/ External Output(EO) in function point sizing perspective. Please correct me ...
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How do you cost for an agile ux project?

Hi I work for a small digital agency where we do a lot of ux work and therefore a lot of planning and research. The culture and approach to development projects we have moved to in recent years makes ...
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How to calculate moving performance target?

As you will see, I'm completely new to PM. I have to write 100,000 words in 6 months. Let's say that is 548 words/day. I would like to know how to calculate a daily target of words needed to ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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How to estimate delivery date with unidentified tasks

Given a software project which is complete when all of its deliverables are delivered, in which each deliverable has sub-deliverables, in which each sub-deliverable has multiple tasks assigned to it ...
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When estimating with story points should developers and QA provide their estimate based on their individual idea of complexity?

The question was as follows (and from the QA member of the team): Should I think about how complex it is from a QA AND a developer's perspective? Or just from a QA's perspective? Since story points ...
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How handle the change in baseline story

We follow Agile Scrum. We had identified a baseline story for story point estimation and used it for many sprints. We had a velocity calculated. After sometime, the team found that the baseline is not ...
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How to Estimate Scope, Cost and Budget for Developing a Phone App

I have some questions regarding how to handle bidding for a project, and how to structure the contract for the project. How can I find the answers to the following questions: How many people (this ...
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Slowing down of an agile team as the development progresses

Let's consider an agile software project. In the beginning of a project each Story can be implemented quite quickly because the code base is small, there're few dependecies between different parts ...
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Fibonacci scale project estimates: how is it not vulnerable to misunderstanding by management?

The Fibonacci sequence is to assist developers with project estimates. The concern is that we consistently see management use the points derived from Fibonacci sequence estimates to determine project ...
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How to estimate time for a project needing skills only a new hire has?

I have a little new company that works with robotics, machine vision and natural language processing. But for some projects, we need to write some Android/iOS applications. In our company we don't ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

It is clear that in Sprint Planning the Product Owner has to be present. However, since the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? Although the ...
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How can I plan a project that has undefined scope associated with learning new skills?

The client has set (and we have agreed to) the deadline for a project. In order to complete the project, the team needs to master a new tool chain including Selenium and Java. How do I establish a ...
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When should we stop estimating?

When using Scrum, are the estimated story points for completing an User Story sufficient, or should the estimate be taken at the task level?
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Scrum task estimation methodologies

I want to know about tasks analysis and estimation methods that can be used in a Scrum process to make task estimations for a sprint. Deciding whether a story(task) is small or large requires some ...
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Functional vs Non-functional requirements: Standard proportion of time spending

I have an application that have no unit tests. There are performed only manual tests through UI clicking. There is also a lot of spaghetti code, runtime evalutions, duck castings, old versions of ...
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Project Management Gantt Tool makes All Tasks Concurrent

All the gantt tools I have tried make all tasks concurrent, until I specify start date or dependencies. I do not yet know the start date, and not all tasks have dependencies (well not enough to fully ...

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