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Managing scope creep in Agile

I often get asked this question in the interview, and no matter what I answer the interviewers do not seem to get satisfied. So, they start with asking how to manage scope creep in Project Management?...
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Is it acceptable to terminate an interview early?

At a recent interview, a candidate couldn't write a small piece of code on a whiteboard. The answers she had given up to that point had also been weak, so rather than have her spend more time talking ...
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How to handle selection process for new project manager position I'm interested in?

In the company I'm currently working at, there is a new opening for a project manager position. I've been here for two long years working in a more technical role (software configuration manager), ...
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How to determine the skills of a software developer in a job interview?

I have come to a new challenge in my career that involves handling some job interviews, and I must determine if the applicant really has mastered the skills he/she lists in his/her CV. How do I ...
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Interview tips for a Project Manager Position, with no IT background, but strong PM Skills

I have managed to get through the phone screening and have an in-person interview for the position of a Project Manager with an e-commerce company. I have a strong background in project management (5+ ...
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Interviewing business analyst

There is a small company working on a software projects - mainly medium-sized integration project for big clients from financial industry. There is a PM, a few developers, a couple of quality ...
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How to conduct an exit interview with an external contractor?

I have a contractor, who is a programmer, that has successfully performed his duties in the short time and I'd like to receive feedback from him on our organization. How do I prepare for such a ...
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Why do companies claim they're using Scrum, when they aren't?

Being a software developer who interviewed with a lot of companies and switched jobs a couple of times, I noticed a lot of companies tend to claim they're using Scrum (e.g. during the interview ...
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Interview preparation tips for junior project manager position or project manager with no experiences

What kind of preparations or any helpful tips should be done/handle ahead for going in interview for junior project manager position or project manager position? ( A person who has no PM experiences ...
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Interview question on "convince your programmers to work that hard"

If you have been asked the following question during an interview. What would be your answer? You have only 2 weeks before the deadline to fix 500 bugs. Since there is no more other programmers ...
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Scheduling interview with stakeholders

Have a business process re-engineering project where I need to schedule and conduct interviews with business participants and stakeholders in a short period of time (4 weeks). What is the best way ...
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What indicates a good Project Manager?

I get an understanding of what good code is and what skills will be needed on my project. I can assess a software developer's skills and knowledge by looking at his code and asking technical questions....
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How to create an astounding innovative project plan when the information is too broad and there is short time to do it

Maybe you remember my last question, where I asked how to leverage my internal knowledge to better handle an internal selection process for project manager. Well, in part because of that advice, I ...
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How to Simulate a Kick-off meeting For a Project Management Job Interview?

As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this ...
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How to assess "We do scrum" on a job interview?

I have noticed on some job ads where at the near end company states "we do scrum". I'm just getting into scrum stuff and I learned little bit about scrumbuts https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-...
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Where does Product Management stop and UX start?

I'm working on the case study for a PO interview and trying to do my best interpreting the instructions. I'll be coming up with an updated user journey for part of their subscription process; I'm free ...
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Tips for a business analyst job interview?

I'm going in for my second round of interviews for a technically-minded business analyst position tomorrow. The first (phone) interview went great, and they seemed to really like me, and I really ...
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Scrum Master Interview Questions [closed]

As an internal Agile Coach, I'm often asked to help select new Scrum Masters for teams. I would like to develop a set of questions to evaluate existing employees for their fit for being a scrum master ...
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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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How to discover potential customer needs without prior market assumption

I'm quite new to the world of lean product management so excuse me if my questions sound too obvious or dull. So far I'm learning that Customer Development starts with an assumption about the market ...
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Interviewing for MS Project skills

I'm assisting with interviewing a few new PM candidates, and I've been given the task of asking questions related to their MS Project knowledge. The other interviewers are using experience-based ...
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How should I approach a Product Owner interview test?

I have an interview this week for a PO position and they have set a hypothetical practical exercise where one of their clients is experiencing a problem with their mobiles app and for the candidate to ...
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What is the most technically challenging project you have worked on as a non-technical project manager?

I've worked in the high tech/software development industry for a while, but I struggle to form an answer to this interview question. The interview question intends to learn how I contributed ...
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When faced with a back of the envelope type question in a PM interview, is there a standard of accuracy that is expected?

Back of the envelope calculations are not meant to be very accurate - but they are meant to be better than random guesses. The process of making one usually helps remove bias from your answer, and ...
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Project managment case on interview: Contingency resolution

I am getting ready for an interview for the role of project manager and came across an interesting case. How would you approach this case in an interview? Your team supports Google's internal service ...
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How to manage a team that uses a software language you don't know? [closed]

Last week I participated to a job interview for technical manager position and this question was asked to me, how would u answer this question?
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How you answer for such question on job interview: Why would you like to be a Project Manager? [closed]

I would like to ask you Directors, PMs, and HRs for something. Lately I have been on several job interviews. The question what very often I have heard was: "Why would you like to be a Project Manager?"...
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Strength and weakness for Product Manager interview question [closed]

In job interviews for a project manager position, the interviewer often asks the applicant to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. What is the interviewer hoping to learn by asking this? How ...
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Is it common to conduct technical test for project manager (IT projects) interview? [closed]

I have been requested to attend 'some' technical test while I applying a job for PM position which is unusual in Singapore. This is fuzz. Am I hired to do coding like a developer?
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How to describe a system [closed]

I am new to this community and please go easy on me. I have been doing C# dev for like 10 years and recently I am considering a Business Analyst (BA) position. When I applied for the role, the ...
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PM Interview Case Study approach Question

My background is primarily in enterprise services/sales engineering with a focus on AI/ML however I am trying get into Product Management and as part of an interview process, I am have a take home ...
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Creating interview standards for an IT department [closed]

How do you create a baseline standard across your team for how to conduct interviews? We have done some research into the actual interview techniques (#, #, #, #, #). What I'm looking for is to see ...
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