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Project Management on a team with diverse skill set?

Assume I have 1-3 Objectives (OKRs), and 1 to 3 Key Results (KR) per Objective. Today here’s my workflow: I work with my team during grooming sessions to get a high level cost to achieve the KR. I do ...
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Should management reserve be a part of profit calculation ? Your experience

I work for a software consulting company. When we estimate fixed-price projects we usually have a cost baseline estimate (cost estimate + contingency reserve) and then based on this we can come up ...
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Using A.I. and neural activity monitoring on workers? I am using it on my team. Why is it bad? [closed]

I have just tested some new software and techniques on our team and I got a very defensive response here... My workers are kind of into it, some are not. I made sure they do not rebel, the moment I ...
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Using project management tools like MS Project or Primavera in an agile team

Do project management tools like MS Project and Primavera make sense in a software team and for a software product, assuming that the team is following agile practices and uses, e.g., Scrum. Are ...
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What formulas to use for Estimate at Completion calculation?

I am not sure what formula to use to calculate EAC in next circumstances. When future budget estimates do not change. Is it correct to use EAC = AC + ETC? When future costs continue at the same ...
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How to handle unequally distributed material cost in EVM

I am looking into Earned Value Management and seem to be unable to find anything useful on how to deal with large material cost, which are not equally spread over the project. All examples that I have ...
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Hired a mid level consultant who is producing junior level work. We're 2 weeks in. Should I recommend letting her go or giving her time to ramp up?

Things to consider: She's getting paid at a level that implies that she is a very experienced mid level consultant She doesn't ask questions, even though I very clearly make it known that I'm ...
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Do social responsibility, vision-based management, and providing team with safety increases project efficiency?

Recently I've been getting into management philosophy by reading some basic Drucker and Collins, very interesting stuff. Coming from an engineering background my idea about any subject would be for ...
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"build solid foundations" production philosophy?

I have read some stuff about production philosophies (such as just-in-time production, lean production, etc). It seems to me that different philosophies have different merits, and are applicable to ...
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Duration vs Work...Resource Overallocation Errors

I am fairly new to project so apologies up front...I have several tasks in my project plan which have a set duration; i.e. start and end dates/due dates, but the actual amount of time required for ...
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Customer is unable to plan his next month requests

I'm a junior PM in small software development company. I'm managing the development of an e-commerce platform for a customer (a big company) for which we make new developments every month. The ...
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When should I raise risk with stakeholder [closed]

Should I raise risks immediately when I see one or should I try to resolve the risk first and then raise it. How long should I try before raising one.
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How to be an honest and good project coordinator in a corrupt and dishonest work environment?

The project I am working on is given by the government organization to two private companies (A1 and A2) through a bidding process. The government is their client and the companies are vendors. I am ...
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What is 'overhead' in a research project budget?

I am a new to project management, and I have started working on a European project proposal. I can't figure out what "overhead" actually is. Can anyone explain to me, or provide me with sources from ...
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How to reduce the impact of key staff leaving a project?

While managing a project, what actions should a project manager or team lead do to mitigate the risk of performance degradation in the event a project worker leaves the project prior to his or her ...
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How to model a map of conflicts / interests?

I want to know how to elaborate a stakeholder analysis (there's a lot of literature about this on internet, but I need real examples / references, something with a "hands-on touch"), and how can I use ...
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How do I lead / manage several teams?

I am a software developer, and I have been offered a new job opportunity : Technical Project Manager. I will manage a project that will be implemented by four teams (with different roles); each team ...
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How to handle friction between the team and a new process [closed]

Martin is the project manager for a small new product development project at his company. After some time, audits reveal that the quality of the finished product, if it continues along its current ...
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Feedback process for individuals in scrum team

I work as Scrum Master in a team which has developers and QAs. In the organization I work for we have a review cycle every six months. Directors do the evaluation of the Scrum team based on agile ...
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Recommendations for project core metrics

I am currently trying to create some better systems for keeping on top of the projects which I need to manage. As part of this, I am attempting to draw up a list of core metrics that I think every ...
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How to avoid recurring questions and contradictions about same or related problems?

The questions How can we avoid ending up with contradicting requirements raised from the users? We'd appreciate process improvement suggestions that'd fit our limited resources. Disclaimer I haven ...
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Ensuring customer requirements are clear [closed]

As a new Project Manager what techniques and tactics exist to ensure the requirements of the project are as clear as possible and consensus is achieved about the delivery outcome. In this context I ...
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MS Project: Scenario planning issue

Relatively new to MS Project and have come across an issue, I've searched through threads to see if I could see anything similar without luck, so apologies if this has been covered previously. The ...
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Am I eligible to get PMP Certification? [closed]

I have done my Masters in Business Administration with HR and Marketing as my Specialization. It's been four years. I am currently working as Lead Recruiter with a Reputed Organization. So, I just ...
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What should a scrum master do if his manager insists on managing the team?

In an organisation they decided to hire a full time scrum master to help them transition to scrum. Most of the developers onshore and offshore were new to the company's huge system, and new to scrum. ...
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Stake holder mapping and management

What are some of the ways I can do stake holder mapping and stake holder management ? Although at the moment I am not sure what the end objective is, I am keen to understand the same.
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MBA or PMP for an engineering graduate? [duplicate]

I am a fresh graduate with Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently working as Jr. Mechanical Engineer in an MEP project. I always wanted to do courses in management, but I am ...
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Managing Internal projects as if the manager was a client. Does this method have a name?

As a manager in a company, I found that some people within my team performs better when they are trusted with a task and when I manage them and the tasks I give them, like if I was a client. I debrief ...
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Redmine or GitLab: Which is more suitable for serious Project Management [closed]

Currently I am a Software Project Manager in a Software Company with 25 developers. Currently we are using Redmine as our PM tool. Our projects are typically from 2 to 5-6 people and we have about 20 ...
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Turnover rate in a project

I have to calculate the monthly turnover rate of my team. The formula I am using is the same as described in (http://www.payscale.com/compensation-today/2010/02/how-to-calculate-employee-turnover): ...
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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

I intend to introduce sprints to my company, fairly new to it myself. Not sure if it's appropriate for my current situation, we have several on going projects, all of them are ERP scale size and most ...
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Preventing "functional redundancy" in large organizations: Where are the discussions?

Looking for the correct terminology to research what IT Management science calls the level of software just above the "open source" level. Looking to research how very large organizations try to ...
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How useful can a Project Manager be?

I'm looking for some honest feedback. I'm leaving my current position in a few days for a bigger company, better pay, better hours, etc. One of the main reasons I'm leaving though is the management ...
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How to do a SWOT Analysis [closed]

I am an undergraduate in an intro management class. I have to work in a group and complete a SWOT analysis on a well known company. I understand the theory but how do you actually apply this? How do ...
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Is scrumban approach suitable to a small organization management? [closed]

The case is: There are 9 people involved - 3 engineers 2 sales 2 marketing 1 client/project manager 1 general manager Engineers are related to marketing, sales and project managers. Sales and ...
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Which specific tasks do fall under "Project Support" activity?

I need some advice on what tasks can fall under "Project Support" activity in a similar way that we can say the following fall under "Project Development" Requirement gathering coding testing
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As the head of a department, how do you justify your remuneration when what you do is hard to measure?

I am currently in charge of a bunch of guys who are generally self starters and self organizing, so being their manager, most of the time I just have to step out of their way and provide some minor ...
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Best way to divide & assign development work on projects?

Currently I'm part of a development team which create software and web applications; And I get assigned to tasks randomly (kind of); most of the time I'm the only one working on a certain project, as ...
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How to hold a project kick-off / requirements gathering meeting for a job interview?

I've got the dream job interview of a lifetime tomorrow, and I need to facilitate a 45-minute requirements gathering and planning meeting for a software application they think up. It will be me ...
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Advice needed: best project management solution for a small web studio

I am a web developer in a small web design studio (15-20 employees). It was founded back in 2005 and since that time we've made over 700 different sites (~500 projects, ~300 clients). I started ...
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Should a Scrum Master also perform a functional manager role?

We're trying to plan for agile transformation soon, and one of the main sticking points in this is organizational structure. Management's expectation is to have a Scrum Master perform all normal ...
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How much management is needed for medium sized IT company?

I am a software dev in a medium size company. We work with a few people remotely (in a different EU country). We used to have the following people: 1 CTO 2 agile coaches (1 of them being a PO as well ...
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Role of a project manager

At my work we have a single project manager on site. We have several concurrently running projects split between a couple of dozen developers, and we also have several developer teams overseas who ...
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Managing an employee that might not respect your authority

I inherited a team 9 months ago. My style is to work alongside my team (and help them set goals + priorities) versus use fear, dictate, or break their confidence. A member of my team is a year older ...
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Is a Project Coordinator a Step closer to becoming a Project Manager?

So I understand that the Project Coordinator's main duties are to schedules the project, manages contracts and vendors, manages the resources (especially in construction projects), creates most ...
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How can project management process influence the product management process?

I experience projects in which Product Managers delivered the requirements with a great delay. In other cases, the requirements were delivered only for 1 or 2 sprints, then the PM left the company. ...
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Need an advice on Project management and company structure for a small social media agency (10-15 ppl)

I need your advice folks! I know the question may be quite trivial but I haven't found any related to my situation answers. And I don't know where to start We have new start-up company, that has ...
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I am having difficulties in managing tasks that shows up in a random fashion

I am managing 4 projects, and every time I check email, I do see lots of tasks. Once I complete all these tasks, and feel it is done, again I see suddenly something else coming up. Please suggest ...
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In Scrum, what role is responsible for changing team composition?

I am a team member in a Scrum team. This morning I had a discussion with my Scrum Master where I said that I needed a two people from another team to be a part of my team. I said I would like to ...
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How to deal with a team member who constantly overestimates

In an ideal world using Scrum we are all supposed to take part in the iteration planning, select tasks and stories, from the groomed backlog. You then have a planning meeting where everyone comes ...
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