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Which methodology would be best suited for for a project with a long release cycle?

I'm part of a large team developing a hardware project. Initially, our team worked according to the waterfall methodology, but several years ago the top management began an “Agile transformation” in ...
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Is the Crystal methodology still practised anywhere?

The Crystal methodology is fairly often included in lists of Agile methodologies and it is easy to find articles from recent years giving an overview of it and comparing it to other Agile ...
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Is PRINCE2 truly in public domain?

I am a bit confused. I know PRINCE2 was released to be public domain in about 1990 but then I wonder why I cannot find any site (apart from prince2 wiki) with its content. Also, what is Axelos then an ...
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How to select between upfront waterfall planning with a fixed schedule and a milestone-driven approach?

Team Composition and Framework Disagreement We are developing a software product, and we release a major version twice a year. The team has 2-3 developers and a product team that provides support and ...
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Capturing and organising UX issues in Jira or similar ticketing systems

We use Jira for bugs but sometimes we get useful UX related issues and suggestions that we can't work on straight away but also don't want to loose. How are people using Jira or other similar systems ...
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What is the difference between framework vs methodology?

What the difference is between a methodology and a framework? And where does the process come into that story? And perhaps, it would be good to have this comparison explained by using methodologies ...
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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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Assessing requirements to estimate costs - what order do we assess the property of a requirement?

TLDR Is there an agreed upon PMBOK (or other) set order to evaluate a requirement's properties to get an estimate of what it will cost? e.g. if you're creating a project estimate (any methodology, ...
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How to manage an army of not-really-devs trying to write code for the sake of project management?

We recently adopted a new management methodology that says there are no roles on the team (a "cross-functional" team where "all team members are developers") and everyone should be ...
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For a given activity in the RACI Matrix, what is the maximum number of roles a person can be assigned to?

I have created a RACI Matrix for the incident management process in our organization. In some of the activities, the individual is assigned multiple roles for an activity. For example, R,C,I C,I ...
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Ways to present comparison between decisions?

For singular subjects it's usually easy to demonstrate a decision's pros and cons for example with a SWOT analysis or similar. Is there a similar framework to showcase the pros and cons of multiple ...
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Different methodologies for Project Management and Software Development

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart). For the development ...
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Re-evaluating : which project management style(s) might fit my team?

This is a follow-up to this question from almost three years ago. Scrum... probably isn't the best choice for my team for a number of reasons. From a very high level, my team's work can be separated ...
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Structure for projects with many external dependencies

I was the PM for a complex project to upgrade a data communications security protocol used between a large financial organisation and the many other organisations that it shared data with. We had an ...
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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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Is Dividing By a Percentage Valid in the Context of Determining Cost per Acquisition/Return on Investment?

I'm currently trying to find the return on investment (ROI) for a specific campaign, and I can't figure out if the formula below is valid in the context it's being applied; please see the first part ...
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What's the difference between Kanban vs Lean Kanban?

I noticed that Lean Kanban term appears quite frequently. I've tried to figure out what's the difference between Lean Kanban and Classic, but no success. Maybe someone dealt with both and could ...
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What factors can affect the priority of a task? [closed]

Starting from the Eisenhower table, I classify my tasks like this: It's easy to handle urgent important and unurgent unimportant tasks. The problem is, hardly a task is urgent to me, but most of the ...
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What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays?

What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays? I know that Waterfall is in use. What else?
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If PMBoK isn't itself a methodology, then what are the methodologies compatible with the PMI's standard for project management?

If PMBoK isn't itself a methodology, then what are the methodologies compatible with the PMI's standard for project management? One example is Waterfall. Are there any other examples?
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Strict or pragmatic Scrum?

Do you practice Scrum strictly after its rules or are you going a more pragmatic way, picking out the bits that suit you/your environment best, maybe mixing it up with other methodologies ? In other ...
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Can PRINCE2 and SCRUM work together?

This question has raised a debate within my organization with multiple points of view. Several Project Managers think that they are completely different things aiming for different results whereas ...
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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Is there a good model for choosing an agile approach?

I'm a project manager in an extremely bureaucratic, waterfall-oriented organization, but have the opportunity to pilot an agile approach with a new project I'm spinning up. I have experience with ...
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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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Is Scrum applicable to projects with outcome-based pricing?

Scrum is very good when you manage a T&M project. But what about projects where you are paid for features or tasks done? Is Scrum applicable to projects with outcome-based pricing?
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What's the logic behind 8/80 rule

What's the reasoning behind the 8/80h rule? Why a work package must not be less than 8h and not be bigger than 80h of work? This is just a given number easy to remember or there is some more detailed ...
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For what type of projects Kanban and Scrum better adjusted compared to each other?

For which type of projects Kanban is better suited for? For which type of projects Scrum is better suited for?
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That is throughput and how is it calculated?

I am studying Little's Law and I am wondering how all the variables are acquired for these calculations in the context of project accelerated with Kanban, especially throughput.
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Is Scrum actually suitable for all kinds of projects?

The project that I am working on is purely non functional and deeply technical in nature, focused on improving the performance of the product as a whole. I have trouble seeing how Scrum is an ...
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Where are Software features/requirements formally documented in Agile Software Development [duplicate]

An SRS document is appropriate for the traditional software development methodology where you start and finish without iterations as you do in Agile. With Agile, requirements come up, get removed, get ...
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Agile hard for the developer

By being responsible to make the product do what it needs to do, Agile can be hard on the developer. He/she is the one responsible for things not being correct, even if it was delivered what was asked ...
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What is requirement gathering method in project management?

Is the requirement gathering method in projects called when a group tries to find a solution for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members?
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How to write user stories for our UI development process?

First of all, let me apologize if I make some writing mistakes since english is not my native language. I'm currently working at a UX company as a front-end dev and I'm having some problems trying to ...
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Deciding how many bugs to leave as unresolved

I work primarily on small-scale (and large-scale) software projects. One of the questions that always needs answering is how do we decide how many bugs should we fix? Realistically, software always ...
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Client with conservative UAT policy

One particular client has a very traditional, conservative approach to UAT and deployment. When the development team completes the items in the sprint, this is all packaged into a release, which must ...
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How to decide which quality methodology for Business IT projects?

There are Six Sigma, Lean, Process Quality Methodology, ISO9000 etc mainly used for quality management in project/systems analysis life cycles for process improvements. To be successful it's always ...
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Integrating Critical Chain into Scrum/Agile Practices

I am primarily a software developer and software development manager. I use practices from Scrum and Agile development to manage my project. This means: Incremental releases every two weeks ...
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How to implement TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique?

Reading some old posts like this one, I noticed that the TFB / NFC / 1 (Sprint) estimation technique could be useful for teams moving towards agility. Happens that I failed to find over the internet ...
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The SWOT analysis is applied to the company or to every decision alternative?

If a company were to pursue different project alternatives in which to invest, would I perform a SWOT analysis on each project alternative or should I do a SWOT analysis of the company and, based on ...
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Can EVM be Used to Track and Manage Quality?

Currently, I think I've got pretty good tools when it comes to measuring Budget (enough and more Excel docs that are regularly updated), Scope (against a mutually agreed upon statement of work), Time (...
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Can (and should) Agile be used for Infrastructure projects?

Is it possible to use agile methods for large IT infrastructure projects? I am working on a large project where the development team uses agile methods, while the infrastructure (which is where I am ...
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Let MS Project adjust previous dependent tasks' schedule based on last task's due date

I want to tet MS Project adjust previous dependent tasks' schedule based on last task's due date. I'll try to tell my requirement via image below: last row is a milestone (final report) and has a due ...
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Kanban or Scrum for tough deadline project?

Sorry in advance if my question looks silly, but it's bothered me for quite a long time and haven't found the answer to it yet. I work in an IT outsource company and due to specifics of my job I ...
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Why Project Management is so hard? [closed]

I know a lot of Project Managers and they are all over 30 years old. Are all project managers like that? I mean, is this about getting more experience than at least 7-8 years? Or being a Project ...
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Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...
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Scrum or V-Cycle?

Contextual Information I have problems in describing the Development Process of my project. I'm doing my internship in an enterprise as an Information Systems designer and Java EE developer, for ...
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Scrum compatibility with PMBOK® Guide

My question is quite simple : Is Scrum methodology compatible with PMBOK® Guide ? In other words How can we manage a project using the Scrum methodology in the PMI Framework?
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Multiple teams dependencies handling

Scenario: E-commerce platform implemented by following teams: DevOps / ERP devs / web devs / native iOS devs (hybrid App) / native Android devs (hybrid App) we are using Scrum like (not scaled) / ...
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Should the Scrum Master also be an Agile coach, or are they the same?

When answering and discussing this question an new question came to mind, first some context: The Scrum guide states that the Scrum Master services the organisation with: Leading and coaching ...