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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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Minimum Project Management Practices for One-Man Software Projects

I've worked a lot on projects by myself -- "one man" projects. These are typically small projects in the software domain. Many of them have no customers other than myself (who actually use the end ...
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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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How do you convince a client to use Agile Methods?

Here's the thing: In agile, client has very important role to fulfill - if they aren't involved, agile loses much of its value. How do you convince clients to change the way they run projects, ...
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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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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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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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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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Implementing new software development process

Question: Apologies for the long post, but I'm not sure how to handle this. Background: We have a development team of 3 situated in another city. The lead developer has been around for 6 years and ...
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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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Is there any pm methodology that works well on large projects?

My team historically has averaged about 40 people over several years, often more than that. We have a pretty complex product that cuts across several problem domains. We switched from waterfall to ...
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What are best practices for bug tracking?

I was looking for some information on bug tracking best practices, but the Google search on this topic wasn't as helpful as I wished; I mainly found about software issues such as writing good bug ...
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Which project management methodology would be best suited for research projects/environments?

Which project management methodology would be best suited for a research project/environment? A research environment is different in many ways, including, for example: Some of the team members are ...
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Is Kanban a part of Scrum, and is it simply the task board?

I am new to Scrum and Kanban. So far, I understand that the Task Board is something that is originally from Kanban, but I am using an online Scrum tool that also also offers that board. Is the Task ...
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What tools and techniques should be introduced first when starting with Agile/Scrum?

I am working as project manager on a large project with a five person development team. They have been without project management support for several months and there is no project management ...
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Is the waterfall model a project management methodology?

I have heard of PRINCE2, PRISM, and many other methodologies. I'm not sure if the waterfall model is actually a project management methodology or not. My project is based on research (Example, mobile ...
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Project management system for multiple concurrent projects

I am looking for a project management system, for a small development company (5-6 developers, 2-4 designers, 2-4 customer relationship managers) Some constraints are: projects have "fixed" and ...
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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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How to structure a software development team

Given a 15x strong software development team working on individal projects, and small, medium, and large projects; what is the best way to structure this team and what is the best software development ...
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A One Man Project Methodology?

I'm currently doing a my final year project and have used the methods employed by the Scrum project methodology to break down my requirements into manageable parts. I have a question as to whether ...
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How do you retroactively measure the actual difficulty of a requirement?

Before implementation, we use experience to estimate the difficulty of requirement implementation. After the code has been tested and implemented, I want to examine a metric to measure the actual ...
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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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How to manage a project with no existing structure?

I have been asked to takeover managing a project that has no structure in place; the only documentation is the initial brief, contract and a broad schedule including a product layout. The owner of the ...
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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 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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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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Changing Processes - is it better to do it gradually or just change?

Based off of my previous question Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?, we have now picked out the elements of Scrum that would best fit our team and business, however, my Boss has ...
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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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Is there a project management methodology that is designed for small teams of 1-3 people?

I am doing a research project on this topic for a graduate class, and I have had a hard time finding sources that specifically talk about this in detail rather than briefly mentioning it and moving on ...
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Does it make sense to require developers to write a "business value add" section in each issue?

Background In our company we demand that engineers write a brief one liner section in each ticket they work on (from jira/github/gitlab etc) that explains the "business requirement".. the logic of ...
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Who owns the project timeline?

On a large, fully staffed, project team, under ideal situations, who would you expect to own the project timeline?
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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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How to approach project management using both Agile and Prince2?

I am new to Project management. My current position is helping to project manage a small software team. I have been giving the opportunity to attend the PRINCE2 course which from my reading I would be ...
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Small firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers in need of some guidance for project workflow

I work as a developer in a small IT firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers. We currently implement some sort of traditional project management, in which the workflow for a given project is as ...
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How to better manage definition of project scope for business change projects?

My unit manages business change projects. In order to flesh out what a project is (i.e. what are we trying to accomplish, what is the scope, how do we define success, etc etc) we tend to get bogged ...
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What should be the methodology followed by a research and development project?

I am an Engineering undergrad and I am working towards establishing a 8-10 person team for a 6-8 month long academic research project. Timeline We will be starting the groundwork for the project in ...
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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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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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PM doesn't agree with company-wide rule - what should they do?

Consider a PM who has his own strong opinion how project management should look like. Now, the organization he works for takes a bit different, more loose and more flexible, approach. A couple of ...
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What are the disadvantages and advantages of the MoSCoW model?

I*ve used the MoSCoW model (but I'm not project manager, I'm developer) and I think it is good. But I also think that you can tell me more and perhaps find a drawback that I didn't think of while 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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Completing a SWOT analysis

I've been asked to complete a SWOT analysis covering my small R&D group with reference to an enterprise wide project combining R&D groups from across the organisation. One section has already ...
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Multi-task or concentrate on one project at a time?

I am a freelancer with +15 years of experience in the multimedia design field and sometimes I struggle with the following: I have several projects, and most of the time I can do them in a sort of ...
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Is it important to have a clearly defined methodology from the outset of a project?

I'm a final year undergraduate student studying software engineering. 1 module for my final year consists of a development project of approximately 6 months. I'm completely new to this level of ...
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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 ...
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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 is a "typical" duration for how long it takes to start up a project?

We are trying to put some statistics together internally to get a better handle on how long it takes to complete pre-project work for business improvement projects. This work includes work corresponds ...
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Managing huge experimental decision by a developer

The project which I'm working on was over, but I would like to reflect on managing a huge experimental decision made by one developer during development. This is what happened: A developer strongly ...
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Whats the definition and name of the "No development methodology"

I am struggling with finding a good solid name for development processes that is described best as either "Non existing", "Homegrown" or "We whipped it out ourselves and it rocks". I need this name ...
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Why use hybrid Scrum and XP?

Why is the most common Agile software development approach a hybrid of Scrum and XP? Why do you think its a good idea to use them together? (if I am not aloud to ask for opinion based question ...
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