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Why does management have to "buy into" Scrum?

I have read over and over that in order for Scrum to work, "Management has to buy into Scrum." Can you tell me why that is? What management are they talking about, the company stakeholders that have ...
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At what point should a company decide to introduce a project manager role?

What criteria should a software company use to decide if they need to introduce a project management role into their team? From what I have seen, most companies start out with no project managers, ...
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Who does a product owner typically report to?

I'm trying to understand better how scrum teams fit into actual organizations. I understand that Scrum is only concerned with the structure of the scrum team - I'm just looking for some examples here ...
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Is it still possible to use formal methods if the organization has chosen not to adopt them?

I managed a project in a company where I was the only person with experience of using formal methods (Prince 2). The directors of the company, and the other senior staff, all took the attitude that ...
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How to deal with chaotic stakeholder who is high in pecking order?

Consider you run a project where a key stakeholder is one of VPs. She is a typical hit-and-run type of person: she comes to a project team with half-baked idea, either refuses to discuss details ...
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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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Are there alternatives to "resource" for describing tech staff on projects?

I am a full-time developer; almost everywhere in project management we are listed as resources. Are there better terms to use other than resource? I feel term resource has a connotation of being ...
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How can I get our business leadership engaged with our Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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To what point PM should interfere with team's organization?

There's a project team which has just got a project into production. The project was late (a bit) and over budget (more than a bit) but it isn't considered as a failure within organization. It was ...
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Why is the middle ground between functional and matrix organizations so common?

I'm a software developer, and most companies I've worked for are organized in a system that is a middle ground between functional and matrix. Much more functional than matrix, indeed. The structure ...
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What department does a scrum master ideally belong to?

I'm the scrum master in my company (200+ people, several departments) and recently the head of product became my line manager. While this came rather surprising for me and feels kind of wrong, since ...
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What are reasons against cross-functional teams?

I often work in companies where functional departments are rigidly separated. To me this seems inefficient, as adds a lot of communication overhead. Are there reasons why companies prefer this type ...
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Should team members report to the project manager?

Should the project manager be the team members' supervisor/manager? (In other words, should team members report directly to the project manager?) Or should the project manager be in a separate line ...
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How to adopt scrum when you don't know who needs to be in your team each sprint

Developers and QA testers are treated as separate teams at our company, something we are trying to change by adopting scrum. The QA team is distributed globally and each local team has different ...
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Should a designer or a devops be a member of a Scrum team?

Usually such specialists as a designer or a devops-engineer are not permanently required (as opposed to developers and QA-engineers) to perform development activities (they are engaged in some tasks ...
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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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What are differences between Project Manager, Project Expeditor and Project Coordinator?

What are differences between these positions in matrix organization structure? There is no "Project Expeditor" in this question and it is not related with matrix organization structure.
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Should we arrange multiple agile sub-teams along customer groups or along software components?

The question's context is a company that creates a software product that consists of several functional components (you could also call them sub-products) and sells the product to a rather small ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept requires the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient, but how to organize teams when forming small and autonomous teams is almost impossible as each member ...
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Should Project Management be its own department?

So I have recently taken on a role of Business Analyst for a Software team, and I am currently the only 'Project Management' to speak of. My company had a Project Manager before, but it was mostly ...
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How to create a Project Management Community of Practice in an organisation?

Our organization needs to start a Community of Practice or a Center of Excellence around project management. What would be the steps to implement this? Our organization won't be able to successfully ...
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Dealing with a culture of fixed, scheduled project board meetings

An earlier question, Managing Without Meetings, was mainly focused on the number and frequency of internal team meetings. This question is about project board meetings that are scheduled to take ...
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Team focus during corporate restructuring

How would you manage/lead a project team during a reorganisation of the company. The project itself has nothing to do with the reorg, but the people are affected: some change departments, some are ...
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What are some of the pros and cons of having a Project Management Office?

Are project management offices the exception or the rule in most organisations? Does every organisation need one? Do YOU see value in having one?
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How can I tell when I need multiple 'tiers' of management?

Large projects and enterprises always seem to have various levels of management. There's usually a top committee that runs the overall direction and big-picture of the project, and one or more levels ...
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What are good ways to structure a group that has both a product development team and a professional services team

I am the development manager for a small software company. My team focuses on developing our product, and we have some partner companies that do the "professional services" work for our product: ...
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How does one bridge the gap in producing deliverables between operations and projects?

As with most reasonable sized organizations, the current organization has an operational team and a project team which drive varying degree of initiatives. Unlike any other organization i have ...
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Where is the place for project managers in agile

A typical company that worked with project management with PMI methodology and resources. Assume a specific business unit like: 2 projects with different external companies (contract) 2 project ...
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Should there be junior and senior developers in a Scrum team, or should everyone be a developer?

I have worked in an organization where we implemented Scrum, but we dropped the roles "junior" and "senior." Senior developers still regarded themselves as seniors (with all the attitude that comes ...
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Database of project proposals

In academia we constantly need to write project proposals and apply for funding. Sometimes it helps to read what others have already tried or written in order to learn from them. I wonder whether ...
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What size of the IT project that should have IT Project Manager?

IT PM to be assigned that I mean is 100% IT PM (as a job), not just a role. Could you please share how large or what size of the projects (e.g. project is long more than 3 months ect.) should have IT ...
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How to sync work in small software team

We are a small software team with 4 members: one Software Architect that gathers requirements and writes Requirements document and Specifications document one Designer that designs visual wireframes ...
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Advice on Agile team structure

I’m looking for a little advice…. let me start at the beginning…. My Organisation is very traditional and our organisation structure a little strange. Our web team are part of the marketing ...
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What are the reasons that silos emerge within large corporations?

The literature is full of suggestions to break down silos which build over time within large organizations. I was wondering why they form in the first place. Is there maybe a benefit or a ...
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Program management and the value of Gantt charts when dates are predetermined

I work for a very large organization not in the PM role that has historically had problems with project leadership and project management in general. They have recently broken up and were reformed as ...
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How to break down a product or organization in feature teams

I am already read a ton of referencing about feature teams, squads and growth hacking structure.. but imo, there is still a lack of concrete examples and how to break down a product/organization in ...
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Project Management department organisation in large company - How to integrate skill silos?

Our company is facing a challenge regarding the project management organisation. We already have our own working group on this topic but I'd like to get some external opinions in. It's a very specific ...
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What should the title of this PM position be?

What should the proper title of this position be, at a tech company that focuses on developing software? Role Requirements: Manage several Business Systems' Web, Database and Cloud Projects Previous ...
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Assign client engagement responsibilities to members of each team instead of a single Project Manager?

My team and I have been working on a web product that is targeting businesses. Usually we can deploy the product to any client within 4 weeks, we call this a single client engagement and is by itself ...
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Is a company with Tech Leads a matrix organization?

Employees of my company are grouped into pools depending on technical skills (e.g. front-end devs, back-end devs, QA engineers, etc). For each pool there's a Tech Lead who doesn't manage projects (or ...
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What would a better industry standard title be than "Team Captain" and "Team Leader"?

I recently took a position as a Team Captain. I report to my Team Leader who then reports out of department to an operations manager who manages multiple departments with hundreds of people. I handle ...
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Can two different roles be responsible for the same task in RACI matrix?

Can two different roles be responsible for the same task in the RACI matrix? If Yes, how do you ensure that there will be no conflict between those two roles when it comes to actual task delivery? ...
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How can I complete 6 months of work in less than 2 months?

Currently my Team and I are working on big project. It's almost done, however now we are stuck at testing and debugging. But we received an offer for another project which is also huge, and we ...
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Should feature teams be specialized by business stream?

For context, The company provides a subscription for goods to both B2C and B2B markets. The B2B's distinctive aspects is that client require billing to be a lot more detailed, they oversee a lot more ...
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Can a Scrum Master give feedback to a team member reporting to another manager?

I am working as Scrum Master and there is a team member who has made a few mistakes. He reports to another manager. I want to talk to him personally without his manager being present. Is that okay ...
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Who should manage a project that is used to build a product?

Using Scrum, the Project Manager role doesn't exist. The Scrum Team can build a product by itself. Essentially, the Project Manager's tasks are more or less divided between the Product Owner and the ...
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Splitting dev team to allow for parallel processes

A little background: We are a team that consists of 7-8 people and is a fast growing startup. Currently, everyone is on the same team with the common morning meeting, retros etc. Morning meetings ...
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Structuring an Internal API Team in an Agile Environment

My company has adopted scrum two years ago, and I think we have been fairly successful using it. I am currently facing the task of trying to restructure part of our development organization, and I ...
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Organization structure in startup

I was given the role of managing 5 different teams (iOS, Android, Backend, Firmware and Hardware (electronics)). All these teams consist of no more than 4-5 developers. There is also a QA team (2 ...
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How to scale Agile in IT Service company (not product based)

I work for a company which is trying to understand how to scale Agile. We are an IT Service company, we don't work on one product, we develop many IT projects at the same time for our customers and we ...