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Performance is a measure of how well (or poorly) an individual, team or project is doing.

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How does project management manage people with differing abilities?

I once worked on an application programming project with three main tasks: Build a system for analyzing a user situation Integration with another piece of software Organize the main architecture of ...
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How to grasp in a Scrum Sprint the fact that the newest Team member is consuming a significant time from other Team members?

Context There has been a restructuring where I work and our Team is now led by a guy who used to supervise two Teams. Until very recently he mostly took care of the other Team's activity so, he knows ...
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Managing Risks: How do we know we are managing risks well?

When an auditor performs an inspection on a process area, the auditor will use interviews and documented evidence to make a judgment about how well the process is being performed. Inspecting a risk ...
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Project Management for Website Agency - Change of Industries [closed]

I have a couple of years experience of project management in a particular industry. Covid-19 restrictions have hit it hard and I have been out of a job for the last 6 months. There is not going to be ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs analyzed and fixed?

I am trying to overhaul the bug-ticket management process for the company I'm working at. One of the requirements is that top-level management knows how productive the developers are when fixing bugs. ...
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Has anyone actually tried "The Bermuda plan" and if so, how did it go?

The Wikipedia page on Brook's Law includes the following sentence: The Bermuda plan, where most developers on a project are removed ("sent to Bermuda") and the remaining are left to ...
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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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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

Of course, a project manager should strive to complete a project on time, but is it correct to say that it is a project manager's professional responsibility? I mean that no matter how professional a ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

We have a new way of gauging teams. All the individuals involved (business owners, managers, stakeholders) except the team itself gauge how they felt the team did using a score. If the score is ...
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Tracking progress of a team working on small tasks

Our software team works on small tasks. Each task takes about 2 weeks. There are developers whose performance is twice bigger than the other's (the level is the same). Everybody just writes how much ...
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How to manage delays from external clients

There are many variables to measure when dealing with clients, but to me these are the most important variables that I dealt with: Clients that are internal or external: If internal, it should depend ...
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What to do when no more financing is available for a project in PMI

I wonder what would be the formal procedure and step according to PMI when you realize that your project ran out of money and no more financing from client is available? I think no other alternative ...
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How to motivate and measure high performance of team as new manager?

As newly assigned manager on an already ongoing agile software development project, one of the objectives is the following. Motivate team to high performance This can be done in various ways and ...
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How to improve team motivation with minimal wage increment but fair performance ratings?

How would you motivate the team when the annual wage increment is minimal (less than 5%) even though the performance ratings are very fair?
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Benchmarking robotic systems

First of all, what does benchmarking robotic systems include? Because, while searching the internet, I came across 2 different definitions. The first one included the state and comparison of ...
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How to spot low/high performers within team

We are team of 3 people. We are adapting scrum methodologies. Everything is based on kanban (trello) where we do daily, retrospectives and sprint planning (the tasks being forecasted by working ...
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Regarding best practices of Scrum are there any "best weekday" to start/end Sprints?

From my experience I always worked at companies in which the Sprints started on Mondays and ended on Fridays (regardless of the sprint size, obviously). Is there any good practice that says this is ...
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Programmer efficiency vs demand

By Fred Brooks, a programmer's productivity can vary factor 20 (he referenced scientific studies), which does not necessarily correlate with years of experience. That was 1975, but I'd confirm this is ...
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How to do performance appraisals for agile teams

Performance appraisals are a single most challenge we have to crack yet. We still try to gauge individual performance in a team, which I feel is not the right way to appraise agile teams.
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Indicator of achievements for performance goals

This is the first time I've been asked to give any "indication of achievement" following the (S.M.A.R.T. methodology) with predefined goals. Below are the predefined goals: Ensure a Secure Platform ...
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How to measure individual performance in a Scrum environment?

I would like to know if there is a way to measure the team members of a Scrum Team individually. All the measures I found apply over the team; this makes sense because the idea is to share all the ...
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Individual performance or team performance?

In line with Scrum, a true self-managed team should be viewed and assessed only as a team. E.g. if the team is high performant, when we discuss about increasing salaries, each person in the team ...
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How to optimize for Flow Efficiency over Resource Utilization?

In researching the 100% Utilization Fallacy, I came across the suggestion to optimize for flow efficiency (making sure the workflow for each individual customer/project/task/what have you is as quick ...
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How to set properly aligned KPIs for engineers and QA staff

Intro I like to setup KPIs for my engineering/QA teams. I use that to evaluate performance and help determine bonus/raise each quarter. This is one KPI I set for my engineers: % of tasks that ...
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Earned value analysis by client and vendor

We all know that some project managers (those that follow PMBOK/PMP) do earned value analysis to know SPI and CPI. Schedule Performance Index (SPI) = Earned Value ÷ Planned Value -- How are we doing ...
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Dealing with unrealistic performance expectations [closed]

What facts and sources can I use to convince a manager I'm currently working with that rewriting a project of ~20'000 lines of code in a month is a completely unrealistic plan, and that writing ~5'000 ...
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How to Measure the SLA Performance of IT Techs in Managed Services Provider? [closed]

My company provides IT managed services support to multiple clients that have SLA agreements with us. We have multiple technicians tackling the many tickets that flow in. For each ticket we have two ...
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How can we prevent project professionals from sabotaging the project schedule?

I work with an organization that hires professionals with temporary contracts that last for the length of the particular projects they are working on. At the moment, these contracts are usually just a ...
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How can I calculate performance evaluation criteria for a software team?

I am looking for a theoretical formula which can evaluate the performance of an employee. I have figured out these measurable factors on which the performance can be calculated. Can anyone tell me a ...
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What are defintions of Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information & Work Performance Reports, and their differences?

For the PMBOK 5th Edition. Using following books for reference: - Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & Andrew Stellman, PMP - PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, ...
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How to measure the amount of existing technical debt, to track the progress? [closed]

It must be a tough question but I still hope to get some insight.
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How to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?

With one scrum team velocity against itself over time it is easy - just number of points per sprint. But how to measure performance of several scrum teams against each other?
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Dealing with inherited development team

Imagine you inherited a large team of developers and found out that interviewing in the past had certain slacks and some members of the team lack certain skills. It is certainly wrong idea to re-...
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What does MOS and RA stand for in IT project?

My customer asked if I can do an MOS and RA. RA should be risk analysis if I'm not mistaken. But what is MOS?
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Best way to evaluate software engineers' performance?

What is a good mechanism to evaluate software engineers' performance? We need to have a PAR session every year so would like to know how to proceed and what mechanism is used within the industry. ...
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What to do when the same project needs to generate two specific products - and product build is not aligned?

We work in a project where we have to build the same game for both Android and iOS platforms. The requirements are the same, but each result in specific products. We use SCRUM in order to keep our ...
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How can I measure the performance of individuals within Scrum?

I know it should not be done, but I'm tasked by my company to measure the performance of each person on the Scrum team. What would be a "not so bad" way of doing it? P.S. I cannot let the team decide ...
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How do you handle utilization rates for teams with members that have no tasked hours?

Let's say that we have a team of twenty, and each of them tracks their time on tasks. They have a manager who doesn't track time on tasks because his job is to support the team, regardless of what ...
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What are the metrics for software documentation?

I would like to get information about measurements and metrics for documentation work in a project. The project can be itself limited to documentation as a deliverable or documentation as part of ...
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Performance evaluation discussion with other project managers [closed]

I need to talk for my team members individual performance with other employees working in different projects to get good relative ranking.Can you please suggest me on how to represent the team in a ...
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Accuracy of Estimates

Aclear16, on an answer from another question, brought up the notion of accuracy of estimates. In my view, this notion is nonsensical; however, we talk about this often in PM circles. In an ...
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What SMART goals can I set for myself as a new Scrum Master?

I'm transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master, and I need to come up with some examples of SMART goals for the new role. The goals are for my Annual Performance Reviews where I will be ...
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Gathering feedback on performance as a Scrum Master

As a ScrumMaster, what techniques would you recommend to gather feedback from the Team Members? What criteria should the Team Members, the Product Owner and, other stakeholders take into account in ...
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Setting stretch goals for a project manager

Our organization is changing their performance management system to be link to compensation. Right, wrong or indifferent, "exceeds" will be defined as the "goals" for the next year. We are looking for ...
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Evaluation Process: Pros and Cons of binding (at some level) the appraisal to Certifications

Is well known that any appraisal process is biased. Measuring one's characteristics (and specially, comparing them) is far from a objective and clear science. Still, measuring one's performance will ...
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Is Iteration Strength a valuable parameter for you?

We all know how to use Iteration Velocity parameter. However, there are situations during an iteration that one takes an unexpected day off, or there is a bank holiday, or there is another reason for ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs created?

I am trying to implement KPI for employees of my company. One of the KPI have listed is the quality of code, as measured by bugs created by developers. Now my problem is: I am planning to give 40 ...
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How to calculate moving performance target?

As you will see, I'm completely new to PM. I have to write 100,000 words in 6 months. Let's say that is 548 words/day. I would like to know how to calculate a daily target of words needed to ...
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Maintenance Project: How to evaluate team's performance?

Year end is approaching, and on the company I'm working (and pretty much all other IT companies) it's time for year's performance evaluation. Evaluating people is always a sensitive and insightful ...
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Effort vs (Size, Productivity, Duration)

Well, this metric is causing some troubles in my head. As far as I understood, its magnitude is: man/hour. So for example, if in a project I put two employees working, the effort would be: 2 man/hour....
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