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Questions tagged [planning]

This tag is for questions that involve planning a project schedule or planning tasks for the team.

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MS Project - Multi-year Inflation

I am managing a 3 year project in a country where the average annual inflation rate is 12%. Instead of going through every item and entering "+12%" into the cost rate table for each item, is there a ...
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How to involve the whole team in setting quarterly objectives (OKRs)?

Context I'm a scrum master in a small (15 FTEs) organization that's about one year into a slow agile transformation. So far the shift towards agile has been limited to the Development team, but the ...
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Agile - How to increase engagement of team members in the planning meeting?

Acting as a team lead I feel the engagement in our sprint planning session is low. Some people are very comfortable to talk and share ideas/knowledge in order to help the team to define tasks for our ...
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Is “rolling-wave planning” catered for in PRINCE2?

I am struggling to bridge my PMBOK knowledge with a colleague that follows PRINCE2. I wonder if someone could help me understand whether PRINCE2 has the concept of "rolling-wave planning". From:...
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Change of business focus after a sprint has started

If we start a sprint with a specific goal and the user stories to support that goal, then the business changes their immediate requirements during that sprint. This may be because of a client ...
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How to handle large R&D projects using Scrum (or any other agile framework)

In addition to our regular software development tasks we have some large R&D tasks which we find difficult to fit into our scrum framework. The main issue is that there is absolutely no user ...
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I need project management experience to get into a project management role but no one will hire me. Can anyone help? [closed]

Good Afternoon All, My name is Edriss and I have acquired my certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley on July 2017. I have been looking around the web to find an entry level role in project ...
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Is a good Scrum practice to meassure the developer team by the story points completed at the end of the sprint?

We have new teams working on scrum and they estimates all the points of a several ammount of stories. But, at the beggining, they have no reference of how ammount of points could be delivered in two-...
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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

We are used to create multiple sub-tasks for each user story and provide each sub-task with an estimate in hours and assignee (back or front-end). With the following outcome: Total estimated time ...
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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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WBS and agile approach

I have been reading 3 books about Agile Project Management and in all of them there is no concept about WBS even in the book of the agile practice from agile alliance that comes with the PMBOK 6th ...
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WBS and Project Planning

It can look like repetitive, but I come again with the same question from here about WBS and planning deliverables. I was "advised" in a meeting recently to include a planning deliverable leg. And ...
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How to create a “smart” checklist in excel or google sheets?

We have a need to create a template checklist for our workflow and at a past job we had a template checklist that had various tabs for each process of the workshare that needed to be complete. For ...
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What exactly is information change?

A few companies talk about 'information change' as part of their analytics group, for example here: http://graduates.westpacgroup.com.au/graddetails/business-performance-analytics What does this mean?...
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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?

I was discussing moving our process to become more agile with our (mostly traditional) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's stance was that >=80% of the requirements need to be defined (and set ...
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How to organize a 6-month project plan for agile?

We have a charter to build a product in 6 months. I'll preface this by saying that my manager wants us to use waterfall, even though our development process is agile. With that said, I have been ...
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Should we encourage a team member adding a feature on his own?

Recently I had a colleague that implemented a feature without being in the plan or discussed in detail but on his own time during the weekend. The feature was discussed briefly, it is a technical ...
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Is it possible to control a project without start date and durations?

In a discussion about the project plan with my team we collected activities, brought them into order and defined end dates. When we came to defining start dates and durations one of the elder team ...
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Is it possible to give accurate estimates and planning without tracking time for tasks?

I work within a small team of developers. We don't track our time so we have no data to work off when we give estimates. Basically, I'm wondering if it's possible to have a successful plan and give ...
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How to keep a PRINCE2 project lean?

I gathered some project management experience (I consider myself an advanced beginner) and some time ago I attended the PRINCE2 courses successfully. Now I'd like to conduct my next project using ...
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Who should attend Nexus Sprint Planning?

I started to learn the Nexus framework and found one interesting sentence: All members of the Scrum Teams should participate to minimize communication issues. Does this mean that someone should ...
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What is the framework “escape hatch” for a SAFe ART that is running down the wrong track?

Handling Incipient Failures in SAFe In Scrum, there is the notion of Cancelling a Sprint and returning to Sprint Planning if the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete, or if the iteration plan is so far off ...
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How can I leverage JIRA ticket assignments to encourage group ownership, pairing, and swarming without bypassing other core functions?

Background & Objectives Atlassian JIRA is really just a ticketing system at heart. While there are a number of agile-ish workflows and plugins available to the system, the fundamental design of ...
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How can I split user stories about money transfers?

I'm a beginner and looking for a best way to create user stories for my project and I need an advice. It's about a money transfer project where I have to create a transfer flow: Configure Transfer, ...
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As an agency, do you include your team on a RACI?

Long time listener, first-time caller. I am developing a RACI Matrix (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) for a project right now to help the client team understand who is responsible for ...
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Convincing my team that we need to split tasks by feature, not by work type

I'm in an agile team, with some developers, a designer and a ux guy. Sometimes we split some user stories into tasks when we think they are too big. When doing this, I've always read that we should ...
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Zero bug software development?

We are looking into a zero bug policy, but I wondered how best to represent this in sprint planning. Should we be planning some 'empty' story points to cover this work? Does anyone else do this? If ...
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Stakeholder view of projects without time?

I'm a PM for a small development team. We have a mix of large transformation projects and small improvement projects. We're not good at estimating in man hours (and in fact I'm yet to meet a team of ...
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How to optimise SPM2(Sprint Planning Meeting 2)?

We are doing 2-week sprint. As per scrum guideline, 2-week sprint should not take more than 2 hours to complete. However, sometimes we take more than 8 hours to complete SPM2. I'm sure something is ...
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How to explain to a product owner that inviting their team to sprint planning is a bad idea?

I have a product owner for one of my sprits who likes to involve people outside the sprint in sprint tasks. I've attempted several times to explain how this isn't ideal, and in fact slows down the ...
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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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Who developed Stepwise project planning?

In book "Software Project Management" by Bob Huges on Chapter 3: Project Planning, it describes an approach called "Stepwise Project Planning" in contrast to PRINCE2 approach which was developed in UK ...
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As a scrum master of a small startup made by friends, How do you solve these impediments?

We are a small team of developers(fresh graduates) who have decided to create a software to manage a store. We have just a small amount of experience in a real world environment of software ...
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Stories added after commitment

I'm trying to understand the following problem: within a SAFe framework a development team adds user stories after commitment, even though that commitment has not been met. The justification is that ...
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How to measure complexity of a project?

Is there a way I can get a numeric quantifier for the complexity of a project? Such as something similar to a risk assessment matrix.
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How to create a schedule for a UX process?

I started to work on a new project ( software development) an my boss asked me: "what are the next steps? I need a schedule!" We're at the beginning, doing some user tests and researches about the ux ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

My team hates how long we spend in planning. We're currently spending about 3 hours for a 2 week sprint. I tell them that is actually less than a by the book sprint planning, but regardless they want ...
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How to allocate story points on extremely complex user stories?

We currently allocated story points the following way: 0.5 very simple (approx 0-30 mins) 1 simple (approx half a day) 2 Medium difficulty (couple of days) 3 Hard (3 days) This works well for us, ...
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How to set a baseline for future projects based on performance of past projects?

A project manager at our company recently supplied the team with metrics for two past projects that are wildly different from one another. Based on these metrics, the project manager would like to ...
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What level of detail should I include in epics?

I am writing user stories for a new project. One of my epics is: As a company owner I want a graphical profile so I can build my visual identity. And then there are multiple user stories linked to ...
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Scrum - What and when is the best process to task a user story card in this environment

We are organized around a Scrum process with 2 week sprints that utilize Project -> Epics -> Features -> Stories -> Tasks I am assigned to an Epic expected to take 3 developers for 6 weeks. The ...
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How can we fix Sprint Planning meetings that are unproductive?

Currently, we have split "Sprint Planning Meeting" into two parts: SPM1 - This we do at the first day of the sprint. Product owner discusses the stories that have come into the current sprint from ...
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In MSP, what are the differences between “Status Date” and “Current Date”?

I googled up a bit about this but could not find a real answer, so here I am! In Microsoft Project, you have two things: The Current Date (Can be find in Project>Project Information) The Status ...
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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

I often have the need to achieve a specified goal (e.g. deliver a piece of software functionality). At the start of the work I identify the goal and can list some tasks needed to bring about the ...
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Duration of a project different based on calculation?

The company wants us to report the duration of the project in months. Based on how you calculate it, the duration can differ drastically. Take a simple example in which the project starts on 1/1/2017 ...
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Jira Sprint Structure for Software Team

As I see it, we have three levels: Epic - Broad view of what would be nice to do. (Usually more then a Sprint) Let pay for our service with credit cards Story - More defined and structured view. (...
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WBS and PERT diagram

I have a WBS (Work Breakdown structure) which has milestones, outlined tasks (speaking in MS Project terms) and work packages. I want to design a PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) chart based ...
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Project plan audit

I has been tasked to audit a project plan by 3rd party vendor. The vendor is gonna use Scrum and going to provide a project plan. I understand that every plan must fit to the particular project scope,...
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Merging multiple backlogs into a Visionary/Master backlog on JIRA?

Context An enterprise AWS project with multiple Scrum teams building features. Three additional stakeholder teams (Dev Ops, Operations, CISO) who send support and consultancy requests into the AWS ...
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Is there Scrum ceremony for planning Technical Details on an Agile Project?

Specifically, if we assume that the team spend a day on Sprint Planning using the 4-8 hours of planning for each week of our sprint formula then that doesn't really seem like enough time for the team ...