Questions tagged [planning]

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Is this a trick assignment with Release Planning ? Any comments is much appreciated [closed]

I am fairly new to PM world. I have been given an assignment/quiz but I am struggling with this because, it doesn't seem like an agile project rather Waterfall project with Agile terms thrown in and ...
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Can Scrum be used in combination with Step-Wise project planning?

I'm currently reading up on project management and therefore the Step-Wise framework, and I was wondering, Can Scrum be used in combination with Step-Wise project planning? I know that you generally ...
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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 you plan big features/releases in Scrum?

Let's suppose the business comes and asks you when will your team be able to deliver a big feature or release. In Scrum, how do you make long-term (half a year or a year) planning? If the feature (or ...
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why are “start no earlier than” constraints are coming during update the schedule

when i am updating the schedule on current date then some activity showing "Start no earlier than" constraints . i want to know why these constraints are coming. if constraints came means my ...
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Who consumes estimates?

Consider a company that: works on an own product(not a contractor), the product has already been released(but is expected to need years of further active development), the product is a consumer app(...
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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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Roadmap visualization for spontaneous tasks

In my setting we have a jira board where me, the Software Lead, together with developers and product owner want to collaborate in planing and overseeing our work. One major challenge that we have is ...
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Backlog grooming items planning

In a Scrum project if the team is from 4 developers, the sprint is two weeks long, Team Velocity is 40 SP/Sprint and the Focus Factor is 0.6. During the Backlog Grooming meeting, user stories with how ...
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Tasks need to be on same day for event

So it's my first time using ms project, so forgive me for messing up terminology. Basically the problem is as follows: I have created 3 main tasks with a few subtasks each. I have then asigned ...
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Gantt chart with resource de-confliction

I like to use Gantt charts to model the time tasks will take and the dependencies of those tasks. For reference, I use GanttProject but I am not tied to it. One issue I've had, however, is handling ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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The successful Sprint rate vs Reserving additional time within a Sprint

Let's suppose that a Scrum team have a velocity of 50 Story Points per a Sprint. During a Sprint Planning Meeting they add some Stories to the Sprint Backlog until the total sum of these Stories gets ...
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How to start managing an in-flight project?

I have intermediate project management knowledge. I became a project manager for 2 software deployment projects for a company. One of the projects is towards the end as we get close to deployment and ...
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Scrum and interruptions (urgent bugs, requests)

Does Scrum take into account interruptions? For example: urgent bugs from production environment requests from other teams This is very important in real development process. In practice of Scrum ...
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Is there planning in Scrum?

As a project manager/scrum master, I has been required to make sure that the team completes the work that was planned for a Sprint and, what is more important, for a Release. Are these demands correct?...
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Change management in small fixed-price projects

I guess it's not common in small projects to develop a change management plan, so... What do managers of small fixed-price projects do when a customer demands a change? How is it resolved whether ...
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Why are fiscal quarters a thing?

There exists a widespread separation of one year into 12 roughly equal slices. What is the benefit of introducing a very similar one b = floor(a/4)? How is we'll do it 2021Q1 better than we'll be done ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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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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Better ways to plan and discuss alternative development plans

I have a designer, a remote front end developer, a remote back end developer and a remote full stack. When I estimate timelines I decide the tasks throw them into some gantt software set reasonable ...
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SAFe Innovation & Planning vs. Sprint Planning

We're moving to SAFe in my company, and I have trouble understanding the differences. I'm certified in Scrum (CSM/CSPO), but don't know much about SAFe, and I don't really see much of a difference ...
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How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile?

How should we hand-off and ticket UI designs to the devs to ensure the developed design matches the provided UI mockups, while still being agile? Note: we're definitely not fully agile, but we're ...
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How to create data entry template to be updated monthly by 20 different parties online - focus is recycling data?

The task at-hand is I coordinate the activity of 20 organisations, each of whom I need to collect monthly data from directly, about the tonnages and types of elecronic items they collected for reuse ...
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What to do with work that seems too small to bother planning?

We are a team whose main work is technical but not software development, and we have been using Scrum as our main framework for a while (although it's likely that what we're doing is closer to ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

So I know that this question has been asked before, but since I haven't really seen anything that benefited my problem, I thought I would give it a chance. So first things first, in a perfect world ...
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How can I resolve a huge backlog of over 1,000 man-days without blocking new change requests?

Context As new and junior product owner have to deal with a backlog made now of 33 changes and and effort of 1000 man-days - mind that I act as product owner, but I am not in IT department and I have ...
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How can I calculate duration and price for the development of SW product?

How can I calculate the duration and price for the development of the C# software? Does exist any pattern or tools for that? I think the duration of the project can be about the 6 months, for one ...
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Points, Hours, Capacity

Let's say we work in two week sprints. The team has 6 developers. 8 hours per day, 10 days, multiplied by 6 would equal total 480 hours. Multiply that by .7 to get at an ideal developer day and you ...
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Interactions between agile teams in a software company

We try to use Kanban in our development project. Our team is one of many other agile development teams in our company. The other teams may use either Scrum or Kanban or something else (sometimes ...
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What is the report called that tells you whether a business venture is worth pursuing?

This report would be distinct from a market research report which helps a business understand something central or auxiliary component of their existing business. I'm referring to a report that helps ...
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Task estimation and probable risks

Let's suppose we are estimating a task (not by the planning poker). We have discovered that there are a few possible problems (risks): Risk 1 - with the probability p1, ..., risk N - with the ...
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Macro Planning Road Map

I would like to have your opinion on an issue I am facing in project management. I would like to create a Roadmap 2020 for my team, a kind of macro planning. A concrete example, I have a list of ...
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How to handle a potential failure of an outsourced project?

To provide some context, my company outsourced a software project to a third party agency, against my recommendation of not doing so. The Agency delivery has been very poor so far in terms of quality ...
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Priority coefficient for sprint planning

Some time ago I read about an entity called "priority coefficient" (my rough translation to English) which could be calculated via where IIRC: V is an item's business value estimated by PO S is an ...
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Managing Large Teams in MS Project

I am using MS Project 2016. I have been looking at a way to assign tasks to teams rather than to individuals. This is because I am managing large teams, the compositions of which keep changing, ...
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Sprint planning

I am a new PM/PO in a software firm in California. I am working with offshore team in India. As a new PM/PO I need to do Sprint Planning. As I understand, Sprint Planning is also known as Sprint 0 as ...
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What to do for delayed stories between sprints

I want to ask about stories that are not considered done because of missing information from the customer. I have a sprint with 60 user stories and at the end of the last 2 sprints, I can say that ...
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How do you organize/plan your discovery session so that it does not conflict with the work of the current sprint?

Let's suppose you have a team of 10 developers working on automation (RPA). They are working in 4 different, independent bots. The PO comes with more opportunities for automation. These opportunities ...
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Should all required user story assets be available before sizing a story or starting the sprint?

I am a developer. Sometimes we have stories which will require some sort of asset that is not in the control of the dev team. A common example would be that the story calls for a new piece of UI to be ...
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Auto Scheduling in Microsoft Project Planning 2016 is not working as expected

I scheduled many tasks in the AUTO schedule, However, it is not taking/changing the dates once I link all the tasks. Due to that, I selected the start date manually which is resulting in a different ...
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How to estimate and plan with a distributed, part-time team?

The situation: We are a small, fully-distributed software solutions provider. We serve multiple clients, and given our size that means every team member is on multiple, part-time billable teams. ...
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Unfinished works in Sprint

What can we do if we identified in a middle of a sprint that we cannot complete the agreed user stories and Product owner/Business user is resisting to accept the spills / unfinished works? Team might ...
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What does the “Purpose” section of a Software Project Plan describe?

I am developing a Software Project Plan and I am referencing a template that seems to define the Purpose section as describing the purpose of the project plan, and not the purpose of the product for ...
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How to make a project use actual months

I am trying to create a project where the duration is calculated in Months. Eg. The project starts on M1 (month January), shall finish on M24 (month December next year). Scenario 1: I'm adding a new ...
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How to create a production schedule in a job shop setting?

A typical Master Production Schedule (MPS) should have: What you need to produce How much you need to produce When you need the items However, the issue arises when in reality, the jobs in our ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

I would like to discuss and hear some advice from you about a pretty common situation. We develop the functionality that has huge business value for the customer’s project and thus the customer is ...
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Should single user story contain estimations for each involved guild in full-stack development team

Problem We're working in a full-stack development team composed of three guilds (backend, frontend, QA), so as a team we share a single sprint board. User stories we take into our sprints are written ...
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SRS for project with multiple sub modules

I have to write a System Requirements Specification for an upcoming project and it is the first time that I draft such a document. In my case we are creating a smartphone App which will have a basic ...
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How far should you vertically slice?

We are a small team of 4 software developers trying to use Scrum. We have a large project to start from scratch and we've hit a roadblock regarding slicing the project. The project is a distributed ...

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