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Should I write the performance or the architectural specification first?

I am a master student and got a project I need to manage from the start to the end (first time). I am the only one working on it. I just ended the information search phase and now the specifications ...
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Using TaskFalcon to schedule multiple projects for the same resources

I'm currently using TaskFalcon (https://taskfalcon.org/) to schedule my projects, and I have this situation: I have a "low priority" project, where I want people to work 1d a week (...
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Should I close very old feature requests

Our product backlog contains 1000s of feature requests. Some of these are 5 or more years old and have not had any updates since they were first raised. My colleague argues that these are still valid ...
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Should a two-week Sprint include the weekends?

We are setting up new Sprint process whereby each Sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday the week after. For example, the start date for Sprint 1 is January 1, 2022 and the end date is January ...
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How to group tasks in MS project

What’s the best way to group tasks? I’ve inherited a plan that details work done to specific parts of an assembly. So there is design work, build etc grouped per sub assembly but testing and ...
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What is a good free or cheap Team Project Management, Team Communication & Team Collaboration Script? [closed]

I have been looking for a very good Team Project Management Script that includes Team Communication, Team Collaboration, Projects & Tasks, Ability for Team Members to Assign Themselves to Projects ...
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How do I use 2 resource pools on the same project?

I have two resource pools, one for material and one for work. How do I share both with one Project?
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Finish Date not correct

I have one task that starts on 8/1/22 and ends on 1/23/23, but the duration is 2.5 days. The end date isn't calculating correctly. I have theses resources assigned to the task, total 27.2 baseline ...
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How to calculate a flexible team capacity and have the sprint capacity adapt to it?

I am planning a Program Increment of 3 Months and I have a team of people with a variety of skills. Basically, we have 3 categories in which each developer is differently skilled: UI, Backend & ...
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Is it difficult or time-wasting for developers to adjust page design based on component design changes?

I have been curious about that how much effort developers have to make to adjust components to accommodate changes in UI design. Sometimes I think a design from UX is good and there's no problem for ...
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Trying to configure 2 swimlanes in Jira to be similar

So I have 2 swimlanes in Jira on a Kanban board and I wanted to know if they can mirror each other? Or what might be the best way to go about this. I made one swimlane that I want only to have items ...
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Example layouts / standards for filesystem folder names in project documentation?

I am new to project management and would like to know, where is a standard either a best practice to define name of project folder tree in the filesystem, or SharePoint. Maybe there is something ...
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Show timebased plan and the people involved at each activity

Disclaimer: I am not a project manager, just a software developer, so I may need some help wording this to make it acceptable. I was talking to a company who want me to do some consulting work, ...
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How to do sprint commitments in a team of specialists?

After a re-org we ended up with one larger team of specialists: designers user experience engineers 3D artists (we are in gaming) developers Great, cross-functional team! BUT they are all ...
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What is the Product Owner's role/responsibility in a proof of concept with an external vendor?

The team is conducting a proof of concept related to checking the capabilities of an external software solution to be added/integrated into our platform. Of course, the PO needs to have all Epics and ...
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How can I foster more T-shaping within a Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, how can I foster more T-shaping and elimination of silos within a single team? All the team members are open-minded so I am sure they would let me try anything. One ...
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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 coming during update the schedule

When I am updating the schedule on the current date then some activity showing "Start no earlier than" constraints. I want to know why these constraints are coming. If constraints came means ...
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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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