Questions tagged [planning]

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

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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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Developer doesn't make deadline

Situation: Company is about 50 people. Total number of developers is about 15, split into three teams. Team 1 has five developers working hard building a new system. The deadline is yesterday, which ...
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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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Client with conservative UAT policy

One particular client has a very traditional, conservative approach to UAT and deployment. When the development team completes the items in the sprint, this is all packaged into a release, which must ...
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Cancel or change a sprint

The Scrum method defines that the content of a sprint cannot be changed. But can a sprint be cancelled while it's done? I mean, it's unlikely to happen and probably shows really bad planning skills by ...
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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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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 to plan for bugs, looking for advice

I work in a software development company, where we use something which resembles scrum. We have sprints of 4 weeks We have 6 sprints / release We plan a development per sprint, with an estimate We ...
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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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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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Scrum task estimation methodologies

I want to know about tasks analysis and estimation methods that can be used in a Scrum process to make task estimations for a sprint. Deciding whether a story(task) is small or large requires some ...
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How to calculate project finish date with fixed work and different date of resource availability

I am preparing a high-level project plan in mpp to see the top level view when the project will finish based on the resources availability and work estimation. My requirement is as: I have an ...
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Who decides how much work should be included in each Sprint?

Once we have groomed the backlog and have a relatively clear direction of what should be done in short and long term, how do we decide what to include in each Sprint? Who makes that decision? It ...
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Where to get general info on Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

I work in a software development company. I have this major ticket for which I have to produce a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). I also have to prepare an estimation for the ticket. The ticket deals ...
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When to process feedback on the deliverable of the last iteration?

My team and I are working with iterations of two weeks (trying to use our own version of Scrum) and we try to deliver a new version after every iteration. After an iteration we let the stakeholders ...
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Which adages/laws have a direct relevance to the field of Project Management [closed]

As we have the ability to create a wiki, it would seem relevant to produce an authoritative list of project management maxims, adages and laws. Examples Brook's Law Goodhart's Law
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Calculating project forecasts in Jira

As a Scrum Master, I want to help my Product Owner to make an educated guess of when features in a project will be implemented, in order to communicate with stakeholders so that they can manage Scope. ...
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How to work with sprints having to provide support to unplanned issues?

All, I have to work with an Agile team that they have to attend to live system issue(tickets) fixing while working on a sprint. So that we cannot achieve the committed SP at the end of the sprint. ...
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Avoiding vendor lock-in with few vendors available

My company is venturing into a niche area of the telecom business. The challenge we are facing is there are very few vendors of some critical software we need and in turn there are very few customers ...
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Using MS Project 2007 for Manufacturing Build Time

Is there a way for MS Project 2007 to calculate durations based on a give time/part and total number of parts. For example: A manufacturing process can process 1 part every 30 sec and we want to ...
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How to estimate a Research and Development project?

Our software team has been doing a lot of R&D work to improve the performance of our product. Of course, the management team would like to know how long it's going to take to improve the ...
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If Velocity should not be used for future estimations, what is it good for?

I have read the following thread and a few articles sharing the same view - velocity should not be used for predictions. This has somehow rocked my world, as we often look at the velocity, remaining ...
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How to arrive at a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to ReactJS based application

I need to come-up with a project plan for migrating a legacy web application to a ReactJS based application. The legacy web application is written in Vanilla JS, HTML, CSS and there are approximately ...
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New IT project documentation

When there is a new IT project, what documentation should we begin with? What structure do they usually have. Is there a common standard to compose them? I am entirely new to IT projects, I am ...
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Project Scope in Project Charter Vs 'Project Plan'

How is Project Scope different in 'Project Charter' different from Project Scope in 'Project Plan' considering they both have to be brief ... isn't it redundant ?
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We work with fixed scope, price and time - why should we use Story points?

We deliver projects in fixed price, fixed time and fixed scope environment. We have a contract that specify those, specifications of features. Recently, an agile couch was trying to convince me to ...
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MS Project Change Working Time - Roster

How can I change the working time to 2 weeks ( working - 14 days) and 1 week (not working - 7 days)? Is this able to be automatically populated?
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Software to track projects measured in hours and minutes

I am trying to remember my Project Management class from college many years ago. I have been part of several IT projects where multiple entities are involved. For these projects (or cutovers or ...
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How auto share resource for multiple tasks in MS Project

Suppose I have three tasks, each task requires one resource (one engineer), if I have 3 separated resources, say A, B, C, how can I auto assign these resource to my tasks depending on availability. ...
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Why Project Management is so hard? [closed]

I know a lot of Project Managers and they are all over 30 years old. Are all project managers like that? I mean, is this about getting more experience than at least 7-8 years? Or being a Project ...
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Changing backlog story point estimates mid way through a release

Background: We are mid-way through a development which was estimated for a customer on a fixed price contract. To come up with the estimate we built a backlog by trying to list all user stories and ...
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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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How to name written data that it will likely be used later in the project?

How can I give a general name for documented data that will likely to be accessed and used in the future? Data like: outline of summary of a meeting. a list of links, found after a research session. ...
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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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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Our development team estimates that they can complete 30 story points in the current iteration. Partway through the sprint they realize that they will complete 50 story points at their current rate. ...
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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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Agile Release Planning

Let's say my team's velocity is 50 and for the next release, we need to complete a 500 worth of user story points. My sprint length is 2 weeks. So if I divided 500 by 50 I need to spend 10 sprints to ...
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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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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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Scheduling tasks to start today

I have a plan that's broke up into a few stages. I want to schedule the first couple tasks in stage 2 to start as soon as possible, there are no predecessors for these tasks. My tasks in the middle of ...
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How can Critical Chain scheduling be undertaken with Microsoft Project 2010?

How can Critical Chain as a scheduling approach be applied using only Microsoft Project 2010 with no add-ins or additional software? What settings and options need to be used, and what task types.
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How to manage different detail levels in a project plan to be presented to different audiences?

In any given project, a variety of detail levels are needed: executive summary technical summary delivery team summary delivery details How can these different levels of detail be contained and ...
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MS Project 2013 - How to schedule a 6 hr work week maximum

I am working on a project with over 800 tasks and each task can take anywhere between 10 mins-3 hrs. I am assigning people (team of 10) to do tasks but each person can only be assigned for a maximum ...
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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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Delays in projects - what is normal on IT implementations?

I have some experience in IT myself, but in a different type of projects, so I would love to pick your brains. The context is that during conversations with some friends I had the impression that ...
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Project budgeting by financial year vs lifetime?

We're discussing how project budgets will be set and tracked. My view is that the budget should be set for the duration and tracked that way. Our finance team have a preference for the budget to be ...
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MS project 2010 resource assigning problem - unexpected behavior

I define a fixed work task, work is 16 h. I assign a resource Bob to work 100% on this task. The task duration is automatically set to 2 days. Since I figure out Bob won't have full time to spend on ...
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Project Scoping Document

What type of details typically go into a project scoping document? Also, how much detail should you go into? Since, the requirements are still being decided upon? Update: The project scoping ...
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How to avoid the planning fallacy?

The planning fallacy appears especially frequently when estimating tasks in software development. However agile estimation methods like planning poker etc. don't seem to be designed to avoid this ...