Questions tagged [planning]

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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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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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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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How to timebox Spikes using story points?

My original question was raised here: In Scrum, how to estimate research stories? and as suggested by @CodeGnome I created a separate question. In my opinion Spikes should be time-boxed as there is ...
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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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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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Is planning software necessary? [closed]

Is planning software necessary? Can you plan your project without one?
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Unfinished works in Sprint

What we can 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 ...
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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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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 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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Catchup plan and look ahead schedule in MS Project

How to create a catch-up plan,30 days look ahead schedule and s-curves in MS-Project 2016?
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How to structure a project plan

I had an initial meeting with my project stakeholders and was able to define a strategy based on goals that everyone agrees with. The goals are: Data access Data storage Data validation Analytical ...
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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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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 ...