Questions tagged [planning]

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How should we plan work on support issues without a “battery”?

We are working on a very old project with a lot of legacy code. This means that we have around 3-5 unplanned issues every Sprint. We were handling that with "batteries": time set aside for ...
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How to estimate amount of work/man hours for an unfamiliar task?

Sooner or later we come across a task in our project, with which we are totally unfamiliar ('we' as in PM, but also possibly the staff assigned to do this particular task). How can we estimate ...
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Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
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What we should do with tasks which estimated time bigger than sprint?

I know, we need to separate this task to several subtasks. But what we should do, if further division of this task have no sense? What if all of resulting subtasks will have no business value until ...
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Why use iterations in Scrum?

I am a Scrum Master in a 7 person team. We currently use one-week iterations for our sprints. I find that sprint planning overhead is huge (2 hours each week for entire team), and not nearly as ...
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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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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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What approaches exist for long-term planning and responding to change?

In a software development firm, we often make release plans to fit a particular need: be it a focus on feature development, or carving out a market niche, or just overall quality improvements to stay ...
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Are Program Management skills different from Project Management skills?

My company has a series of projects with dependencies between them (eg back end hardware refresh/virtualisation, new desktop build/roll-out, database upgrade and implementation of new functionality, ...
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In MS Project, can I create a task whose duration depends on two milestones?

I want to show an ongoing "support" task in MS Project, where the start date is driven by one milestone (test environment available), and the end date is set by another milestone (testing complete). I ...
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Practising agile in deadline driven environments

As a I understand, Agile is based on the team's velocity, which means that the project deadline is based on their velocity. Problem 1 What do you do if you are a project manager, and the sales team ...
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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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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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How do you manage technical debt?

In real world, business initiatives always take higher priority as there are associated ROIs and deliver something tangible to the users. But there are technical initiatives and projects that need to ...
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How should a team handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

During estimation, the Product Owner presents a user story that seems clear to a team that usually knows their strengths and weaknesses, and that is not hostile. What should the Scrum Master do if the ...
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How do you schedule maintenance work in Scrum?

What are some of the different patterns you use to schedule maintenance work (any non-feature work like bug fixes, technical debt reduction, etc.)? In our organization, we've considered mash-ups of ...
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During a sprint, should we try to achieve 100% user story completion or 100% productivity

We know that during every sprint, the team's primary goal is to achieve 100% completion of user stories which are part of the sprint backlog. But what happens in practice is that, development should ...
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My customer is pushing me very hard to come up with a fully detailed fine grained almost by hour work plan

I know this is likely to fail almost by definition, but I don't really have an suitable alternative. Currently we are working almost exactly the opposite way, with a 8 items work plan, but we are ...
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Resources used by multiple PMs

I am the Infrastructure PM on a large project, working as part of a team of PMs with different responsibilities. These include Development, Testing, Environment Support, and Implementation. My remit ...
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Why does our Sprint Planning not align with our original Release Plan?

Our scrum team has provided high level estimates for the project we are working during release planning meeting. The team provided guesstimated hours as well as Story points for each of the stories ...
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How to calculate budget margin?

Say a work package (containing several tasks) is estimated to take between 320 (Most likely) and 480 (Worst case) hours of work (not duration) to complete. Because of some dependencies and the ...
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How to use Agile in a small web agency managing a lot of different projects?

I'm faced with the duty of managing a small design and web agency's (3 full stack developers, 3 designers, 1 help desk, sales people...) technical department. The company is selling quite well (it has ...
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How should an organization divide user stories between scrum teams?

We have a development team that works on multiple "products". We create a unified user-stories backlog, and effectively treat the multiple products as different feature areas of the same virtual big ...
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What is the best way to develop a project baseline?

I am conflicted on how to create a baseline for a project. Which of the following scenarios would be considered a "best practice" for creating a project baseline in which to measure progress and get ...
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What makes a great planner?

I would like to become better at planning in my role as PM and would like to know what makes a great planner? I was told efficiency is an important attribute and im not sure if this is correct.
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When is overtime an appropriate use of resources, and how do I account for it?

Under which conditions is it acceptable to push my team to do overtime work? Once I have pushed my team to do overtime work, how do I factor the added risks and costs associated with the push into my ...
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Are GTD techniques applicable to PM?

Is Getting Things Done helpful in terms of understanding PM, and does it make any direct contributions? I'm not asking whether GTD will make you better organized, or more effective generally. I mean,...
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How does a team (new to product and domain) estimate user stories of a ten year old product?

I am the scrum master for one of the products in a software development company. Our team, including me, operates from India. However my product owner is in USA. We are working on the feature ...
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How do you modify a delivered user story?

If you delivered a user story in a previous sprint and then need to make changes to that feature in the current sprint, what do you do? Examples: Change the user interface (UI) of a screen. Change a ...
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How to handle confusion of “user stories” term in agile methodology?

I find myself in an non-agile environment where "user story" actually means "use case, backed by an excel requirements specification, a testing specification doc, and a few required wireframes || mock ...
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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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What are the required documents should I prepare In order to start my Project

I am preparing to start my new project which is Developing open source ERP System What really I am confusing about: How to start : what is the first step should I begin with. ( Preparing the ...
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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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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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Making a budget and time plan for a software project

Let's assume that we are starting a project, but have no previous experience of budgeting a software project. What should the guys who will work on that project do to make a decent budget planing? ...
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Project Manager - Writing Project Specification

Background I've been in web development field for past 8 years , and i got myself a management role as a Project Manager several months back. Most of the time i'm dealing with open source web ...
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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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WBS (work breakdown structure) vs SRS (software requirements specification document)

I am new to project management and need a clarification. I want to create the work break down structure for a software project. The definition is that WBS must contain 100% of the work. How can I ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

It is clear that in Sprint Planning the Product Owner has to be present. However, since the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? Although the ...