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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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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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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?

I was discussing moving our process to become more agile with our (mostly traditional) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's stance was that >=80% of the requirements need to be defined (and set ...
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How to organize a 6-month project plan for agile?

We have a charter to build a product in 6 months. I'll preface this by saying that my manager wants us to use waterfall, even though our development process is agile. With that said, I have been ...
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Should we encourage a team member adding a feature on his own?

Recently I had a colleague that implemented a feature without being in the plan or discussed in detail but on his own time during the weekend. The feature was discussed briefly, it is a technical ...
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Is it possible to control a project without start date and durations?

In a discussion about the project plan with my team we collected activities, brought them into order and defined end dates. When we came to defining start dates and durations one of the elder team ...
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Organization structure in startup

I was given the role of managing 5 different teams (iOS, Android, Backend, Firmware and Hardware (electronics)). All these teams consist of no more than 4-5 developers. There is also a QA team (2 ...
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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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How can I modify the Upland PowerSteering templates for Iterative/Agile Management?

Our department recently brought in Power Steering for waterfall projects but in the absence of an agile-focused software (Jira, Rally, VersionOne) there is some appetite to experiment with Power ...
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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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What is the difference between metric and KPI?

I know that KPI is a metric and metric is not necessarily a KPI, but I still don't understand the difference between these two. Let's take Periscope application as an example. What are possible KPI ...
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Who should attend Nexus Sprint Planning?

I started to learn the Nexus framework and found one interesting sentence: All members of the Scrum Teams should participate to minimize communication issues. Does this mean that someone should ...
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In Microsoft Project why is my actual duration calculating to 0 days?

I had set a baseline previously and I am now updating to show what has actually happened. I went into the task information and changed the "start" and "finish" dates to what actually happened. When ...
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How can I leverage JIRA ticket assignments to encourage group ownership, pairing, and swarming without bypassing other core functions?

Background & Objectives Atlassian JIRA is really just a ticketing system at heart. While there are a number of agile-ish workflows and plugins available to the system, the fundamental design of ...
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How can I split user stories about money transfers?

I'm a beginner and looking for a best way to create user stories for my project and I need an advice. It's about a money transfer project where I have to create a transfer flow: Configure Transfer, ...
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Convincing my team that we need to split tasks by feature, not by work type

I'm in an agile team, with some developers, a designer and a ux guy. Sometimes we split some user stories into tasks when we think they are too big. When doing this, I've always read that we should ...
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Zero bug software development?

We are looking into a zero bug policy, but I wondered how best to represent this in sprint planning. Should we be planning some 'empty' story points to cover this work? Does anyone else do this? If ...
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Stakeholder view of projects without time?

I'm a PM for a small development team. We have a mix of large transformation projects and small improvement projects. We're not good at estimating in man hours (and in fact I'm yet to meet a team of ...
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How to optimise SPM2(Sprint Planning Meeting 2)?

We are doing 2-week sprint. As per scrum guideline, 2-week sprint should not take more than 2 hours to complete. However, sometimes we take more than 8 hours to complete SPM2. I'm sure something is ...
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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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How to explain to a product owner that inviting their team to sprint planning is a bad idea?

I have a product owner for one of my sprits who likes to involve people outside the sprint in sprint tasks. I've attempted several times to explain how this isn't ideal, and in fact slows down the ...
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Who developed Stepwise project planning?

In book "Software Project Management" by Bob Huges on Chapter 3: Project Planning, it describes an approach called "Stepwise Project Planning" in contrast to PRINCE2 approach which was developed in UK ...
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As a scrum master of a small startup made by friends, How do you solve these impediments?

We are a small team of developers(fresh graduates) who have decided to create a software to manage a store. We have just a small amount of experience in a real world environment of software ...
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How to measure complexity of a project?

Is there a way I can get a numeric quantifier for the complexity of a project? Such as something similar to a risk assessment matrix.
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Stories added after commitment

I'm trying to understand the following problem: within a SAFe framework a development team adds user stories after commitment, even though that commitment has not been met. The justification is that ...
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My team hates planning poker (and the length of planning in general), is there a more engaging and/or quicker way to plan a sprint?

My team hates how long we spend in planning. We're currently spending about 3 hours for a 2 week sprint. I tell them that is actually less than a by the book sprint planning, but regardless they want ...
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How to create a schedule for a UX process?

I started to work on a new project ( software development) an my boss asked me: "what are the next steps? I need a schedule!" We're at the beginning, doing some user tests and researches about the ux ...
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How to allocate story points on extremely complex user stories?

We currently allocated story points the following way: 0.5 very simple (approx 0-30 mins) 1 simple (approx half a day) 2 Medium difficulty (couple of days) 3 Hard (3 days) This works well for us, ...
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How to set a baseline for future projects based on performance of past projects?

A project manager at our company recently supplied the team with metrics for two past projects that are wildly different from one another. Based on these metrics, the project manager would like to ...
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What level of detail should I include in epics?

I am writing user stories for a new project. One of my epics is: As a company owner I want a graphical profile so I can build my visual identity. And then there are multiple user stories linked to ...
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How to make Release Planning more accurate?

I had an interview with one company. They use Scrum, but don’t like rough estimates during Release Planning. So, they asked me, how to make Release Planning more accurate (they don’t want more than 30 ...
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Scrum - What and when is the best process to task a user story card in this environment

We are organized around a Scrum process with 2 week sprints that utilize Project -> Epics -> Features -> Stories -> Tasks I am assigned to an Epic expected to take 3 developers for 6 weeks. The ...
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How can I get my team to use our tools and follow a (any) workflow

I am a Software Engineer at a startup ( 16 employees ), and we are still working like we have 3 employees. The buy in for our tools is very minimal and renders them almost useless. I know we are ...
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How do I improve the development process at our small startup?

I work for a small, independent software development startup. We’ve been in business for nearly three years now and things are going pretty well. We’ve got a pretty steady stream of projects for an ...
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Are processes and procedures only for enterprises?

I've had the opportunity to work at quite a few start-ups. One thing I've found to be common in them is adhoc way of doing things and ignorance towards processes, best practices and known project ...
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How can we fix Sprint Planning meetings that are unproductive?

Currently, we have split "Sprint Planning Meeting" into two parts: SPM1 - This we do at the first day of the sprint. Product owner discusses the stories that have come into the current sprint from ...
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In MSP, what are the differences between “Status Date” and “Current Date”?

I googled up a bit about this but could not find a real answer, so here I am! In Microsoft Project, you have two things: The Current Date (Can be find in Project>Project Information) The Status ...
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How to write a good Critical Success Factor?

Can you share some of your tips and tricks on how to pull out the information from stakeholders in order to write good CSF? What questions do you ask to get to the heart of the project? Can you ...
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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

I often have the need to achieve a specified goal (e.g. deliver a piece of software functionality). At the start of the work I identify the goal and can list some tasks needed to bring about the ...
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Duration of a project different based on calculation?

The company wants us to report the duration of the project in months. Based on how you calculate it, the duration can differ drastically. Take a simple example in which the project starts on 1/1/2017 ...
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Project plan audit

I has been tasked to audit a project plan by 3rd party vendor. The vendor is gonna use Scrum and going to provide a project plan. I understand that every plan must fit to the particular project scope,...
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How can we manage schedule risks brought into a project by 3rd party software?

Working in web-development, I face a common situation when clients want to use 3rd party software as a starting point of the project. That could be a CMS, an e-commerce site, or something else. ...
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Jira Sprint Structure for Software Team

As I see it, we have three levels: Epic - Broad view of what would be nice to do. (Usually more then a Sprint) Let pay for our service with credit cards Story - More defined and structured view. (...
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WBS and PERT diagram

I have a WBS (Work Breakdown structure) which has milestones, outlined tasks (speaking in MS Project terms) and work packages. I want to design a PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) chart based ...
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Is it possible to forecast when a scrum team will complete the product backlog?

This question is related to this question but I couldn't find this part answered there. I am part of a large project whose entire product backlog has been sized in story-points. The estimate is ...
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Is there Scrum ceremony for planning Technical Details on an Agile Project?

Specifically, if we assume that the team spend a day on Sprint Planning using the 4-8 hours of planning for each week of our sprint formula then that doesn't really seem like enough time for the team ...
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Merging multiple backlogs into a Visionary/Master backlog on JIRA?

Context An enterprise AWS project with multiple Scrum teams building features. Three additional stakeholder teams (Dev Ops, Operations, CISO) who send support and consultancy requests into the AWS ...
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How do you financially quantify the 'holding cost' of not releasing items until you have a big batch?

In Don Reinertsen's book - Principles of Product Development Flow - the tradeoff between release size (number of stories) and release cost (regression test cost and release cost) is described like ...
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Technical Specification Tools [closed]

I am planning to write a technical specification document / functional specification for my personal project. Can anybody suggest any useful links / tools / templates that can help me? I am mainly ...

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