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Relationship between Duration and Work fields in MPP

In my MPP setup, I have: a resource, R1, available for my project for 50%, and; a resource, R2, available for 100%. So I marked them in the "resource sheet" as "Max. Units" of 50% and 100% for R1 ...
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How to put on one chart multiple projects to show dependencies between them?

I have multiple projects and each project has at least 2 stages. Some of the project stages can start in parallel while others start after one stage of the project ended. More, some projects depend on ...
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Advice needed on managing parallel projects at different detail levels

I work as a PM for a small company active in the metal carpentry business. We have 3 PMs managing up to 50 projects per year ranging from few weeks to three years each. Design, shopfloor and site ...
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Starting a project without a project manager?

I work in IT and I'm planning a large-scale migration project, which the end user is onboard with and is happy with the functionality etc. I've done a lot of the leg work, which involves different ...
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How to Plan a Project with a Fixed Management Deadline?

Take a scenario where the project deadline is predetermined by senior management and the project team is asked to execute. Is there any methodology which can be used? How can a project plan be ...
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Functional Decomposition Diagrams help

I have to do some planning for an hypothetical DropBox-like project. I was wondering if in general the Functional Decomposition Diagram I came up with makes sense. Am I focusing on the right stuff? ...
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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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Eliciting Requirements as a Client

Background: I am a computer science student and am currently employed as a programmer for a health institution. Recently we discovered the need for a project which is beyond a 1-man job (I am their ...
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Small firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers in need of some guidance for project workflow

I work as a developer in a small IT firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers. We currently implement some sort of traditional project management, in which the workflow for a given project is as ...
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Prioritization: How do I know if I should do it based on time to completion or difficulty?

One of the key problems I face when it comes to project management is determining when I should prioritize based on time or difficulty. Thus far, I have no method of determining something like this; ...
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How should we balance chores to reduce technical debt with impending deadlines for features?

I'm the Scrum Master on a project with three developers, one QA person, one designer, and me. We work on a project that we inherited about three years ago, a "portal" website and a cordova app. We're ...
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Dealing with unrealistic performance expectations [closed]

What facts and sources can I use to convince a manager I'm currently working with that rewriting a project of ~20'000 lines of code in a month is a completely unrealistic plan, and that writing ~5'000 ...
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In Microsoft Project, the values for my Work column appear to be wrong

I'm just getting started with Microsoft Project and I'm using it to plan out a project we have. There are several tasks on it where I would like the whole team (5 people) to work on a Task. My ...
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How do you share plans with your clients?

I have a simple question: which media do you use to send plans to your clients? We have built an internal tool for that but I am sure there are more efficient way to proceed.
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How should a non-technical person define tasks for technicians?

I need to explain the needs for integration of a web-based service on our website to the programmers. I want to find out the best structure for such a request. How should I describe the features I ...
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The process that has brought about the proposal and its submission?

While writing a proposal, I came across a section on the template, under "PROJECT PLAN.", and I am at a loss as to the exact nature of information to provide in response to a request for" The process ...
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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 to set story points when two people work on the same item together?

How to handle points in the following scenario: We have a story set to 4 points, because the team believes that the amount of work is 4 points in total. To be able to complete this story, two people ...
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Fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of increase in duration when updated

Using MS Project 2013, I would like to express the following situation. I have schedule/tasks set to fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of the increase in duration when ...
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Custom Field Formula for MSP

If( [Text1] And [Text4] > 0, [Text1] - [Text4], "" ) I need a syntax for Null/Empty cells in [Text1] and [Text4] to avoid #ERROR Thank You
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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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Managing huge experimental decision by a developer

The project which I'm working on was over, but I would like to reflect on managing a huge experimental decision made by one developer during development. This is what happened: A developer strongly ...
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Delivering a project with limited resources?

I am running a live technical project running kanban. There is only one developer on board and he is moonlighting to do it. The difficulty that I have is that the client is demanding more and more ...
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Advice for developer team leading his first project [closed]

I am a student developer team leading a comparatively small project with no experience in management. My team consists of a dozen students with little experience in development and little to no ...
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Project steps from start to finish [closed]

How could I have answered the following interview question? Please piece together the high level steps of a project - from start to finish, but haven't found anything concrete. Here's how I ...
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Software Projects with loose requirements

What is the best method(s) to keep software projects on track when the requirements are loosely defined? (i.e. Just general functional concepts provided).
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Estimating the project time and cost while preparing the proposal of a project

I'm working in a medium sized company as a CTO, the business side in the company is sending an average of 5 proposals/day to be estimated in terms of working hours and cost for each proposal. In that ...
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Can machine learning be used for capacity planning?

As a team, we currently use a simple mathematical model for planning the size of future releases (in story points). I am looking to overhaul this at the moment so that it more accurately reflects what ...
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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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Planning all sprints at once

My experience as a developer has always been project milestones were agreed upon in advance and then each sprint is planned just before it starts. For the sake of detail, by planned, I mean agreeing ...
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How can I set JIRA to not add the sub task estimate to its parent User Story?

I'm a ScrumMaster for a new team, who have added a load of user stories to their backlog and now they are breaking them down into sub tasks and giving those sub tasks estimates. They've then put ...
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Explanation on the order of Planning Processes in Rita's Process chart

I am preparing for PMP, currently in Chapter 3 of Rita Mulcahy 's book. I prefer understanding over memorization, the 'why' rather than the 'what'. I searched on the web to understand why the ...
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How do I define acceptance criteria for subjective outcomes?

We have written user stories such as: As a small business owner I want simple and easy instructions to follow for any recommendations to my website so that I understand what it is I need to do ...
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Does anyone estimate stories per discipline in a single story?

SITUATION: Understand which disciplines are more burdened than others on cross-discipline teams. POSSIBLE OPTION: When estimating a story, provide a story point estimate for each of the different ...
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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 ...
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Action Item Register - Can a formal method of tracking action items be successfully applied to teams using more adhoc / agile methods?

Background I am a software developer working on an Action Item Register Application. Based on research I found a process flow chart that helped clarify a way of processing action items. I want to ...
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Creating “User Stories” without a user

[University Project] I want to adopt as many practices from agile project management as I can for a university project. I've decided that the actual development approach will be based upon an FDD (...
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What 'economic drivers' should be part of our “software business case”?

So we need to perform a feasibility study of one of our initiatives and need to present it to the 'higher ups' - It needs to incorporate numbers (estimates) both from the perspective of tangibles and ...
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what is the best way to show long tails for a project

We have a project that has multiple tasks and we are trying to show a roadmap / project plan. The challenge is that each task is very "long tailed", meaning that most of the task will get done in, ...
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Iron Triangle / quality triangle - why the middle is said to be non-existant?

I struggle with some interpretations of the model. Some visualizations says that no projects live in the middle of the triangle. But I wonder why? It would mean that the project is of moderate quality,...
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How to estimate and plan product capacity?

I'm new to project management and I have till now followed the standard textbook principles in building a particular product. I'm now at a situation wherein, I need to perform the capacity planning ...
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How do I efficiently go from concept to product?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing the purposes between: Feature List Product roadmap Release schedule Task management Project plan etc. For my mobile app concept, I'm using trello and evernote ...
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How can I perform a comparison between baseline and actual hours worked?

How could I calculate cumulative hours worked on all tasks from project start date to current date (status) to get a comparison between projected hours worked (baseline) and actual hours worked (...
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Factors to consider for Merging two or more IT Operations team into ONE

I believe this question falls under a Project from the Management side. But I would appreciate any help or resources for the scenario. The project as an IT Manager, is responsible for merging ...
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Ineffective Backlog Grooming and Sprint Planning

I suspect that the problems on Scrum teams in my current organization supersede this one aspect, but wanted to focus the question more specifically to how Scrum can be done better than it is currently ...
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New to Project Management with a new team on a short deadline

I have just been put in charge of a brand new team of a developer and designer, the first of each for our company. I've never had this role before, but I do have some design, development, and ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

We're doing Agile development, and even though we are not going as strict as Scrum, we'd like to keep the sprint planning meeting so that the customer is able to prioritize on business values for each ...
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How does one present current and future projects with gaps with overlapping timelines?

There are currently 160+ projects in flight. Based on business priorities, needs and wants, these are being group as current and future with a view to further segment these by timelines such as 3, 6, ...
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Does the “Plan Scope Management Process” contain many sub-processes?

The PMBOK 5th edition has 24 processes for the Planning Process Group. For the Knowledge Area of "Project Scope Management," we have the following: Plan Scope Management Process Collect Requirements ...
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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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