Questions tagged [planning]

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Creating synopses of existing movies - hire a team, or crowdsource?

To create a movie database website for a regional language industry, I would like to know whats the best way to acquire/build a large collection of movie synopses for my site. Currently I have thought ...
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What Information to have on project planning sticky notes?

I've been assigned as PM to an ongoing project that had a few issues when I started. It looks like these have been resolved but the team will have to review and update the project plan to address ...
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Quick win or long term sustainability?

My project has to deliver middleware components that will support a large, complex system development spanning multiple phases. My phase is due to implement in 6 weeks, with future phases being ...
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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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How to communicate with project leaders when they are doing poorly

I have been on multiple projects where the project leaders have not involved themselves in the project enough to even learn what the project is really doing. Other times the project leaders didn't ...
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Is keeping two project plans ever appropriate?

I feel that if I publish a project plan that shows completion on date X, I can't very well push for completion at date (X - 3 weeks). But If I publish a plan that shows date (X-3 weeks), how can I ...
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Tracking punchlist items in a project plan

As a project gets closer and closer to handover to QA, I find myself tracking a list of outstanding items that need to be completed before the software is completely ready for testing. I'm trying to ...
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What's the best way of making projections about go-live dates that fall outside of your planning horizon?

We operate a quarterly planning horizon and yet we have a very healthy order book. Detailed plans only stretch out as far as 3 months. How do I tell a customer who has just ordered when they will be ...
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Statistical Product: How to handle projects effectively

Some background: In our organization we develop statistical product and there are big team of statisticians. They often changed specification due to change in clients' requirements. We have n number ...
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Good (possibly free) tools for running Monte Carlo Simulations? [closed]

We need to perform a good deal of Monte Carlo analysis on some of our project plans - basically creating tornado diagrams, sensitivity analysis and follow it up with Monte Carlos. I am aware of ...
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PM learns deliverable is vaporware, team has been hiding it from the client & want PM to lie to client also.

I will TRY to keep this simple. I was brought on this project approx. 1/2 way through to fill the role of CM DB SME(20+yrs broad based experience). The PM (non-technical by his own admission) ...
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How to handle 'ilities' (or non-functional requirements) for a project planning/prioritization/work-allocation?

It seems the world is doing a good job at managing functional requirements for a system - you can link them to benefits, prioritize them and manage their implementation schedule (let's assume an ideal ...
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What techniques are useful when factoring in the likelihood that one or more members of the team may take leave during a project?

What's the best way of planning for the possibility that a key member(s) of the team might want to take leave at some point during a project? I understand one solution is to buffer the project ...
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Leading Student Teams

I am currently heading three different projects which are all composed of students from various universities and colleges around Toronto, ON and Waterloo, ON. In each of these projects I am facing ...
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Buffers, tolerances - how do you approach them in your project management practice?

How do you apply them in practice? What tools do you use / what would you recommend?
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Advice for a young programmer on creating programming estimates

I'm a young programmer who has recently gotten a job at a company that is small but loves programming estimates. Since giving good estimates has been a problem for me in the past I'm happy about this ...
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How can I manage a Scrum project and meet the requests of the PMO while using Microsoft Project?

I searched other questions and still can't figure out how we can manage a project that uses the Scrum methodology with tools like Microsoft Project. We are a big software company using Microsoft ...
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What does a quality management plan look like?

I'm developing a quality management plan as part of a study assignment. I guess I'm a bit lost on where to begin. What general structure should a quality management document have? Or will it look ...
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Good resources on applying Earned Value Management

Two part question - First - I have a basic understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM), but the example I've found so far on applying seem vague. So any suggestions on understanding EVM more? I'm ...
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How do “action items” relate to various task identification and tracking methods used by agile methodologies?

I'm specifically thinking about the relationship between action items and various methods of organizing tasks in agile methodologies, such as user stories. I think this requires a little bit of a leap,...
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Managing a Visual Studio Project on Github(Git DVCS) [closed]

I am noobishly new to Git version control system having used Tortoise Svn, VSS. I thought of contributing my code as open source work on github[moving by crowds voice], i did open a account and create ...
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How to always be updated and manage information only useful to me? Don't want to waste time in my life

How to always be updated and manage information only useful to me? Don't want to waste time in my life. I mean I don't want to waste my time reading ads and other things which aren't useful to me
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How to share project plans with the team

This may look a bit weird, but I stuck with the problem of sharing the project plans with team. The main purpose I try to achieve (though not sure if it's right) is that everyone should know what to ...
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Organizing communication in project

I'm going to be in charge of administration/communications in a small project (16 programmers in total including myself). We're all fourth year computer engineering majors, and we'll be developing ...
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When should you do sprint planning?

We tend to do our retrospective on the final day of the sprint and have found that by the end of an hour and a half, launching into a planning session is not ideal at all. When do you hold your ...
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“Death March” projects - any writers apart from Yourdon?

After digging through Google, it appears that Edward Yourdon has done most of the original writing on this topic. Are there any other writers who have covered this, or a similar topic, related to ...
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Questions to ask to the client before making any cms for them?

I need a comprehensive list of questions or at least basic idea of which questions to be asked to the client before customizing a cms for them? I may use Wordpress, Drupal, Sharepoint or anything, I ...
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How should a project manager capture decisions?

As a project goes through the planning and design phases, many decisions will be made. To develop with technology X instead of technology Y. To leave feature z off of the plan for this version of the ...
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How to simulate scenario's of possible project networks based on actual capacity by month?

I have calculated the available capacity in hours by month, taking into account overhead, training, holidays, sick leave, etc. (all based upon historical data and expected holidays during summertime). ...
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Prioritizing Features

Question for fellow product owners/product managers. How do you prioritize your features? We are currently trying to develop some common criteria (as objective as possible) that we can use to ...
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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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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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What is the preferred number of tasks to assign?

I am going to lead a small team for the first time in my career and I am determined to not subject my team to the same issues that I perceive to have been subjected to as a programmer. This question ...
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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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Best usage of milestones in a Gantt

Background I'm building a project Gantt, involving multiple teams. In the past I've had a good experience with a Gantt as a means of planning a project but not so much as a means of tracking a project'...
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What are the first steps to take when given a new project?

After you've resisted the urge to run towards the door screaming, what are the first two or three things that you do to get your thoughts in order when you have been given a new project? I tend to ...
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What is the right approach to work package size?

In medium size project were you are interfacing with functional Project Managers, and you are the PM for the entire project. How much details do you want in your WBS? Do you break it and keep it ...
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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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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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When a PM goes on holiday, what can they expect when they get back to convince that the project has not suffered?

Partway through a project and a significant holiday kicks in for the PM. What should the PM take their temporary replacement through before they go - and what should they expect to be handed back ...
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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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Should every WBS item map to a single “charge number”?

Assuming you are running projects where every employee submits their time in a corporate accounting system like SAP or Deltek, should every project always define charge numbers for every WBS item? ...
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What percentage of a project manager's time should be spent working in the project management software and documentation?

What percentage of the project manager's time is spent planning, writing tasks, and tracking time in the project management software? How much time should be given to documentation? Every position ...
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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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