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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 ...
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What ways have you reduced cost for a software project during the planning phase?

I am getting ready to head up an internal project. I already know that the budget will be tight on this. I am looking for effective ways to reduce project cost. What I would like to see is the most ...
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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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Update project plan, rescheduling and dates

I'm trying to understand the update function in MS Project 2010 and I hope you can help. Let's say I have a road-project where I have divided a task in to several activities based on where the task ...
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How can we estimate the learning curve for new technology in a project?

I work with embedded systems and sometimes there are some technologies that the people involved with the project have to learn before applying to the product. We are three people that never worked ...
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How do you plan for risks in your project's estimates?

I have been working on the risk-management topic in software development for a while. According to the different literature there could be knowns knowns (typical risks), known unknowns (product ...
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Implementing Feedback in Agile Development

I need to know about product development planning in a particular scenario. I planned my sprint and executed it, and then I submitted the product URL for feedback and received a response from my ...
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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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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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Participants of sprint planning meeting - Is it essential to involve part-time team members

I'm currently in the process of getting my team in a position to start using Scrum and Sprints within the next couple of weeks - I intend on taking on the role of Scrum Master as long as everyone on ...
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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 multiple project managers?

I am a team leader. My team handles multiple projects. Each has a different project manager. Our priorities keep changing according to deals the company is about to close. The project managers ...
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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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Stakeholder of SRS

Who are the stakeholder of the software requirement specification? My UI designer keeps pressing us for the program flow. I thought the designer should be giving us what should be included on each ...
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What should be included in a comprehensive “plan of attack” document?

Its common for most software development processes to begin with a plan of attack, in which you could find the following topics: The context of the clients company A summary of the business processes ...
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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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Background Check on Prospective Hires [closed]

I'm looking to start up a small business, and I'd like to know if anybody here--and I'm not sure if this question belongs here--might know of a method to ascertain the following things in a cost-...
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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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What is the procedure to change Baseline plan of the project?

What is the procedure to change Baseline plan of the project? When do you considering changing Baseline plan of the project. Who need to approve the baseline changes?
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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 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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How do you professionally manage the whole procedure of a small web project?

I am a web designer/developer and I take some projects from individual clients that include the whole construction procedure of a website. That includes: planning wireframing communication with ...
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How to start my first project?

I'm going to manage my first project that is really a small stream of an even greater project, and my boss said that I could make my own schedule and plans etc. I have a couple of questions, I need ...
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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 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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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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Proof that badly scheduled meetings hurt productivity

I have a friend who is a developer. He is very stressed out by his manager, who seems addicted to meetings. The volume of meetings is a problem, but what is more of a problem is that they are spaced ...
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How to Evaluate an Implementation Plan by 3rd Party Vendors

Question: I'm not sure how to handle this. Background: We have a software requirement and we've asked two vendors for their implementaion proposal. The first vendor haven't submitted their proposal. ...
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How to reduce planning meeting time involving several teams?

I'm working on a project having planning meetings at the start of every sprint. Three teams are involved on every planning meeting, reviewing pending/todo issues team by team (every issue is estimated)...
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Ongoing Development and Maintenance: Should I break it up into small projects, or keep one open project and keep adding milestones?

I have to manage ongoing development and maintenance of a client's web domain. There are many ideas for features to add in the future. I was wondering what the best practice would be for an ongoing ...
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Need guidance in implementing a third party software tool for enterprise wide organization [closed]

I have been assigned to lead an implementation of a third party software tool. I would like to seek some guidance on making sure this gets implemented successfully. I think I was asked to provide ...
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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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PM crash course

I have an engineering background and have accepted an offer from a tech company for which I will be leading a brand new web project (mix of PM + tech lead). There is no prior work done except overall ...
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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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What's the best approach to structure a project plan for a JSF project? [closed]

We're a Software Development Company that's about to start working on a JSF (JavaServer Faces) project with a Hibernate persistence layer. I'm managing the project, and we have 2 developers on the ...
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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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Is WIFO a good project management method?

Is WIFO (Worst In, First Out) a good project management method? That is, should projects always prioritize work on the part or component that is the worst? Will WIFO make project quality more even by ...
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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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Is there any alternative to MS-Project server to build a collaborative deployment plan?

Objective Questions: How do you guys coordinate cross-team deployment plans? Are you still using the old school Excel for these plans? How do you rearrange tasks in a way the dependencies between ...
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Changing backlog story point estimates mid way through a release

Background: We are mid-way through a development which was estimated for a customer on a fixed price contract. To come up with the estimate we built a backlog by trying to list all user stories and ...
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SCRUM Sprint and tasks/user stories that cannot fit into a sprint!

Say I have an Epic that is estimated to take 3 sprints to do. And the Epic is broken down into A to Z tasks/user stories. Problem is, to do B, we need A, to do C we need B, etc.... And in sprint ...
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Starting responsive web design from desktop planning? (x-post from ux.stackoverflow)

I originally asked this question from https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/28987/starting-responsive-web-design-from-desktop-planning-project-time-crunch, but was referred to here Backstory: Our ...
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Can the scale of a project be considered a constraint?

The triple constraints are listed as Time, Cost and Scope. PMBOK 4th Edition lists 6 project constraints: Cost, Time, Scope, Quality, Risk, and Resources. Can the scale of a project be considered a ...
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Planning poker on virtual teams

I'm looking for a way to make it easier to perform planning poker on a virtual team (i.e. a team that is not co-located with one another). Requirements for a successful planning poker: Since we're ...
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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 keep all the developers on the same page in Scrum?

We are a small team of 6 developers. We usually complete 4 to 5 user stories in a given sprint. Typically every person takes a complete user story and some take a couple of them. The problem arises ...
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Is PM considered a billable resource?

In a software development firm that I work for, contracts are billed based on 3 items: Design, Development, and PM. Example: A simple software project could take 200 hours and would be broken down ...
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Heilmeier's Catechism Breakdown

Heilmeier's Catechism is a set of questions that any research project or product development project should be able to answer to assess its feasibility. So far I've found this example. Specifically, ...
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How to apply project management skills for a bulky project?

Suppose I was working on a 3 months web development project, alone. And I had to start developing everything from scratch. I had to perform each and every activity that a software development life ...
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Which metrics can help estimate the size of a project?

I am putting together a project sizing tool to help understand what artifacts are required for projects (E.G., a simple project may not require a project charter, whilst a complex project may require ...