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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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Enhance Participation

One of the main issues of my kind of projects seems to be the participation. Since these projects run beside the people's daily business some people only spend so much time in the project. This makes ...
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How can we mitigate uncertainty about project estimation in the initial phase?

According to Boehm’s Software Engineering Economics, during the project initiation, estimates can be off by as much as 400%. However, in order to make the sale, account managers are expected to make ...
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Failed forecast: poor estimation or bad productivity?

If the forecast of the team doesn't come true, how can I understand the reason for this? It can be: Poor estimation during The Planning Meeting. Reduced productivity (for various reasons) during the ...
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When are Gantt diagrams NOT useful?

In my experience, there are some projects where using Gantt can be useful, but there are others where a Gantt becomes only a burden. What features of projects should I consider (beyond the basis of my ...
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Is formal tasking required on a Scrum Team

I understand formal Agile-Scrum tasking as the practice of documenting tasks and estimating task hours for each story or product backlog item a team commits to in an iteration. A task defines part of ...
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Which adages/laws have a direct relevance to the field of Project Management [closed]

As we have the ability to create a wiki, it would seem relevant to produce an authoritative list of project management maxims, adages and laws. Examples Brook's Law Goodhart's Law
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Where should we start in trying to improve our automative design team for next season?

Currently a business student in university. Looking for assistance in finding or developing a framework for a successful automotive design season next year. Overview of the team: We design, build, ...
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How auto share resource for multiple tasks in MS Project

Suppose I have three tasks, each task requires one resource (one engineer), if I have 3 separated resources, say A, B, C, how can I auto assign these resource to my tasks depending on availability. ...
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How do I deal with a potentially difficult client on a web project?

I am a project manager with three years of experience working as a PM. We have a client here who has a pretty good relationship with our company. He sent us a web-project from one of his referrals ...
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time management

After you determine the activity durations, you have a range associated to the it (duration +/- sigma). If you now want to determine the critical path in the network diagram what figure should you ...
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MS Project 2013 - How to schedule a 6 hr work week maximum

I am working on a project with over 800 tasks and each task can take anywhere between 10 mins-3 hrs. I am assigning people (team of 10) to do tasks but each person can only be assigned for a maximum ...
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When do you determine whether project will use sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase manner for project management?

Is determining if a project is going to executed in a sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase (fast-tracking) manner done in Project Management plan( and/or one of it's subsidiary ...
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What we should do, if after planning we still have some free time in Sprint (i.e. unused forecasted capacity) and no tasks that will fit in it

A question about Sprint planning. Let's assume, that Team velocity are 20 Story Point (SP). The most prior Stories in Product Backlog are A (12 SP), B (5 SP) and C (4 SP). It's easy to see, that if ...
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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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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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Software to track projects measured in hours and minutes

I am trying to remember my Project Management class from college many years ago. I have been part of several IT projects where multiple entities are involved. For these projects (or cutovers or ...
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How can I improve the following email template?

I have just started utilizing an approach that I refer to as the 3 in 3 email. It is nothing groundbreaking but simply an email issued every Monday and Wednesday asking 3 questions regarding the next ...
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Planning solo projects when you are the client

I work on my own doing Rails development. I'm interested to know how others plan their projects when there is no client involved. When building a site that you've thought up yourself, how do you ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

A number of stakeholders do not quite understand the necessity of dealing with technical debt preferring new features on top of not very maintainable code. Development is sometimes seen as kids who ...
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Is it feasible for a project manager to work reduced schedule for a a few months? [closed]

A project manager's demands can be varying and unpredictable at times. Could somebody offer feedback on how to make a reduced schedule (like 30 hours) workable and successful ?
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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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Is there a theory of management that supports backward/reverse planning?

I have found that project managers/project leaders use this common sense approach to planning. Namely, they already have a deadline, then they set milestones in a backwards order. They apply the same ...
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What to do with the Sprint backlog tasks that we have decided are not needed any more

Can anybody answer my question here? I have estimated for 5 to 6 tasks like analysis (4 hrs), design (3 hrs), logical review (1 hr), peer review (1 hr), unit testing (1 hr), coding (2 hrs) and release ...
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How can Critical Chain scheduling be undertaken with Microsoft Project 2010?

How can Critical Chain as a scheduling approach be applied using only Microsoft Project 2010 with no add-ins or additional software? What settings and options need to be used, and what task types.
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Is my "Personal Contact Information" theme broken down properly?

We're currently working on a project and debating with others how best to break the project down. Below I'm just providing titles, not writing the full User Stories, to make it quicker to read through....
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How to atone for Fixed costs within MS Project which are based on duration?

I have successfully implemented fixed costs for a few of my tasks, one of them being accommodation cost which is a "one off" cost. However, how do I input fixed costs for tasks which rely on the ...
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When should I start planning for the next version?

My company is setting dates for planning the version on the first day of the version. To me it seems to be waaaay too late.. I think it should be at least a couple of weeks before that. When ...
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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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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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Project Scope in Project Charter Vs 'Project Plan'

How is Project Scope different in 'Project Charter' different from Project Scope in 'Project Plan' considering they both have to be brief ... isn't it redundant ?
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What is the best process to model planning estimates?

This is quite a simple request. I have a 150 line Gantt Chart showing project planning to FY end. Approx 30 of the lines are dependencies with Finish to Start attributes. I would like to run ...
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Purchase a physical scrumboard? [closed]

Any ideas on where to acquire a pre-drawn physical scrumboard? I want to save the hassle of preparing one and to just buy it somewhere. If there are nice boards like that would also look professional ...
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Finding the minimum number of functional teams needed to do repetitive tasks

I have a Project Plan in MS Project, its a construction project which has repetitive tasks and multiple gangs. For example: Building 1 Strip Clean Paint Varnish Building 2 Strip Clean Paint ...
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PERT adjust most likely time with probability and duration time

I don't know if the name of the question is clear what I would like to do is: I need to adjust the most likely time for an activity of my project in purpose of the probability of any path through the ...
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How to plan ahead your resource growth?

Several years ago I was in a startup and they explained to us about roadmap growth. That in the first year a startup should earn XXX money and the year after it should be YYY. the increment in money ...
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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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Should requirements collection be included in the Work Breakdown Structure?

Can (or should) the activities relating to collection of requirements for the Requirements Matrix be included in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
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Ensure direction of project is kept after opening source [closed]

I had an idea and started working on a web site which aims to be of societal value. I believe making it open-source would benefit the project. Doing this will be a turning point where I no longer have ...
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Estimation Quote on realism vs optimism - does it exist?

I could have sworn I read a quote by Steve McConnell or perhaps Fred Brooks about teams that make conservative estimates and pessimistic deadlines but meet them every time garner more trust and ...
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Using MS Project 2007 for Manufacturing Build Time

Is there a way for MS Project 2007 to calculate durations based on a give time/part and total number of parts. For example: A manufacturing process can process 1 part every 30 sec and we want to ...
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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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What are the benefits of estimating hours during the task breakdown?

I'm a big fan of story points to gather relative estimates for stories. During task breakdowns I take a back seat answering any additional questions that might come up, however I have never seen the ...
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How to track and manage tooling issues?

In every complex project, we use a lot of external dependencies and tooling. Of course, they have bugs. Thanks to Github and the like, it is very easy to fork a project and track issues in libraries ...
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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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How to approach a project naming activity for Junior Prom?

I've been given a school project where I have to come up with a name for our junior prom. I already made some up like "rendezvous under the stars," but I can't think of anything else. How should I ...
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lead and lag times

in the Project Management framework I am developing http://www.lowcoupling.com I have defined a Domain Specific Language enabling a declarative description of schedules and plans. Like Project ...
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How to combine continuous delivery cycle with iterations?

I'm the leader of a small team (a few programmers, plus product manager) practicing continuous delivery. The development stages for features are: Coding: A programmer prepares a branch with the ...
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Is planning part of the sprint in Scrum?

Let us suppose that today is Monday and that a Scrum sprint starts today. Should Sprint Planning for this sprint be done today, or should Sprint Planning have been done on Friday?
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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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