Questions tagged [pm-software]

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What is a staff week?

I have heard the term "staff" week. I know that calendar week is the actual calendar days but what is a "staff" week?
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How to write a requirement for insurance industry and how to prepare activity bar chart and resource allocation chart [closed]

I am new to software project management and got a requirement to design the overall project of an insurance industry from the beginning i.e requirement, what would be the design, etc. I have given ...
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What is the key difference between adaptive life cycle model and iterative/incremental model?

I have trouble finding a key distinction between adaptive model and iterative or incremental model. According to this definition - https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/effective-project-management/...
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Development Team Objectives

I run a development team of around 15 developers/testers. The organisation hasn't been very objective driven in the past and it's something I would like to change. Can anyone offer any advice on how ...
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Assigning MSP resources with future availability to tasks

I have a project with a bunch of tasks of 20 days each and each of those tasks is assigned to 1 of 4 full time resource. There are no scheduling dependencies so I am allowing Project to auto level ...
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How to deal with other's tester mistakes after pass ownership of testing?

I had to pass ownership of testing to Tester B for Fix 1. Once Fix 1 is released to production, you realise Fix 1 is not being tested properly and it affects the productivity on the consumer end. What’...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

As a software tester/QA, how to handle when stakeholders (e.g Project Manager and Developer) have different understanding of project requirements? I understand that this communication breakdown ...
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How to automate inclusion of confluence design docs in Requirement traceability report on Jira

If an organization is regulated, it has to pass the audit and show that it has implemented a "requirements traceability". This means it has documented the path from a specific requirement to ...
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MS-Projects -- Assigning a Resource group as resource

I am using MS Projects (desktop) and am wondering if it is possible to assign resources by the group they are designated under in the resource list. Essentially I would like to assign a team to a ...
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Do we need Independent technical review?

Should we suggest the Independent technical review stage and ask the customer to consider the budget for it? In detail: decided the project plan with the Technical Architect/Solution Architect ...
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Got an idea for a simple IT solution for a uni assignment. What's an appropriate way to estimate the cost of developing and maintaining this software?

I have an idea for a simple IT solution that matches students in class to make study groups, it's for a uni assignment. What's an appropriate way to estimate the cost of developing and maintaining ...
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How to organize huge amount of tasks in a mult-project environment?

I work in a consulting/agency and am currently the only developer and deep-technical person there. Therefore I am currently assignt to 6-7 projects in which I have different roles from developer to ...
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Time management in a Sprint

During a sprint, producing frequent builds, conducting testing, and fixing bugs quickly during an iteration can become daunting, especially when the quality of the work done is not optimum. So how can ...
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Can MBA student get a job role as software project manager or Scrum master? If he/she has a bachelor degree in Information Technology [duplicate]

I am a final year IT student and further I want to study MBA. As I have a good technical background and after completing MBA, can I get job roles like a software project manager or a scrum master?
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How to create a resource usage calendar across multiple Project Online projects

The division I work in has 3 PMs that share resources. We have a three fold need we're trying to engineer a solution for within the Microsoft Office ecosystem. We need to create a resource allocation ...
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How do you filter project tags in Azure Devops?

The list of projects we've got in Azure DevOps is rapidly growing and growing. It makes it difficult to focus on areas that need attention across the department though, and is taking a lot of Admin ...
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In an Azure DevOps work item Excel file, how do I assign parent without having to see closed siblings?

I'm using the "Teams" tab provided by MS in Excel to add repeating Azure DevOps User Stories (US), i.e. work that needs to be done every sprint (don't ask). This seems to be the recommended approach ...
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Azure Boards Query: Rollover Cards

I am trying to put together a query that indicates cards that have 'rolled over' from one sprint to another. This should happen from time to time, but too much roll over is a flag that something is ...
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MS project how to create alternative schedule to understand the impact of certain changes

We are using MS project professional. Question : Assume I have a schedule A. There are 4 developers assigned to A as well. My management asks if they pull 2 resources out what will happen to the ...
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Application Lifecycle Management Tools for a "Buy" Organization? [closed]

I'm working at an organization that is almost entirely a "buy" versus a "build" shop. They prefer to implement off-the-shelf applications than build them from scratch, and have nothing in the way of ...
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How can the Backlog Item's Effort field be auto calculated in Azure DevOps?

In Azure DevOps, under the Scrum template, is there a way to auto calculate the Backlog Item's "Effort" field based on the summation of its child Task items' "Remaining Work" field? Example: A new ...
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How to add new state to user story azure devops

When I try to add new completed state to user story or task in inherited process of my azure devops project, I get the following error : VS403093: Team Services currently does not support changes ...
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Prevent hourly tasks spanning days

Is there a simple way to block tasks from spanning days? I have some tasks such as interviews & exams which are 2 or 4 hours long but they obviously cannot span days. However MS project is ...
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How to set dependencies in TeamWork app to cascade delays in one task into dates of other tasks?

Let's say I have multiple tasks that are supposed to be taken care of one after another. Each has its own date of completion. task 1 - will be completed on 15 march (1 day) task 2 - will be completed ...
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Can I query for "date added to @currentiteration" in TFS?

I am trying to find a way to write a query in TFS to retrieve any PBIs or Work Items that were added to the @CurrentIteration after date X. Usually date X will be the iteration start, so if that is ...
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Printing specific date range in ms project 2016

I am trying to print a specific date range from a gantt chart view in ms project 2016, but all that prints out is the whole project. Can you help?
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Understanding Azure devops burndown

I do not understand why the burndown is looking like it is. Remaining work is higher than capacity - but in the details remaining work is lower than remaining capacity. Can anyone help?
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How to implement Epics on Gitlab without Enterprise Edition?

We have used Gitlab for 4 years now in our organization, and are growing to the point where we are implementing Agile and trying to follow Epics, Features, User Stories, and Tasks. We are struggling ...
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MS Project - Multi-year Inflation

I am managing a 3 year project in a country where the average annual inflation rate is 12%. Instead of going through every item and entering "+12%" into the cost rate table for each item, is there a ...
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How to Import Resource Availability from Excel when it varies by month

I have a number of generic resources, eg Engineers, where each individual is treated as interchangeable with all the other Engineers. I want to show their availability as for instance 100% in October ...
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Need help- Documentation for non-technical people using Agile

Now we are using Agile and hardly create BRD\FRD, we create user stories, and all this is good for everyone working in the same department. Including the stakeholders. However, if I would like to ...
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Displaying logarithmic Gantt or Minute-long tasks for event coordination

Is there a way to show minute-long tasks for event choreography on a Gantt chart? ProjectLibre is my preferred Gantt tool, and I've not discovered a way to change the display to minutes, but tasks ...
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Finding a to-do app to track a particular set of daily tasks given to the team [closed]

We are a small team of developers. We have created a product in text messaging field. Now we have hired few guys for increasing seo of our product website. We have created a list of tasks (...
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Questions about moving from JIRA to VSTS Agile

We have a small team, and most of us are part-time. We have been managing the project using JIRA's simplified software template. We have started using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for continuous ...
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Is it really always bad to have MS Outlook as primary collab system? [closed]

I work in a high tech software engineering in a small RnD group which is a part of a group of about 50 people of different functions. In our small team we tried multiple project management software ...
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How to improve the workflow in laboratory

I am a graduate student in a Computer Science Laboratory since a few years ago. For the past years I have designed and implemented a fairly cutting-edged complex piece of software along a team of ...
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What work items would look like related to support for a solution in production already?

Our shop is going to continue maintenance of a system in production already. Our next update consists of fixing a bug and creating documentation so that new members joining our team may understand the ...
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Automatically synchronize between Flowcharts (form of PERT charts) and Gantt charts? [closed]

Summary I'm seeking project-management software tools (be they online/cloud or installed software) that support automatic synchronizing between Flowcharts (a form of PERT charts) and Gantt charts. ...
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MS Project 2010 task calendar not working

I've created a task calendar for certain transports that can only occur on Wednesdays, with only Wednesdays marked as working time. But when I apply that calendar to the transport milestone items, MS ...
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How best to model project completion by adjusting available resources?

I'm PMing our team of 4 engineers (myself included) but am pretty new to process. In attempting to plan out our work for the next year (and we have lots) I'm looking for the right way to: List ...
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In Jira-Domo integration, issues with more than 1 sprint show as closed in the first sprint

We set up DOMO to pull from our Jira issues. We noticed that the Velocity charts were not matching up. We realized that for issues that are rolled into more than one sprint - if they weren't complete ...
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What is the best way to manage dynamic sub-projects?

Management of the (non-technical, with team members based in different locations) project I'm currently working on has a huge issue - it is extremely dynamic, with a static team-size. At any given ...
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What does this diagram mean?

I have this figure of "Project Control Cycle" from a book, Software Project Management by Bob Hughes: It comes under a section "Management Control". There seems to be less description of what is the ...
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Optimum usage of JIRA and Confluence [closed]

I'm working on recommendations for how to use JIRA and Confluence together for an Agile project. Based on experience teams use Confluence for requirements, linking to JIRA for the user stories ...
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Are Tasks and updating remaining hours for Tasks essential for Scrum

I ask because we are looking at Pivotal Tracker, which I believe is a very popular tool for management of Scrum projects, and: There is no ability to add estimates for Tasks They don't seem to have a ...
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How to choose project management applications? [closed]

How to choose project management applications? Is it the license, is it ergonomics, wealth of features, .etc?
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pivotal tracker chore: At what rate velocity should increase

The definition of velocity is “Just like a speedometer that measures how fast you’re hurtling through space, Tracker’s velocity is a measurement of how fast your team completes stories. Instead of ...
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pivotal tracker chore: Should chores be picked regularly or one complete sprint should be dedicated to it? At what rate velocity should increase

What is ideal scrum approach: To fix bandwidth i.e. 10% of every sprint to clear off the technical debt? To dedicate one/two sprint every year to clear off these debts? I believe both has its pros ...
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pivotal tracker chore: Should chores be estimated or not?

To give a background, We are web automobile company having a new and used cars portal, something like autotrader usa We have lots of technical debt pending i.e. moving our pages to new backend ...
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How can I calculate earned value in MS Project with variable costs?

I'm using MS Project to manage training projects as a vendor. We are currently calculating earned value based on the hours budget for deliverables. However, we often have multiple people on the ...
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