Questions tagged [pm-software]

This tag is for questions regarding the USAGE of software directly related to project management. Questions about technical support or product selection are off-topic. You should already know what tool you plan to use and what process the tool will automate before writing your question. Use specific software tags (e.g. "ms-project", "jira") rather than this generic tag whenever possible.

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What are some tools for creating, tracking, and sharing engineering notes? [closed]

We just started using Jira for issue tracking, but it doesn't seem to be a good place for an engineer to document the steps, tools, ideas, etc.. that were used to fix an issue. Example: Jira issue is &...
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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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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 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 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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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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Project start date calculation in a Finish to Finish dependency scenario

In a Project task Finish to Finish relationship scenario, assume there are only 2 tasks in a project. Task B should not be Finished until Task A is finished. Task A takes 2 days and assume it is ...
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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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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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Microsoft Project Duration Multipliers

In Microsoft Project, is it possible to have variables that can be used to set durations of tasks? For example my goal is to have a variable that could be set for 200 hours of work, the completion of ...
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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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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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Semantic Analysis tools to group and evaluate free text customer feedback

What tools would you recommend to run semantic analysis of large amounts of customer feedback in free text form. My Problem: I have tons of responses to a survey in which customers answered in free ...
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What Lightweight/Project Management or Bug Tracker Software Can I Use to Manage Exceptions, Milestones, and Old Bugs?

I have a problem: in my team we are currently using bug tracker for project planning, issues backlog and exceptions. It doesn't scale well. We have about 2000 issues there and it's unwieldy to manage ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can we use a electronic Kanban board to track actual time spent?

My title sums up my question pretty well. We're investigating whether we can use a Kanban-based system to manage and track some internal projects and one of our requirements is to track time spent on ...
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Tracking how much time particular task spends in a lane - Kanboard

In Kanboard (https://kanboard.net/) I can display average time all tasks spent in particular column: However, I need information on how much time particular task spent in each lane. How can I do ...
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Electronic kanban board [closed]

In my project we decided to use Kanban. We started with trello, the application is very nice but it has too few features. It doesn't support: WIP limits Class of service Multiple swim lanes Which ...
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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How do you make Basecamp work for scrum?

How do you use basecamp's fairly rigid tools for facilitating the scrum PM framework?
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How to write a proper Vision Document for a Scrum project

As the Scrum Framework is built interactively, I'd like to know if Scrum offers specific guidelines to define the Vision Document, which is usually defined based on the utmost client need. How should ...
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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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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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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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Is planning software necessary? [closed]

Is planning software necessary? Can you plan your project without one?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for recommendations for Project and Change Management tools [closed]

I'm currently researching software project management tools for a team of 12 developers. In addition to project management, we'd like to handle help desk tickets and a SOX compliant change management ...
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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 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 Pivotal Tracker prevent anyone other than Product Owner from moving stories from the Icebox to the Backlog?

Having evaluated a number of tools for managing an agile workflow, we are settling on Pivotal Tracker. There is one desired piece of functionality it does not appear to have. It would be beneficial ...
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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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Project Management Gantt Tool makes All Tasks Concurrent

All the gantt tools I have tried make all tasks concurrent, until I specify start date or dependencies. I do not yet know the start date, and not all tasks have dependencies (well not enough to fully ...
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How can I effectively track story points with Trello?

I'm exploring Trello as a Kanban tool, and am hung up on how to track story points with it. This isn't something that Trello natively supports, so I've been re-purposing labels to carry this ...
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Giving PMs a view of developer resource

I run a dev team of 8. We have a few PMs here and they often ask about getting a good view of what free developer resource we have. Other parts of the business have a shared outlook calendar but for ...
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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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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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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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What is good PM software for an iterative system development approach?

We aren't necessarily using Agile, but we aren't using the Waterfall approach either; it's more of a hybrid of both. I was told that Microsoft Project is great for the Waterfall method, but it's not ...
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How do I get MS Project to give "Actual Finish" using a new baseline?

I have a schedule baselined in MS Project 2007. We have identified, documented and obtained approval for a change to this schedule. I plan to save the new baseline as "Baseline 1" and keep the ...