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How to accurately track the time a contractor spends on a project?

We just hired a contractor for a project, and the pay is based on hours. I just wonder if there is any way (e.g. software, website, etc) to track/verify the actual amount of time he spends on working ...
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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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TaskJuggler, how to allocate limited resources for one-off task?

I have a taskjuggler project. During the "meat" of the work, the entire team can work on this only a limited number of hours per period (using day here for convenience). I accomplish this ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Batch ticket modification on Phabricator

I have many old tickets with open status on Maniphest which are completely useless now. How can I change the status of all of them to 'resolved' without changing one by one?
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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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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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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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How to Encourage Team Members to use Web Based Collaboration Tools?

I just took a new job at a company with 4 offices and many cross-office teams. The company is very email-heavy and I am a huge advocate of using web based project management/collaboration tools. I ...
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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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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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How to create deliverables column in Gantt chart?

I’m taking Intro to Project Management online and the instructor has required us to produce Gantt charts with deliverables prominently in their own column on the far right. We can use any software we ...
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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 ...