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 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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Should I explain the root cause of a bug when a client asks for it?

Our client asked for the root cause of a bug after we delivered our fix. Should I explain it to her? For example, should I say that the bug arose from a wrong condition check or from bad configuration ...
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Why does Pivotal Tracker discourage estimating points for bugs and chores?

Pivotal Tracker "strongly discourages" estimating velocity points for bugs and chores – you have to change a setting and accept a warning to be able to do it. They explain why here, but I just don't ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

This is one thing that I've always taken as a given, the "status quo" in my line of field (software development) but never really gave it a deep thought. And even now that I do, I still don't ...
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What's a good way to do requirements management in Jira? [closed]

My team gets a pretty big corpus of requirement documents before each product... and by "pretty big" I mean roughly a hundred documents with 20-200 requirements a piece. We're moving to Jira for ...
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Recommended web-based project management apps [closed]

I run a small web development company in Australia looking for a project management system. We've been looking for a while and haven't really found any that cover issues mentioned below. I'd like to ...
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Project management system for multiple concurrent projects

I am looking for a project management system, for a small development company (5-6 developers, 2-4 designers, 2-4 customer relationship managers) Some constraints are: projects have "fixed" and ...
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Ideas for setting up task/project management for small team..

Currently I work on a small team of 3 developers in a privately owned college with about 12,000 students. There is currently no tracking of projects, tasks, bugs, or other work items. After I ...
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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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Is there a clear benefit to separating “issues” from “tasks” when working in larger teams?

Is there a clear benefit to separating issue from task when working in larger teams? When working with sizable teams of developers in addition to a number of external clients, QA, and any other form ...
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What software can I use to complememt our useless company task planning and time tracker tool? [closed]

We have Remedy-based software that is used for task planning and time tracking. No real project management features are supported, but we need to use it because our budgets are calculated using the ...
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What are some good options for Project Management for a development team of 14 who generally work 1 team member to a project?

We are currently implementing Team Foundation Server as our source control, and this has lead to more research into project management, as it offers many features in that arena. We currently believe ...
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Is Redmine sufficient for light to moderate project management? If so, what plug-ins are required?

"Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database. Redmine is open source and released under the terms of the ...
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Can bug trackers be used for tracking tasks other than programming?

I work as an electrical engineer, and sometimes when work gets busy (read: most of the time) there are so many various tasks and things to remember to take care of later that it can get difficult to ...
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Open Source Project Management Software [closed]

There are many users here who might be using one project management software or the other. Some may be using paid or some stick with opensource. Paid are good and have good set of features. But whats ...
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Software tool for resource pipeline planning for multiple projects [closed]

My company has about 20 - 30 open projects at any given time, as well as 5 - 10 that have been approved and will start within the next few weeks. We currently use Basecamp to manage the projects and ...
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Project Management Software for a web development company [closed]

I have been doing freelancing with PHP, Ruby, and mostly open source frameworks for a long time. Now that I have a certain client base, they are giving me regular projects. I have decided to go in ...
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Is planning software necessary? [closed]

Is planning software necessary? Can you plan your project without one?
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications? [closed]

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
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Looking for a project management tool that integrates with Outlook

I'm looking for an easy to use project management tool that has the following features: Multiple projects Multiple clients Multiple employees Integrated in Outlook 2007/2010/2011 (calendar, email) ‘...
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Software for task tracking [closed]

I'm remotely managing a team of about 10 persons, and it becomes difficult to track every task and its status. I'm looking for a solution for task tracking. There are already a few of such ...
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Should there be separate PMs for projects which involve development of new hardware and new software?

My company is developing a new product which consists of several embedded systems. The hardware for these devices is being developed by electrical and mechanical engineers and the software is being ...
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PM Software for managing communications history

I work for a small (3 person) consulting/Investment Banking group. For the last 2 years I've been looking for some kind of software to help us manage our "projects" but our projects look nothing like ...
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Why does MS project multiply the duration of tasks?

I've created a recurring task in MS project and I'd like to assign resources (staff) to that resource but when I add the resource(s) to the task the Work hours multiply to extremes and I don't ...
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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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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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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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Can clients report bugs and issues into Jira without being setup as a user?

I'm looking at implementing Jira (and add-ons) for our team to manage projects and bug-tracking. Obviously I will set the team up as Users but do clients need to be setup as Users to report bugs and ...
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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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Open Source Agile Project tracker?

I have a small project I want to carry out. I need an open source Project Tracker which could integrate with Subversion and has a Scrum oriented UI. I'm trying to raise this as a client server on a ...
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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 can I organize an on demand Support Team for a customer-facing project?

I want to manage a team which developers themselves now support the software produced. Developers are the only people who know how to fix the problems. The problem is that when something goes wrong ...
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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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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 select project management software for our current workflow?

We are a small engineering firm that has just expanded from one to three workers. Earlier, the managing of projects was done by e-mail, where the user sorted each project by folders in Outlook. Since ...
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Keeping Tasks Organized

Currently where I am employed (as a developer) we have two programs to track tasks. One tool (Ace Project) for larger project that groups several tasks below it, allows for some attachments, and ...
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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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VCS + IssueTracking + CI for free? [closed]

What is the best way to build an IT infrastructure based on a free / affordable online services (GitHub, BitBucket, etc)? To facilitate collaborative work of a group of independent remote developers (...
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Project component - what exactly is this?

In order to better track issues and plan development of an ever-expanding web application, I am setting up an instance of Trac. As developer, I will use this system primarily, along with the ...
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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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In TaskJuggler, how to manage multiple projects running in parallel

I manage three different projects with TaskJuggler. These project share some of the resources. I follow these suggestions and created three different .tjp files. I'm fine for my individual reports, ...
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What is the preferred PMI framework friendly - Web Application for Project Managers? [closed]

Don't go answer the question before reading below Many companies follow a very distinct business specific project management approach. I am sure this is true for mid and big companies across the ...
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Project Management Tools for Embedded Software Professionals

I understand this may apply to very few but I hope there are some who can give me good advice. I would like to know what project management tools embedded software engineering organizations/groups/...
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MS Project: Leveling subtask resources by moving summary task

I'm working on a microsoft project pro problem and need help. I have two summary tasks A and B starting on the same day. Each Summary task has sub tasks 1,2 with resources allocated to them and ...
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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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What is the correct process for assessing project management tools/solutions?

We do cross-platform development with .NET, Java, and iOS. I have been tasked with selecting an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution suitable for managing multiple small distributed teams. ...
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Easiest online team collaboration tool [closed]

I would need an online team collaboration (project management) tool very easy to use. I don't need a lot of features, just these ones: assign tasks to team members comment on tasks give time ...
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What's the most effective way of sharing the schedule with the team?

I'm keen to know the perceived best way of sharing a company wide schedule of work. Here are some key considerations: I want the team to be able to see what is upcoming in the next 1-6 weeks and the ...
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Which CRM systems work well with Redmine? [closed]

I am using Redmine for managing a small team of developers. To organize our contacts, we need a CRM system soon. Are there any CRM systems that have a Redmine integration? Is it possible to link ...
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Please Advise On Project Management software [closed]

Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. * I use a project management web application to manage bugs/resources/specs etc. * ...