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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How to shift to the semi-automatic estimation of the projects?

I am working at a custom software development company. The number of incoming custom projects has increased over the last few years. The first problem is that not all customers are willing to pay us ...
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Disallow tasks to be marked as complete until dependencies also complete

I would like to create tasks and indicate their dependencies. Lots of software does this but I would like it to only allow a task to be marked as complete when all its dependencies are also marked as ...
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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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Concepts of PM tools [closed]

I am currently looking for a not-so-complicated PM tool. I haven't done PM very deep so far, and my overall idea about PM and the representation in PM tools is about this: There are some employees ...
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In project management software, what should happen if the project is unsuccessful? [closed]

I'm currently developing project management software for my thesis project. What I want to know is: If the project is unsuccessful, what could possibly happen with that particular project? Should it ...
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Why does project management tool don't have restrictions in their projects? [closed]

I'm currently developing a project management software for my thesis project and I have researched some of the established project management tools for reference of this said project. But I just don'...
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Is there a need for project restrictions? [closed]

I'm currently developing some project management software and I just wanted to ask few things. Is it necessary to restrict other members from creating/editing/deleting tasks even if they're not the ...
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How can I create a visual timeline of User Stories / Epics from an Excel spreadsheet?

Ideally, I'd like to use an Excel spreadsheet to generate the following for me from columns of "User Story", "Start", and "End". Even if it didn't take it from the spreadsheet and I had to enter all ...
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How to allocate budget among employees? [closed]

I'm looking for a a way to allocate my budgets among different employees. I need an overview of all resources on a timeline. allocate budget parts to different workers, e.g. project A has a budget ...
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Best methods for IT Project Management

I have a person that wants me to build for him a web application and also design the database required. However, his idea quite complex and I got to the point where I no longer work without something ...
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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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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 do I get Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 to display a burndown of individual epics?

How do I create an Epic Burn-down chart in Visual Studio 2012? Can I do it in Urban Turtle? I am new to managing software projects with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012. I've been using Jira Agile for ...
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How to transition from programmer to project manager?

I'm a programmer at a small company who's used to receiving projects by someone saying in a meeting: "make an e-commerce website," and then I'll just take it upon myself to do it. The only ...
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Underlying algorithms to restimate the remaining tasks based on previous estimated and actual time realised for completion?

I need to re-evaluate time for remaining tasks based on the actual time and estimated time of completed tasks. For example if a small project had 4 tasks and each task was estimated at 2 days. Lets ...
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Can we implement Scrum with activeCollab? [closed]

We are currently using activeCollab for our agile software development team. We are thinking of switching over to Scrum. Is it worthwhile to do so? I think the team may find it a bit difficult to use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Support for Resource Overview in Omniplan

In Omniplan 2.3.5, Is there any way to create a Resource report similar to the report Microsoft Project offers? This report should include: how many hours does a resource work when do they start ...
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How to change duration without changing the work hours?

I have tasks set to fixed duration which means I can change the work hours independently. However, when I change the duration it changes the work hours. Can I stop this?
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Manage Fuel usage for a project in Microsoft Project

I am attempting to plan a project in microsoft project 2013 which uses a piece of large machinery with substancial fuel costs. My sponsor wishes to incorperate fuel as a resource. Attempting to set ...
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What is the difference between “New feature” and “New development”?

I have seen the two terms New Feature and New Development in same backlogs (i.e. more than one backlog), for things to be developed and integrated within a system/application. I have used both myself ...
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Is there any of Special way of showing Tentative Tasks in a Gantt graph using Project Libre?

I'm documenting a Software Web Application Project Plan. The customers have sent us: 1) snapshots of the various Web pages, and 2) Change Request Snapshots of some existing Web pages that we already ...
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Looking for a simple PM software running on our own intranet server and allows time tracking [closed]

I also asked the question at software recommendations stack exchange. Please consider answering there since this seams to be the right place. I'm looking for a simple PM software that is installed on ...
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How to represent changes on efforts % for a specific resource over different tasks?

Scenario: John Doe is 100% allocated to the task 'vacations' from 01/Dec to 01/Feb. He's doing great (a lot of efforts to wake up at 11AM!), but during 20/Dec to 30/Jan John needs to be 50% '...
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What are the limitations of 'to-do' lists?

I work as a tech pm. I have been using assembla for ticket management. For personal use, I use a to do list app called Walker. Having used it for a year, I found it brilliant at certain things but ...
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How can we effectively manage a master project schedule alongside Asana?

Background My team uses Asana for all of our project communications and task management. We're very agile and lean focused and therefore our project plans are changing all the time. We love the ...
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What criteria are best suited to compare various Kanban tools in terms of maxmizing ROI?

We are a service oriented business catering our service to various agaencies offering us software development projects with tight deadlines and frequent updates. As a team, we are focusing to manage ...
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Agile team management strategy for small projects [closed]

I would like to thank StackExchange - Project Management group for providing me with full support and guidance to move forward in my career path. I'm now a Project Manager and a Junior web and ...
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Podio - How can we re-schedule other future tasks?

Does anyone know whether it is possible to re-schedule several tasks at once with Podio? Let's say I have one task that needs to pass to another day. I wish that all others future tasks also adjust ...
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Best Option Over MS Project [closed]

Can someone provide a good alternative to MS Project 2013. How to sequence tasks given time estimates?
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Project, Time, and Task Management software 1 person [closed]

I have spend countless hours trying demos of the 100's of types of project and task management software out there, and none seem to fit the bill of exactly what I am looking to accomplish. I decided ...
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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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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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PM crash course

I have an engineering background and have accepted an offer from a tech company for which I will be leading a brand new web project (mix of PM + tech lead). There is no prior work done except overall ...
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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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Where are Primavera's old baseline dates stored after rescheduling the project?

Any idea Where are Primevera's old baseline dates are stored after rescheduling the project? We can see the old dates in the Client but I want to query the database to get all the dates which were ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to calculate staff-hours using Open Project?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate staff-hours? Using Project -> Project Information -> Statistics, is work it? ("Work" is 1,219 hours in my example below)
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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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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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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 ...