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How to build an excel based gantt chart that adjusts future activities with delay of previous activities

I am building a project management template (from the standard excel template) that tracks the status of activities as they progress. Some activities are dependent on previous ones so they can only ...
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Why can't QA's share expertise and suggest new ways of working

I work as part of an eight-member agile team. When I joined the company I saw lots of problems in the team. I decided to share my past experience to help the team but the team saw me as a small person,...
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Managing scope creep in Agile

I often get asked this question in the interview, and no matter what I answer the interviewers do not seem to get satisfied. So, they start with asking how to manage scope creep in Project Management?...
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Using Scrum for clients' migration on already live product

Is it worth working in 2-week sprints, and in a Scrum fashion for that matter, for a client migration project from a legacy system, to a system which is already live and with other clients (a white ...
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How can a small dev team track time successfully? [closed]

I work for a small tech start-up and we are trying to figure out an efficient way for track the developer's time and budget which doesn't take a lot for the dev team to fill in. An efficient way to ...
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How to solve the problem of assets being so 'digitally dispersed' across many platforms

Scenario A few years ago, I managed to (pretty much) cut out any paper work from my life and all my work is digital now. I work as a contractor web developer and have several projects on the go at ...
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Not good at account management, can I cut it as a PM long term?

I struggle a lot with account management, I often find myself being pushed about by the client. I have been trying to improve this, but I feel as though I am not getting anywhere. I keep on caving in. ...
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Starting a developement team [closed]

I'm going to graduate in software engineering, "I can" code in Java (Android), JavaScript (jQuery, Angularjs), HTML, CSS, i know Python and Django Framework. I've never developed big projects, but ...
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Team Member does not send meeting response via outlook

One of the team member accepts the meeting with an option "Do not send response". When the meeting was scheduled, his calendar was open. As a PM I do not know if he is attending the meeting or not ...
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What are the material / steps / knowledge required for a Scrum Master to run a PMO?

Background Recently I started to work in a new company that does not have any methodology in place, but the company does have an idea to set up a PMO to act as a central hub to gather and to run all ...
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Are Project Managers redundant in a digital agency?

I have worked as a freelancer and have experienced this problem several times in various places. Scenario: In a digital agency, there is a coding development team with a coding development lead. The ...
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Can I build a strong career as a project manager without in depth technical knowledge?

I am an average developer. I have good web development fundamentals and a CS major. I know what Object oriented programming is, MVC, server client architecture, APIs etc etc Right now I am in a role ...
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How to put on one chart multiple projects to show dependencies between them?

I have multiple projects and each project has at least 2 stages. Some of the project stages can start in parallel while others start after one stage of the project ended. More, some projects depend on ...
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How can I write a project charter prior to collecting requirements, defining scope, estimating and so on?

I am trying to set my mind on the PMI rails, but absolutely can't get the order in which a project manager asked to prepare a project charter prior to steps in the planning process group like ...
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Project Outline

I am writing a proposal for my project to create a data warehouse for a company. I came to the question of the Project Outline and I am a bit not sure of what shall I say in regards to this section! ...
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Resist doing all the work by myself

My team consists of three people. We are visiting the same school and are working on the diploma project, which should be finished in about one and a half year. It may seem a bit silly, but I can ...
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How do I incorporate product managers with Backlog control into JIRA?

My company has several product offerings, each with a dedicated development team, plus a number of people on the business side that control the product's direction. We currently use a homegrown ...
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Is it good idea to divide the modules to different developers? considering that they are freelancers

We have a project but we have very short period of time vs the requirements. We have only 2 developers and 1 designer. What we are thinking is to hire freelancers to help us on different modules and ...
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Different user can access different feature [closed]

I have already developed website in nodejs and MySQL Now my client wants to add payment functionality. We have lots of features in the website like:- 1) Copy 2) Save 3) Delete 4) Groups 5) ...
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Project management at new company is boring and super slow. What shall I do? [closed]

I work for one of the largest tech companies in the world. My role is Project Manager, without direct authority over resources. I joined this company 3 months back. I joined this company from a ...
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Potential risks or TBD? [closed]

As a project manager, is it a good idea to replace potential risks with 'to be determined' (TBD) as a placeholder in a project guide?
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Recording a project meeting using a Dictaphone

When running a project meeting it is sometimes difficult to make meeting minutes/notes and lead the meeting. I have considered using a voice recording application so I can play back the meeting after ...
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What can I do when my boss has no project plan and the structure of application changes systematically?

When boss tells you to make changes in the pre-production system and he/she doesn't know that to make these changes. Each change causes several problems because you have to change the database and ...
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How to define work breakdown structure (WBS) with alternative paths?

I'm a beginner with Project Management, but I am trying to apply my knowledge to one endeavour in my job. I have a deliverable that can be satisfied by two solutions: one more desirable and one less ...
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Are there any tools for categorizing the project?

I mean like small, medium and larger project. I have seen in some places the following could be factors for determining the project: Scope Time/Schedule Cost/Budget Resources Are there any tools to ...
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Is there any good method for managing a team by means of 2 managers?

We have a software development team of 10 members. There are tow persons we want them to manage the team and projects cooperatively, since they have complementary skills and working times. I searched ...
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Identify risks from 100 case studies [closed]

I want to identify risks from 100 case studies of past construction projects. What the most relevant documents that I need to consider that would save my time. Thank you in advance, Mustafa
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Are account management skills important for project managers?

I enjoy project managing, but after doing a period of account management in parallel to it, I really disliked Account management. I did not enjoy dealing with customers, but I enjoyed working with my ...
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Managing defects or incidents in a solution based project model

We have a product suite comprising four products and an underlying data structure. In the past, we've managed each product's work individually, from backlog to release (as, say, "XYZ Product July ...
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What “management by discomfort” is? [closed]

I've just read about management by discomfort that Elon Musk uses: The challenge is he is a machine and the rest of us aren't. So if you work for Elon, you have to accept the discomfort. But in ...
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Leading technical teams as an agile non technical project manager [closed]

I am currently project managing a software build, managing 2 developers, a QA engineer and UI/UX designers in the process. I am no longer hands on. Previously I was a former developer, but I did not ...
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Why can't the Crash Time be greater or equal to Normal Time?

Scenario Activity | Normal Cost | Normal Time | Crash Cost | Crash Time | Weekly Crash Cost A 5,000 4 5,000 4 0 B 8,000 4 ...
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Your team member fails to meet the deadline for the coding and testing of a component. What do you do?

You are the manager of a software development project. One of the team members fails to meet the deadline for the coding and testing of a component. What do you do?
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How to create a champion advocating change in a loose organisation

My company has a new governmental customer that is causing me a major headache. That customer is a group of loosely based organisations existing within a regional hub. The regional hub has budget ...
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Help me reconcile my title of project manager with performing roles of a scrum master

I am a PMP and I have been assigned to a software development project and given the title of Project Manager. There is no technical project manager for this project and this is a balanced matrix ...
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Product launch failure [closed]

Background I'm currently working on a product (external facing) and we are on the verge of launch of the product. I want to gear myself up with facing the worst situations since this is the first ...
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Explanation on the order of Planning Processes in Rita's Process chart

I am preparing for PMP, currently in Chapter 3 of Rita Mulcahy 's book. I prefer understanding over memorization, the 'why' rather than the 'what'. I searched on the web to understand why the ...
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Oversee and monitor several scrum projects

I have to oversight several different scrum project. Which measurements for the health of a project do you regularly look at? I appreciate your replies!
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UML Class Diagram for the sprints

I am making a simple class diagram for the project management techniques using the Scrum methodology, where projects are made of releases and releases are made of different sprints. All I want to know ...
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Kanban / Agile Goes Haywire

I've been practicing Agile and leading a new team for a while in a new organization. Everything works perfectly fine. Task got pulled by the team. Process that is set by the team has been followed by ...
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How can I handle objections about the percent of utilization of a non-technical PM?

One of our best PMs is a non-technical PM. She used to be a BA, not a developer, and is extremely detail oriented, has excellent communications, is Scrum certified, etc. We are placing her on one of ...
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In resource allocation, how do you call the group of people that will be hired in the future?

In other words, in my "MS Project-like tool", I have teams with the people that I've already hired, and unassigned people mark as in the "bench" team. I'm looking for a placeholder team name to put ...
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How do you cost for an agile ux project?

Hi I work for a small digital agency where we do a lot of ux work and therefore a lot of planning and research. The culture and approach to development projects we have moved to in recent years makes ...
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Does an organisation have to satisfy all key process areas to achieve a maturity level in CMMI?

I have been learning about CMMI and one thing that I'd like to know, say for example an organisation satisfies some key process areas such as Requirements management, software quality assurance. What ...
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Characteristics of a real project manager [closed]

Currently working on my PMP certification, I was wondering what must be the right characteristics that will define a real project manager, i will define this characteristics: Leadership, command ...
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Transitioning into Project Management from Network engineer [closed]

I work as a Senior Network engineer in Telecomm industry in Sydney for 5 years. I am been involved with few of the projects but not into the role of a PM or PC. How can I get started into Project ...
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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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Kanban for web agency

We use Kanban since a couple of months and have some difficulties to implent it 100%. Nowadays, we use it more as a todo list than a real Project Management System. You will find below some of my ...
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Scrum Project Management Methodology strategy for working towards a fixed deadline

Question Is it valid and possible to cope fixed unmovable deadlines into Scrum? I guess it is just confusing to me because I thought one of the core principles of Project Management is to help ...
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What role does corporate governance play with the practice of a Project Management Office?

Corporate governance is defined as mechanisms, processes and relations by which corporations are controlled and directed by Wikipedia. What role does it play when starting a Project Management ...