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Questions related to project team and/or a member(s) of the team involved in the project.

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Where to watch real project stand ups, retros, planning

My mentee asked if there’s a website, where you can see real project events, like daily’s , retro, planning, etc. so that juniors could seen how exactly it works. I assume no, because of NDA. But ...
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4 people, 4 unrelated Tasks. Each person gets one task, based on preferences

Looking for the fairest way to distribute tasks based on preferences. Was thinking of preferential voting, but not sure how to generalize that for multiple people. Here is an example of how a person ...
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Cross-functionality is not scalable. Is there evidence that it is optimal for scrum teams, or did CF just become popular due to low "management cost"?

Is cross-functionality a concept that bleeds in any sufficiently big software-architecture? Due to an organizational restructuring, we have been working in a cross-functional software-development ...
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What are alternatives to having graphic designers work in advance of developers?

The product we work on (a mobile game) depends on graphic designers to design and create artwork that goes into the user interface. We are working incrementally on new features for the game, and each ...
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Is it appropriate to say that a technical task is easy to do given that it is?

I'm currently a junior PM with a small team of software engineers. Some of the engineers are junior, thus I assign relatively easy tasks for them to discover different parts of the codebase. The issue ...
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Unfilled project team roles for grant proposal

I'm finalizing a proposal for a 2-year U.S. SBIR federal grant. The RFP asks that we provide names and resumes for the entire project team. I have 4 of 5 roles filled, with one TBD. Admittedly, it's ...
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Estimation and days

How practical is using days estimations for stories in a sprint instead of another approach (e.g. story points)? It seems to me that using days, links stories to specific developers only while ideally ...
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What is a good free or cheap Team Project Management, Team Communication & Team Collaboration Script? [closed]

I have been looking for a very good Team Project Management Script that includes Team Communication, Team Collaboration, Projects & Tasks, Ability for Team Members to Assign Themselves to Projects ...
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What is the essence of project management? [closed]

I'm about to enter a role as project manager. I have attended a lot of projects with quite a span of aspects, constraints, contents, parties and whatever and also had some technical leadership tasks ...
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Questions about building a solution matrix

I had a chance to be selected as the team lead of a small project in my company. The goal is to made a choice on the new SAP the company will use. We are a team of 6 persons with cross skills. Our ...
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How to reject new requirement in project?

I am a PM for a waterfall methadology project. And I am going to ask a question that every PM faced I believe, but it is my first time to face such situation and would need your support and guidance. ...
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How to compete for resources with other project leaders

I handed over one of my projects to another project lead. Before that, I shared my resources more freely between my four projects, to ensure stress was bearable for all and milestones were met. I ...
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What is the good response to convince project manager about testing process?

I'm managing the testing effort for a new software application as a test manager. In a meeting with the project manager, I recommend that requirements, designs, and code should undergo reviews. The ...
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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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managing a project without subject matter expertise

I'm new to this Stack Exchange community and am currently working in a large project (> 15000 staff hours) in the public sector. As the only subject matter expert on the team (6 members in total) I'...
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Splitting a developer "team" based on products

We have a full-time developer team that consists of 3 Backend developers, 2 Mobile developers, 2 Frontend Developers, and 1 QA. Let me give them simple code-names: B1, B2, B3, M1, M2, F1, F2, QA. Each ...
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Ways on how client shares the technical information needed by developers of the project

In a project how is the technical information like server, domain, etc shared by the client to the developers to write their code? Can the programming team ask for such information from the client?
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Federal Grant - Time Tracking

Let's say I'm awarded a US federal grant for my project, of which I'm the PI on. How granularly does the US government need me to track time? Two subquestions to this: My preference is to use a ...
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How to scale Agile in IT Service company (not product based)

I work for a company which is trying to understand how to scale Agile. We are an IT Service company, we don't work on one product, we develop many IT projects at the same time for our customers and we ...
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Strength and weakness for Product Manager interview question [closed]

In job interviews for a project manager position, the interviewer often asks the applicant to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. What is the interviewer hoping to learn by asking this? How ...
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Federal grant proposal - labor vs consultant vs subcontractors

I'm applying for a US federal grant and their budget requirements require the following format of itemized costs. Note: I'm unsure if this question belongs on this Stack Overflow. If not, please ...
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What do a company do with new hired employees when a customer decides to close a project?

Let's suppose a software development company got a new client and is starting a project for this client. The company hired a new team of developers and testers. And then the client decides to close ...
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Critical Path, Forward and Backward Pass

I am a bit confused in the concept of critical path. Do we need to find both the Forward and backward pass in order to find the critical path or can it be found from only one i.e. either from Forward ...
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PMO/Scrum Master visibility and contribution (upping the profile of the team)

I lead a small PMO team of 4 Project Managers/Scrum Masters. Given the nature of the business and the demands from senior management, we have adopted a hybrid approach to software development of Scrum ...
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How to estimate delivery date with unidentified tasks

Given a software project which is complete when all of its deliverables are delivered, in which each deliverable has sub-deliverables, in which each sub-deliverable has multiple tasks assigned to it ...
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Experience to qualify for PMP certification

I have not led a project of an industry, but I have an experience in Business Management whereby I have led a group of employees. Can I still enroll for PMP certification?
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Macro Planning Road Map

I would like to have your opinion on an issue I am facing in project management. I would like to create a Roadmap 2020 for my team, a kind of macro planning. A concrete example, I have a list of ...
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Managing Large Teams in MS Project

I am using MS Project 2016. I have been looking at a way to assign tasks to teams rather than to individuals. This is because I am managing large teams, the compositions of which keep changing, ...
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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

I am the PM of a 4 person team that is on agile. There is one developer (let's call him Tom) who always doesn't follow requirements and likes to argue that he is right. What has been happening ...
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How to get the team/end users to test features early in the test system?

We're a 20 ppl company in supply chain management and I'm leading the IT department with 2 ppl (+ outsourced development company). For new features, in my ideal, imaginative world, the users would ...
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What is "SPOCK" exactly?

I cannot see the exact definition of the "SPOCK". Is it something like a "Subject-Matter-Expert"? So a person, who is the max/top consultant from the given technical subject?
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

Pardon me if this question seems kind of newbie question or not appropriate. But as a new Technical Lead i'm a bit confused about is my DB schema is perfect. Working with a small team of 3 to 4 ...
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How to inspire team member to do project task effectively while they are busy with their daily task?

I'm working on a new project that currently has only me to lead it, so I often have to ask for help from some members from other department units. I already set a timeline and scheduled a task for ...
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How can I make availability of team members visible to everyone?

I'm working on a team that's distributed across several locations, time zones, and managers. Quite often, some team member needs to know if or or more other team members are generally available, or on ...
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What do you do if developer takes on a task that was intended for you and he can't finish it in time?

I'm currently working with a couple of students on an course project (2x8h per week). At the last sprint planning we have taken one main backlog story to implement, and I was expected to be the ...
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I have an mobile app as a product. Do I create 2 projects in JIRA for iOS and Android?

If yes, I want to make sure consistency is maintained in both the applications. Also, let me know if I can use labels or components. I also have a team which create web services for these projects ...
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Separation of multi-team project into several projects

When should a multi-team project be split to run as separate projects? Where lays the border, when something should be run as separate project? Case: 3 feature teams (DEVs+QAs) working on ...
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Scope creep and out of scope

What is the difference between scope creep and out of scope ? How is scope creep implemented during project without change request?
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

I work as a Software developer, but now I am moving to a manager role and I had the following exercise on a course I took to improve my management skills: To solve a code challenge from a manager ...
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What decision should I take regarding a team of front-end developers which delivers unstable releases

I own a front-end development team who's task is to develop a single page web application based on Angular technology stack. Product is currently in beta stage and never been public, only client ...
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Sharing important information effectively in an small group

I'm working in a software project with about 25 students (divided in 4 groups). As right now we use Slack for chatting and sharing important decisions we make. Slack is an communication tool similar ...
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Forming a composite scrum team with multiple vendors

One of our PMs on her project has a scrum team from Vendor A. She needed another developer. So she added one from another vendor. I like this idea because it keeps Vendor A honest. I'd like to do ...
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Development solution rushed prior to agreement on requirements - is this a healthy project management?

I've been working for 4 years in IT field (as Developer and QA Lead) and I've just joined this company on Sept 2018 as System Analyst. Here are some background of the company and the project we are ...
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I need project management experience to get into a project management role but no one will hire me. Can anyone help? [closed]

Good Afternoon All, My name is Edriss and I have acquired my certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley on July 2017. I have been looking around the web to find an entry level role in project ...
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Legally Advisable to Give Copy of Project Plan and Systems Design to Stakeholders? Software Copyright Laws [closed]

When working on a software project as an independent team of freelance developers, is it legally advisable or inadvisable to give a copy of the Project Plan and Systems Design documentation to the ...
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Does Scrum makes sense for 12 members in a Development Team?

Our team is consist of 12 people who work on one product. While Scrum says team size should be 3-9 people. So, should we not use Scrum only because of team size? We probably can't split the team, ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

In a case with limited people like 5, you need to go through an iterative process. If you weight, distribute and assign the stories to be developed in a way that everyone is orchestrated well and you ...
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What are the reasons that silos emerge within large corporations?

The literature is full of suggestions to break down silos which build over time within large organizations. I was wondering why they form in the first place. Is there maybe a benefit or a ...
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What are the tasks of a Quality Assurance track in a software procurement, implementation and upgrade project

An organization (bank) is procuring a software from a foreign company and at the same time they are also taking a major upgrade for another software (core banking system). A team has been formed as a ...
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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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