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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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Which Collaboration Software Do You Use? [closed]

We are looking for a new Collaboration-Software. Especially for collaboration, monitoring, reporting, project management, bugtracking, time management, agile software etc. So I am interested in your ...
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Time Tracking in basecamp no longer supported. What are some alternatives? [closed]

I work for a small web development company and for a few years now we have managed our time tracking through basecamp. With the recent news that basecamp will no longer be supporting time tracking in ...
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How to deal with a challenging sponsor?

A couple of related issues: My sponsor is visionary but fails to communicate the vision clearly enough to allow implementation. This leads to a lot of unnecessary rework. My sponsor communicates with ...
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Allowing PMs to grade/rate developers

We're trying to introduce some new/updated ways to quantify developer productivity, and we want to include our Project Managers' thoughts. What do you think about allowing PMs to "grade" or apply ...
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How to create project momentum and then to sustain it over a long period?

I have been on a relatively small project team (2-3 members) and found it difficult to sustain project momentum. The initial momentum was easily created when everyone is enthusiastic and excited about ...
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How to work with freelancers in a proper way?

Note: At first I wrongly posted this question to the original Stackoverflow site Let's say that for a software project I have: a complete project plan; a software requirements specification; a ...
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Creating synopses of existing movies - hire a team, or crowdsource?

To create a movie database website for a regional language industry, I would like to know whats the best way to acquire/build a large collection of movie synopses for my site. Currently I have thought ...
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What should be ideal ratio of developers and testers?

I am in the process of hiring resources for testing team. I have none currently. What should be the number of testers if my developers are 10? Is there any rule of thumb which specifies how many ...
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How should an organization divide user stories between scrum teams?

We have a development team that works on multiple "products". We create a unified user-stories backlog, and effectively treat the multiple products as different feature areas of the same virtual big ...
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Is it possible for someone to be a member of two Scrum teams, and how can that be made to work most effectively?

We have an organization where we're moving to two scrum teams working on different parts of our our backlog. I understand the idea that each team should be a complete cross-functional unit, and ...
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Are there successful stories of couples developing application together?

My girlfriend an I are currently both IT consultants. I've been thinking whether there have been any successful cases of couples developing applications that actually have made it big. Anyone can ...
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How do you minimize the impact of a politically necessary “poisonous” team member?

I am currently part of a project team evaluating the products of a vendor to develop an integrated solution to several of our legacy systems. I am not the project manager on this particular project, ...
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What if project manager is appreciating an undeserving team member?

I am working as a Senior Software Engineer. I am also a module lead and am leading a team of 2. One of the guys is very abrasive and shows a reprehensible and arrogant attitude towards the fellow ...
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How do you make a project team take greater ownership and initiative within a project?

About 6 months ago I had to manage a project in a Government Organization where there was a strict hierarchical origination that was part of the corporate culture. No one would act with out being ...
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How to go about taking over a failing project?

I work for a pretty small company employing less than 150 people, for the last 35 years this company has never had any sort of project managers and every project that they have had has always come ...
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What Is the Ideal Number of Departments/People for a Product/Program Manager to Manage?

Recently, the workload has been getting heavier and there are more areas to coordinate in an ongoing program to develop and market a product. The product has reached the sales stage and has taken on ...
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What techniques are useful when factoring in the likelihood that one or more members of the team may take leave during a project?

What's the best way of planning for the possibility that a key member(s) of the team might want to take leave at some point during a project? I understand one solution is to buffer the project ...
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Do you know any companies that rotate developers between different projects on regular basis?

I work for a smallish outsourcing company of about 30 people, nearly all of them developers. At any given moment we have 6-9 projects in development for various clients. Most of the projects are ...
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How to Introduce innovative change in organizational processes when upper management defends status quo

I have been involved in a couple of project for the past year, and I have been lucky to work with the brilliant team. I noticed that in each of these project there seem to be one or two persons who ...
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Should a group of three students working on a big programming project have a leader?

We often have group projects (CSCI grad school), and I'd like us to be efficient. Should we explicitly vote for a leader? What are tips for making sure that it isn't only one person doing everything? ...
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How to share project plans with the team

This may look a bit weird, but I stuck with the problem of sharing the project plans with team. The main purpose I try to achieve (though not sure if it's right) is that everyone should know what to ...
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How to informally find a good programmer?

Management has opened a new position on our 8-10 person team of C/C++ developers. As a team member, I've got a vested interest us actually finding quality candidates. Can anyone suggest some ...
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Is a Developer Getting Involved in Project Management a Good Idea?

As a developer working on a team with a project manager, is it valuable for the team and/or the project manager to have team members who are aware of project management and for them to share their ...
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Who should be trained when introducing Agile?

Should all team members be formally trained when introducing Agile methods into a company, or is it sufficient to train only a handful of key people? If the latter, who should they be?
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Important Information for a Developer to Know About Project Management

As a developer as part of a team comprising of a variety of roles e.g. project manager technical lead, business analyst, quality assurance etc, what are the most important things for a developer to be ...
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How to Get a Peer to Take Charge of His Own Project?

One of my projects depends heavily on another project at a different location. The leader of the other project does not take charge of it but relies on me to make many decisions for his project. How ...
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One of team members plays a game during a work

Imagine you're a project manager. In fact - more coach than manager. You have a team of 6 people. One of team members plays a lot of web-based game. You infer this, because his monitor is facing door ...
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Is a project without defined completion criteria really a project?

A general direction has been set, a team of people assembled, they know what their first deliverables are, and they are off and running. They don't know what the end deliverable will look like, nor do ...
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To what point PM should interfere with team's organization?

There's a project team which has just got a project into production. The project was late (a bit) and over budget (more than a bit) but it isn't considered as a failure within organization. It was ...
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How important are Myers-Briggs personality evaluations as a project management tool?

As projects involve people with many different personalities (trying to) work together as a team, it it worth the time and effort to have the team participate in a Myers-Briggs personality inventory? ...
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Is it possible to over-communicate in project team?

Communication issues in projects are very common. Often the advice we give others or get from others is to communicate more and to be more transparent and most of the time it works. The question is ...
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Very Interesting ways to encourage responsible behavior in a project. [closed]

What are the funny and innovative techniques you use as a manager to bring about structure in a project without enforcing rules per say. Here are some examples: Have a Big Balloon with the words “I ...
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Are there any wrong methods when selecting a team?

When selecting a team do you think it’s beneficial to use information collated from exercises such as Honey & Mumford – Learning Style Questionnaires? Furthermore, would you encourage team/...

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