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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 we really need project managers? [closed]

My friend from UK - Richard Newton - has published a very interesting article which tries to answer this question. However, I don't think he managed to look at all the angles and give appropriate ...
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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 deal with project managers who like to overload you with work?

I have a project manager who always thinks we are able to handle more workload. How to handle this kind of project manager? He also always ask us what are we doing and despite we telling him the ...
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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 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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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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What makes an effective email status report? Why?

In project management, what criteria makes an effective email status report, and how often should a status report be sent to be useful?
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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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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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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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Transitioning into an Agile Project

We will be working on an exciting new project that slightly blurs the line of PM and Consultancy. This organization is eager to introduce agile for supporting their existing applications, but they ...
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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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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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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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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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A person in a project team not willing to follow the rules - what to do?

You're a project manager and set some rules how you expect the project team to behave, e.g. you want summary of the daily work in your inbox at the end of the day from each of project team members. ...
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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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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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How to measure a team member's performance?

I am writing a report which requires the analysis of performance of each individual team member in my team. This is for a software development project developed using the Unified Process (UP). I 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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What role should a technical architect play in Project Management?

I've recently been given the role of Technical Architect in my organization (I will also be project managing some projects and developing if the 10-12 senior developers are all too busy). I'm ...
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How to encourage team members to contribute to an open, yet respectful, team environment?

recently, I asked how to deal with PMs weaknesses from a team members point of view: Is it the team members responsibility to correct PMs weaknesses? (or at least in his own interest) I sense a wide ...
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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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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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