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What are the signs that a project is going wrong?

The obvious answer is 'missing key milestones', but that depends on a structured project plan with clear milestones (e.g. waterfall model). What are some of the not-so-obvious or subtle signs that ...
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How do you report project status? [closed]

What is the typical project reporting model are you using in your project team? When I say reporting, I am talking about both reporting externally to stakeholders and internally to all team members. ...
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Useful charts for a Kanban system

I am aware that Cumulative Flow Diagrams are the norm for a Kanban / swimlane-style system, but I found I derived no useful information from them. I was hoping to see some patterns evolving, but I ...
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Best Metrics to Show the Value of Fixing Bugs

My software development group has spent a significant amount of time recently on fixing existing bugs instead of working on new development. Using our bug tracking software, I can get data on how ...
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Can somebody be his/her own Scrum Master in a programming company?

If a programmer in a small company wants to be his own Scrum Master, and Scrum teams are supposed to be self-organizing, does that mean no one can manage him? If that's true, then: How can he manage ...
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Shall performance be reported to the project team?

Report Performance is one of the processes being done by a project manager in every project (according to PMBOK). Performance metrics have to be reported to a project control board in order to allow ...
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Showing Microsoft Project files to people without Project

The project managers at my company were asked to use Microsoft Project 2013 to track our projects, but many of the business stakeholders do not have Project installed. It looks like I cannot just ...
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Valuable Information When Managing Multiple Projects

When managing multiple projects at once, what information would be most valuable to a project manager if the projects are related? Not related? [Purpose is for the development of new project ...
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How do you visualize projects progress? [closed]

What reports do you use to track progress of several projects? In particular, what progress visualization techniques do you use?
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How to collect Burn Down data during Sprints?

We just started with Scrum and are in our first sprint for a new software product. So far everything went well. As Scrum Master (former Project Manager) I build up all the knowledge I could find and ...
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What is the name for this type of chart?

I love using burndown charts, but they only work for finite chunks of work. Since I also help out groups that do continuous operational work, I wanted to develop a similar tool that would work for ...
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Should meeting minutes be captured during Scrums of Scrums?

We hold daily Scrum of Scrums meetings on our project. The participants (i.e. non-technical managers) each manage several smaller projects and provide updates on their projects (from their daily ...
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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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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

I am the IT manager in a company having 30 people in the IT team. There are 3 major teams, each with 7 to 8 people, + few other smaller teams. Different locations, cultures and timezones. Having ...
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How to keep a Scrum of Scrums meeting short and efficient given that reporting on non-technical issues can take a long time?

We are running a project with a team of around 60 people using Scrum. Half of the team reports to one project manager; half to another project manager. Those 2 project managers meet with the test lead ...
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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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Where can I find a free website for managing closed source project development? [closed]

Is there any free webpage/web application for managing project development with these requirements: Writing public posts of news about project (new version, new logic etc) - can be as blog posts. ...
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Schedule Control

Here's the scenario: You are building a schedule for a project that has a planned duration about three months. You are not concerned about project costs so you will not be doing EV. You are ...
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How to get a good overview of team member utilization across multiple projects in TFS 2013

I would like to be able to see a weekly summary of scheduled hours of work across all TFS Team Projects in TFS 2013 for myself and other team member. This would, for example, let me look a few weeks ...
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Portfolio Reports from Microsoft Project files

How can I take schedule information from multiple (40+) Microsoft Project files and create portfolio dashboards and reports. Specifically, I'd like to see Gantt charts for all projects in a stack.
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Tools and methods to report and quantify delays

My question is really about right metrics to report when looking at a set of projects and functionality of project management tools which help in highlighting these metrics. We are trying to do ...
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Work statistics report for resources

I have a master file with several sub-projects and resources assigned to them. Is there a way to make a bar chart in Project Pro report that shows the work hours for resources based on the sub-...
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How can I visually represent interdependant resources?

This one may be tricky to explain, but here's the use case. Our organization aims to reduce the amount of "time-stealing" by other staff. We want to eventually see this visual indicator show less ...
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Is reporting project progress in % to supervisors acceptable?

Currently I am working as a Project Manager in a big software project. Currently my supervisors require me to report each week to report the project's progress in percentage form, as in the example: ...
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Scrum Master role: Reporting?

Is the Scrum Master responsible for creating reporting on behalf of the development team to drive continuous improvement? I currently do this, and use that as a basis to improve processes. Other ...
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How to present a "customer impacted" issue to senior management?

In production, there was an issue which impacted many customers. The issue was resolved in an hour but the damage was already done. Recovery is in progress. We need to explain this situation to Senior ...
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Would this be a good way of reporting?

I do not know whether I am reinventing the wheel, but I have never come across the following reporting method. I imagine that if I was to choose a single metric to report to upper management about a ...
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MS Project: Week, Resource, Project crosstab view

I have MS Project 2010 server. I need to add view or report (whatever fits best), and it may be implemented on client or server (whatever fits best). I need a crosstab report where Resources will be ...
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What is the most effective way to store and track impediments on multiple projects and having them up-to-date?

I am facing a problem of registering the impediments in one place from several projects that we are running at the company. What I have tried another Jira board for product owners to create issues ...
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Consulting and separating internal and external tickets

So, I'm helping an agile software consulting company to create a workflow between themselves and their customers. The goal is to provide the customer with an Agile way of approving features (stories) ...
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Displaying a resource's tasks across multiple subprojects

I am having a bit of an issue getting the kind of report that I want from MS Project 2010. To get some background on my project, I am creating a master scheduled using multiple templates. The ...
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EVM in Research and Technology

Earned Value Management (EMV) sounds like a great and objective method for reporting. Precondition for applying EVM is that tasks or results are well defined and well distributed during the project. ...
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How do you filter project tags in Azure Devops?

The list of projects we've got in Azure DevOps is rapidly growing and growing. It makes it difficult to focus on areas that need attention across the department though, and is taking a lot of Admin ...
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Create MS Project report which to return incomplete tasks per user with due date

I want to be able to produce a report I can share with resources on a project so that they have visibility on what outstanding tasks they have (overdue, current, future) and when they are due. ...
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Is there a way to use your customized fields in reports created in MS project 2013?

I have some customized fields that I've created. I really need to find a way to use them while I'm creating customized reports in MS project, but I just see the built-in fields when I want to create ...
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What is the quarterly report called after fourth quarter?

First of all, I apologize for such a minor question. I am not sure if this is a suitable platform for this. I am responsible for submitting quarterly reports for a project. I am doing this since last ...
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Why do we use project RAG status instead of team confidence levels to make it more personal and accountable?

On lots of PM reporting decks you see the usual RAG status and I was wondering why we do this versus simply putting down "confidence levels" that make it more accountable and personal. "The project ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

Org I work in is trying to be agile, but often struggles with respecting the committed scope during a sprint and keeps forcing us to accept new work. This is coming at a cost; happiness and quality. ...
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Where should one put a large Gantt chart in a project report?

I made a Gantt chart for my computing project at university. I am writing up the thesis at the moment and I am wondering where I should put my Gantt chart. I currently have my Gantt chart taking up a ...
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linked tools together without micro managing?

so I'm managing a project thats larger than my normal scope - and while I'm pretty much on my own, some tasks will be handed out to others, and I need to report nearly daily on where we are at. Right ...
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JIRA - generating work log reports

We are using JIRA to manage our tasks and to allow our client to review the progress and decides what to do next. Our developers are logging their work pretty accurately. Ideally our workflow would ...
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Is there a report type to document a (Agile) project journey?

My main goals are to document our current methodology, share our team's story of changing and adapting, and share evaluations of our improvement. Ideally, I'd like to share this report with our ...
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How to properly drop tasks in MS Project that have value

Once upon a time a project that I was managing running was fine, when all of a sudden due to dependencies of another project, senior management decided to freeze the project to focus on something else....
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What are the best metrics and reports for doing strategic application portfolio management?

We are a technology organization supporting a line of businesses. We are currently managing a large budget with a portfolio of over 100 applications and hundreds of projects that impact these ...
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Effective Status Reports - How to bring management attention?

How should I structure my weekly status report in such a fashion that I can have senior management attention to the issues being reported? Being objective, how to properly and effectively report ...
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How to know when the project started in JIRA?

I am an admin for JIRA project following SCRUM approach. I am trying to report to my direct manager when the project was started. I went to Settingsand Timesheets.. and many places. And I cannot ...
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How to generate a lead time report in JIRA without a plugin?

Has anyone compiled a lead time report (in any format) from JIRA without the use of a plug-in? If so, how did you do it? The native Control Chart tracks cycle time but not individual times for ...
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Report to Show Work During Current Week Only

I need to create a work-ahead dashboard for my team, for weekly planning meetings. We have tasks that span several weeks, so a task may be needing work in the current week but not starting or ending ...
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What process changes can I make to more accurately track both collaborative stories and individual time within Jira?

I'm currently working with an organization that is using the Jira Tempo Timesheets plugin to track developer time, but the way that Jira stories and tasks are being used fails to capture overhead ...
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Gantt charts with ranged estimates?

I'd like to create Gantt charts with ranged estimates (for reporting to non-technical execs) but don't want to use a web service (LiquidPlanner). How can I get Gantt charts with range estimates?
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