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How to estimate work without historical project data?

In some teams, projects or project tasks are assigned to team members verbally. This leads to a case of "no available historical data for projects", which means, there is no way to know how ...
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Milestones based on calendar days

I am absolutely new to MS Project. I need to set milestones at 25%, 50%, 75% based on days from the start of the project. So for a 400 day project I need milestones at 100, 200, and 300. How can I ...
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Lead/Lag and Duration Scale

Can somebody please answer following queries: Whether it is okay to present the duration of tasks in days vs. part of days (e.g. 0.2 days for certain tasks)? Whether project schedule will be okay? ...
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Does Jira allow you to move an item in the current Sprint to the next Sprint but still have it count in the current one?

I would like to continue working on an item in the next Sprint, but if I move my card into the backlog for that Sprint it will remove it from the current Sprint. That isn't what I want. I would like ...
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Replacement for Project 2010 that lets multiple users edit at once?

We've been using Project 2010 and have a file saved to our network which we all enter data into and modify to track our projects. With licenses for Project 2010 no longer available, we were looking to ...
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How we can calculate the free warranty time for a software application [closed]

I am a freelancer, and I am going to build a software application developed using SharePoint Online as the DataSource, Power Apps and Power Automate. The Project mainly includes automating 14 business ...
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Sprint Review Event

When Sprint Review event should begin? Is it required to have it at the end of Sprint or it can be done at first day of sprint?
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Is it possible to start with the amount of hours each person needs for each task and their availability, then drive the project schedule from that?

Following this question, I have a hierarchical list of tasks. I have asked my team members to tell me how much time they need for each task. I also know the interdependency between those tasks. take ...
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MS Project 2019 (or lower) scheduling algorithm

Whats resource constrained scheduling algorithm is used by MS Project 2019? What RCPSP algorithm is behind a so called a resources leveling in MS Project 2019?
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MS Project - Measuring Tasks by Days

Is there a way to discard of hourly measurement in MS Project, and instead having it track only the amount of days I input?
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Toggling the format of dates in MS Project

I often have to change the format of the date to check and "adjust" new sequences activities. It is very inconvenient to click always through the menu so I tried to find some VBA-macros for ...
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Is it possible to have personal backlogs and planning according to the prioritization of the tasks?

Microsoft Project is ok for setting up for Gannt Chart and baseline but it is not possible to see individual plans and schedules. Is it possible to integrate all? is it possible to have personal ...
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MS Project Calendar Mismatch between Server and Client

we use MS Project Professional, connected to Project Server 2016. Our standard working times on the server calendar are as follows: Mon 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; Tues 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; ...
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MS Project: Task not adjusting to predecessor dates (auto-scheduled, 0% progress, tried unlinking/relinking etc)

I'm trying to link 2 tasks in Project and having issues with autoschedule. I set the first task to manual and put in the dates. However, when I set the second task to autoschedule and link it to the ...
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Should I write the performance or the architectural specification first?

I am a master student and got a project I need to manage from the start to the end (first time). I am the only one working on it. I just ended the information search phase and now the specifications ...
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What is a staff week?

I have heard the term "staff" week. I know that calendar week is the actual calendar days but what is a "staff" week?
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Should a two-week Sprint include the weekends?

We are setting up new Sprint process whereby each Sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday the week after. For example, the start date for Sprint 1 is January 1, 2022 and the end date is January ...
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Finish Date not correct

I have one task that starts on 8/1/22 and ends on 1/23/23, but the duration is 2.5 days. The end date isn't calculating correctly. I have theses resources assigned to the task, total 27.2 baseline ...
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Microsoft Project Schedules Tasks in the past

I have a project Plan in Microsoft project. While working today, I updated a task's scheduling to be "as soon as possible". Project then scheduled the task for last month. That would be ...
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Is there a known math formula or algorithm to determine delivery date of dependent work

Say that an item is an indivisible piece of work that needs to be achieved by one resource (worker). Each item must be: Step 1: prepared by one of the resources from group A, Step 2: And then ...
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Critical Path Method (CPM) algorithm

I am reading the book "Planning and scheduling in manufacturing and services" by M.Pinedo I am a little bit confuse at the Critical Path Method (CPM) in this book. There is an example (4.2.3)...
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Launching average mobile app on-time vs delayed launch with high-quality app

Apologies if this is the wrong exchange forum, it felt most appropriate to ask this here. TL;DR What are the pros/cons of a (mobile) app (in the social media space) being launched on-time with an ...
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Finding amount of work from quantity and skill of the resource

Question 1) So lets say we have a wall that is 400 sf of area. Lets say one labor can produce 40 sf of wall per day. Then we have 400/40=10 days for 1 labor to build this wall. So this is the duration ...
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Why are "start no earlier than" constraints coming during update the schedule

When I am updating the schedule on the current date then some activity showing "Start no earlier than" constraints. I want to know why these constraints are coming. If constraints came means ...
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Must business people and developers always work together daily?

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. from Principles behind the Agile Manifesto Does this not violate Joel 8? Compulsory daily meetings with non-technical ...
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Project Management: Resource Availability

I have a meeting that needs to be attended by 10 individuals. Each of these individuals is either a manager, director, or member of executive leadership. There is very little overlapping availability, ...
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MS Project - Task constraints based on dates of other tasks

I would like to be able to set task constraints based on dates relative to other tasks, for instance: "taskA to start no earlier than taskB end date + 20 days" is there a way to do it? In MS ...
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Gantt chart with resource de-confliction

I like to use Gantt charts to model the time tasks will take and the dependencies of those tasks. For reference, I use GanttProject but I am not tied to it. One issue I've had, however, is handling ...
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Scrum and interruptions (urgent bugs, requests)

Does Scrum take into account interruptions? For example: urgent bugs from production environment requests from other teams This is very important in real development process. In practice of Scrum ...
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What is the standard approach to planning work that might or might not be needed based on certain circumstances?

I am wondering what the typical approach would be here: In a project, we are renewing old machines and therefore the new ones will need to be integrated into an older system. That might or might not ...
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Better ways to plan and discuss alternative development plans

I have a designer, a remote front end developer, a remote back end developer and a remote full stack. When I estimate timelines I decide the tasks throw them into some gantt software set reasonable ...
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Calculate hours for project

I'm trying to calculate hours for a project, but I feel very stuck and without too much experience I'm not sure where to start. This is for a software project and the requirements for the software has ...
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Client doesn't agree to put milestone in project scheduling

When our company has been sent project scheduling to client (which included some milestones like:Advanced Payment , Approval of Phase I, ...), Client rejected the project scheduling and said "...
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Simultaneous use of resources

I’m trying out Project 2013 to use to run a test lab, so apologies for the noob question. This seems like a basic scenario but what I’ve found on this forum is “Project doesn’t work like that”: I have ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

Of course, a project manager should strive to complete a project on time, but is it correct to say that it is a project manager's professional responsibility? I mean that no matter how professional a ...
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Tools to manage a project across multiple time zones [closed]

I'm trying to manage multiple projects with teams in 3-4 different time zones and it's doing my head in. I'm pretty sure we have looked at literally every online scheduling tool and there doesn't seem ...
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How to create a resource usage calendar across multiple Project Online projects

The division I work in has 3 PMs that share resources. We have a three fold need we're trying to engineer a solution for within the Microsoft Office ecosystem. We need to create a resource allocation ...
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Actual Duration Calculated by MS Project vs Actual Duration of the Project as of the Status Date

My project started in Jan 2020 and as of Jun 2020, we have spent a total of 80 working days ( minus weekends and public holiday). However, the actual duration given by the MS Project is over 90 ...
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My team has grown to be 16+ people, how can I better structure it?

I am the Product Owner for a team which is now 16 people. We've grown a lot over the past month from 12. The tasks on the team range from pure software development, to integration, to analysis. We ...
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Approach for handling internal scheduling and global ticketing system in one JIRA instance

We have a following setup in my organization: Company-wide JIRA instance (over 3000 users I think) Organization JIRA instance (less than 200 hundred) with Tempo planner The reason we have an ...
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Is there a reason this is labeled as 'Finish to Finish' even though 'Finish to Start' makes more sense?

Got this question in my course: You are managing a software project. Your QA manager tells you that you need to plan to have her team start their test planning activity so that it finishes just ...
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Task estimation and probable risks

Let's suppose we are estimating a task (not by the planning poker). We have discovered that there are a few possible problems (risks): Risk 1 - with the probability p1, ..., risk N - with the ...
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Can our company avoid losses due to sunk cost negotiation?

I feel my company is losing a lot of money on each project iteration because of a negotiation technique employed by our business partners(customers). I want to find out the name of this technique and ...
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Why are my planned values for tasks so high when employees not working 8 hours?

I have assigned 5 resources for a task. MS Project assumes that all resources are available to work 8 hours per day 5 days per week. This is not the case in my schedule. Some of the resources work ...
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MS Project schedules only 7 hours for starting day of task

I have an existing project file (.mpp file). I realized that duration of all tasks is one day longer comparing to my estimation. For example, a task with duration 2 days starting at 3.6.2019 is ...
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Scheduling based on end date and amount of hours willing to spend per course

Given an end date and the amount of hours I'm willing to spend per course (say 250 hours each for 2 concurrent courses), how do I make MS Project Professional 2019 spread out the courses evenly every ...
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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

The team is working with a user story and they are stuck on some technical issues and unable to resolve them. This story is committed for the current Sprint. Shall I put this story on hold after ...
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How to manage a developer with poor work ethics

Background: I am the PM / Scrum master in a development team, we follow a semi-agile framework for app development. The team (which is newly formed) consists of 3 developers. I am not the line ...
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How to add new activities from the contract modifications into Schedule

Initial Project Schedule (IPS, or Baseline schedule) had been approved. Several monthly updates were approved. The owner has requested KTR to incorporate a score (20) of new activities from the ...
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How to calculate project finish date with fixed work and different date of resource availability

I am preparing a high-level project plan in mpp to see the top level view when the project will finish based on the resources availability and work estimation. My requirement is as: I have an ...
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