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Questions tagged [small-projects]

For questions about management of small projects.

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Managing large lists of acronyms and terms

Our current client sent us several hundred pages of documentation about the context and goals of his company. In these documents (there are multiple files) they use a lot of acronyms and very specific ...
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Is there a standard job title for someone who does project admin without making important decisions?

I'm working as a technical PM on a software project. The decision making and technical demands are such that day-to-day tasks (such as communicating properly with the customer) are suffering. We want ...
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Legally Advisable to Give Copy of Project Plan and Systems Design to Stakeholders? Software Copyright Laws

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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Most suited job position title for a small, up-and-coming software developer team?

I'm working with a small group of freelance software developers for a minor mobile app project. Currently, we are 4 developers and we are in the process of assigning team project roles. Here are a ...
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WBS and Project management [duplicate]

I have 2 doubts about the WBS and project management and the ongoing progress of the project. WBS is decomposition of a project into deliverables. The lowest level or unit of work within a ...
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Splitting profit into members [closed]

My colleagues (2 friends of mine (Financial & International Management students) and I (Full stack JEE Developer) developed a prototype of a project we want to pitch soon. Background Initially ...
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Working with Freelancers [closed]

I have had two bad experiences with freelancers on different websites which ended up in bad terms The first freelancer refused to complete the job saying that he has been doing work for more than the ...
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How to manage many small projects?

Background I have recently been promoted to a new job in hardware development, which has two different aspects: The first one is to lead a small fast prototyping team (3 people including me at the ...
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Boss came and said “The system is broken”. Would this be a project?

I am preparing for the CAPM exam and following Rita's book. But I couldn't figure out whether or not the above would be considered a Project. It is also written: Of the thousands of students RMC ...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

I generally find signing off projects hard. Every time I think that I am about to sign the project off, something crops up unexpectedly with the client asking for last minute amendments. This can ...
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How to measure efficiency of tasks for a very small project

I am a programmer using sharepoint, and I am the lead and the project manager since I do not have subordinates under me. My boss is non-technical and doesn't have much visibility in what I do and just ...
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Unable to sign off a project

Technical team and I are having trouble signing off a project. We simply cannot solve the client's problem, and have been stuck for a few months trying too. I am not sure what to do in this situation?...
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How to show planned project approach to the client?

I've came to a situation where the client asks me the next two things: Give me your project plan of how you would approach this project to make sure I have a result at the end of a specific month. ...
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Earned value analysis by client and vendor

We all know that some project managers (those that follow PMBOK/PMP) do earned value analysis to know SPI and CPI. Schedule Performance Index (SPI) = Earned Value ÷ Planned Value -- How are we doing ...
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What can we do for a fragmented team with short projects?

I'm working in an agency and we are seven employees. Most of the employees have very specific skills. There is one employee for video productions, two for design, one for social network, one for ...
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What's the best way to deal with customers that do not know what they want? [closed]

Currently working with a customer who keeps on requesting changes. This is preventing me from signing the project off. Thoughts?
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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Managing defects or incidents in a solution based project model

We have a product suite comprising four products and an underlying data structure. In the past, we've managed each product's work individually, from backlog to release (as, say, "XYZ Product July ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I have been reading a lot on Scrum to evaluate its use in our company. I've done a few trials runs with it where the teams were exploring different aspects of it to get some real world feel. I'm not ...
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How do I efficiently go from concept to product?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing the purposes between: Feature List Product roadmap Release schedule Task management Project plan etc. For my mobile app concept, I'm using trello and evernote ...
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How to start a charity project making use of college students as cram school teachers for orphans in lower levels of education?

I want to start a charity project that makes use of the human capital we have here in Morocco. The targeted population of the project is orphans of the same city and i'm having thoughts about making ...
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Transitioning into Project Management from Network engineer [closed]

I work as a Senior Network engineer in Telecomm industry in Sydney for 5 years. I am been involved with few of the projects but not into the role of a PM or PC. How can I get started into Project ...
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How to Introduce A Small Project And Finish It Successfully

I'm trying to find a way to propose a project for our company, and I've never done that before, within a year of work, but have lots of plans/projects in mind to do things automatically. Sometimes, I ...
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I need help finding a problem to research and solve for HS research project [closed]

Short version: I want to do a research project, but for the life of me I cannot think of an original problem to solve that isn't already being solved. (also for the record, if I am in the wrong ...
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How to use MS Project to plan Bachelor degree modules

In an attempt to keep abreast of all prerequisites for my bachelor degree, as well as the grades and GPA, I have decided to put all the data in an MS Project file. There are certain modules which ...
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Kanban for web agency

We use Kanban since a couple of months and have some difficulties to implent it 100%. Nowadays, we use it more as a todo list than a real Project Management System. You will find below some of my ...
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Planning solo projects when you are the client

I work on my own doing Rails development. I'm interested to know how others plan their projects when there is no client involved. When building a site that you've thought up yourself, how do you ...
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Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've been using Scrum for ages on my own projects, which are usually part-time (couple of hours per week -- maybe up to 10 hours a week) and usually solo (although occasionally include teams of up to ...
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Minimum PM documents for a small IT company

I work in a small software company (1-50 Employees) as an Assistant Project Manager. I have been studying the PMP study notes for quite a while now and wondering if there are too many documents ...
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Projects to teach university students project management

What is a good project to teach university students project management principles? I tried one last semester, producing a video, but found it was too simple and the students did not have to work hard ...
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Project Management technique for my pet project

I have a little/mid-size software project idea which I am currently planning to do on my own. Or there may be maximum 1-2 other developers joining. Does it worth to apply any of the project ...
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Former employer wants to collaborate on commercialising internal software, what is reasonable commission? [closed]

The basic scenario is that my former employer has been approached by another company who wish to license some software I wrote for them while I was in their employ and have approached me to work with ...
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How to start off a project plan documentation for research oriented projects?

I have planned all the tasks using MS Project 2007. I used shots of Gantt chart, Network diagram and critical path. Can the project documentation plan have the following contents? Project ...
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Project Management for small / medium size project

There are lots of small / mid sized software companies and there are lot of small / mid sized projects in this world. The project management techniques we read in books are best suited for bigger ...
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any project management framework or methodology which is best suited for a very small enterprise?

Does anyone knows of any project management framework/methodology that has been developed specifically to cater to very small enterprises? I know that Waterfall presents a serious overhead that ...
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Looking for a tool that has ticket management, user/client profiling and project task assignments [closed]

I'm looking to improve my digital agency's workflow (about 10 people - web design, graphic, photography, etc), and hopefully it'll be something like this: Mails sent to contact@myagency.com are piped ...
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A practical way to estimate a project cost ( I mean time cost)?

What is the practical way to estimate the time required for a project ( I am a web developer working alone most of the time) I find difficulties in estimating tasks and projects,
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How to frame 'Cancellation Clause' in the contract?

I work for a consultancy firm and it happened (rarely) that the project got cancelled after 1 week of the day it should be starting. No work has been done, but the allocation of the developers were ...
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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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Software development management for small disconnected team

I'm looking for a tool to aid in managing the development and maintenance of a single web app. It will mainly be used by one project manager and one or two external developers. Until now we have been ...
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Cheap way to bring in Six Sigma?

I've encountered 6-Sigma before at larger companies I've worked at/with. They always seem to go the route of bringing in an expensive consultant and a fair amount of time spent on establishing a ...
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When is a piece of work too small to justify a PM?

I used to work in an organisation that set a limit of 20 days effort, below which a task would be allocated to a technical lead who would be told to "just get on with it". Above this size, the work ...
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How do you allocate people to very small projects?

I've seen many organisations where project managers would reason like this: We specialise in very small projects. Since a very small project needs a very small team, I should allocate one ...