Questions tagged [software-development]

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Is there a terminology for projects spanning across multiple time zones?

It is very common for projects involving people from different time zones which brings with it a bunch of management and communication issues. Is there a terminology used in Software world for such ...
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Configuration Clashes [on hold]

Brief background, I am a former developer now turned analyst. I am on situation now where I work with two projects where one is an antic and the other is a modern one. The things is both applications ...
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How to move towards Scrum when we don't really seem to be able to fit into 'The Scrum Guide'?

I have previously asked a question on PM, which was not well focused, but I still received some useful tips. I do plan on putting some of the notions in front of my manager, but I would like to re-...
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Project Management and People Management

I working for a high profile C-team member. He has a few success stories and big brands to his name. I have a lot of respect for this person. This person has recently come in and taken line management ...
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If you already release continuously, what are the benefits of a Scrum Sprint of constant length?

Sprint: an arbitrary length of time over which you implement and release software features. From what I've read here and other places, it seems that the benefits of a Scrum sprint are that at the end ...
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Using Scrum for test development for a constantly changing product

We're currently developing tests for a software product that is very liable to changes - the changes are introduced very often and therefore we have to modify our test very often. Commonly we are ...
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How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team?

How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team? I've just hired two developers so I need to put a system in place for managing development tasks, reporting ...
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how to cover details (side effect not desired workflow) with scrum user stories

As a scrum/agile system student, I find the situation where you have to write up a user story in the classical form and at the same time, describe the behaviour of parallel workflow, very hard. As a ...
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Is there an official word for the pre-Agile “just do whatever” methodology?

Textbooks and training courses about Agile always compare it to Waterfall. I imagine that IBM in the 1960s used Waterfall, and there may well be some government agencies that use it, but in the small ...
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What are some best practices for deploying bug fixes to multiple code bases?

Just a bit of a background, I am working to manage a big legacy system that has at least 32 branches for it's sub systems. The challenge is how to manage and not miss required change points or defect ...
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Why is the word “business” used in business rules?

I'm migrating this question from SQA. Why do expressions like business analyst, business intelligence, business rules, etc. using the word "business"? I guess that is because usually software is ...
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When we are calculating the cost for implementing a new web application, should we have separate cost for providing the source code to the client [closed]

I am working on a new asp.net core MVC web application as an out sourced senior software developer/architecture. now i did many requirements gathering sessions with the client, and i came our with a ...
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How to avoid recurring questions and contradictions about same or related problems?

The questions How can we avoid ending up with contradicting requirements raised from the users? We'd appreciate process improvement suggestions that'd fit our limited resources. Disclaimer I haven ...
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Can code base metrics be used for budgeting for software engineering or code maintenance?

Recently my manager asked my team for some metrics on the code base, in order to budget for my team. These are the metrics requested: Number of source code files Code Lines Comment Lines Blank Lines ...
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Timeline for outsourced software development

We currently have a website solution project in which I am involved. We are also outsourcing the development from local software-development companies. We have not selected a vendor because we are at ...
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BDD Gherkin definition of un-gherkin-like work

We are dealing with the split of work which, in the old process, would have all been one big task; Now, (under Scrum) that work is split into stories and refined. We are using BDD to define those ...
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What can be done about a task with a tight deadline and no analysis?

I am a software engineer. Today in the middle of a Sprint I was told to drop all my activities and start doing another task whose Jira entry has like 3 words. The deadline for this task is very tight ...
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How to manage long-term software quality requirements?

As newly assigned manager on an already ongoing agile continuous delivery software development project, one of the objectives is the following. Ensure that software quality meets long term ...
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What's the name for the issue where a customer cannot articulate his/her requirements before seeing the finished software?

Most of you will be familiar with the issue of a customer having vague requirements. Once s/he gets the software, s/he is of course perfectly able to articulate his/her actual requirements, since s/he ...
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Can scrum master interrupt team member during daily Scrum?

We are a small team using Daily Scrum meetings to track progress of our mobile app development work. The developers are of varying experience range from 2+ years up to 9 years, and with different ...
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How to estimate a Research and Development project?

Our software team has been doing a lot of R&D work to improve the performance of our product. Of course, the management team would like to know how long it's going to take to improve the ...
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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers [closed]

In a large organization, every morning a manager from the HQ office has a meeting with the dev team(s) based offshore (India) and checks the work they've done. He's very tech savvy, and says that he ...
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How to motivate and measure high performance of team as new manager?

As newly assigned manager on an already ongoing agile software development project, one of the objectives is the following. Motivate team to high performance This can be done in various ways and ...
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When to know I'm ready to start developing

Created user stories for a specific software development project and, from my last question, learned to just jump into dev even though there might exist undiscovered user stories. Still, i wonder... ...
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Work agile with a very small team

I'm working on a software development project on a team with only two persons and it's not an option to consider hiring more people. This appears to be a case where one has to respond to change over ...
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Should I word backlog items as what's broken or what work needs to be done?

We have a software project that we are trying to implement some basic project management for and we're starting simple, just using a Trello kanban board to track bugs/feature requests. I am beginning ...
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Scrum for SDK development - split stories horizontally?

Our product is moving more and more in the direction of a software development kit (SDK) which can be used by other developers. This brings up quite some challenges to our agile processes, though ...
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Should we arrange multiple agile sub-teams along customer groups or along software components?

The question's context is a company that creates a software product that consists of several functional components (you could also call them sub-products) and sells the product to a rather small ...
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Sharing important information effectively in an small group

I'm working in a software project with about 25 students (divided in 4 groups). As right now we use Slack for chatting and sharing important decisions we make. Slack is an communication tool similar ...
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How to convince business team why software development IDE licensing is important?

Sorry if I'm asking in the wrong community. In our company we have a "tradition" to not to pay for licenses for development integrated development environments (IDEs). The business team's arguments ...
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Should we include Graphic Team into Scrumban Process?

Our team familiar with traditional SDLC process like waterfall. So, We wanna step to scrumban. (we think it suitable for us.) But we have something to concern and not sure what is best practice for us....
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Do companies normally develop projects solely through reverse engineering?

I currently work in the IT dept of a small company. Our team consists of 5-7 people. We do not have business analysts & our projects are all reverse engineered & started without requirements. ...
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Our Team Finished Our Project Before The Deadline! What Now?

I have 1 project under me and looks like we are ahead of time in this. We told client that the project will be completed in a month, and the developer completed it in 2 weeks. What should you do in ...
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Does SAFe yields better long term results than traditional Agile

While SAFe is picking up a lot of attention and as I understand seems to yields better long term results (velocity and overall product quality) than traditional Agile, I'm curious about its possible ...
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How to diplomatically deny client access to their server

My client has requested access to their server we have not delivered yet, due to the development of the project is still in progress. They do not have anyone on staff with technology experience. And ...
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Indicator of achievements for performance goals

This is the first time I've been asked to give any "indication of achievement" following the (S.M.A.R.T. methodology) with predefined goals. Below are the predefined goals: Ensure a Secure Platform ...
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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Planning a sprint after reduced team strength

We have seven people team and their running velocity is ~50 points(2 weeks sprint). Now due to change in business focus, we have to reduce team size from 7 to 4. How do we plan current sprint? ...
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Project baseline and software development lifecycle

I have a uni assignment that has the following requirement "include in your baseline document how the project will include the project management lifecycle and the software development lifecycle" ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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How to do L1, L2, L3 effort estimation for Applications Support

How can I do L1, L2, and L3 effort estimation for Applications Support? I am naive and don't have any experience. Can anyone tell me, from very basic fundamentals, with an example? It will be great ...
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What software can I use to make it easy for developers on my project to vote? [closed]

I am working on an open source project, and we are looking to make changes to the way we do version control. I want to propose several systems, and have the developers vote. What would be a good ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

I've recently been assigned project manager of a project which requires moderate-high degree of technical skills in machine learning that are above my level. Originally a programmer, I have previously ...
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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?

When the deadline is tight and when there are not enough QA people, the Product Owner asks developers to join in with QA to meet the deadline. What should the developers do when this happens? What'...
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Small team in large team, using two boards in JIRA

We have one large project running at the company where I work as a developer. We have developers from different teams involved (different companies even), testers, analysts and whatnot. This large ...
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How to make better software developers out of less-than-average ones?

I've asked this before in other places, and I'm now turning to you guys to see what sort of advice you can offer. Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I’m in no way the best ...
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I need project management experience to get into a project management role but no one will hire me. Can anyone help? [closed]

Good Afternoon All, My name is Edriss and I have acquired my certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley on July 2017. I have been looking around the web to find an entry level role in project ...
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How to motivate high performers in team?

Two months back I was asked this question in an Amazon interview: How will you motivate the High performer in your project? My answer, which I follow on the ground level: There are different ...
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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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What does MOS and RA stand for in IT project?

My customer asked if I can do an MOS and RA. RA should be risk analysis if I'm not mistaken. But what is MOS?