Questions tagged [software-development]

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How to transition away a bad developer?

The situation is: A developer has apparently been working on an important project for a year and hasn't been able to get the product in a commercially usable form. Im sure there a plenty of ...
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How can I reduce the amount of technical high risk work in projects? [closed]

Typically, my projects involve a challenging technical problem. In my latest project this is a set of offline CRUD screens, which was scope creep of 50% of the total project estimate. I reviewed ...
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What are Acceptable SLoC Rates?

This is not a question regarding the quality of the SLoC metric. I accept it as a limited, inaccurate, or even poor metric. That said, I am looking for data that indicates what reasonable rates ...
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As a development manager, what are your first steps joining a new company?

I've recently been offered my first position as a development manager. I would be taking over a team of 4 at a small software development shop with the mission of creating structure, and improving ...
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Time estimation and deadlines

I started working in my current job as an Android developer right after graduation (1.5 months ago), my first task was to build a complaint application which includes the following features: ...
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Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of adding external software developers to an existing developer team for a small project? What are the pros and cons? For me: Pros: Development should in theory be faster ...
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How to start developing project management tool? [closed]

I have been nominated for developing a project management tool for my organization where all project related information, check list and related information to be stored (as of now, no concrete ...
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Sizing a potential project rapidly without formal estimation

We have been asked by management to spend a very short period of time to "size" a software project - that is, to give them a very loose ballpark of time to implement the entire thing. There are three ...
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How would we manage a project that involves replacing Cobol with Java?

We are working on replacing 5 million lines of cobol with Java. Apparently this cannot be done without significant cost. We have estimated it will cost 70000 man hour days to convert it all to ...
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How should I create a process for front end testing?

We have a product similar to Photoshop and we have a lot of trouble in the testing period. we started to use Agile Framework, in middle of project. We have to use human manual testing to test ...
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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What is the correct way to handle delays caused by technical issues?

I am working on a Web Design and Development project for my Final. I have missed Alpha and Beta milestones due to a critical server error that was beyond my knowledge or understanding. I had to get in ...
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How to record client requirements?

How a typical Software development company keep records of client requirements? For example: A) One day client asked us to add a tracking code to his website. B) Another day same client asked us to ...
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Agile Project Management with iOS, Android, and Server Components

We are currently trying to start a project with three different OS's, iOS, Android, and Server components. The argument has been on how should we create the stories, should there be a story for each ...
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How to transition from programmer to project manager?

I'm a programmer at a small company who's used to receiving projects by someone saying in a meeting: "make an e-commerce website," and then I'll just take it upon myself to do it. The only ...
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What should the title of this PM position be?

What should the proper title of this position be, at a tech company that focuses on developing software? Role Requirements: Manage several Business Systems' Web, Database and Cloud Projects Previous ...
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Which role among these are suitable for “Administrator” in Agile Software Development Projects?

I did some research in DSDM and Agile Projects and got stuck in this scenario. I'm new to this so please help me out. Suppose, in an organisation there are following posts: 1) Managing Director 2) ...
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Recode or Recycle?

I am a developer for a non-IT company whose main service is marketing. There's not much technical people when I came on board, just one who is the project manager and all of their IT projects (...
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Hybrid Software Development Methodology [closed]

Hybrid, Scrum and XP an agile methodologies. My Question is what is the different between them and what is better or the greatest methodology? Thanx ... :)
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Dealing with inherited development team

Imagine you inherited a large team of developers and found out that interviewing in the past had certain slacks and some members of the team lack certain skills. It is certainly wrong idea to re-...
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Assessing the effectiveness of a development team [closed]

I am performing an assessment on the effectiveness of a development team, the results of which will be used as the basis of introducing change. Are there any appropriate resources or guides to assist ...
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Finding a decent Development Team [closed]

hope this isn't out of the concept, I couldn't find any place better to ask. Me and my friend are working on a social networking app idea but we both don't know enough coding to develop that big of an ...
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How to get a dev team to use TDD and CI?

I'm a software development program manager who has experienced many of the benefits of test-driven development and continuous integration. But some of the dev teams I work with don't follow these ...
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Is there room for good/tested design in “Agile” setting?

I just came out of an "Agile" team where the sprints are 3-weeks long, and during this same time, about 12 hours of that time is spent on exercises such as Scrum grooming, reviewing, Scrum, and ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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How to synchronize an agile software team with a waterfall hardware team?

Our team is composed of both software and hardware engineers. The software team uses Scrum project management while the hardware team uses waterfall. The priority of our software requirements change ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

This is one thing that I've always taken as a given, the "status quo" in my line of field (software development) but never really gave it a deep thought. And even now that I do, I still don't ...
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What is the recommended practice for adding and organizing technical debt for a project? [closed]

I am new to software engineering and looking for someone with agile experience to help me understand what the recommended practice is and why. If this question can be related to a better site please ...
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Best practices for robust enterprise level software development (using python Django) [closed]

We are building a software project (using python Django and a bunch of other Open Source technologies). The project is fairly big. To give an idea, it has over 50 templates. Our team is composed of ...
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Similarities / Differences between BPM and software projects

I have begun working for a company that resell BPM products, for improvement and automation, including small Sw development sometimes. Sadly, they have a colosal rate of failure when estimating time ...
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Ensure direction of project is kept after opening source [closed]

I had an idea and started working on a web site which aims to be of societal value. I believe making it open-source would benefit the project. Doing this will be a turning point where I no longer have ...
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Should a Statement of Work (SOW) include “coding style” under the Client Obligations section?

I am hiring a contracting firm to rewrite a small application for my group. The dev team is going to be a single person. Based on past experiences with other developers, I'm concerned that the code ...
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How to track and manage tooling issues?

In every complex project, we use a lot of external dependencies and tooling. Of course, they have bugs. Thanks to Github and the like, it is very easy to fork a project and track issues in libraries ...
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How much Java should a Web Design team member know? [closed]

We have a Java/Web team with several Java developers and a web designer. The "developers" handle everything from the database layer up to the sending of pages to the browser (using JSP pages). The ...
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Testing and customer acceptance of a project is dragging on forever

I'm the only software developer and project manager for the technical side of a project we're delivering for one of our clients. We initially agreed to and signed-off on a high-level spec that we ...
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how to estimate costs of projects that have not been clearly defined

how to estimate costs of projects that have not been clearly needs. for example I got a project to create information systems for xxxxx, then the client requesting the cost of it, while I do not know ...
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Green as grass: PRINCE2 or Agile? [closed]

Post completing a Psychology degree I've found myself in a health-tech startup acting as Research and Development Manager. As there's only three of us in the team, we have hybrid roles and as a result ...
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In a programming project, how to ensure the project reliability when going up-level on the WBS?

Problem: How to make sure the project keeps reliable knowing that its parts are reliable when tested separately? Background: Our project is currently structured as having each team working in a ...
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What are some good options for Project Management for a development team of 14 who generally work 1 team member to a project?

We are currently implementing Team Foundation Server as our source control, and this has lead to more research into project management, as it offers many features in that arena. We currently believe ...
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Project stuck in endless testing cycle

I am involved in a project where for some time now the project has stuck in an endless testing, UAT, bug fixing cycle. The issues that caused this are, lack of initial requirements, new requirements ...
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How do I advise someone creating a programming language and user/developer community? [closed]

Friends of mine want to take their in-house programming language and take it into the open source arena. There are many challenges, one of which is how to begin to create a community of users. Where ...
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Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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How to enhance project management practice for the small team?

In our team, we have a small team of 3 people, fresh graduate from the computer and networking stream. 2 people are responsible for software development , 1 people are responsible for back-end ...
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What is the difference between “New feature” and “New development”?

I have seen the two terms New Feature and New Development in same backlogs (i.e. more than one backlog), for things to be developed and integrated within a system/application. I have used both myself ...
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Hiring new team with limited resources using Scrum

My team consists of 4 people Myself (Division Director, Senior Developer and Project Manager (adhoc PM)) Emp1 (Data Administrator/Data Entry for entire agency) Emp2 (Junior Developer - Have not hired ...
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How to design and organize a project? [closed]

I have recently been hired for a job as a Bukkit plugin developer for a gaming website. As the projects become larger and more complicated, I am finding it more and more neccassary to carefully design ...
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What is a good book for Project Management of Software for non-programmer individuals? [closed]

I am a project manager of software developers and would like to read a book that will provide me with general information about software development. It would be good to understand what it is that I ...
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Techniques on showing management how much effort it takes for quality software development?

I'm in a fairly interesting situation. I'm the only software developer in a team of electrical engineers who work on hardware and know how to hack some code in C. I am the sole developer responsible ...
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Most suitable project management tool for a freelancer [closed]

I've been using JIRA for my project management since about a year. Before, I used Basecamp which was pretty useful, but someday I found out I needed time management and other more complex features. ...
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Whats the best way to 'make' a web developer [closed]

We have a team of developers and everyone has graduate degree, but they are just degrees... no practical experience, they just studied it so that they can get a job. Before, we used to teach them ...

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