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Who pays for the development/maintenance of the components/framework?

We use components and frameworks for the development of our projects. We have third-party components/frameworks (both - closed and open source) and inherited elements on top of them. Sometimes our ...
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What to do for delayed stories between sprints

I want to ask about stories that are not considered done because of missing information from the customer. I have a sprint with 60 user stories and at the end of the last 2 sprints, I can say that ...
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DB comparison for non-techy PM [closed]

I am non-techy PM, but I would like to clarify and verify (or just to understand what is going on :) my developer's choice of database with the power of this community. How should I verify my ...
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How to use the catalog of Pattern Languages of Programs (a.k.a. Scrum PLoP)?

A few days ago I watched a talk by James "Cope" Coplien, titled "Patterns: The New Defacto Scrum Standard". It is then that I learned that "organizational patterns" is a thing. Apparently, Scrum is ...
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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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How to estimate and plan with a distributed, part-time team?

The situation: We are a small, fully-distributed software solutions provider. We serve multiple clients, and given our size that means every team member is on multiple, part-time billable teams. ...
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What does "N" mean and how to count

I've been doing some research around managing our sprint cadence to align teams across time zones and came upon, "N+1" when describing a day of a sprint. I've not been able to find a definition of "N" ...
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Managing separate releases with common code

My product has following structure: Website, iOS, Android mobile apps, backend. There's a common code that is used by all components above. Say, you have to change a piece of code inside of it (just ...
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Agile hard for the developer

By being responsible to make the product do what it needs to do, Agile can be hard on the developer. He/she is the one responsible for things not being correct, even if it was delivered what was asked ...
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Design and architecture considerations for management tool [closed]

I am learning about management and coming from software development I was wondering how I would design a tool to help users manage their software development projects. When it comes to the data ...
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Is there any estimation method to estimate end user testing?

Is there any estimation technique that can help us to estimate the number of needed test cases in traditional software projects? For example, we have a Software requirements specification (SRS) with ...
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How much defect rework is expected?

I am working as developer in product based software company. In all companies I worked as of now , we say that the quality of this delivered story is good or bad. But I find this is subjective. Is ...
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How can I calculate how many developers do I need and how long it takes to complete the project? [closed]

I am trying to create an LMS system using Angular and NativeScript. It's a LMS web application like Adobe connect (although a simplified version) that will be written in Angular 8 for example, and a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [closed]

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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How to sync work in small software team

We are a small software team with 4 members: one Software Architect that gathers requirements and writes Requirements document and Specifications document one Designer that designs visual wireframes ...
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Under what circumstances should a software vendor be allowed to increase charges due to unforeseen complexity?

Something that occurs quite often in outsourced software projects is the vendor underestimates the complexity or learning curve associated with an agreed-upon statement of work, and wants to increase ...
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How can I encourage remote employees to ask for help?

We've recently acquired a new developer who's working remotely with occasional visits. The initial period of friction has passed, but they're still very reluctant to ask for help and would spend ...
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