Questions tagged [software-development]

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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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What percentage of software development companies adopt each type of organizational structure?

In my previous question, I said that, from my personal experience, it seems that most software development companies adopt a functional-like organizational structure. But, of course, this is just a ...
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Can my customer ask for his money back?

I am a lone developer who built a billing system for a customer as moonlighting job. We had worked together previously on a number of occassions and as a reults no contract was ever signed between ...
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Denying payments as a project deadline penalty

I've just had a bad project experience. I was a subcontract programmer of a subcontract software house. I've been assigned as a single developer to build an application. During the development ...
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Documents to make for larger appspot projects

My appspot projects are growing and I'm making an SDD ("system design document") and an RAD ("requirements analysis document") for every larger project I deliver (currently 2 and 2 others are also ...
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How to send weekly priorities email from MS Project

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me clarify. I'd like to send a mail to each member of the development team each Monday, which outlines the tasks that they should focus on for the ...
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How to cope with a client expecting compensation for mistake your team made?

Our team made a mistake in software code and that caused the customer lose a lot of money. Now they ask us for that amount to give them back as compensation. How to deal with that?
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Is it important to have a clearly defined methodology from the outset of a project?

I'm a final year undergraduate student studying software engineering. 1 module for my final year consists of a development project of approximately 6 months. I'm completely new to this level of ...
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First time project lead for web development. Need resources [closed]

I work for a small company and am usually tasked with front-end things such as design/UI/UX with some light php/mysql/ajax/javascript programming. I have done some pseudo-project management in the ...
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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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Managing a Visual Studio Project on Github(Git DVCS) [closed]

I am noobishly new to Git version control system having used Tortoise Svn, VSS. I thought of contributing my code as open source work on github[moving by crowds voice], i did open a account and create ...
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How to manage risks in a solo project?

I have been "promoted" from a software developer position to a project management role in a solo little project (about 200h). All the development work will be done by me, and also I'll talk to the ...
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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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What are acceptable quality levels for various kinds of software?

Is there any statistics or at least some industry consensus on what are commonly acceptable quality levels for various kinds of software? I am certainly not talking about space shuttles or life ...
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Which undergraduate degree is better for software development related project management [closed]

If a person is in enrolled in Software Engineering in university and wishes to get into software dev. related project management, would it be better for them to finish their software engineering ...
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Which skill should a self-taught, overloaded project manager deepen?

I run a small - 2 Full time employee - web development company, with me being programmer and developer at the same time. We service a small number of clients (< 10), of which there is usually 1-2 ...
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10 things that I can do to improve my Team and our Process

Some backdrop about my team, just so that you can make your answers relevant -> We are a Web Application development team, with Team strength being 5 members. What are 10 simple things we can do to ...
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Software Projects with loose requirements

What is the best method(s) to keep software projects on track when the requirements are loosely defined? (i.e. Just general functional concepts provided).
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Reassuring boss that our product will be one step ahead of competition…

I am the development project manager for a web-based software product. I have been asked the following question from my superiors: Our product is facing increased competition from other solutions ...
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How to informally find a good programmer?

Management has opened a new position on our 8-10 person team of C/C++ developers. As a team member, I've got a vested interest us actually finding quality candidates. Can anyone suggest some ...
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How to select design pattern for a project or struct code for a project and assign task code for members in project [closed]

I am newbie in PM and I wonder how to create frame code for project tasks of project manager. task of member task of design graphic (web) Please suggest me any toturial or book.
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Motivator to keep employee

I have a developer that is very important for an ongoing project planned to be finished Q2 2012. If he should decide to quit the whole project will be delayed and probably completed with lower quality....
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Are there any specific steps to go from a software developer to project manager?

I'm a software developer with five years of experience and I want to start a career as a project manager. Today I'm seeking for a new job, related to management where I find myself much more valuable ...
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Would/should the PM define the code style for a software project?

In terms of specifying the actual code/syntax style that all developers should use in a project, should the project manager do this? Or would that be under the realm of a technical lead/lead developer?...
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Is Software Architecture still Relevant in Agile ?

Agile focuses on developing workable codes from small user stories. Pair programming encourage developers to pair up, actively engage with one another to come up with the best solution for the problem....
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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How to handle somebody who does not take into account what is said to him?

I'm facing a problem that is quite new for me, and want to discuss it. I have in my team a developer who doesn't take into account the directives that are given to him. He doesn't follow priorities ...
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Transitioning into an Agile Project

We will be working on an exciting new project that slightly blurs the line of PM and Consultancy. This organization is eager to introduce agile for supporting their existing applications, but they ...
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Bridging the Knowledge Gap in Projects

So far we've been very comfortable managing projects that have similar technical characteristics with our past projects. For instance we choose to get involved in python-based web application ...
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How to Measure The Price of The Project?

We are working on the project (IT), but we were puzzled to price project. Does anyone can explain, about what it takes as a consideration in determining the price of a project?
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Important Information for a Developer to Know About Project Management

As a developer as part of a team comprising of a variety of roles e.g. project manager technical lead, business analyst, quality assurance etc, what are the most important things for a developer to be ...
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Should you give developer(s) bounty/bonus for his/her result?

How would you profit the work of a software developer? I would also say team, but I speak partly about single developer and partly about the whole. I have seven years in the developing scene, with ...
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How to Give Better Estimations to Customers

We are working in an environment where customers give us thick requirement documents and they expect the technical team to do an estimation on the whole requirement. Once they receive our estimates, ...
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How should design changes be communicated in a waterfall/agile hybrid project during the implementation phase?

Several developers and I were recently added to a waterfall project. We were told that the project was almost done but needed a few extra coders to help finish it up (that's the first mistake). We ...
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How long should an Agile Sprint be?

I'm currently the PM on a project that is scheduled to run for about 14 months. The current sprint structure is 4 weeks of development; week 5 allows us to show the progress to the client, deploy it ...
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What Techniques Do You Use to Deal With Other Managers Who Try to Change Your Product Vision?

You're a product manager in charge of developing a new product, and you've done months of research to determine a direction and a vision for the product. The product development is going well, and ...
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Worried about the programming language development team wants to use

The team I'm involved in is more on the business side of the project and the development is being done by another company. This development company comes from an old VB6 background and have only in ...
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How can I help my project manager deal with schedule pressure?

Often the project manager in my team is under severe pressure to commit to and deliver to a particular schedule, when this looks unlikely they get stressed and this has an impact on the whole team. ...
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Should I be concerned that the PM has never looked at the product?

After two years on a project I finally worked face-to-face with the Project Manager yesterday. The project we work on has one major deliverable - a web site. The project team has roughly 20 people ...
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What is the generally-accepted definition of a “software project?”

One of side discussions here on PMSE brought me to this: what exactly do we understand when we say "a project?" The most obvious thing is to start with Wikipedia definition: A project is a ...
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Drawing Architectural Diagrams Before Building Software

I don't know I am posting this question. in the right place. I thought I could post it on stackoverflow but this places looks more suitable for this question. I am wondering that how much drawing a a ...
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At what point should a company decide to introduce a project manager role?

What criteria should a software company use to decide if they need to introduce a project management role into their team? From what I have seen, most companies start out with no project managers, ...
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Project Management Software for a web development company [closed]

I have been doing freelancing with PHP, Ruby, and mostly open source frameworks for a long time. Now that I have a certain client base, they are giving me regular projects. I have decided to go in ...
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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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What about Prince2, FDD & Agile Development (with XP)?

Do you have any criticisms? I've been having a hard time fitting it all together but I finally understand which parts go where and the need for me to customize to a certain degree to make them fit. ...
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Skills unavailable currently in our team

We have a IT staff of 5 persons: 1 senior with C and PHP skills. 1 senior with Java and database skills. 1 senior with Flex and Actionscript skills. He get some C# with .Net 2.5 skills, since he ...
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Please Advise On Project Management software [closed]

Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. * I use a project management web application to manage bugs/resources/specs etc. * ...
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How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

I've managed a few projects over the last few years, and one of the biggest challenges I face is avoiding becoming a micro-manager. I worked with a team once where I worked with a group of software ...
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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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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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