Questions tagged [tasks]

Questions relating to the management of individual tasks in a project or within project management software.

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Is it possible to give accurate estimates and planning without tracking time for tasks?

I work within a small team of developers. We don't track our time so we have no data to work off when we give estimates. Basically, I'm wondering if it's possible to have a successful plan and give ...
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How to Kick off a Task with just 1 predecessor complete

So I have Task A,B,C, Task B is based on CSF-5, (needs to have finish date 5 days prior to C date), but I want the task to kick off as soon as Task A is completed. Is there a way to set that? ...
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Why are tasks split while updating plan?

I inserted the actual start for updating a task and then inserted the %comp and reschedule and resource leveling for the plan with ms project 2013. The problem is that the task has been split in ...
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Best practice to register additional tasks

I am relatively new to the Scrum way of working and was wondering what to do with small tasks. Besides the main User Stories, we always end up with additional requirements or small changes after the ...
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How to model extended period of 'searching for product' tasks in MS-Project?

We run a sale of second hand goods from clients. We would set a target say 200 items this season and start contacting people we know who have items they want to sell. We would spend about 2 months ...
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Vertical slices with split disciplines

We have a DevOps team which includes a BA, .NET developers and SAP developers. The .NET and SAP developers can and will only work on their particular discipline. Some of our stories involve only .NET ...
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How do I group tasks in MS-Project?

This is my first ms-project. I want to plan the production and external operations of our plant. Production of reference #1 is something that will likely happen every 4 to 6 weeks (every time I ...
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MS Project - how to set a task to finish before else start after a set period

I'm trying to set a task to either be wholly complete by 1st Dec, if not then start after 1st Jan (i.e. don't start at all if it can't be completed by 1st Dec). I don't want to split the task. Is ...
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What level of detail should I include in epics?

I am writing user stories for a new project. One of my epics is: As a company owner I want a graphical profile so I can build my visual identity. And then there are multiple user stories linked to ...
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Scrum - What and when is the best process to task a user story card in this environment

We are organized around a Scrum process with 2 week sprints that utilize Project -> Epics -> Features -> Stories -> Tasks I am assigned to an Epic expected to take 3 developers for 6 weeks. The ...
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Various resource assignments for different portions of a task

Consider two tasks (Task 1 and Task 2), as well as two resources (Developer 1 and Developer 2). Task 1 and 2 respectively require 1 and 2 days from start to finish. I want to make the following ...
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How should we deal with interdependent tasks in Scrum?

When talking about blockers on the Scrum board, I realized that we might have interdependent tasks. For example, database design is dependent on some activities in UX flow. Or maybe there is a later ...
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MS Project autoschedule - full days of work are bleeding into next day

I'm scheduling weeks of work in Microsoft Project (2013) wherein each task will normally take a full day of work/duration for a crew. I'm scheduling them for 10-hour days and the duration of the work ...
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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

I often have the need to achieve a specified goal (e.g. deliver a piece of software functionality). At the start of the work I identify the goal and can list some tasks needed to bring about the ...
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Jira Sprint Structure for Software Team

As I see it, we have three levels: Epic - Broad view of what would be nice to do. (Usually more then a Sprint) Let pay for our service with credit cards Story - More defined and structured view. (...
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Can QA test in-progress tasks? How are bugs reported for incomplete stories?

I have recently been moved to a new team. There are a lot of practices that I think are not on terms with the Scrum Guide but for now I want to discuss two strange practices. While we developers are ...
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MS Project Calendar

I'm new MS Project user; I'm trying to sync my Ms Project 2016 calendar with Outlook 2013, I want tasks due dates give notification in Outlook. How can I do that?
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Renumbering our task IDs in Microsoft Project to a different scale?

We want to make our Task ID's in microsoft project 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4 and so on so it is clear which general task they fall under. At the moment they are displayed as 1,2,3,4,5. Please help, thank you
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MS Projects show task always in timesheet

I am currently using Microsoft projects 2016 with time sheets. How can i create a task which is always shown in my time sheet with 0 planned work time? I have administrative tasks beside my project ...
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JIRA: how to have many Kanban boards for one project

Here is the situation: I have one project with several issues relating to tasks our team has to complete. We (currently) have two "categories" of tasks to complete. Let's call them: "Environment Setup"...
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Where should I keep track of open items from previous sprints?

I have been throwing "things that team will do later" (TTWDL) into the product backlog along with product functionality to be implemented. Needless to say it is now long and full of bugs/ tasks from ...
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How should a non-technical person define tasks for technicians?

I need to explain the needs for integration of a web-based service on our website to the programmers. I want to find out the best structure for such a request. How should I describe the features I ...
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Technical user stories or development related tasks

I have some task in my Jira backlog that I don't know if them should be inside a user story. There are tasks related with development, server, configuration, etc. User didn't ask to have those task/...
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MS Project: Few basis questions on tasks management

I have seen different managers entering preferred Duration in days and some in hours. Is there any best practice? I have seen many manager will update "% complete" to update a task progress. Is this ...
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MS Project - how to schedule subtasks

I have organized my plan with Summary Tasks and many, many subtasks. Since it is a little bit difficult to manage every single subtask, I would like to do these operations: assign predecessors to ...
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How do you calculate the number of days between two tasks in Microsoft Project?

I've created an event planning project that explains all of the relevant tasks before, during, and after a given event in MS Project 2003. I would like to calculate the number of days between a given ...
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How to show how late a task is in MS-Project 2013?

When a task is late in the status how can we set it up to show how many days it's late not just late? I want to see on each task how many days it's late.
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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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Is it possible to prescribe PM time spent on key activities during a working day?

I will be transitioning from a developer role to a lead/project manager role soon, at a new job. I am not clear how Project Managers spend their day. I have asked this question to my friends and they ...
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Should a Scrum team formally track daily commitments?

Should a Scrum team be tracking the daily commitments each team member makes during the Daily Scrum? We write them down in a kind of a mini task manager, and then we mark them as done during the work ...
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How to stop ms-project from changing task dates

I am running into a strange problem with project and was wondering if anyone has been able to solve this problem. I don't want project to change any of my dates based on changing %complete OR have ...
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Is there a way to copy and paste tasks from one project file to the other without losing the predecessors?

I am currently running a project to develop about 50 parts. Each part has about 100 actions from engineering to production to shipping. I created one standard project file for a standard part. Then I ...
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How to handle arising tasks we want to address later in Scrum

Considering we're talking about Scrum, When working on a backlog item and that new out-of-scope minor tasks arise what do you do with them? (e.g.: ones we don't have time for right now such as minor ...
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How to represent tasks with subtasks over versions?

I have tasks T1, T2,...TN. Each task has subtasks S11,S12,...,SNM. Each subtask takes some amount of time. For version V1 I have t1 months, for version V2 I have t2 months,... For simplicity I assume ...
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Action Item Register - Can a formal method of tracking action items be successfully applied to teams using more adhoc / agile methods?

Background I am a software developer working on an Action Item Register Application. Based on research I found a process flow chart that helped clarify a way of processing action items. I want to ...
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Gantt diagram alternative: cards instead of tasks, one guy per task [closed]

Is there an alternative to the Gantt diagram, which differs in the following way. From top to bottom employees are listed, not tasks. The task is presented as a rectangle on an employee's 'timeline'. ...
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How to manage very small, easy tasks in Agile?

Let's say you have a bug on your website. Your developer needs to fix some CSS or something. He estimates it will take him one minute to fix. What is the best way to manage these kinds of tasks? Do ...
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How to split a User Story that spans multiple sprints?

I have a User Story that contains a bunch of tasks, similar to this: User Story: Fix any broken JavaScript in CMS Task: Find and fix broken JavaScript in content Task: Find and fix broken ...
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Managing project in LAN network [closed]

I'm managing a project in my company, and we have many tasks that should be assigned to many employees and then be tracked. We use telephone communication, e-mails and even face to face ...
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What is the weighting difference between Epic/Story/Task

I am slightly confused between the three. From my understanding: Epic - Create a web site (T shirt size) (L) Story - Create the Home page (1 point) Task - Create a button on the home page that is ...
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How to handle being ignored by team member/resource

What are best practices/strategies for dealing with a team member that repeatedly ignores emails/phone calls and will not commit to new estimated completion dates on specific tasks?
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How do I represent multiple instances of a task-list in a WBS?

I'm trying to establish a work breakdown structure in Microsoft Project for the building out of a new application life cycle infrastructure for a software project. I have to perform a set of x-...
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How can two tasks begin on the same day without a resource-conflict?

In MS Project (current version), I have the following task setup and can't find a solution: Short translation for columns: Vorgangsname = Taskname Arbeit = Work Dauer = Duration Anfang = Beginning ...
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Should we allocate separate hourly estimates for test tasks in addition to the development tasks

Breaking user stories into tasks and estimating their development time in hours is pretty widely accepted. However, we have subsequent test activities that need to be carried out before the task and ...
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How to track tasks in project and differentiate between duration and percentage of a resources day

I have a project with a slew of tasks. Let's say for the sake of example I have 5 tasks and these 5 tasks will take 5 calendar days to execute. But, due to the nature of the task, a resource can ...
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Is it possible to show the percentage of completed task in the Timeline in MS Project?

I am using Microsoft Project 2013. I would like to visualize in the Timeline the percentage of completed task, for example 33%... Is this possible ?
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Project start date calculation in a Finish to Finish dependency scenario

In a Project task Finish to Finish relationship scenario, assume there are only 2 tasks in a project. Task B should not be Finished until Task A is finished. Task A takes 2 days and assume it is ...
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Is it possible to sort tasks by the order of a Custom attributes of a Custom Field?

This is not as simple as it seems to be. I have multiple tasks. That I group following a Custom field (text), called TypeC. The custom field can have Custom attributes that are already defined like {...
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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?

Can someone try to explain me the tasks of a PM in a software project? Especially during the stages of development, test and release. Can't figure out what benefit they bring to the team during ...
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Can I have a double task on the same line in MS Project?

Suppose I have a task that is being stopped for a while and then it continues. I would like to show that like recurrent tasks , is this possible with manual tasks ?