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Holiday capacity question

Our next sprint starts on Dec 18th and should end on Jan 1st. Most of the team will be unavailable on Christmas and boxing day. The PO will also miss about 4 days of that sprint. The problem is Jan ...
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Unfilled project team roles for grant proposal

I'm finalizing a proposal for a 2-year U.S. SBIR federal grant. The RFP asks that we provide names and resumes for the entire project team. I have 4 of 5 roles filled, with one TBD. Admittedly, it's ...
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What does team's velocity measure?

Velocity is an average amount of estimated sizes of PBIs completed by Development Team in a Sprint. It's not an average amount of real PBI's sizes completed by Development Team in a Sprint. I don't ...
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Using A.I. and neural activity monitoring on workers? I am using it on my team. Why is it bad? [closed]

I have just tested some new software and techniques on our team and I got a very defensive response here... My workers are kind of into it, some are not. I made sure they do not rebel, the moment I ...
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Recording workers PCs and insight into their activity and effectiveness? How [closed]

How do you monitor your workers and how do you make sure they are not just staring at the screen, and eating chips? What kind of software or method do you use?
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

Linked Question This question was proposed by the participants of the discussion of the previous, more general question. Question The business analyst's work often implies a kind of waterfall-ish or ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

Question Let's consider a software development project made for an external customer. The development company (the vendor) has the usual positions and specialists: developers, testers, business ...
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Do social responsibility, vision-based management, and providing team with safety increases project efficiency?

Recently I've been getting into management philosophy by reading some basic Drucker and Collins, very interesting stuff. Coming from an engineering background my idea about any subject would be for ...
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PMO/Scrum Master visibility and contribution (upping the profile of the team)

I lead a small PMO team of 4 Project Managers/Scrum Masters. Given the nature of the business and the demands from senior management, we have adopted a hybrid approach to software development of Scrum ...
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How to keep part-time members of an agile software development team informed?

TL;DR I'm looking for a recommended way of updating team members in their days off so that they are more or less informed of the changes in the product, the process or the company. Full Story ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company?

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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What kind of approach would be deemed suitable for a team in which the members change frequently?

In an organization, I worked for, there was frequent intake of new employees (Because there were employees leaving frequently for better pay, benefits etc) However, we were very much keen on using ...
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How to deal with a person with low quality output in the team

I have a person in my team with average experience that always does the task exactly as requested as output but with low quality. I noticed this more than one time on short periods -weeks- and every ...
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How can we persuade team members to estimate in story points instead of hours?

We use story points to estimate our user stories. We find that story points solve the problem of underestimating the amount of actual work which is required to complete a task, as it takes the ...
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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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Is focusing on one project beneficial even when project priorities can't be quantified?

Small internal IT department that assists all of a company's departments. Each department has projects that each are 'priority 1' - the departments and executive team are unwilling to strictly ...
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I need to adapt some kind of system to my work and work of my team

I work in a small company for 4 years now. My goal was to develop a geographic information system (GIS) website from scratch, which I gradually fulfilled. Today the page is online, with traffic, we ...
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Should all team members be expected to do the same amount of overtime?

A Senior Manager (SM) has 3 Leads in his team. Person A commits to any work given at any time and is so dedicated that he does overtime as necessary get the work done. Person B & Person C do their ...
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Make Sure Developers Follow Requirements & Test Their Code

We are a team of 3 developers, 2 QA, a project manager, and me as stake holder (acting Chief Technical Officer in our small company). We have been working on developing a medium software product for a ...
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How should teammates discuss program design? [closed]

I'm trying to understand: how teammates of a software-development team exchange their ideas about how a program's component (any part) should be designed when requirements of a project changes and ...
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Strategy for whole team switching tehnologies

My current company is product based, with an application started 7 years ago but never rewritten, a lot of garbage piled up. Right now, the management decided it's time to rewrite and after a little ...
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Team Dynamics Issue

I work in the large Company, where Agile is in its core. Three years ago teams received autonomy to decide on how they work. I have joined the team as a Scrum Master. Engineers in the team don't ...
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questions allowed in scrum team

Situation: - there is a specific team member who is not giving all his\her contribution - it has been communicated multiple times on the team level that we need to take initiative because we are ...
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Kanban : why should we monitor each person in the team?

I have been lately confronted to an argument with my top level hierarchy in the deployment of a Kanban process. As my arguments was to do columns like " Todo, In prog, done, so on ... " I have also ...
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How to handle "bad quality code" by a team member

Thing is, we are a start-up. So far, I have been the only programmer taking care of our desktop app, api, mobile app...etc, but obviously we had to hire another programmer. He is quite experienced "...
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How does a "rockstar" performer integrate into an Agile team?

I have this issue for a while now: "rockstars" (e.g. a contractor or freelancer, who's very good technically) tend to be quite independent and reject any form of process. Many of them don't have the ...
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How do you get your team to participate in quality assurance practices: Refactoring

In XP Programming, code refactoring is at the core - it provides outstanding benefits. However, most developers seem to fear refactoring. As the project manager of your team, you not only need to meet ...
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Frontend/backend feature team with little shared knowledge

We are considering creating a feature team with three frontend/UX developers and a few backend developers (no full stack developer). I would like to know whether putting them together in a cross-...
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Minutes of meetings of Daily SCRUM

As a Scrum team, we understand that daily scrum is for us to update each other with 1. what we did y'day and 2. what we will work on today. Beside this, we each update each other with any ...
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Temporary working as a part of existing scrum team

My situation is as follows: Working for a company which is opening new office in my country Since the plan is to have 10 full scrum teams, at the moment all teams in the new office are partially ...
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Problem with in Scrum team - with seniors

I have been working in a Scrum team for more than 1 year. As this is my first job and have no previous experience so can't compare with anything else, so thought of asking here. We have a basic Scrum ...
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How to increase the project team engagement?

I wonder how you seek to increase engagement in project teams. I'm with the challenge of finding ways, methodologies and principles that open up characteristics as pro-activity, leadership and ...
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How to keep my team motivated during hard times?

The company I'm working is passing through some hard times. Some people of my team got fired because of cost issues, but the ones that are still with me has to keep working, because our goals didn't ...
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Avoid to kill project without reducing scope

Within a project, we develop an application. The project is set up as follows: The overall application is divided into four different "level". We completed one of those levels in four month. We use ...
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How to manage a situation when one team member doesn't want to participate in retrospectives?

Team works together for couple of months. They are somewhere between norming and performing phase. All team members are enthusiastic about their work and the product they work on. One of team members ...
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How does the Agile mindset contribute to a High Performing Team?

I was asked this specific question a few days ago by a senior manager. He had received a presentation on the Agile principles and some of the methodologies which lead the market (XP, DSDM, Scrum). ...
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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens

I have met more than one time a situation where everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen. For example: Our team discusses where to go in our next team building trip. Our team discusses a ...
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How picky should I get with a team member's quality of work?

I am a web development team leader. One of the team members turns in code that is almost always bloated and inefficient, even though it technically works (although, from time to time it doesn't). I ...
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Misunderstandings about Collective Ownership in an Agile environment [closed]

From my understanding collective ownership will solve common problems with the antiquated such as quality, failure due to absence and knowledge-sharing. However, there are some things that I don't ...
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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 do you deal with a team member who isn't sharing information and disturbing a lot with several questions [closed]

How do you deal with a team member who doesn't share information with you at the right time? On asking he gives one word replies and usually counter questions for more details on "what exactly do I ...
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How to deal with conflicting developers in Scrum team?

I'm a Scrum Master in a project. The development team merged into two separate teams and now counts eight people. John and Peter are previous team leads - very experienced C++ developers who know the ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept requires the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient, but how to organize teams when forming small and autonomous teams is almost impossible as each member ...
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Managing a project with the Boss/Owner as a Development Team Member

A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product. He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week ...
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Company business titles for its founders [closed]

Not sure if this would fit in this community, but could not find any other more suitable :) In short.. IT company, 5 co-founders, 2x backend devs, 1x frontend dev, 1x social media manager and 1x ...
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How to deal with a team of Cowboy coders?

My current team is not following the working model I'd expect they follow. They're programming on their own, without much interaction with other members and they are not interested into testing ...
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Using Trello to 'iterate' / give feedback on tasks that are marked as staged or done

We are using Trello for project management of a dev project. Here is how we are working currently: Developer takes a card assigned to them from the Todo pile and moves it to Doing then the Developer ...
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How to monitor team members activity and effectiveness?

I would like to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of my team members. I'd like the measurement to be relatively objective and transparent, and I believe that some form of software would ...
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How to track large number of similar projects and tasks?

I work in a university unit helping develop online courses. Upper administration wants a way of reporting these out there and how long our people are working on things. Each semester we are tasked ...
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How can I get the most benefit joining a team as the weakest link? [closed]

I heard several times that the greatest way to build your career and increase your knowledge is to become the weakest in your team. I recently became one. However, every time I ask a question or ask ...
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