Questions tagged [team-building]

Use this tag for questions about exercises designed to bring the team together as a cohesive unit, as well as how to resolve interpersonal conflicts. This tag is not for questions about hiring team members.

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Story Points given by task owner leads to disagreement

Hypothetically speaking There's one big project that requires involvement from different members - infrastructure, backend, frontend, security, etc. The members are working a flavour of Scrum using ...
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I need to hire a right hand. Is better someone not so skilled but that I trust and invest in her growth or someone already skilled? pros and cons

I have a very small company, just me, where I give courses and consultancy and I am starting to feel overloaded. I have zero experience in project managing and the business is growing almost on its ...
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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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On Tuckman model, do teams using agile frameworks mature faster in comparison to teams using waterfalls?

I was looking at Tuckman model (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing=Maturity) which shows the evolution of maturity of a new team with time (the life of project) and I concluded that in both ...
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Management wants to start doing "1 on 1"s as "2 on 1"s. Good or bad idea?

I work at a start up, and we've just promoted a few interested and apt senior engineers into managerial roles. Additionally, we've gone on a bit of a hiring spree and need to start doing a better job ...
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How to effectively plan the team for different tasks in same project?

We are a team of around 12 developers (2 leads / 3 mid level /5 juniors / 2 designers) and we are planning to have following teams. We are into web development. R&D Team - Team that will do POC ...
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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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Reward for recognizing mistakes but disincentivize low standards

We are a new start up (in finance) and still trying to figure out the basics on employee incentives. If this is not the right SE, please let me know and I will move it. When monitoring projects, we ...
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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 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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Ample free time

I'm handling a Production support team. How to keep the team motivated and busy when the daily 'Business As Usual's are mostly automated and the team requires 2-3 hours in the day to complete the ...
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team building activities for remote team [closed]

I have started a new job as a software team lead, the team is remote in another continent and time zone. What are good team building activities to do remotely? Im thinking like some online game, or ...
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Creating feature teams when technical teams are still technically immature

My current team is quite technically young (close to all of us have less than a year presence in my company), in the software framework that my company is using. The person who has the most ...
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How to involve the whole team in setting quarterly objectives (OKRs)?

Context I'm a scrum master in a small (15 FTEs) organization that's about one year into a slow agile transformation. So far the shift towards agile has been limited to the Development team, but the ...
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Metrics to measure teamwork / team spirit

I recently started as manager of a team of 10 developers that did manage itself before. I noticed that they do not act that well as a team but rather everybody fights for his own. There are a lot of ...
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How to handle scrum team member that is never at his desk

I am a scrum master for a team of developers and testers. One of the developers is never at his desk. He spends maybe an hour or two hours at his desk while the rest of the team are at their desks ...
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How to deal with difficult developer

I would like to ask you for advice with my problem with one team member in an agile team. Background I'm the Scrum Master and team leader for a project for one of my company client's (a big ...
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Activities to introduce new team members [closed]

I am a Agile Coach for a cross-platform team of developers. It was announced that the team would be acquiring 2 new members. These 2 new members will be spending 1 week with the team in person and ...
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Building common culture in a contracting organization?

In a software development organization doing contracting work, where there are typically only a handful of developers working for any one customer and there is a fairly large number of customers, what ...
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How to make an Agile team comprised of 4 platforms work?

I am the Agile Coach for a team which comprises of 4 completely different platforms (iOS, Android, Javascript, Windows) each with 1 or 2 engineers. There are 2 automated/manual testers in total and 1 ...
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What to do with an Agile non-believer

One of the people on my team has no interest in Agile, does not want to work as a team and doesn’t believe Agile will provide any benefit to them. I am struggling for find research which will help ...
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How can a project manager improve his/her team's creativity? Is this job, his/her job?

I would like to know if it's a project manager's job to help his/her team to improve their creativity and make them use it for the project. If yes, could you recommend some methods to me?
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Source code email notifications benefits to your team?

I've recently suggested to my team that we should try SVN source code email notifications on commit. I thought it would help the team to feel more connected, informed, etc. However, majority of ...
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How can I deal with a developer who isn't on board with a new PM and programming framework?

I'm currently implementing Scrum and a switch to Ruby on Rails within my organization. We have a team of six developers, only two of whom have experience in Ruby on Rails. Two of the other developers ...
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How to create an organised association that is project oriented?

A group of youngsters (age average of 20 years) would like to establish an organisation that makes projects into reality. The question would be: What kind of structure would be the best to manage this ...
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Enhance Participation

One of the main issues of my kind of projects seems to be the participation. Since these projects run beside the people's daily business some people only spend so much time in the project. This makes ...
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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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Development team budget for training and social activities [closed]

I am trying to understand if our team budget is aligned with the outside world, This is the closest sub forum out there... For a big company (500+ employees) What is the budget for 5-10 developers ...
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How do you ensure code quality when having a weaker programmer on your project?

In an ideal world, each new joiner is expected to be trained with the practices and standards applied on the project. Happens that the ideal world is far from reality. When project starts getting off ...
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How to form scrum teams

I work as a scrum master in a place where we have two distinct products. And these products have submodules: Product A: (The bigger product) Submodule A.1 Submodule A.2 Submodule A.3 etc. ...
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creating a process that works "without team members' realizing" makes a manager good or bad?

When I started to manage a team of software developers 3 years ago; I realized that there was no development process. First of all; i created 3 groups: backend, frontend and graphic design. After a ...
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What are the key Agile points to be considered in a small startup company, with a team of 5-6 people

My question is specific to Project Management, Agile practices, and Architecture. This might be helpful to many of us working in a startup company atmosphere. My question is - What are the key ...
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How would you achieve and maintain a high performing team (of Project Managers)?

I realise this is not strictly a Project Management question, but is very closely aligned to PM practises and people, so I hope it's in scope. I am currently in the process of applying for an internal ...
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Introducing fun at work for Software Engineering team

As a manager of a 20 member software engineering team, I would like to introduce some fun element at work. This is mostly to bring in a good team synergy, fun, motivation and cross communication in a ...
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How can my team reconcile flow and pair-programming?

For those of you who have read Peopleware, you were probably exposed to the concept of flow. Flow is a mental state attained by creativity workers (engineers, writers, programmers, etc.) which is ...
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Who should I hire? Mathematician or software engineer [closed]

The question may look a little odd. I will lead a software development project and i need some people(Junior Consultants). Some mathematicians have applied to the development positions. what i ...
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Can 'relationship building' be a cop out?

Everyone is always telling me that to be successful as a project manager you have to build good relationships with your project teams. I see it all over this forum and am told this by other PMs in my ...
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Handling non-team working, good programmers

Let's say, you have a project and a very good team. The team leader is a very good programmer, with high professional performances, but without any team-playing competencies and with some non-...
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Should I collect all the phones before a meeting?

It's no surprise that when a meeting is in place there are a select few that cannot seem to take their eyes off of their phone. I find that this distracts not only that one person, but it also ...
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How to better balance resources in a cross-functional agile team?

I am the project manager for a team composed of employees who were hired specifically as QA or development prior to agile/scrum being adopted by the organization. Just for background, I came into the ...
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Single person project management "team"

The PMBOK 4th edition, page 73, mentions that, thanks to the develop project charter process, a partnership is born between executor (performing organization) and receiver (requesting organization). ...
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How can a team member moderate a retrospective?

In my organization, we decided to hold retrospectives. To be honest, this was a move facilitated by me, because I felt that we should improve our teamwork after a rise from two members in one office ...
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How to balance Teamwork and Babble?

I have sensed conflict in an organization, which works like this: They want to encourage teamwork and good personal relationships They want discuss work-related personal matters and design decisions ...
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How should a project manager assess probationary employees?

I'm a new project manager, and I have the authority to accept new employees who are still on probation. I'm assigning points to people in the following categories: Attitude Skills Teamwork Is there ...
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How to Politely Refuse Changing Decisions

I just launched a game with a small virtual team of three (plus myself). It was quite successful. We made some decisions like using email as our primary communication medium, and iRC as our primary ...
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How can I organize an on demand Support Team for a customer-facing project?

I want to manage a team which developers themselves now support the software produced. Developers are the only people who know how to fix the problems. The problem is that when something goes wrong ...
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How to resolve conflicts in team work?

Say there are two people working together. Person 1 has more knowledge and skills than person 2. Say person 2 suggests a way to do things. However person 1 sees a better way to do it. Person 1 ...
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What is the main factor that makes your project not meet its goals most of the time? [closed]

What is the most common problem you face regularly and how you can avoid it? I wonder if we, as a community, will agree on the same thing? I ask for some short answers (just in a few words) to ...
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Should a ScrumMaster step into political conversations?

As a SM I try to promote great environement for my team by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. It works well for the work hours, but during lunch time 2 of them always argue against each other on ...
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How to determine team size?

Is there any formula to define team size for small project. I had read fibonacci sequence number formula for rating. So can we apply some logic to define teamsize? I mean we have two subprojects in a ...
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