Questions tagged [team-management]

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Using Retrospectives to Influence Process

I've been encouraging my current team to adopt process and workflow changes to be more agile. We have our first retrospective coming up and I'm looking for some advice on how to conduct the ...
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Developers can't see what they're doing wrong

I am a tech project manager, and I recently moved to America after 13 years in Europe where I worked as a software engineer. I worked for important customers and developed in any sort of environment. ...
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Splitting a developer “team” based on products

We have a full-time developer team that consists of 3 Backend developers, 2 Mobile developers, 2 Frontend Developers, and 1 QA. Let me give them simple code-names: B1, B2, B3, M1, M2, F1, F2, QA. Each ...
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How to visualize communication work?

I have a QA team report directly to me, their day to day tasks are: Correct the new specifications together with tech leads/PM Write test plan Discuss with teammates during implementation phases ...
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Agile: Work on PBI Stories By Backlog Priority

We are working on an Agile Scrum team. They mention it is good practice to work on PBI tasks first by Sprint Backlog Priority in code development. Sometimes, When some of the first Priority stories ...
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Which is better: large feature branches or merging frequently? Which is better small work items vs large work items?

My team has problems pushing work items through all the stages in the Kanban board to done. The work items hit code review and pile up and stay there for a long time. The following stage (the QA stage)...
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How to asses possibly lacking individual performance as a new manager?

I started at a new company two months ago, for the first time in a management position. And it's a difficult situation. I have a (software development) team member who has a history of bad performance ...
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How to ensure good engineering management of projects involving specialized front-end and back-end teams?

Our project is a single-page app powered by a REST API on the back-end serving JSON, nothing new or unusual about that. We have specialized front-end and back-end developers that are handling ...
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Does such physical-whiteboard-per-team management process exist in the literature?

Does the following sound similar to some established (now or in the past) practice? One big whiteboard per team. Tasks are written down in a single short sentence(e.g. "refactor Frubnicator" ...
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Team managemnet to get something streamlined

I am unofficially given an opportunity to lead a very strong technical team. We work in 24*7 Shifts there we have shift handover happening 2wice a day. Currently we are just preparing a set of table ...
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Developer keeps underestimating tasks time

This is one of my first projects in charge, and I am leading a team of 2 dev, a senior and a mid-level one. The mid-level developer is underestimating his time on most tasks. He is telling me that ...
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Is it a good idea to share source code between team?

I have a strategy to split the development teams into feature team, To make each team isolate and full-stack. Each team may have 1-5 people and may switch after that feature is done. This is a single ...
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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 can we simulate hard deadline?

We're working on an ongoing project. We have internal deadlines like sprint but it's not a hard deadline. Nothing will happen if we don't reach the internal goals. The team is starting to get used to ...
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Problems with a decision on layoffs

Being a mid-level manager, I was told by my supervisor that a drastic staff reduction in the company is due in a couple of months. Most of my subordinates will be laid off. He specifically told me not ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

I'm a technical lead employed by in an agile IT organization where most teams observe Scrum. I'm 2 weeks into a task of building a proof-of-concept of a service that is fairly sizable and complex (...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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How do I stop constantly having to ask my manager for permission?

Context I work in a small company where I build websites. There are two owners. One is responsible for designing the websites and other things. The other one is my direct manager and does all the ...
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PM's monthly report includes the stats of the work hours, bug fix per developer

We are a cross functional product development teams that does monthly release. There are 3 teams work together: my team works on web-development, team B works on embedded system and team C bridges us ...
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Hired a mid level consultant who is producing junior level work. We're 2 weeks in. Should I recommend letting her go or giving her time to ramp up?

Things to consider: She's getting paid at a level that implies that she is a very experienced mid level consultant She doesn't ask questions, even though I very clearly make it known that I'm ...
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How can a small team of devs maintain many products at the same time?

I work as a software engineer in a team of 5 devs that develop and maintain 4 different projects I'm mainly responsible for 2 products: a "trashware" product, and some part of a legacy ...
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How to organize huge amount of tasks in a mult-project environment?

I work in a consulting/agency and am currently the only developer and deep-technical person there. Therefore I am currently assignt to 6-7 projects in which I have different roles from developer to ...
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Trello/TeamGantt Combination [closed]

So I've been looking for something pretty particular when it comes to my project. Long story short is that it is a huge project with a multitude of systems that I want to track, of which each has ...
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How to build management skills to get an according position somewhen? [closed]

Recently, as I'm looking for other (more) interesting jobs, I noticed that many of them require at least a bit of experience in project management and sometimes even in leadership. My question is ...
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Different Resource Available Hours

I am trying to calculate resource utilization with resources spread across Europe and America. The daily availability of resources in Europe would be 7 hours and USA resource availability would be 8 ...
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Missing deadlines, doesn't reach out to get help with the project [closed]

How to handle an employee who is always missing deadlines, doesn't follow up, update or reach out to the manager or others to complete the project.
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My team has grown to be 16+ people, how can I better structure it?

I am the Product Owner for a team which is now 16 people. We've grown a lot over the past month from 12. The tasks on the team range from pure software development, to integration, to analysis. We ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

I am a Scrum Master for a small team (8 devs). I have been having trouble getting engagement from many of the team members, especially the junior team members. My boss missed two retrospectives ...
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Team velocity declined after legacy declaration

I am the manager and I am struggling with a declined velocity. I have tried to discuss with the team what is going on, and they say they got better at story point estimation. But I suspect they are ...
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How to efficiently manage large project where each team may be doing independent work?

I’m going to be managing a very large project across many teams; I anticipate close to 20. For smaller projects, I typically schedule weekly (or some regular cadence) meetings where a representative ...
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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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Will my team be more productive if they are split?

My organisation asked whether my team would be more productive if we split the team into 2 teams in some way. How can I begin to answer this question? We have 4 devs, a ba, qa, 2 x po’s, a ...
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How to manage a failed sub team inside a scrum team

Our scrum squad consist with three teams (Back-End, Front-End, QA). Each team expertised in their own set of technological stack and of their own code bases (repositories). I'm aware that cohesive ...
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Splitting dev team to allow for parallel processes

A little background: We are a team that consists of 7-8 people and is a fast growing startup. Currently, everyone is on the same team with the common morning meeting, retros etc. Morning meetings ...
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Ideas to solve separation of concerns when creating software engineer teams if the project is monorepo

as the title tells, I work in a company that uses monorepo for the whole projects. Currently there are different teams that are using the monorepo, so everybody can see and change anything based on ...
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Single Jira project for multiple Scrum teams

We're going to develop a Java web application (frontend + backend's microservices) using several Scrum development teams. One team is resposible for the core product modules (microservices). Some ...
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Jira Ticket best practices

I've been with two very different companies that both use JIRA Tickets to track work done. The first was corporate company with some high standards when it comes to defining Tickets in Jira, the ...
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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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How to use Git in our startup? [closed]

If we are about 5 developers working on web/mobile applications on our laptops in our office, how can we use Git to do a team work? Is it a good idea to use private repositories on Github or ...
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How to break jobs down into subtasks in projects (i.e. an Angular-Node.JS application)?

I am a new learner in web application field using Angular and Node.JS technologies. I watched some courses on Coursera for months and could create a Not-Bad web application for myself, but want I wish ...
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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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One person on multiple teams in agile

I am looking into ways to implement an agile framework in an academic context. In this context it is not possible to come up with a situation where a team has all necessary roles needed to ship a ...
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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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Employee hierarchy of a 20-people workshop

There is a 20-people workshop producing MDF kitchen cabinets and other home decorations. Employees can be grouped as: Sales people Workshop floor workers Installation workers One person who is owner ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

Background: I work in a company that has a bad culture: everybody has been treated the same: The same salary, no rewards for high achievers, and no punishment for bad employees, including people who ...
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Scrum / Nexus - Scrum of Scrums and Daily Nexus Scrum - Clarifications [closed]

How you guys resolving problem that during SOS/DNS devs making dial in and clarifying things with Product Owner? What can rootcause of this? - Bad grooming? I think this is bad practice
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Safe spaces in scrum retrospectives

Background: The development manager (my boss) and the scrum master like to introduce changes. My approach to changes is to ask why we need the change, explain why I think it is not useful (if it ...
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How can I resolve conflict with a seasoned developer?

I am quite new to project management, with less than two years of experience. I am assigned to the a project. A seasoned developer is challenging my authority and expertise this way: I've been ...
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Tardiness to Sprint events

Our scrum events rarely start on time because members show up late. There are no reasons given for the tardiness. This wastes the time of the other members who are on time! We have discussed this in ...

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