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Questions tagged [team-management]

This tag is for all questions related to leading and managing project teams and project team members either directly or indirectly.

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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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Issues with team, management and clients to run a proper scrum team

Problem: I am a scrum master ad I've started working with a new team 3 sprints ago. When I started I was warned about the team because they: Has never completed a sprint Politics within the team ...
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Agile, Lean, Patterns: Whats Next? [closed]

I myself am now in IT for 20 years, and have used various planning and project frameworks. All, really, all had advantages and disadvantages. Scrum, as everyone knows, does not just have its ...
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Management of an infrastructure team

My team is responsible for a specific type of database infrastructure in our large organization. The team's work can be roughly divided into three categories: Internal projects This is work aimed ...
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Work agile with a very small team

I'm working on a software development project on a team with only two persons and it's not an option to consider hiring more people. This appears to be a case where one has to respond to change over ...
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

I work as a Software developer, but now I am moving to a manager role and I had the following exercise on a course I took to improve my management skills: To solve a code challenge from a manager ...
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What can I do when I can't adjust scope, resources, or schedule and a team member wants a raise?

After almost 20y programming and 5y managing I have arrived at a state to be so confused with the basics that I need help from outside! At the project management we have 3 pillars: Scope: features ...
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How to manage a multidisciplinary project/company?

For example... someone who is a computer engineer and his expertise is machine vision or voice recognition or totally machine learning (ML) fields. But we know a robot has electrical parts and ...
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How to handle project that (I think) not using any framework or has unclear workflow?

Let me describe what's in the project, The people involved in this project is: Company owner Project owner Consultant 4 software engineers I'm one of the software engineers there. The ...
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Reflecting external dependencies

We use ServiceNow story boards and one element of this tool is that it provides little coloured dots for representing attributes of stories or spikes. These dots are very limited in number, but our ...
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Enterprise Mobile-first multi-team-product organization

I am the mobile product owner (PO) at a firm with a dozen or so scrum teams each managing their own web products. My team builds mobile versions of the above web products. I work with each product ...
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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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how to manage two teams with different views on a problem

I have a scrum team that consists of client developers and my company’s developers to form a team of 8. I’ve noticed a lot of friction/arguments between team members on what is the best way to solve a ...
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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 deal with a team that fails to complete a task?

I had been in a situation where details about the task and the target to be followed have been explained to the team. However, in spite of multiple follow-ups, they fail to complete the defined tasks ...
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Development solution rushed prior to agreement on requirements - is this a healthy project management?

I've been working for 4 years in IT field (as Developer and QA Lead) and I've just joined this company on Sept 2018 as System Analyst. Here are some background of the company and the project we are ...
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Do companies normally develop projects solely through reverse engineering?

I currently work in the IT dept of a small company. Our team consists of 5-7 people. We do not have business analysts & our projects are all reverse engineered & started without requirements. ...
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What should a UI designer know and how to deliver this knowledge to him?

I manage a few development teams at the moment. Each team develops different projects for different clients. Right now I'm trying to let team leads work with clients directly without me, but the ...
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Optimal seating arrangements for scrum team [closed]

What is the optimal seating arrangement for a scrum/agile/kanban team other than next to each other. I have a bank of 4 desks face to face another 4 desks and have the opportunity to move the team ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

I've recently been assigned project manager of a project which requires moderate-high degree of technical skills in machine learning that are above my level. Originally a programmer, I have previously ...
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Requirement conflict b/w Product and Engineering team?

Product team is the team which owns the requirement. They write the Functional requirements. Based on which, the engineering team makes the low level design. But down the line during development, ...
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I need project management experience to get into a project management role but no one will hire me. Can anyone help? [closed]

Good Afternoon All, My name is Edriss and I have acquired my certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley on July 2017. I have been looking around the web to find an entry level role in project ...
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What is the difference between Business/Management Consultant and Project Manager?

I met a business/management consultant 2 months ago working in one of the top business consulting firms. He explained to us that he, as a Business Consultant, can successfully manage projects more ...
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How to choose responsible for implementing decision in self-organizing team?

I'm trying to move closer to self-organization in my team. And we have no problem making decisions on our meetings -- we have good agreement on the decisions. But then we have problem with assigning ...
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How to spot low/high performers within team

We are team of 3 people. We are adapting scrum methodologies. Everything is based on kanban (trello) where we do daily, retrospectives and sprint planning (the tasks being forecasted by working ...
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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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Good approach to group different project stories in same sprints

Would you consider is it good approach to group different user stories from different projects into one sprint? Have you ever detected pros/cons? Let's say 1. Project A (Start 2017-01-05 Estimate ...
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Scrum Master being made to manage

I am a scrum master for a team of 6 developers and testers. There is also a product owner. Management wants me to do certain things which a traditional manager would do eg. get the team to complete ...
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Tracking resource allocation across multiple projects - GitHub?

I have an agile development team of 20-25, and we use GitHub (Enterprise) for repo, backlog etc and ZenHub for enhanced Kanban boards. I would like all members to be able to easily set their ...
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How to build up a Gantt chart?

I am a newbie to Project Management and I was not able, not yet at least, to attend a proper course and get a certification. Let's say I am learning on the "field". I am facing the managing of an EU ...
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Finding a to-do app to track a particular set of daily tasks given to the team [closed]

We are a small team of developers. We have created a product in text messaging field. Now we have hired few guys for increasing seo of our product website. We have created a list of tasks (...
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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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Team members profile

I want to identify team members' weak and strong points, in order to work on the team's (and individuals') signature. Are there known techniques for building team members' profiles (maybe similar to ...
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How should I control a programming project's progress?

We have a startup and it is our first experience. We want to create a mobile application and its website implementation. We have 3 main parts: Mobile application Website application A server that ...
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Should we encourage a team member adding a feature on his own?

Recently I had a colleague that implemented a feature without being in the plan or discussed in detail but on his own time during the weekend. The feature was discussed briefly, it is a technical ...
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How to be an honest and good project coordinator in a corrupt and dishonest work environment?

The project I am working on is given by the government organization to two private companies (A1 and A2) through a bidding process. The government is their client and the companies are vendors. I am ...
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Modelling a virtual team who is part of different products

I am managing a team which is delivering product A. There are other teams who are respectively delivering product B and C, managed by different managers. Each team has a mix of technology skills - ...
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Dev team's role in configuring Jira

Let me start by explaining the big, unfixable problem here: A new Technology Director has been brought in above my team, and he insists on deciding how Jira is configured, affecting people who don't ...
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How to deal with customer (dis)satisfaction and formal agreements amidst large rotation in small teams?

Working in outsourcing model I wonder what are your experiences with fluctuation on vendor's team level. Assuming smaller teams (up to 20 people) when team rotation on vendor's side reaches e.g. 30% ...
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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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How would company management work as a set of products?

Background: A small tech company has just grown from a flat startup team of 8 developers with no real structure to ca. 40 people (roughly 20 devs + 20 various business and management positions), who ...
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Actions to improve Scrum Restrospective

Which actions could be done in the Retros (- or, how could I guide the Retro) to turn the ceremony more attractive to the Dev Team? Lately we've been just collecting what should be improved + what ...
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Project team is on Sprint 2, and no features/user stories have been done

We kick started an Agile development team with a Sprint 0, that had some architectural runway tasks in it (like setting up the environment, etc.). We planned a Sprint 1 with 2-3 user stories (there ...
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How to manage large-scale research projects in a research center and measure performance?

I work at a research center that is now going through changes in its administration. The new board of directors calls for a more aggressive and more practical approach to project management and ...
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Scrum for (kind of) Application Support team?

I have recently joined a company and to one of the projects that I'm engaged we have this Scrum team that has a mixed backlog (USs and Bugs). This team's goal is to be fixing urgent bugs and when ...
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How can a small web team maximize efficient use of time and prevent redoing work

I'm a member of a small team that does custom websites for pretty much anything. We have the work split into 3 categories, back end and database, JavaScript functionality, and front end design. ...
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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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Scrum: How should developer promotions be handled in a scrum team?

We have a scrum team. The developers demand clear guidelines for promotions. AFAIK, there's nothing like defined developer roles for a scrum team but people feel: People who contribute more should be ...
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Delegating Work and Dealing with Poor Results?

One of my weaknesses as a PM is not being able to delegate and manage work assigned to others. What are ways you can tackle this? Granted I have high expectations of others, but sometimes they just ...
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Value and dynamics of the full stack developer role [closed]

The Google trends shows well that that "fullstack developer" trend has evolved over some time, now it has slowed down a little bit. Why would you hire a full stack developer?