Questions tagged [team-management]

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What is the most appropriate agile framework for teams of independent freelancers?

I'm thinking of building a virtual team of freelancers trough oDesk or alike. My project needs few (2-3) php developers, a c++ developer or two and a project manager. I'm wondering what agile team ...
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How to choose, motivate & develop a newbie programmer?

Imagine that you need to hire new programmer, however you are 100% sure that there are not experienced (what you need) developers on the local market and you need to work with newbies. A couple of ...
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How should I handle an argumentative team member?

I have a developer on my team who is otherwise very productive but is getting more and more argumentative and disrespectful to the team and to the project managers. For some reason (possibly ...
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How much do you value training in a company especially IT Business

I have been having this question for quite sometime: How much do companies need or should value training, especially in an IT Company. Should there be training for everything? How does everyone feel ...
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Justifying a Project Manager

I work at a small company our development team is just me and a jr. developer. We just hired another intern. I'm having a hard time justifying to my boss that we need a project manager. What are ...
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Responsibility without authority

Project Managers almost never have a direct reporting relationship with the team members assigned to their project, but remain accountable for the project outcome. What are some effective ways of ...
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Avoiding Parkinson's Law

I'm managing an large project where most of the work is done through a subcontractor. We worked collaboratively to come up with a project plan and schedule, building in contingency reserves for tasks ...
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How should design changes be communicated in a waterfall/agile hybrid project during the implementation phase?

Several developers and I were recently added to a waterfall project. We were told that the project was almost done but needed a few extra coders to help finish it up (that's the first mistake). We ...
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Remote start up company software development

I'm handling a team of 6 2 Software Engineers 1 Software Architect 2 Creative Artists 1 System Administrator for a remote start up company, what could be the best project management and software ...
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Should tasks be given as orders?

Consider an example. An iteration plan is created by a project manager. It contains, say, 50 tasks for designers, programmers, testers. The tasks depend on each other (network diagram is ready). The ...
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How “pushy” should a PM be?

Most PMs are driven by results, and that is probably a good thing, most of the time. However, I have a colleague who has become utterly focused on delivery, and won't accept any answer that she doesn'...
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Should a Project Manager give new team members a document that defines the project?

I have recently joined an existing large, complex project to deliver some specific outputs. The only information that the PM gave me related directly to the part of the project that I am responsible ...
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Effort vs (Size, Productivity, Duration)

Well, this metric is causing some troubles in my head. As far as I understood, its magnitude is: man/hour. So for example, if in a project I put two employees working, the effort would be: 2 man/hour....
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How does specialization fit into Scrum?

One of the rules of the Scrum states the team should self organize and be in control of the technical part of the project. It is rather easy when Product Owners are delivering tasks which every member ...
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Help me deal with a consultant that will not admit there is a problem

In the past, I have failed by not seeing problems as they occur - only seeing them after the fact. For example, I would take a status update at its face value, not realizing that the project was ...
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How to get burned out team back engaged again?

You get the project and development team which is assigned to it recently finished one of those hard-core projects, where everyone is working overtime for long months just to end up being completely ...
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Management by Walking Around (with a remote team)

Management by Walking Around (or Wandering About) is an extraordinarily effective (yet simple) way to keep your finger on the pulse of your team, to build relationships, and hear about problems and ...
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What are good ways to structure a group that has both a product development team and a professional services team

I am the development manager for a small software company. My team focuses on developing our product, and we have some partner companies that do the "professional services" work for our product: ...
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Ideas for setting up task/project management for small team..

Currently I work on a small team of 3 developers in a privately owned college with about 12,000 students. There is currently no tracking of projects, tasks, bugs, or other work items. After I ...
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How important are Myers-Briggs personality evaluations as a project management tool?

As projects involve people with many different personalities (trying to) work together as a team, it it worth the time and effort to have the team participate in a Myers-Briggs personality inventory? ...
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When is it appropriate to name names?

As the answers on this forum have re-iterated over and over, frequent transparent communication is critical, and stakeholders should be made aware of risks and problems early and often. As such, when ...
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Project manager's responsibilities?

What specifically is all the "stuff" a PM is actually responsible for?
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How to manage a project with no existing structure?

I have been asked to takeover managing a project that has no structure in place; the only documentation is the initial brief, contract and a broad schedule including a product layout. The owner of the ...
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How to deal with difficult people?

One of my colleagues constantly faces the following problem: We have a team consisting of programmers that are always working on one project or the other. Now there are times when we have to work ...
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Strategies for Managing vs. Completing Tasks as a Project Manager [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a PM also be a resource on the project? Why? When you're a project manager, you tend to spend (at least with larger projects) the vast majority of your time on project ...
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When a PM goes on holiday, what can they expect when they get back to convince that the project has not suffered?

Partway through a project and a significant holiday kicks in for the PM. What should the PM take their temporary replacement through before they go - and what should they expect to be handed back ...
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Good reasons to jump from PM to Manager?

What are good reasons to jump from the PM to the Manager seat?
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Team focus during corporate restructuring

How would you manage/lead a project team during a reorganisation of the company. The project itself has nothing to do with the reorg, but the people are affected: some change departments, some are ...
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Perf.A(task X) >> Perf.B(task X), and Perf.A(task Y) > Perf.B(task Y) - whom do you assign?

Ok, admittedly, that title is quite cryptic, but couldn't imagine any better short explanation. What I mean is the following: The (expected) performance / qualification of employee A is MUCH higher ...
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How to protect a team member from management?

A member of my team has had a terrible experience with other senior managers on one project. He used to work for them. While he worked for them he was misled on delivery dates, requirements and ...
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What is the Procedure for Handling a Team Where Two Members Might be Dating?

Some companies have policies where people may date but that the two individuals can't be working in the same department or be in a supervisor/subordinate relationship. But with projects, you often ...
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How to manage hard feelings among distinct teams? (Integration of data)

My company has recently acquired another small company. Now, my company has a ERP system that we are using it presently. Also, the acquired company has an ERP system of its own. Now I have been ...
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How do you allocate people to very small projects?

I've seen many organisations where project managers would reason like this: We specialise in very small projects. Since a very small project needs a very small team, I should allocate one ...

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