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 can I manage team distractions like chit-chat?

I work with a team of developers who are talented but often distract each other with chit-chat. They can waste hours of the day with these 20-30 minute, non-project related jam sessions. Since I am PM ...
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How can I get my team to value self-organization and self-improvement?

I'm working as a project leader in a team of 5 developers and myself and taking the role of analyst. Within the company, we've been applying the agile principles for several years. Some of the ...
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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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Partially introduce Scrum into a team

The CEO of our small company (14) asked me to introduce some elements of Scrum into the working process of our development team. Problem is: the piece he would like to see introduced is not really ...
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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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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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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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Involve graphic designer in daily Scrum meetings

As I explained in a previous question, our company is willing to introduce some elements of the Scrum method in our working process. We have a in-house graphic designer, who is attached to the ...
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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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Which KPI should I use to measure performance of software developer?

I would like to measure performance of my developers using KPI (Key Performance Indicators). Which KPI would best help me distinguish between good and "needs improvement" programmers?
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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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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 to make better software developers out of less-than-average ones?

I've asked this before in other places, and I'm now turning to you guys to see what sort of advice you can offer. Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I’m in no way the best ...
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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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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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What are the fundamental differences between a functional manager and a project manager and is it possible to switch between the two?

What are the fundamental differences between a functional manager and a project manager Is it possible to switch from a job as project manager to one as a functional manager? (provided I know about ...
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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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Team productivity vs team size

I am looking for information about how the team size impacts project velocity. Let's assume that I have a small project estimated at 300 hours for single worker. What impact does team size have on ...
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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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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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How to determine the skills of a software developer in a job interview?

I have come to a new challenge in my career that involves handling some job interviews, and I must determine if the applicant really has mastered the skills he/she lists in his/her CV. How do I ...
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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 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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How to Encourage Team Members to use Web Based Collaboration Tools?

I just took a new job at a company with 4 offices and many cross-office teams. The company is very email-heavy and I am a huge advocate of using web based project management/collaboration tools. I ...
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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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Organization structure in startup

I was given the role of managing 5 different teams (iOS, Android, Backend, Firmware and Hardware (electronics)). All these teams consist of no more than 4-5 developers. There is also a QA team (2 ...
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Best way to evaluate software engineers' performance?

What is a good mechanism to evaluate software engineers' performance? We need to have a PAR session every year so would like to know how to proceed and what mechanism is used within the industry. ...
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How to Create a Solid Team (Software Developer)

I'm a young software developer that wants to create a solid team with my friends, does anyone know about how to create a solid team according to your experience?
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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 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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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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