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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Scrum for the DBA?

I really wanted to find out what people out there think about Scrum for a SQL Server Production DBA. I have seen one article (http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/sqlsandwiches/2011/05/29/can-scrum-...
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How can I organize 3 developers to work together with 2 clients?

I started working in a stock broker that hired me and more two developers to build a software to help them. I am the newest member of the development team. My friend, another developer in the team, ...
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Individuals in team keep ignoring my advice

Running a team where I am asking individuals to update/move their JIRA tickets, one keeps saying he will do it but never does. This is becoming very frustrating since I have a lack of visibility of ...
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How do I split a 13 person team

I am a scrum master/agile coach and the team I have been assigned to is too big, 13 people! I have complete authority to change this however I want to formulate a good plan to do this. Can anyone ...
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Different ways of running Retrospectives

I'm about to facilitate another Retrospective with my team. I'd love to hear what different types of Retrospectives you do, to prevent falling into a routine. How do you improve such meetings to keep ...
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Agile and teammates that don't want to share knowledge?

How to get started with Agile if there are some programmer in my team, there only know a specific business domain and don't want to share knowledges with other teammates?
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My manager is a local copy of Dr. House [closed]

How would you deal with your manager if he doesn’t see the company’s cultural problems and tries to convince you to behave passive-aggressive? Let me explain the situation. I’m a software engineer, ...
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How is consensus and accountability achieved in large software development projects?

I'm studying how distributed software is managed (Linux, Wikipedia etc) and am trying to figure out if there is any pattern for consensus and accountability. Ideally I could visualize the inputs and ...
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Small development team with big amount of tasks for different projects - how to?

We are small team of 4 developers who manage 2 large websites + 4-5 small websites + we have a channel for customizations / development service (one time service). With all websites on support we ...
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Identifying and considering the important factors to calculate a persons Capacity for a Sprint?

My team works in a 3 Weeks sprint, and accordingly we calculate the capacity of Team member based on his or her planned holidays and company Vacations. But we cannot deny any unplanned / Sick leaves,...
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How to project manage Multiple Product lines, Crossed linked projects 75 developers, 7-8 product managers in an agile manager

We are a medium sized product org with 700 people out of which about 100 are in tech, 75 developers (leads and arch included), 15-18 QA folks, 7-8 tech product managers. We have some 70 line items in ...
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Team Dynamics Issue

I work in the large Company, where Agile is in its core. Three years ago teams received autonomy to decide on how they work. I have joined the team as a Scrum Master. Engineers in the team don't ...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

I am the IT manager in a company having 30 people in the IT team. There are 3 major teams, each with 7 to 8 people, + few other smaller teams. Different locations, cultures and timezones. Having ...
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Should Scrum be “Optional” for some teams

So there are 8/10 scrum teams in different locations in my company. there are 4/5 Scrum masters facilitating these teams. One team in particular wishes to have no scrum master & ideally be left ...
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How to deal with bad attitude in a scrum team?

I'm the Scrum Master of a 7-person team. I've proposed and leaded Scrum implementation with open management support. One of the reasons for proposing Scrum, was also to address the attitude of the &...
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Advice for a Non-Technical Newbie Scrum Master

I have recently joined a fantastic company which prides itself on its Agile philosophy and work ethic. I am a VERY junior Project Manager, and the more I learn about Scrum and Agile, the more I want ...
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How to convince others to change project management process

I'm a statistical modeler at a large bank in a highly regulated area. I work in a team of about twelve people divvied up between three managers. Right all of our statistical models are developed ...
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Should I assign Belbin roles explicitly?

Recently I've got familiar with the Belbin Roles concept. It seemed to be weird that I should let people be aware of their roles, or even about my expectations, because the Belbin roles are rather ...
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How can I make my team to be self-organized?

My team is accustomed to receive tasks by a product owner and execute them. Now in my company, we want them to define tasks from user stories, so they can decide what they will do in the sprint. Is ...
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How can I improve the team efficiency [closed]

I am 20 years old and together with my friend have been working on side projects since 4 years ago. This summer we finished high school and thought of taking things more seriously. We took a worker ...
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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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Define who will work on each project

Next month we will start 3 parallel projects and we hired 10 new employees to help us. For each project, I already have a Leader but they started to fight to get the best new employees for their ...
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Strictly as PMs, how do you restore a broken relationship?

Going back to our day to day work, sometimes, we have to be direct. During those times, and during times of high stress (due to deadlines or other family reasons), people become more sensitive. What ...
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What are the responsibilities of a project manager in a DevOps project?

How can a project manager foster greater accountability between empowered DevOps personnel and empowered developers in an Agile environment? I work in an environment where both developers and DevOps ...
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Is software development becoming some sort of anarchic system around the world?

In the last 10 years with the spread of Agile, I've seen developers taking more and more responsibility in the make of the software. Usually the implementation decisions are a team job and not anymore ...
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Distributed Risk Register and Facilitation of Risk-Based / -Aware Thinking

Over here, it was aksed how to overcome reticence to use RAID logs (with A referring to actions, not assumptions). The general approach, already suggested by the OP, would be to rid the (in this case ...
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Is there an optimal ratio for talented vs average people in a team?

Initially, it sounds best to have only talented (in their specific professional domains) people at hand. But then there's the fact that talented people want creative, non-routine work. Unless they ...
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How to suggest project improvements in a rigid / narrow-minded environment?

Briefing: I'm a new employee at a small company that has a lot of talent but seems to have gotten by with ad-hoc processes simply because they've had mostly small projects and repeat customers who ...
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What methods are there to figure out how adding people to the project will reduce the amount of time needed?

I've been asked to estimate how long it will take for a big project to get done, and I was able to break it up into small tasks and come up with an estimate for one person do it. However, I'm now ...
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Why can't the ScrumMaster and the project manager be the same person?

How a ScrumMaster does compare to a traditional project manager, and can either role coincide with the role of product manager or project sponsor / project owner?
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How to encourage team members to contribute to an open, yet respectful, team environment?

recently, I asked how to deal with PMs weaknesses from a team members point of view: Is it the team members responsibility to correct PMs weaknesses? (or at least in his own interest) I sense a wide ...
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How to manage PMO?

We have a PMO of three project managers. Is there a book, a course, a blog or anything like that on the topic of managing project managers? I tried Quora earlier, and the main line of the answers ...
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Is it good to ask for a meetting from a team lead?

I am new to project management and I don't know much about how to act in certain situations. If I was expecting my team lead to call a meeting but he/she did not call and one day has already been ...
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How can we adopt Kanban to our workflow?

I'm working in a creative agency, with 8 people sharing the same physical space. Some of us travel often, and we are loosely organized in the following departments: RnD, Design, Social, and ...
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setting ITIL as a common framework for multiple IT teams around the world

My manager and I have been tasked to manage/incentize multiple IT teams in different geographical regions (with multiple time zones and different cultural understanding). The teams are not ...
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How to efficiently manage a Scrum team when one member is much less productive?

Currently we have a team of 2 developers in a Scrum team, one is quick, the other is slow. When the slow developer falls behind in his sprint, the quick developer does some of the remaining work. The ...
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Is having multiple roles (Tech leader + Programmer + Scrum Master) against Scrum / Agile methodology guidelines?

I am the co-founder of a software startup (reporting software with a lot of statistics and mathematics). There is a CEO and a "project manager" (actually a sales person with no experience in software ...
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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

Project management theorists discuss the importance of the RAID log (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies). I have found in software development there is commonly the Issues log (which is ...
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What is the best industry standard report for Code quality control and measurement over time?

I was asked to research "What is the best industry standard report for Code quality control and measurement over time?". Our QA team provides weekly reports on Regression and New bugs found. I need to ...
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Can an inexperienced person be a project manager?

What is the value of experience in a role of a Project Manager (Technical Manager). The problems I am facing is: During assigning tasks I do not know about dependencies. I have to rely on what my ...
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Unusual management style?: Using team meetings to critically evaluate team members' performance

I recently started my first industry job as a member of a small team of data scientists at a large corporation. In daily team meetings, each team member sets a goal for the day, and if they did not ...
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Managing multiple agile projects in a small software house

Background I'm a junior project manager in a small software house with not much experience on our market. My aim is to organise work teams work in most efficient way, work out sustainable processes, ...
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Qualities of a Team Lead

May I know some points to keep in mind while playing as a Team Lead in a Software Company? What should make me a good leader from the point of Technology, Management skills, Personal behavior etc
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Why do Agile practice not exist in scientific research projects and organizations?

This has already been asked (How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?), but the thread is from 2011, so I thought I'd poke for an update. Does anyone know of a good ...
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Inter-Team Dynamics - Is it worth planning / optimizing for?

In my organization I realize that at times there are teams that work better in certain combinations of devs (IE: John + Travis have a better dynamic than Dennis + Travis so they result in a faster ...
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How can I improve my product manager skills in a senior-developer environment?

I´m working as a product manager in a young startup. I'm really junior as I am currently in a working semester, pausing my studies (business major). In my role, I am managing the development of our ...
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Stories for new team members?

How are new team members in a Scrum team most appropriately handled? If they can't directly work on customer driven stories, how are they involved in Scrum's story-centric process? Are they assigned ...
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Assigning features to teams rather than assigning front-end or back-end work?

The system that i work on has a front-end and a back-end. At the moment, my team is working on the UI tasks and other team is working on the back-end tasks. There is also another team which handles ...
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What's the difference between a Team Lead and a Team Manager?

Full disclosure: I am not a project manager. However, no other group on stack exchange seemed more likely to be able to comment constructively. In the company where I am about to begin work, each ...
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How to manage employees leaving the company?

Some time ago, the company had to downsize due to difficulties, now things are going better, but employees are still leaving the company. There is no budget to increase the salary or benefits right ...

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