Questions tagged [team-management]

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How to deal with programmer that thinks they are "The next best thing"

I have a colleague who will never accept he made a mistake or that his idea is just wrong. He thinks he is "the next best thing". He is also arrogant in his way of talking to people around him in ...
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How to improve the team-work?

Recently our team was informed that they will be joined to another team. We work in a big system and there are several subsystems that demand specific competencies, currently we have: Team-A --> ...
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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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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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A software development workflow for a company of 2-4 developers?

I work in a research group of an architecture firm that contains around 4-5 developers at any given time. We develop a lot of the in-house architecture software, and our skillsets range from C#, to ...
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New team with little to no management of work and lack of processes

I have been working with my current employer for a little over and 2 and half years now and shortly, I'll be moving away from my current team to a new team within the same department. A few days ago, ...
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How can I get inexperienced team members to meet project deadlines?

Recently, we have hired bunch of people who say they have little experience on technology. When I delegate jobs to them and ask for a timeline, they give unrealistic timelines of around 3-5 months. I ...
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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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Should meeting minutes be captured during Scrums of Scrums?

We hold daily Scrum of Scrums meetings on our project. The participants (i.e. non-technical managers) each manage several smaller projects and provide updates on their projects (from their daily ...
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Can one developer be included to several Development Teams at the same time?

If technical skills of developer are very rare and specific and this developer hasn't full-time employment on one product, can he work with other product inside other Developer Team at the same time? ...
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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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Should development team leaders be line managers?

In a development team with a leader, should this leader be a line manager or is it better to separate the two roles? How much admin/HR should a hands-on leader actually do before it becomes the ...
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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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How should support be provided for existing software?

In our organization, sales people and administrators ask developers for support whenever they experience a problem. How should support time be structured/provided for existing software without ...
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Advice for Scaling a Web Development Agency

We run a niche web development agency and we are struggling with scaling and I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of resources. We build custom WordPress websites for clients with a ...
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How to get a good overview of projects using TFS 2012

My team are just evaluating a move to a more agile process and one of the questions that has arisen is how best to track... Projects (upcoming, in progress, completed) Team capacity I'm hoping to ...
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How would you achieve and maintain a high performing team (of Project Managers)?

I realise this is not strictly a Project Management question, but is very closely aligned to PM practises and people, so I hope it's in scope. I am currently in the process of applying for an internal ...
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How to balance Teamwork and Babble?

I have sensed conflict in an organization, which works like this: They want to encourage teamwork and good personal relationships They want discuss work-related personal matters and design decisions ...
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how to integrate millennials into an existing working environment without firing them and keeping the old employees as well?

My question is related to groups, motivation and millennials - aka generation y. I had a colleague who was a real millennial: he was really driven, he was always looking for new challenges, and was ...
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How can my team reconcile flow and pair-programming?

For those of you who have read Peopleware, you were probably exposed to the concept of flow. Flow is a mental state attained by creativity workers (engineers, writers, programmers, etc.) which is ...
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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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How to avoid mail-chatting and improve the online communication?

I work in parallel with 20 other people on different projects. We can't see each other most of the time so we used to talk with emails (Gmail). We have to discuss about different subjects and ...
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How important are PMI certifications in the beginning of a PM career?

More specifically, should I consider getting the CAPM while completing graduate studies, or just wait out until I have more experience and can get the PMP?
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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 do you keep track of software engineers daily activity?

We are a new software development team in a manufacturing company. Currently, we are using agile methods for our software development. But since we are just a new team, there are times that we could ...
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Should UI/UX designers work directly with the Product Owner?

I am currently a proxy PO, although my main role is as a Scrum Master but I help the PO with grooming the backlog. We are developing a start up product - the PO wants me to manage everyone in the ...
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Who should attend Sprint Replanning?

It is clear that in Sprint Planning the Product Owner has to be present. However, since the Development Team is responsible for current sprint work, does the PO need to attend Replanning? Although the ...
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How to deal with a person with low quality output in the team

I have a person in my team with average experience that always does the task exactly as requested as output but with low quality. I noticed this more than one time on short periods -weeks- and every ...
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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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Are you more efficient leading you project virtually or in person? [closed]

Is physical contact making a difference in efficiency, motivation and profitability?

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