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How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

I've managed a few projects over the last few years, and one of the biggest challenges I face is avoiding becoming a micro-manager. I worked with a team once where I worked with a group of software ...
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

Consider a software project involving a bunch of developers of mixed experience. The PM has the delivery responsibility for the project, but undertakes this through the team members. When the ...
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Do technical leaders compete with project managers?

Technical leaders in our projects are competing with project managers. Or in more general aspect, is it a problem if someone with greater domain specific knowledge tends to dominate in project or ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

A number of stakeholders do not quite understand the necessity of dealing with technical debt preferring new features on top of not very maintainable code. Development is sometimes seen as kids who ...
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What role should a technical architect play in Project Management?

I've recently been given the role of Technical Architect in my organization (I will also be project managing some projects and developing if the 10-12 senior developers are all too busy). I'm ...
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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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Solution to scary programming/project management situation?

I'm a newbie programmer in a troubling situation and wondered if anyone knew best practices for dealing with this type of project management problem. After a rough job-search, I finally found a ...
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How should I get work from someone who "Talks a good game" but won't deliver?

Background: I worked for an organisation that delivered services to a number of public sector clients, geographically dispersed. A series of security-related changes were required to allow one such ...
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What to do with work not on the board?

TL;DR: At some point, someone on the team will have work which can justifiably not go on the board. How is this handled in a sprint team when it is a long running thing? Our team's technical leader ...
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...
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How much independence should project managers have?

As each software project has its team who work on it, this team is considered somehow a "separate body" within the company. Team members have their assignments, their vision and expectations from the ...
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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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How do you handle a tech lead that takes over PO/PM role? (Unwanted)

Situation: mobile team working with Scrumban on an app. Other products developed in the company. The lead (who works on more teams), redistributed resources in the team without informing any of the ...
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How to transition from programmer to project manager?

I'm a programmer at a small company who's used to receiving projects by someone saying in a meeting: "make an e-commerce website," and then I'll just take it upon myself to do it. The only ...
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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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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

As a Tech Lead within a "Scrum" team, I am annoying regarding some laid rules. It is established that only Product Owner, Business Analyst and Scrum Master (and eventually Product Manager) take part ...
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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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How often should a development team review code quality metrics so that we keep reasonable control over technical debt and code quality

Is there any recommended practice for how frequently code quality metrics should be reviewed by the team? I'm not sure how often should we be conducting a review of code quality metrics to look for ...
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How to make the Product Owner realize that he doesn't put focus on the right customer at all?

I'm Technical Leader for a software project dedicated to manage the "VIP people"-yearOfWork of a big company. Basically, to make it simple for this post, the project is a mix of a social network (...
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How to assess technical knowledge of the team?

Say, I am given a list of 5 developers, and I have to choose 3 of them for my project. What will be the best way to do so? Currently, I just give them a basic module from the current project and ...
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Should managers be involved in decisions about what technical practices the team adopts?

With the popularity of agile methodologies on the rise it comes the time to make decisions about what it means to be done with a given feature/task. Should the managers be involved in the decisions ...
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How to deal as PM for a technical-only refactoring project

Our company has accepted to do a full-scale refactoring of our core IT product and I'm supposed to act as PM for this project. First some background info: The project is 5-6 years old, build as a ...
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Should our Tech Manager or Product Manager be the Project Manager?

We have one technology manager and three product managers. As our small startup grows from 4 people to almost 100 I had assumed that our new product managers would also be 'project managers.' (The ...
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What is the most technically challenging project you have worked on as a non-technical project manager?

I've worked in the high tech/software development industry for a while, but I struggle to form an answer to this interview question. The interview question intends to learn how I contributed ...
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Characteristics of a real project manager [closed]

Currently working on my PMP certification, I was wondering what must be the right characteristics that will define a real project manager, i will define this characteristics: Leadership, command ...
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

Pardon me if this question seems kind of newbie question or not appropriate. But as a new Technical Lead i'm a bit confused about is my DB schema is perfect. Working with a small team of 3 to 4 ...
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What is needed to become a robotic team/startup leader?

Let's consider we want to create a complete robot like Nao(or even ASIMO), that has intelligence(machine vision, speech recognition), and robust electronics/mechanics parts. And we know each of these ...
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Team managemnet to get something streamlined

I am unofficially given an opportunity to lead a very strong technical team. We work in 24*7 Shifts there we have shift handover happening 2wice a day. Currently we are just preparing a set of table ...
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What is the essence of project management? [closed]

I'm about to enter a role as project manager. I have attended a lot of projects with quite a span of aspects, constraints, contents, parties and whatever and also had some technical leadership tasks ...
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How to measure the amount of existing technical debt, to track the progress? [closed]

It must be a tough question but I still hope to get some insight.
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