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Questions tagged [tools]

This tag is for questions about the USAGE or IMPLEMENTATION of materials or practices used by project managers to support their work-flow. As a superset tag, the "tools" tag should not be used when there's another, more-specific tag available. This tag should not be used for software recommendations,...

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Is it possible to display Estimation Points for lanes in Active Sprint in JIRA?

in the attachment you can see JIRA, an active Scrum Board. I've a very simple question, is it possible to have on top of the lane a number representing the Estimated Points that are the sum of that ...
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In Jira-Domo integration, issues with more than 1 sprint show as closed in the first sprint

We set up DOMO to pull from our Jira issues. We noticed that the Velocity charts were not matching up. We realized that for issues that are rolled into more than one sprint - if they weren't complete ...
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What is the best way to manage dynamic sub-projects?

Management of the (non-technical, with team members based in different locations) project I'm currently working on has a huge issue - it is extremely dynamic, with a static team-size. At any given ...
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What Jira role is required so as to have access to Jira import

I am a novice Jira user, part of a pilot project where none of us have notable experience. We are using hosted Jira. The site administrator has made me administrator of a couple of projects. Now I'd ...
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Can scrum teams using JIRA work alongside a PMO using a tool called Workfront?

Apologies if this sounds like an agonising 'which tool' question. It is not meant to be. I have a client who has a global license for a tool called Workfront. They are setting up a new PMO to run ...
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Are Tasks and updating remaining hours for Tasks essential for Scrum

I ask because we are looking at Pivotal Tracker, which I believe is a very popular tool for management of Scrum projects, and: There is no ability to add estimates for Tasks They don't seem to have a ...
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How to choose project management applications? [closed]

How to choose project management applications? Is it the license, is it ergonomics, wealth of features, .etc?
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How to display ES, LS, EF, LF in numbers using MS Project, Network Diagram?

For Network Diagram, MS Project has the following fields in date format: Early Start ES. Early Finish EF. Late Start LS. Late Finish LF Although, How can I display them in Network Diagram in numbers?...
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How to archive source code used for prototyping

In a current project a lot of prototyping happens. This produces a lot of source code which I like to remove. At the same time I would like to be able to access this code at a later date, For ...
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On JIRA, how can I restrict a specific status of my workflow to hold only one issue per time?

On JIRA, how can I restrict a specific status of my workflow to hold only one issue per time? Because we're automating all our workflow, I want to have a specific status (ACCEPTANCE) that only ...
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JIRA: How to show Epics with the status “In Progress” in the Kanban board?

When using the KANBAN board on JIRA, and I change the status of an EPIC to IN PROGRESS (either changing the status through the status field or moving the card to the "IN PROGRESS" column), the ...
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On JIRA, can I have a column in my agile board based on a filter and not (only) on a status?

I want to create a board with different columns, but all of them have the same status, but belong to different "teams". So I'd like to have a column for each team. Is it possible to create a column ...
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How to shift to the semi-automatic estimation of the projects?

I am working at a custom software development company. The number of incoming custom projects has increased over the last few years. The first problem is that not all customers are willing to pay us ...
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Digital Sprint management with regards to ISO compliance

The Question: What are the distinct advantages and/or disadvantages of a Digital (excel or dedicated PM software) approach to Sprint management as it relates to documenting the development process ...
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Use cases for offline board

We as a team were using Offline Board to hold our tickets from tracking system (Jira in our case) for quite some time. Now we are finding that the tickets on the board do not work very well, but the ...
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Engaging remote team members in sprint planning

Here is the problem: We have remote team members. Most of us are in Western Washington but a few are located in Texas and we lose participation from members of the team because we're doing everything ...
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Improvement on awareness of ongoing/scheduled multiple projects for our client

I work for a project of my client. along with my project there are multiple projects are going on. Issue: Currently my client doesn't have much awareness of multiple projects which are going on / ...
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Consulting and separating internal and external tickets

So, I'm helping an agile software consulting company to create a workflow between themselves and their customers. The goal is to provide the customer with an Agile way of approving features (stories) ...
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Concepts of PM tools [closed]

I am currently looking for a not-so-complicated PM tool. I haven't done PM very deep so far, and my overall idea about PM and the representation in PM tools is about this: There are some employees ...
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What is a good method for taking and organizing notes about projects?

What is a good method for taking and organizing notes about projects? Every day I struggle with problems with multiple projects and it's difficult to make my notes clean and to keep them organized. ...
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Best methods for IT Project Management

I have a person that wants me to build for him a web application and also design the database required. However, his idea quite complex and I got to the point where I no longer work without something ...
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How to handle access to resources on a Scrum team which was previously a hierarchical team?

From what I've read and learned about scrum from my recent reading, as well as years reading the great questions and answers on this site, a scrum team is a team of equals, where there's no hierarchy, ...
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Do people use sticky notes for release planning still?

There is a perception in our company that Jira and other web tools have replaced the need for having scrum board and sticky notes. Our release planning happens with lot of impromptu big-huddles and ...
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Should RACI matrix contain “Work estimation” activity?

A manager in our company (not really familiar with RACI) insists on having task "Work estimation" in the RACI. I am not really sure but IMHO it does not belong here as it is included in the activities....
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What should be the primary considerations when logging lessons learned for a Project?

I am looking to create an effective lessons learned log or template to capture feedback from successful and non-successful projects. What is the industry-standard for capturing project lessons? I am ...
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'Promoted' to Release Manager - Now What?

Background: I work for a small, 7-person Analytics/Consulting company. Originally, I was taken on to be a data analyst, but the needs of the company changed, and the principle requested I take up the ...
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lead and lag times

in the Project Management framework I am developing http://www.lowcoupling.com I have defined a Domain Specific Language enabling a declarative description of schedules and plans. Like Project ...
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How to manage monthly customer activities?

Suppose you allocate to your customers 3 of Activity A/month and 5 of Activity B/month. How do you keep track of what you've allocated and what they've used every month? Something that is going to ...
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How to determine which project is best suited to Scrum

Though Scrum is an excellent solution for many situations, it is not the proper solution in all circumstances. The Cynefin framework is a framework that helps understand the situation in which we have ...
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How can I get my team to use our tools and follow a (any) workflow

I am a Software Engineer at a startup ( 16 employees ), and we are still working like we have 3 employees. The buy in for our tools is very minimal and renders them almost useless. I know we are ...
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Circular project visualisation tool that resembles a cross between Gantt and pregnancy calculator disc

I find it hard to visualise projects across the years on a Gantt chart, especially when there are seasonal tasks repeating. It would be nice to have a tool that looks like a pregnancy calculator ...
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Is there a role for formal Business Analysts and Systems Analysts in Agile teams?

Apologies for the long ramble and fairly short question but I wanted to set the scene (as such) Within all the blogs and articles on-line we use the term "Generalist" or "Team Member" when ...
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How do you create your burn-down charts apart from using paid tools

If you're NOT paying for software like Jira, what/how do you create your own burn-down charts? I have seen a few tools out there for creating burn-down charts. The one I'm most familiar with is ...
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How to select coaching tools and techniques [closed]

What are the impact of personalities on the selection of the tools and techniques adopted with individuals? And what are the differing techniques needed when coaching different groups and individuals?
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Which features of user story management should an agile team look for?

In my research study, I need to identify the key features of user story management tools that can be used to support agile development. So far, I identified the following general groups of features: ...
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What should be the methodology followed by a research and development project?

I am an Engineering undergrad and I am working towards establishing a 8-10 person team for a 6-8 month long academic research project. Timeline We will be starting the groundwork for the project in ...
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Podio - How can we re-schedule other future tasks?

Does anyone know whether it is possible to re-schedule several tasks at once with Podio? Let's say I have one task that needs to pass to another day. I wish that all others future tasks also adjust ...
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What is the name for this type of chart?

I love using burndown charts, but they only work for finite chunks of work. Since I also help out groups that do continuous operational work, I wanted to develop a similar tool that would work for ...
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PM crash course

I have an engineering background and have accepted an offer from a tech company for which I will be leading a brand new web project (mix of PM + tech lead). There is no prior work done except overall ...
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What is better: a physical Scrum board or an online board?

I used to practice Scrum with a physical board. We often faced problems when working with distributed teams or just when going into a meeting room. So I decided to implement a SaaS service to provide ...
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How can we update nested projects in master project

When we open 1 project from MS Project Server , then we can update it easy and fetch changes and publish again to MSPS. But when we have many project and programs that embedded them in 1 Master ...
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How to calculate execution variance?

Our Program Management office is interested in identifying tasks where the projected execution differs from the planned execution. MS Project's "Duration Variance" field calculates the difference ...
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Can I resolve an issue's sub-task using a FishEye smart commit? [closed]

Context I have a feature request represented as a JIRA issue with the handle PRJ-11. My issue has a sub-task with the handle PRJ-23. JIRA has the latest FishEye and FishEye Plugin installed and smart ...
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How to calculate breakdown (in hours) of each resource used (open project)?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate time spent on a project by resource? Given 5 people, I'd like to know how much time each person is spending on the project. Is it done manually, or can we ...
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How to calculate staff-hours using Open Project?

Using Open Project, how can one calculate staff-hours? Using Project -> Project Information -> Statistics, is work it? ("Work" is 1,219 hours in my example below)
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Where to write ATs/UATs in JIRA?

In JIRA, if I create a high level user story, where do I put the AT(s)? If I put the ATs into the user story, say as text "AT: must do blah blah", then the user story gets split into sub tasks for ...
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What should be in an Atlassian toolkit for website PM?

I'm requisitioing some tools for a large scale web development project. Intending to start with the following: JIRA for issues tracking, wiki, git or svn hosting Greenhopper plugin for agile PM ...
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Should small teams use Continuous Integration?

I recently switched to a start-up organization providing a social network site. In my new organization, we are a small team of 8 developers/designers. I heard a lot about continuous integration (e.g. ...
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Project component - what exactly is this?

In order to better track issues and plan development of an ever-expanding web application, I am setting up an instance of Trac. As developer, I will use this system primarily, along with the ...
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Microsoft Project - display “plan schedule” vs “actual schedule”

I work on a project with many changes. To get data about how these changes affect my project, I want to show my boss about my plan gantt & actual gantt on the same diagram. Could I do this with ...