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How do you map complex business data models & processes into a formal representation with validations?

I'm working at a small Brasil-based insurance company and one of the main pain points is implementing a new insurance product. I'm a relatively new internal project manager and really new to business ...
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How to use Azure DevOps to track tasks done yesterday and task to be performed today?

How can i configure Azure DevOps to get reports similar to daily scrum meeting template. There is need to get report on what task was worked on yesterday, and what task will be done today, effectively ...
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How to automate inclusion of confluence design docs in Requirement traceability report on Jira

If an organization is regulated, it has to pass the audit and show that it has implemented a "requirements traceability". This means it has documented the path from a specific requirement to ...
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Requirements management software for mere mortals

I would like to discuss with you a special case of requirements management. I call it “requirements management for mere mortals”. I had worked as a project manager in a small web development company....
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

I've noticed that a lot of discussion between a developer and a Product Owner happens in private conversations in various communication tools (Skype, Slack, email, etc). The reason is because these ...
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Managing team workflow using Asana and Kanban principles [closed]

Our team uses Asana, and we're quite happy with it as it has excellent tools for team collaboration and personal task management. However it falls down a bit when trying to manage workflow in Kanban ...
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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Choosing a tool for Scrum [closed]

I'm considering the use of a software in order to help our team to implement Scrum. I saw iceScrum, but I don't know if it's a good tool. Do you ever used it? Can you suggest another tool?
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How to create data entry template to be updated monthly by 20 different parties online - focus is recycling data?

The task at-hand is I coordinate the activity of 20 organisations, each of whom I need to collect monthly data from directly, about the tonnages and types of elecronic items they collected for reuse ...
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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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Asana and requirements management

I am looking for a way to include requirements management in Asana. Right now we have a very powerful integration with Instagantt, where projects and their scheduled tasks are in sync with Asana's ...
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Application Lifecycle Management Tools for a "Buy" Organization? [closed]

I'm working at an organization that is almost entirely a "buy" versus a "build" shop. They prefer to implement off-the-shelf applications than build them from scratch, and have nothing in the way of ...
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Should test phones be taken home or kept in the office?

My team consist of 6 backend developers, with 4 different test phones and tablets.They need to use test phones to cross check front end developers work, and debug their API. Testing in mobile is ...
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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?

Some of my team members wanted to email their feedback for sprint retrospective meetings instead of gathering in a room and write down their feedback in a sticky note. Other than telling them that ...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

I think this is a very common issue a lot of companies fight with. So I would like to ask for your input. Product Owners often prefer to keep specifications in Google spreadsheet. And then write user ...
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Can MS Projects be integrated in SharePoint?

I wonder if it's possible to integrate a template from MS Projects into SharePoint. We have been using this tool to plan and illustrate workpackages. However, since we have moved into a bigger team ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Project 2010 opens with blank screen

I've run into a problem with my Microsoft Project 2010 file. Whenever I try and open it I just get a blank screen. None of the alternative views (e.g. network diagram, resource sheet, tracking gantt,...
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How can I use MS Project to manage an agile project

We use MS Project to manage a project. Although I know that MS Project is just a scheduling tool, we use it to get the current state of the project. We update the % complete field at the end of every ...
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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 convince business team why software development IDE licensing is important?

Sorry if I'm asking in the wrong community. In our company we have a "tradition" to not to pay for licenses for development integrated development environments (IDEs). The business team's arguments ...
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Tracking and closing actions being addressed by other working groups

I work for a chain of hospitals which have annual inspections by the healthcare regulator. Following the inspections an action plan is created to address any issues identified during the inspection. ...
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How to manage different detail levels in a project plan to be presented to different audiences?

In any given project, a variety of detail levels are needed: executive summary technical summary delivery team summary delivery details How can these different levels of detail be contained and ...
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Which apps / accesories for efficient meeting notes taking with an iPad [closed]

I'm evaluating the use of iPad for meeting minutes. PS : I've read this question : How effective will be an iPad to take Meeting Minutes? My question is here HOW to use an iPad effectively (which ...
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How do I discover the features of a product that are most valued by customers? [closed]

What tools or frameworks exist to identify which features of a product would add the most value to a customer?
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Good project management cheat sheet [closed]

I see various ones on the web (such at this one), but not being a project manager, I can't really tell which ones are good. I'm looking for a checklist of things to do and important terms; ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Project & BAU Pipeline/Portfolio tools [closed]

We have a team with around 4 to 5 concurrent major projects, 10 minor projects and about the same number of BAU projects. Are there any tools that you use to manage and visualise your departments ...
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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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Which tool do you use for creating good looking project timelines?

Which tool(s) do you use for creating good project timelines? I don't mean Gantt charts, but timelines that summarize the milestones so the team / others can have an overview of the plan ahead.
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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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Mapping user stories to specification [closed]

I'm looking for a tool which helps me keep the product backlog and the specification consistent. Consider that I have specification from client. Based on the specification I create the user stories (...
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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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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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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 ...