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A predictive, sequential way of working in which progress is seen as flowing steadily downwards through phases of analysis, design, build and testing.

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Project management approach to take and presenting information about a product to User?

Recently, I faced 2 interview questions as below: Q1) Explain to us how you will present information about a product to the user? Q2) What project management approach would you take and why? Now, I ...
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Designing for the future in an agile environment

I started my working life as a database designer, before moving at a later date into project management. Most of my working life has been spent in "waterfall" environments for a variety of ...
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A term for projects with long release cycle

Traditionally Agile is compared to Waterfall. And I think that most people when do this, think of Waterfall simply as a model with long release cycles. E.g. we plan tasks for 6-12 months, implement &...
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What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays?

What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays? I know that Waterfall is in use. What else?
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Project Management predictions vs Agile/Scrum flexibility

Scenario: The business has gathered requests and ideas from customers and new product development. The business and Product Owner decide they want to create and implement feature A. The Product ...
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How can a Scrum team work with a Waterfall team

My Scrum team needs an API to retrieve data. It's not overly complicated, essentially its just one request that gets sent to the API and then the API returns some data. This is the end of the journey. ...
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How to get the team/end users to test features early in the test system?

We're a 20 ppl company in supply chain management and I'm leading the IT department with 2 ppl (+ outsourced development company). For new features, in my ideal, imaginative world, the users would ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

This is a bit long, but I think it's important I give all the details. I am an intermediate Software Engineer at my company who has been tasked with outsourcing a software development project. It's a ...
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Is it possible to track velocity on a waterfall project?

Assuming similar work has been done in the past, can velocity be measured on a waterfall project? If that isn't the case, is there a more appropriate capacity management tool on a waterfall project?
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Velocity at different project phases

We are running Scrum on waterfall-style projects. This means that we use Scrum as a planning unit, conduct the ceremonies, have the PO/Scrummaster roles, but we do not have a customer-facing release ...
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What is the definition of “project” in Agile settings?

The context is a PMO running across two development groups, one doing Agile development, the other using the waterfall model. In order to come up with a common approach and engagement model, we would ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

How can waterfall method and agile method be used in a single project?
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Long testing phase in Scrum

We are building quite a big and important feature in a Scrum Team. The PM wants to put this feature into a separate branch and not deploy it for a 1-2 months so the users can test it properly before ...
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Definition of Ready and Done in a Waterfall-Scrum Process (Global Definition as Solution?)

I am currently working on a project in which a so-called Waterfall-Scrum process is completed. This includes one week of development and one week of testing. Each team (currently 7 teams building on ...
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Last minute changes by the client

We have a team that works in Scrum and a PO who prioritizes the backlog. Outside of this, we have 3 project managers that hold the communication with our clients (each one with 2-3 different countries)...
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A team have requested in a retrospective they want more waterfall and a Project Manager; how to proceed?

A fellow CSM approached me yesterday with a problem. They have been running Scrum for 6 months quite successfully and Management are happy however the development team have requested the CSM to take ...
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How to handle a large and ambiguous requirement with a fixed timeline/deadline (9 months to deliver)

This was asked in an interview. I had one such experience in the past and at that time a single developer and PM initially conducted a pilot (manual + semi-automated) for a month/two to understand the ...
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An agile approach with a waterfall delivery and the QA impact

My customer signed off on a major enhancement to an existing application. The enhancement will be delivered as a single new release and I can't change this. However, how we get to this final release ...
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Prioritizing requirements in traditional vs. agile projects

I am really new to prioritizing requirements in agile projects. What are the different aspects of prioritizing requirements in a traditional approach vs. an agile one?
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Is there an official word for the pre-Agile “just do whatever” methodology?

Textbooks and training courses about Agile always compare it to Waterfall. I imagine that IBM in the 1960s used Waterfall, and there may well be some government agencies that use it, but in the small ...
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How to make Agile and Waterfall work together [closed]

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is a hypothetical question that I was recently asked in an interview. I'd like to be able to answer it with conviction if it ever comes up again. Any ...
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Where would Joint Application Development sessions fit into the Scrum framework?

I'm working on transitioning my team's project methodology from the waterfall model to an Agile one. I'm looking at the Scrum framework as a starting point. Currently, we have these Joint Application ...
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Is it possible to use agile on infrastructure projects where scope is known upfront?

How to use agile methodology for Infrastructure projects where the Scope is known upfront? Project examples Data Center migration/relocation SAN Migration For Cisco's Telepresence Solution Telephony ...
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How do you combine Waterfall with Kanban?

Our team has a wide variety of work item types. Some of the work we do is related to projects, some is operational, some we generate internally ourselves. In order to be reactive to the needs of the ...
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Why do Water-Scrum-Fall. What does it offer over Waterfall?

Why do "Water-Scrum-Fall" - what does the Scrum in the middle of "Water-Scrum-Fall" offer? Thanks
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How to provide traditional upper management early analyses in an agile project?

I was discussing moving our process to become more agile with our (mostly traditional) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's stance was that >=80% of the requirements need to be defined (and set ...
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When will waterfall development model cycle phase end?

As we can see from the link above, i assume the development in the waterfall model will never end. As it reach the maintenance phase, the team will be need to re-analys the system or improve the ...
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Big 4 scrum consultant giving bad advice - correct or let fail?

An agile coach was called to promote agile in a big bank. In one of his teams, half of the team is external consultants who have been there for 3-4 years. They currently implement Sales Force. In the ...
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Is there a difference between the terms phase and sprint

Is there a difference between the terms phase and sprint and can we say that the sprint is a phase? In waterfall methodology they use the term phase and in agile they use the sprint term so is there ...
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What are the steps for an agile coach when he starts with a new team?

As an agile coach, what are first steps that you take when going to a company to ensure they adopt agile? Let's assume that this company has only heard of agile, they are working on a very traditional ...
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Introducing scrum in a waterfall environment

We have a wish to try to introduce Scrum in one of our development departments, but have a number of challenges we are not sure how to solve. If someone could point us in the right direction it would ...
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what is the advantages of using a waterfall model to solving a project on an aeroplane [closed]

Based on the software development life cycle use the waterfall model to resolve the following project.an aeroplane has to be designed to every little detail upfronts.this is possible mostly because we ...
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Transition from waterfall to agile

I'm not a PM but a senior designer. My current place of work follows a traditional waterfall process and currently it's throwing up a whole host of problems. I'm aware we need to upgrade our ...
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Is the waterfall model a project management methodology?

I have heard of PRINCE2, PRISM, and many other methodologies. I'm not sure if the waterfall model is actually a project management methodology or not. My project is based on research (Example, mobile ...
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Why did our process cause us to miss our release date? [closed]

I'm a developer on a team that has just finished some web development work. It was due for a release tomorrow but, as a result of a review by management, needs reworking. This will undoubtedly add a ...
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Feasability report and the kickoff meeting

Is feasability study related to kick off meeting? My understanding is that the feasability study is done before the contracts are signed to ensure that the project is 'feasible'. But my question is ...
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Are there differences in Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model?

Are there differences in in-sprint Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model? Is there any best practices to follow for in-sprint test plans?
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Logical Loop: PMBOK 5th Ed

I am hoping someone can clear up my misunderstanding of the sequence for developing a project plan according to PMBOK 5th Ed. We see that creating a project plan inputs into it's subsidiary plans (...
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How can a professional services / custom solutions company adopt agile and be successful?

I am a Project Manager / Scrum Master at a company that implements custom solutions for our clients. We do our best to adopt agile practices, but it's been very difficult - every client is different, ...
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Is it possible to change from Waterfall/V model methodologies to Agile during a project?

Say for example, you are in charge of a particularly large project, with a big time frame, and you and your team decide that Agile would be a better methodology to follow. Is it practical/possible to ...
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How to estimate number of resources when I have my timelines fixed, but work effort is more

My total work estimate is 1056 man days Release Start time: May 10 Release End time: October 10 total Work days available: 101 1056 / 101 = 11 resource Approx. Is this correct calculation? If not ...
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Can planning documents be retroactively produced to fit the product that's been built?

I am currently implementing an Android application and am struggling to do my class and sequence diagrams, predominately due to the fact that the specifications are too abstract and vague. I was ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I have been reading a lot on Scrum to evaluate its use in our company. I've done a few trials runs with it where the teams were exploring different aspects of it to get some real world feel. I'm not ...
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How should we estimate accessibility testing for a waterfall project?

I am working with a lot of teams and there are different phases of testing. We have devised a standardized process for accessibility testing across many different teams. This process is to be done ...
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How to prepare a schedule from Waterfall to Agile in software developement

As a program advisory I need to schedule 5 projects in the next year but one of them will be agile (the first in our business). All of the projects that are waterfall are easy to schedule: ...
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Are you allowed to make even small changes in a Waterfall project?

In a Waterfall project, are you allowed to make even small changes, such as the design style of the user login form, when the project went passed the design phrase?
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Automatic Dependency Generator

I have a list of datasets which are required to deliver a large project. The project is comprised of various products. Each product has a requirement for one or more of the datasets. I am want to ...
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No Checkpoint Reports

I am running a Prince2/Waterfall project that is currently about 1/4 of the way through a 8 month timeline. I have been having trouble with Work Package owners not providing me with Checkpoint reports/...
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What's the relationship between SLDC and methodologies like XP, RAD, Scrum, etc.?

I'm confusing with the System Development Life Cycle Methodology with other Methodologies like Extreme Programming, Rapid Application Development, Rational United Process, Waterfall, V-Shaped, Spiral, ...