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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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What is the difference between the project manager and business analyst role?

I am bit confused between the role of project manager and business analyst. What is the basic difference between the two?
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I've been doing Agile for years in various organisations, but I still don't feel like we're doing it right?

So in my current organisation for the past year we have been doing the "full-blown" Agile stuff to create software. From planning, refinement, daily SCRUM stand-ups, programming and testing in 2-...
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Which Document need to be created first by a Business Analyst? Scope Document or Business Requirement Document(BRD)?

Do the following documents need to be created by a Business Analyst in any particular order? If so, what? Scope Document Business Requirement Document (BRD) Functional Specification Document (FRD/FRS)...
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What magnets for a glass whiteboard? [closed]

What design and strength of magnets are best for a glass whiteboard, used to hold our story cards for daily stand-ups? We have a glass whiteboard, and many magnets fail to stick through the glass, or ...
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Which common project documentation folder structures are available for IT project management? [closed]

Are there any standards which suggest a project management scheme for IT project documentation folder structures? We could invent our own scheme, but are there any well-accepted standards to hold ...
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Timeline for outsourced software development

We currently have a website solution project in which I am involved. We are also outsourcing the development from local software-development companies. We have not selected a vendor because we are at ...
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Can the Definition of Done be overriden or changed?

Does the Definition of Done come before everything else, almost like a programming interface? And can it be changed if later on, once it’s realized that it was designed poorly? By overriden, I mean ...
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Automation: trigger a set of tickets

Is it possible to automate the generation of the same tickets (stories) with 'parameters' (i.e. minimal changes in e.g. Title, Epic)? We are working on a digital transformation project with 10 ...
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Autosave: How to prevent it being re-enabled with each new session

I find the Autosave feature to be very intrusive and it also interferes with some macros I run. I know how to disable it via File/Options/Save/untick the box, but even if I then immediately save my ...
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Agile (“Scrum”) “Metrics” Question

My team has recently transitioned from essentially zero project management (other than the "put out fires as they happen while trying to stay on top of current workload") to something more Agile with ...
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How can story points be “non linear” in relative size

I've read in several places that story points are not necessarily linear. i.e., an "8 point" task is not the same as two 4 point tasks and so on. I totally get the argument about these being an ...
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How to correctly define tasks in a user story? And can you split the tasks between sprints?

I'm fairly new to Scrum and I'm working with a group of colleagues on a project to learn more about it. Long story short our project is simply creating a website for tourists of our country where they ...
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Work days and Duration does not match

I am using a 5 working days & 8 hours standard calendar. My task is 30 days . I have selected a start date on Monday and end date on Friday (30th work day) but the durationn reflects as 40 days ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

Org I work in is trying to be agile, but often struggles with respecting the committed scope during a sprint and keeps forcing us to accept new work. This is coming at a cost; happiness and quality. ...
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What is different between Signal Event and Message Event in BPMN?

I'm developing a BPMS system. I want to know what is different between Signal Event and Message Event in BPMN?
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Enterprise Mobile-first multi-team-product organization

I am the mobile product owner (PO) at a firm with a dozen or so scrum teams each managing their own web products. My team builds mobile versions of the above web products. I work with each product ...
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How to maintain a spec for a large complex project with repetitive patterns?

I need to maintain a meticulous spec that contains a lot of legal requirements. We have more than 200 products (and rapidly growing, about 5 products a month) which are all very similar but have ...
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Ample free time

I'm handling a Production support team. How to keep the team motivated and busy when the daily 'Business As Usual's are mostly automated and the team requires 2-3 hours in the day to complete the ...
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Full IT Project Management methods other than PRINCE2? [closed]

What are full IT PM methodological frameworks other than PRINCE2 for large organizations? Not talking about methods only looking at team deliveries (like waterfall or SCRUM) but something that ...
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Report in MS Project (Hr/task/resource)

I am trying to find/create a report in MS Project 2013 in order to display hours done in a month by a certain group of resource or a resource only (they are already grouped in the Allocation tab) with ...
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Moving backlog items into Sprint

In Agile, who's the person responsible of moving tickets in Jira (e.g. moving backlog items into Sprint). Is this a Scrum Master's responsibility or Product Owner?
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Billing customers from JIRA - is that possible?

Our development team works with Jira Software and we aim to use JIRA for other business processes inside our organization: Internal and external support; Customer success; Applications building; ...
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Vendor testing delay hitting timelines

I've been asked to produce a report on the effect of vendor delays on my timeline. I have a team of 6 engineers who are supposed to be a PC roll out team. The Vendor is delayed because of various ...
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Should impact on schedule because of scope change be reported as delay?

In my company, if there is any delay in the schedule I need to report the delay-reason and countermeasure. Sometimes this delay happens because of scope change. My question is: Should I report it as ...
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Is system 'logging' captured in user stories or are they part of implementation detail?

I understand that anyone who supports and maintains system can be seen (or should be seen?) as a stakeholder/user. For me, so far 'logging' has been like: "I guess, it wouldn't hurt to log this ...
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Which risks to expect when managing different vendors on a client assignment?

My next role is of a Program Manager managing interdependencies between multiple projects. It involves daily program management until the program cycle ends. Each project is being delivered by a ...
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Does SAFe yields better long term results than traditional Agile

While SAFe is picking up a lot of attention and as I understand seems to yields better long term results (velocity and overall product quality) than traditional Agile, I'm curious about its possible ...
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Do PMs get paid less for in-house apps compared to public-facing ones?

I've been tasked with managing an in-house analytics app that was developed by a past colleague. It's only used for internal client accounts (we're an agency) but we're considering bringing it to ...
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Sharing a file without them being able to edit the main file

I need to either create or share my project with others. I don't want them to be able to make changes to my project though. I've tried creating a new one, but they still are able to make changes to ...
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Tracking Gantt Chart Not Showing All Tasks

I am trying to do an earned value analysis and there are tasks in my normal Gantt chart that when I switch the view to tracking gantt are not visible. Could this have to do with where I set my status ...
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Leveling; getting unexpected results

I have spent hours reading up on the leveling algorithm and trying various alternative approaches but I have a problem I simply can't figure out. I'm using MSP 2016. My schedule consists of around ...
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When does a Scrum Team assign story points to the stories in the Scrum methodology?

I am in the process of learning Scrum. I got stuck with a question: on which stage does the Scrum Team assign story points to the user stories?
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team building activities for remote team [closed]

I have started a new job as a software team lead, the team is remote in another continent and time zone. What are good team building activities to do remotely? Im thinking like some online game, or ...
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questions around “standups” for remote team [closed]

I have been working as a software developer for more than a decade. Recently I took a new job where I have to manage a remote team of 5 developers. We have a "stand up" conference call every day at ...
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MS Project - Summary Task split by leveling

I have a summary task, and have the 'Leveling Can Split' option set to No. The four subtasks which are in sequence, also have LCS set to No. In the Leveling options I also have 'Leveling can create ...
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What tools or processes help you to keep the bigger picture in mind?

I am a product manager at a small startup. Naturally, we have very limited resources and a ton of fires to put out. Now, when I start working on some specific area, I can easily craft hypotheses, ...
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Tracking hours for Managers/Scrum Master

Developers at my company log hours in JIRA. Managers/Scrum Masters do not log hours that religiously. They would only log for Scrum ceremonies. As a manager, I can see the reason for not adding my ...
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Forming a composite scrum team with multiple vendors

One of our PMs on her project has a scrum team from Vendor A. She needed another developer. So she added one from another vendor. I like this idea because it keeps Vendor A honest. I'd like to do ...
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What should a scrum team do if they complete work earlier than expected?

Our development team estimates that they can complete 30 story points in the current iteration. Partway through the sprint they realize that they will complete 50 story points at their current rate. ...
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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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Determine to which task a resource is allocated on a particular day

Using a shared resource pool for several project plans (each plan is contained in a separate file), what is the simplest way of working out to which task a given resource is allocated on a particular ...
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Is money for reward and recognition set aside by PM during Cost Planning?

One of the tools and technique as part of "Develop team" process is to give reward and recognition to the people/team for showcasing desirable behavior during project execution. This is done because ...
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What beginner project management software use? [closed]

I'm leading a ten-person team for a 1-year long engineering project, and have no experience in project management. I'm thus looking for a project management software or online service, free if ...
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Why is my team doing so well?

As a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and testers who are doing very well and their velocity is spiking. I am interested in doing an detailed study to understand what factors caused this upwards ...
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Working and non working days

I want to ask if I need to have non working days and working days in a same day. Can we do that in microsoft project? For example Saturday (same date) for items Consultant approval I want to set it ...
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Agile user story's task estimation

I have some confusion regarding the concept of a user story's task's estimation (effort estimate) using hours. What is the actual purpose of estimating effort in hours? In addition to that, let's ...
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Architecture task as sprint issues

I understand spikes as being investigation tasks when there is an uncertainty about how a story should be done but my question is more about how to include a software architecture task in a Sprint. ...
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Kanban: How can I handle column limits when some members work at night?

On my team, we're starting to work with kanban and have column limits applied. One of our members will work frequently work in the evenings or at night and is expressing that the column limits prevent ...
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Agile Release Planning

Let's say my team's velocity is 50 and for the next release, we need to complete a 500 worth of user story points. My sprint length is 2 weeks. So if I divided 500 by 50 I need to spend 10 sprints to ...

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