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How will handle multiple users in a user story

I am trying to understand the role of multiple users in a user story. There is a chance that a particular feature will behave differently depends on the role of users. Let me try to clarify the ...
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What should a lean/agile curriculum contain?

I am helping my team transition to lean and agile, and before a new person joined last month, no one had any experience whatsoever with this approach. Team members have between 1-10 years of ...
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Planning a sprint after reduced team strength

We have seven people team and their running velocity is ~50 points(2 weeks sprint). Now due to change in business focus, we have to reduce team size from 7 to 4. How do we plan current sprint? ...
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MS Project - Multi-year Inflation

I am managing a 3 year project in a country where the average annual inflation rate is 12%. Instead of going through every item and entering "+12%" into the cost rate table for each item, is there a ...
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iOS / Android project organization to avoid duplicates

I have noticed that in almost every app project for iOS and Android, there are two different projects, one for Android, one for iOS. This is good to track progress separately and assign tasks to ...
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If you measure requirement volatility, how do you handle inconsistent requirement size?

I would like to measure requirement volatility but the problem is that our specification is not consistent in size of requirements. Sometimes, one requirement describes a whole workflow. Sometimes it ...
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How to involve the whole team in setting quarterly objectives (OKRs)?

Context I'm a scrum master in a small (15 FTEs) organization that's about one year into a slow agile transformation. So far the shift towards agile has been limited to the Development team, but the ...
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How to do L1, L2, L3 effort estimation for Applications Support

How can I do L1, L2, and L3 effort estimation for Applications Support? I am naive and don't have any experience. Can anyone tell me, from very basic fundamentals, with an example? It will be great ...
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What to do with a Product Owner who is not able to understand the role

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and QA's with a Product Owner. I have tried unsuccessfully for the last year to get the PO to understand what the role of the PO entails and he just does ...
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6answers
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How to deal with client's staff that says “this will be easy”

I am an external project manager. The internal staff at a clients business have started making comments to the effect that "this requirement will be easy to deliver". Such comments are damaging our ...
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2answers
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Should a change request impact original user story?

I am working with an organisation that has a continuously evolving product. Although original product is in production, business is regularly giving new requirements or change requests. The teams are ...
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1answer
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How to Import Resource Availability from Excel when it varies by month

I have a number of generic resources, eg Engineers, where each individual is treated as interchangeable with all the other Engineers. I want to show their availability as for instance 100% in October ...
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ConsolidateProjects Method: how can I import Sub Project Summary task Custom field contents?

If possible I want to avoid using Resource Pools and embedded project files as I have had problems with these in a Sharepoint environment, so I am exploring using the ConsolidateProjects Method to ...
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1answer
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Why does PRINCE2 specify that the project manager and executive roles cannot be combined?

My PRINCE2 training manual says that the Project Manager and Executive role cannot be combined. These roles are also non-optional, and so presumably create a minimum team size of 2 for any PRINCE2 ...
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1answer
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Writing Better Milestone/Touchpoint Follow-Up Emails

I am a technical (software deployment) project manager. I regularly have clients request 15+ minute check-in calls, which I am happy to take. The calls are pre-scheduled and have no set agenda. I ...
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1answer
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How to make identical changes to multiple sub project files

I am about to create a master plan that will contain over 200 small sub project files. Each sub project file will have common elements such as standard Custom fields. I have created a template for ...
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4answers
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When is it appropriate for a Scrum Master to raise low performance of team members to management?

I am the ScrumMaster of an engineering team. My opinion is that 2 of the team members are not performing at a level which I would expect. This opinion is formed with the following information: Daily ...
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1answer
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How to tell my project sponsor that few of the requirements cannot be met [closed]

My technical team proposed new features than the initial requirements. How do I communicate the same to my sponsor ensuring he is kept satisfied?
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How do I begin scoping a project I have little knowledge of? [closed]

I have no experience in scoping things. The projects I've worked on since I've started have been scoped and I just do what is asked in the stories and features. My current task is scoping an upcoming ...
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Auto populate project level Priority field based on lookup to Excel file table

I have multiple small plans (managed by PMs) embedded in a master plan file which I manage. The PMs can add tasks to the sub plans as necessary. After receiving each sub plan and refreshing the ...
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1answer
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MS Project 2013: Summary task not showing duration correctly

I am working on MS Project 2013. The summary task No. 6 is not showing the duration correctly. Refer to the picture below. Please help.
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How to run an effective agile team within a rules based organisation

How to align an Agile team's working agreements within the boundaries ("rules") set by the organisation. e.g. manager says you have to be at work at 10am and can only leave after 5pm. you have ...
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2answers
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How to avoid contention in resource management when delivery managers can access availability?

The setting is >500 people IT services. You can think of it as a staffing agency, we only do T&M, although we hire our consultants (we have a bench). We do not really mange projects, what delivery ...
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1answer
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Referencing Business Requirements Document (high level reqs) with Build Backlog (low level reqs)

We currently have "N" Business Requirement Documents that need to have functional requirements checked off as we progress through a large project. These aren't particularly granular and, in some ...
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should we repeat the details in user story of similar feature?

I am very new to the agile software development and trying to understand the size rule to be followed when writing a valuable user stories Scenario I am currently involved in a portfolio data import ...
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1answer
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How to Handle a Funding Overrun on a Time and Materials (T&M) Contract

Here is the scenario: You are the PM of a new T&M contract that has a $800,000 budget at completion (BAC) and a price of $1,000,000 and a one-year period of performance (POP). Scope is fluid, ...
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How to utilize resources effectively in cross-functional scrum teams?

I agree on an idea of making teams cross-functional. However, I doubt that resources may not utilize effectively when the nature of the work varying sprint to sprint. For example, There are database ...
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Need help- Documentation for non-technical people using Agile

Now we are using Agile and hardly create BRD\FRD, we create user stories, and all this is good for everyone working in the same department. Including the stakeholders. However, if I would like to ...
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6answers
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In Agile, what do you call the costs of building infrastructure for the first release?

Stakeholders who are new to agile are expecting thin slices of value per each release, so when we start new projects they are confused when we need large infrastructure costs. We minimise the ...
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DevOps and support organization

Nowadays companies go into devops practices to boost productivity. In our case we (3rd party outsourcing vendor) developed a first version of the product for our client , it’s cloud based platform. ...
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How to start Data Warehouse project in agile projects when client ask just some reports?

Agile project management prevents coding for the future. Our client asks some reports which can be coded withing the schema of existing database structure, but the best practices strongly suggest that ...
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What are the best ways to gain knowledge and become a subject matter expert in a new product [closed]

I believe that majority of the business analysts needs to learn about new products, features, functionalities and domain. There may not be any major support from colleagues to explore more in a new ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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Business days calculation for the sprint

Our team is new to agile. We are in the phase of defining the rules for sprint planning. To start, we are keeping our Sprints at 2 weeks (10 business days). Let's say there is a public holiday in a ...
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Agile - How to increase engagement of team members in the planning meeting?

Acting as a team lead I feel the engagement in our sprint planning session is low. Some people are very comfortable to talk and share ideas/knowledge in order to help the team to define tasks for our ...
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1answer
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Is it fine to pick stories in the current sprint which have external dependency?

We have a separate Scrum (front-end) Team to handle UI requirements. Sometimes, due to urgency, we end up picking stories in the current Sprint which depend on the front-end Team. Whenever ...
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How will handle the user story as part of change request ?

We have implemented a feature as per the discussion with product manager. But there is a requirement change from the customer. So how will handle this request ? For example : I have created a user ...
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1answer
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Can organizational trainings (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP?

Can organizational trainings on Project Management (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP? For example I recently attended a few trainings on ...
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Why does the graphic indicator not show for milestone task?

Why for milestone task, the graphic indicator did not show? The formula to consider is the following: IIf(CDbl([Baseline Finish]>60000)," Not Baseline",IIf(([Baseline Duration]=0 Or [Duration]=0),...
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Prototype development using Iterative waterfall or prototype lifecycle [closed]

I just want to know if there is an issue with the development of a prototype using iterative waterfall model in comparison to using prototype lifecycle?
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Is “rolling-wave planning” catered for in PRINCE2?

I am struggling to bridge my PMBOK knowledge with a colleague that follows PRINCE2. I wonder if someone could help me understand whether PRINCE2 has the concept of "rolling-wave planning". From:...
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1answer
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Managers pulling up team members individually

Does anyone have any suggestions for the following scenario: We have a Scrum Team and the organisation has decided to work in this fashion. Some of the team members report to different managers. We ...
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1answer
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Managing large lists of acronyms and terms

Our current client sent us several hundred pages of documentation about the context and goals of his company. In these documents (there are multiple files) they use a lot of acronyms and very specific ...
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Product Owner is requesting a “confidence check” for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

We're in a quite complex software engineering project with lots of unknowns due to new technologies involved that the Team has never applied nor have comparable experience. Due to these risks the ...
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Optimal seating arrangements for scrum team [closed]

What is the optimal seating arrangement for a scrum/agile/kanban team other than next to each other. I have a bank of 4 desks face to face another 4 desks and have the opportunity to move the team ...
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1answer
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Change of business focus after a sprint has started

If we start a sprint with a specific goal and the user stories to support that goal, then the business changes their immediate requirements during that sprint. This may be because of a client ...
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Project management software with filtered client access [closed]

We're currently using Trello to track our scrum based software development. We have a few clients which have access to different boards on Trello. Managaging the tasks between boards has become ...
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2answers
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How to handle large R&D projects using Scrum (or any other agile framework)

In addition to our regular software development tasks we have some large R&D tasks which we find difficult to fit into our scrum framework. The main issue is that there is absolutely no user ...
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What is the origin of the term “Product Owner” in Scrum?

Or phrased differently: Why is the role called Product Owner? I spent some hours researching the term's etymology, but I haven't been particularly successful, which is why this question came to be. ...
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Organizing Scrum team around microservices

Current status: We have the term of (service owner), where all microservices distributed among developers, and each service has a developer as (service owner). In the sprint, each developer is working ...

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