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Rewards or Penalties? Or just rewards?

What motivational mechanism works more effectively - penalties or rewards? I'm also interested to know whether penalties are used in modern software development teams. If they are - in what form? ps. ...
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2answers
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Different kinds of PMs

At this link: "Hourly Rate for Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP)", they show salary comparisons of PMP professionals. My question is: What is the difference (years of experience, ...
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6answers
460 views

Skills unavailable currently in our team

We have a IT staff of 5 persons: 1 senior with C and PHP skills. 1 senior with Java and database skills. 1 senior with Flex and Actionscript skills. He get some C# with .Net 2.5 skills, since he ...
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2answers
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What will be the standard increase of price from a Time and Material to a Fixed Price?

Knowing there are pros and cons for each type of procurement contracts. I am trying to find the real price % increase from a time and material contract with specific scope to a fixed price. As an ...
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7answers
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What are best practices for bug tracking?

I was looking for some information on bug tracking best practices, but the Google search on this topic wasn't as helpful as I wished; I mainly found about software issues such as writing good bug ...
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4answers
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Which variables should be considered when determining team size for a project?

Some are more obvious - for example, the team has to be large enough to be able to complete the project on time, and at an acceptable level of quality. Others, not quite - for example, when dealing ...
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4answers
2k views

Why might Senior Leadership push back on 'total time accounting'

The advantages of total time accounting seem self-evident to me, but I routinely get resistance from senior leadership when attempting to institutionalize this in the organizations I have been. What ...
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6answers
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How can we avoid finishing all stories on the last day of a sprint?

I am the Scrum Master for a team that has completed two sprints. For Sprint 1, the burndown looks like: Day 1: 70 Day 2: 70 Day 3: 70 Day 4: 70 Day 5: 13 For Sprint #2: Day 1: 90 Day 2: 90 Day 3: ...
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7answers
544 views

How to manage a project with no existing structure?

I have been asked to takeover managing a project that has no structure in place; the only documentation is the initial brief, contract and a broad schedule including a product layout. The owner of the ...
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6answers
633 views

Strictly as PMs, how do you restore a broken relationship?

Going back to our day to day work, sometimes, we have to be direct. During those times, and during times of high stress (due to deadlines or other family reasons), people become more sensitive. What ...
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2answers
303 views

Meeting Etiquette - Intrusions

Our team sometimes has one-on-one or 3 attendee meetings in of the developers' cubes. We have one developer who always jumps in to "offer" his suggestions for projects that do not concern him. ...
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5answers
391 views

How to actually empower self-organized team to remove its member?

One of the parts of self-organization in agile (but this is not necessarily related only to agile) is that we look at the team's performance and focus on supporting the team doing their job the best ...
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6answers
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What are Some Tools and Techniques for Communicating Product Updates to Existing Customers?

I am a product/project manager for a product we've created. We have customers using the product, which we are continually updating as it is Web based. What are some tools and techniques for managing ...
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14answers
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Should bugs be treated as stories or as tasks?

If you're using scrum you should know that there is a clear difference between tasks and stories. A story is something that is valuable to user. A task is a step to produce that value to user. So, ...
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4answers
4k views

How Quality Assurance is related to Testing?

Very often I hear people say "Quality Assurance" while talking about "Testing" and vise versa. According to my understanding these two terms mean different things. Could anyone explain the difference? ...
3
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6answers
229 views

Long running product development project

Background: We have long running product development project, which consists of different features. The development team consists of 15 developers and 5 QA engineers. We setup releases each 5-7 ...
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4answers
2k views

Using Spreadsheet for Backlog - Dependencies and Priority

I'm currently using a Google Spreadsheet to manage my product backlog. It has a list of stories, each with an identifier, feature it belongs to, story points, and the sprint that it's assigned to. It ...
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11answers
3k views

As a PM, How do you select your project team members?

I’m new to project management and it’s not a fulltime job; in other words a programmer turned project manager, still do some coding :-) I was following this site’s proposal from the beginning, and ...
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4answers
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How to organize sprints during the user acceptance tests phase?

What is the suggested approach to sprints organization during the tests phase? Lets assume that we have finished development sprints, internal tests (analysts & developers) are over. Application ...
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6answers
2k views

How to approach project management using both Agile and Prince2?

I am new to Project management. My current position is helping to project manage a small software team. I have been giving the opportunity to attend the PRINCE2 course which from my reading I would be ...
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3answers
8k views

Useful charts for a Kanban system

I am aware that Cumulative Flow Diagrams are the norm for a Kanban / swimlane-style system, but I found I derived no useful information from them. I was hoping to see some patterns evolving, but I ...
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19answers
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How to deal with a team member who keeps missing deadlines?

What techniques I could use after I discover that one of my team members keep agreeing on time lines, but he does not communicate he will not meet those dates until the 11th hour (I mean just before ...
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4answers
3k views

Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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6answers
201 views

How to manage hard feelings among distinct teams? (Integration of data)

My company has recently acquired another small company. Now, my company has a ERP system that we are using it presently. Also, the acquired company has an ERP system of its own. Now I have been ...
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3answers
511 views

Please Advise On Project Management software [closed]

Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. * I use a project management web application to manage bugs/resources/specs etc. * ...
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3answers
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Please Advise On Optimal Project Management? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please Advise On Project Management software Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. *) I use a ...
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5answers
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Risk Register is a public document in a project?

Risk Register normally contains very sensitive information about potential problems. Some of them sound very scary like "we may loose our key sponsor" or "our CTO may eventually leave the company". ...
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5answers
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What's the maximum number of similar tools a department should use?

What is the maximum number of project management tools a department could use? If more than one is used for the same purpose or several are used for linked purposes double data entry occurs or ...
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10answers
3k views

How do you deal with continuous work pressure?

I'm working as a QA for software product development. During the course of our meetings we typically discuss what tasks we are going to do and provide an estimate for each task. My manager has a habit ...
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4answers
752 views

Managing Without Meetings

What techniques have you used or would you recommend to update project status or resolve project conflicts other than meetings? This is a question from a company with a culture of meetings.
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4answers
309 views

How can we improve the situation of a technical team, without a CTO?

Our company runs an online photo sharing application, letting users edit pictures, create slideshows, share them on blogs and social networks and so on. The company is small, roughly 15 people, with a ...
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4answers
160 views

Should I work with another manager or take on his responsibilities?

A manager of equal level in the org chart is in charge of a team that is responsible for a critical delivery piece in one of my projects. He generally assigns his team deadlines that have no room for ...
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6answers
1k views

How to Create Better Communicators on Your Team?

I work with a team who is distributed. Most of our staff works remotely. As a result, communication is much more important. The team consists of managers, supervisors, marketing personnel, web ...
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22answers
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Is it bad manners or practice to request “Read Receipt” to all mails sent from my account?

I'm working as PM, we have developers and senior managers working remotely and in-house. As a project manager, I'm at the center of all communications. The job of managing N lines of communication ...
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4answers
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How to appropriately balance project activities with support tasks

I have a small team of experts (12 staff) who do great project work. Unfortunately, their expertise makes them the go-to individuals on support tasks as well. The inability to focus on projects ...
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3answers
3k views

Where to get general info on Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

I work in a software development company. I have this major ticket for which I have to produce a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). I also have to prepare an estimation for the ticket. The ticket deals ...
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3answers
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What is the breakdown of personal skills that a PM is required to have in order to effectively do his job?

Much of the work that a PM performs involves tough situations, politics, coordination and communication across boundaries. This suggests to me quite an array of personal skills are required, but I've ...
8
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2answers
313 views

How detailed should my time management be?

I work as a freelancer and want to start tracking my time, but how do I decide how detailed this should be? Currently, I just keep track of the time I spend on various projects, but I don't subdivide ...
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12answers
3k views

How to deal with difficult people?

One of my colleagues constantly faces the following problem: We have a team consisting of programmers that are always working on one project or the other. Now there are times when we have to work ...
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4answers
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How can I tell when I need multiple 'tiers' of management?

Large projects and enterprises always seem to have various levels of management. There's usually a top committee that runs the overall direction and big-picture of the project, and one or more levels ...
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6answers
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How do I get my manager to understand that our project needs to stop here, and that we have to be on a new track?

Let's say, I've been working on a watch. This is your ordinary pocket watch, it has hands, gears, shows the time... About a month passes, and they want us to make this into a wrist-watch, still with ...
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14answers
12k views

How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

I've managed a few projects over the last few years, and one of the biggest challenges I face is avoiding becoming a micro-manager. I worked with a team once where I worked with a group of software ...
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12answers
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When and how to schedule effective meetings?

I'm the lead programmer turned project manager in a small shop. Our project has entered "the last 90%" phase where many things need to be communicated between different departments. This means many ...
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3answers
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How to deal with Ambiguous data?

I had a question on dealing with ambiguous data. IF at the start of the project, a lot of ambiguous data is present how would you zero in on a particular data?
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4answers
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How to motivate a team? (software development OOP year 1 degree project)

I'm currently in college, working as part of at team for one of the CA projects. it's a problem based learning project where we've been given a trigger and told to come up with something to represent ...
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10answers
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How to avoid being interrupted?

As a project manager, I think it's important to be heard. I find that many times, even when just meeting people, I am getting interrupted mid sentence. Can anyone out there provide tips on how to ...
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4answers
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How should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog?

Should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog side-by-side with the customer? Must this step be done during the Sprint Planning Meeting, or could it be done before the meeting? Is the meeting ...
4
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7answers
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Should the customer developers be part of our scrum team?

If during a sprint some task depends on customer development, should the customer developers considered as part of the team? At the sprint planning meeting should these developer attend to share how ...
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4answers
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What objective criteria can be used in staffing a project with engineers?

Being a project manager what objective criteria do you use when recruiting new technical engineers to your project? Typically their resumes are full of magic buzz words. How to select the right person,...
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14answers
90k views

When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...

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