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De-scope vs push back timeline vs overtime?

When it becomes apparent that your project is running behind, what considerations should be made when deciding to cut scope, push back the timeline, or ask for overtime? Or is it purely up to the ...
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5answers
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What is the difference between a project manager and developer manager?

What is the difference and when should a company have a project manager or a developer manager? I found the following diagram but was further confused: More specific question: In a small company is ...
14
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7answers
492 views

One of my projects was cancelled very early on - will this be detrimental to my career? How do I speak of it on my CV?

I recently started work as a PM, leading part of a large, long term (18mo+) project. After working on the project for 2 months, performing essentially requirements gathering and staffing work, the ...
15
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1answer
956 views

How to resolve leadership conflicts in project?

How to resolve conflicts in project when: No roles are clearly defined (eg. no project charter). Project manager is sluggish / incompetent. Technical people feel like more competent than PM. Bit of ...
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5answers
796 views

How to engage new stakeholders into project?

I've recently started a new project. Requirements were set, project was already specified and no new revolutionary 'features' can be added. Although on the client side, person responsible for project ...
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10answers
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Minimum Project Management Practices for One-Man Software Projects

I've worked a lot on projects by myself -- "one man" projects. These are typically small projects in the software domain. Many of them have no customers other than myself (who actually use the end ...
6
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6answers
211 views

How do I deal with ballooning timescales?

When starting a brand new project, no matter how well I try to consider all of the components I always end up with a rapidly expanding list of features and missed requirements by half way through. ...
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2answers
254 views

Changing Processes - is it better to do it gradually or just change?

Based off of my previous question Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?, we have now picked out the elements of Scrum that would best fit our team and business, however, my Boss has ...
6
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1answer
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What is the relationship between the Kano Model and Quality Function Deployment?

I've read a bit about the Kano Model, and seen pictures, etc: but how is this connected to the idea of Quality Function Deployment. How do you integrate the ideas behind the Kano model into QFD? ...
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5answers
635 views

What ways exist to earn PDUs to keep active all PMI Certifications?

Lets use this question to list all possible ways to earn PDUs. Please moderator covert this question in a community post. Summary of all the answers: PMI Chapter regular meetings (2 PDUs per ...
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5answers
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Do technical leaders compete with project managers?

Technical leaders in our projects are competing with project managers. Or in more general aspect, is it a problem if someone with greater domain specific knowledge tends to dominate in project or ...
6
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3answers
251 views

Who owns the project timeline?

On a large, fully staffed, project team, under ideal situations, who would you expect to own the project timeline?
10
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3answers
130 views

What can I do to prepare for managing a project which is staffed mostly with volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization?

When about to take on a project which is mostly staffed by volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization, what kinds of challenges should I prepare for, which I am unlikely to have seen elsewhere? Are ...
8
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2answers
561 views

What are typical career paths for PMs as they gain in experience and become more senior?

As Project Managers become more senior, what are the typical career paths (beyond just taking on larger and more complex projects)?
10
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6answers
308 views

How long until a team can “become” agile on the job? [closed]

Last year I led a project for a research institute. Requirements had been in progress over the entire project, and I had lot of trouble when planning, budgeting and providing other estimates. Now, in ...
5
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5answers
556 views

Working environment and its impact on project

In my job people engaged in projects often work in separate departments. It means that they work in separate (1-2 person) rooms on different floors. Moreover project members differ greatly in ...
10
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3answers
101 views

How much self management is appropriate when you're self-employed?

I recently started as a freelance researcher. I mostly work on projects where I have to do measurements and analyse the data. While I have a little bit of experience with project management, I'm ...
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2answers
226 views

Will a Project Manager for a project which requires development of significant amounts of new code expected to have software development experience?

Is software development experience strictly necessary when managing a project which requires the development of significant amounts of new code? Can a PM without significant software development ...
2
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1answer
336 views

Where are opesource requirements analysis and design documentation [closed]

It's very easy to get the code of an opensource project, but it's different for the higher level artifacts. Is it because it's called open source, is it because I can't find it, or what? Is there a ...
28
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9answers
863 views

Should a PM also be a resource on the project? Why?

we have a small team of highly technical people and one of them is the project manager for the project. The person who is in PM role for this project is experienced and has previous project management ...
22
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16answers
1k views

What are the signs that a project is going wrong?

The obvious answer is 'missing key milestones', but that depends on a structured project plan with clear milestones (e.g. waterfall model). What are some of the not-so-obvious or subtle signs that ...
8
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1answer
215 views

How many risks normally stay in your hot list?

How many risks do you manage actively out of your Risk Registry? And how many residual risks do you have there?
24
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3answers
6k views

Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?

I'm not a 100% certain that this is the best place for this question as it's a little more development methodology related than directly project management related. I work at a company where the ...
59
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18answers
7k views

What are the biggest mistakes that new project managers make?

Getting started in the role of project manager is not always easy. Are there some common mistakes that you see newer project managers making that can be avoided (e.g. trying to take on too much ...
12
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3answers
259 views

Where can you get access to PM related on-line resources? [closed]

This is posted with intention of making it a community wiki Please provide organisations that provide on-line trainings, resources, books etc related to project management. Please also write if the ...
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6answers
11k views

How to run our first post mortem?

I'd like to do a post mortem ("lessons learned") analysis of a recent feature development. It would be the first formal post mortem we do. It was a comparedly small project (roughly 3 weeks), but ...
15
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3answers
206 views

When do you realise you're overloaded

As a PM there are many occasions where we are tasked with delivering multiple projects. My question is when (or how) do you realise you are overloaded and have taken on too many concurrent projects?
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3answers
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When is it appropriate to provide non-monetary rewards to government employees that do not directly work for you?

When your client is the government, and you are managing a mixed team of your own with government employees, when is it appropriate to provide non-monetary rewards (such as dinners or gift ...
21
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15answers
2k views

Which skill set is necessary for a project manager?

I know that this question depends a lot in the environment the Project Manager works in, but still want to know on the average, which skill/skill set that need to be focused more than others. To name ...
25
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6answers
11k views

Are Gantt diagrams compatible with Agile methods?

If they are, is it simple to use them with theses methods? Have you some use cases to present?
10
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2answers
21k views

What percentage of a project manager's time should be spent working in the project management software and documentation?

What percentage of the project manager's time is spent planning, writing tasks, and tracking time in the project management software? How much time should be given to documentation? Every position ...
7
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1answer
252 views

Expanding My Knowledge of Construction Projects

Which project management processes am I most likely to run into as I manage a construction project? What should I be aware of as I try to learn more about the specific intricacies that affect project ...
16
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7answers
4k views

Whats the difference between a project manager and an IT manager?

What is the difference between these roles and where is the crossover? Is it possible to be both in particular jobs?
23
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19answers
3k views

What are the current tools available for PM? [closed]

What are the current up to date project management tools to use? I have been using dotProject which I know is outdated, what ones are out there and the best for small to medium projects? To be more ...
66
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22answers
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

Consider a software project involving a bunch of developers of mixed experience. The PM has the delivery responsibility for the project, but undertakes this through the team members. When the ...
7
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3answers
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When is overtime an appropriate use of resources, and how do I account for it?

Under which conditions is it acceptable to push my team to do overtime work? Once I have pushed my team to do overtime work, how do I factor the added risks and costs associated with the push into my ...
4
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6answers
953 views

Which tools would you recommend for use when drafting, monitoring and reporting on a project schedule? [closed]

When managing a complex project (large enough for significant daily status updates), with a large team (in the 10's of team members), which tools would you recommend for use to draft the project ...
6
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1answer
122 views

What is(are) the standard method(s) for gauging progress for a task that the PM isn't familiar with?

After estimating the man hours/work for an unfamiliar task, how would I go about gauging and reporting on progress?
10
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4answers
1k views

What are the most common problems that you find in your lessons learned sessions?

In most projects you have some sort of lessons learned session. These sessions are both needed and painful to go through. For experience Project Managers, I am curious to know if you find yourself ...
5
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2answers
680 views

What is the preferred PMI framework friendly - Web Application for Project Managers? [closed]

Don't go answer the question before reading below Many companies follow a very distinct business specific project management approach. I am sure this is true for mid and big companies across the ...
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7answers
4k views

Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
19
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6answers
2k views

What role is there for a PM on an Agile project?

Back before agile was everywhere, having a PM on all but the smaller projects was considered essential. Now, only the largest projects have people assigned to just in a PM capacity. I guess I have ...
17
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5answers
3k views

Is it possible to use Agile methodologies in a fixed price contract?

Most clients understand a fixed price contract to be a fix of scope, budget and delivery date. These would appear on the surface to be against the principals of Agile. So should Agile be recommended ...
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9answers
36k views

How to estimate amount of work/man hours for an unfamiliar task?

Sooner or later we come across a task in our project, with which we are totally unfamiliar ('we' as in PM, but also possibly the staff assigned to do this particular task). How can we estimate ...
6
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2answers
3k views

What makes SMART-goals useful?

Often is recommended to have your goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound). Is this recommendation a good one? Why I should use SMART-goals? What is the benefit of them?...
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40answers
11k views

What is the Project Management book that left the most impact on you?

If you could recommend a single book that made you a better PM, which one would it be?
14
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4answers
10k views

How do you measure risk?

As a related question to: What's the best definition and explanation of project risk? What is the most useful way of measuring risk? I've been thought it's best to measure it in additional monetary ...
5
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4answers
638 views

When are Gantt diagrams useful?

Since managing projects, I've never figured out the utility of this tool. We must do it before working, but for me, it's impossible to fill it (even a little) before the end of the project. When I ...
13
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6answers
2k views

What are the first steps to take as a new PMO?

When starting a new PMO role in a small organization, what would be the 5 most important steps to take so that people understand the merit of having a PMO, in addition to bringing real and short term ...
19
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5answers
18k views

What is the difference between Scrum and XP?

Everything is in the title: What is the difference between Scrum and eXtreme Programming? Is it possible to have a simple but explicit explanation?

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