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How do you manage conflicting stakeholder demands?

Occasionally, key stakeholders of a given project (perhaps those with organizational authority several levels above that of the project manager) will have conflicting requirements or demands of the ...
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Project managment app that applies delays in one task into dates of other tasks

Let's say i have multiple tasks that are supposed to be taken care of one after another. Each has its own date of completion. task 1 - will be completed on 15 march (1 day) task 2 - will be completed ...
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0answers
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USPS Mail Forwarding and Address Changes [on hold]

First off, my apologies if this is an incorrect location for this topic. The business section is a little limited. Feel free to relocate this. Here’s my scenario for this question: I want to use my ...
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7answers
146k views

PMP vs PRINCE2 - Why one rather than the other?

What are the reasons why a project manager should select PMP certification rather than Prince 2, or vice versa? Are they complementary or competing?
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3answers
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Is there a relationship between technical debt and velocity?

Per my understanding, velocity is just a metric used to forecast work for future sprints, therefore it has no significance other than for planning purposes. Even if technical debt exists, my ...
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0answers
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Theory of Jobs To Be Done - Case: Apple Computers [on hold]

In Competing Against Luck Clayton Christensen explains the theory of Jobs-To-Be-Done: Specifically that we should tackle innovation by asking "What job is this product being 'hired' to do?" How would ...
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2answers
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If Velocity should not be used for future estimations, what is it good for?

I have read the following thread and a few articles sharing the same view - velocity should not be used for predictions. This has somehow rocked my world, as we often look at the velocity, remaining ...
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1answer
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How to deal with lying dev? [on hold]

I am looking for help with a problem I have with developer. Maybe someone has similar experience. Here is the description of the problem: I am running a small company (2 devs - me and my friend - ...
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2answers
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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

I wonder if activities like contract and agreement reviews, meetings to discuss preliminary information, SOW review, and contract approved (as deliverable and milestone) should be included in a gantt ...
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0answers
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Resource-Task table in MS Project

Does anybody knows how to export workload of single resources (columns) per task (rows) from MS Project? The result should look as follows: .............Resource 1.....Resource 2.....Resource 3 Task ...
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0answers
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Project Score Card-Tool [on hold]

I'm searching for a simple project score-card-tool. What I want is a tool, where my employees can create projects with some project-parts/tasks and their progress. They also should fill in some ...
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0answers
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Focussing on HRM, what kind of questions can I asked to a company? [on hold]

I'm a student of HRM. Recently, I'm going to visit a manufacturing company as an industrial tour. The company actually produces food and plastic materials. And the tour is a part of my academic ...
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4answers
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What is OEM-dependent consulting? [on hold]

Is this a common term in consulting? Our prof mentiones this, but I can't find any definition in the inet.
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2answers
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How to motivate and measure high performance of team as new manager?

As newly assigned manager on an already ongoing agile software development project, one of the objectives is the following. Motivate team to high performance This can be done in various ways and ...
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2answers
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The SWOT analysis is applied to the company or to every decision alternative?

If a company were to pursue different project alternatives in which to invest, would I perform a SWOT analysis on each project alternative or should I do a SWOT analysis of the company and, based on ...
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0answers
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Can I query for “date added to @currentiteration” in TFS?

I am trying to find a way to write a query in TFS to retrieve any PBIs or Work Items that were added to the @CurrentIteration after date X. Usually date X will be the iteration start, so if that is ...
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0answers
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What approach is is the most suitable for describing system entities and their relations? [on hold]

I have a number of entities: 3 Web clients Identity Server Database 3 WCF services 5 Rest API services File Storage All these entities communicate to each other. What is the best Business Analysis ...
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1answer
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User stories written by developers for developers [on hold]

When my team starts to work on a new feature, we usually follow the following steps: High-level design sprint Low-level design sprint Hacky implementation sprint Clean-up aka. "production" level code ...
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1answer
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ms project - delay a task due to unaviability of 1 resource

I want to schedule tasks using multiple resources. The work task is fixed and multiple resources are allocated to the tasks. I want to auto-schedule the tasks, however, when 1 resource is ...
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1answer
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Lingua franca for technical stories

I have coached my team to write quite good user stories using gherkin, but their technical stories are still lacking something. The problem is that when a person of one technical discipline reads the ...
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1answer
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Issue found while testing but scenario not mentioned in acceptance criteria

Scenario: We have architects that writes specs and acceptance criteria. Business Specialists and Product owner does not give any documented business specs/logic so the architects writes the acceptance ...
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0answers
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Cost estimate for a 6 million users application with mini-games and selfie filters during 6y [closed]

I'd like an Android app with 10 filters (like Instagram filters) 5 mini-games (from the Snake solo to an Agar.io like) And I want to add 10 filters and 3 mini-games per year during 6 years. Say ...
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3answers
71 views

Different methodologies for Project Management and Software Development

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart). For the development ...
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1answer
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MS Project - Predecessor 'or'

How do I enter 'or' logic into the predecessor field? For instance, task 4 can start when task 1, 2, or 3 ends. We don't know which of 1, 2, or 3 will begin or end first. Thank you
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1answer
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How to effectively implement Scrum for a small project (max duration 6 months) with defined project deadlines?

In my current company, they are using Waterfall methodology in defining the gateways for new project approval and developing detailed timeline with completion date (gantt chart) based on the ...
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2answers
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Actual Start Date Field Behavior

Entering an Actual Start that is earlier than the Scheduled Start, say by 1 hour, is adding the 1 hour to the duration field instead of decrementing the finish date by 1 hour.
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1answer
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Management of an infrastructure team

My team is responsible for a specific type of database infrastructure in our large organization. The team's work can be roughly divided into three categories: Internal projects This is work aimed ...
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2answers
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What metrics can we generate from t-shirt sizes (rather than story points) when estimating user stories?

If I am using T-shirt sizing for my user story estimates, what metrics I can measure and report? We currently use a Sprint burn-down chart when using story points.
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3answers
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Prioritization in Agile

I am quite new with prioritization requirements in agile. As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into consideration. ...
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2answers
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Project Management templates - Official standards across industry

Does anyone know if, according to PMI, or any other PM certification, there are official templates for project management artifacts. I am interested in the following documentation: Project charter ...
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4answers
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Can EVM be Used to Track and Manage Quality?

Currently, I think I've got pretty good tools when it comes to measuring Budget (enough and more Excel docs that are regularly updated), Scope (against a mutually agreed upon statement of work), Time (...
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1answer
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Add Landmarks lag or date based on project start date

My project have some tasks (landmarks) that occurs at every X month, like: - Project technical report (PTR) at each 4 months How should I define the landmarks date relative to project start? ...
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2answers
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When to know I'm ready to start developing

Created user stories for a specific software development project and, from my last question, learned to just jump into dev even though there might exist undiscovered user stories. Still, i wonder... ...
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1answer
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How to use Scrum in DSDM?

In my current company, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is the Agile framework chosen for delivery. Scrum is followed as the Agile process within DSDM. Can we really use Scrum as an agile ...
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2answers
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Velocity calculation based on number of user stories completed in a sprint

In one of the projects, the velocity calculation is done based on the number of user stories that the team is delivering in each sprint. They are using story points to size but still the velocity is ...
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1answer
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How to make the correct requirement document with regards to agile & scrum?

I can even take up a course which gives guidelines on how to perfectly write a requirement document which I can attach to a jira epic?
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2answers
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Work agile with a very small team

I'm working on a software development project on a team with only two persons and it's not an option to consider hiring more people. This appears to be a case where one has to respond to change over ...
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1answer
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Putting zero hours under a process for a PMI application

As you all know, project descriptions are limited to 550 characters in the PMI application. In two projects in my list, I decided to highlight tasks I did in the planning and the monitoring processes ...
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1answer
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Appropriate Structure to Manage Diverse IT Sustainment & Development Projects?

I am a consulting manager leading over 25 personnel to manage the infrastructure on a Navy Base. The team is currently segmented into Scrum Teams with: 5 SW Devs doing bug fixes and rewriting ...
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1answer
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Which development method to choose - Test-Driven or Behaviour Driven Development

In my current company, we follow DSDM. But the maturity of the process is in progress and we are adapting various methods to be Agile. Current Process: Currently epics and user stories elaboration ...
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1answer
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Detect undiscovered user stories

Created user stories for a specific project but not sure if I'm missing to write down some that were hard to spot. In order to not cause (or reduce) development headaches, how can I detect previously ...
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3answers
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Large group retrospective format

I would like to run a retrospective for a huge amount of people involved in a cross-departmental project. The problem is there are 50 people involved. I was thinking of doing the data gathering, ...
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7answers
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Should a Product Owner start testing while an item is in code review

We have a Product Owner (PO) who starts testing while an item is in code review and gives feedback to developers. I see, from the point of view of the PO, that this allows for quicker feedback. ...
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2answers
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Is a scrum master expected to train the PO from the ground up?

As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach I have been assigned to a team of engineers with little or mixed experience with agile delivery which I aim to address through workshops and training etc. The ...
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2answers
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Is focusing on one project beneficial even when project priorities can't be quantified?

Small internal IT department that assists all of a company's departments. Each department has projects that each are 'priority 1' - the departments and executive team are unwilling to strictly ...
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1answer
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Avoiding vendor lock-in with few vendors available

My company is venturing into a niche area of the telecom business. The challenge we are facing is there are very few vendors of some critical software we need and in turn there are very few customers ...
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3answers
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How do I capture business workflow in a user story?

As a Product Owner, I am working with a team that use the 'AS A / I WANT / SO THAT' style of user story. I have a system that has a several workflows to be followed depending on the setting of certain ...
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3answers
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

I work as a Software developer, but now I am moving to a manager role and I had the following exercise on a course I took to improve my management skills: To solve a code challenge from a manager ...
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1answer
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Microsoft Project 2013 - Auto leveling according to Resource Availability

I am building a project plan on Microsoft Project 2013 and can't understand why it is not allocating a resource. I have a task set as auto scheduled, fixed work, with a 7 day effort assigned to a ...
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User story sign off in daily standup [closed]

In one of the projects, we have business stakeholders signing off completed user stories in the Daily Scrum. There are instances where we will not have any stories to demo in the Sprint Review, as ...

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