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Responsibility without authority

Project Managers almost never have a direct reporting relationship with the team members assigned to their project, but remain accountable for the project outcome. What are some effective ways of ...
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When is it okay to pad estimates?

Project Managers are expected to guess the future, a difficult task even in sciences like meteorology. As many projects finish late (due to expanded scope, underestimated durations, etc), it is ...
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Does a PM need qualifications and training?

Does a PM need qualifications and training, or can a good PM "grow" and "evolve" into the role based on just good experience and observation, with no exposure to the theory? What are the risks that ...
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Who pays for learning curve?

Should a client be billed for a certain amount of the learning curve? Should an employer pick up the tab on overhead? Should it be the developer themselves? Or perhaps a combination of all three? I ...
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Ideas for setting up task/project management for small team..

Currently I work on a small team of 3 developers in a privately owned college with about 12,000 students. There is currently no tracking of projects, tasks, bugs, or other work items. After I ...
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How can a team working on research based items work in an Agile project?

My R&D organization is following an Agile (Scrum) development methodology. One of the development teams is working mostly on items that are really problematic in terms of the certainty during the ...
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How to measure a team member's performance?

I am writing a report which requires the analysis of performance of each individual team member in my team. This is for a software development project developed using the Unified Process (UP). I was ...
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Project Management Training/Certificates [closed]

Which Project Management trainings or certificates would you recommend to take if you do not have any PM background/experience. I can see some questions for Templates, Software, etc... but I would be ...
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How to create/track a project Gantt while aggregating multiple functional teams plans

I'm taking over a project as a project manager where several functional teams deliver and integrate. Those teams are also delivering to other projects. Each of the teams is expected to have its own ...
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Is there quantitative evidence showing that processes adapted from manufacturing work when applied to software projects?

Most management practices derived from manufacturing were developed in an environment where measurements to the nearest 1/1000th are common place. Most software project strive to estimate production ...
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How do you “project manage” when you are the only developer?

Targets in a one man developer team? When you are the only developer on a new startup, how do you think the project management should move forward. Because I am the only person with a technical ...
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Transitioning into a project management role

Many project managers start out as strong individual contributors, and end up as accidental project managers (filling in while the project manager is away, filling a need where a project manager is ...
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Maintenance project with insufficient staff - what should PM do?

There is a project with huge technical debt which is currently in maintenance phase. However because of the technical debt a lot of effort is needed to keep the thing running - 3 people should ...
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How important are Myers-Briggs personality evaluations as a project management tool?

As projects involve people with many different personalities (trying to) work together as a team, it it worth the time and effort to have the team participate in a Myers-Briggs personality inventory? ...
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How do you share lessons learned from a post-mortem?

Running a project post-mortem (or post-implementation review) is a valuable way to identify and document lessons learned from the project. After doing so, how to best share (and act upon) those ...
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Managing Gold Plating Scope Creep

Although scope creep often comes from stakeholders, it can also come from project team members in the form of Gold Plating ("when technologists augment the original requirements because of a bias ...
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Project Management Templates [closed]

In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, are there any useful websites with collections of good samples of various deliverables (project charters, status reports, communication plans, RACI ...
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Managing projects without a PMO

In a matrixed organization without a PMO, where projects tend to be coordinated by different resources (perhaps a Team Manager, perhaps a technical lead, perhaps the person who proposed a given ...
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How often should risk management be analysed and tracked?

I have analysed the possible risks of my project, and I do intend to get back to them from time to time and make sure that the project is safe. I am trying to figure out how often I should check them,...
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When a PM goes on holiday, what can they expect when they get back to convince that the project has not suffered?

Partway through a project and a significant holiday kicks in for the PM. What should the PM take their temporary replacement through before they go - and what should they expect to be handed back ...
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What role should a technical architect play in Project Management?

I've recently been given the role of Technical Architect in my organization (I will also be project managing some projects and developing if the 10-12 senior developers are all too busy). I'm ...
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When is a piece of work too small to justify a PM?

I used to work in an organisation that set a limit of 20 days effort, below which a task would be allocated to a technical lead who would be told to "just get on with it". Above this size, the work ...
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What criteria should be considered when deciding to do work which goes beyond project scope?

Answering my recently asked question whether to "deliver results when finished significantly prior to the agreed deadline", Smandoli suggested to fill the slack with "Look for places to exceed ...
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What instrument to use to Define Scope of a software development project?

Define Scope is one of the processes to be accomplished in any project. An output of this process is a Scope Statement (according to PMBOK). This artifact identifies boundaries of a project and helps ...
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Are GTD techniques applicable to PM?

Is Getting Things Done helpful in terms of understanding PM, and does it make any direct contributions? I'm not asking whether GTD will make you better organized, or more effective generally. I mean,...
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Dealing with a culture of fixed, scheduled project board meetings

An earlier question, Managing Without Meetings, was mainly focused on the number and frequency of internal team meetings. This question is about project board meetings that are scheduled to take ...
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How should team member act when they learn there was bribery in the project?

It is a question inspired by the one about handing the bribe: What should a project manager do if he/she is asked to pay a bribe? Mine is a bit different. You're a project team member in the middle ...
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How to encourage team members to contribute to an open, yet respectful, team environment?

recently, I asked how to deal with PMs weaknesses from a team members point of view: Is it the team members responsibility to correct PMs weaknesses? (or at least in his own interest) I sense a wide ...
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Shall performance be reported to the project team?

Report Performance is one of the processes being done by a project manager in every project (according to PMBOK). Performance metrics have to be reported to a project control board in order to allow ...
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Project management system for multiple concurrent projects

I am looking for a project management system, for a small development company (5-6 developers, 2-4 designers, 2-4 customer relationship managers) Some constraints are: projects have "fixed" and ...
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Project Management for Kids

What would be the essential elements of project management you would teach to kids? And how would you teach them? Would there be a difference in teaching approach for 10-12 year olds vs 12-16 year ...
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How to create a Project Management Community of Practice in an organisation?

Our organization needs to start a Community of Practice or a Center of Excellence around project management. What would be the steps to implement this? Our organization won't be able to successfully ...
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Can metaphors in popular culture help with explaining agile or waterfall to clients?

After reading this blog post that suggests that the Death Star was an agile project I was wondering if using metaphors is a good way of describing methodologies in a slightly fun way. 'Movie x ...
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How to determine how good someone estimates their time?

I am very often in an environment where the employees performing the work are constantly rolling over to new employees and these employees are allowed to estimate on their own how long tasks will take....
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Good reasons to jump from PM to Manager?

What are good reasons to jump from the PM to the Manager seat?
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How to return Business As Usual when the Project has not delivered the requirements?

A product has been released with several open issues that have been ranked as minor by the PM and Project Assurance. The Board believes that with the functionality released the Business Users can ...
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Is it possible to link msproject with the TFS system?

I wonder if it is possible to create and manage tasks in microsoft project 2010 and commit the modifications to the TFS project's tasks? It will be practical to raise the percentage of a task in ...
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If taking over a project, should the new PM have to stick to the previous PM's estimates?

A new PM taking over a project "mid stream" will need to get up to speed with all of the documentation, objectives, etc. If the previous PM had produced estimates that the new PM doesn't agree with, ...
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Deliver results when finished significantly prior to the agreed deadline?

In the seldom cases where your project (or milestone) completion estimation was too pessimistic, do you deliver results right away? If not, which tasks do you assign your team members in the meantime? ...
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Is it the team members responsibility to correct PMs weaknesses? (or at least in his own interest)

(I understand that this question may be discussed in a pretty wide sense. However I want to focus on its relevance to PM / PM teams). Imagine a PM who does not seem to be qualified in several regards,...
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MS Project On-line [closed]

Is there any on-line ms project like software which allow create project plans and save it in Microsoft Project format? I know www.amiproject.com, but it let just view plans.
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Perf.A(task X) >> Perf.B(task X), and Perf.A(task Y) > Perf.B(task Y) - whom do you assign?

Ok, admittedly, that title is quite cryptic, but couldn't imagine any better short explanation. What I mean is the following: The (expected) performance / qualification of employee A is MUCH higher ...
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What should a project manager do if he/she is asked to pay a bribe?

It is a common practice in some territories to pay bribes while doing business. Sometimes government officials have to be paid in order to issue a license or permit. Sometimes customers ask for ...
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No trust between Project Manager and Sponsor

What should a PM do if he has sound reasons not to trust his sponsor? And if the sponsor openly acknowledges that he doesn't trust the PM? This is a challenge found all too often (and migrated from ...
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Non-Microsoft Project Management Softwares [closed]

Which Project Management Software would you recommend to assist PMs in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads, other than MS ...
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Is the PM's required knowledge in agile environment changing nowadays?

We see software developers these days that do not know what does it mean not to use TDD or other practices of XP, project leaders that never worked in a non-agile environment, etc. These people don't ...
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Project is late, how should PM act?

There's a project where: In the middle of project it is already late Initial estimates were done by development team It looks like estimates were too optimistic Development team says it's client who ...
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Why do Scrum adoptions fail?

Scrum is the most popular of agile methods and since agile has become mainstream it is chosen more and more often as something teams should try. No surprise we often see Scrum implementations fail. ...
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Is it possible to use Rita's and Andy Crowe's books to prepare for the CAPM exam?

I've bought the two books mentioned above to prepare for the PMP exam until I have the required conditions (3+ years of PM work) fulfilled. I've recently had a look at the CAPM exam however, and ...
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How to make sure a task assignment was clear?

I guess you know the situation, that with some of your colleagues you manage to establish a common way of communication right away (whatever you talk about is understood perfectly by the other one), ...

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