All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
15
votes
5answers
3k views

What Should a Project Manager Do If Development is Not Completed On Time?

I am a project manager of a development team. Oftentimes, the deadline for the development project is not met. About my team: I have 4 people in my team, and they are older than me. Sometimes I ...
26
votes
11answers
4k 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 ...
21
votes
3answers
38k views

Sprint Backlog vs Product Backlog

I was always under impression that Sprint Backlog is part of Product Backlog -> it's impossible to add anything into Sprint Backlog without affecting Product Backlog However, according to one of the ...
18
votes
6answers
3k views

What are the techniques to elicit requirements from customers who don't understand their needs?

Question: How do you prevent a situation where you have to produce work-product work first and get client feedback before getting on the right track to meet their needs? Are there any techniques to ...
24
votes
9answers
3k views

Adding new team members to a late project

According to Brooks' Law, adding more people to a late project will make the project later (or by analogy, nine women cannot have a baby in one month). The increased lateness is due to the fact that ...
19
votes
7answers
19k views

Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
17
votes
14answers
58k views

MBA vs PMP to prepare for shifting to Management Career

I am wondering for a person who wants to advance his career from the development to management level in IT sector, what will provide him the suitable foundation or knowledge for him? MBA or PMP ? ...
14
votes
6answers
3k views

How and What to Learn - New to Product Management [closed]

What documentation, skills & tasks should a new (Technical) Product Manager concentrate on learning first to effectively do their job? I have read this Wikipedia article, and it didn't answer my ...
14
votes
8answers
7k views

How Can I Maintain My PMP Certification and Earn PDU's In an Inexpensive Manner?

If you've earned your PMP certification, you now have to maintain your credentials by participating in professional development activities. This is from the PMI Web Page on Maintaining Your ...
10
votes
6answers
766 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
8k views

Is there a list of good kanban books? [closed]

Looking for something that provides a good introduction into the topic as well as how to introduce it to an organization and how to apply it.
27
votes
8answers
10k views

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 ...
19
votes
8answers
2k views

How to manage a Web Project

I'm a web developer, working in a small web development firm. usually we have small set of projects, using PHP & MySQL, and a small team with less than 4. But some times its hard to recollect ...
19
votes
3answers
12k views

How to organize knowledge within a wiki?

Using wikis as a knowledge database becomes more popular since a few years. But now I realized that most of the knowledge is lost because: articles are out-dated there is more than one page for the ...
16
votes
4answers
932 views

Is there any pm methodology that works well on large projects?

My team historically has averaged about 40 people over several years, often more than that. We have a pretty complex product that cuts across several problem domains. We switched from waterfall to ...
12
votes
6answers
712 views

Why use iterations in Scrum?

I am a Scrum Master in a 7 person team. We currently use one-week iterations for our sprints. I find that sprint planning overhead is huge (2 hours each week for entire team), and not nearly as ...
7
votes
4answers
4k views

Does anyone use a personal Kanban / Scrum board for project management activities (rather than work items)?

I've seen plenty of people using Kanban or Scrum boards to manage the work of a project. However, I also use a personal Kanban board to manage my work at home, so I was curious - does any PM use a ...
18
votes
7answers
1k views

At what point should a company decide to introduce a project manager role?

What criteria should a software company use to decide if they need to introduce a project management role into their team? From what I have seen, most companies start out with no project managers, ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
5answers
448 views

How do you work around a production team that is distracted by support tickets and micro projects?

I need some guidance on this project management situation. I have a software team with 4 developers, 1 QA analyst, and 2 part time student interns. I have several projects where the owner has over-...
11
votes
7answers
1k views

Story Decomposition Granularity

We are having a hard time meeting Sprint comits, one reason I suspect is that we are not doing a good job estimating and one of the causes of this is that we don't do a good job decomposing the story ...
11
votes
3answers
9k views

What if you finish all stories before sprint ends?

What we should do if we run out of stories during sprint (e.g we are still learning what is our true velocity)? Can programmers pick some unscheduled bugs to fix or should we end sprint prematurely? ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

How can I measure the performance of individuals within Scrum?

I know it should not be done, but I'm tasked by my company to measure the performance of each person on the Scrum team. What would be a "not so bad" way of doing it? P.S. I cannot let the team decide ...
19
votes
5answers
7k views

Agile team missing commitments regularly and complaining about no trust

I am on the product side and have an agile team that has missed every sprint commitment through the first 4 by between 40 and 60% measured by points. The team continues to say, that it is OK and that ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there any published research about story points vs time estimation?

We're getting started with Scrum and have had a few debates about whether we should estimate in story points or ideal hours. The team is pretty divided, so I'd like to know if any real studies have ...
11
votes
4answers
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 ...
10
votes
6answers
4k views

Should communication be included in a WBS?

I am trying to create my first WBS for the relocation of my company's offices as an IT person. So far, I broke the jobs that have to be done down to parts: 1 Documentation 1.1. Infrastructure 1....
4
votes
3answers
876 views

What approaches exist for long-term planning and responding to change?

In a software development firm, we often make release plans to fit a particular need: be it a focus on feature development, or carving out a market niche, or just overall quality improvements to stay ...
19
votes
6answers
2k views

What personality traits suggest that a person should move towards project management?

I've just started as an intern for a big company, so this obviously doesn't immediately apply to me. I love programming, however, I'm still considering potential career paths I may be most suited for....
18
votes
6answers
3k views

What value do project managers provide a software development team?

What value does a project manager bring? How do they benefit the technical members of the team who do the work (e.g., the software developers)? Why should software developers prefer to have a ...
17
votes
8answers
894 views

How can I track the work done by a remote team of coders?

I just started a project with a team of coders working remotely. I trust that they will get the job done, but I want a way to track their progress day to day. I know they are using a Git repository to ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

What does PMP Certification guarantee about a person?

If someone has written PMP on their resume. What can I assume that they know about project management? Would they know what is scrum, extreme programming, waterfall, etc? Would they know which ...
12
votes
5answers
979 views

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
1k views

Dynamic length of sprints in Scrum

I have been working several projects with Scrum method and, in some, we have taken the decision of execute Scrum sprints of dynamic length (every sprint). For me it have some advantages: Adapt the ...
11
votes
6answers
10k views

How much technical experience is required to be a software project manager?

I have 3 years of programming/development experience in mid-scale applications, and I do not have any project management experience. I'm thinking of taking the PMP as a stepping stone so that I can ...
10
votes
3answers
132 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 ...
10
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

Sizing an entire backlog using story points

I'm a PM on a large multi-year project with a sizable backlog of work implementing Scrum in 4 week release cycles. I hold weekly backlog grooming sessions with the project team and key business ...
7
votes
4answers
349 views

PM Software for managing communications history

I work for a small (3 person) consulting/Investment Banking group. For the last 2 years I've been looking for some kind of software to help us manage our "projects" but our projects look nothing like ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Are Program Management skills different from Project Management skills?

My company has a series of projects with dependencies between them (eg back end hardware refresh/virtualisation, new desktop build/roll-out, database upgrade and implementation of new functionality, ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

How to structure a project plan

I had an initial meeting with my project stakeholders and was able to define a strategy based on goals that everyone agrees with. The goals are: Data access Data storage Data validation Analytical ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it possible to remove Stories during a Sprint in Scrum?

Scenario In our organization, we use velocity to forecast the amount of possible work in a Sprint. Sometimes, based on the Team's average velocity, we add extra features not related to the Sprint ...
14
votes
4answers
8k views

What is the difference between Vision and Scope Document and a Project Charter?

What is the difference between Vision and Scope Document and a Project Charter? I think it is pretty much the same. Isn't it?
14
votes
2answers
39k views

In MS Project, can I create a task whose duration depends on two milestones?

I want to show an ongoing "support" task in MS Project, where the start date is driven by one milestone (test environment available), and the end date is set by another milestone (testing complete). I ...
13
votes
5answers
4k views

Justifying a Project Manager

I work at a small company our development team is just me and a jr. developer. We just hired another intern. I'm having a hard time justifying to my boss that we need a project manager. What are ...
11
votes
3answers
693 views

How to use Story Points, if User Stories are completely different?

Story Points (SP) is a good measurement, that allows estimating User Stories. SP (in my understanding, it's an important note) is convenient because it is relative and not related with time. All ...
10
votes
7answers
1k views

Project charter diagrams

What diagrams should be included in a project charter? In our standard template there is a section for "Implementation approach and methodology", this is where the flow diagrams normally are. The ...
9
votes
4answers
715 views

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,...
9
votes
2answers
132 views

Software Dev Team; Managing Task Across Multiple Projects in a Manufacturing Plant with no Deadlines or Set Features?

I work on an very small software development team of 3 (remote 'full' timer, a full-time developer on-site, and myself as 'lead' on-site) in a "small" aerospace manufacturing plant of about 300 ...
7
votes
2answers
238 views

In Scrum, what should we do with partly-completed work started at the end of a Sprint?

I get most of Scrum. However, I can't get my head around what to do with work in progress at the end of a Sprint. If we are working in a swarm, we can defer the end of a Sprint, or bring it forward ...

15 30 50 per page