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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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Daily standup vs. Micro-management

Why isn't the daily scrum considered to be micromanagement? Under any other circumstances expecting to get a daily update from developers would be considered micromanagement. Maybe even pico-...
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How can we manage multiple projects, as one small scrum team?

I know Agile came about as a group of 'adaptive software development' methods, where Scrum is one of them. Some background: We are an innovative web agency, which implies design and development. We ...
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What SMART goals can I set for myself as a new Scrum Master?

I'm transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master, and I need to come up with some examples of SMART goals for the new role. The goals are for my Annual Performance Reviews where I will be ...
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How to estimate a project budget using story points?

Current workflow in our company: I create Given/When/Then scenarios or User stories Developers estimate Scenarios/User stories in hours, by giving minimum and maximum amount of time for 1 scenario/...
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How to measure quality in a software development project?

Quality is one of the four key project constraints, which need to be planned and controlled by a project manager during the entire project lifecycle. In order to plan and control it the PM, first of ...
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How to structure a software development team

Given a 15x strong software development team working on individal projects, and small, medium, and large projects; what is the best way to structure this team and what is the best software development ...
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Good podcasts on current project management? [closed]

Can you recommend some good downloadable podcasts on project management? Either theory or current issues?
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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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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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7answers
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What's the best definition and explanation of project risk?

I've had trouble in the past explaining project risk to non-PMs. For me the key element I struggle to get people to accept is that a risk is something outside the control of those on the project (...
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14answers
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Are 40 hour work-weeks (no overtime) acceptable for development teams?

No matter what our current conditions are, it seems like my team is always working 40 hour work-weeks. Under normal work conditions this would be fine, but as we approach a deadline on a major ...
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Is estimating a project without basic requirements or user stories a good idea for a fixed cost proposal?

I am currently trying to create an estimate for a software proposal. In this context, we are requesting a fixed cost amount of funds. I personally lean toward Agile development practices. I, however,...
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Are there any specific steps to go from a software developer to project manager?

I'm a software developer with five years of experience and I want to start a career as a project manager. Today I'm seeking for a new job, related to management where I find myself much more valuable ...
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What are some agile (scrum) metrics? [closed]

I'm interested in learning what types of metrics can be used in the following areas: Productivity Quality Responsiveness Customer Satisfaction Employee Satisfaction Predictability ...and what makes ...
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How should I handle an argumentative team member?

I have a developer on my team who is otherwise very productive but is getting more and more argumentative and disrespectful to the team and to the project managers. For some reason (possibly ...
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How to handle big stories / epics in Scrum?

It's about a Scrum Team. PO and the couple of developers. They do well every time, when task is clearly defined and only technical part is to be done. It gets complicated when there is a need to work ...
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3answers
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Interviewing business analyst

There is a small company working on a software projects - mainly medium-sized integration project for big clients from financial industry. There is a PM, a few developers, a couple of quality ...
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8answers
7k views

What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

I want to understand what others believe is the ongoing value of a Kanban board to the development team I got into an argument recently at my small company because A) My dev team isn't properly ...
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9answers
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What's the exact definition of “Program Manager”?

I'm still confused with the title 'Program Manager' after I went through this site and searched over threads. Actually I haven't seen many 'Program Managers' in practice. Is it a regular role in ...
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6answers
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How do you manage technical debt?

In real world, business initiatives always take higher priority as there are associated ROIs and deliver something tangible to the users. But there are technical initiatives and projects that need to ...
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8answers
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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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A person in a project team not willing to follow the rules - what to do?

You're a project manager and set some rules how you expect the project team to behave, e.g. you want summary of the daily work in your inbox at the end of the day from each of project team members. ...
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Integrating Critical Chain into Scrum/Agile Practices

I am primarily a software developer and software development manager. I use practices from Scrum and Agile development to manage my project. This means: Incremental releases every two weeks ...
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Handling unskilled / unmotivated team members

I am a project manager, for a major project at school. One of my team members had joined the team as a developer, without knowledge of particular languages. The member has spent almost half the ...
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6answers
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality Assurance"...
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3answers
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Project management and research

What are the pros and cons of incorporating a project manager into a research team? If anyone has any experience doing so, do you have any suggestions about how to make the program manager as ...
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3answers
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

In practical terms, how do you suggest that a technical lead (me) work with a non-technical PM who is responsible for multiple projects? How should dependencies between stories, and external ...
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5answers
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How to implement kanban principles into one's personal life?

I'm impressed with kanban from a team perspective, and I'd like to suggestions on how to implement kanban from a personal perspective.
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2answers
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Why do Scrum user stories only use the Fibonacci series?

I know that user stories in Scrum are measured with a Modified Fibonacci sequence (0.5, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 40...). Why does Scrum only use Fibonacci numbers to estimate stories?
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15answers
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Dealing with a coworker who keeps making the same mistakes over and over

I've been struggling in a peculiar situation since a while ago and would like your inputs on it. In our project (which is a maintenance project), there are some tasks that are done from time to time (...
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4answers
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How should a team handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?

During estimation, the Product Owner presents a user story that seems clear to a team that usually knows their strengths and weaknesses, and that is not hostile. What should the Scrum Master do if the ...
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How do you name Sprints in Scrum?

I was wondering if it's a good idea to name Sprints with user-friendly names instead of using numerals like Sprint 1, Sprint 2, etc. Are there best practices or standards for naming the Sprint after ...
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3answers
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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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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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3answers
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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?

If at that time, development team is currently at max WIP, then there's an urgent task like critical bug that need to be fixed immediately, do we need to violate the max WIP and allow to do work more ...
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3answers
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What metrics to keep through out the life of the project?

Apart from the regular cost/scope/time metrics that every project contains, I am interested in knowing if I can include a few more metrics that will trigger alerts on future projects. Let me ...
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One of team members plays a game during a work

Imagine you're a project manager. In fact - more coach than manager. You have a team of 6 people. One of team members plays a lot of web-based game. You infer this, because his monitor is facing door ...
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3answers
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Maintenance Project: How to evaluate team's performance?

Year end is approaching, and on the company I'm working (and pretty much all other IT companies) it's time for year's performance evaluation. Evaluating people is always a sensitive and insightful ...
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2answers
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Remote start up company software development

I'm handling a team of 6 2 Software Engineers 1 Software Architect 2 Creative Artists 1 System Administrator for a remote start up company, what could be the best project management and software ...
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4answers
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Scrum Project Management Methodology strategy for working towards a fixed deadline

Question Is it valid and possible to cope fixed unmovable deadlines into Scrum? I guess it is just confusing to me because I thought one of the core principles of Project Management is to help ...
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9answers
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How many projects can a PM manage at the same time?

We are a small team and can afford only one project manager (PM). As a result he's basically managing all of our projects. To keep the quality of our business, we would not like to overload him. ...
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4answers
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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5answers
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What are the effective Knowledge Transfer recommended processes

Due to heavy attrition rate my project team usually get new developers at various stages of the projects and sometimes even in the maintenance phase. We are currently following an informal way of ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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7answers
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How can a new PM manage a failing project in a few hours per week?

I am working as a beginning scientist and was given the management role for a small project (5 internal scientists, 1-2 external software contractors). What are the absolute essentials I need to ...
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9answers
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What's the difference between a project lead and a team lead

I'm a developer and I'm working in a small IT firm. I want to know what are common differences between a project lead and a team lead. My background: in our company we have only lead programmers and ...
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9answers
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Testing and customer acceptance of a project is dragging on forever

I'm the only software developer and project manager for the technical side of a project we're delivering for one of our clients. We initially agreed to and signed-off on a high-level spec that we ...
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3answers
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How do you schedule maintenance work in Scrum?

What are some of the different patterns you use to schedule maintenance work (any non-feature work like bug fixes, technical debt reduction, etc.)? In our organization, we've considered mash-ups of ...
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How effective will be an iPad to take Meeting Minutes?

Usually I record notes of project meetings in pen and paper (regular notepad). If I am taking notes in a laptop, some people tend to think that I am not paying attention. I have thought of buying an ...

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