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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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How to get burned out team back engaged again?

You get the project and development team which is assigned to it recently finished one of those hard-core projects, where everyone is working overtime for long months just to end up being completely ...
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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 ...
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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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If someone doesn't have enough experience to get the PMP, should they get the CAPM instead or wait until they have enough experience for PMP?

Lets say someone is still in university, so they still require 7500 hours of project management experience to applying for PMP. Would it be worth their while to do the CAPM or to simply wait until ...
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How could I motivate my project team members to be self-motivated?

Some team members are self-motivated however some others is not. Non self-motivated members is slowing down the velocity of the project which cause frustration to the other members and to management. ...
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How to manage remote developers?

I have a small company that produce commercial WordPress themes. Things are working well and I want to hire a freelance Front End Developer to help me. I never managed a remote person(the city I live ...
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When it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning

While doing scrum when it is time to do poker planning - during Story Time or during Sprint Planning? If it is during Story Time, then the only thing to do in Sprint Planning is to select stories for ...
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In Scrum, are stories supposed to be a replacement for product requirements?

In Scrum, are stories and acceptance criteria supposed to be a replacement for project scope and product requirements? Is it convenient that all requirements are scattered over many issues in Jira (...
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How to define a task completion criteria?

You, being a project manager, assign a task to a technical specialist. You don't understand exactly what he/she is doing, since you don't have his/her skills and education. How do you define a task ...
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Project gamification - is it worth a try? [closed]

I consider introducing some gaming elements to a project. The team does Scrum and it would be nice to add some more motivation, so I was thinking about set of rewards which would favor teamwork and ...
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How do you define “done” on a project or task?

From time to time, I get status updates from the technical team that a specific feature is "done." However, when I check it, it hasn't fully been tested or ux tested with common-sense. How would you ...
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Is the 15-minute daily stand-up meeting mandatory for a successful Scrum project?

Is the Daily Scrum meeting mandatory for a successful Scrum project? Is it possible to replace it with a one hour meeting once or twice a week? I am asking this because I am finding it difficult to ...
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Agile Best Practice for External Blocking Issue

Our company is trying to adopt a more rigorous Agile methodology (including Sprints and Scrums and all that fun stuff. We even got a JIRA subscription!), and we've run into a couple issues. The ...
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QA-Challenged Team - How to Improve?

Both in my Scrum Team and in the IT Department as a whole, we do not have a single hired QA-personnel. In fact, it is mandated by upper management that we cannot hire one (and I do not think this ...
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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Is it possible to be agile with a highly technical project?

I'm working on a small (4-6) team on a project that involves creating a machine learning model to predict the outcome of sports matches real-time. This also involves scraping the data and storing it ...
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How to use Agile in a small web agency managing a lot of different projects?

I'm faced with the duty of managing a small design and web agency's (3 full stack developers, 3 designers, 1 help desk, sales people...) technical department. The company is selling quite well (it has ...
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Role of a technical project manager?

I have a project that's close to failing as the main developer has now left the company. To help get a sense of where the project is at, I created a thorough review of the project's WBS and the tasks ...
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What document/diagram is must have for a software project? [closed]

I'm a newbie PM. I am a programmer before. So, what document/diagram is needed or better to have in a software project?
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Plan several sprints at once

We are working on a project that will be completed over several months therefore will take several sprints. Our product owner has pushed us into planning several sprints in one go. We have only given ...
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How does project management certification (or lack of it) affect wages?

Salary Surveys and Comparisons In an attempt to prevent a proliferation of questions about the utility of certifications, or questions about which certification improves marketability or wages the ...
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What are good steps for getting guidance to become a project manager?

I'm currently active as a project leader (under a project manager) on a project at the European Commission. I've literally asked my PM to guide me, let me know what I could do to improve etc. What ...
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Using Microsoft Project for managing a Scrum project

I am part of a Scrum team and we are constrained to use Microsoft Project (MSP). I understand that MSP is not primarily an Agile project management tool and I would very much to use something like ...
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Setting your own deadlines when your primary responsibilities cannot be scheduled

I know questions about setting your own deadlines have been asked before, but I think I'm in a unique situation. I have many software development projects, and one of the managers (though not my ...
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Applying agile in a mostly operations/support environment

I have read numerous Project Management SE questions on this subject, as well as done a fair share of Googling. I am aware that different incarnations of this question have been addressed before, but ...
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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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Definition of a Story Point [closed]

As far as I'm aware there's no definition of Story Points and how to compare them. Each person in a team may have his personal understanding of the correlation between an effort and Story Points. Isn'...
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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 ...
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Can we use only one Scrum board for a team with multiple projects?

I am doing research for school. My research is covering how we could have one Scrum board for one team that works on multiple projects simultaneously. Scrum methodology is not just for working on one ...
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Does a PhD degree enable one to take PMP exam? [closed]

this is my first question on this board as I've stumbled over it on my internet search for my question... I'm pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering, have done a several industrial internships (...
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Best measurable units for non cross-functional team estimation

I have a new development team and I want to use Story Points for high-level estimation. But I have two problems: My new team is not cross-functional (we are trying to solve this, but this is a slow ...
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Choosing a tool for Scrum [closed]

I'm considering the use of a software in order to help our team to implement Scrum. I saw iceScrum, but I don't know if it's a good tool. Do you ever used it? Can you suggest another tool?
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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What is a good way to set control limits on a schedule?

I want to try to track project progress using Earned Value Management approaches, mainly for my own education rather than out of a pressing need. The metric used to define planned value (PV) and ...
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How to efficiently manage a Scrum team when one member is much less productive?

Currently we have a team of 2 developers in a Scrum team, one is quick, the other is slow. When the slow developer falls behind in his sprint, the quick developer does some of the remaining work. The ...
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What magazine / journal / paper would you subscribe?

I'm looking for a magazine for IT PMs. I wonder if you subscribe to any of such magazine? If so, what are your recommendations? I'd prefer a paper version rather that a digital version. The idea ...
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How to handle CEO “priority” requests that affect existing client deadlines?

Our team(s) have agreed upon timelines both by the team themselves and the clients, including a bit of extra padding in case of any mistakes. However, the CEO of the company consistently sends ...
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Is Certified Scrum Master valuable?

What is the value in Certified Scrum Master certifications? I'll be quite honest in saying that I've never put a lot of thought into such certifications, but it seems like if you are interested in ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions align?...
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How to choose, motivate & develop a newbie programmer?

Imagine that you need to hire new programmer, however you are 100% sure that there are not experienced (what you need) developers on the local market and you need to work with newbies. A couple of ...
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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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How to Virtually Co-Locate: Operating across two offices

Apologies if this is the incorrect exchange to post this on but none of the others seemed appropriate. We are currently investigating the possibility of opening a second office. We are a web ...
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In Scrum, who is responsible for the project's budget?

I have read many books about Scrum, blogs and academic articles. Though, all of them dodge from explicitly acknowledging this question: Who is responsible for the project's money? Why is this person ...
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What to do when team members are overburdened by process?

Big enterprises are infamous for creating lots of processes. Sometimes these processes are overburdening for the team members that have to do them to the point where the process is more work than the ...
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Self-Managing Teams - Reality or Myth?

I recently read an article that had my stomach churn. A "Project Management Professional" said that he does not believe "self-managing" teams are possible. They "need to be managed at some level." - ...
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Communicating non-viability of project

I'm a consultant usually brought in by companies doing project management on big projects, setting up operations etc. The last few years I have been dealing mainly with digital and creative agencies. ...
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Daily stand-up with multiple Scrum teams

There are 3 Scrum teams (with ~15 people) whose work is tightly connected so it's necessary that teams to be up to date with the others' progress. How is it possible to exchange info between teams on ...
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Can Scrum Sprint duration change from 4 weeks to 2 weeks during the project?

Does it makes sense to adjust Sprint duration during the project? Consider a 10 months project for a web portal, requirements are a little obscure right now, so I expect that at the beginning (first ...
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What to do if team can't be made cross-functional?

I work in a small video game development studio, where the whole company is one team working on one product, and each person has a fixed broad function (e.g. programmer, artist, musician). We can't be ...

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