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How to approach project management using both Agile and Prince2?

I am new to Project management. My current position is helping to project manage a small software team. I have been giving the opportunity to attend the PRINCE2 course which from my reading I would be ...
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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 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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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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How to manage hard feelings among distinct teams? (Integration of data)

My company has recently acquired another small company. Now, my company has a ERP system that we are using it presently. Also, the acquired company has an ERP system of its own. Now I have been ...
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Please Advise On Project Management software [closed]

Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. * I use a project management web application to manage bugs/resources/specs etc. * ...
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Please Advise On Optimal Project Management? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please Advise On Project Management software Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications. *) I use a ...
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Risk Register is a public document in a project?

Risk Register normally contains very sensitive information about potential problems. Some of them sound very scary like "we may loose our key sponsor" or "our CTO may eventually leave the company". ...
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What's the maximum number of similar tools a department should use?

What is the maximum number of project management tools a department could use? If more than one is used for the same purpose or several are used for linked purposes double data entry occurs or ...
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How do you deal with continuous work pressure?

I'm working as a QA for software product development. During the course of our meetings we typically discuss what tasks we are going to do and provide an estimate for each task. My manager has a habit ...
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Managing Without Meetings

What techniques have you used or would you recommend to update project status or resolve project conflicts other than meetings? This is a question from a company with a culture of meetings.
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How can we improve the situation of a technical team, without a CTO?

Our company runs an online photo sharing application, letting users edit pictures, create slideshows, share them on blogs and social networks and so on. The company is small, roughly 15 people, with a ...
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Should I work with another manager or take on his responsibilities?

A manager of equal level in the org chart is in charge of a team that is responsible for a critical delivery piece in one of my projects. He generally assigns his team deadlines that have no room for ...
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How to Create Better Communicators on Your Team?

I work with a team who is distributed. Most of our staff works remotely. As a result, communication is much more important. The team consists of managers, supervisors, marketing personnel, web ...
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Is it bad manners or practice to request “Read Receipt” to all mails sent from my account?

I'm working as PM, we have developers and senior managers working remotely and in-house. As a project manager, I'm at the center of all communications. The job of managing N lines of communication ...
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How to appropriately balance project activities with support tasks

I have a small team of experts (12 staff) who do great project work. Unfortunately, their expertise makes them the go-to individuals on support tasks as well. The inability to focus on projects ...
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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 ...
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What is the breakdown of personal skills that a PM is required to have in order to effectively do his job?

Much of the work that a PM performs involves tough situations, politics, coordination and communication across boundaries. This suggests to me quite an array of personal skills are required, but I've ...
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How detailed should my time management be?

I work as a freelancer and want to start tracking my time, but how do I decide how detailed this should be? Currently, I just keep track of the time I spend on various projects, but I don't subdivide ...
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How to deal with difficult people?

One of my colleagues constantly faces the following problem: We have a team consisting of programmers that are always working on one project or the other. Now there are times when we have to work ...
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How can I tell when I need multiple 'tiers' of management?

Large projects and enterprises always seem to have various levels of management. There's usually a top committee that runs the overall direction and big-picture of the project, and one or more levels ...
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How do I get my manager to understand that our project needs to stop here, and that we have to be on a new track?

Let's say, I've been working on a watch. This is your ordinary pocket watch, it has hands, gears, shows the time... About a month passes, and they want us to make this into a wrist-watch, still with ...
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How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

I've managed a few projects over the last few years, and one of the biggest challenges I face is avoiding becoming a micro-manager. I worked with a team once where I worked with a group of software ...
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When and how to schedule effective meetings?

I'm the lead programmer turned project manager in a small shop. Our project has entered "the last 90%" phase where many things need to be communicated between different departments. This means many ...
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How to deal with Ambiguous data?

I had a question on dealing with ambiguous data. IF at the start of the project, a lot of ambiguous data is present how would you zero in on a particular data?
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How to motivate a team? (software development OOP year 1 degree project)

I'm currently in college, working as part of at team for one of the CA projects. it's a problem based learning project where we've been given a trigger and told to come up with something to represent ...
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How to avoid being interrupted?

As a project manager, I think it's important to be heard. I find that many times, even when just meeting people, I am getting interrupted mid sentence. Can anyone out there provide tips on how to ...
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How should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog?

Should the Product Owner prioritize the backlog side-by-side with the customer? Must this step be done during the Sprint Planning Meeting, or could it be done before the meeting? Is the meeting ...
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Should the customer developers be part of our scrum team?

If during a sprint some task depends on customer development, should the customer developers considered as part of the team? At the sprint planning meeting should these developer attend to share how ...
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What objective criteria can be used in staffing a project with engineers?

Being a project manager what objective criteria do you use when recruiting new technical engineers to your project? Typically their resumes are full of magic buzz words. How to select the right person,...
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When to Use Waterfall, When to Use Scrum ?

Where I lecture, I was always taught to use waterfall to manage projects, but when I finished college, waterfall wasn't the only method that can be used for project management, and I am very ...
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how to estimate costs of projects that have not been clearly defined

how to estimate costs of projects that have not been clearly needs. for example I got a project to create information systems for xxxxx, then the client requesting the cost of it, while I do not know ...
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How to anticipate delays in the project schedule?

I once managed a very intensive, very complex project that with every tool, illustrated an on-time schedule. But in the end, the project was severely delayed. I understand the concept of "known ...
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Advice for a young programmer on creating programming estimates

I'm a young programmer who has recently gotten a job at a company that is small but loves programming estimates. Since giving good estimates has been a problem for me in the past I'm happy about this ...
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Is Redmine sufficient for light to moderate project management? If so, what plug-ins are required?

"Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database. Redmine is open source and released under the terms of the ...
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How to approach a project given to new PM during execution with vague requirements?

One of our PMs just got a new project that was on the execution phase with vague requirements. Because of these vague requirements, the Client have requested many changes, and the product development ...
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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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What makes a great planner?

I would like to become better at planning in my role as PM and would like to know what makes a great planner? I was told efficiency is an important attribute and im not sure if this is correct.
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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 ...
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Improving your Scrum Sprint!

I know there are lots of talks and articles on agile and scrum. But I would like to know how to improve your scrum sprint for a new and small team. We are looking for a sprint length of 3 weeks. I ...
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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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What is the most effective way to gain experience that can lead to working in a PM role, in the software industry?

What can a beginner, with good technical skills and background, do in order to gain the skills and experience necessary for the job?
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Should one give an access to Issues Tracking System to a project sponsor?

Should a project sponsor have an access to Issues Tracking System (call it a "bug list")? If yes, how do you manage a potential conflict between sponsor's expectations of bug-free quality and a list ...
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Where do you volunteer as a project manager? [closed]

What are the most effective/interesting places to volunteer, in the industry of project management?
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How to transition away a bad developer?

The situation is: A developer has apparently been working on an important project for a year and hasn't been able to get the product in a commercially usable form. Im sure there a plenty of ...
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Success factors of a Project Manager?

What are the success factors for a Project Manager? What are the best way to measure these factors? To ask the question in a different way: What does a successful Project Manager look like and how ...
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Roles in Spiral Methodology

What are the Roles in the Spiral Methodology approach? For example Scrum only has three roles 'scrum master', 'the team' and 'product owner'
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How to Create a Solid Team (Software Developer)

I'm a young software developer that wants to create a solid team with my friends, does anyone know about how to create a solid team according to your experience?
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Which project management methodology would be best suited for research projects/environments?

Which project management methodology would be best suited for a research project/environment? A research environment is different in many ways, including, for example: Some of the team members are ...
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How to manage and motivate external workers in project?

In one of projects I work we have some people working only partially. They come to work only when there is a need for their work in project and sometimes they work at home. The problem is with ...

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