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Team members in project status meetings ?

When conducting status meetings I feel they're inefficient. About our meetings: They're once a week and they're in the morning at 9am. They were once at 3pm but the CEO finds it difficult to ...
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Prioritizing Features

Question for fellow product owners/product managers. How do you prioritize your features? We are currently trying to develop some common criteria (as objective as possible) that we can use to ...
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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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 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 there a difference between the PMP and the CAPM in terms of what to study?

I have seen that many websites claim that they have brain dumps for CAPM like they said they have for CISCO, Java and Microsoft. I am strictly saying that I am not going to use those dumps and nor I ...
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How to handle somebody who does not take into account what is said to him?

I'm facing a problem that is quite new for me, and want to discuss it. I have in my team a developer who doesn't take into account the directives that are given to him. He doesn't follow priorities ...
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Software tool for resource pipeline planning for multiple projects [closed]

My company has about 20 - 30 open projects at any given time, as well as 5 - 10 that have been approved and will start within the next few weeks. We currently use Basecamp to manage the projects and ...
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Who should be trained when introducing Agile?

Should all team members be formally trained when introducing Agile methods into a company, or is it sufficient to train only a handful of key people? If the latter, who should they be?
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Structuring an Internal API Team in an Agile Environment

My company has adopted scrum two years ago, and I think we have been fairly successful using it. I am currently facing the task of trying to restructure part of our development organization, and I ...
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What are some ways you are getting your business engaged with your Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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Service Delivery Metrics

We have onshore project managers who are responsible for the following: SL Management Financial Management of Service Capacity Management Availability Management IT Service Continuity Management ...
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Would this be a good way of reporting?

I do not know whether I am reinventing the wheel, but I have never come across the following reporting method. I imagine that if I was to choose a single metric to report to upper management about a ...
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Transitioning into an Agile Project

We will be working on an exciting new project that slightly blurs the line of PM and Consultancy. This organization is eager to introduce agile for supporting their existing applications, but they ...
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Best way to do peer code reviews in the development process [closed]

In our company, we use Scrum with short sprints of 1 or 2 weeks and peer code reviews as a requisite, but I'm still trying to figure out which is the best "flow". One option could be doing the code ...
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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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Bridging the Knowledge Gap in Projects

So far we've been very comfortable managing projects that have similar technical characteristics with our past projects. For instance we choose to get involved in python-based web application ...
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What are some indicators that a project may require a real project manager?

I've worked on many teams, medium size (20+ developers) and smaller, and for the most part the project lead managed the project in terms of projections, collecting and reporting tasks and status ...
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Whose responsibility is it to encourage/ensure knowledge flow across Agile teams?

I am working with larger and larger organizations adopting Agile. One discussion recently has kept me thinking about a challenge I hadn't been paying attention to heretofore. That is, how do we create ...
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How do I encourage team members to accurately log their work?

One thing that I noticed is that lots of employees forget to log the number of hours that they worked on a task. Is there a way to provide incentives for them to measure their work accurately? (either ...
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Is there any knowledge source (book, for instance) talking about cultural differences from a management point of view? [closed]

I'm working in global outsourcing company (and therefore interacting with several cultures) for five years, and only a few months ago I realized (in the harder way, i.e. suffering) that is VERY ...
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Transitioning Postmortem data after a project is done

One of the things I wish I did more often and better is follow through with the data collected during a Postmortem. I'm looking for input on "How do you ensure the postmortem data is followed up and ...
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How to Introduce innovative change in organizational processes when upper management defends status quo

I have been involved in a couple of project for the past year, and I have been lucky to work with the brilliant team. I noticed that in each of these project there seem to be one or two persons who ...
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How to most effectively facilitate a value stream mapping exercise?

In the course of helping teams understand how their own project / service is structured and managed, I often facilitate value stream mapping (VSM) sessions. What specific facilitation techniques are ...
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Why Project Management is so hard? [closed]

I know a lot of Project Managers and they are all over 30 years old. Are all project managers like that? I mean, is this about getting more experience than at least 7-8 years? Or being a Project ...
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The Case for Hourly Estimates

My boss has always operated on fixed pricing projects; where we rarely see a profit on. I'm on board with selling our clients hourly rates on large projects. We have yet to get a client willing to ...
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Dealing with a Programme Manager whose priorities differ from those of the Project Manager

I am a contract PM, managing a small project within a much larger programme. My project is highly dependent on corporate decisions that come to me via the in-house Programme Manager. Unfortunately, ...
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What is the preferred number of tasks to assign?

I am going to lead a small team for the first time in my career and I am determined to not subject my team to the same issues that I perceive to have been subjected to as a programmer. This question ...
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Which CRM systems work well with Redmine? [closed]

I am using Redmine for managing a small team of developers. To organize our contacts, we need a CRM system soon. Are there any CRM systems that have a Redmine integration? Is it possible to link ...
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How to Measure The Price of The Project?

We are working on the project (IT), but we were puzzled to price project. Does anyone can explain, about what it takes as a consideration in determining the price of a project?
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How can a PMO help the adoption of a project management culture in an organization?

I've worked with organizations that have started project management offices (PMO) in order to become more project oriented in their work processes. Sometimes it works, and the PMO becomes a source ...
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How do we integrate marketing in our Scrum process?

We are a small team that just created a website. We used Scrum and it worked very well for us. But now we have to shift our focus to marketing that website. We would like to keep Scrum as our ...
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What questions would you recommend to put into project estimation checklist?

I would like to create common checklist for project estimation in my organization. The idea behind is to make sure that you have taken into account different aspects (ie. lack of knowledge of given ...
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Who should see the Vision and Scope document?

We're about to meet some influential people on my project's field (at least they're influential in my country), data mining, mainly looking for some advice and, why not, a possible alliance in a mid ...
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Project cancelled, still client wants to use parts of it?

After four prototypes on a mailshot design, the client is now telling me that the project is going to be cancelled. Because a lot of work was involved, I submitted an updated "cost estimate" (in this ...
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Given a “frozen” iteration plan, what happens if the plan's stories require more work than expected

I am not sure how to phrase this but I'd like to ask how Agile handles this. My understanding is that in Agile, you freeze the stories that are in the current sprint. What happens when a developer ...
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Does project management mean managing people?

Does project management mean managing people? So far, from my understanding, managing people is somehow part of project management. But I don't have any formal training in this direction and I can't ...
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Is a Developer Getting Involved in Project Management a Good Idea?

As a developer working on a team with a project manager, is it valuable for the team and/or the project manager to have team members who are aware of project management and for them to share their ...
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Important Information for a Developer to Know About Project Management

As a developer as part of a team comprising of a variety of roles e.g. project manager technical lead, business analyst, quality assurance etc, what are the most important things for a developer to be ...
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How to handle user stories that cannot be split and do not fit even a 30 days long sprint?

Given a small team (3 people or so) and a technically challenging area (e.g. middleware, embedded software etc.), and Assuming that a user story is a smallest thing that has value for the end user, ...
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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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Are processes and procedures only for enterprises?

I've had the opportunity to work at quite a few start-ups. One thing I've found to be common in them is adhoc way of doing things and ignorance towards processes, best practices and known project ...
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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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Managing Product Releases

I work as a Product Manager in a company focused on GIS Products. Our software development team works on both internal products and clients projects using agile methodologies. I'm having trouble ...
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Should you give developer(s) bounty/bonus for his/her result?

How would you profit the work of a software developer? I would also say team, but I speak partly about single developer and partly about the whole. I have seven years in the developing scene, with ...
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How to Give Better Estimations to Customers

We are working in an environment where customers give us thick requirement documents and they expect the technical team to do an estimation on the whole requirement. Once they receive our estimates, ...
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What should I do/study in high school if I want to be a software project manager?

I'm in high school and I'm curious about what I can do now to increase my knowledge about software management. What should I know about software management to better my chances of becoming a manager? ...
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Does Brooks Law hold for other fields as much as software development?

Brooks Law basically states that adding people to an already late software project makes it later. But does it hold for other fields as well? I'd imagine in a construction project it would probably be ...
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Tools in agile methods

We are currently in the process of implementing Scrum. I would like to let us started with a tool to help the team get along with it (see here about this point), but after a presentation I made where ...
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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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