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Starting to learn Project Management, which book or path to follow ? [closed]

As I started to search to learn more about project management on Google, I was overwhelmed by all the certification links. All I want to learn is about the various software (especially web ...
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For a team of 15-25, what types of seating arrangements are optimal

Not everyone works together all the time, but various pairs do on different projects. What is the best way to configure desks to optimize for communication and ability for people to focus.
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How to manage a research project online?

We will soon start a research project (longitudinal study for 2-3 years) with a team of 7 (+ interns). I think these are pretty prototypical conditions for psychological research. requirements clash ...
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Should a Project Manager give new team members a document that defines the project?

I have recently joined an existing large, complex project to deliver some specific outputs. The only information that the PM gave me related directly to the part of the project that I am responsible ...
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How best to manage a shared pool of testing devices (phones), track who has which device? [closed]

Is there an easy way (could be software, but needn't be) to manage a pool of devices as one can a small library? That is, track who has which device, track the status of the devices, when they were ...
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Number of people in a team that need to communicate with the client?

Is it more useful that all the people in a team to communicate with the client or should there be one person - i.e. the project manager that does all the communication and then informs the other ...
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Should I be concerned that the PM has never looked at the product?

After two years on a project I finally worked face-to-face with the Project Manager yesterday. The project we work on has one major deliverable - a web site. The project team has roughly 20 people ...
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Number of PMP, CSM and Prince2-certified PMs

What are current world-wide numbers of people who are: PMP (Project Management Professional) CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Prince2 certified
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Eliciting Requirements as a Client

Background: I am a computer science student and am currently employed as a programmer for a health institution. Recently we discovered the need for a project which is beyond a 1-man job (I am their ...
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Tool to track recurrent tasks [closed]

There are many great tools helping you to manage your projects or just to track team tasks. But I am looking for a tool to track recurrent tasks of my team. For example, there are lot's of tasks like ...
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Quality Improvement Projects in Operational Environments

The idea here is to improve the quality of the service delivered by the Operations Team in a department responsible for the distribution of Variable Marketing Payments. This team primarily creates ...
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Team Management by Metrics

Metrics are valuable tools to measure performance and to manage projects/people. Nevertheless, I have started to encounter certain issues with regards to the measurement of my team's performance. ...
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What is the generally-accepted definition of a “software project?”

One of side discussions here on PMSE brought me to this: what exactly do we understand when we say "a project?" The most obvious thing is to start with Wikipedia definition: A project is a ...
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Public risk taxonomies/lists? [closed]

I'm trying to find publicly available lists of risks which I can use in my own risk identification processes. Maybe risk taxonomies or just risk lists. Can anyone share such links?
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How to manage and control IT support department?

Is it possible to manage IT maintenance operations like a project, with typical project management mechanisms including scope, time, and cost planning? In our project we experience difficulties in ...
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How to Organise Help Desk?

I have to organize the help desk. I have some thoughts and ideas. The project for which I have to do is a Web application. It has 5 servers in different time zones. We have something about 25 ...
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How do you implement ideas from Peopleware in an early startup?

Peopleware suggests that managers should set realistic schedules and should not put overreaching pressures on developers. In an early startup with hired developers, how does one keep the competitive ...
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To what point PM should interfere with team's organization?

There's a project team which has just got a project into production. The project was late (a bit) and over budget (more than a bit) but it isn't considered as a failure within organization. It was ...
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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 ...
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What would I need to do to transition from a team coach / organizational change agent to a PM?

A lot of the skills I've picked up as a Lean / Agile coach seem to be relevant to project management, and I've started getting offers of PM work from agencies. Since I coach PMs, I feel like I ought ...
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A project manager should know how much his/her project members earn monthly?

A project budget includes fixed and variable costs. In most cases (especially in weak matrix and pure functional organizations) salaries of project members are variable costs. In order to calculate ...
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Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate

Wondering if it is a good way to shift from programming into project management by taking a project certificate like Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate? Any ideas would be appreciated?
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Different ways of running Retrospectives

I'm about to facilitate another Retrospective with my team. I'd love to hear what different types of Retrospectives you do, to prevent falling into a routine. How do you improve such meetings to keep ...
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Mindmaps for project management [closed]

What are some practical, everyday uses for mindmaps for project managers? Please don't reply with a list of what could be done with them, but what you really use them for. Why a mindmap? Why does it ...
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What is the most useful and practical project management qualification for an IT professional in the UK?

I have been looking into project management qualifications on behalf of my department for junior, intermediate and senior project managers. I would like to recommend courses at these levels that will ...
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Valuable Information When Managing Multiple Projects

When managing multiple projects at once, what information would be most valuable to a project manager if the projects are related? Not related? [Purpose is for the development of new project ...
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how to apply the fixed and variable costs on the WBS to estimate the profit?

I have been asked to estimate the profit that could be achieved for a portfolio for IT training courses. I have to estimate the income and the fixed and variable costs and hence the profit. I made ...
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When growing a company, is it more important to build a culture or establish processes? [closed]

The goal is to have sustained growth and sustained delivery of high-quality products.
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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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PMP vs PRINCE2 - Why one rather than the other?

What are the reasons why a project manager should select PMP certification rather than Prince 2, or vice versa? Are they complementary or competing?
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Very Interesting ways to encourage responsible behavior in a project. [closed]

What are the funny and innovative techniques you use as a manager to bring about structure in a project without enforcing rules per say. Here are some examples: Have a Big Balloon with the words “I ...
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What techniques are effective for Scrum teams within organizations that do waterfall release planning?

What planning and prioritization techniques are effective for Scrum teams and Product Owners working within an IT organization that uses waterfall planning behaviors at the release level? Are there ...
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What's the difference between a Team Lead and a Team Manager?

Full disclosure: I am not a project manager. However, no other group on stack exchange seemed more likely to be able to comment constructively. In the company where I am about to begin work, each ...
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What common techniques do Kanban teams use to make commitments to other teams in their organization?

When a team is first adopting kanban, they do not typically have reliable numbers for cycle time, and will struggle to make commitments based on a Service Level Agreement. What commitment techniques ...
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To train or to buy knowledge, skills, and abilities?

When a project needs specific knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) there are, in most cases, two options: either to train existing project team members or to buy new ones on the market. What are pros ...
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Project manager's responsibilities?

What specifically is all the "stuff" a PM is actually responsible for?
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What are the differences between project leader and project manager

Is there any difference between a project leader and a project manager? Is their involvement different in any aspect? What are the tasks performed by project managers? What are the tasks performed ...
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Tools to capture business requirements [closed]

Which tools would you use to capture business requirements?
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How to evaluate task duration?

Another question came up about estimation of budget and time plan estimates for a project. In my answer, I stated that the ground knowledge for time estimate was experience. Does anyone knows a more ...
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How to report performance of a software development project?

What metrics do you use in order to report performance of a software development project? And how do you collect them?
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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 ...
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Making a budget and time plan for a software project

Let's assume that we are starting a project, but have no previous experience of budgeting a software project. What should the guys who will work on that project do to make a decent budget planing? ...
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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, ...
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Management by Walking Around (with a remote team)

Management by Walking Around (or Wandering About) is an extraordinarily effective (yet simple) way to keep your finger on the pulse of your team, to build relationships, and hear about problems and ...
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How do you get the most value out of a PM who can do everything?

This excellent post by Joel struck home (The gorilla with too many hats), and made me think. Many project managers started out as individual contributors, and may have strong technical skills in a ...
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Drawing Architectural Diagrams Before Building Software

I don't know I am posting this question. in the right place. I thought I could post it on stackoverflow but this places looks more suitable for this question. I am wondering that how much drawing a a ...
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How to implement SCRUM without forgeting the four principles of the agile manifesto on the way?

Don't the four agile principles get a bit lost in the middle of all the SCRUM process? How can this be avoided? How to promote these four principles over the process that is imposed? How to make the ...
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How can I reward hard work without a budget to do so?

A similar question discusses cash, presents, and parties as good ways to reward project participants after successful completion of a project. On smaller projects without a budget, and with ...
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How should a project manager capture decisions?

As a project goes through the planning and design phases, many decisions will be made. To develop with technology X instead of technology Y. To leave feature z off of the plan for this version of the ...
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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 ...

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