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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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Professional PM skills without classes?

How possible is it to learn the skills of project management without actually taking any classes on it? I'm definitely up for pouring through books and applying what I learn to my own projects so I ...
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What is change management?

What is change management? How do we do it in software development? What are most popular or best methodologies for it. Can anybody suggest good reading about it. Thanks.
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What information do you keep about a project once it has been completed? [closed]

Once a project reaches completion, which information do you keep/store for your records? Do you only keep a record of lessons learned, or do you also keep other project-specific information?
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How to use ROI to justify a project that is solely a replacement of an out-of-date system?

We want to get a project justified, but the ROI model is not helping us since this is a replacement of a very old, antiquated and out of date system. There will be no increase in revenue, no process ...
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How do you allocate people to very small projects?

I've seen many organisations where project managers would reason like this: We specialise in very small projects. Since a very small project needs a very small team, I should allocate one ...
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What is the best way to reward a small project team? (specially, at New Year event)

Let me explain a little about this "reward". I don't know if it is common everywhere, but companies in our country often offer some reward at the end of the year (Lunar New Year, or maybe Christmas). ...
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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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What is the relation between PMBOK and real world Project Management?

While I was studying for my PMP certification I learned many things that over my course of 10 years I was doing differently. Now after being a PMP for a year, I see how you can get value from the ...
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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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What Gantt Chart software can be coupled tightly with the development process for minimum effort required?

From a software developer's point of view, maintaining a gantt chart (such as marking off tasks as complete or reassigning them, etc) can become cumbersome when dealing with a separate piece of ...
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How to manage employees leaving the company?

Some time ago, the company had to downsize due to difficulties, now things are going better, but employees are still leaving the company. There is no budget to increase the salary or benefits right ...
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Dealing with project perfection and time contraints

What should be the best way to handle situations where the time taken for parts of a project go "over budget" or over the estimation that was made for them while you are also trying to achieve a high ...
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Is it possible to transform from a functional or matrix or project organization?

There are clear pros and cons to the different types of organizational structures: functional vs. matrix vs. project. What strategies are necessary to change the culture?
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De-scope vs push back timeline vs overtime?

When it becomes apparent that your project is running behind, what considerations should be made when deciding to cut scope, push back the timeline, or ask for overtime? Or is it purely up to the ...
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What is the difference between a project manager and developer manager?

What is the difference and when should a company have a project manager or a developer manager? I found the following diagram but was further confused: More specific question: In a small company is ...
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One of my projects was cancelled very early on - will this be detrimental to my career? How do I speak of it on my CV?

I recently started work as a PM, leading part of a large, long term (18mo+) project. After working on the project for 2 months, performing essentially requirements gathering and staffing work, the ...
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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 engage new stakeholders into project?

I've recently started a new project. Requirements were set, project was already specified and no new revolutionary 'features' can be added. Although on the client side, person responsible for project ...
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Minimum Project Management Practices for One-Man Software Projects

I've worked a lot on projects by myself -- "one man" projects. These are typically small projects in the software domain. Many of them have no customers other than myself (who actually use the end ...
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How do I deal with ballooning timescales?

When starting a brand new project, no matter how well I try to consider all of the components I always end up with a rapidly expanding list of features and missed requirements by half way through. ...
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Changing Processes - is it better to do it gradually or just change?

Based off of my previous question Can Scrum be suited to smaller development teams?, we have now picked out the elements of Scrum that would best fit our team and business, however, my Boss has ...
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What is the relationship between the Kano Model and Quality Function Deployment?

I've read a bit about the Kano Model, and seen pictures, etc: but how is this connected to the idea of Quality Function Deployment. How do you integrate the ideas behind the Kano model into QFD? ...
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What ways exist to earn PDUs to keep active all PMI Certifications?

Lets use this question to list all possible ways to earn PDUs. Please moderator covert this question in a community post. Summary of all the answers: PMI Chapter regular meetings (2 PDUs per ...
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Do technical leaders compete with project managers?

Technical leaders in our projects are competing with project managers. Or in more general aspect, is it a problem if someone with greater domain specific knowledge tends to dominate in project or ...
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Who owns the project timeline?

On a large, fully staffed, project team, under ideal situations, who would you expect to own the project timeline?
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What can I do to prepare for managing a project which is staffed mostly with volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization?

When about to take on a project which is mostly staffed by volunteers, for a non-for-profit organization, what kinds of challenges should I prepare for, which I am unlikely to have seen elsewhere? Are ...
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What are typical career paths for PMs as they gain in experience and become more senior?

As Project Managers become more senior, what are the typical career paths (beyond just taking on larger and more complex projects)?
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How long until a team can “become” agile on the job? [closed]

Last year I led a project for a research institute. Requirements had been in progress over the entire project, and I had lot of trouble when planning, budgeting and providing other estimates. Now, in ...
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Working environment and its impact on project

In my job people engaged in projects often work in separate departments. It means that they work in separate (1-2 person) rooms on different floors. Moreover project members differ greatly in ...
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How much self management is appropriate when you're self-employed?

I recently started as a freelance researcher. I mostly work on projects where I have to do measurements and analyse the data. While I have a little bit of experience with project management, I'm ...
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Will a Project Manager for a project which requires development of significant amounts of new code expected to have software development experience?

Is software development experience strictly necessary when managing a project which requires the development of significant amounts of new code? Can a PM without significant software development ...
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Where are opesource requirements analysis and design documentation [closed]

It's very easy to get the code of an opensource project, but it's different for the higher level artifacts. Is it because it's called open source, is it because I can't find it, or what? Is there a ...
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Should a PM also be a resource on the project? Why?

we have a small team of highly technical people and one of them is the project manager for the project. The person who is in PM role for this project is experienced and has previous project management ...
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What are the signs that a project is going wrong?

The obvious answer is 'missing key milestones', but that depends on a structured project plan with clear milestones (e.g. waterfall model). What are some of the not-so-obvious or subtle signs that ...
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How many risks normally stay in your hot list?

How many risks do you manage actively out of your Risk Registry? And how many residual risks do you have there?
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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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What are the biggest mistakes that new project managers make?

Getting started in the role of project manager is not always easy. Are there some common mistakes that you see newer project managers making that can be avoided (e.g. trying to take on too much ...

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