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Gantt chart with resource de-confliction

I like to use Gantt charts to model the time tasks will take and the dependencies of those tasks. For reference, I use GanttProject but I am not tied to it. One issue I've had, however, is handling ...
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Management wants to start doing “1 on 1”s as “2 on 1”s. Good or bad idea?

I work at a start up, and we've just promoted a few interested and apt senior engineers into managerial roles. Additionally, we've gone on a bit of a hiring spree and need to start doing a better job ...
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What if developers don't want to spend their time on manual testing?

I have experience of working with a team where developers didn't want to do manual testing because they considered it to be wasting of their time - QA work (especially manual testing) doesn't improve ...
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In corona lockdown time, how to substitude scrum/standup meetings?

Well we adopted scrum in the past as the project management paradigm. However one of the cornerstones of scrum is the daily standup meeting. In corona lockdown era (or any time where it is relevant) ...
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On-time delivery vs Fast delivery

Asking a Scrum Team to deliver valuable shippable increment each Sprint leads to reinsurance - team members will put additional time/Story Points in their estimates, thus reducing TTM (Time To Market)...
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Pricing risks when developing a project's budget

During the initiation and planning a project how much do we add to the project's budget in order to take into account discovered risks? And how much should we raise the price of the project for a ...
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How to effectively plan the team for different tasks in same project?

We are a team of around 12 developers (2 leads / 3 mid level /5 juniors / 2 designers) and we are planning to have following teams. We are into web development. R&D Team - Team that will do POC ...
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How should I deal with common dependencies when estimating stories in Scrum?

There's something that has always bothered me with Scrum. Hopefully I can get some insight here. With Scrum, we try to break the backlog down in vertical slices. Let's say stories A and B. These ...
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Project management approach to take and presenting information about a product to User?

Recently, I faced 2 interview questions as below: Q1) Explain to us how you will present information about a product to the user? Q2) What project management approach would you take and why? Now, I ...
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QA is at capacity, Development has room

Let's say you have five developers and one QA tester. All 5 developers can commit to X number of user stories. In Planning, QA decides he'll need Y number of hours per story to test. What is the ...
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Is a Product Owner's approval part of DoD?

Is DoD supposed to include a Product Owner's approval, i.e. does DoD for User Stories include the following: the User Story is approved by PO using Acceptance Criteria for this Story Or does DoD ...
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What is a productive, efficient Scrum team?

How does a Scrum Master, a Product Owner know whether a Scrum Team gives much or little usefulness to a customer? In other words, what is a productive, efficient Scrum team?
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Goals and objectives vs OKRs

The words "goal" and "objective" are very overloaded and when we are talking about them in the business context, we usually mean that the goal is the company's broad aspiration or ...
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If we cannot complete all tasks in a sprint

This is an online question on the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) v7.0 (CSM-001). However, I don't understand why the answer is A instead of D: You are the Scrum Master. The Sprint will complete in two ...
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How to estimate sprint velocity when there is a change in story points in scrum

Initially, the Product Backlog contained 350 story points of PBIs. After completing 7 sprints of development, the Product Backlog contains 140 story points of PBIs . The average velocity is 30 per ...
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Change finish date with fixed start date

I'm new to Ms Project and I have a bit of a problem. I've already made a schedule, the tasks of which already have proper dependencies. I have just been instructed to now use a deadline that if I were ...
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Under what circumstances should outsiders attend a scrum team’s ceremonies?

I work with a team of 5 scrum masters each of which has one or 2 teams. There is one agile coach. The agile coach wants to “observe” all the ceremonies of my team. He wants to do this to “coach” me. ...
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Financial indicators of a project and a project manager's efficiency

A project manager's responsibility is to lead a project to a successful completion, which includes finishing the project on time, a happy customer, a proud team, etc. But it also includes financial ...
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Acceptance Criteria, Given/When/Then format demote readability of user story?

I'm creating Acceptance Criteria for user stories. Since it seems to be the main way to do it in my current company. I feel that Given/When/Then always demote user story's readability and increase ...
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The successful Sprint rate vs Reserving additional time within a Sprint

Let's suppose that a Scrum team have a velocity of 50 Story Points per a Sprint. During a Sprint Planning Meeting they add some Stories to the Sprint Backlog until the total sum of these Stories gets ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

If there are only minor issues to discuss in the next Daily Scrum, should I hold that Daily Scrum as usual or just tell the Scrum Master to cancel that Daily Scrum and deal with the issues by email or ...
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How to start managing an in-flight project?

I have intermediate project management knowledge. I became a project manager for 2 software deployment projects for a company. One of the projects is towards the end as we get close to deployment and ...
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document or standard process when automating manual stuff or creating scripts

I am part of a new team that has the main task of automating manual processes. Mostly using excel VBA or PowerShell. The requests that come in are somewhat in general. For example, it will only say &...
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Collect bugs/issues in Next-Gen Jira Software projects

I'm trying to find the proper way to collect bugs/issues in Jira's next-gen projects. Looks like this feature has been requested by many users. How other PM's are dealing with bugs in this case?
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Scrum and interruptions (urgent bugs, requests)

Does Scrum take into account interruptions? For example: urgent bugs from production environment requests from other teams This is very important in real development process. In practice of Scrum ...
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PMBoK vs The Standard for Project Management

PMBoK is a collection of often used practices for project management. A project manager doesn't have to use all of them. An organization is supposed to adapt PMBoK for its needs. Why do we have The ...
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How do you make the Teams Retrospective Actions visible and ensure they get attention throughout the Sprint?

After a Retro we usually have 2 or 3 Actions to address in the next Sprint. Some of these Actions are sometimes more of a reminder to Developers. Who do we ensure they are addressed in Sprint? We're ...
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How do you track employee working hours? [closed]

I've inherited the responsibility of managing a team in my role. I need to track the hours that each employee spends on each project. We're a small startup that lacks an existing process for this task....
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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?

How flexible is PMBoK with regard to changes? Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any chage to the approved plans? Or does it encourages changes? For example - one book (explaining the ...
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How do you know a half of a Sprint Backlog is already done?

During an interview I was asked - how do you understand that the team has already completed a half of the Sprint Backlog? How do we do this? Was I supposed to say that we need to sum up all the user ...
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Status Indicator of successor task

I have inserted the column of Status in the MS project. The predecessor task is running late and will take time due to delays. However, i do not want the successor task status to show late in such ...
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What framework or methodology would you recommend for a Data Science team?

I am a Scrum Master for a team of mostly Data Scientists and some Software Engineers and a Product Owner. Our organisation has decided that all teams work in 2 week sprints using Scrum. I personally ...
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Microsoft Project - Tasks do not split if a higher priority task “Leveling Can Split” is set to “No”

I have an issue where using "Priority, Standard" levelling that "Leveling Can Split" appears to stop lower priority tasks from splitting. I am trying to ensure that highest ...
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MS Project Gantt chart: Highlighting today line

How do you highlight this line? It's hard to see in "stock" format.
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Effect of front-loading tasks on project schedule

Customer wanted to re-prioritize activities and move them up the schedule. This will result in some tasks being carried out in parallel. To avoid over-allocating my resources, we have recommended to ...
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How does Planning Poker work in a cross-functional team?

Let's suppose we have a common Scrum team comprised of a frontend developer (one or two), backend developer (one or two), tester, designer. Let's further suppose that we need to estimate a User Story ...
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Do you have to deliver working software in an Agile timebox/sprint?

In the Agile manifesto one of their values is: Working software over comprehensive documentation This got me thinking does this value stand in all circumstances? Especially in the circumstance of an ...
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Redmine Notification Emails not sending

I'm trying to get Redmine to send notification emails, but I can't seem to get it to work. I'm following the directions for email configuration on the Redmine site, but nothing seems to be working. My ...
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What to do when the team prefers private communications on mail and chat over collaborative tools like Jira?

I've noticed that a lot of discussion between a developer and a Product Owner happens in private conversations in various communication tools (Skype, Slack, email, etc). The reason is because these ...
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Is there planning in Scrum?

As a project manager/scrum master, I has been required to make sure that the team completes the work that was planned for a Sprint and, what is more important, for a Release. Are these demands correct?...
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XP Practices Doubts

I was doing some XP Multiple Choice Questions on Sanfoundry. There are three answers I found confusing. (Note: bold: system answer, italic: my answer) In XP, as soon as the work on a task is complete,...
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Planning Poker Reluctance

I am joining a new team that has been struggling with sizing for years. They have not been making sprints. They have been setting their own Story Points, and historically they have correlated them to ...
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How can we simulate hard deadline?

We're working on an ongoing project. We have internal deadlines like sprint but it's not a hard deadline. Nothing will happen if we don't reach the internal goals. The team is starting to get used to ...
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Gantt charts and Network Diagrams

In what ways does a Gantt chart and network diagram aid in the completion of a project ? What information does it provide and how is that information used ?
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When does a software vendor (fixed-price projects) usually get paid?

What is a usual approach to fixed-price software project payment? Does a vendor get the money after the result of the project is delivered to a customer? Or is the payment made upfront? Or a mixed ...
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Using burndown chart to estimate the completion date of a Scrum project

I sometimes read about using the burndown chart to estimate the date when the Scrum project ends. It's often described like this: estimate all features of the product and sum them up (...
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Find the date in which a given cumulative cost is reached

In my project every task has its costs (fixed only), my costs and cumulative costs are fine. The payments will be awarded every time a given total cost is reached. I need to have a report (or ...
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Change management in small fixed-price projects

I guess it's not common in small projects to develop a change management plan, so... What do managers of small fixed-price projects do when a customer demands a change? How is it resolved whether ...
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While preparing a Developer level Document (Use Case) what should be defined in Business Validation?

We are working on a developer-level document or a Use Case document which is shared with the development team. We define Business Validation within a use case, what should be a part of that Business ...
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Problems with a decision on layoffs

Being a mid-level manager, I was told by my supervisor that a drastic staff reduction in the company is due in a couple of months. Most of my subordinates will be laid off. He specifically told me not ...

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