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Fibonacci scale project estimates: how is it not vulnerable to misunderstanding by management?

The Fibonacci sequence is to assist developers with project estimates. The concern is that we consistently see management use the points derived from Fibonacci sequence estimates to determine project ...
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Why is Rowan plan used if it is not beneficial?

Halsey plan and Rowan plans are time based incentive wage plans. I have tried to check for the possible benefits the worker can get if he does work quickly than the standard time (S) . Halsey method ...
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What type of assessment/analysis model should I use?

I've been brought into an organization to improve their Release Management. A couple years ago they went through a transition to Agile development. I have two work streams: Run & Improve. Boots ...
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Tracking progress of a team working on small tasks

Our software team works on small tasks. Each task takes about 2 weeks. There are developers whose performance is twice bigger than the other's (the level is the same). Everybody just writes how much ...
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How to ask my Product owner to put all information on the JIRA itself instead of a document pointed inside the JIRA?

I am a developer. A backlog jira is assigned to me for grooming. The jira contains a short description of the requirement and also the acceptance criteria. Also a problematic sentence as below, which ...
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How to make Agile metrics useful to stakeholders and project managers

I have started using Actionable Agile lately. This tool is essentially used for Agile Metrics e.g. Cycle time, throughput, monte-carlo predictability etc. Does anyone know how I can translate this ...
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Adding n-number of due date fields and descriptions to Epics and Stories

In an existing project, the team is attaching tasks directly to Epics. I would like to introduce stories to the workflow and n-number of key dates to either the Epics or features. For this, I would ...
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How do you capitalize agile costs with less mature teams?

We are looking into capitalizing our agile development costs - however, we have a few teams with different maturity levels. One team uses time estimations with relative ease, other teams use story ...
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

Pardon me if this question seems kind of newbie question or not appropriate. But as a new Technical Lead i'm a bit confused about is my DB schema is perfect. Working with a small team of 3 to 4 ...
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Do agile teams need a leader with technical skill?

Do agile teams need a technical lead, where the technical lead is someone who has technical knowledge about project skills that the team is working on?
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Rolling Boards (Kanban) while doing Continuous Delivery

We are trying to do CD where we have a sprint per release on each board. So we are working off a board, and when we either get all the tickets to Review, or just decide to pull a release, we make a ...
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

I have been asked to interview for a Scrum Master position. The position is mostly remote, i.e. all people in the company generally work remotely and then meet up once every 2 weeks for Sprint ...
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How to call MS Project API

I need to write a macro to reschedule multiple projects. I am able to do everything, except I am not able to perform actions exactly same as in-built Reschedule option does. Is there someway that I ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Is there a name, a study, a blog post about the management failure to give clear priorities and objectives. I experience this every day. My boss gives me long term deadline that I discuss with him. We ...
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Can task be impeded under its assignee

Let's say I'm working on task 1. I found bug and created new task for that. Let's say task 2. Does it make sense if I impede task 1 under my name?
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Bug Reporting and Revenue Impacting Bugs

I'm new to project management and trying to get a grasp on it. My latest challenge is bug reporting. I created a bug reporting form that contains standard questions: Summary Steps to Reproduce ...
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Resource is refusing to do a handover before leaving

There is a person on my team who is leaving in few weeks. He is flat-out refusing to provide a knowledge transfer to another team member. I've raised this with my manager who has spoken to HR. ...
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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

I am just revising Anderson's Kanban book where he discusses 'input types' and it doesn't seem like he prescribes whether the team work with vertically sliced user stories - something which has been a ...
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What is swarming?

While the term "swarming" is used quite commonly, I found it hard to find a definition for it. Different swarming approaches seem to range from "do pair programming, if otherwise the WIP limits would ...
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Auto watching @mentions in Jira?

From what I have read, there is no out-of-the-box solution to auto-create watches from @mentions in Jira. Since there @mention triggers an email event, is there a way to add additional triggers in ...
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How to measure if Scrum Master is making a difference and when to give up

I have been working with a Scrum Team and also a Kanban team for about 6 months and 10 months respectively. The Scrum team hasn't shown any improvement and I haven't really managed to impact the ...
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Microsoft Project: Auto Start/Finish Dates Aren't Correct (get set for start of project)

Having some issues with Microsoft Project. Making a task marked as complete (100%) whatever the view, the task gets set to have a Start/Finish (including the Actual Start/Finish) date to that of the ...
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Application Lifecycle Management Tools for a “Buy” Organization? [closed]

I'm working at an organization that is almost entirely a "buy" versus a "build" shop. They prefer to implement off-the-shelf applications than build them from scratch, and have nothing in the way of ...
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Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

I have 4 teams working on same product. Currently we use separate backlog for each one. When creating a story PO puts it into proper backlog in advance. His list of rough ideas (before they become ...
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Definition of Ready and Done in a Waterfall-Scrum Process (Global Definition as Solution?)

I am currently working on a project in which a so-called Waterfall-Scrum process is completed. This includes one week of development and one week of testing. Each team (currently 7 teams building on ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
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What to know about PMD Pro vs PMP

I am currently wondering about the differences between PMP and PMD Pro and what are the pros and cons of both certifications. If you can you help me here, then do it.
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What does it mean to cultivate a team's Agile mindset?

If team strictly follows Agile's core values and principles and they started living as per the Agile manifesto, does this mean the team’s mindset is now changed to Agile? Or does anything else need to ...
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What is Value Assurance all about?

I have seen positions such as Value Assurance manager. How it differs from Project Assurance manager or even Project Manager?
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How to manage Cross-teams Roadmaps and high level tasks

Do you have any recommendations to track Roadmaps when working with multiple teams and cross-teams projects? Right now we work with Jira and spreadsheets, so any useful templates or tips for combining ...
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breaking down a feature into stories and avoiding dependencies

I run a team with a few iOS developers and a few backend developers. Over the last couple of months, we've been experimenting with different ways of structuring users stories for sprints and have ...
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MS Project Agile Showing Wrong Start/Finish Dates

Hopefully you can help provide me with insight. So I'm new to the Agile functions of MS Project, and I have a board with sprints and tasks set up. When inspecting the dates for Start/Finish times of ...
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MS Project's BCWP line in EVM report looks wrong and I can't reproduce it

I'm using MS Project 2013's Earned Value Report under the Report>Costs>Earned Value Report menu. The line for BCWP (the earned value) is much shallower than what I get by plotting the cumulative BCWP ...
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Tasks during sprint planning

For the next sprint, Jira displays the total number of story points in the backlog, calling it "Estimate.". This number leaves out tasks, which are estimated in hours, not story points. This makes it ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

I would like to discuss and hear some advice from you about a pretty common situation. We develop the functionality that has huge business value for the customer’s project and thus the customer is ...
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MS Project schedules only 7 hours for starting day of task

I have an existing project file (.mpp file). I realized that duration of all tasks is one day longer comparing to my estimation. For example, a task with duration 2 days starting at 3.6.2019 is ...
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Manage activities of a group to make monthly reports

Recently I'm managing a group of people. It has 3 areas, with each area having an average of 7 people; there are 20+ people. To make a monthly report to my boss, I am faced with the following problems:...
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How to handle large backlog

Recently I am asked to inspect the Kanban system our company is following and I am having some difficulties to fix it. I am working in a startup company and in software department there are 5 ...
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How are low ambiguity and low complexity tickets dealt with when they have a high work cost?

In our scrum team, we can often get user stories which are not very complex and not ambiguous but have a high amount of leg work associated. Example: We receive a user story to replace the name of a ...
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How to guide a team to be self-organizing?

I can see that a Scrum Master has two important role out of many; namely building a self-organised Team and removing impediments. Apart from teaching, mentoring and coaching, what else does one need ...
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What to do when your manager keeps adding

This happens all the time. I have a project that has a deadline. Let's take an example we're the project is to be completed by the end of this month. Yet my manager who has not gone to any of the ...
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How to manage delays from external clients

There are many variables to measure when dealing with clients, but to me these are the most important variables that I dealt with: Clients that are internal or external: If internal, it should depend ...
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How to provide sprint results to large array of clients?

I work as scrum master for all of our corporate systems related to ServiceNow. Unlike many projects, we have a ton of different (internal) clients. Finance/Legal/Facilities/Contract and the list goes ...
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Team over estimated

I just joined a new team as scrum master and I have observed team has forecast 35 effort points in every sprint and they are delivering more than 50 points . I feel there is some problem with ...
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Who else can test in absence of QA?

My team has got a dedicated QA for 4 developers (I know there is no such role in a Scrum Team, but I am writing here to provide information). Now, the problem is: we are heading to Sprint end and she ...
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Resources Management - I can't manage some people

Recently I've been promoted to a senior position where the responsibility include managing a project. To help me with the overall project, the company provided me 2 persons (resources) that are also ...
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Prioritizing both functional and non-functional requirements in Agile

Hi Everyone & Have a Good Day!! I am doing research on requirement prioritization in Agile. I need to prioritize functional and non-functional requirements by integrating both them simultaneously....
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Small Projects: Asking the right questions

I'm a data analyst. I get assigned small projects. The projects usually take anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks to complete. An example would be: Create a system/query that will generate a list of roads ...
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Stakeholder pushing to add more stories into the sprint

Sprint planning is done. Sprint backlog is ready. Sprint goal is set. Now stakeholder wants to add one more story, even though there's not enough capacity to deliver it. Team agreed to take this ...
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Scheduling based on end date and amount of hours willing to spend per course

Given an end date and the amount of hours I'm willing to spend per course (say 250 hours each for 2 concurrent courses), how do I make MS Project Professional 2019 spread out the courses evenly every ...

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