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Do long meetings imply lack of 'true agile'?

Dysfunctional agile teams have often been blamed that their lack of productivity is because "they are not doing true agile". Most places me and my peers have worked, feature 'agile' but also ...
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Certifications to go from tech-heavy to business-oriented projects?

I am currently doing some planning/research regarding certifications for this year. I have a combination of technical background (Ph.D. in Physics) and an executive MBA (specialization in managing and ...
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How to ask a developer for the cost of building my website?

I want to hire a developer to build my custom website application (browser based), but I don't know how and what to ask to determine budget requirements. Is there a 'blueprint' or suggested method ...
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How do you estimate the benefit of adding a software feature?

My previous estimates have generally been carried out by making a guess at what % increase a feature will have on conversion rates, or sales etc. However it's not scientific / evidence-based at all. ...
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Big organization needs to have a single point (project) of requests able to create a ticket and later move it to any other projects backlogs

I've tried different approaches and none of them were simple and elegant enough to make the cut. I've created a board using a filter involving all of our company's project so yes, you can track them ...
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Is there a way to use “OR” queries in “CA Agile Central plug-in for Rally”?

As I noted in another question, my company is using Rally for our Agile project management efforts. Many folks are using the Excel plug-in for ad-hoc queries and reports, not yet having learned Rally. ...
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Is there a way to export Application Name, DisplayColor Name from Rally using "CA Agile Central Plug-In for Excel

We are using Rally in a complex SAFe environment - lots of teams, each working by its own rules, and I'm trying to help the teams converge on some vocabulary and metadata. Because most people know ...
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Todo Note taking and Eisenhower Decision Matrix - Quadrant 2: Not Urgent but Important Tasks

Bases on the theory of the Eisenhower Decision Matrix, one is supposed to dedicate time preferably to the Quadrant 2 (Q2): Not Urgent but Important Tasks. (reference: The Art of Manliness) Is to-do ...
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Roadmap visualization for spontaneous tasks

In my setting we have a jira board where me, the Software Lead, together with developers and product owner want to collaborate in planing and overseeing our work. One major challenge that we have is ...
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Sprint Planning for Agencies

I'm looking for some help finding resources on sprint planning specifically for agencies, namely a web design and development firm focusing primarily on web apps. So a typical project would be a ...
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Does such physical-whiteboard-per-team management process exist in the literature?

Does the following sound similar to some established (now or in the past) practice? One big whiteboard per team. Tasks are written down in a single short sentence(e.g. "refactor Frubnicator" ...
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Jira Structure Resource Leveling uses random order

I am using Jira Structure with Gantt and trying to schedule tickets on the project with resource levelling. Instead of levelling one-by-one, it places first a ticket from the end of a structure, then ...
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Using Gitlab for specifications

We are already using Gitlab in our development process. We want to integrate our specification files (which currently are Word documents) into our repository, in order to leverage the versioning of ...
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Using EVM would purchase orders be actual costs or estimates to complete?

I am getting my head wrapped around EVM. How should one account for items like purchase orders? In my experience until invoiced POs are treated by accountants like it doesn't exist until you get an ...
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Variable Duration to Show Increased Speed (MS Project)

In MS Project, is there a way to show the improvement in duration of a repeated task using a variable duration? The project I am working on has multiple tasks that happen over and over again. Over ...
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User stories when starting from scratch

A user story is defined in quite a few ways, but roughly always like this: User Story is a small (actually, the smallest) piece of work that represents some value to an end user and can be delivered ...
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Adding user stories to nearly complete features?

I am a new PM. My company uses Rally for project management. I'm not too sure if this is a standard across platforms, but in Rally you can assign user stories to a parent feature. My team has been ...
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Fix for ProjectLibre incorrect critical path

I'm a big open source supporter, and want to switch from MS Project to ProjectLibre, however it does not display the critical path correctly for projects above a certain size. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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Is onboarding a non-functional requirement?

I work on a team that manages DevOps tools for a software company. When an engineer from one of our product teams wants to use one of our tools, they clone a series of Jira tickets and work through ...
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In MS project, sub project tasks are not showing up in sprint task board

I added multiple sub projects to my current master project. I don't see the sub project tasks in sprint task board though I assigned sprints to tasks and "show on board" is yes. The tasks ...
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Issue Register for day to day work?

I've seen the concept of an Issue Register in PRINCE2 but that would for issues and risks during a project that well end as they all should do. I've never used one in practice for either a temporary ...
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Creating a PaaS using scrum

If one were to build say a Windows Azure "clone", what would be considered an increment that is "potentially releasable"? e.g. Releasable vs shippable? I can not envision what ...
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Backlog - Is this to (i) List outstanding 'user stories' or (ii) List outstanding 'tasks' or (iii) Can one be used for both purposes?

Any good links to example backlogs would be appreciated. I understand from a backlog user stories can be refined, added, removed and so on. I'd imagine tasks or a WBS would be constant or tweaked by ...
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Backlog grooming items planning

In a Scrum project if the team is from 4 developers, the sprint is two weeks long, Team Velocity is 40 SP/Sprint and the Focus Factor is 0.6. During the Backlog Grooming meeting, user stories with how ...
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What is a good example of a project to use to demonstrate how to build a Microsoft Project Schedule

I want to train a few new team members in the use of Microsoft Project. All are familiar with the basics but I want to explain WBS hierarchy and predecessors. I am trying to think of an 'every day ...
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Minimalistic, free project management site with tree-like task structure?

I'm looking for a project management site, that has a free version, that can be accessed by multiple people enables entering tasks for which you can add any number of fields with values (like "...
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If a team works on different things, how can they run sprint planning effectively?

I'm a Scrum Master for a team who are working on different features for different products, but all for the same company. As we're a small team, we've kept it to 1 team and have been sprint planning ...
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Using project management tools like MS Project or Primavera in an agile team

Do project management tools like MS Project and Primavera make sense in a software team and for a software product, assuming that the team is following agile practices and uses, e.g., Scrum. Are ...
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How do I calculate a % complete on tasks which are due before a certain date with rollup function in MS Project

For a project that I am managing in MS Project I would like to have a % complete of tasks that need to be finished before Q2. E.g. I have one task with 10 sub tasks. 5 of these sub tasks have a due ...
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Customize the TFS Scrum board

Here is a TFS Scrum board I got from Internet: I want to know if it is possible to customize the card, as it does have the name of attributed person as redundant information. I would want to replace ...
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should developers have a say in functional requirements

In general most online resources point out that the functional requirements are the responsibility of the business analyst or product manager. But developers sometimes can be the expert on a product e....
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ex-Development manager as a Product Owner

In a new team, an ex-development manager, who's been in that position for many years, opted in as the team's Product Owner. The team has decided to do Scrum. The PO's Agile mentality is certainly ...
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Too much to test on the last day of the sprint [duplicate]

How can I avoid the issue where a lot of stories are moved to Under Testing on the last day of the sprint? The Under Testing column is manageable on most days but on the last day and there day before ...
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Project Management: Resource Availability

I have a meeting that needs to be attended by 10 individuals. Each of these individuals is either a manager, director, or member of executive leadership. There is very little overlapping availability, ...
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Is Dividing By a Percentage Valid in the Context of Determining Cost per Acquisition/Return on Investment?

I'm currently trying to find the return on investment (ROI) for a specific campaign, and I can't figure out if the formula below is valid in the context it's being applied; please see the first part ...
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Cadence in Scrum

Scrum coaches say that a Scrum Team (often Scrum Developent Team is meant) should adhere to: predictable cadence delivering business value each Sprint But at the same time Scrum emphasizes that ...
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How can I show the month for a Enterprise Custom Date Field in the Project Center for Grouping?

I setup a Enterprise Custom Field for a Key Date that leadership wants to group by year and month. I thought I could just make 2 new Enterprise Custom Fields, one to parse out the Month and the other ...
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Do I have EVM Planned Value understood correctly?

I am struggling to get all the PMI EVM terminology sorted out. The last key for me was planned value (PV). Let say I have a task and my BAC is $100,000 and scheduled for 4 weeks. 2 weeks in I am done ...
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Who should train business stakeholders on Project Management basics?

To clarify, I'm working as a Project Manager for a company where such concept was mostly unknown across business stakeholders. While projects were being done, no specific project management framework ...
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Can a story be re-open within sprint in Agile?

Here is the scenario. Story was completed as written and scheduled for the next release. We found out a day later that there were other systems that needed to do changes as well and would not be ...
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MS-Projects — Assigning a Resource group as resource

I am using MS Projects (desktop) and am wondering if it is possible to assign resources by the group they are designated under in the resource list. Essentially I would like to assign a team to a ...
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Team managemnet to get something streamlined

I am unofficially given an opportunity to lead a very strong technical team. We work in 24*7 Shifts there we have shift handover happening 2wice a day. Currently we are just preparing a set of table ...
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Best way to manage programs?

My company is starting a new program that will consist of many projects: An Android application An iOS application A web application A backend to support the applications A business analysis A brand ...
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From a sprint planning perspective, is it wrong to build an entire user interface before the API?

I'm currently reading 'Agile Estimating and Planning' by Mike Cohn and it mentions to not split by tasks like 'build user interface' and 'build middle tier', and instead to focus on building something ...
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Planned / earned value for items outside of the project scope?

Getting my head wrapped around the PMP / PMI earned value methodology. Traditionally have tracked a project budget vs the actual spend on a simple basis with that being the variance etc. The scenario ...
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Is it possible to display multiple tasks on a single line using ProjectLibre?

I have a project that I have 15 main tasks on. One of them is Meetings. I have had X meetings, and the duration is 1-day. Is there any way to show multiple bars on a single line showing these Meetings ...
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Giving credit via Scrum or Kanban boards to developers participating in release-management and validation activities

I have a team of developers participating in two week Scrum sprints. We track our sprint progress (code pushes to QA region, bug-fixes, prod-support) in Jira. The team also participates in monthly ...
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Using Kanban with Optional Columns

We have an optional column for Review, only 20% of tickets need reviews and most don't. Here are our columns: Todo/Backlog Development Reviewing Testing Done How do I implement optional columns in ...
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Microsoft Project - manage project with tasks that can be completed in any order

0 Probably best described by example: I have a project with 10 tasks of 1 day to be done by 1 resource. So they have to happen sequentially, easy to arrange by levelling or linking and the project ...
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How to build a feature backlog bottom up

Does anyone have any experience with bottom up product management? Essentially getting their teams to decide on the features and the direction of product? In most of my previous teams - product ...

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