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Percentage Values In Timeline (MS Project)

in the photo below you will notice four work packages. Each one is 70% done (column % Work Complete). Nevertheless, for the first three activities in the timeline I see 9%, 6% and 31% completion ...
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Entering Contract Start and Contract End Date in MS Project

What is the best approach for having contract start and end dates in MS Project? The issue I am facing is the following: I entered both dates as milestones. all project activities are of course ...
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Microsoft project resource allocation

Is it possible to allocate work on Microsoft Project on a 30min accuracy? Basically i want to allocate: Jane: Task 1, 08:00am - 9:30am Judy: Task 2, 10:30:am - 1:00pm Therefore i want to tell them ...
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Why are fiscal quarters a thing?

There exists a widespread separation of one year into 12 roughly equal slices. What is the benefit of introducing a very similar one b = floor(a/4)? How is we'll do it 2021Q1 better than we'll be done ...
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Why use constants to calculate control limits

I am refreshing some knowledge on 6s and currently go through the calculations for upper and lower control limits for quality control charts. when i for example look at the xbar-Rm chart and I want to ...
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Improving a User Story with an [achievement] part the same as the [action] part

Using this User Story definition: As an [actor], I want [action] so that [achievement] focused on the value or result, I have my user story that reads: As a customer, I want to see nearby stores on ...
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If a team isn’t broken but isn’t a scrum team what should a SM do?

I have recently joined a new scrum team as the scrum master. They are high performing and stakeholders are happy with their value delivery. Their decisions are swift and their ceremonies are optimal. ...
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How do we refine a big User Story in Jira?

Let's suppose a Product Owner added a big User Story to Product Backlog in Jira. This User Story can't be done during a Sprint or even during several Sprints. How do we refine such a User Story in ...
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Optimizing kanban workflow due to lagging dependency

The following describes a situation where I am no longer part of. I recently had a shower thought about the past situation and wanted to see how the situation could've been improved. This is my first ...
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User stories based on the existing design

I'm currently working on a project that has already defined and approved design, and my task is to write user stories based on that design. There's one situation I keep facing and can't figure out the ...
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Are User Stories from Sprint Backlog assigned to individual developers?

Let's suppose the development team is planning the next Sprint. What does it technically mean that a User Story is added to the Sprint Backlog? Is it assigned to a developer or to the whole team? (If ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

I'm a technical lead employed by in an agile IT organization where most teams observe Scrum. I'm 2 weeks into a task of building a proof-of-concept of a service that is fairly sizable and complex (...
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What formulas to use for Estimate at Completion calculation?

I am not sure what formula to use to calculate EAC in next circumstances. When future budget estimates do not change. Is it correct to use EAC = AC + ETC? When future costs continue at the same ...
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Accounting for material price changes in MS Project

Hey MS Project experts, How would you handle the following scenario in MS Project 2016: For a task, you planned to use 100 bags of cement at $70 per bag When it comes time to purchase the cement, the ...
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Foundations of managing “highest priority” tasks in multi-projects

Despite all the Agile approaches which become hard to follow in a multi-project context all for themselves following Agile, depending on culture but also real life project situation, I observe over ...
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Is it SM or PO role to update team on requests from outside stakeholders, such as SW upgrades?

Collaboration can happen outside the Scrum Team from other stakeholders when there is a special work request to be relayed down to the Scrum Team. In other words, a Scrum Team does not live in a ...
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Does the scrum master also estimate user stories?

We recently started working with scrum on an new (large) project. I am a developer but do not take part in that project other than my role as scrum master. I know about the software they use, but don'...
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What to do when management prohibits test swarming by development team?

I'm a product owner on a 10 people Scrum team (too big of a team already) and last week Management came to us stating that developers can no longer participate in testing from the next sprint on, and ...
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Contribution metric for advisor and code reviewer

We are an early-stage software development startup. Recently we have two people who joined our team. John, a co-founder and technical advisor, and Bill, a code reviewer. In short, John's tasks are ...
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Organize overview locations / resources

We're working with 10 colleagues on 4 different locations. I want to make an overview (1 year) so that each colleague is on one Location for 3 week (for example). After 3 weeks he will go to another ...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

How can I explain the fact we aren't gonna manage the team to a customer? The customer will ask why is not-managing better than managing? Scrum introduces self-organizing teams. Why doesn't Scrum ...
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Has anyone else experienced the new problem with Project 2019 not being able to display CPI and SPI?

Has anyone else experienced the new problem with Project 2019 not being able to display CPI and SPI (and BCWP)? Yes, I have set a baseline and it still works fine in Project 2013!! I can create a ...
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Kanban Buffers and Queues

Reading about Kanban, I often encounter things like buffers and queues being mentioned. But I don't understand the difference. For example: A, B and C are queues or buffers? What's their role? What ...
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How to handle unequally distributed material cost in EVM

I am looking into Earned Value Management and seem to be unable to find anything useful on how to deal with large material cost, which are not equally spread over the project. All examples that I have ...
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Which job title (entry-level) for PMO member?

I am looking for possible job titles for PMO employees (entry-level). Our PMO has a leading Manager PMO (once called Project Management Officer) who has a strategic focus, and now we are looking for a ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs analyzed and fixed?

I am trying to overhaul the bug-ticket management process for the company I'm working at. One of the requirements is that top-level management knows how productive the developers are when fixing bugs. ...
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Got an idea for a simple IT solution for a uni assignment. What's an appropriate way to estimate the cost of developing and maintaining this software?

I have an idea for a simple IT solution that matches students in class to make study groups, it's for a uni assignment. What's an appropriate way to estimate the cost of developing and maintaining ...
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What agile process promotes the team to assign tasks to individual developers istead of individuals assigning tasks for themselves?

Developer /architect / developer 20 years experience. I did an experiment at my previous project where I created a scrum-like process but we decided developers to not pick directly their tasks, but ...
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Is complexity of the stories a factor in determining the sprint length? [closed]

please substantiate the answers with valid data points, on why you feel that complexity of a project is a determining factor of sprint length
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Project management assessment in Jira

I know that SE sites are not the place to ask for solving assignments but I got these as a part for a job interview, the problem is that I am new to this whole world and need some hints or ...
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What is the standard approach to planning work that might or might not be needed based on certain circumstances?

I am wondering what the typical approach would be here: In a project, we are renewing old machines and therefore the new ones will need to be integrated into an older system. That might or might not ...
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Are self-organizing teams subject to self-blocking, when there's a disagreement?

There may be a situation when half of the self-organizing team isn't accepting a decision proposed the the other half of the self-organizing team. This situation effectively stops the project's ...
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How do I stop constantly having to ask my manager for permission?

Context I work in a small company where I build websites. There are two owners. One is responsible for designing the websites and other things. The other one is my direct manager and does all the ...
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How to handle learning tasks in scrum?

Today in our team we faced interesting issue. One of my colleagues wanted to learn basics of some technology which is about to be used in the project. How such an activity should be handled in scrum ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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Thesis with visible project method in bibliography

I'm writing a thesis about engineering a new product that consists of hardware and software (cloud, mobile, embedded). My lecturer said i should use the problem solving cycle, we wanted use the v-...
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Is change management process intended to address vendor's problems (and not only changes imposed by a customer)?

Let's say a vendor is a software development company. It is developing a software product for a customer. But, during the development of the product, it discovers technical problems that were hard to ...
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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

The fixed-price contract is generally used when the scope of the project is clearly defined. The T&M contract is generally used when the scope of the project can't be clearly defined (a customer ...
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What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays?

What non-Agile project management methodologies are used nowadays? I know that Waterfall is in use. What else?
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In ITIL, does a Configuration Item extend to the configuration of individual items in servers?

Since "The primary goal of ITIL Configuration Management is to identify, maintain, and verify information on IT assets and configurations in the enterprise." - Thanks to this answer does ...
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PM Control Charts using RAG

When using a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) scoring system on control charts for cost and schedule, would you score a variance from green to amber and then to red the further you move away from a zero ...
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Who Owns Backlog Prioritization?

I recently had a meeting with several executives/managers wherein we determined that what the Product Owner had communicated, and the Product Manager had prioritized in the backlog, was no longer what ...
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Has anyone actually tried “The Bermuda plan” and if so, how did it go?

The Wikipedia page on Brook's Law includes the following sentence: The Bermuda plan, where most developers on a project are removed ("sent to Bermuda") and the remaining are left to ...
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What should be Assumption for a network project?

I am working on providing wireless infrastructure suggestions to a client like what software, hardware and equipment will be required to a client in order for them to set up the wireless ...
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In Agile methodologies, what happens when team completes a backlog item or user story?

I need to know that does team need some kind of approval or something from product owner or scrum master when it completes a user story. And if not, then how the team proceed with this kind of ...
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If PMBoK isn't itself a methodology, then what are the methodologies compatible with the PMI's standard for project management?

If PMBoK isn't itself a methodology, then what are the methodologies compatible with the PMI's standard for project management? One example is Waterfall. Are there any other examples?
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How do you integrate Agile Scrum work within your project WBS

Agile Scrum, for example, is a methodology applied to organize the work under uncertainty, where adaptation is required as the work progresses. There is always an objective behind the effort, be the ...
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How to add story points to tasks in Jira Cloud

I'm not sure if this forum is best for an administrative question on jira but here goes. I currently have an instance set up on Jira Cloud and I'm unable to configure my tasks to show story points. I ...
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Scrum - Add Placeholder for Future Story

Practicing Scrum and Agile, our team had Sprint Planning and we sliced our features into stories. However our team was unsure about what should the "third" story do, so the ScrumMaster ...
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Fogbugz for project management

I dont have too much experience with project management with Fogbugz and everything I find about it is serveral years old. I've mostly worked with Azure DevOps. Most of my experience with DevOps is as ...

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