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How to discover potential customer needs without prior market assumption

I'm quite new to the world of lean product management so excuse me if my questions sound too obvious or dull. So far I'm learning that Customer Development starts with an assumption about the market ...
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What metrics or methods may a program/portfolio manager use to determine whether a project is going well or not?

A program/portfolio manager is responsible for a program or portfolio of projects and has a subordinate team of project managers which manage these projects. The projects may be agile projects or non-...
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Agile in Data Science - how can I do it best

I work in a data science team and we're starting along the path of agile development. We will be working in 2 week sprint cycles. Once we have a clear view of what we are doing, it looks good - we can ...
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Business Analyst and domain knowledge

Is a Business Analyst supposed to have domain knowledge? If they don't have domain knowledge in the business they work with (for example, retail logistics), then how can they be effective in doing ...
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Cancelled project retrospective format

Can anyone recommend a retrospective format for a cancelled project? The attendees will be the development team but also some of the more senior stakeholders. The idea is to reflect on the hard work ...
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Auto allocate resources

Is there any way to make MS project choose the resources for tasks between candidates that I've given to it? I mean there are several people who can do a task but how many of them and which ones are ...
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

Linked Question This question was proposed by the participants of the discussion of the previous, more general question. Question The business analyst's work often implies a kind of waterfall-ish or ...
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How to handle business change within an agile development environment?

Most of the questions around agile development processes are focused on the IT side of the work, leading to technical changes that are implemented. In parallel with these technical changes, there can ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

Question Let's consider a software development project made for an external customer. The development company (the vendor) has the usual positions and specialists: developers, testers, business ...
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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

I have worked with various sizes of organisations and everyone has had a way of seperating between DevOps (Engineering) activities and Product (Functionality development) activities. Some had ...
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The career path of a Scrum Master

A Scrum Master has a pretty small team (as per the Scrum Guide) and it's not recommended for a Scrum Master to work with more than two teams. Agile and Scrum are still not everywhere adopted, ...
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QA-automation in a modern development?

I've heard that the QA-automation is gradually becoming a developer's work. More tests tend to be done on the lower levels of the Testing Pyramid. The automation of the end-to-end level, which is now ...
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What is a budget of an outsource fixed-price project

Let's suppose there's a customer who needs a software product and there's a custom software development company that is ready to implement this product. They agreed that the customer has to pay X (...
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Trying to understand my CFD

Newbee to the agile world, we are practicing kanban in our organization and we use Jira to manage our flows. I am trying to understand the CFD Jira generates for us, but the whole CFD idea confuses me....
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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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