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What are the best scrum master certifications? [on hold]

Can you guys recommend or just mention the most reputable organisations offering scrum master certifications? I live in Europe and so I am looking for certifications that are valuable and recognized ...
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Uncommunicative contractors “just want to work” and not be bothered; but miss deadlines

Note: I am not a PM. I'm a technical manager who is temporarily overseeing a project until PM is spun up. I have a pair of independent contractors - call them Mike and Vern - performing design and ...
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How to identify tasks that should have started (based on completed prerequisites)

I have a MS Project plan that orchestrates multiple hundred activities over a couple of hours (the tasks also have dependencies) and would like to drive the execution based on the plan. During the ...
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MS Project Configuration - 80% allocation to project, max of 50% per task per day

I'm a newbie to MS Project here, so I was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction, or tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree. Is there a way to constrain a resource in MS Project ...
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Place for team leader or project leader in Scrum

What is a role of team/project leader in scrum? In or organization team/project leader is doing: Communicate with PO which is customer Help team to find solutions Help PO to define direction Help to ...
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Is it really necessary to have a four hour meeting in Sprint planning?

According to Wikipedia, it is recommended that there should be a four hour meeting in a two-week sprint planning (pro-rata for other sprint durations). Is it necessary? Why?
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“Dead horse” topics banned at sprint retrospectives, is this good practice - why or why not?

I'm asking as a member of an Agile (Scrum) team, not as the PM/PO/Scrum Master. On this project there are a handful of well-known impediments / problems / things that didn't go well, which are a ...
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Which flow metric is used to forecast - 'how many items will be done for the date'?

I had following question in my PSK assessment. Which flow metric is used to forecast - how many work items will be done for the date'? Throughput Work Item Age (WIA) Cycle Time (CT) ...
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What does the “Purpose” section of a Software Project Plan describe?

I am developing a Software Project Plan and I am referencing a template that seems to define the Purpose section as describing the purpose of the project plan, and not the purpose of the product for ...
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digital scrum boards that capture the physical board experience [migrated]

I've been trying out lots of different project management tools for our small software team (9 devs total, 5 of whom are in-house) and while I suppose no solution is a silver bullet, I find that all ...
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App for managing sprint tasks from OSX menu bar [migrated]

I work as a developer in an Agile environment. I was looking for an simple app which I can access from the macOS menu-bar to add, delete & most importantly move tasks from/to say "InProgress", "...
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What is “SPOCK” exactly?

I cannot see the exact definition of the "SPOCK". Is it something like a "Subject-Matter-Expert"? So a person, who is the max/top consultant from the given technical subject?
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

Context: I work as a senior development staff at a medium-sized startup in the FinTech sector. Our tech team is running at full capacity and we don't have time to address some of the features that ...
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What does “N” mean and how to count

I've been doing some research around managing our sprint cadence to align teams across time zones and came upon, "N+1" when describing a day of a sprint. I've not been able to find a definition of "N" ...
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Why are my planned values for tasks so high when employees not working 8 hours?

I have assigned 5 resources for a task. MS Project assumes that all resources are available to work 8 hours per day 5 days per week. This is not the case in my schedule. Some of the resources work ...
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How to make a project use actual months

I am trying to create a project where the duration is calculated in Months. Eg. The project starts on M1 (month January), shall finish on M24 (month December next year). Scenario 1: I'm adding a new ...
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Long testing phase in Scrum

We are building quite a big and important feature in a Scrum Team. The PM wants to put this feature into a separate branch and not deploy it for a 1-2 months so the users can test it properly before ...
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Impact mapping on a new project

I have read about a new technique for Agile Development named "Impact Mapping", developed by Gojko Adzic: The main idea behind it is building a map of the business goals behind the project (the why), ...
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Show/hide lookup table options in ms project

How do I show/hide values from a Enterprise lookup table available for selection in ms Project? These values to be shown varies from project to project so a macro has to be written which should run ...
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Catchup plan and look ahead schedule in MS Project

How to create a catch-up plan,30 days look ahead schedule and s-curves in MS-Project 2016?
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Values such as (EV) and (PV) does not show in some tasks

I have been working on a project for a while now, i've always faced the issue that the MSP project does not show me all the values like the planned value (BCWP), BCWS... ( in some task it is shown) ...
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How do Scrum teams manage their dependencies on other teams?

In a Scrum team, what do you do with stories that require work to be done by another team? The work required of the other team could be well defined and in parallel: "We'll do this, and we want you ...
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How to create a production schedule in a job shop setting?

A typical Master Production Schedule (MPS) should have: What you need to produce How much you need to produce When you need the items However, the issue arises when in reality, the jobs in our ...
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Can I start a new sprint without delivering the last one?

I'll try to simplify my questions and avoid story telling. 1) Can I start a new Sprint without delivering the last one? 2) During Sprint 2, can I include items into Sprint 1? 3) How many ...
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How to take out dependancies among tasks within a scrum sprint?

Suppose, a user story has further divided into multiple tasks; if the tasks are having dependancies among themselves then how to make sure that productivity stays stable? I have read that we have to ...
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Managing a junior project manager who is bored

I have a junior project manager working for me. Unfortunately a lot of the work we have been doing lately is slow and comes in small spurts. I know the Junior PM is getting bored because they haven't ...
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What is an “e zero” estimate

I am often asked to provide an "e zero" estimate for a piece of work. I have been assuming up to now that it means "rough estimate". Does anyone have any link to what this means specifically. I ...
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Auto-populate Lookup values from a custom field

I have written below code for custom field 'Product_task' to take values selected for field 'SFDC Product' as options. However this doesn't seem to work always. Please let me know your suggestions. ...
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In Project Web App > PWA settings in 'Personal settings' part, the link 'Manage My Alerts and Reminders' is not present

In Project Web App > 'PWA settings' in 'Personal settings' part, the link 'Manage My Alerts and Reminders' is not present. But in 'Additional Server Settings' checkbox 'Turn on notifications' is ...
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What is the definition of Product

When working Scrum we are familiar with the words "Product Owner" and "Product Backlog" but what is "Product"?
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Managing separate releases with common code

My product has following structure: Website, iOS, Android mobile apps, backend. There's a common code that is used by all components above. Say, you have to change a piece of code inside of it (just ...
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What is the most technically challenging project you have worked on as a non-technical project manager?

I've worked in the high tech/software development industry for a while, but I struggle to form an answer to this interview question. The interview question intends to learn how I contributed ...
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How to reconcile MVP/fail fast with a 'replace existing product' project?

In general, we as agile IT developers/PMs want to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a first iteration, get it in front of users, and then iterate and improve upon it. How does one reconcile ...
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Agile hard for the developer

By being responsible to make the product do what it needs to do, Agile can be hard on the developer. He/she is the one responsible for things not being correct, even if it was delivered what was asked ...
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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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