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project management rules and tools in association [on hold]

I try to push up the project management quality in my association, and I need some help. I need some of your recommandations and lessons learned on: "how to continue to progress" even if it takes ...
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How to use the catalog of Pattern Languages of Programs (a.k.a. Scrum PLoP)?

A few days ago I watched a talk by James "Cope" Coplien, titled "Patterns: The New Defacto Scrum Standard". It is then that I learned that "organizational patterns" is a thing. Apparently, Scrum is ...
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How to handle projects with historic data

I work for a company that sells an out-of-the-box software, but I recently remarked that our projects are becoming hell, because of our commercial staff that accept the requests from some clients to ...
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What to do about unachievable criteria in the Definition of Done?

I'm a first-time Scrum Master. I'm not even certified in anything PM-related; I'm just a seasoned Python/Django developer. However, I have read the latest official Scrum Guide cover-to-cover. I have ...
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How to correctly use contribution margin for salary discussion [migrated]

So, in my company we can pretty precisely tell how much net profit an employee (for example me) was responsible for. My result kind of shocked me, because (IRL) I found out that my salary could double ...
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Should all required user story assets be available before sizing a story or starting the sprint?

I am a developer. Sometimes we have stories which will require some sort of asset that is not in the control of the dev team. A common example would be that the story calls for a new piece of UI to be ...
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What are the data models? [on hold]

I am searching on papers about data models. But from the papers I have read I don't see a standard. What I mean is that other authors draw them like architecture and other give details in the level of ...
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Project management [on hold]

I am currently working as a Scrum Master however my designation is that of a PM. In my projects, I am not sure how to be more contributing. The upper management is not interested in any process ...
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Auto Scheduling in Microsoft Project Planning 2016 is not working as expected

I scheduled many tasks in the AUTO schedule, However, it is not taking/changing the dates once I link all the tasks. Due to that, I selected the start date manually which is resulting in a different ...
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How do Product Owners handle risk? [on hold]

Can someone give me a real example on how a PO handled risk? Maybe recall a time what happened at work.. looking forward for your replies
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Team added “Daily Scrum” as a task in Jira. How do I get rid of this?

So I am just joining a new team. This team is using "Daily Scrum" as a task because according to them it is a "task". Obviously I want to help them understand that it is not a task, just like ...
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Can our company avoid losses due to sunk cost negotiation?

I feel my company is losing a lot of money on each project iteration because of a negotiation technique employed by our business partners(customers). I want to find out the name of this technique and ...
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Blocked due to a dependency [on hold]

If a feature to be developed in a sprint is blocked due to a dependency, how do you handle it as a PO?
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Who can change WIP limit in DoW when urgent work emerges?

I had a following question in my PSK assessment. When using Scrum with Kanban, who can change the WIP limits in the Definition of Workflow when a high priority work emerges from the Sprint? ...
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“build solid foundations” production philosophy?

I have read some stuff about production philosophies (such as just-in-time production, lean production, etc). It seems to me that different philosophies have different merits, and are applicable to ...
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What's the term for duration minus drag in CPA?

In Critical Path Analysis, does there exist an established term for the duration of an activity left over after subtracting the drag? For example, if an activity takes 8 days and incurs 3 days of drag ...
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How to handle escalations as a PO? [on hold]

Curious to understand if there is any agile escalation process for a product owner. How to handle escalations as a PO?
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Describing Data Fields in Business Requirements Document [closed]

How and where to describe data fields and their behavior in business requirements document? I have business requirements document setup this way: 1.4 General Requirements: Req # | Ranking ...
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Change request affecting sales - what KPIs shall be used for tracking commercial perspective?

In our organization we decide to develop new product after we have enough evidence and confidence this new product will bring X amount of revenue and gross profit. Then in execution stage we face ...
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Best Way to Manage Different Types of Work in one Board?

Problem My team consists of software developers and UX designers. Their workflow is different--UX has different steps than a pure development task has. What's the best way to manage this on one ...
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Original Estimate gone from Jira's new issue view

I've loaded up Jira today and noticed that the original estimate field, in the new issue view when viewing a task, no longer shows. Time tracking is still there and work can be logged but the ...
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How is a smaller batch size in Kanban increasing performance?

I have read that a small batch size is executed faster (obviously) than a bigger one. I have also read that small batches are delivered faster, in relative terms, because they foster a more ...
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Release Planning/Versioning in Azure Boards

In other tools there are release planning/versioning modules and I was wondering if there is something similar in Azure Boards? I have looked into a few extensions, but do not see anything. The goal ...
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How to execute a project with two resources where you need three resources?

Recently, I participated in a Project Manager interview and the following question were raised. What would be the correct answer for that? A software development project is needed three resources to ...
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How to estimate and plan with a distributed, part-time team?

The situation: We are a small, fully-distributed software solutions provider. We serve multiple clients, and given our size that means every team member is on multiple, part-time billable teams. ...
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How to include a Product Designer into an organisation using Squads?

We are developing our organisational structure around fully autonomous Squads, similar to the model Spotify uses. Within these Squads we use the Scrum framework, however in order to enable each ...
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Implementing Scrum when everyone is remote and part-time

Before I begin, I want to mention that I have read through a lot of similar questions on this site about agile teams where a few members are part-time, but I haven't found anything about how to ...
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How to get the team/end users to test features early in the test system?

We're a 20 ppl company in supply chain management and I'm leading the IT department with 2 ppl (+ outsourced development company). For new features, in my ideal, imaginative world, the users would ...
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How to Manage Sprint Cadence With Multiple Teams in Two Timezones

Doing my best to make this an "answerable" question and not just a discussion. While it might not be a perfect question, I think it fits the overall SO guidelines. I'm looking for best practices (or ...
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Sprint Review: How to prevent every single type of story from being “reviewed”

The team decided to make every work item into a sprint story. This means that along with development stories that result in a product increment, a sprint also contains stories for integration testing, ...
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What is prerequisite for starting a Sprint?

What are the mandatory prerequisites to start a Sprint? The Product Owner makes decision to start the Sprint; what are the Scrum Master's/Development Team's roles in making the decision? Does the ...
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What are the clusters in a project?

I am very new in project management. My question is: what are the clusters in a project? How do I identify them? By watching this link (tutorial), I see that they look like deadline scheduling? But I ...
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Unfinished works in Sprint

What we can do, if we identified in a middle of a sprint that we cannot complete the agreed user stories and Product owner/Business user is resisting to accept the spills / unfinished works? Team ...
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How can I plan resources for maintenance after project?

My managers are asking, before green-lighting a new project, how much people (resources) will it take after the project is done, to maintain it. Ie: fix bugs, deploy new features on demand, adapt to ...
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When should we stop estimating?

When using Scrum, are the estimated story points for completing an User Story sufficient, or should the estimate be taken at the task level?
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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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