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Ticket Scoping for Integration Tests and New Components of System

I am a software engineer trying my best to scope out some work in ticket form. My question is: what is the best way to write stories to include integration tests between two components which don't ...
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start after task finish but must end as finish to finish to another task

I have task B which cant start until task A is finished (FS) but must end with task C end date (FF)(i.e. duration of B might be floating depending on the end of task A and end of task C) .. is this ...
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How do I make these tasks so flexible that changes mid construction are easy to make?

I have 4 tasks A-D, each one is a predecessor to the next. My schedule baseline is A->B->C->D. However, tasks A-C order is flexible and doesn't matter which one comes first, they just can't ...
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Kanban process flow with loop step

I'm trying to apply kanban to a team that has a specific process workflow designed by the client to deliver items. I'm facing some struggle on a specific step that requires an item to be modified by a ...
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Blockers, impediments & dependencies

I am finding that blocker is an emotionally loaded word. Impediments and dependencies are not much better. Invariably there is always a person at the end of a blocker and no-one wants to be "...
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How to identify if some functions have dependencies from tech/developing side in agile development as a business analyst?

Business context: as a business analyst, I need to cooperate with the developers in our team to create a feature in an e-commerce product. This feature is “customers can pay online for the items they ...
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MS Project Task Dependencies

Can anyone recommend a "clean" way to set up these three tasks? Thanks! Task A Task B Task C - Both Task A and Task B are predecessors of Task C as follows: Task C to start when Task A ...
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What if an item requires additional work from an earlier stage in Kanban?

Let's suppose that an item gets to some stage on a kanban board and then it is discovered that additional work is required from an earlier stage. What do we do? We can't move items backward in Kanban. ...
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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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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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How to handle a potential failure of an outsourced project?

To provide some context, my company outsourced a software project to a third party agency, against my recommendation of not doing so. The Agency delivery has been very poor so far in terms of quality ...
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A term meaning "this phase can go ahead"?

I hope there's some jargon that describes this neatly. I'm trying to specify some software that handles starting a project phase only when all of the phases that it depends on have completed, Gantt-...
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MS Project: create tasks with dynamic durations based on main milestones

From my point of view, I want to implement a straight-forward dependency in MS Project. As milestones there are: x = project start y = project end The tasks are: a = define risk management ...
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Good RAID Log examples & usage

I was hoping for any good examples of how anyone has effectively presented RAID logs (or the individual lists of Risks/Assumptions/Issues/Dependencies) in their projects. In particular for Agile/Scrum ...
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Inter team dependencies in one story

What is the best way to handle task dependencies inside one story? The story itself is independent from other stories and we do have cross functional teams (design, backend, frontend). For most tasks ...
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How to warn if blocking tickets are not in a sprint

We had a recent problem that I would have thought Jira could handle but I can't see where this would work. We are using Jira with scrum/agile. While defining stories we had two stories one larger one ...
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What kind of a dependency that between these customer and project manager?

In the middle of the activity sequencing process, project manager has identified that the execution activity cannot be started until the hardware required to do the testing is available (this hardware ...
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Is it fine to pick stories in the current sprint which have external dependency?

We have a separate Scrum (front-end) Team to handle UI requirements. Sometimes, due to urgency, we end up picking stories in the current Sprint which depend on the front-end Team. Whenever ...
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Diagram for mapping project dependencies or relationships

Is there a particular diagram established for the mapping of projects that are related? The goal here would be to find a way to make ties between related projects either based on dependencies or ...
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MS Project 2010 - How to import tasks with dependencies

I'd like to use MS Project to analyse aircraft maintenance work force requirements for the next 18-24 months. The maintenance is a combination of repetitive and one-off servicings. I have task ...
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MS Project - how to set a task to finish before else start after a set period

I'm trying to set a task to either be wholly complete by 1st Dec, if not then start after 1st Jan (i.e. don't start at all if it can't be completed by 1st Dec). I don't want to split the task. Is ...
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Split task in case of interruption: know when start, postpone finish based on interruptions

I'm new in Microsoft Project & in the forum, so forgive me if my comment is just imposible to manage... I have a team in which some of the members get continuous interruptions due to urgent ...
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Dealing with change requests while facing lots of dependencies

We have a system with multiple stakeholders and surrounding systems influencing it. It might be possible to draw a dependency diagram but this would be not very easy to interpret because of the ...
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How should we deal with interdependent tasks in Scrum?

When talking about blockers on the Scrum board, I realized that we might have interdependent tasks. For example, database design is dependent on some activities in UX flow. Or maybe there is a later ...
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MS Project: How should I enter scheduling constraints to reflect multiple short and irregular operating windows?

In the MS Project file I am building, some of the tasks depend on environmental conditions – specifically tidal currents being below a certain flow speed. I know precisely the start, finish and ...
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How to define work breakdown structure (WBS) with alternative paths?

I'm a beginner with Project Management, but I am trying to apply my knowledge to one endeavour in my job. I have a deliverable that can be satisfied by two solutions: one more desirable and one less ...
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Start-to-Start and Finish-to-Finish Logic in MS Project

Let's say I have three tasks. I want Task2 (hammock activity) to start at the same time as Task1 but finish at the same time as Task3. Is there a clever way of doing this? This task will adjust it's ...
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Microsoft Project - Problem synchronizing summary tasks around a milestone

In my project, I have dozens of summary tasks which are comprised of sub-tasks of different durations. e.g. SummaryTask_1 Phase 1 SubTask1a --> d1 SubTask1b --> d2 Phase 2 SubTask2a --> d3 ...
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Network analysis question [closed]

I have an Activity i has a SF relationship with 3 days of lag with activity j. i starts on Tuesday morning and is 2 days long. j is 4 days long. When will j begin? How do you calculate the dates?
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Items which feed critical path activities

I'm working on documenting a situation where an activity (call it 'a') which is not itself on the project critical path has a direct impact on an activity (call it 'b') which is on the project ...
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How can I make task start date and finish date dependent upon the start & finish dates of one predecessor?

Example: new housing scheme, constructing 10 houses on separate plots. Brickwork can begin 5 days after the 20-day tasks of scaffolding being erected. However, brickwork can't finish until 5 days ...
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Can a single user story be associated with multiple epics?

For example, we have two epics, 'User Management' and 'SSO API', which are broken down appropriately. A user story for lost password functionality is created, but the story is relevant to both epics. ...
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How to handle a part-time kanban team member

A Kanban development team has a WIP limit of 4 on their in-dev column. One of the team members is part-time i.e. not 100% and they are working on a story and therefore holding up 1 spot in the WIP ...
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Resolving impediments caused by other teams

I am a ScrumMaster for a development team. We have an impediment which will be resolved by an engineer on a different team. Does anyone have any tips or techniques for speeding this along. Should I ...
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Automatic Dependency Generator

I have a list of datasets which are required to deliver a large project. The project is comprised of various products. Each product has a requirement for one or more of the datasets. I am want to ...
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Planning backwards in MS Project

I need to plan some activities backwards from a fixed deadline. I used SF dependencies for that, but there's a slight problem. Let's say I have the following simple plan: 1 Milestone 2 Activity A ...
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Backwards critical path for secondary task path?

I’m using Project 2010, and can’t seem to get Project to do what I want to see. I have a primary task path, call it tasks A, B, C, D. I have another secondary task path, call it tasks 1, 2, 3, 4. ...
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Dependency graph vs. Work-Breakdown-Structure

Let's assume some software consists of 6 components where A, B, C are server side components and D, E, F are client-side components (different user interfaces). The dependency graph is as follows. ...
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I have to plan a launch up against a fixed launch date - how can Project help me understand the LASTEST time I can start on processes

TO keep it simple. I have a hard end date - a milestone. Lets call it 1/1 2016. for the sake of argument lets say I have just one task that needs to be done. That task takes 10 days and must be ...
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ms project shorten summary tasks

I have a number of summary tasks consisting of 4 or 5 subtasks (max 4 days each). These subtasks have dependencies, but the different summary tasks are not dependent on each other. The subtasks are ...
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Create resource dependencies in MS project 2010

e.g. I have a task that has to be fulfilled by two persons, but person B cannot start before person A has finished his part of the task. How do I scedule this in MS project 2010 without having to ...
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How do you deal with client-related hold-ups in Scrum?

Most of our projects get held up by waiting on client assets. Working under waterfall, we're often on many projects at once and can work on something else while waiting. We really want to do scrum "...
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Process for tracking work external to the team?

I'm currently running a project where a very simple Kanban setup (Backlog/Doing/Done) is working great for us—most of the time. But we're also highly dependent on a lot of other teams' output&...
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Can dependencies in a critical path method be determined accurately?

I am looking for an answer to a question I received during a test on PM theory: In a critical path method, dependencies between activities can be: accurately determined; estimated approximately.
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Microsoft Project: Cannot level resources assigned to summary tasks

I have run into unexpected behavior in Microsoft Project 2013. To reproduce, create the tasks seen in the screenshot: Where Requirements has a maximum unit of 100%. Notice that when you "Level All" ...
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Tracking external dependency stories

Say you have three projects. Two of these projects are end-user facing products (Project A and B). The third is an infrastructure project (Project I) where all the work will never be directly ...
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MS Project 2010 resource dependencies vs task dependencies

How do I make MS Project (2010) distinguish between different kinds of dependencies? For example, consider the following two kinds: Some tasks I mark as dependent on other tasks due to the nature of ...
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How to deal with inhouse technical group manager?

Regarding to management of a multi-task IT project; How to deal with technical group manager who risks the completion of the project in time by not respecting weekly work-schedule?
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"Start to finish" dependency example?

Can you give me an example of a Start to Finish dependency? Wikipedia describes it like this: Start to finish (SF) A SF B = B can't finish before A starts
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Interpretation of 'negative lag' between tasks

I'd like to get your opinion on how you think, intuitively, 'lag' on a depency between two tasks works or should work. To make my point I will start with some examples that are no problem, and ...
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