Questions tagged [human-resources]

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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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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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What's the ideal senior/medior/junior ratio in a Scrum Development Team?

Given the scenario when you want to prepare yourself for hiring a new team, but without really knowing about the next project. What's the ideal ratio between senior, medior and junior developers? ...
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Resource is refusing to do a handover before leaving

There is a person on my team who is leaving in few weeks. He is flat-out refusing to provide a knowledge transfer to another team member. I've raised this with my manager who has spoken to HR. ...
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Resources Management - I can't manage some people

Recently I've been promoted to a senior position where the responsibility include managing a project. To help me with the overall project, the company provided me 2 persons (resources) that are also ...
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How to determine the human resources I need given financial and operational constraints?

I have a project and I want to minimize the costs. I am are responsible for the inspection of 1000 kilometers of sewer grid in Canada. My goal is to provide time high quality inspection reports. I ...
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What can I do when I can't adjust scope, resources, or schedule and a team member wants a raise?

After almost 20y programming and 5y managing I have arrived at a state to be so confused with the basics that I need help from outside! At the project management we have 3 pillars: Scope: features ...
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In scrum, does it ever make sense to hire a product owner?

I have seen a scrum team trying to hire a product owner. They advertise for scrum skills, and experience. Does it make sense to hire a product owner from outside the company? If I do what skills ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

In a case with limited people like 5, you need to go through an iterative process. If you weight, distribute and assign the stories to be developed in a way that everyone is orchestrated well and you ...
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How a newcomer PO could own the product if he does not have enough field knowledge yet?

A new PO was hired to the company, he has some experience in the role but he doesn't have experience in the product's area (financial). How can he owns the product and make definitions to it if he ...
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Ensuring project progress with non-performance from 3rd party

Our company relies on an independent 3rd party (basically contractors) for a vital phase of our project. More often than not this phase goes off without a hitch, but recently we've been running into ...
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Global project without a charter, manager nor dedicated resources

I am facing a strange situation in one manufacturing company and I need help to figuring out what to do. The company has a very low PM maturity level, especially when it comes to non-manufacturing ...
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How to properly point out fault in others ideas?

Context: I work in an IT Company and have recently been promoted from developer to a management position. I am managing a team of developers with really creative minds. We hold team meetings weekly to ...
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Resources management and a cumbersome situation

Given the following scenario (as I am new to this forum please excuse my noobish style to put the question). A customer project (lead by project manager K) buys a full time person P as agreed with a ...
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RACI Matrix - Accountability

Can a task under RACI matrix be accountable by 2 resources? E.g.: Both the Project Manager and the Development Team Head are accountable for the project quality.
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Employee Being Disrespectful by not following HR Policy [closed]

I am a HR Head in an IT company. One of our employees was having some issues regarding his leave and some had been solved immediately. He was unsatisfied with solution and I asked him, many times, to ...
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Why is Closing Process Group of Project HR management empty?

I am a newbie to Project Management. While going through a course for basic understanding of Project Management, I got stuck with the Closing Process Group of Project HR Management Knowledge Area. ...
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Emotional Intelligence vs Conflict Resolution

I'm new to this stack section. I have 2 questions which might be too broad, which in case it can be modified by any of you. My questions are, 1) How does emotional intelligence of project managers ...
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Who is responsible for people resourcing in a project?

The organization currently has ad-hoc processes regarding the resourcing of people. This becomes a challenge especially if there are the same people across multiple projects. There isn't a resource ...
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How to check for soft skills during recruitement?

Background Info In the past year or so we have been scaling in team size and I am responsible together with our CTO for recruiting candidates of all types of technical background (Frontend, backend, ...
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How can you increase the chances of having good PM candidates from within the technical areas of the company?

It's not unusual that one of the career paths available to an experienced technician is going into project management. But Peter's Principle warns us about the risks of doing it without proper ...
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How many minutes an employee worked? [closed]

we have observed in our company that employees are prone to take multiple breaks during a typical 8 hours working day. We wish to deploy a system which will keep a count of how many minutes an ...
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How can I prove on paper that we need more resources for our team?

The higher management in most places seems to have a pigheaded tendency to avoid hiring more resources at all costs. The company has been growing in the last few years and a lot more functionality has ...
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Predicting software errors

There are two distinct projects where we are trying to define a bug prediction model. We used bug at file level and defined co-factors: Number of changes per file, Developers who left per file. ...
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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

I've been wondering about this question for a while. I'm aware that Job Titles are not completely meaningful (specially, in the financial sector) but still, calling one as 'Project Manager' should ...
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As the head of a department, how do you justify your remuneration when what you do is hard to measure?

I am currently in charge of a bunch of guys who are generally self starters and self organizing, so being their manager, most of the time I just have to step out of their way and provide some minor ...
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Project manager must be the chief recruiter?

Is it correct to think that a project manager should also carry the role of a recruiter and that it is entirely wrong to separate the PM role from the recruiter role? Reasons: The project manager ...
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Queuing theory for measuring “change” delivery?

In his presentation "Adopting Continuous Delivery" (http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Adopting-Continuous-Delivery), Jez Humble mentions (~6:50) that queuing theory proves that optimizing for ...
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Is it your priority to use job evaluating criteria?

Do you use grid and scientific ways to objectively conclude, based on facts, that your employees meet the goals of your organization?
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What are the general guidelines a project manager should follow to recruit the right person? [closed]

Since our HR manager is out of station, I have been given the responsibility to recruit people for our hardware design team. I do not have any experience of recruiting people. Posting a job on ...
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How should a project manager assess probationary employees?

I'm a new project manager, and I have the authority to accept new employees who are still on probation. I'm assigning points to people in the following categories: Attitude Skills Teamwork Is there ...
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Evaluation Process: Pros and Cons of binding (at some level) the appraisal to Certifications

Is well known that any appraisal process is biased. Measuring one's characteristics (and specially, comparing them) is far from a objective and clear science. Still, measuring one's performance will ...
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Is there any 'pocket guide' with the differences between countries' labor laws? [closed]

Working on a multi cultural environment, one of the problems that's haunting some projects we have are the differences between two countries' laws. I know that there are as much laws as there are ...
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Remote developers: does seeing a result really matter?

I am interested in a psychology-related issue. Let's imagine that we have a consulting company (and let's call it BusinessSoftwareInc) which does small and medium software projects for its clients. ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs created?

I am trying to implement KPI for employees of my company. One of the KPI have listed is the quality of code, as measured by bugs created by developers. Now my problem is: I am planning to give 40 ...
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As a project manager, how do you manage interpersonal conflicts between your team members?

I am talking about a personality conflict, between two people or more, that builts up tension in the team, ruins the team spirit and worsen the quality of life at work. Most of the time, those are not ...
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Would you hire a project manager with no programmer background in an IT environment?

As a team member, or as a programmer, would you accept a boss like that? If he wants to learn and he is interested by programming and what a programmer does? Can somebody with not programming ...
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How to get from differentiated salaries to the equal ones for the same position in company?

Recently I found some interesting articles about salary politics (1), (2). I also believe that equal salaries makes life more simple and I generally favor simple and transparent solutions. I believe ...
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What are pass/fail criteria for internal PM recruitment

Within our organization, from time to time, we need to promote a person to become a Project Manager / Project Leader / Team Leader. The promotion used to be done based on someone's intuition or ...
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Employee gave themselves very negative self-evaluation - how to handle the situation?

I have an employee who was put under my supervision this year after being a supervisor of another team for a trial period that failed.In addition he is the longest serving employee at the unit. He did ...
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Should I do reference checks on an experienced candidate?

We're looking at a candidate who has 20 years of experience (largely consulting) who we're thinking of hiring. Our hiring manager thinks we shouldn't check references saying things like "It's not ...
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Method of determining whether resourcing is sufficient?

Imagine that a project has failed due to processes not being followed, which in turn, was due to under-resourcing and a shortage of experienced personnel. What are some examples of specific kinds of ...
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Putting a project back on track tips

What measures can be taken to put a project back on track and roll-out on time, if it is currently facing issues like: loads of unexpected bugs appearing in system tests, less detailed user ...
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What is the purpose of 1 on 1 ?

Every week I have a one-on-one meeting with my manager. This is a new thing we started at my workplace. I am not quite sure what kind of things can/should I be asking in this meeting. Can someone give ...
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Justifying a Project Manager

I work at a small company our development team is just me and a jr. developer. We just hired another intern. I'm having a hard time justifying to my boss that we need a project manager. What are ...
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Job Interview - how to recognize the right personality?

I am expecting to host my first job interview soon. We received lots of CVs for a PHP Programmer, and the best one that fits our needs was invited to the interview. The issue for me is that this is ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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How to choose, motivate & develop a newbie programmer?

Imagine that you need to hire new programmer, however you are 100% sure that there are not experienced (what you need) developers on the local market and you need to work with newbies. A couple of ...
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Should tasks be given as orders?

Consider an example. An iteration plan is created by a project manager. It contains, say, 50 tasks for designers, programmers, testers. The tasks depend on each other (network diagram is ready). The ...
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How to hire great engineers when your technical skills are dated?

There's a person who is a team leader and project manager of small project. At the beginning it is planned for 6 people: 3 developers, quality engineer, sys admin and PM/leader. Eventually it may grow ...