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Resource is refusing to do a handover before leaving

There are consequences to his behavior. For one thing, (assuming he as an at-will employee and your live in an at-will area) there is nothing stopping your company from cutting string with this ...
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What's the ideal senior/medior/junior ratio in a Scrum Development Team?

I have seen highly effective teams full of junior developers and disastrous teams full of senior developers. Rather than focusing on seniority and experience, I recommend: Hiring highly ...
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Management wants to start doing "1 on 1"s as "2 on 1"s. Good or bad idea?

Group Discussions Don't Replace One-on-One Communications While there's a place for more leadership involvement, I certainly wouldn't replace one-on-ones with larger meetings. Especially in IT, this ...
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Are there best practices with time tracking?

Are there any best practices for this? Personally, I know of only three: Figuring out what exactly you want to measure. Accepting a certain degree of measurement error. Trust You say that your ...
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In scrum, does it ever make sense to hire a product owner?

Summary Does it make sense to hire a product owner from outside the company? If I do what skills should they have? Maybe. A better question is whether someone from inside the company or outside ...
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Resource is refusing to do a handover before leaving

TL;DR The loss or malfeasance of key personnel is always a project risk. You can often mitigate such risks through technical or administrative controls, separation of duties, and cross-training, but ...
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Management wants to start doing "1 on 1"s as "2 on 1"s. Good or bad idea?

I have no academic backing on what I am going to write as my answer here but am drawing on my experience plus my own predicted reaction if I were a subordinate meeting with my boss and his/her boss. I ...
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Are there best practices with time tracking?

What are the best practices for tracking time for developers? Don't do it, unless you can explain why you need it and what you do with the results. Negative example: Our company has recently ...
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Emotional Intelligence vs Conflict Resolution

EI and conflict management goes hand in hand. EI will be useful in all areas - Negotiations with client during inconvenient situations Motivation to resources who may not be happy with their role/...
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How a newcomer PO could own the product if he does not have enough field knowledge yet?

There are three key things that a PO should have to be successful: Authority, Time, and Knowledge. So, to your point, without having domain knowledge, the Product Owner's job becomes very difficult. ...
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In scrum, does it ever make sense to hire a product owner?

TL;DR: Probably not, unless they bring some key expertise you did not already have in your company. It depends, most product owners I have seen on teams are what I would call a proxy product owner. ...
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What can I do when I can't adjust scope, resources, or schedule and a team member wants a raise?

TL;DR Your job as a Product Owner (PO) or Project Manager (PM) is not to have all the answers. Your job is to have a vision, and to communicate options to stakeholders and business decision-makers. ...
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Is it correct to define oneself as Project Manager even without dealing with all Project Constraints?

In my organization many PMs get very little say in Human Resources decisions for their projects. The functional manager says who they can spare that fits the criteria and that is who the project ...
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How can I prove on paper that we need more resources for our team?

TL;DR you aren't selling the right thing Is there a way I can prove, on paper at least, that we need to have more resources? It doesn't look like your goal is to prove anything. Even if it was, it ...
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RACI Matrix - Accountability

No, it can't. In the RACI format, the Accountable person is the one ultimately answerable for the correct completion of the task. It is also the one who delegates the work to those marked as "...
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Predicting software errors

Don't Perform Bad Science The fields of computer science and project management currently have no models that can accurately predict software errors. There are various theories and models, but none ...
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How can you increase the chances of having good PM candidates from within the technical areas of the company?

Wow, huge question! Let's talk about: Capabilities: Personal skills and knowledge Talent: How much effort is necessary to be good at something? Potential: The end of development within a specific ...
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How to properly point out fault in others ideas?

Here are some simple practices I use: ask questions, don't point out problems. "Hm, what will happen if X and Y, tho?" rather than "Yeah, but if X and Y, it will all come crashing down." use the ...
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How can you increase the chances of having good PM candidates from within the technical areas of the company?

Here's the problem for organizations and predicting future job success: What are the attributes and work behaviors consistent with a particular job role's success? How do you observe or test for ...
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Global project without a charter, manager nor dedicated resources

It sounds like your company understands the need for project and operations excellence as it relates to what they manufacture but seems to have a blind spot for other non-core projects. As we all ...
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Global project without a charter, manager nor dedicated resources

David Espina's answer covers most of what I wanted to say. I just wanted to add: Keep a paper trail. You not that you're afraid that the project's failure will ham you. So, whenever you bring these ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

Generally speaking, there is always something for people to do. They can help a colleague with their tasks, learn a new trick, write some documentation, clean up some code, talk with some other team, ...
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In scrum, does it ever make sense to hire a product owner?

TL;DR: Sure, where else would you hire one? Does it make sense to hire a product owner from outside the company? Sure, why not. You hire all your other staff from outside the company, product ...
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What can I do when I can't adjust scope, resources, or schedule and a team member wants a raise?

Let's simplify your question down. Feature A is expected to cost $X to deliver and in reality costs $1.2X to deliver. This can be because of a raise, inflation, change in needs, or a ton of other ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs analyzed and fixed?

TL;DR Successful leaders measure project outcomes rather than individual productivity. Measuring individual productivity is generally an anti-pattern that obfuscates deeper structural problems. Do you ...
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Are there best practices with time tracking?

How do I do this in a way that doesn't punish people for being human at work? Tracking time implies a lack of trust. This may be more acceptable in some areas than others. Considering the intrinsic ...
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How can I prove on paper that we need more resources for our team?

If you truly need resources, whether it is human, financial, space, tools, etc, you will experience capability degradation. That degradation will cause some unfavorable result such as quality, time, ...
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Predicting software errors

Wrong approach! You can't predict software errors, the same way you can't predict car accidents. As programmers gain experience they learn from their previous mistakes, but make more sophisticated ...
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Predicting software errors

It may or may not be valid to assume the developers on Project 2 are not skilled. You would need to gauge their performance across multiple projects before you could come to a reasonable conclusion ...
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How many minutes an employee worked?

Please try to reconsider your strategy for increasing productivity, measuring time spent in front of the computer will increase exactly that - time spent in front of computer. However studies has ...
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