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SRS for an Agile project

Many agile projects don't produce a software requirements specification in the sense of a document that lists a bunch of "shall" statements along with some assumptions and dependencies, like what is ...
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How to sucessfully introduce/initiate IT projects in a non-IT org.?

In my opinion, you need to climb higher and talk about your company's standing in its competitive market. Don't sell the IT solution; it is only one of the many enablers to a competitive business. ...
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Planning all sprints at once

Its not Agile or Scrum if you are planning all your sprints at the beginning of the project. That's waterfall. You may want to read about the 5 Levels of Agile Planning and use the 5 levels as an ...
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Small Projects: Asking the right questions

There is no standard list of questions, defined by PMI (or any other organization). You have your own industry, your own vertical, your own org and your own group. It's very specialized... Part 1, ...
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How to sucessfully introduce/initiate IT projects in a non-IT org.?

This is a problem in estimation, which is very much a PM skillset. Wish I could provide a good general answer, but the best I can do is pick at a couple of items you mention. Since we're talking ...
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Planning all sprints at once

It's common, but it's not agile. In Scrum, only the current sprint is planned in detail. That's really the whole purpose of doing a sprint -- do a small amount of work, learn from it, and then ...
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New IT project documentation

There are some documentation instructions in different service management frameworks like Prince2, ITIL and in certifications like IEC-12207, PMMI etc. and some standards for how to draw diagrams like ...
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Should I write the performance or the architectural specification first?

TL;DR Your question is about an academic exercise where the only "correct" answer is the one your instructor has previously provided, or whatever answer the instructor expects. Instead, I ...
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Should I write the performance or the architectural specification first?

As you noticed, the architectural and a performance specifications are interdependant. However, in most cases you are going to want the product to be as fast as possible - and therefore you want to ...
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SRS for an Agile project

If you have a prototype, a vision document, Personas and some PBI depending on your project I dont think you need SRS. for more complex or enterprise applications you may want to add a UML doc but I ...
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Who are the stakeholders of my new communications app project?

The pure definition of a stakeholder is someone who is interested in the project, either because they are paying for it or will be impacted by it. But I would also include those people who will be ...
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Who are the stakeholders of my new communications app project?

Maybe have a look at this Wikipedia page which could give some suggestions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_stakeholder. If nobody gave you this task, and you have no users yet, you're the sole ...
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Small Projects: Asking the right questions

You seem to need a communications management plan more than a list of questions. Build a good register of your stakeholders, specifically the senior managers who should serve as each project's sponsor,...
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New IT project documentation

In PMBOK terms, you'd begin with the Project Charter. PMI recommends a specific structure for it: https://www.projectmanagement.com/deliverables/289555/Project-Charter-Template
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

The cone of uncertainty has a few uses, but is most useful when used in conjunction with some other practices. So let's start with the uses in the circumstances you describe. Cone of Uncertainty when ...
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Project Scope in Project Charter Vs 'Project Plan'

Project charter is part of the initiation phase; project plan is part of project planning. The scope should be substantially the same in both places. The scope is so important to the success of the ...
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How to write a good Critical Success Factor?

Critical success factors (CSFs) are, as the name implies, a set of conditions that must be met or a set of things that must be done to be successful. Thus, to define good CSFs, we first need to ...
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Planning all sprints at once

You could do a rough planning of future sprints, where the product owner prioritizes the backlog, and then when the next sprint comes up you do a proper sprint planning session since priorities and ...
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Planning all sprints at once

I've managed projects that used a separate wall with columns for each upcoming sprint. As a sprint gets ready to launch, a quick analysis is made to see if the original plan still makes sense.
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Things to consider before Project Initiation

You need to conduct Feasibility study. Operational feasibility Economic feasibility Technical feasibility Human factors feasibility Legal/Political feasibility Usually it is conducted by customer or ...
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Short initiation for lazy colleagues

Add in a "Business Value" line... you have costs and need to balance this off against benefits. I'd also retitle: "Cost" to read "Cost/Effort to Develop" to make sure that developer time is ...
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