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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

There are different ways of tackling this: Zero-bug policy If you plan your sprint just with new features, but keep a zero-bug policy then your velocity will drop. Eventually you will know how much ...
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Redmine or GitLab: Which is more suitable for serious Project Management

It will mostly depend of the scope of what you call project management. If this include mostly code, milestones, and issue tracking, then Gitlab can fit your need. You may complete Gitlab with third ...
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Feedback process for individuals in scrum team

What's your interpretation of a ScrumMaster? I am asking because doing an employee evaluation is not a classical task of a ScrumMaster. Regardless if the evaluation is somehow related to the agile ...
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Using A.I. and neural activity monitoring on workers? I am using it on my team. Why is it bad?

Even If It's Not Trolling, It's a Recipe for Creating Disastrous Outcomes This is (at best) tangentially on topic as a project management question, and may possibly be trolling. Even assuming good ...
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How to avoid recurring questions and contradictions about same or related problems?

You don't need a project manager to run this project. In fact, unless heavily empowered all a project manager is going to do is give the headache to someone else. What you need is to have a "product ...
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What should a scrum master do if his manager insists on managing the team?

For an agile transformation to be successful, it requires support from the Top, the Middle and the Teams. While resistance in the Middle or Teams can slow things down, lack of active support from the ...
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How to be an honest and good project coordinator in a corrupt and dishonest work environment?

If this is the US Federal government, you are in the middle of some serious fraud. This isn't something you fix, this is something you report. Call the whistleblowers hotline and look for a new job. ...
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Using project management tools like MS Project or Primavera in an agile team

MS-Project and similar project planning tools mainly focus on on the scheduling of tasks. They excel at managing scheduling dependencies between task, resources assignment, workload and duration of ...
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How to reduce the impact of key staff leaving a project?

The first question I would ask is: is this person truly considered "key," does this person really possess such a unique set of skills and abilities that it would be near impossible, or very expensive, ...
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Stake holder mapping and management

On big projects with a multitude of stakeholders, it may be hard for the project manager to properly cater to all of the stakeholders. Therefore, it is a must for the project manager to know who the ...
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Managing Internal projects as if the manager was a client. Does this method have a name?

There isn't a project management term for this that I'm aware of. This is generally referred to as a Delegation Management Style. It's considered a very good management technique and the sign of a ...
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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

This can be actively managed through some enterprising Kanban and a normal Scrum delivery team method. Some agile coaches struggle with the concept that an organisation can have a single Scrum Team ...
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Do social responsibility, vision-based management, and providing team with safety increases project efficiency?

Taking Care of People is Efficient The empirical project management approach is to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of an approach by measuring its outcomes. Pragmatically, the goal is ...
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How do handle adhoc work during a sprint from pressing customers

With Scrum implementation, you will have a set of Stories with associated tasks to complete within a fixed time frame of approx. 2-3 weeks. Now, if anything new arises for the team to work on it ...
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Is a Project Coordinator a Step closer to becoming a Project Manager?

I would say that, rather than being about the job title, it's all about the skills you display, use day-to-day etc etc. A lot of PM roles are very heavy on coordination, some focus on leadership etc.....
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Am I eligible to get PMP Certification?

You must work on project mode and meet the requirements noticed in the PMBOK. here is the requirements from the PMBOK: (PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition) Regards :)
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Feedback process for individuals in scrum team

I have seen the following things work: Scrum Master bi-weekly one-on-one coaching meetings: These might not have the mandate to really have an impact if the person does not want to change. This ...
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How to model a map of conflicts / interests?

Stakeholder analysis can get as sophisticated and detailed as you want to make it. There are practitioners that specialize in this and this effort can get quite exhaustive, time consuming, and ...
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How to model a map of conflicts / interests?

Mapping stakeholder interests is an always-ongoing activity. It should never be complete, merely reviewed. Organisations revolve staff through Projects and Programmes constantly so stakeholder maps ...
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What is 'overhead' in a research project budget?

I will try myself at this answer. Basically, "overhead" can have two meanings: Negatively connoted: When negatively connoted, overhead describes excess and UNNECCESARY effort or costs, that incure ...
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Hired a mid level consultant who is producing junior level work. We're 2 weeks in. Should I recommend letting her go or giving her time to ramp up?

In your OP, you used "junior" and "mid-level" judgment words. That's based on your subjective scale, which could be very different than others. However, the bottom line is she is ...
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Using project management tools like MS Project or Primavera in an agile team

I've never used Primavera, but it appears to be similar to Microsoft Project in that it is geared toward more traditional project management approaches, rather than agile and adaptive techniques. ...
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When should I raise risk with stakeholder

Communication and transparency are key principles in managing a project so stakeholders know what is going on and you maintain trust with them. So early and often communication messages to ...
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How to be an honest and good project coordinator in a corrupt and dishonest work environment?

I would leave this job as soon as possible. Be careful they don't use you, so they have someone to blame for any failure later. I don't know if there is any protection program for people telling ...
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How to be an honest and good project coordinator in a corrupt and dishonest work environment?

"The time is always right to do what is right" Try to fix the problem first, have a very serious chat with the relevant people and explain the situation. But honestly it looks like what you should ...
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How do I lead / manage several teams?

I have a similar job description. The team leaders are your team. Make sure the team leaders are on the same page. Make sure they are communicating with each other. Make sure that each team lead is ...
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Recommendations for project core metrics

Lead Time and Cycle Time are more modern metrics than worker time, number of tasks, etc. They're a kind of meta-metric that can be impacted by lots of other things, but ultimately, a process's ...
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What should a scrum master do if his manager insists on managing the team?

Sadly this is not an uncommon situation (I have faced it myself a few times). When the management team does not understand the Agile approach they often assume it is a luxury and that it slows ...
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How to avoid recurring questions and contradictions about same or related problems?

Communicate + collaborate with the person writing the tickets There's really nothing more to say than that. Having a process that looks like this, someone writes the tickets perfectly -> developers ...
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Ensuring customer requirements are clear

According to the PMBOK Standard, requirements are part of Scope Management. "requirements .. as clear as possible and consensus is achieved about the delivery outcome." is the activity of ...
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