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Why does Pivotal Tracker discourage estimating points for bugs and chores?

I know this thread is a little old now, but as a developer at Pivotal, I don't completely agree with any of the existing answers. The philosophy behind not estimating bugs isn't that bux fixing doesn'...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

I won't say that it is all about communication, but I think a large portion of the problem you see can be contributed to communications that could be improved. I work in the same field, and I've seen ...
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications?

Kanban certifications are definitely not as well established as Scrum training/ certifications. But they certainly are available. The Lean Kanban University, with active involvement of/ direction by ...
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Giving PMs a view of developer resource

Your Capacity Planning and Prioritization Processes Need Re-Engineering You appear to be attempting to solve the wrong problem by treating this as an individual-availability issue. This is most ...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

This is a great question. Several years back I analysed the bugs reported in a team and found that over half of them came about as a result of misunderstanding of requirements. Some things that can ...
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications?

Certifications are (Just) Sales Tools [D]o you find this kind of certificates any useful? Do you think, that candidate with such certificates (assuming the same achievements and experience) have ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

There is a difference between estimates and planning values and I find most either ignore or confuse the two...probably the latter. Work effort is probabilistic and a proper estimate should reflect ...
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Best methods for IT Project Management

Don't use any software right now. It will only constrain you. What you need is: A large wall Several packs of 5x7 Post It Notes (Staples or Office Depot) Several packs of regular Post It Notes A ...
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How to shift to the semi-automatic estimation of the projects?

You're solving the wrong problem. If the scope is ambiguous and uncertain, then you need to pursue a type of contract consistent with that situation. Do not enter into a contract when no one knows ...
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How to implement Epics on Gitlab without Enterprise Edition?

An epic can be considered a group of issues. Create an issue with your epic name, then create subtasks to this issue. Go to the main issue to see the list of issues and whether they are finished or ...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

If there are two stakeholders who have different understandings of the requirement, then there may be more. What about how you interpret the requirement, from the perspective of a tester? Or how about ...
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Are Tasks and updating remaining hours for Tasks essential for Scrum

I think the answer to your question is a disagreement with your basic premise: updating tasks with estimated hours is not necessarily a "Scrum best practice." Part of the point of Scrum is to use ...
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What is the best way to manage dynamic sub-projects?

It sounds like you're operating in chaos, with purposeful loose change control. I am not sure a tool or method is the right solution but rather resetting expectations on what you are able to forecast ...
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Need help- Documentation for non-technical people using Agile

TL;DR There is no silver bullet. However, it is likely that your organization needs to adopt a more comprehensive set of agile tools and practices to reduce unnecessary or burdensome documentation. ...
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What is the key difference between adaptive life cycle model and iterative/incremental model?

TL;DR You have mixed some concepts. As Stanislav has written; there are two approaches. Predictive and Adaptive Within Adaptive you may find both incremental and iterative which are distinct from each ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

TL;DR Why are estimates treated like deadlines? Because human beings are inherently bad at statistics. Because business schools teach managers to set targets. Because the project manager has ...
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Keeping Tasks Organized

A nice software alternative to the whiteboard and post its is Eylean. We have been using it for a while and quite enjoy it. The task board is very traditional and simple, but the additional features, ...
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Why are estimates treated like deadlines?

When the client request for the timeline estimate they are looking upto the PM as an expert who can tell them what they need to communicate to stakeholders that the client is working with. So while ...
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What is the difference between "New feature" and "New development"?

In the environments I have worked in, new development is green field work where there no existing system in the target software platform. This may be a reimplementation of an existing system, or ...
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Is planning software necessary?

Depending on what kind of planning you need. If you are looking for a project management tool for planning your progress, it is necessary to do so. You may try something like JIRA. If you are just ...
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Is planning software necessary?

Planning tools are always advantageous if used right, according to your specific needs. They improve your and your teams understanding on a plan and makes it easier to cope with deadlines. However, as ...
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Giving PMs a view of developer resource

I have been in sort of a similar situation before we went full Scrum with actual planning with the teams and Product Owners to define the sprint backlog. What we were doing to mitigate the constant ...
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How to transition from programmer to project manager?

As they say in the Washington Post's Worst Week in Washington column, "Congrats - or something..." Set aside the UML, you have more pressing concerns. As is so often the case, your multi-part question ...
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In project management software, what should happen if the project is unsuccessful?

If the project was unsuccessful what would possibly happen with that particular project? Should it be deleted? I would argue against automatic deletion. Maintaining project records for some period of ...
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In TaskJuggler, how to manage multiple projects running in parallel

For anyone encountering this question, this is how I do it: Create an overall project file like allmyprojects.tjp Include all needed tji files with include "path-to-tji" {taskprefix sub1} By ...
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pivotal tracker chore: At what rate velocity should increase

It depends vastly on several different factors, perhaps most importantly on which stage the Team is in in the 'Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing' process. If the Team is in the Performing stage (...
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How to implement Epics on Gitlab without Enterprise Edition?

Unfortunately, Epics were introduced in GitLab Ultimate 10.2 and are not a part of the free tier. That said, our team has used the label feature in free rather effectively, much as you've described ...
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How to organize huge amount of tasks in a mult-project environment?

Try to bring the work to you I would suggest to create a Kanban board for yourself and allow people the option to give you work. Have columns like: To do| In progress | ... | Done -----|-------------|...
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How to deal with other's tester mistakes after pass ownership of testing?

For me, it wouldn't make any difference if you did all the testing, B did all the testing or if you shared the effort. Nor does it make a (big) difference if what you notice in production is a new ...
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What is a staff week?

TL;DR The only way to know for sure is to ask someone at your company what the term means at your company or within a given project-related context. Even if there were a standard definition, that ...
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