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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't deliver business value, it's that introducing a defect into the app and then fixing it does not represent net forward momentum. For example, let's imagine ...


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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 this behavior from many clients in different industries. What took me a long time to understand was that the way I initially present estimates can have a huge ...


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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 'Kanban Method for Software' pioneer David J Anderson, has been issuing 2 kinds of certifications - AKT - Accredited Kanban Trainer - and KCP - Kanban Coaching ...


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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 likely because you have a weirdly-matrixed organization that isn't based around project teams or team capacity planning, but apparently based on the notoriously ...


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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 any advantage over the others? While I won't address the state of available certifications (as I consider that a searchable question with non-canonical answers) ...


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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 that and be provided as a range of possible results. For example, an estimate to build a wall might be six to 15 days, most likely nine. If you built that wall ...


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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 roll of blue painters tape A butt load of Sharpies and colored markers **Planning Process- Agile Product Planning Outline I've shared a detailed white paper ...


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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 the scope where you share or take fully the cost risk. Simply say no. Enter into a T&M contract, where you can never lose money due to uncertain scope. If ...


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Scope - having just sat through a 30 minute phone call that managed to decide "we don't know what the manager wants, and we're afraid to ask him, but we're going to try to deliver it to him anyway", I have a great deal of emotional investment in the fact that "unclear requirements" are one of the top three causes of failure. Dependencies Todo lists don't ...


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As a freelancer you need a personal task manager with ability to track time in order to bill your customers. I would suggest Eylean board as it is free of charge for personal use and it contains integrated time tracking alongside other cool features for effective production.


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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 accurate and empirical data to provide accurate estimates of the amount of work that can be accomplished. In my experience, the best practice is to use User Story ...


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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 and promise by way of delivery. If you are in constant flux in terms of your timeline and cost accrual against specific projects, there is no way you can ...


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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. Agile Practices Often Deliver Better Documentation Your question is possibly too broad to answer, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that your ...


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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 not. If you want to see epic tags in your boards, add a label to the subtasks.


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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 looking for a way to share the progress with your team, you don't have to use any complex project management software. Instead, just share the files in Dropbox ...


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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 it was already mentioned, a tool is just a tool. So the disadvantage would be that you still need to do the planning yourself, planning tools only enhance the ...


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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, integrations and reports is where the tool is great.


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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 development of a new system. The scope of new development is usually quite large. Examples: Writing a time and billing system to replace an existing platform. ...


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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 communicating the time estimates it's important that the factors defining the time estimates and criteria of meeting those should be highlighted. Many a times as ...


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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 failed to educate stakeholders about the difference between an estimate and a target. Examining Each Item In Greater Detail People are bad at statistics. ...


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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 flow of requests to the development team (20 devs, 7 QA) was the following: had a good idea of what the dev team capacity is, depending on historical data, ...


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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 can be decomposed into individual questions, many of which have already been addressed on SE. Project Charter Stakeholder analysis and management. How do ...


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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 time may be dictated for regulatory reasons (e.g. if you are in pharma or financial industries), corporate record retention policies, and as a general best ...


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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 specifying taskprefix you can have the tasks with the same ID in subprojects. Schedule allmyprojects.tjp In allmyprojects.tjp you can specify reports just as in the ...


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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 (that is, they're already performing at their 'optimal efficiency'), then I would expect velocity to be more or less static... when ignoring fluctuations caused ...


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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 above. In congruency with effective labeling, depending on how your work is structured, you can create a list that'll dynamically keep tabs of your labels ...


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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 -----|-------------|-----|------ | | | You take work from the top of the "To do" column and you work on it. Once it's done or you have more ...


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I would suggest to take a look at Eylean Board. It has most of the capabilities and for those that it does not, it offers alternative ones. The reports offered are comprehensive and live, which keeps you to keep track of the team at any time. I am sure you could get exactly what you are looking for out of it.


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I could also suggest Eylean. We have been using it succesfully in our projects for quite a while and it offers all of the features you are looking for. Regarding Outlook integration, you can also get notifications on the tasks directly to your e-mail, as well as the possibility to turn an e-mail into a task on the board.


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A more high-end project management solution is Invantive Vision. It is used by companies for projects between almost 0 and I think the largest ones are around EUR 700 M. It provides an online frontend as well as integration into Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013. It also integrated into Word, PowerPoint and Excel with add-ons. Please note that I work at the ...


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