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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

First, some clarification is important. Scrum does not expressly forbid any job. People in the Scrum Team can have any job titles as long as it respects the structure and rules of Scrum. Further, ...
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What does it mean to 'crash a project'?

Crashing is simply the concept of throwing more resources--be it money, tools and machinery, humans, etc--at a work package in an attempt to decrease its overall duration. The general idea is, if you ...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

The customer will ask why is not-managing better than managing? I'd say: But we do manage it. Just differently. With Scrum. ... and then proceed to explain how the various management activities ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

Customers prefer a FFP at times because of they believe it helps to control costs. In some ways it does; however, in many cases they end up paying more, either because of the contingency built in the ...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

Let's lay out some statements: 1. Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. 2. Empiricism emphasizes the role of empirical evidence in the formation of ideas, rather than ...
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Does Project Charter change when the Project manager changes?

Project Charter is a document that formalizes the existence of a project and gives authority to the project manager to use organizational resources for the completion of that project. Having said ...
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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?

PMBOK 6th Ed. Section 4.5.3.2 change requests may be issued to expand, adjust, or reduce project scope, product scope, or quality requirements and schedule or cost baselines. Change requests are ...
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In what ways does a project charter differ from a project scope?

Project scope is a conceptual thing describing the boundaries of your project, covering what the project encompasses and (maybe more importantly) what it does not encompass. From PMBOK 4: Project ...
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Does the current PMP exam ask about human motivational theory?

I passed the exam 6 months back. I didn't use the same approach than you, I read only very few chapters of the PMBOK. The way I did was doing a maximum of tests and studied the reasons why I failed ...
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In PMBoK, what do we do when we understand that a project can't be completed on time?

Within PMBoK, you are using the processes under the Plan, Execute, and Monitor & Control process groups and within all 10 knowledge areas. When you are seeing signals of an unfavorable schedule ...
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How long will be 5th edition of PMBOK be basis for PMP certification

As many PM training portals say, PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition is going to be released in Q3'17 (Jun-Aug 2017), and PMP Exam update to PMBOK® Guide 6 will happen in Q1 of 2018. https://www.project-...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

Self-organising teams are not something unique to Scrum, but they do happen to work very successfully for software and technology teams. One argument for self-organising is that no single person (...
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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?

The PMBOK doesn't discuss resisting change. It discusses scope creep and managing change. These two things are not the same. Scope creep is uncontrolled change, a change that occurs without official ...
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Does PMBoK say that a project manager should resist any change to the approved plans?

This depends on what you mean by "flexible with changes" and "resisting changes". The PMBoK assumes a process in which you define the work, do a breakdown of that work, then build ...
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Pricing risks when developing a project's budget

You need to calculate risk exposure for each of the identified risks then compute a work buffer to cover them. This is part of the Risk Analysis and Management practice. Since this is a fixed price ...
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How to manage cost of change / impact analysis with no funding?

Part of every project, no matter its size or complexity or industry, there is some level of effort--hours, dollars, people, tools, etc.--allocated for the pure purpose of managing the project. This ...
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In PMBoK, what do we do when we understand that a project can't be completed on time?

The PMBOK's full name is "Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge". It isn't designed to tell you what to do, but it is a way of organizing the breadth of knowledge that is likely ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

There's a difference between being a software vendor and being a service provider for bespoke applications development. You seem to be describing a service-provider kind of relationship. A fixed-price ...
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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

There are always questions that can't be answered at the start of a project. You begin with incomplete information and learn more as you go on. This is a well-known principle called the Cone of ...
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What does it mean to 'crash a project'?

There are 2 strategies for compressing project schedules; crashing and fast tracking. Crashing refers to adding more resources to critical activities in order to reduce the duration and save time ...
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What are the main reasons Scrum doesn't admit managers?

You make it sound like your customer is supposed to communicate with the whole team, with the team having no directions, budget or risk management. That is wrong. In Scrum, this task falls to the ...
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Change management in small fixed-price projects

It does not matter the type of contract. All projects need to have a way to process changes because changes are a near certainty for every project in existence and will always be. The process does ...
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Pricing risks when developing a project's budget

You can calculate the expected monetary value (probability x financial impact) for those risks you identify in advance of proposal submission and add that to the price. The issue with this approach ...
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The relation between a project and a contract

There is no direct relationship. Contracting is a legal concern, not a project management one. From a PM perspective, the contract may inform planning and controls related to scope, change management, ...
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What contract type to use when the scope is largely defined (but NOT completely)?

A great option where cost risk is shared and where scope is largely defined is a cost plus fixed fee. In this case, both the seller and buyer are at risk for cost increases and therefore motivated to ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

As you mentioned yourself, the problem with software development is that there are a lot of unknowns. These introduce variability in what will be built (which people assume will be fixed). What's ...
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If PMBoK isn't itself a methodology, then what are the methodologies compatible with the PMI's standard for project management?

Basically PMBoK contains best practices and is not exactly related to any methodology. More or less it could be applied to a big amount of methodologies. As an example here is an article of ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

Everybody (obviously) answered yes to getting a lawyer involved. But nobody answered your first question: How does the software development company draw up a contract that protects the company's ...
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How a software development contract is concluded?

I strongly advise you to engage an attorney who is skilled at creating this sort of contract. (And, in general, in leading clients through this sort of business negotiation. (The old-fashioned word ...
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