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Developers can't see what they're doing wrong

I would like them to understand why I want to do something. [...] Any advice? Don't theorize, show them. Their current state of mind is that they know what they do works. And you come over and tell ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

There is no change request for the prior lightbulb; the change from "lit" to "dark" was not authorized. I have tasked the team from seven parallel lines to perform an root cause analysis and ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

None. That's an infrastructure problem.
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

No matter how many Project Managers it takes, by the time the light bulb has been changed, Product Management will have decided they wanted a candle instead.
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

Yes. Using 'the system' as a user in stories is bad. The whole point of the "as a ... I want ... So that ..." Format is to give the developer an insight in to the reason for the requested feature. ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

None - project managers are always in the dark.
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

1 PM; 1 electrician; 3 organizational change management consultants; 2 business process consultants; 1 safety engineer; 1 security consultant; 1 PMA; 1.5 risk management consultants; 2 earned value ...
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Is Scrum actually suitable for all kinds of projects?

To your overall question, while Scrum can be applied in most projects, it is not necessarily the best approach for some projects. That said, it is well suited to complex problems that require ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

Already answered: the key is that project managers are only one part of the equation. ;)
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

Unless the light bulb was to be changed as part of a planned upgrade from incandescent to fluorescent, then it's a BAU issue and not a project. Yes, I know LEDs are the way forward, but we prefer to ...
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How to manage stakeholder expectations when they keep on raising the bar

I actually have to disagree to some extent with David Espina. It is essential in Scrum to understand who owns which piece of the process. The Product Owner owns the Product Backlog. It is their job ...
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How to decide what features should be in MVP?

I use MoSCoW prioritisation with clients (Must, Should, Could, Won't) and build developments around that. If the client would cancel the release if 'X' feature wasn't delivered, or if there is no ...
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Developers can't see what they're doing wrong

Simply telling your subordinates to do something they can't see the benefit from is a recipe for disaster, which you already acknowledge, so make it fun for them. Gamification may not be easy for you ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

Let's call a meeting to introduce the project to all affected department leads, discuss objectives and answer any questions.
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Why do we discuss Scrum in Project management?

Scrum is an Adaptive Solution-Delivery Framework Your premise is incorrect. Scrum is not solely a product development framework, although it certainly works particularly well in the software product ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

Practicably infinitely many. The more basic question might be who, chosen or appointed how, is supposed to safeguard the replacement light bulb(s) against such untoward eventualities as would occur ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

The only thing that is known is that the email chain letter grows exponentially the more people involved and the light bulb rarely gets changed.
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

User stories are an Agile approach to requirements that emphasise end-user value. All user stories are written in the language of the end-user such that they can be understood by a non-technical ...
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Rapid and efficient product development processes

They have a concept for a piece of software, we do some analysis and agree on reasonable budget and start agile development. Good. However once the client starts to see the product they cant (sic) ...
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How to share developers between multiple agile projects?

TL;DR How to share developers between multiple agile projects? You don't. Doing so is inherently non-agile. This smacks of an X/Y problem, where X (the real problem) is likely to be an executive ...
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Should employees be allowed to vote for or against a feature request

I think there are two questions here. First: Can the Development Team formulate new suggestions from this site? YES! You can make a weekly or biweekly meeting (name: Grooming) (time box: half hour) ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb?

it doesn't matter because by the end of project, there will be a flashlight with a fire pit installed instead and the changing of the light bulb will be scheduled as a phase two initiative.
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What workflow optimises the use of Lean Startup, particularly when managing Landing Pages?

This is an excellent question and a refreshing change form the typical project management fodder we get here. I am a former coach for Lean Startup Machine and a previous winner of Lean Startup London ...
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How a newcomer PO could own the product if he does not have enough field knowledge yet?

There are three key things that a PO should have to be successful: Authority, Time, and Knowledge. So, to your point, without having domain knowledge, the Product Owner's job becomes very difficult. ...
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During a Sprint, a DevTeam determines that it will not be able to finish the complete forecast. Who should review and adjust the Sprint work selected?

The same people who made the initial forecast should get together and figure out how much can still be done. That is to say: the Development Team should talk with their Product Owner and they should ...
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During a Sprint, a DevTeam determines that it will not be able to finish the complete forecast. Who should review and adjust the Sprint work selected?

@Todd A. Jacob's comment is particularly important, here. Is your Sprint Goal in danger of not being completed? During Sprint Planning the Scrum Team also crafts a Sprint Goal. The Sprint Goal is ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Management by surprise. One thing you might try is each time your boss comes in with new urgent tasks you ask him: "Which of the tasks we have already agreed on should I drop in exchange for the new ...
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How to include a Product Designer into an organisation using Squads?

Embed Skills, Not Individual Roles Ideally, all product development resources should be intrinsically part of the Scrum Team. That makes any team member developing the product a co-equal “Developer,” ...
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Developers can't see what they're doing wrong

It sounds like you are stressed up because of this. You need to get this stress out of you. Here's what I would recommend: It sounds like the team doesn't know the importance of all the technical ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: "As the system,..."

User stories should be vertical slices that deliver value to an end user. The system is a mindless machine that doesn't care about value so user stories that start with 'as the system' generally will ...
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