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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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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

Exporting to Excel is a solution, not a requirement. You need to go back to the owners and get them to detail their functional requirements for the data. Once done, then hand it over to the ...
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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 the Product Owner the Customer?

Does the Product Owner comes from the software company or from the customer? It does not matter as long as that person is good in the following aspects: Availability Communication Vision Most ...
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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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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

I respectfully disagree with @DavidEspina. I don't think his answer is fundamentally wrong, but it doesn't match my answer. During project initiation (or in some contract work, prior to project ...
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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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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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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

As a principle, whether having an Excel is "worth" (business-wise) or not isn't up to the development team to decide. They have to be able to tell whether it's feasible, and objectively tell what are ...
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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 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 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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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

Product Specifications vs. Project Scope One assumes that you're not looking for dictionary definitions. We have Merriam-Webster and Wikipedia for that. For practical differences, I would suggest the ...
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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?

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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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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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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Communication Among Teams

You may take these three ideas from Scrum that may be useful to you. Scrum of Scrums - a regular meeting of team representatives (usually one per team). In Scrum, the point is to communicate and ...
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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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The role of a product team in new product development

In Agile Development we are seeing the term "Product Owner Team" (POT) becoming more and more common. The POT is very much like your first scenario, where the Product Owner is the central hub ...
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