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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

Tom is an unguided projectile. Regardless of why he does what he does (whether he believes himself to be better or simply lacks proper guidance), the core issue here is that he not only second-guesses ...
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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

Flater's answer is really good; let me add something that will also help: Acceptance Criteria (AC). Acceptance Criteria Every single story should have Acceptance Criteria, describing the functional ...
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What to do if team can't be made cross-functional?

First off, I should note that, as per my understanding of the term 'cross-functional team', it is not a team where every member can do everything. Rather, it is a team that is capable of doing ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

The Scrum Guide is explicit that this is allowed: The Product Owner and Scrum Master roles are not included in this count unless they are also executing the work of the Sprint Backlog.
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How to efficiently manage a Scrum team when one member is much less productive?

First, stop measuring individual velocity. Velocity should be measured on a team level for a Sprint, and not for individuals. Your team delivers a potentially shippable software product after even ...
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Are Project Managers redundant in a digital agency?

Disclaimer: I have never worked in a digital agency and I am aware that the role of Project Manager in Digital Agencies can be somewhat different to that commonly accepted in other I.T. operations ...
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Sales team keep on setting aggressive deadlines

Reflect the pain back. As things stand, your boss is not feeling the pain the team is feeling in delivering against artificial and aggressive deadlines. Your challenge is to make sure they see the ...
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Does Scrum makes sense for 12 members in a Development Team?

It's important to recognize that Scrum does not say that a team must be between 3 and 9 individuals. The Scrum Guide says that Scrum is most effective with a Development Team size of between 3 and 9 ...
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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

This is a problem most of the PMs face when there are really skilled Developers in their teams. My answer will be a practical approach to handling this issue. I hope you have been a PM for quite ...
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What is the good response to convince project manager about testing process?

Modern testing is all about how you assist to "Accelerate the Achievement of Shippable Quality". Do your reviews help with accelerating? What metrics do you use to create proof of that? ...
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What is "SPOCK" exactly?

If you really mean SPOCK then you are probably referring to the testing and specification framework for Java and Groovy applications by SpockFramework.org Spock is a testing and specification ...
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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

I work as a developer and can so clearly see myself in the shoes of Tom; I guess he reminds me of myself. I can see in your profile that you've written about Tom in July as well, so I realize that ...
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How to estimate delivery date with unidentified tasks

By estimating iteratively. Look into the cone of uncertainty. At the start of the project, the amount of uncertainty is high, and the cone wide. Thus, your estimate would be 'between 2 and 6 months'....
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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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What is the good response to convince project manager about testing process?

What do you mean by "reviews" in this context? Many development teams do peer-reviews of code and analysis because they find that reviews improve productivity and quality. Many teams also ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

Nothing in Project Management is Free It is usually very difficult to explain to management that it will take time to repay technical debt and that the team will be even slower refactoring rather ...
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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

You are solving wrong problem Your PM is completely out of control and #1 task is to get Projects back to PMs hands. They're now run by the Client and Developers, which is not really their job. . ...
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How to record client requirements?

Agile provides 3 opportunities to catch this error prior to production The dependency should have been captured in the acceptance criteria: When story B is written, it should have been linked back to ...
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How to lead new or inexperienced developers in my project?

Have you considered paired programming? In areas completely foreign to them, the other developer could be the "driver", allowing them to get some good insight into this project. It'll also keep them ...
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Developer doesn't make deadline

Leaders of teams are not only because they were officially designated as said leader of a team. They lead because they assume the role and once assumed they are the de facto project manager and are ...
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Emotional Intelligence vs Conflict Resolution

EI and conflict management goes hand in hand. EI will be useful in all areas - Negotiations with client during inconvenient situations Motivation to resources who may not be happy with their role/...
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What to do if team can't be made cross-functional?

Optimize for Flow, Not Utilization In Scrum, when picking a set of stories to accomplish in one sprint, some sprints will have mostly art-heavy stories queued up, and some sprints will have mostly ...
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How can I complete 6 months of work in less than 2 months?

That project needs to be released in 2 months, but we estimated around 6 months of work on it. So we need to get more people working, so that we can fit in that time period. Adding more ...
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

Fascinating question and an excellent interview question. (Technically a poor fit for PM:SE because there is no authoritative answer - which is what makes it a great interview question). That said, I ...
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What to do with developers who don't follow requirements?

This is a behavioral problem and not specific issue which can be addressed by any framework or development methodology. As a leader with specific goals to be achieved in defined timelines you need to ...
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What is the good response to convince project manager about testing process?

I think it is a very fair question for the PM to ask. Evaluating the proposed effort against its benefits, costs, and risks is proper leadership and management. If you have a proposal for testing, you ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Some answers are refering to the Scrum Guide when they say no. However, according to that reference I'd say it would be no problem for both the SM and the PO to develop, given the right circumstances: ...
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How can I measure the performance of different teams in different departments?

You can't compare efforts between marketing and accounting; accounting is non-competitive. I suspect it is an error to try to compare efforts which are dissimilar. The problem set before you is ...
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Developer doesn't make deadline

You are perceived as the team leader, so in the absence of anyone with that formal title, you have to take on that role. You already meet regularly with the CEO as though you have that formal role, so,...
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In JIRA, how can we have separate boards/views for the PO and the team in the same sprint?

You can use swimlanes or Quick Filters to separate those views for your POs. Using Quick Filters: On your board page: Go to Board->Configure Select "Quick Filters" Add a new Quick Filter with Query ...
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