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Is reporting project progress in % to supervisors acceptable?

Not only acceptable but expected in many environments. If you do project management for the US government, OMB & ECPIC absolutely require you to report progress in %. There is a deeper problem ...
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Is reporting project progress in % to supervisors acceptable?

TL;DR There are some other good answers here, but "percent complete" is not only tricky to calculate reliably, but it's often implicitly tied to scheduling. That makes it difficult to talk about it ...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

Start with the "why". What information exactly is it that Senior Management is looking for. What are they using that information for? It could be as simple as wanting to see progress, or open to ...
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Showing Microsoft Project files to people without Project

Other possible solution would be to upload your MS Project file to google drive. Once there, try to open it and a popup will display asking you to use a couple of free tools: 1. Gantter for google ...
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How to get a good overview of team member utilization across multiple projects in TFS 2013

I do not know how to tease the information out of TFS, however if you are willing to use another tool that integrates into TFS, I would suggest Eylean Board. It offers time tracking as a feature and ...
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Scrum Master role: Reporting?

I would start by asking: What is the report and who is it for? There's no singular right answer - I don't think it's safe to say that "the Scrum Master should create all reports on behalf of the ...
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Executive Summary Repetition

I have two standard things I use to make status reports more effective; Trending and Graying Out. Trending: Even on a simple dashboard the use of trending can help create context. Two most common ...
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Executive Summary Repetition

The best person to answer this question is the person or people who are receiving the report. But I'd take a look at your methodology for generating this report. It sounds like you are generating ...
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What is the 'life-cycle' of an issue or exception report

What happens when someone raises an issue or exception report? Usually it is something like: Preliminary evaluation of the problem- Is it reproducible? Is all the required information present, etc. ...
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In TaskJuggler, how to manage multiple projects running in parallel

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 ...
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No Checkpoint Reports

From the strictly technical point of view: Rise a risk. In this case the risk might be project failure due to insufficient control. The cause of the risk is missing or late reports. Perform a ...
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No Checkpoint Reports

My understanding of the PMs job is the following: PM is responsible for the success of the project. The PM is responsible to provide necessary information to the management in order to allow good ...
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linked tools together without micro managing?

I guess it is one of the most common problems - a PM needs to use bunch of tools and methods to steer the project and keep everyone happy except himself. It is true that you need 4 core aspects: ...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

I'd expand on Joel BC answer - 'why' is the key, and being from a very similar environment (multi location / cultural place with hundreds of people reporting to a single head) I believe that ...
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Personal Time Tracking report using Atlassian Jira

One of the free option available is to use the browser extension named Jira Assistant available in below url. This extension has lot more useful features which not only helps to generate report, but ...
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Cost management without time tracking in Scrum

If you need to track costs, track it at the Scrum Team level rather than at the individual level. A simple way to do this is to take a blended cost per person and multiply it by the number of people ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

I would have two concerns over using a committed vs delivered metric to solve this problem: People may not care if you are committing to more points than you are delivering. Some may even see it is a ...
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Best way to report impact of accepting additional work in scope?

TL;DR Don’t create a custom set of metrics if you can avoid it. Instead, negotiate scope when possible, and leverage the framework’s built-in mechanisms for evaluating opportunity costs against ...
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How to get a good overview of projects using TFS 2012

If you are looking for a tool that makes TFS more user friendly, Eylean could be a great option. It offers a two way integration with TFS and represents the tasks in a clear task board that can be ...
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Tool to manage projects reports

Depending on what it is you are looking for, i see two solutions: If you want to have some simple progress reports accessible to anyone interested, it probably would be easiest to make them yourself, ...
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How to get a good overview of team member utilization across multiple projects in TFS 2013

TFS 2013 has very comprehensive web portal which was not available in previous versions. In order to see the distribution of developers among different projects, first you have to write the new ...
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Is reporting project progress in % to supervisors acceptable?

I don't think there's anything wrong with reporting percent complete so long as you have both a reliable and valid way of doing so. This means you have a performance measurement baseline against ...
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linked tools together without micro managing?

As PM, one of your main tasks is to make sure the communication and information is flowing to the correct people in the correct way. There's no one-size-fits-all solution (that I'm aware of, at least!)...
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Displaying a resource's tasks across multiple subprojects

This you can easily achieve using MS Excel, as Excel provides a good compatibility with Microsoft Project, so you can copy/paste all contents from Excel to MPP and vice versa. Follow these steps:- ...
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Consulting and separating internal and external tickets

It sounds like you lack transparency and trust with the customer. If each Story represents value for the customer then the customer should approve, view, and order those things. That said, you can ...
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How should I classifying my daily project activities into tags?

Find a new company... To directly answer your question, if there is not guidelines in place already then just make it up. Document in in a "legend" and create codes that are easy for you to ...
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Milestone Reporting Format - Any ideas?

My preference is to use a Milestone slip chart. Example chart The horizontal axis is the forecast date, and the vertical axis is the reporting date. The advantage of these charts is that you can ...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

It looks like you're doing the right thing by moving to an automated system of sorts. The thing that will be most up to date will be the code and the Pull Requests or the patches that are proposed. ...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

Well.. Your question caption states that you're wondering if you should use daily reports in your team, however as it turns out to be, you cannot decline using such the reports and the issue is ...
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Personal Time Tracking report using Atlassian Jira

You can use worklogAuthor and worklogDate parameters for your needs. Your query will be like: project = "My Project" AND worklogAuthor = currentUser() AND worklogDate = now() You will get all ...
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