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How to utilize resources effectively in cross-functional scrum teams?

They will do other work that needs doing. Keep in mind that "being in the sprint" means that the story is important. Not being in the sprint means the story is not that important. Looking for ...
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When does throwing in people to meet a Project's Scope or Time constraints ever work?

In certain cases it is possible to get more work done if you introduce more people. The most usual scenario is when teams take time to do detailed scoping and when the project itself allows low ...
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What to do if a member of a team finishes all his sprint tasks ahead of schedule?

You have a few options at your disposal. Use the available time to work on technical debts or fix bugs. Ask the team member to share load another team member to help her/him in completing the sprint ...
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How can my PERT diagram take account of my resources?

This video shows how to organize the problem with a table, and proposes a simple greedy slack based heuristic solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AJ73qxZtsI This page http://www....
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How to respond to too much work in too little time from the customer?

Don't sign the contract. Say no. Look around at other industries. No other industry, EXCEPT IT, will you see this phenomena to this degree. Try it. Hire a builder and tell them they need to complete ...
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How to accurately communicate task priorities?

Good question. I'm unclear on some of the details that inspire your question, so I'm going to provide three different answers Risk Matrices are dangerous to your health. You say, I fall back to very ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

Generally speaking, there is always something for people to do. They can help a colleague with their tasks, learn a new trick, write some documentation, clean up some code, talk with some other team, ...
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When does throwing in people to meet a Project's Scope or Time constraints ever work?

Different tasks have different degrees of resources elasticity. And a task in itself can have different degrees of elasticity depending on other present variables like the environment. Imagine ten ...
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100% Utilization of Resource and Wait Times

There are a lot of theories that go into The Phoenix Project. Queuing theory is the underpinning of most everything else. It is very old (origins in 1909) and is used to great success in almost every ...
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Problem dealing with a resistant resource

As with all marginally performing employees, you sit them down, you outline expectations and achievable objectives, you detail a timeline, and then you measure for improved performance. This is ...
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MS Project doesn't calculate task finish date correclty

I think I figured it out. In the respective resource calendar -> work weeks -> details the time for the allocated resource was set to: 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM 11:AM - 1:00 PM I changed that to: 08:...
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How to optimize for Flow Efficiency over Resource Utilization?

Based on the information you provided: How does one actually accomplish this? In context of projects I suggest to start with optimizing the schedule for lead time (as opposed to minimum cost). ...
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Algorithm to schedule tasks according to resource availability

In the examples (as you mention also), interchangeable resources with some total availability are expected. However, you can treat schedule as multiple networks of single schedule. In the algorithms, ...
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How to set a specific resource in MS Project to have a max work capacity of 7 hours a day?

Yes, in Project, you can set a unique schedule for a specific resource (Applicable to MS Project 2007+). Step 1: Click Project > Properties > Change Working Time. Step 2: Choose a resource from the ...
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How to respond to too much work in too little time from the customer?

To effectively justify your estimations it is always better to have the project plan. What you're asking actually can have different answers depending on the current phase of the project. But the ...
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How to respond to too much work in too little time from the customer?

Looks like a growth opportunity to me! Remember that: The customer cannot know how much effort each piece of work takes. The customer cannot know how much work you have already committed and how ...
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MS Project 2013: Can I avoid MSP auto-changing my assignment units to less than 100%?

The screen shot does not show the field names, but it appears that you have a task Duration of 1 day (e.g. 8 hours), but Work set to 4 hrs (e.g. half a day). In order for resources to only work 4 ...
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What is the evidence supporting the PMBOK practices?

In fact, the Project Management Institute has two monograph about the evidence associated to Project Management practices: Quantifying the Value of Project Management. The monographs shows that ...
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What is the evidence supporting the PMBOK practices?

If you are trying to assess the scientific validity of the PMBoK, you will not get too far. The PMBoK is a body of knowledge and not even the complete body of knowledge. It is not prescriptive but ...
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When does throwing in people to meet a Project's Scope or Time constraints ever work?

One way to think about it is to consider if the task would be marked "Effort Driven" if you were creating an MS Project Plan for it. Effort driven tasks are actually expedited by adding people (at ...
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When does throwing in people to meet a Project's Scope or Time constraints ever work?

A lot of the other answer, cover the case where there is a lot of independence. But what if there is no space on the team to add anyone, then is it ever possible. Hire a specialist in an area that ...
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Resources Management - I can't manage some people

Project Management Fundamentals Managing a project involves considering its constraints, namely scope, resources, schedule, budget and risk. So, part of managing the project requires managing people ...
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Resources Management - I can't manage some people

Maybe I am wrong, but from your message I can see two main problems: No common way of working (their way and what you have in mind) You have resources but you don't have a team I was confronted to ...
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100% Utilization of Resource and Wait Times

One of the possible answers here is planning and monitoring (actually nothing new to project management) TLDR: plan your journey, check yor location and plan (the more frequent you do so - less ...
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How to accurately communicate task priorities?

Ideally priorities shouldn't change frequently - it's much easier to work in a stable environment and not have to switch between tasks and priorities quickly. The reasons for frequent changes could be:...
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How to manage time and resources efficiently?

Alex! It's great that you are asking these questions, though I agree with both of your commenters. If your company is refusing to provide leadership training, two places to start are your local ...
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In Microsoft Project how to get change in resource max units to cascade to tasks automatically

No, MS Project will never recalculate the duration of tasks based on the resource max units value. Most project managers assign the resources for a different value of % unit than the resource's max %...
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How to respond to too much work in too little time from the customer?

Time is a matter of priority. You can do everything the client needs... you just need to negotiate it. As per the Project Management Triange, if you fix two variables, you'll vary the other. You just ...
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Microsoft Project 2016 resource calendar seems to be ignored and no overallocation detected

These are the same behaviors as in MSP 2010. Assuming you've created Fixed-Units or Fixed-Work tasks, then the durations of these tasks are 4 hours, 8 hours, and 4 hours - corresponding to the ...
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How can I add a rented resource to MS Project?

Project Calendar is Standard (5d x 8h) Fixed-units task w/ no task calendar. RentalCar Work Resource w/ Std. and OT rates of 60 EUR/day. (Since this is a rental car, the resource calendar should be 7d ...
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