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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

All work is probabilistic. It has an extremely improbable best case result, an extremely improbable worst case result, and an extremely probable most likely result. That probabilistic distribution ...
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Scrum Master duties at steady state?

Routine remains the same Scrum Master's routine remains the same even after the team gets well adjusted to Scrum. It is possible that Scrum Master may have to spend less time on individual duties but ...
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What are the responsibilities in a Scrum of Scrums?

The Scrum of Scrums should happen after the daily Scrums because otherwise it would be hard to answer the three questions there. In case there is an important decision, the ambassador shall go back to ...
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Who pays when actuals exceed pessimistic estimates?

Management Owns Cost-Overruns A Developer estimates between 70 to 100 hours for a task. Due to the urgency of the task and the developer's unavailability, a far less experienced developer is ...
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Law regulations and solution architect

Is it my job as solution architect to learn all these laws and see how they apply to the software we are going to make or should this be a task for somebody else? If you don't want to learn the laws, ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

Yes, a project manager is responsible for completing a project on time. However, "on time" is a date that will often move during the life of the project, and it is the agreed date that the ...
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

To answer this effectively, it is important to split roles, job titles, and skills. Scrum has absolutely nothing to say about job titles, so we can actually resolve that fairly quickly by saying: as ...
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Splitting PM responsibility between technical lead and non-technical PM on an agile project?

Firstly, you could use different methods/frameworks to run projects. Scrum wouldn't necessarily be the solution here as your prime concern is around the line in responsibilities between these two, ...
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Law regulations and solution architect

Even if you - as solution architect - get a list of "we need x, y z" and you describe how this should be implemented, you still need to be aware of the laws related to security, privacy, ...
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How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

There can be no general answer to this. Multinational or public companies do vary greatly. Software developed by such companies varies even more in size, type, purpose, usage, life expectancy etc. In ...
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How much code documentation should an effective Scrum Team produce?

Well the answer is really "It depends" mixed with "Why do they need it?" and "What's the least you can get away with?" This is really about interviewing your stakeholders and doing a 5 Why's type ...
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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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Law regulations and solution architect

There are two sides to this - laws and regulations. I would not necessarily expect someone on a project team, regardless of their role, to be an expert in either law or regulatory requirements. I ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

A project manager has the overall responsibility for the project's success. But what is project success, you may ask? Many executives see project success as delivering software on time, on budget and ...
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How can I complete 6 months of work in less than 2 months?

Oooooh boy... Where to start.... If you're almost finished but you're "stuck" on testing and debugging you are definitely doing something wrong in the first place. Waterfall much? If you, or your ...
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RACI Matrix - Accountability

No, it can't. In the RACI format, the Accountable person is the one ultimately answerable for the correct completion of the task. It is also the one who delegates the work to those marked as "...
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Requirement conflict b/w Product and Engineering team?

Your premise is toxic. Both teams are putting too much emphasis on who is to blame and too little emphasis on fixing the recurring problem. Currently, your two teams are in an antagonistic ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

TL;DR There is a lot more that's structurally wrong with your situation than you think, and based on your tone and framing you yourself appear to be part of the problem. Your company appears to have ...
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In Scrum, who is responsible for not-meeting UNexpressed acceptance criteria?

Scrum is based on an empirical process control system. It assumes that not everything is known and that knowledge will emerge over time. Trying to specify every acceptance criteria in exact detail may ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

I agree with the other two answers, but I'd phrase it slightly differently. The Project Manager's primary responsibility is to manage the expectations about the project's completion date. This can ...
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How can I motivate the team to take more responsibility for user stories?

From what you are describing, it looks like: You want your team to be (more) self-organizing and proactive in doing the work, and engaging in conversations with you (the PO) when they spot something ...
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Who pays when actuals exceed pessimistic estimates?

There is a difference between an estimate and planning value. An estimate is a probabilistic range and should include variables such as less qualified resources doing the work plus about 1,000 other ...
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When does one develop a RASCI?

The RASCI being developed is intended to highlight the support model going forward. From my perspective a RASCI encompasses all aspects of the project including handover. It can do both, or neither. ...
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Whose responsibility is to add stories to JIRA (or other issue-tracking software)?

There are two main ways I know of that work. First, a possible answer is 'The Product Owner' (or someone/someones with the same responsibilities). Namely, someone who knows the customer's ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

You could treat his submission like any other pull request: give him feedback like you would any other code review. If he understands the conventions of your team, if he knows your team doesn't put ...
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One of our executives wants to play programmer

Besides for dns's suggestion to add it to treat his submission like any other pull request and test it thoroughly, you also need to add values to your concerns. Create a document explaining the cost,...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

I can only speak for software projects. The team as a whole ought to be responsible for success and timely delivery. If you are dependent on a PM to get the project done on time then you surely have a ...
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is determining the true needs of the customer is the responsibility of project manager?

The answer is in your project charter. It all comes down to scope. If your scope included not only the development of the product but also the original business case of that product--which found a ...
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How can I complete 6 months of work in less than 2 months?

I am reading three separate and distinct issues: 1) current team is "stuck" in testing and debugging; 2) new project with an initial target of six months and now a commitment to a target of two months;...
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What are the responsibilities in a Scrum of Scrums?

What happens when there is conflict (priorities, dependencies, technical standards etc.) between 2 or more teams? That's what a SoS meeting is for - not necessarily to resolve the conflicts, but to ...
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