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Scrum teams and the risk of a member getting sick

There are misconceptions around Scrum and team sizes. The first common misconception that I've seen is that Scrum mandates small teams, specifically a Development Team of between 3 and 9 individuals. ...
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What could be my risk mitigation strategies if my client wants to contract UAT?

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Sherlock Holmes A logical corollary is that it is a ...
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Product Owner is requesting a "confidence check" for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

While such a confidence check is nothing that you'd read about in Scrum Guide I don't see it as something that violates Scrum in any way. It is, in fact, answering a different question: the one about ...
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Scrum teams and the risk of a member getting sick

The scrum part is irrelevant of the specific questions asked. Does it negatively affect project success? It certainly could. Losing a team member can affect both the duration of the work and the ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

What should be my actions in this situation now? I cannot tell the client that the development of the feature has stopped because the dev went on vacation. This would be unprofessional. Honesty ...
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How to formulate risks well for risk analysis?

You are struggling with the level of abstraction when trying to capture the risk. There is no easy format to resolve this because, and I hate to write this, it depends. The level of abstraction ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

In terms of how to do better next time: It sounds as if you identified the risk as one of medium risk (might be ready) and high severity (huge business value), and you decided to monitor the risk (...
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How to formulate risks well for risk analysis?

preface: David Espina's answer is correct and is the best first option. This is a hard problem; there are so silver bullets/simple answers. At least to my mind, this is where risk managers (should) ...
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Scrum teams and the risk of a member getting sick

Scrum doesn't blindly suggest "small teams" without qualification and definitely doesn't advocate for having a team so small that one member being sick means that work can't progress. The Scrum guide ...
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Development buffers and risk factors

How do you plan on risks when working on the project detailed plan? I assume you add to the plan vacation days for each resource (even though they may not have requested leave at this point), you plan ...
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Which risks to expect when managing different vendors on a client assignment?

Besides for the regular "delays in schedules" which are standard risks, here are some ideas: You need to worry about interoperability. There's no way to know in advance how the deliverables from the ...
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How to formulate risks well for risk analysis?

You are mixing two different processes in the overal risk management super-process: Risk Identification and Risk Analysis. I'd recommend you my book but it's in german so probably not useful to you. ...
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Scrum teams and the risk of a member getting sick

As you already tagged it, it's (partly) a question about Risk Management, so I'll address that part, since the Scrum part has been addressed in the other good answers. Obviously, if you decide to ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

I've been dealing a lot with a scope creep over the last 2 years. I created a list of things that is a must to keep in mind in order to minimize the negative impact on the project. At first - you ...
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Are retrospectives and daily stand ups replacement of risk management

It sounds like Scrum practices have been adopted using a cargo cult approach. If you are consistently delivering poor quality results then you are missing some practices. I would consider "What ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

My first step would be to ask how you are doing Kanban? Kanban is the go-to tool for rapidly changing requirements. The basic principle of "Have a board, have a WIP, prioritize daily", is incredibly ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I think the simple statement of your problem is that to plan you need to at least be able to count the number of things you need to do. However you have no base number right now besides the 800K & ...
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How to explain to management that taking over an external project is a big risk?

Your OP reads a little bit like you're looking for reasons not to engage in this proposal. I am bringing this up because if I am picking up this tone in your writing--and if I am right in my ...
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What could be my risk mitigation strategies if my client wants to contract UAT?

There is not silver bullet to mitigate skimping on quality assurance. I don't know in what field you are in, but what you can do depends on what the cost is to deploy a new version to your users. ...
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ISO Requirement for Risk Acceptance

TL;DR Auditing or security questions might be more answerable on Information Security Stack Exchange, but it's also on topic here on PMSE as risk registers are legitimately part of project management ...
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Is lack of knowledge/experience in the dev team a risk according to the risk management theory

One of the benefits of using the Scrum framework is that it reduces risk. How does it do it? Well risk is all about surprises. Often that means thinking you will get X amount of work done, but ...
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Risk and Opportunity definitions

Risk = a chance to lose. Opportunity = a chance to earn. In my understanding, PMI puts Risk & Opportunity together because an opportunity becomes an opportunity only if it becomes reality;...
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Do you show your RAID log to stakeholders?

The purpose of the log is to keep you, as the PM, and your team on the same page as to the high priority things on which you are working. It is not a communication vehicle. To communicate with it ...
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How do I facilitate a project risk assessment?

A bit of googling will probably give you too much information. I'm going to take the position that you facilitate a risk assessment for your project the same way you facilitate a risk assessment for ...
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How is a countermeasure influencing the total risk score?

Codegnome's law states that you should always solve the problem before you automate the solution. You're creating a formula before you define the terms. I recommend that you define countermeasure ...
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Product Owner is requesting a "confidence check" for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

I don't think that it's a massive problem to ask for a confidence vote. I often do this with raising hands as a yes and no or we use fingers instead of a scale like you have. As long as the team ...
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Product Owner is requesting a "confidence check" for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

Andre welcome to the forum! I suggest you to: Reduce the number of "levels". You don't need 5, it makes it less actionable, 3 levels is probably better Don't ask for likelihood the answer of your ...
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What could be my risk mitigation strategies if my client wants to contract UAT?

Mark provided a great answer, especially the lead in where he asks what is the risk? Reducing duration on an effort would signal a risk in most cases to most of us, I would suspect, but I think Mark'...
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What could be my risk mitigation strategies if my client wants to contract UAT?

You might want to consider prioritising the features you test. By restricting your testing to the most important features you may be able to get a more thorough test-fix-retest cycle in within the ...
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Dev went on vacation leaving his work unfinished. How to manage this without informing the customer?

1) What should be my actions in this situation now? I cannot tell the client that the development of the feature has stopped because the dev went on vacation. This would be unprofessional In fact I ...
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