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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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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

You've identified a risk, and a possible solution. I'd refrain from considering your solution (more documentation) as "the" solution and ask them to apply it straight away. You're working with a team ...
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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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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

Absolutely keep logs and absolutely bring them to the surface and work them on a strict cadence. Especially risks. Without the logs, people will happily ignore them. There is a resistance in ...
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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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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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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

@Mamoo is right. A new and junior project manager does not have the authority or influence to jump to a solution and ask the team to implement it. Even as a two decade project manager I wouldn't try ...
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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

Documentation is always the stepchild of development. Although you could simply order them to do it, there are a few points to take care of when you want to motivate them: Demonstrate the problem Have ...
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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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(Calculation EMV) What is the business purpose of product value calculated by multiplying the probability of an event by the cost of the impact?

Expected Monetary Value (EMV) is an important part of risk management, usually used in large and complex projects to perform quantitative risks analysis. Probability is the measurement of the ...
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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

I use Risk and Issue logs and review them on a strict, regular basis. They are essential tools both for myself as a PM, and for the wider stakeholder community within the project. Why do I say that? ...
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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

In my opinion any Project Manager that does not actively use Risks and Issues logs is not worthy of the name. Active management of risk, particularly, is the biggest part of what a project manager is ...
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At what point do assumptions become risk?

We create assumptions because we don't have the answer to a question. If we don't have an answer to a question, that means we have uncertainty. If that uncertainty is tied to an objective, it is ...
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Is a "business as usual" issue a project issue?

I'd say it is a risk because of the possible lack of maintenance and support. For example, lack of support has a high risk on delivery because you have to figure out the solution with small or non ...
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Is a "business as usual" issue a project issue?

This confusion about whether something is an issue or risk is a HUGE waste of time. It comes down to how one structured the event in one's mind. Are you focusing on the current problem being ...
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Is a "business as usual" issue a project issue?

I strongly support David's approach: the whole discussion isn't worth your time. It's something that everyone - specially, stakeholders - must be aware of. I'm just not 100% sure if it's possible to ...
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Project constantly running into problems, so how does a PM manage the consistent budget impacts?

Two key expectations from a PM are: Assess, track and report Risk Manage Stakeholder's expectations You are doing all the risk management, and it seems the second part could be improved. So, you ...
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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 set and mantain a risk checklist for a set of software development projects in a medium-sized company?

Scan post mortem documentation. Scan past projects' risks and issues registers. Conduct several focus groups with project managers and practitioners and brainstorm. Review trade journals and ...
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How to set and mantain a risk checklist for a set of software development projects in a medium-sized company?

Rather than focus on a checklist, begin by asking what process can be put in place to encourage a team to identify and plan for risk before a project begins. Why focus on process first? Because you ...
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Is an operational risk considered a project risk?

Does this have the ability to affect the successful completion of your project? if so, it is a risk. I'm not sure that dividing risks into "operational" and "project" helps me to close the project ...
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What is the point of a risk with no impact?

In my opinion you're right. If a future event has no influence on project (or, if it has 0 probability of happening), it should not be considered as risk. Of course, having "None" in your risk log ...

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