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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

You might tackle it by highlighting increases in development costs caused by technical debt. That is a problem we are facing right now, too. Business is requesting more and more features they need ...
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Sales team keep on setting aggressive deadlines

Reflect the pain back. As things stand, your boss is not feeling the pain the team is feeling in delivering against artificial and aggressive deadlines. Your challenge is to make sure they see the ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

Take a more proactive approach to dealing with technical debt In one of my previous projects, we had a major part of a site run on annual data put together by the business. Unfortunatley, the ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

By analogy, you are asking people to replace a car that works perfectly well because you know that at some point in time the cost to maintain the existing car won't be worth the effort. You need to ...
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Business requirements and a fixed price contract

A FFP is not appropriate for your customer or you. If you pursue that you have to load it with a ton of contingency in both money and time that it would make it unfeasible for a normal customer. And ...
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Business requirements and a fixed price contract

Without detailed and fully agreed requirements, you have a load of assumptions. I suggest you document the assumptions as fully as possible, then structure a contract on a time and materials basis ...
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Change request affecting sales - what KPIs shall be used for tracking commercial perspective?

To put it bluntly, from a commercial perspective people only care if you deliver the project they requested within the time and budget you promised. I have intentionally chose the word "promised" ...
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Business requirements and a fixed price contract

One of the factors to consider is whether the client is sufficiently experienced at this kind of engagement. It only makes sense to take this kind of thing on if both parties are prepared to negotiate ...
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Sales team keep on setting aggressive deadlines

This is precisely why I like the Kanban approach to PM. Make a big unordered list of all the "wist list" features people have requested. Rank each feature/story in priority order. Which ones must be ...
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In companies practicing Agile and Scrum, how do development, marketing and sales people work together?

Agile for the whole company Scrum tries to overcome gathering different specialists like devs, qa, into one team? This seems to be a local optimization - agile dev teams, but not agile as a whole ...
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In companies practicing Agile and Scrum, how do development, marketing and sales people work together?

I have worked with Scrum teams that have included marketing people, legal people, editorial staff, technical authors and many more job specialities. I have also worked with a team where the Product ...
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In companies practicing Agile and Scrum, how do development, marketing and sales people work together?

A Scrum team has a Product Owner. When it comes to organizing various business aspects around the product, the Product Owner gets involved and it's a matter of other departments to coordinate and/or ...
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Financial indicators of a project and a project manager's efficiency

A lot depends on the commercial context, the business need being served and presumably the nature of the PM role as well. You have tagged this question with "Scrum" but in Scrum there is no ...
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Sales person tries to be a project manager

Your company is going through the maturity process and is valuing sales more than delivery. Eventually, your company will have to face its delivery metrics and likely losses and you will have the data ...
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Sales person tries to be a project manager

I do not get the "cheaper" logic, but I try to find information on why it is a very bad idea. The "cheaper" logic is obvious: if you need no PM, you don't need to pay a PM and the project will be ...
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PMO Value Add Metrics

The first metric is at least 10 times more important than any of the others. Does it fulfill the company's strategic mission? If the company doesn't know why it created a PMO, then the PMO should be ...
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Any tips on how to 'sell' the necessity of dealing with technical debt to nontechnical stakeholders?

The non-technical stakeholders only need to know how much work is needed to add the new feature. Like unit tests, refactoring should be included in the estimate for adding the new feature. It's part ...
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