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Refactoring in Agile development

TL;DR Part of any project management framework, but especially agile frameworks like Scrum, is the necessity of continuously managing stakeholder expectations. People want what they want when they ...
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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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Task estimation and probable risks

I'm a little bit worried about the way you phrased your question. From what I gather, you want some sort of formula or process to account for the risks, then use that formula to get the perfect ...
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Refactoring in Agile development

Are you producing a deployable increment of product each sprint? If so then agreed delivery dates are already being met and that is the best way to minimise risk and give the customer confidence in ...
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Scheduling for Calendar Time when availability is variable?

If you are using a tool to keep the tasks such a Jira, try to setup your project in a way that stakeholders understand the capacity and the type of activities that your team is working on. Also, if ...
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Scheduling for Calendar Time when availability is variable?

When possible, make it visible to the stakeholders why the release date is being pushed back. If it's in order to fix their own products, then they should naturally be less frustrated. It's even ...
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How to manage consulting resources to deliver ahead of delivery dates?

Lets assume that the consultants are working in good faith and their estimates are correct. Now delays must be caused by the usual things: external task needs to be completed by someone else. extra ...
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How can I address productivity issues in a Scrum Team missing deadlines?

My first suggestion is always, "ask the team." Do some brainstorming at a retro: what leads to our missing deadlines? what were the causes of work being underestimated in the last couple of ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

Focus on customer value. Just because the client thinks of a new function doesn't mean the one you are writing right now has lost its value. I try to follow these guidelines: - Slow down. Do not ...
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Is planning software necessary?

Yes, Software Planning is important. and most important is to use any tool for it. because of some times, any changed that managed somewhere. and everyone discussed and track it. Then every task is ...
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How can I produce more reliable estimates for technology refresh projects?

I don't have enough experience to confirm or rebut this hypothesis. That said, if I were in the position, I would propose the minimum possible refactor project (kind of like my academic colleagues ...
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How to manage consulting resources to deliver ahead of delivery dates?

Sounds like working in a more Agile-structured way would be beneficial. If you require being able to see incremental versions of the software every so often (say, every two weeks), then you will not ...
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How to deal with a client who does not respect PM practices, yet wants a PM?

Due to the history, it does not sound like you will ever convince her of the need for a more sophisticated PM approach. At this stage, if I were in your shoes, document and publish to as many ...
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How to deal with a client who does not respect PM practices, yet wants a PM?

My experience has been that when the client refuses to accept your advice, the best approach is to focus on highlighting the pain. By that, I mean you use information radiators and reporting to make ...
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How to Handle a Funding Overrun on a Time and Materials (T&M) Contract

What would be your course of action with the client? Ans : 1) Share the current status with client 2) Revisit the project plan and re-prioritize the scope. 3) Based on the updated scope realign the ...
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Gantt Chart software for a monthly process with tasks/milestones based on business day of the month?

Check Teamhood as it has your mentioned features and it is free - https://teamhood.com/use-cases/project-management/
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Actual Duration Calculated by MS Project vs Actual Duration of the Project as of the Status Date

The “Actual Duration” of an in-progress summary task (including a project summary task) in MSP is NOT the same as – nor even closely related to – the elapsed work days from the start of the summary to ...
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Actual Duration Calculated by MS Project vs Actual Duration of the Project as of the Status Date

I think the simple answer is that you have a mismatch between the calendar you are using to manually calculate duration and the standard calendar MSProject is using to calculate it. You need to build ...
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How to Handle a Funding Overrun on a Time and Materials (T&M) Contract

The key to managing overruns of cost projections is Managing Client Expectations, in both the private and public sector. You have to have a trusting relationship with your client. A relationship ...
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Scheduling for Calendar Time when availability is variable?

On my team, we resolved this problem by assigning 1 volunteer (rotate each sprint, so everyone on sprint team has to play this role sooner or later) from sprint team as support-go-to-person for the ...
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How to deal with a client who does not respect PM practices, yet wants a PM?

There must be an official agreement, that establishes your position and responsibilities during the project. 1. The best scenario is for you to find the way to protect your position, the project and ...
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How to manage consulting resources to deliver ahead of delivery dates?

I have noticed a trend during our projects that the consultants seem to always wait until the last possible moment... I noticed you used the plural "the". The fact there's more than one group or team ...
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How to manage consulting resources to deliver ahead of delivery dates?

I suggest we share the observation with the manager of the consultants, agree with him or her the expectation gap, brainstorm the probable motivation or ability root causes (for example, Start Late, ...
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How to track and manage project progress & opportunities?

I would add: The important thing is to have a way to track all the details you need, in order to get to completion. Make sure to update your tracking frequently (could be every day, if not every few ...
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How to track and manage project progress & opportunities?

And while I wouldn't recommend using Traditional Development (Waterfall), if you do then you want to pull on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). Chapter 6 of the PMBoK covers Project ...
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How can I produce more reliable estimates for technology refresh projects?

In my observations working in this industry over the years, I do not opine that IT projects suffer from anything different than any other project in other domains. What I see is an industry specific ...
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Managing scope changes and timelines for graphic design components of a project

Product ownership Get your clients to appoint one product owner. He is the one who communicates with the team and make sure all stakeholder interests are looked after. This way, the constant change ...
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Managing scope changes and timelines for graphic design components of a project

Firstly, design is a very personal thing and (in my experience in a similar industry) this makes it very difficult to set the 'back-and-forth' process to a specific number of iterations. I think your ...
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Who decides how much work should be included in each Sprint?

In my opinion, the following factors decides the stories to be included in each sprint. Product long term vision Product owner prioritizes the user stories in advance as per the requirement from ...
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