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Team consistently over commits

here are few suggestions: Prepare some statistics for your team for the next retro, better visual. You had 6 iterations already, so I assume you have data to show. It should help to convince them. ...
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Complex project schedule

There are a few issues in sequencing: 1. if I sequence the tasks with just the predecessors, the Gantt chart will be very hard to read--it's hard to read already as we have so many tasks Task links ...
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Is this a trick assignment with Release Planning ? Any comments is much appreciated

This scenario feels Waterfall because of the fixed scope of 8 epics and fixed schedule of 10/21/2021 so I wouldn’t say your feeling is off on that point. However, this is very much reality in many ...
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Is this a trick assignment with Release Planning ? Any comments is much appreciated

This is a weird test. You have a fixed time, fixed goal and fixed resources. Nothing there is flexible. There is no decisions to be made here. You are not a project manager, you are a project ...
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Task with start not based on actual dates

Use a driving milestone. Start the schedule on an arbitrary date - the date when the river is most likely to have minimum flow. Then include a milestone "Low flow achieved" on the same date. ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

What you're trying to do makes no sense. Scrum doesn't have the concept of a project schedule. In Scrum, each Sprint is a timeboxed activity that could be viewed as a project. At the end of the ...
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Estimation of project duration on Adaptive methodology

I think that your second image is a template that you should use to plan out your Sprints. Where did you get the image? You do a longer release planning with Scrum by: organizing your backlog with ...
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What is the concept behind adding dummy activity in network diagrams?

Dummy activities may be needed to correctly represent the depndencies between activities In the following figure, why do we need a dummy activity? Why can't we just connect directly instead of ...
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Duration vs Work

I am going to answer this question in a completely different way. My answer will not technically answer your question but may provide you with another alternative in building your schedule. First, ...
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Is Scrum compatible with a project schedule?

Yes we can, planning in Scrum is done at three different levels: daily planning, iteration planning; release planning. From team's point of view, the release planning gives us the direction, the ...
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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

The work you do before you have contract is of no concern to the customer. The customer would not care what you did, how much it cost you, whether you had issues doing that work, etc. If you added ...
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Extent of Project Manager's responsibility

To what extent can a Project Manager be held responsible for projects remaining on schedule and on budget? Junior PMs are assigned to projects with low complexity for a reason. If you were to assign ...
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Task with start not based on actual dates

You cannot do this without picking an arbitrary date. All tasks and milestones in MS-Project have start and end dates. I would introduce one level of abstraction though- I would add a milestone with ...
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What's the logic behind 8/80 rule

The 8-80 rule was created to help 24/7 health care facilities avoid overtime pay because of scheduling difficulties related to union labor contracts giving the regular staff at least every other ...
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Team consistently over commits

The Scrum guide talks about a forecast instead of commitment. (They changed this from commitment in 2013.) However, enough work is planned during Sprint Planning for the Development Team to ...
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Task with start not based on actual dates

Predecessor-successor logic in a project is based on the fact that most tasks flow in a logical order, either because work demands it--you cannot hang drywall until you have finished building the ...
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Team consistently over commits

Thank you for the interesting question. I wonder, what is the reason people might want to take too many items into the sprint/iteration. I can think of several reasons, may be it's one of these: team ...
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Extent of Project Manager's responsibility

Like everything else in a project, "it depends". An organization should be assigning a leader (sponsor, champion, whatever you want to call it) who will be the single point of accountability for ...
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Extent of Project Manager's responsibility

Unless Management invests full authority, at an HR management level, on a project manager, then they can not lay full blame on a project manager for the project's success or failure. (And we don't ...
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Team consistently over commits

I don't know very much about agile and scrum and iterations and stories but coming from a more general point of view around estimation, statistics, and human factors, I am not sure you have enough ...
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MS project how to create alternative schedule to understand the impact of certain changes

Make a copy of the original schedule by doing Save As. Then change the number of resources, let it calculate and save the new schedule (Rev 2). Use the built-in Compare Projects feature to compare the ...
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Is Scrum compatible with a project schedule?

I wrote about this recently elsewhere, and I'll revise and extend my remarks for this answer. First, let's define project-based software: It is software that is meant to be defined, planned, ...
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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

For the customer proposal, no. But for internal use, yes. The effort spent on such things is important in that it consumes time for those doing the tasks so it’s ilportsnt for the organization to ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

I agree with the comments already made. Velocity seems like a better way to measure performance and maybe an example will help. Suppose a team, for whatever reason, over-committed themselves at ...
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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

Summary In general, the Scrum framework is concerned with whether or not the Scrum Team can predictably meet a singular Sprint Goal each iteration rather than in "schedule variance." The ...
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Combining WBS structure types; deliverable oriented and task oriented

A product oriented WBS would have products on top, broken down to its manageable sized components, and then activities below it. I define the work package to be the lowest level of product; the ...
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Is Scrum compatible with a project schedule?

Scrum and agile development are a response to the problem of software projects being extremely difficult to schedule, and most project schedules being little more than a collection of guesses. ...
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Is Scrum compatible with a project schedule?

Estimates for completing a Scrum backlog or some portion of a backlog are certainly possible and are often done by measuring velocity and deriving a burn chart. However, the first principle of the ...
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MS Project: Sub-tasks causing unexpected 'Late Start'

The general rule is that the late date of a task is the earliest of: Its successor late dates, adjusted for lag, calendars, and duration; Its Deadline, adjusted for calendars and duration; Its SNLT/...
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MS Project: Scenario planning issue

Microsoft Project has multiple parameters that affect the time. The relevant ones are: fixed days or fixed duration or fixed units general calendar generic / specific resource calendar. work hours ...
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