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What's the logic behind 8/80 rule

If you assume an employee puts in 8h days, this rule would mean that a task takes no longer than two man-weeks and no less than one man-day. This ensures that the task is large enough to be meaningful,...
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What is the process of schedule management with clients who aren't very responsive?

The simple answer to "What does the PM do when the milestone passes" is: Re-schedule the project plan to take the delays into account then report on milestone changes back to the project sponsors and ...
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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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Who determines task dependency?

The dependencies between tasks are based on logic and choice. Logic are hard dependencies and are created because one task cannot start until the other has finished--assuming a finish-start ...
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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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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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Is it feasible for a project manager to work reduced schedule for a a few months?

Many project managers can handle multiple projects, so by implication, they are working a reduced schedule on each project. It is therefore both practical and effective to do this. But there are areas ...
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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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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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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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Avoid to kill project without reducing scope

If you ask if Kanban is going to help you deliver, it won't. Actually, none of the methods will. There is the project management triangle. If the time which says that you cannot have all the angles - ...
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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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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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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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How to calculate Schedule Variance in Scrum with story points?

What you're trying to do makes no sense. The first problem is that story points have no relation to time. Story points are a measure of effort needed or complexity. Something that requires a lot of ...
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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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Who determines task dependency?

Assuming that the example you gave was merely illustrative and that you are interested in the more general question: The interesting thing about this question is that it reveals how many things can ...
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Who determines task dependency?

Here be dragons. True dependencies aren't negotiable. Design before construction is such a case. However, there can be overlap. In many fields, construction can begin before the design is complete....
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Status Field and Microsoft Project

Don't worry MS-P is working fine. In the style of planning you describe, you may find that status is best used to help see how up to date your plan is and use Finish Variance as you already are, to ...
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What is the process of schedule management with clients who aren't very responsive?

Managing the potential delays in advance through communication are very important. However, there should be one or more contractual requirements laid in advance to mitigate any delays on the client's ...
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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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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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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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