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What is the standard approach to planning work that might or might not be needed based on certain circumstances?

I am wondering what the typical approach would be here: In a project, we are renewing old machines and therefore the new ones will need to be integrated into an older system. That might or might not ...
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Better ways to plan and discuss alternative development plans

I have a designer, a remote front end developer, a remote back end developer and a remote full stack. When I estimate timelines I decide the tasks throw them into some gantt software set reasonable ...
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Calculate hours for project

I'm trying to calculate hours for a project, but I feel very stuck and without too much experience I'm not sure where to start. This is for a software project and the requirements for the software has ...
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Client doesn't agree to put milestone in project scheduling

When our company has been sent project scheduling to client (which included some milestones like:Advanced Payment , Approval of Phase I, ...), Client rejected the project scheduling and said "...
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Simultaneous use of resources

I’m trying out Project 2013 to use to run a test lab, so apologies for the noob question. This seems like a basic scenario but what I’ve found on this forum is “Project doesn’t work like that”: I have ...
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Is a project manager responsible for completing a project on time?

Of course, a project manager should strive to complete a project on time, but is it correct to say that it is a project manager's professional responsibility? I mean that no matter how professional a ...
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Tools to manage a project across multiple time zones [closed]

I'm trying to manage multiple projects with teams in 3-4 different time zones and it's doing my head in. I'm pretty sure we have looked at literally every online scheduling tool and there doesn't seem ...
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Actual Duration Calculated by MS Project vs Actual Duration of the Project as of the Status Date

My project started in Jan 2020 and as of Jun 2020, we have spent a total of 80 working days ( minus weekends and public holiday). However, the actual duration given by the MS Project is over 90 ...
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My team has grown to be 16+ people, how can I better structure it?

I am the Product Owner for a team which is now 16 people. We've grown a lot over the past month from 12. The tasks on the team range from pure software development, to integration, to analysis. We ...
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Approach for handling internal scheduling and global ticketing system in one JIRA instance

We have a following setup in my organization: Company-wide JIRA instance (over 3000 users I think) Organization JIRA instance (less than 200 hundred) with Tempo planner The reason we have an ...
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Is there a reason this is labeled as 'Finish to Finish' even though 'Finish to Start' makes more sense?

Got this question in my course: You are managing a software project. Your QA manager tells you that you need to plan to have her team start their test planning activity so that it finishes just ...
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Task estimation and probable risks

Let's suppose we are estimating a task (not by the planning poker). We have discovered that there are a few possible problems (risks): Risk 1 - with the probability p1, ..., risk N - with the ...
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Can our company avoid losses due to sunk cost negotiation?

I feel my company is losing a lot of money on each project iteration because of a negotiation technique employed by our business partners(customers). I want to find out the name of this technique and ...
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Why are my planned values for tasks so high when employees not working 8 hours?

I have assigned 5 resources for a task. MS Project assumes that all resources are available to work 8 hours per day 5 days per week. This is not the case in my schedule. Some of the resources work ...
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MS Project schedules only 7 hours for starting day of task

I have an existing project file (.mpp file). I realized that duration of all tasks is one day longer comparing to my estimation. For example, a task with duration 2 days starting at 3.6.2019 is ...
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Scheduling based on end date and amount of hours willing to spend per course

Given an end date and the amount of hours I'm willing to spend per course (say 250 hours each for 2 concurrent courses), how do I make MS Project Professional 2019 spread out the courses evenly every ...
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Can a story be put on hold within a Sprint?

The team is working with a user story and they are stuck on some technical issues and unable to resolve them. This story is committed for the current Sprint. Shall I put this story on hold after ...
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How to manage a developer with poor work ethics

Background: I am the PM / Scrum master in a development team, we follow a semi-agile framework for app development. The team (which is newly formed) consists of 3 developers. I am not the line ...
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How to add new activities from the contract modifications into Schedule

Initial Project Schedule (IPS, or Baseline schedule) had been approved. Several monthly updates were approved. The owner has requested KTR to incorporate a score (20) of new activities from the ...
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How to calculate project finish date with fixed work and different date of resource availability

I am preparing a high-level project plan in mpp to see the top level view when the project will finish based on the resources availability and work estimation. My requirement is as: I have an ...
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How to estimate a Research and Development project?

Our software team has been doing a lot of R&D work to improve the performance of our product. Of course, the management team would like to know how long it's going to take to improve the ...
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Assign Resources Automatically in the Most Efficient Manner

Firstly I have to state that I am not a project manager. I am a software development team leader that has been tasked with giving a plan for a large project for my team. We work in a Scrum-like ...
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Are all nodes in Activity-on-Arrow diagrams milestones?

Should all nodes in AoA represent milestones? What if I need to show several activities like a1,a2 where there is a single milestone after a2?
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Timeline for outsourced software development

We currently have a website solution project in which I am involved. We are also outsourcing the development from local software-development companies. We have not selected a vendor because we are at ...
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MS Project - Summary Task split by leveling

I have a summary task, and have the 'Leveling Can Split' option set to No. The four subtasks which are in sequence, also have LCS set to No. In the Leveling options I also have 'Leveling can create ...
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Printing specific date range in ms project 2016

I am trying to print a specific date range from a gantt chart view in ms project 2016, but all that prints out is the whole project. Can you help?
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ProjectLibre: One person two tasks at the same time

I'm trying to schedule a few tasks in ProjectLibre and I'm also fairly new to PM The problem Suppose we have Person1, and he'scheduled on two tasks (100%): Install device (duration=1hr) Test ...
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Scheduling for Calendar Time when availability is variable?

I have a few core team members who also look after daily support. It’s not uncommon for them to get stuck in some firefighting for a day or two which completely throws off a project schedule. How can ...
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How can I create a task for two developers to support testing?

I'm trying to create a timeline for server migration. Typically when it comes to testing our developers spend about 25% of their time supporting the testing. (Running batch processes, answering ...
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Activity on Arrow diagram: simplification allowed when sequence is predecessor of next node

I have to make an AOA diagram in which the following situation occurs: +---+----------------+--------------+ | # | Description | Predecessors | +---+----------------+--------------+ | C | Welding ...
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Project Manager cancel or move daily stand-up without notice if he has conflicting meetings

I've done my homework and searched on the website, and I could find a similar question: Should we cancel the Daily Stand-Up if we have another meeting during the day? but my case is different: my ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

When something needs to be done, be it a new task or getting help with an existing one, a knee-jerk reaction I've often seen in the wild is finding a person to do it. Here are some random examples of ...
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How to work with estimated end dates in MS Project?

I am new to MS Project and already asked a question here that revealed my incomplete knowledge of the scheduling process. After reading some articles and watching videos like this one, I think of ...
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Do you know what Level 1,2,3 start dates end dates refer to?

I am new to current company. After reviewed the old project history, I found all projects have L1 project start date, L1 project end date, L2 project start date ... etc After talk with a senior PM, ...
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How to deal with a client who does not respect PM practices, yet wants a PM?

Simply put, I have a client who does not respect PM practices. We have a large, high value, multi-stakeholder, multi-variable project. I estimate that if we are not 50% complete by end of February, ...
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MS Project 2010 task calendar not working

I've created a task calendar for certain transports that can only occur on Wednesdays, with only Wednesdays marked as working time. But when I apply that calendar to the transport milestone items, MS ...
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How best to model project completion by adjusting available resources?

I'm PMing our team of 4 engineers (myself included) but am pretty new to process. In attempting to plan out our work for the next year (and we have lots) I'm looking for the right way to: List ...
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how to distribute the work of an activity between specific number of individuals of a kind from a work resource

I have added a work resource entry "Laborers" with Max. Units 10000% in the Resource Sheet. The resource calendar for this resource is standard and all the units are available. Now I want the work of ...
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I want to link one task as successor to multiple task in MS project

I want to link one task as successor to multiple task in MS project. How it can be done quickly? There is one successor and 50 predecessors.
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MS Project - Best Update Solution

I have an existing project schedule with 4 Phases. Phases 1-3 are complete and Phase 4 just started. I have built a new separate schedule for Phase 4 due to changes, but was not sure of the best way ...
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Project 2010 schedule a task ALAP using a deadline

I have a task with fixed duration that must finish by a certain date. It has several predecessors. If I schedule it manually (start and finish date) it obviously works OK, but I would rather schedule ...
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Project management and scheduling with shifting priorities and project juggling

I'm new to any kind of formal PM and structure, but have been tasked with coming up with schedules task lists for a 'mom and pop' construction business that mainly operates by contract (small project, ...
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Algorithm to schedule tasks according to resource availability

Is there an algorithm to schedule tasks according to the resource availability? i.e. Andrew can only work on Tasks A, B, C; Betty only Tasks D, E and Cathy only Tasks F, G, H, I. All tasks A to I have ...
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How to set a baseline for future projects based on performance of past projects?

A project manager at our company recently supplied the team with metrics for two past projects that are wildly different from one another. Based on these metrics, the project manager would like to ...
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MS Project time management scheduling

I am trying to figure out if it is possible to make a project auto-predict time usage for my team but only allow each project to use a certain % of time a day. Ex. I have Project 1-4 and employee 1-3....
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MS Project Update Project and Level All

I have a bunch of tasks set up to get done by a dozen teams. The teams are in as resources that have varying sizes. 200%, 400%, 600% whatever.. When I report the tasks, some have been started and ...
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Manual schedule vs. Auto schedule

I am developing and maintaining a complicated system project plan that comes from 3 different groups. Each provided manual scheduled time with start and finish dates, but they are not sequenced. I am ...
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How do I mark equipment as “in use” during maintenance?

I want to mark a piece of equipment (resource) as unavailable from the start of one activity till the end of a different, and unlinked activity. For example, I clean a piece of equipment on Monday ...
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Scheduling Turnaround execution

In my plant we are scheduling a 5 week turnaround during which we will execute >$10M in upgrades and repairs while the plant is down. We will be using scheduling software to coordinate projects for ...
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Overrun on Duration

I'm working on a school project and we are having trouble updating our MS Project 2016 file. For a little background: The tasks all have fixed duration and some have dependencies on others being ...