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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

Fascinating question and an excellent interview question. (Technically a poor fit for PM:SE because there is no authoritative answer - which is what makes it a great interview question). That said, I ...
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Ensuring team motivation and project progress in a highly complex software project

the complexity of our software project is draining their motivation/enthusiasm/... That's mostly bullshit. Technical problems very rarely drain motivation. There are many sources of draining ...
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How many hours should the development team spend on skills improvement during work?

...has produced great results so far. Sounds promising! I can think of several approaches to managing skills improvement / professional development in the context of scrum: Arguably, professional ...
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

The requirements for a project manager always go out from a project profile. Check DPCI for instance. You can use risk profiles as well. More technical experience: Small - you just won't have ...
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

While I have seen projects completed successfully with non-technical PMs, I've also seen a lot of disasters. (That's one of the pushes I had to move from programming to PM.) One point I have not seen ...
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How many hours should the development team spend on skills improvement during work?

As you put Scrum tag I will answer from the Scrum point of view. The team should spend as much time for learning as they think it is necessary to produce product increment every sprint according to ...
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Ensuring team motivation and project progress in a highly complex software project

Developers like to make software which solves the business problem in an elegant and generic way, such that new requirements can fit nicely into a greater system. Solving that problem, of adjusting ...
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Distributed Risk Register and Facilitation of Risk-Based / -Aware Thinking

As always, @DavidEspina's answer is excellent. On the other hand, since this problem presented itself in my environment this morning, I thought I'd share. I keep a Risk Breakdown Structure, which ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

These days there are a lot of confusion on the role of a Project Manager in the software development arena based on the adoption of Agile methods like Scrum. Companies and recruiters are mistakenly ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

Each environment or organization requires its own unique set of skills. Hence, some kind of generic are: 1) To be able to build SDLC from scratch (at least its initial version); 2) To be able to ...
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How does project management manage people with differing abilities?

There are a few factors to consider. One would be the type of team. If the team is self-organizing, the individuals would not be assigned to tasks. Instead, the team would determine who should be ...
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

I see a developers' manager's responsibilities, in broad strokes, to be three things: To create/bring together the culture/team To remove impediments to the team's work To get out of the way. ...
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Skill Matrix with various Technology

What is the value of an overall score? Why degrade a person's skill score by averaging other lower or non-existent skill scores that have little to no bearing on that person's tasks. What value does ...
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How does project management manage people with differing abilities?

TL;DR How does project management address the issue of managing people with differing abilities? I don't think there's a single, canonical answer to this question. The approach depends on the ...
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How to solve a code challenge from a manager perspective

I believe that as a manager you should not provide the answer but the route to the answer. Ask questions to give the developer a path to choose from, just as you've done. As a SCRUM Master I try to ...
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How does project management manage people with differing abilities?

You assign a human to a task the exact same way you assign a tool, albeit humans are more complex. The process of assignment is the same. If you need to cut something, you are not going to use the ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

What Technical skills is "A Must" for PM to be successful [...] in Software Development? Obviously you need to be able to handle office software. Like an email client, a word processor, ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

Excellent Communication skills as PM spend about 80% of his time in communication between team, management, client and stakeholders, the technical skills comes Second but what is most important of it ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

People who climb in business are those that make money for that business, which means they can sell. That means salesability, serviceability, politics, perseverance, adaptibility become key skills. ...
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What technical skills are "A Must" for PM?

No definite "musts" but an understanding of developer toolchains, software stacks and techniques like CI, source control and virtualization would be an advantage. Also, knowing how to get the best out ...
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Distributed Risk Register and Facilitation of Risk-Based / -Aware Thinking

On projects that I have overseen, I have not had perfect success in delivering my vision of how a risk log should look at the project level, in that it should contain the highest six or seven threats ...
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How many hours should the development team spend on skills improvement during work?

Kanban offers a great way to handle continuous improvement. You just need to introduce slack in the system. A developer can pick up work from the continuous improvement board whenever they're blocked.
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What is the most effective way to gain experience that can lead to working in a PM role, in the software industry?

It's crucial that you become acquainted with the world of programming. I have seen scheduling disasters happen because PM's couldn't tell the difference between compiling, coding and debugging. The ...
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