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How to Introduce A Small Project And Finish It Successfully

First thing, you need a business case. The project must either solve an existing problem, or be something that can create revenue. "This will be really cool!" is not generally considered a business ...
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Unable to sign off a project

Notwithstanding how you were supposed to get paid by the client, you need to have the best interests of your client in mind. This means you need to inform your client of your inability to resolve the ...
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In Jira, should I do a new project or an Epic?

One project, multiple epics I don't really see how 25+ epics will be more chaotic than 25+ projects. Don't overthink things. Redeveloping a monolith application into a micro-services architecture ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I think Kanban may work best in your environment. And with some people being remote, you're almost forced to use an online Kanban board. I'll try to address the two issues you raise one by one. ...
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

You don't try to handle everything up front or predict the future. It's a waste of time and effort. As you build out the software and get stakeholder feedback, you will learn more about the true needs ...
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How to (Agile) manage a fairly complex IT PoC?

As I mentioned in the comment above, you and your manager/stand-in PO need to agree on the outcomes for this PoC. You need to define the goals of the implementation or you might risk working towards ...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

Whether or not it is 'normal' is highly subjective and contextual. What is more important is whether or not it is a problem (which I assume it is, otherwise why are you here asking about it?), and, ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I'd start by moving to a physical task board. Tools can be great force multipliers. However if you start in a tool, you will often get influenced by the tool and end up doing process by tool. This is ...
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Transitioning into Project Management from Network engineer

My background is similar, so I'll tell you my lessons learned. To get started, let people know you are interested in the PM role, and that you would like to work as a project admin or coordinator to ...
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Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

I've found that "scrum" can mean very different things to different people. To me what differentiates it from other agile processes is the focus on commitment based sprints. Since you have not listed ...
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Minimum PM documents for a small IT company

Coming from a similar sized company within the software development industry, producing similar IT projects for clients ranging from 2-6 months builds I have a good understanding where you're coming ...
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Kanban for web agency

Welcome to the community! As Vadim mentioned in his comment, your question is a little complex, so I'm going to try and break it down into bitesize chunks. We use it more as a todo list than a ...
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Is there a standard job title for someone who does project admin without making important decisions?

The "Project Coordinator" Role Titles can and do vary widely in the industry and around the world, so you are unlikely to find a canonical answer. However, in the US industries I've worked in, the ...
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Planning solo projects when you are the client

Start small, and don't try to overcomplicate the process. Try using a tool like Trello and organize your tasks with a simple Kanban style workflow. Setup some simple lists like: Blocked Backlog In ...
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Meaningful capacity planning for part-time, small-team projects

The value of Scrum starts with a dev. team of minimum 3 people and is actually felt from 5 people onward. If you are the only developer, I would not bother with Scrum, you can get inspiration from it,...
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How to use MS Project to plan Bachelor degree modules

MS Project (or similar tools) is good for to schedule management related PM activities,e.g.: highlight and visualise relationships (prerequisites etc.) track delays and identify the consequences ...
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What can we do for a fragmented team with short projects?

Seems like you need to add a periodic activity to your management called integration. Once a day/week/month you need to all sit together and figure out when you need each other- and for how long, and ...
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How to measure efficiency of tasks for a very small project

Lean on the basics of project management. You have a list of tasks that need to get done and they vary in complexity and effort. Some of them will take a while, some will be short and fast and easy to ...
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Boss came and said "The system is broken". Would this be a project?

Sounds like it's just a way of teacher's teaching style. They seem to imply, in basic terms, any non-repetitive task can be called a project. In the book's case, from what the question includes, ...
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Boss came and said "The system is broken". Would this be a project?

All tasks are projects. If you start to plan "Fix the problem", you're going to fail. If the problem is "Someone has unplugged the server", the WBS is going to be short, the quality tests are clear,...
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Working with Freelancers

I see two broad approaches to solving this issue. One Agile, one not. The "non-Agile" approach is to hire a lawyer and have your contracts drafted in such a way that the burden of miscommunicated ...
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Splitting profit into members

I hope your two partners never see this post. There's so much more to make a product successful in a fickle market than building product...especially a prototype. There are a host of other knowledge ...
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

You don't. Schema can be changed at any point in future. Predicting perfect schema is impossible. I say that after doing this for 6 years now. It is simply impossible to know what can come up. With ...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

It can be all too common, yes. PMBOK does refer to several techniques which can help the process, however; When collecting requirements and then feeding into scope - obtain customer acceptance ...
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Is signing off projects supposed to be hard?

That sounds like there was only an informal change request process and maybe an informal project close process? The idea of a change request process is to make situations like this less likely. The ...
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How to measure efficiency of tasks for a very small project

Lean on some Lean Manufacturing metrics. (see what I did there?) Lead Time - Amount of time between customer request and delivery. Cycle Time - Amount of time between beginning implementation and ...
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How to measure efficiency of tasks for a very small project

As you mentioned you are familiar with Scrum and Agile Methodologies. Let's treat the current workflow that you follow for building the websites as a Story of a Sprint. While you are in discussion ...
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How to show planned project approach to the client?

A technical perspective: From the information you have provided I infer that the client is technically competent and understands the risks of transferring a code base to a different programmer very ...
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How to show planned project approach to the client?

You have two methods you need to disclose to your potential client: 1) PM, 2) Software, SDLC. These two methods are separate but need to work collaboratively. I'll answer to #1 and leave #2 to ...
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Earned value analysis by client and vendor

If the vendor is measuring perfomance of 'The' project then its the same calc who ever does it. If the vendor has an internal project to rent out their employees on a per diem basis then you can see ...
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