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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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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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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 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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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

If you mix stories with tasks my guess would be that you will have a hard time getting reasonable metrics out of your board. One of the key things when doing Kanban is measuring cycle time and making ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

Strongly normalized data schema should be more flexible to change to meet evolving requirements. Ensure the schema is normalized. Beyond that, this is a quality/suitability to business requirements ...
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As a technical lead how to ensure that DB schema is perfect for the new project to start with?

Firstly, I'm not so sure this has to do with Project Management. More to the point, why bother? It's rather simple to add fields to a database - even a live one. If you're really paranoid, you could ...
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Managing large lists of acronyms and terms

Welcome to PM Stack exchange! Your question isn't really specific to the PM domain, so I'm going to call this a risk management issue. There are many acronyms which mean different things depending on ...
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Is there a standard job title for someone who does project admin without making important decisions?

In my opinion it should be PM Assistant only as the decision power is not with him/her.
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Legally Advisable to Give Copy of Project Plan and Systems Design to Stakeholders? Software Copyright Laws

Capture Legal Issues, Then Delegate While your question about copyright is largely off-topic, and can't be properly answered on a site about project management, knowing how to deal with legal issues ...
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Working with Freelancers

The problem is not your freelancers. Did you obtain references on their performance by previous buyers? Did you validate their solvency? If not, those are two things you can do prior to a contract ...
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How to manage many small projects?

Everything you will read as you learn about project management would be applicable to small projects but you need to scale it properly. So whatever you picked up from the PMBOK or Prince2 or ...
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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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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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What's the best way to deal with customers that do not know what they want?

There are many ways to handle the situation Customer Engagement - This is highly important to set right expectations on the operating model that you follow to deliver a product. This operating model ...
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What's the best way to deal with customers that do not know what they want?

I assume from the tone of your question that you get paid for finished projects rather than per day worked. In this case you have to be very clear about what you agreed to deliver. Usualy you would ...
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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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