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Are Agile Project Deliverables Generally Tied To Stage Payments?

Agile Projects Generally Work Best When Billed as Time-and-Materials Do software developers operating under some sort of agile development cycle and presenting a series of 'deliverables' to their ...
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Using A.I. and neural activity monitoring on workers? I am using it on my team. Why is it bad?

Even If It's Not Trolling, It's a Recipe for Creating Disastrous Outcomes This is (at best) tangentially on topic as a project management question, and may possibly be trolling. Even assuming good ...
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Is there any estimation method to estimate end user testing?

TL;DR There's no single formula for determining how many tests a set of specifications will require. However, you can estimate level-of-effort and set quality targets based on your test plans, ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

It's impossible. All agile methodologies should be iterative. Otherwise, they will not correspond to the first and third principles of the manifesto: Our highest priority is to satisfy the ...
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Where should employee training fall into the project life cycle?

In my view, formal training has no place whatsoever in a project life cycle. None. Projects are, by definition, discrete pieces of work having a finite time period and finite resources. No project ...
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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?

You answered your own question: ". . . they plan, monitor, delegate, analyse risks, costs, time etc." According to PMBOK, the PM is also in charge of killing the project when it is non-viable (...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

Practically everything you've said is a cause for concern but the project should be salvageable. I suggest you concentrate on two things. Firstly, as Mark also suggested, it seems from your ...
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Recording workers PCs and insight into their activity and effectiveness? How

This type of micromanagement will chill motivation. There are a lot of studies and insight into that with a bit of research. So while you may "find" an issue if you did this type of ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

There is a term for such a thing, Wagile: Wagile software development is a group of software development methodologies that result from slipping from agile back into waterfall, doing a lot of ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

The two answers and Mark's comment are spot on. It seems you have a good understanding of what you should do and you should follow your instincts here. That being said, the job of the PM is to get ...
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Free management software that is useful for beginners

I would suggest using Eylean board. As it provides dynamic and playful interface with easy to get started and intuitive use. It can be used as a free stand alone version for personal and commercial ...
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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?

There are multiple project management frameworks out there and all define tasks and activities for the mentioned stages. So there can not be a right answer on your question. I'll reference the PMI ...
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Are Agile Project Deliverables Generally Tied To Stage Payments?

Most non-trivial software development work tends to be billed as T&M. The agile approach with a T&M contract is attractive to both the customer and the vendor and generally has important ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

The purpose of Sprints is not to deliver points, but rather to deliver value. The team doesn't commit to delivering a certain set of points or a set of Product Backlog Items. Instead, the team ...
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How to deal with other's tester mistakes after pass ownership of testing?

For me, it wouldn't make any difference if you did all the testing, B did all the testing or if you shared the effort. Nor does it make a (big) difference if what you notice in production is a new ...
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Define an MVP for eCommerce project

TL;DR If I build all these features it will take me 6 months for the first release where the feedback loop is huge had probably there is a huge risk of failing. The issue is that you have ...
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Software development process for a product like MS-Office

For the choice of development process it does not really matter if there is a paying customer behind it or if it is an investment by upper management with the hope of being able to sell the product ...
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Is it unrealistic to develop a software project and get reliability not just by what you see on screen?

To me this situation looks more of a Perspective of Done than what is shown/not-shown on screen. Thus the solution lies in effective communication. IMO, your aim should not be to show something new on ...
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Is it unrealistic to develop a software project and get reliability not just by what you see on screen?

Whether or not expectations are 'unrealistic' is highly situational and even opinion-based, so I'm not sure you could get a useful answer to your actual stated question. That being said, if your real ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

[...] due to my availability/be allocated to other projects my company has decided to outsource it. [...] I've been tasked with managing this project. Run! You supposedly have no time programming ...
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software development through collaboration of waterfall and agile methods

Sergey Kudryavtsev is correct, it's not possible. The fundamental principal behind waterfall is that the Product Management work is done upfront: the marketplace is researched, the concept is ...
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Is it unrealistic to develop a software project and get reliability not just by what you see on screen?

I understand where the question comes from, and I see that kind of concern a lot from engineers who I work with who sometimes feel that people who don't understand the code they are writing can't ...
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How can I prevent this software outsourcing project from failing?

First and foremost, you need a strong statement from sufficiently high up in the company to stop unauthorised conversations - especially with third parties - while the situation is clarified. The ...
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Team consistently not making sprints

It sounds like you are dealing with a large team and I get the impression that you are doing scrum, or elements of it. If this is not the case you can probably disregard the rest of this post. Given ...
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Recording workers PCs and insight into their activity and effectiveness? How

We don't, because we don't care if employees stare at their screens and eat chips. We care about whether or not our company meets its contractual obligations to ship software by the dates it has ...
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Define an MVP for eCommerce project

For each of the features listed think hard about if you actually need it for your early consumers, if you do then can you get the functionality from something else which is already built, if not then ...
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Define an MVP for eCommerce project

Since the goal is getting a Minimum Viable Product, that means having the bare minimum features. The idea is simple: as customers start using the product, they'll offer you valuable feedback, which ...
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

The cone of uncertainty has a few uses, but is most useful when used in conjunction with some other practices. So let's start with the uses in the circumstances you describe. Cone of Uncertainty when ...
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Correspondence register in Outlook

Outlook Journal can be used for time management and project tracking Here is a good article on how to use Outlook Journal for time tracking: From inside the journal entry, you can also quickly kick ...
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Project authority level

CLIENT ?!? This isn't rocket science... The client should have one major contact in your company through which all issues could be addressed. That contact would have authority over both project ...
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