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I'll answer as if I was a project manager actually in that situation. I'm also going to assume you're looking at a normal sized project team (4-8 people) rather than a programme of work spanning multiple teams (and perhaps 50+ devs). Being in a situation where you have 500 bugs to fix in two weeks is a sign of a project in failure mode. There's no easy way ...


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My answer would be that, if I had to come up with a speech and find ways to motivate them with only two weeks remaining to recover from this type of an issue, I am already too late and have already failed. Building a high performing team starts at day one. Motivation for success is a symptom of a high performing team. If a high performing team was faced ...


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This is a great interview question, because it tells you a lot about the company asking it. In particular, it tells you you don't want to work there, which means you can answer, "Thanks, but no thanks," skip the rest of the interview, and go get some ice cream.


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First and foremost thing is to prioritize the task, set the time frame for every task, distribute the tasks among the team members. And last but not the least, motivate team members to work hard.


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Maybe I am wrong, but from your message I can see two main problems: No common way of working (their way and what you have in mind) You have resources but you don't have a team I was confronted to the same situation last year: new team, different profiles, different ways of work. It took me 6 months to get full speed as a team. Keep something in mind: you ...


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Project Management Fundamentals Managing a project involves considering its constraints, namely scope, resources, schedule, budget and risk. So, part of managing the project requires managing people when they are resources allocated to that specific project. Human Resources (HR) Management Activity resource requirements is a primary input used to ...


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I would not be terribly concerned about the math Project is doing. Project has to spread the work per hour based upon the assignment unit. I would present the information to your users on a weekly basis. If they work 8 hours in one day, record it as such. The only other option is to manually edit the spread of the work in the Task Usage view. Enter the ...


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Analysis In most agile frameworks, load-leveling of individual resources is a known anti-pattern. It is a variant of the 100% utilization fallacy, which generally leads project leadership to favor individual busyness over full-team collaboration and predictable delivery. Effective project management requires process slack. Agile frameworks generally make ...


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If I understand correctly, you have 6 developers and 4 testers (I'm excluding the automation engineer because they aren't doing work in the sprint from your description). You say that the developers are completing pieces of functionality in as short as a day, so some work should getting tested early on. It is also clear that regression eats up a lot of time ...


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Please excuse the condescending tone, but you did ask for my approach. So here it is, in the raw: Firstly, you need to change your attitude. As a successful project manager, you do get along with your team. A PjM who cannot get along with everybody is doomed to failure. If you can't do that - or at least fake it - then get yourself another job. Secondly, ...


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I would focus on making a speech as my main means for conveying the news. I would make a short notice instead and then discuss the challenge with every single member of the team in person. Different people have different motivations, different productivity, different energy levels, etc and this must be taken into account. Plus, only in a private ...


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The description of the problem suggests the work is "level of effort" and there is likely both normal variability as well as seasonal variability defined by calendar months. Scheduling this in a tool, such as MSProject, is similar from a risk perspective as any type of project task. In this case, the tasks repeats self and has a start and finish based on a ...


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Yes. You can create an Excel Visual Report. In the “Report” tab, select “Visual Reports”. In the dialog, select any Excel report from the “Assignment usage” tab (the “Baseline Work Report” worked for me). In the “Select level of usage data to include in the report” combo, choose the time-phased detail you need; unless you need a daily detail (e.g. hours per ...


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So, I'm wondering how we can start helping her without completely destroying her productivity. Your concern is that you want to improve long-term productivity without impacting short-term productivity. While I can understand that some activities can't stop, keep the end-goal in mind. At a macro-type level it may be in your organization's best interests to ...


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