JonnyBoats
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What is the project manager's responsibility for the failed project?
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Well there are a couple of ways to approach this: First you can take the attitude that the Captain always goes down with the ship and that he is ultimately responsible for everything that happens on ...

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Can (and should) Agile be used for Infrastructure projects?
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The big difference between software projects and infrastructure is lead time. For example if you need to build a new datacenter it might take years. Even something as simple as ordering disk drives ...

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Training methods in small team
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Since you are under the gun, and an answer like "take time off and go study project management" make no sense. There is one thing I would recommend you do however, and that is read The Mythical Man-...

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Disregard PMBOK. How could I define a Project?
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While in theory about anything could be defined as a project (get coffie, buy a pencil etc.), as a practical matter it is just not worth the overhead of managing small tasks as projects. Perhaps you ...

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What are the effective Knowledge Transfer recommended processes
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You state you have heavy attrition, which is never a good thing. In particular it will mean that you will have very few, if any, subject matter experts (SMEs) with years of experience. Many would ...

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How to approach convincing employers to invest in software
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The first thing to identify are the current "pain points" of the bosses. For example did they not get a bonus last year because a software project was late? Did they have to come in and work a holiday ...

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How strictly can we differentiate the importance of Project Scope and a Product Scope for developers
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It is virtually never important in very large projects that individual teams understand the entire project. It may be nice, and it may make people happy to think they understand the entire project but ...

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How do unknown-scope projects achieve project-level estimation with regards to the CMMI's Project Planning Specific Goal?
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I believe Agile development is perfectly compatible CMMI. What is key to properly define the "project". If you define the current project to be the current sprint rather than the "total project" you ...

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Maintenance Project: How to evaluate team's performance?
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In addition to measuring the basics of "it's only maintenance", how about encouraging those who go above and beyond and help the company make money? So for example a typical change request might be "...

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What techniques are useful when factoring in the likelihood that one or more members of the team may take leave during a project?
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You could ask your team members to schedule their time off in advance so you could plan for it.

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Which Language to Select for a project?
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Actually the choice of programming language can have a big effect on productivity if a domain specific language is available for the particular task at hand. So for example suppose one is attempting ...

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Scheduling interview with stakeholders
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I would recommend having your project sponsor arrange for someone in management who is above all the participants to send a memo to all concerned that this is a project of critical importance to him/...

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How do you minimize the impact of a politically necessary "poisonous" team member?
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It would seem that what you have not addressed is "why is he poisonous ?", is it because he is attempting to sabotage the project or is it because there are fundamental differences as to what is to be ...

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How to go about taking over a failing project?
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Every project has the well known triple constraint: money time deliverables If you only constrain two of the three factors, you can generally meet the third target. So given unlimited time and ...

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As a project manager how worthwhile is it to have 50/50 estimates of certain metrics?
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The real question is do you have a documented track record (statistical basis) to believe the 50/50 estimates? In other words did 50% of the projects in your firm come in under budget and ahead of ...

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Strategies for Setting Realistic Deadlines
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The biggest suggestion I would make is to ask the people doing the work to make the estimate. When someone makes an estimate then they have a vested interest in living up to what they stated. On the ...

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