Marcin Niebudek
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Why use story points instead of hours for estimating?
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I wouldn't say the points are better. This is a technique focused on a different aspect of estimation. It may turn out that your point estimation will suck more. Have that in mind. When estimating in ...

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Why do Scrum adoptions fail?
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In my opinion Scrum has quite simple rules that focus mainly on general workflow and team organization, thus I see the following factors crucial: Scrum itself is not enough. It isn't a prescription ...

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Is there any data to show planning poker produces better estimates than individuals?
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You may find interesting the paper titled Inconsistency in Expert Judgment-based Estimates of Software Development Effort. The purpose of that paper was to check the consistency of estimations made by ...

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Improve performance of feature X - should that be a new user story or something else?
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What is technically possible in the tool is not so important here. I personally use the following rules regarding such cases: If such issue is found during the sprint/iteration/before the official ...

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How to encourage people to use a physical board?
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Your board probably lost its purpose... ...What do I mean by that? Well having the board is not the purpose itself. I've worked with a team like this once. We were maintaining the board perfectly at ...

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How to deal with unreliable subcontractor?
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I would say that subcontractor not fixing the bugs is not "the problem" but a symptom... of what? So what is the real problem? As a PM I would look for that problem as simply trying to push a ...

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Number of people in a team that need to communicate with the client?
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In agile methods you get a role of Product Owner or similar, which creates single person responsible for working on the product vision on your side. However I would suggest the following (assuming ...

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When a full-time project member is better than a part-time one?
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I agree to some point with @jmort253 that the full-time member is usually better, but: Having a team consisting only of generalists able to do any work is a nice to have fiction. So there will be ...

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Do contracting companies, whose services are key to the project, count as stakeholders?
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I wouldn't say so. They are just delivering what they were contracted for, especially when they do it for a fixed fee. The same way teams at the parent company are delivering their parts for a fixed ...

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What tools can help me estimate a project length?
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I can point you to two techniques that are quite interesting for new projects and low confidence in your velocity. First one was once posted at Ask About Projects forum and I liked it very much: http:...

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How do you visualize projects progress?
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This is how coming tinyPM 3.0 visualizes projects portfolio (screenshot is taken from early mock, so a few details may differ in the final version, but you get the idea).

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