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How to estimate amount of work/man hours for an unfamiliar task?
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Don't place too much confidence on your first guess just because you've used a sophisticated formula to derive your estimate. Do your best, move on, plan to revise your estimate, don't let bad ...

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What is the Project Management book that left the most impact on you?
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Critical Chain by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt had a huge impact on me. This book had even more of an impact after I learned that many academics do not care for the book and I began to understand why many ...

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Strict or pragmatic Scrum?
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Both ... since schedule, budget and requirements of the project come first, not the methodology, Pragmatic Scrum wins in terms of what you use at that time, on that project. Strict Scrum is still ...

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How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team?
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Recognizing the problem is the first step. Now, get to the root cause ... ask yourself why, then ask why you do that and so on until you understand what it is that's the core issue driving you to ...

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How do you kick-off new Agile teams?
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Let go of your focus on Agile for Agile's sake ... forget about trying to do Agile as Agile should be done or to earn stars on some sort of Agile report card. Agile methodology is only a tool ... ...

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Cheap way to bring in Six Sigma?
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Work with the budget you have ... everybody want's a bigger budget for training/consultants; few remember that the corollaries of Parkinson's Law apply to budgets, especially training budgets ... most ...

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Is the Product Owner the Customer?
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The customer is the one who pays ... if the company is developing a product that will sold to different customers, then the Product Owner is the representative of OR the proxy for the paying customers....

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A person in a project team not willing to follow the rules - what to do?
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Act decisively ... effective PMs don't "shoot from the hip," but they must be "deciders" ... time is of the essence. You have three choices ... they should be pursued in the following order: As ...

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What makes SMART-goals useful?
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Sticking with the SMART discipline to the point of where everyone habitually, immediately thinks in terms in SMARTifying all goals is what makes SMART goals useful ... SMART is useful when no one has ...

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Test manager too busy to get acceptance criteria written before sprint starts
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In GENERAL, Agile is fundamentally about principles, not rules or roles. The most important principle is delivering what the customer requires, when the customer needs it ... acceptance criteria ...

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What are the first steps to take as a new PMO?
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Most importantly ... ditch your preconceptions and the easy prescriptions that everyone gives you ... no two organizations are the same; one size solution does not fit all. You must see reality [in ...

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Career path in project management
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[Assuming that you can meet the experience requirements] you should work toward the certification that represents the body of knowledge that you find most immediately rewarding and beneficial for your ...

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How can you productively challenge corporate policies to investigate what can be changed?
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Do not challenge ... drive out fear by listening and substituting leadership. Listen. Understand. Offer solutions not challenges. Challenges are something you do in high school or maybe junior ...

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Manufacturing Process Validation - Sample size calculation
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A sample size of 30 is usually sufficient if variation is VERY small, i.e. Cpk >> 2.00 ...but simple cookbook answers [from fora like these] are dangerous, especially for safety-critical component in ...

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Is it correct to refer to a 'post mortem' session even for successful projects?
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Yes. Post mortem applies. The SUCCESS was an artifact of the life of PM process, but after the work's complete, that process is over ... you killed it to bring home a success ... in the same fashion ...

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How to most effectively facilitate a value stream mapping exercise?
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Facilitating is primarily about listening and investigating and earning trust BEFORE the event ... good human intelligence is always necessary to win important battles; you can never have good enough ...

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How to keep my team motivated during hard times?
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When things are hard, it is especially necessary to drive out fear by substituting leadership. First of all, work at developing a larger, broader perspective. Stay away from the unnecessarily ...

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PM communication model
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For variety of reasons, including communication ... build your project workflow around Git or some DECENTRALIZED version control system. You must anticipate that people will work in different ...

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How do you create innovation on your projects?
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Employ radical constraints ... get rid of those nice-to-have requirements that nobody really thought through all that seriously ... go through your requirement specification again and ask, "Is this ...

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