Philip Kolocotronis
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On an IT project, how to manage and publicize (development and testing) environment usages?
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You should designate someone on the IT team, probably a System Administrator, as coordinator of the various environments. They should be able to coordinate and control when environments are refreshed,...

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Predicting software errors
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It may or may not be valid to assume the developers on Project 2 are not skilled. You would need to gauge their performance across multiple projects before you could come to a reasonable conclusion ...

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Product Backlog for Entire Department?
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To address your concerns: If you are the direct manager of the team, you should have final say over what meetings they need to attend. Step in if necessary and let the meeting organizer know if the ...

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Is it more effective to deliver the most important point first or last in a meeting?
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In your situation, my experience is that the two points of lesser importance should lead up to the third point. This emphasizes the importance of point #3 and shows why the three points are being ...

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Is planning software necessary?
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A specific software tool such as MS Project isn't necessary. It all depends on the size and scope of your project. You should count on using at least rudimentary software such as Excel and emails. ...

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How to deal with a team of Cowboy coders?
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Use your project management techniques to reign in the cowboys. Create iterative deliverables which not only help you keep track of what the coders are doing, it presents them with clear targets to ...

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Project manager roles and planning
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I’ll simply add to what the other couple of responders have already said. Typically, project team members do not report directly to the project manager (PM) with respect to the org chart. This means ...

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Who needs to pay overtime caused by bugs from software we used in an implementation?
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Review the terms of your contract, or have your Contracts Management group do so, if you have such a group. There is often language in a contract of this nature specifying the payment terms for any ...

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What's the difference between quality assurance and quality control?
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Quality Assurance would be your philosophy or mission statement, if you will, that explains how you assure that quality is part of your process. Quality Control would be the detailed methodology ...

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Advice on becoming a Project Manager in IT
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There are many paths you can take. I started out as a developer, moved into senior developer/System Analyst roles, and then into more of a PM type role. This occurred across multiple jobs over many ...

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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?
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First and foremost, the project manager should be setting the direction for the team and assigning work. Product Owners should not be doing this. It sounds like there is either no PM or there is one ...

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What are the primary differences when promoted to a Programme Support role out of a Project Support role?
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When you say some new hires in the Program Support Office are straying into project support, that may depend on what exactly they are doing. Contact the manager who oversees the entire Program ...

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How to take minutes of meeting effectively?
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Prior to the meeting, the meeting organizer should have prepared an agenda. If you have this ahead of time, you will know which topics to expect. There may be additional topics brought up as well, ...

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Filling PMP Application as Consultant - Project Role and Organization Details
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Rather than just put Consultant, you should put down the actual role you were fulfilling on each particular project (PM, Project Coordinator, etc). For the organization, put down your consulting ...

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How can I fairly allocate payment among a group of developers
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Distributing compensation and recognizing efforts are some of the difficult but necessary aspects of being a manager. I have yet to work anywhere where all employees at the same level were paid the ...

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Communication Management: Booking meetings in advance via email
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What I would do is send one email up front, explaining how the meeting schedule will be handled. Explain that each is tied to a milestone, and outline the general flow and objectives you hope to ...

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