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How do you explain to a client that migrating an existing application's database to different one (e.g. from MySQL to MSSQL) is not a trivial task?
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Directly and honestly. By the way, I think, this is a sales and negotiation question: As far as I understood, you would like to support your customer and maybe earn some money. You would like to do ...

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How is a project's governance different to its strategy?
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I really love Wikipedia for definitions: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governance https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategy In summary: Governance includes everything to rule the project while ...

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How to use Story Points, if User Stories are completely different?
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As Joel saied, SPs are no real world mesaurement. They symbolize the necessary effort to complete a user story. Because they are independent of a unit, they can be applied to everything that requires ...

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How do I deal with a potentially difficult client on a web project?
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With respect to @mamoo answer: For sure, the best is to clarify the requirements. Due to the fact that you don't have access to the customer, the internal stakeholder should be your first choice. ...

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What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?
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The backlog consists of PBIs like Epics and User Stories. I really like using User Stories. That's why I'll stick on the term in the following. But be aware that other representations might be more ...

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Everyone wants to talk, but no one listens
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Help the team to move from storming to norming, see stages of group development. You can achieve this by: Present your observations to the team. Take care that you talk about observations and not ...

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Are win-win situations/negotiations always fair?
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Regarding negotiations, fairness is usually not attached to the negotiation result but to the negotiation process: Were all information accessible by all parties? Were unfair manipulation techniques ...

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How do I facilitate a first time Agile retrospective?
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Joels answer is great and I'll apply it also. For sure, I up voted it. My answer is to provide a second and more generalised alternative. There is a general methodology for such "problems": ...

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How can you increase the chances of having good PM candidates from within the technical areas of the company?
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Wow, huge question! Let's talk about: Capabilities: Personal skills and knowledge Talent: How much effort is necessary to be good at something? Potential: The end of development within a specific ...

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Tasks of a PM in a Software project?
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There are multiple project management frameworks out there and all define tasks and activities for the mentioned stages. So there can not be a right answer on your question. I'll reference the PMI ...

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No Checkpoint Reports
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From the strictly technical point of view: Rise a risk. In this case the risk might be project failure due to insufficient control. The cause of the risk is missing or late reports. Perform a ...

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No Checkpoint Reports
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My understanding of the PMs job is the following: PM is responsible for the success of the project. The PM is responsible to provide necessary information to the management in order to allow good ...

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What does "customer experience development" mean?
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It's like continuous quality improvement. It is about continuous improvement of the customer experience. Or the person is responsible to manage / develop / improve/ increase the customer experience, e....

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Can a Scrum Master give feedback to a team member reporting to another manager?
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Sure it's ok - and it's your job to keep the team working and remove impediments. This includes the team member who made a few mistakes. Due to the fact that you asked the question, I assume you don'...

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Vocabulary used in drawing activity diagrams
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Due to your post in PMSE, I assume you are taking about network diagrams (vs. SW-engineering activity diagrams)? For network diagrams, it's like in normal language usage: A follows B, so A is the ...

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Authority distribution at double subordination in matrix organization
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The answer to this question comes down to the "types of power" or "bases of power". You will find lots of references on the internet, e.g. on Wikipedia 1. Here are some base information: There is ...

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How to deal with unclear requirements?
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Calling the top-management sounds pretty much like ignoring someone in the hierachy. If the PM is able to come up with functional requirements he has at least some business problems or market chances ...

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How to estimate effort when the story involves a large number of repeat processes?
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A user story should be able to be completed in one sprint. So you should break it down if necessary. Take care that you are able to divide stories in tasks that last at least a few days. Otherwise ...

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Bug fixing in Scrum, at the end of the project
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Well, you problem is "solved" already, but maybe this helps someone else. Scrum requires "definition of done" be applicable for each story. In my opinion, those definitions should include: Update of ...

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How does one present current and future projects with gaps with overlapping timelines?
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Having multiple projects following a common goal sounds like a programme. You could search for visualisations of a programme roadmap. But despite of project, programme or portfolio, the methodologies ...

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How to prevent well intended project managers from getting too involved in the details?
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Apply the same techniques, the PM should has applied: As you said (as far as I interpreted it), you don't want to upset someone or raise a conflict. A nice way is to lead a conversation by asking ...

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How to use MS Project to plan Bachelor degree modules
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MS Project (or similar tools) is good for to schedule management related PM activities,e.g.: highlight and visualise relationships (prerequisites etc.) track delays and identify the consequences ...

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How shall we deal with demotivation from non-core activities?
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I totally understand your question and am struggling with it also. What I figured out working sometimes is Highlight the tasks importance by explaining the tasks importance including the ...

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How to set and mantain a risk checklist for a set of software development projects in a medium-sized company?
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Regarding your further details, it should be possible to settle such a checklist and keep it updated with little effort. If you can show the need for change. This should be you first step. You need ...

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Determining suitability of tools vs. requirements
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In a perfect world, the answer is: Perform a requirements analysis Write down your assumptions Discuss the pro and cons with your Stakeholder As others advised before, try to go this way. But be ...

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Is this approach 'agile'? Separating use-cases into sprints/iterations
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In extension to Daniel's answer: I guess an important aspect regarding to how agile are we is the view on the result. You wrote, "the customer may change the use cases between the sprints". For sure, ...

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How many minutes an employee worked?
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My recommendation is to: Think about Theory X and Theory Y, see http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_X_and_Theory_Y Define the term productivity for yourself Re-think about introducing such a ...

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How does one bridge the gap in producing deliverables between operations and projects?
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First of all, notice that your company is (probable) successful, otherwise you wouldn't have chosen it for your new job. I'm not saying that everything is perfect but be careful being the new one ...

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Where should employees be located in matrix organization?
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If you talk about matrix organisations, you have to differ between the different kind of matrix organisations (see answer to What are differences between Project Manager, Project Expeditor and Project ...

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Single project, multiple modules -- how to track module burndown in JIRA?
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To see the progress beyond sprints you could either use epics or milestones / releases. Both enables you to see how much work - measured by story points - has been done / have to be done. Using ...

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