72 Answered Questions for the topic Project Management
What is the preferred number of tasks to assign?
I am going to lead a small team for the first time in my career and I am determined to not subject my team to the same issues that I perceive to have been subjected to as a programmer.This question... more
Best usage of milestones in a Gantt?
**Background**I'm building a project Gantt, involving multiple teams. In the past I've had a good experience with a Gantt as a means of planning a project but not so much as a means of tracking a... more
How to handle confusion of "user stories" term in agile methodology?
I find myself in an non-agile environment where "user story" actually means "use case, backed by an excel requirements specification, a testing specification doc, and a few required wireframes ||... more
Proof that badly scheduled meetings hurt productivity?
I have a friend who is a developer. He is very stressed out by his manager, who seems addicted to meetings. The volume of meetings is a problem, but what is more of a problem is that they are... more
How can I get my team to use our tools and follow a (any) workflow?
I am a Software Engineer at a startup ( 16 employees ), and we are still working like we have 3 employees. The buy in for our tools is very minimal and renders them almost useless.I know we are... more
how to handle multiple project managers?
I am a team leader. My team handles multiple projects. Each has a different project manager. Our priorities keep changing according to deals the company is about to close. The project managers are... more
How do you plan for risks in your project's estimates?
I have been working on the risk-management topic in software development for a while. According to the different literature there could be knowns knowns (typical risks), known unknowns (product... more
Are processes and procedures only for enterprises?
I've had the opportunity to work at quite a few start-ups. One thing I've found to be common in them is adhoc way of doing things and ignorance towards processes, best practices and known project... more
Where to get general info on Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
I work in a software development company. I have this major ticket for which I have to produce a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). I also have to prepare an estimation for the ticket. The ticket... more
Small firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers in need of some guidance for project workflow?
I work as a developer in a small IT firm with 4 developers and 2 project managers.We currently implement some sort of traditional project management, in which the workflow for a given project is as... more
The Case for Hourly Estimates?
My boss has always operated on fixed pricing projects; where we rarely see a profit on. I'm on board with selling our clients hourly rates on large projects. We have yet to get a client willing to... more
How should a team handle disagreements about story-point estimates in Scrum?
During estimation, the Product Owner presents a user story that seems clear to a team that usually knows their strengths and weaknesses, and that is not hostile. What should the Scrum Master do if... more
How should a project manager capture decisions?
As a project goes through the planning and design phases, many decisions will be made. To develop with technology X instead of technology Y. To leave feature z off of the plan for this version of... more
How to manage different detail levels in a project plan to be presented to different audiences?
In any given project, a variety of detail levels are needed:- executive summary- technical summary- delivery team summary- delivery detailsHow can these different levels of detail be contained and... more