Planning is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.

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How to estimate tasks in scrum?

Let's say we have a backlog of User Stories, each with an estimated number of Story Points, and now we're doing the Sprint Planning. Now, the Stories should be broken down into tasks and many Scrum ...
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Which development methodology for a solo programmer on a 1 month project?

I've been tasked with a solo project to investigate & resolve memory leaks in 8000 lines of Javascript code. I anticipate the project to take up to a month. Please recommend a development ...
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Sprint Planning Meetings - determine if a work item is “planned”?

We've been working with Scrum for a while now, generally successfully. However of late, as the pressure has started to mount up we've encountered several situations where items came through planning ...
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Test planning for an Agile sprint

Can anyone offer any tips or experience on developing a test plan for an Agile sprint? Most of the time our team simply creates a "Test Feature X" task and goes about writing ad-hoc test cases. There ...
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Release roadmap with scrum

I need to prepare an internal product release road-map for product being built via scrum methodology, and have some difficulty correlating sprints to the road-map. The main problem is that as I don't ...
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How to translate SQL query into REST API requests?

Let's say I have a machine-readable description (such as in WADL, Swagger or RAML) of a REST API that provides interface to a database. My users submit queries about underlying database in form of ...
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Feedback on setting up a “Programmer Dojo” — suggestions?

Looking for a case study, or operational plan for setting up a "programmer/hacker dojo" in the United States. Here's an example of one, hackerdojo.com; it's possible this info is on their site, but I ...
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Is it a bug or a task when something doesn't work, yet, in development process

We usually have this dilemma in our team. Sometimes, in order to implement a task or a story we find out that the system must be in a specific state. For example, a specific system configuration has ...
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Getting overwhelmed after starting a new project

I started a project (a Windows based timetable program that helps you stay organised with your subjects and assignments). The problem is that I'm not sure how I should manage this project and what ...
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How can I discourage the use of Access? [closed]

Lets pretend that a very large company (revenue numbers with more than 8 figures) is looking to do a refresh on a software system, particularly the dashboard used by employees. This system was ...
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Planning milestones and time

I was hired by a marketing company a year ago initially for link building / SEO stuff, but I'm actually a Web developer and took the job just in desperation to have one (I'm still quite young and just ...
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Split work item into prototype and main work item?

During grooming, we usually have work items which get approved based upon the team understanding that what needs to be done? The product owner does not discuss the details of how it will be done and ...
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How do you determine velocity when the previous sprint was half User Stories and half Defects?

The following scenario often happens with my team at the office. Let's say we decided to plan our Sprint this way: 50% new features 50% bug fixing (they are high priority AND unestimated as the ...
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Point estimates scale skewed

When using planning poker for estimates, we've ended up with effectively a non-linear points scale. By that I mean that point value is inconsistent for one-pointers and, say, eight-pointers. Couple ...
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What to do when there are no logical user stories but separate development tasks?

We need to generate a release in 3 weeks, and for the planning we are doing today we don't have coherent logical user stories from the backlog tasks. Is valid to match say each development task is ...
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Finishing an iteration early

I'd like some input on this on those working with agile methodologies... A current project is finding that development on our planned user stories is finishing some time before the end of the ...
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Work out which parcel deliveries we ship ourselves and which we outsource

Firstly, I hope I'm asking this in the right place. I work for a large online retailer in UK. We ship approaching 2000 orders each day and are growing very quickly. We currently use multiple delivery ...
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Planning Before Starting a Project

How much planning should one do before starting a project? Should they have everything already planned when they begin coding or should they just get a basic idea of what they want and then make ...
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How to allocate cross-cutting concerns in agile software development planning?

My employer has been moving from traditional waterfall projects to a modified version of agile. Work is broken into stories, which are estimated and sequenced into two-week long iterations. Each ...
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Choosing the right language for the job

I'm currently working for a company on the engineering team of about 5-6 people and have been given the job of heading up the redesign of an embedded system tester. We've decided the general ...
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Checklist for starting a largeish ASP.NET MVC 3 project [closed]

Currently I'm in the very beginnings of the planning stages of a project I was hired to take part in. It's fairly large, but small enough to be handled by 1 or 2 programmers and a handful of others ...
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What is the role of an Information Architect?

I've heard this term bandied about, especially in reference to web development, but I'm having trouble getting a clear understanding of what an Information Architect actually does. Any ideas what ...
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Are there standard formats for keeping a “programming notebook” or any sort of paper planning for software development? [closed]

Personally, I've had several programming notebooks since I've started coding, but most of the time I don't keep a standard format between projects or even within projects. My ideas end up a little ...
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Scrum: Capacity vs Velocity when planning a sprint

We have completed 11 sprints so far in our current project. In most sprints we have not been burning down well and usually finish with our velocity gradient flattening as we approach the end of the ...
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Working alone on a project

So I am working on a small Project at my company, I am a mere trainee engineer (halfway through a Software Engineering degree), where we are developing an intranet - based project management and ...
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Website Planning Help

There are a lot of posts on this but I'm kinda looking for specific help, I've typed many different queries into Google but the majority of page returns seem to be dominated by beginner tutorials, ...
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Planning software development [closed]

I'm fairly new to programming (still a student), and I haven't had much experience with planning out my software development. Usually if it's a large project, the profs break it up into steps for me. ...
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Trouble understanding the COCOMO model

In the basic COCOMO Model which is used to estimate the development time of software Effort : a * KLOC^b = X person months Development time : c * Effort^d = Y months where a , b , c , d are ...
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Scrum task over estimation

In my current company we're using Scrum with 2 week iterations and a regular planning session. How planning normally works in our company is that we take a predefined , prioritized (by PO before the ...
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Twitter's new approach of third party application? How would you see this move as developer… especially you plan to build a twitter client

Just today morning I have read news that twitter has issued a warning to developers not to make any new third party client, the official announcement can be read here. As a programmer, how do you see ...
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How to make hardware sizing sheet?

We build some software platform, and now we need to make hardware sizing sheet for the server-side piece of this software. So, I should prepare some mathematical model that, for example, given the ...
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External framework to fix code growth problems

I'm currently working on a project, and there are some "code growth" problems, that need a solution for. The deadline is not very far, and it would be advisable to stay within allocated time-frame. ...
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How much should we spend on improving software security?

Is there a "scientific" method to determine how much resources/money should be spent on improving the security of a piece of software? I work in a team where our work is prioritized by a product ...
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What is the process of planning software called? Or what is the job title of someone who does software planning?

What is the process of planning software called? For example, let's say a non-technical person comes to me with their rough initial specification. And I sit down with them over a couple weeks and ...
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How do you spec out your project?

all. I'm wondering how do you spec./plan out your project? For example, for webiste you can use Wireframe. How about for desktop or add-ins such as MS Office add-ins? I want it as simple as possible ...
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Methods for systematically researching technologies to use in a project?

If I want to recommend a technology/plugin/library to my company for use in a project, are there any methodologies I can use that will produce more reliable results and a more convincing presentation ...
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Making it work V/S Making it work right

I am somehow a bit good at coding algorithms for small projects, but when it comes to make an attempt for some biggies, I make a total hodge-podge and marshmallows of my project's structure. I have ...
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What's the professional name for the software planning diagrams, those with ellipses and rhombuses?

What's the official name for a diagram like this one, used to structure a conditional plan. The shapes of the objects are by convention ellipse for an action, rhombus for a question, rectangle for a ...
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Path of Replication

I'm currently developing a replication system to keep data in-synch between an arbitrary number of servers. Some of these servers exist in one cluster on one LAN. Others exist somewhere else in the ...
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How to take over sizable codebase, without having access those who implemented? [duplicate]

I've started a job as mobile lead in a 100employee company. Their Mobile products (iOS and Android) has been developed by external teams, and now they have decided to assemble internal teams, so I'm ...
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How to design large applications with little planning experience [closed]

I understand there is plenty of information on the internet about planning and implementing said solid plan in building a large software application, but I was hoping to get something a little more ...
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Process of developing software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to plan before starting development on a project? I was wondering when you start developing a software what process should you generally go through to do it? By ...
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Planning troubleshooting in a sprint

From time to time we face difficult problems which are hard to reproduce. Creating a planning for solving such an issue is (nearly) undoable. What we do at the moment is break these up in ...
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Determinining “value” in multi-agent microeconomical simulation

I am trying to determine an objective way for a self-interested agent to calculate the optimal buying/selling price for goods in a multi-agent simulation not dissimilar to Sugarscape ...
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Inventory / Stock in multiple locations

I am working on a warehouse management system (WMS) that needs to support having stock in multiple locations. Could be in a different building, could be stored in n* places in a building (quick ...
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How to organize projects in Redmine? [closed]

I deployed a Redmine installation yesterday and today I try to fill it with some relevant data. One issue I came across is the organization of projects itself. While I took a look at how Redmine ...
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Metrics / Methodology for estimating resource utilization for software in planning stage

I'm looking for approaches to estimate the resource utilization of an (web-)application in a JEE environment. The overall target is to get a forecast for hardware/software requirements while the ...
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Name for corollary to Pareto Principle / 80-20 Rule [closed]

I'm writing up a technical report about a planned development project, and have run into a small question of naming. We've all heard of the Pareto Principle or the 80-20 rule, which says that 80% of ...
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Scala/SBT - Documenting Configuration Change for Releases

I'm trying to collect different ways of managing configuration across multiple environments. I have a requirement to document configuration changes for the deployment plan. Dev values are defaults in ...
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How do you estimate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to respond when you are asked for an estimate? What are the estimation methods you use in real world projects and found it to be useful. I know there will be lot of ...