Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve specific goals.

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How do I deal with the following technical issue?

I am a Java Programmer and I am relatively new to Java(1 Year). I am working for a small startup company. My problem is a bit strange and I am facing it a bit difficult to deal with and explain also. ...
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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn?

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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How do you take into account usability and user requirements for your application?

Our team supports BackOffice application: a mix of WinForm and WPF windows. (about 80 including dialogs). Really a kind of a Swiss Army Knife. It is used by developers, tech writers, security ...
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How to manage Agile developers working with traditional (serial) business persons?

Good afternoon, My work environment has some problems. Our IT team is trying to be more agile, but we're not really getting buy-in from the business. They attend our daily stand-ups and sprint ...
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What is the proper relationship between the software developer and the business customer?

IT professionals are experts who are trusted with the IT assets of a business or organisation. As trusted professionals we have responsibilities that extend beyond things that a non-IT customer can be ...
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Approach to module development and testing

I have read somewhere that the cost of resolving bugs increases if it is not resolved at the initial stage. Which approach should I take while creating programs? Divide program development in ...
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Project organization with professionals and students

I am working as a PhD student developing scientific/engineering simulations and algorithms to be tested in these simulations. These days the first student started to work on my project (for his ...
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Software development process for a part time University project for 1 developer?

I will be doing a part time University project soon and the time frame for it is around 8 months with approximately 10-15 hours a week spent working on it, with a review by a tutor each quarter. My ...
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How do you balance between “do it right” and “do it ASAP” in your daily work? [on hold]

I find myself pondering over this question from time to time, again and again. I want to do things the right way: to write clean, understandable and correct code that is easy to maintain. However, ...
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How to plan your software project if you are work depend on required deliverable with unexpected delivery date

I have worked for many software projects where I am developing software solution to the customer where I need to integrate with the customer back-end using web service provided by the customer in ...
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Non-ambiguous wording for 'Backend' [closed]

When discussing a general and abstract project idea I often use the terms frontend and backend for GUI and well.. backend. Often however, some people misunderstand frontend as the part of GUI used by ...
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What to do with abandoned issues in GitHub?

If someone opens an issue on GitHub but more information to reproduce the error is asked and never given, what's the normal procedure? Example. Here the author states that the "nav breaks". While I ...
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How to manage a project in school?

I just started doing PhD and we are supposed to do a project for a class, there are 14 people taking the class and we are supposed to develop a system all together. I was away from academia and ...
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Programming vs Planning

Recently, I have been tasked with more high-level planning assignments due to the lead developer of my team leaving. I hate long-term planning. My brain just doesn't naturally seem wired for it, and ...
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Advice on designing web application with a 40+ year lifetime

Scenario Currently, I am apart of a health care project whose main requirement is to capture data with unknown attributes using user generated forms by health care providers. The second requirement ...
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Company wants to write custom project management tool, rather than use third party product

At the company I work, we are really wanting to get into the agile methodology for developing software. One thing that I'm not excited about is the fact that management wants us to build a custom ...
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Test and deployment environment design for small team

Question is about organizing dev environment for the web development. There is 2 things to deploy: web site and database schema We use SVN to keep track of source code We use RedGate tools to ...
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Is it better to find issues myself or let the computer figure it out?

I'm about to start the process of migrating a program from one component to another. Most of the core functionality will be the same but I'll need to change database calls, etc. I'm sure there will ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)? [closed]

It seems to me that the best way to manage priority for programming tasks in a backlog is to simply put them in order. Do the top task first, second one next. If priority changes, re-order the queue. ...
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Is there a way to track user stories in Jira when using Scrum? [closed]

We are adapting Scrum using JIRA. We want to use the following hierarchy: Epic -> Story -> SubTask Stories are requirement specs and decomposed by developers into tasks. My manager asked me if it ...
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taxonomy of software project resourcing models

I would like to understand the impact of different resourcing models for software projects. First, I would like to identify the different resourcing approaches that are used to resource software ...
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Project has become so complex and big that I am lost [closed]

Hello this has never happened with me before . I am making an online shopping android app which has become huge and complex . While developing the code I have followed all the clean naming ...
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Remote server development [closed]

We are working on a django project which is hosted on an amazon ec2 instance. It is on very early stage, so changes are made constantly and the webapp should be updated more than once a day. Right ...
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SRS document and version control

When working on relatively small projects, but a software requirement specification document is necessary, is it a standard to include said document on version control systems or is it managed ...
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What is an initial skeleton of the website called? A Framework? [closed]

I am building a website but I am wondering can I call the initial set of pages a framework? Say I have a project to build a website for a school. Before I start implementing the requirements I have ...
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How to perform MoSCoW prioritization in Scrum?

In Scrum, if the requirements are gather throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC), then when and how can you perform MoSCoW prioritization?
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Measuring new capabilities in a software project and comparing vs incremental capability improvement

Given two software projects X and Y relating to some Product A - Project X offers some new capabilities. Project Y offers incremental capabilities. Y's features can be measured: we know its ...
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Is it significantly costlier to fix a bug at the end of the project?

In a blog post by Andrew Hay, the following axiom was posited: It costs significantly more to fix a bug at the end of the project that it does to fix the same bug earlier in the project. ...
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How to show to internal clients how complex is our task [duplicate]

We are not given trust and our bosses don't understand how complicated is our project and tasks given to us and why we are unable to estimated and foresee all the relations between our subsystems and ...
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Have you ever worked on a project you thought was being run well? [closed]

I know the subject sounds very negative but that is the impression i'm getting in my current job. A deadline has been barked down from the top with no consideration for planning or estimation, team ...
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How to reconcile “misc fix” commits with pull requests?

I work in a small company, where I used to be the only developer. We recently welcomed a few other people on the team, and started thinking about how to organize development efforts. I am pretty much ...
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How to solve the Lava flow anti-pattern?

In this blog post, the author describes an anti-pattern called the "lava flow" In a nutshell, the lava flow anti-pattern happens when many programmers lead the development of an application, each of ...
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Best way to centralise a php project (except bitbucket)

The structure is as follows: A: this is the live/production website B: this is the staging, which is a copy of live C: this is the testing environment for designers 2 developer and 2 designers. ...
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Software teams and surrounding support teams [closed]

Help me understand the need for managers, product managers, program managers, design architects, engineering directors, and all other auxiliary job titles that surround software development but don't ...
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Convince Windows SmartScreen and web browser that my application is safe?

I am developing a Free and Open-Source software (C++). When I download my own application from a web link, Microsoft Smart Screen and Google Chrome are getting in the way since it comes from and ...
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Suggestions needed for calculating efficiency of a task based project

I will be soon taking over management of a 10 member team. I will continue to code myself to another project and generally be available for the team for any issues surrounding processes or ...
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How can I implement scrum if management won't commit resources?

I want to try to apply scrum to a project. For the purposes of my question, let's assume that there are no other problems I'm trying to solve; I just want to practice scrum. Over the summer we're ...
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How do I write a software product definition?

I would like to learn how to write a software product definition. Therefore I am looking for online materials or books which would help me to learn more about this topic. I would like to learn, for ...
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What's the purpose of keeping a changelog if everyone uses their VCS properly?

Every VCS that I've seen includes a means (and sometimes requires you) to make a log of what a particular commit does. If this history is being properly kept, what is the purpose of manually keeping ...
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What to do with user stories that depend on horizontal integrations?

How do you handle a user story when it depends on horizontal integrations in an application? An example would be a user story such as, "I would like to have audio help on the start screen." Let's say ...
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Is it acceptable to refactor a collaborator's code?

When working with other people in a project, is it acceptable to refactor some of their code? I'm working with another developer and I notice a lot of duplicate code. To make things easier for ...
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How much detail to put into first iteration of project?

I have just started a new personal project (Python), and am writing what amounts to a "rough draft" of the program, the minimum required to do what I want to do. I am not yet putting in extensive ...
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Applying agile methodologies in a fast moving support environment

Do any agile methodologies have a place in the following setting: Small web development team, working on a mixture of frontend, backend, design work, with a mixture of new projects, inherited bad ...
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How can I configure my programming environment to enable rapid switching between projects?

It often happens that I develop multiple different projects at once, so I need a solution to switch from one environment to another. I have created batch files to do the job but as this thing grows, ...
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What software development model has worked best for software teams with heavy dependancy on hardware teams?

There are a number of competing best practices for software development. From what I have found, many teams have benefited from Agile practices in some cases. However, in some other cases, using the ...
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Software release question: do you refactor pre or post-release?

I work in finance and we have some calculators that I support. I can come up with programming solutions, but I don't have a lot of software design or release management experience. I was recently ...
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Using conditional feature compilation/inclusion for release versioning

I have been playing with the following idea: commonly when different release series (1.0.x, 1.1.x, development code) of a product are maintained in parallel one uses different branches within a ...
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How do you convince management to “invest” in unit tests?

How did you convince your manager to let you unit test? By "use", I mean being allowed to develop, check-in to source control and maintain the unit tests over time, etc. Typical management ...
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How should I create software requirements for a personal project? [closed]

Let's say I have an idea for the application that I'd like to develop. This application can be used for my startup business or it can just be something I'd like to provide to the world for free. Also, ...
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Can BDD and Lean methodologies be used together?

I was chatting with my product manager last week and he was bemoaning the lack of progress on our product. It's a fair criticism, too. So we got to talking about to describe the writing of ...