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

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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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How do you handle versioning in a multi-sided project?

I know it's a broad question so I'll try to be as specific as possible. This question is more an "organisational" question than a technical one. We have a multi-sided project with these main ...
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Why aren't there code overviews for open-source projects? [closed]

There are very complex open source projects out there, and to some of them I think I could make some contributions, and I wish I could, but the barrier to entry is too high for a single reason: for ...
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What is the appropriate way to handle implicit requirements?

I'm in R&D working on a new software product. Management understandably focuses on the primary features that most obviously give a customer an advantage. But there are many requirements that can ...
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How to deal with clients that only gives you huge flow of “how to do this”, but can't say “what and why” they need? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have clients that from start gives you huge flow of words about "how task should be done in details", like "you must use SQL Server here", "should do this in do-while-loop", "should make ...
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Can tags be used as bookmarks under semantic versioning?

Shameless plug: this question is for StackMode – a StackExchange client for GNU Emacs 24+. The product I'm working on, version-controlled with git, is a desktop application with an innately exposed ...
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Typical team size to maintain and improve a 100k line codebase? [closed]

I am working as a sole developer maintaining and adding new features to an existing web application. The app works reasonably well - Rails back end and a lot of JavaScript for the interface, with ...
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What's a good way to explain that system configuration at run time should not be changed by code at compile time? [closed]

I am programming for a embedded system. When this system boots up it reads from a configuration file some data and execute rules to put the system state according to the configuration read. This ...
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Should private key files be checked-in in git?

In my understanding, git as version control system should track all resources or files that are necessary to build a software version. If a private key file is needed for a server to function ...
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How to implement a Daily Recap email of Database records modified the previous day sent to Subscribed Users like Basecamp does?

I am building a Project Management module for SugarCRM. It consists of a "Project" which has information on the project like Name, description, start and completion dates, creator name, status ...
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How should I break this user story into tasks

I am trying to understand how to create user stories and tasks. I have read articles stating that you should create small user stories and they should be a "vertical slice" of functionality instead of ...
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How to express what do do when error occurs in a user story?

How do you express what to do when error occurs in a user story? Should the response to what happen on errors be in a task of the original user story, or should I create another user story that is ...
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How do you track what you and your team are working on day-to-day?

I'm struggling with how to keep track of what myself and people on my team actually do each day. I get a good broad picture by going over completed cards each week and stand-ups help a bit, but I feel ...
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Alternatives for Agile Scrum [closed]

We started following the Agile Scrum methodology and we have completed about 10 sprints. One observation I had is that not all in the team are taking up the responsibilities of completing the tasks ...
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How to set more accurate “deadlines”? [duplicate]

Context: My work is to build financial reports using mostly Excel spreadsheets. This consists mostly of formulas and a good deal of VBA. Each person is built by a single person. We service many ...
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Should one reject over-scoped projects? [closed]

I spoke to my first potential client today and he told me about the requirements of his project - an Android app. He is a well-known designer / photographer in my country and now wants me to "convert ...
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How to write a user story specific to tasks in this case [duplicate]

We have planned to take up an user story say As a player I want to view the game map to know current standings of my team The sprint is for two weeks. We will be able to complete only HTML in ...
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How to tidy up a massive spaghetti project [duplicate]

I previously asked this on StackOverflow, but was advised it was a better fit for Programmers. I have recently begun working on a codebase (as a Java developer) with the following characteristics: ...
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How to convey that a project is too ambitious? [duplicate]

I started my first job as a software developer while still a senior in college. It was at a small IT and computer repair shop, and I am the first and only programmer to work there. Now two months ...
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is a new change request on a user story a different user story

We have completed a user story for a sprint. Near the end of the sprint there was a new functional addition requested for the same user story. Here the user story will remain the same. ie As a i ...
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How to handle growth of an open source project?

I've been involved in helping out doing support for an open source project for a year or two now, and the project has gained a lot of popularity since I started. The program sees more than 100,000 ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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Generally speaking, is it better to make all the functional parts or get UI working first - or a mix of the two?

Generally speaking, is it better to make all the functional parts or get UI working first - or a mix of the two? Assuming you're working on something large, is it generally accepted practice to get ...
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Changing story-point estimates after closing the story

In a running multi-year multi-team project there is a set of stories that have been fully estimated and closed, having fulfilled the definition of done. Time has progressed and possibilities in Jira ...
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How should I remember what I was doing and why on a project three months back?

I was working on a project three months back, and then suddenly another urgent project appeared and I was asked to shift my attention. Starting tomorrow, I'll be heading back to the old project. I ...
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How to prove that following practices and industrial standards are profitable, and investment in refactoring are good

I started working in a company not much time ago, and what I see a lot inside a project is a high amount of low quality code and some custom ideas instead of industry standards and selected best ...
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Cannot explain to the customer that he is taking the project wrong way

Being a junior developer in need of some money for new hardware, I have stumbled upon many of the freelancing websites, and really soon, I have gotten my first customer. Complete Project Management, ...
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How to deal with a new version of visual studio's directory?

When upgrading Visual Studio to a newer version, a new directory is created e.g. "Visual Studio 2013". I understand that that makes sense as we want to differentiate between code targeting different ...
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Track performance numbers

I have a (large) software project in a git repository. There is a benchmark suite that spits out lots of numbers (time per benchmark, allocations done per benchmark) I’d like to track. What is 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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Estimated work remaining doesn't get lower [duplicate]

I'm working as a developer / architect on a software project. The project manager decided not to follow the Agile principles, but to rather have an Excel sheet with all the feature requests and their ...
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Handing Off A Unity Project [closed]

I have someone who wants me to develop a game for them. I do not intend to continue developing the game after its first release (he wants me to develop it for commercial use). To make the project ...
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Do you rotate agile team members?

I've got long standing developers in my sprint team. They know the domain, they've been with the company 5+ years and as a team we have a pretty good burn down rate. There are other sprint teams, ...
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Adding a Short-Term Developer to a Rework of an Old Project [closed]

Background I work in the Language Resource Center on my campus. It's a relatively small lab, and our job is to help students, not code software. Being a Computer Science student, I took the ...
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How to mentor a junior team member while remaining productive on your own projects? [closed]

This question is not about multitasking... there are plenty of tips around for that. This is about how to take steps to efficiently multi-project (work on two projects at a time) on a single large ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting teams by architecture tier rather than by product?

As the title states; what are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting teams by architecture tier rather than by product? For example: Organization A has three teams: Team Web and Front End ...
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Why is programming sometimes viewed as a second-rate role? [closed]

I've been a programmer for most of my life. I recently interviewed for a management job in a company and the interviewer looked at my CV asked me "How do we know you're not just a programmer". Which ...
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Who should have full visibility of all (non-data) requirements information?

I work at a smallish mid-size company where requirements are sometimes nothing more than an email or brief meeting with a subject matter manager requiring some new feature. Should a programmer ...
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How significant is node's advantage of training developers in only one language and putting them on tasks across the tech-stack? [closed]

I have recently joined a startup as CTO/co-founder. The startup and I have been thinking about moving the existing codebase (which is in PHP5.5, laravel framework) to node.js . Main reason for this ...
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how can we have a person to allot and track tasks in agile development

I understand that Agile team should be self organized and self driven, but is there a provision that I can have someone who will allot tasks to developers and ensure that all user stories will be ...
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How do you get relevant and useful information out of a client in regards to a job? [duplicate]

A brief background on this specific question: After meeting with a client and hearing all of their requests, requirements, and other comments about a specific software job, planning out the ...
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Previous programmer died unexpectedly; how do I pick up where he left off? [duplicate]

I have recently taken a job finishing the development of a .Net application. The delivery of the application is two years behind schedule. The previous developer died before I had a chance to meet ...
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How are sticky notes used by developers as a project management aid? [closed]

I've seen a lot of offices with sticky notes on whiteboards or even all over the walls. We don't use them in our company, I am currently considering starting using them, but I don't know how. How are ...
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What is the best way to track database changes across a large team

What is the best way to track any change made to the SQL Server database before moving to production in case of a large team ? We have used excel sheets but quite often things get missed which come ...
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How to manage version control company wide? [duplicate]

Are there any industry standards or best practises on how to manage a rapidly changing code base? The types of applications I am developing always have a custom aspect to them. So there will always ...
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Categorize tasks/bugs by risk of changes

The project I'm currently working on has an issue: bugs and tasks are often assigned to people who are too new or too inexperienced and their work ends up producing more bugs down the road. The ...
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How to avoid errors and not miss anything [duplicate]

I have a problem that is more serious than it might seem. I've been programming for about three years , and I have learned and improved a lot , I read the code easily to others, understand the ...
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As an lone, Agile (PXP/PSP) developer what is the proper structure for a formal project post-mortem? [closed]

Question: As an lone, Agile (PXP/PSP) developer what is the proper structure for a formal project post-mortem? Scenario I'm using a PXP methodology (which is a blend of extreme programming and the ...
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Is secretive systems development really possible?

An agency wants to develop a highly secret computer system using public contractors. So they hire different companies to implement different components of the system. When all the components are ...
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Developing an big system in a a small company [duplicate]

I'm doing this one anonymously. Our company manufactures some kind of machines and also has a software department, which I'm part of. Our philosophy is mostly to have in-house software and ...