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

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How should I behave as a developer in a project that's headed for failure?

I am a developer in a 5-member team and I believe our project is headed for disaster. I'll describe why in a moment, but my question is: how should I behave? The deadline is in 1.5 months, and I ...
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Is there a name for when a sales team irresponsibly promises non-existent features? [closed]

It's a common issue to see a company's sales team promise new features in order to close a sale. Many times these new features are still in development or are still being designed. Sometimes features ...
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Project implementation details in node.js

I am working as a software engineer turned team leader in a large software company. One of my areas of strength is node.js, and we are in the process of moving a lot of our services to separate ...
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VNC client for my netbeans IDE to invite the freelance developers in my project? [duplicate]

I need your help to find a VNC client software or any other distributed software development techniques to share my netbeans IDE with some freelancers over the internet, Well I have a complex web ...
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How to ensure a project 100% tested?

I want to know how exactly, we can ensure that a project is 100% tested ? In banking or financial applications not 1% also tolerable. So being a developer, how can you say your code is 100% tested? ...
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What is the preferred method for an application to get settings which should not be stored in version control?

Let's say an application I'm writing requires a password for something but I don't want that password to be saved in version control (so no hard-coding the password). What I've been doing is creating ...
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Can I demand code quality on a project I've gotten

I have been given a Drupal project from an external web agency and have been trying to becomer wiser on both Drupal and their approach of making a site. With time I've learnt a bit morer about Drupal, ...
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How to deal with management staff (company owner) that downplays the impact of specs changes?

I work in a small web development company (3 programmers) for a while. During the last year the company had hard times (less projects) and a few co-workers were fired, including our Production ...
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Assuring Quality and Bug Fix speed in Open Source Python Project

I'm maintaining an open source framework (in Python on *nix platforms if that matters) for the first time in my life. It is pretty much pre-alpha, not much more then a scientific proof of concept, ...
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When to separate a project in multiple subprojects

I'd like to know if it makes sense to divide the project I'm working on in two repositories instead of one. From what I can say: Frontend will be written in html+js Backend in .net The backend ...
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Good Version Control Guidelines from a Development/Collaboration Perspective?

At our company we have started outsourcing some of our development. This has worked somewhat well. However, we are having a hard time getting them to properly use version control. They are familiar ...
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Should we use a Maven Multi-Module Project in our Scenario?

The Situation I'm currently working in project that develops several RESTful services that partly interact with each other. As an example: Service A uses Service B Service C uses nothing Service D ...
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Tool helping with estimations [closed]

I am looking for a tool supporting me with estimations. What I would like to do is to specify a higher level task and break it into several smaller tasks. When a task is small enough, I could assign ...
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How to time the sprints in Scrum to allocate time for TDD?

We have sprints of 4 weeks duration. What I have been doing is 3 weeks dev time and 1 week of pure manual/automated testing, stabilization and shipment assurance testing. How to manage TDD within ...
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When to (enforce) linting in a software project

I'm heading a new team of developers working on a software project that makes use of continuous integration (circleci) w/ a pretty fleshed out suite of busterjs unit/integration/acceptance tests. Our ...
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Is it possible to integrate MS Project Server with SVN

We have been using Hosted SVN + Fogbugz for our source control and task/issue tracking. Our developers are very comfortable with SVN and we are hesitant to switch source control (e.g. TFS) providers ...
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Architecting related products for different markets: MEF?

Hopefully, this question is not too open-ended... I have been tasked with taking a 3 year old application (.NET 4.0, WPF, WCF, EF 4, SQL 2008) that was designed for a very specific market X and ...
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What stage of development do activity network diagrams belong to?

Activity network diagrams are used to determine the forward and backward paths for a project, and consequently to determine the critical path or maximum time to development. I'm already familiar ...
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Best practices for sharing tiny snippets of code across projects

I always try to follow the DRY principle strictly at work; every time I've repeated code out of laziness it bites back later when I need to maintain that code in two places. But often I write small ...
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How does the ETVDX model fit in with project management?

In a lecture, the lecturer described the following model : E - entry (the preconditions to a task). T - task - doing the task V - verifying the tasks quality D - Delivering the tasks X - Exit. ...
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How are effort estimations and duration estimations distinct?

How are effort estimations and duration estimations distinct? At present my understanding is that effort is related to the amount of work required for one person to complete a task, and duration is ...
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How to measure team productivity? [duplicate]

The upper management at our company has laid out a goal for our software team to be “15% more productive” over the next year. Measuring productivity in a software development environment is very ...
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Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?

Bug tracker for any decent sized project seem like a bit of a no-brainer to me - it makes it really easy to organise hundreds or thousands issues, without issues colliding or getting mixed up. So ...
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Scrum: What to do with epics once the stories are clear?

When working on a backlog, you define epics and break them down into user stories. Epics are estimated and kept on the backlog as epics until they become important enough to be planned into one of the ...
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Why is it so hard to get employees to update the issue tracker?

I've always had this struggle to get folks to update their issues, both at my company and at work. I've had a few cases when people actually do it from the goodness of their heart, but ~70% of the ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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Is it a good idea to schedule regular time to clean up code? [closed]

I'm managing a small team of developers. Every so often we decide we're going to spend a day or two to clean up our code. Would it be a good idea to schedule regular time, say 1 week every 2 months, ...
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Maintain a web application once the only developer is gone

I have a terminal disease and there is a very high chance that I will no longer be in this world by the end of the year. I have developed a web application that it is extensively used in my family’s ...
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Where does the reporting function fit into Enterprise Software development Best Practices

At my company, I develop and maintain all the operational reporting used by management to run the business. There is no reporting position on the application development team. I've taken it upon ...
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Redmine (or Trac) integration with customer issue-tracking system

I'm working in a software development area in my university, and we've noticed we need some system to track errors and bugs, who and when it is dealt with. I've researched some software management/bug ...
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Documents to use on project development [closed]

I am lost on how to plan the development of a iphone mobile app, when building a specific mobile app for a client, i need to make a questionnaire for that same client and i also need to have a ...
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How to represent calculated deadline is reasonable?

As a Lead Programmer my responsibilities include calculating the deadlines of the projects. To do this I have discussion with related team players and calculate a deadline estimation. Sometimes, I ...
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How can I work with my partner from far away? [closed]

I'm currently having a newly started app company with a friend of mine. He's quite good at programming, and if I had to put him up against my own level, I'd say he would be right below it. Right now ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)?

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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Features that encourage use of project management software [closed]

I'm a student and I work as an undergrad in an IT department. They are very effective programmers, but as far as documenting what they do and tracking what time is spent on specific tasks - not so ...
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In Agile development, who owns the software “features” and how to you manage the development?

Some development teams in my company are switching to Agile development practices and their developers' work seem to be diminishing to discuss and program minutia about trivial software features ...
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How can I work on different projects without losing focus? [closed]

I'm doing a full-time job (developer) and at the end of the day, I work on my part-time job (developer). How do you work, with different projects, without loosing focus? Often, my focus on the ...
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How to write tasks in Jira when using Scrum?

I am going to start a new project using Scrum and Jira and I have some questions regarding how to write proper tasks in Jira. From what I understand user stories are small non-technical descriptions ...
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Deliverables in a software development project

Following a standard framework of project management, for a software development project we will provide deliverables (documents and software) at the end of each month : My question is: From May ...
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We are spending more time implementing functional test than implementing the system itself, is this normal?

Basically, we have three main projects, two of them are web services, and the other is a web application. While I'm satisfied with covering as much as we can of our web services with functional test ...
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Unforeseen Spike in a Sprint… what to do?

I did a look around and couldn't find a question that addresses my case, so I figured I would post. I have a situation where as a new team, we ran into 2 unforseen spikes (is there a better term?) ...
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How should we draw the release burndown chart?

I have been in various Agile projects and seen many release burndown chart styles. Most of them were handled manually since somehow all the tools that I have run across don't produce really useful ...
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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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What phases of a traditional waterfall project should Scrum replace?

My team and I are using Scrum to manage software development projects. In my company there has been a move towards more structure in all IT projects using a waterfall methodology. This is fine by me ...
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Handling unexpected features during sprint

Our team is going to adopt scrum and agile technics. We've got a product, which we develop for multiple customers. This customers supplied us with necessary requirements, so everithing is fine to ...
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Advice: Developing two projects where one is an extension of the other

The Two Projects I work at a pretty small software company, and I'm currently in a situation where I'm at the end of development for "Project A", about to start development for "Project B". Project B ...
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How come project managers stand above even team leaders? [closed]

As I have started working for bigger companies, project managers started creeping into the organizational structure. I'm having a hard time understanding why these people are ranked higher even than ...
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Is there some software to manage a XP Project? [closed]

I was wondering if there's some software to manage a XP project. I'm starting a school project and I want to follow this methodology, but, we don't have a place to work. Each one works at home (in ...
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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 do bug reports factor in to a sprint?

I've been reading up on Scrum recently. From my understanding, a meeting is held before the sprint starts, to decide what gets moved from the product backlog to the upcoming sprint backlog. Once a ...