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

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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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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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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 ...
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Two closely related projects — Two repositories or one?

Background I am coding two closely related Java projects. The first project is Single Facility Simulator, which simulates a very simple supply chain with a single facility. The second project is ...
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How can I use different versions of an evolving library in different projects?

The problem I write a lot of exploratory code in my research. As I go along, I put functionality that I'd like to reuse in a central location. A project might look like this: ./mylib ./exploration ...
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Next steps for developing new product [duplicate]

I was hired about a year ago as the lead (well, really the only) developer on a new project/product we will call product "B". Product B was designed to pursue a new market for the company. This ...
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How to reuse spaghetti code

We're working on a new firmware for our new V2 device. The company has an older V1 firmware (and hardware). Hardwares are similar to each other (but there are some differences) so basically we could ...
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Coordinating between developers on common resources [closed]

In our organization some of the resources (such as QA machines etc) are shared. Different folks get done at different times and some tests have to be run (during dev and QA) on these machines. Right ...
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When not to move a “C style” code to “C++ or Object Oriented” code?

Context I am (part of team A) developing a piece of functionality which depends on new APIs provided by team B. Old APIs (also provided by Team B) are there and this is how they are being used in our ...
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Using an issue tracker as a single programmer [closed]

If this is tl;dr, scroll down to "The Question" Why this is not a duplicate: The linked question talks about version control (which I have), a one step build script (which I have) and to "have an ...
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How to measure the success of a small software project? [closed]

I'm part of a 7 person software development team which supports a company with a few thousand staff. Our team is putting together a quick review process for measuring the success of a software ...
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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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How to assure client that we will complete our project and won't run away with the money [closed]

I have decided to work as a freelancer. I have developed a software and have successfully given the presentation demo. The client liked it and has agreed to implement the project in his organisation. ...
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How do you work out timings for larger projects?

I work for a small company that hasn't done much work in bespoke development. It's something we're growing into. With all our projects, whether a bespoke development piece of work, or a simple ...
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How to support the sales team and avoid the “Often the sales team gets us into trouble just to get a commission” problem [closed]

With reference to this answer: At the end of the day, we are delivering a product to a paying customer. This customer has needs and expectations, realistic or not. Often the sales team gets us ...
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How to manage accidental complexity in software projects

When Murray Gell-Mann was asked how Richard Feynman managed to solve so many hard problems Gell-Mann responded that Feynman had an algorithm: Write down the problem. Think real hard. Write down the ...
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Do I continue developing an alternative existing solution, or am I wasting of time? [closed]

Almost 2 years ago I had need for a monitoring system, that monitored servers ping times, databases and various other metrics, but also things things like my email inboxes (for unread email), my game ...
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How to split up ASP MVC Project using Code-First Entity Framework

For an academic exercise, we have been tasked with creating a small website. We have already gathered the requirements and fleshed out the business domain to see the classes we are supposed to ...
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How do I get a project owner to participate in acceptance testing?

I have started using Pivotal tracker for a project I'm working on. Conceptually, this seems really cool and I'm interested in using the agile model. However, I have one problem with everything talked ...
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Share data layer for outsourcing project

We are a small team of programmers, and we are now facing a situation where we have to outsource some of the work in order to complete it in time. Project is about website that was previously build ...
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How to convince/prove my manager that a rewriting is needed rather than a refactoring [duplicate]

My manager wants me to refactor a gigantic amount of terribly-coupled, macroed, full of private namespace methods, hierarchy-perverted (even 10+ levels of inheritance) code which hasn't been (indeed) ...
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A programmer as project manager or non-programmer? [closed]

We are a team of programmers and are employing a new person who will be a project manager only. Our project are only programming ones and we are not sure how to decide who will be the best for project ...
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How do I stress the importance of unit tests to my manager [duplicate]

I've recently started a new job and I've been tasked with completing a feature that another developer didn't finish before he left the company. The existing tests are out of date (i.e useless)... ...
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How big can a mobile development team be without being too big? [closed]

I work for a company that is moving heavily into mobile. We find the majority of our customers use our mobile app pretty regularly. We have tons of things we want to add to it -- as well as to ...
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How to Explain Coding is not just Copy and Paste to non Software Developers? [closed]

We have 6 people in my group. My boss and the others are all SQL developers with little understanding of programming, design patterns, good object oriented design, etc. But, they have all taken a ...
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what is the difference between a software engineer and project manager? [closed]

I understand that a software engineers job is to work with all aspects of developing and supporting a software system. How does a project manager fit/work with a software engineer in a small team (5 ...
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How much of my time will be taken in planning sprints etc? [closed]

I am senior developer/architect who knows the business domain really well. My new manager wants me to manage a team (yet to recruit of around 5 people) and in the past I have worked in an agile ...
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Should I create a “placeholder” parent case, or set up Areas?

I'm using FogBugz for Project Management, and I'm unsure how to structure my cases. I have different features which require implementing as part of this project. For example, if I have a new feature ...
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How to handle multiple similar projects? Why? [duplicate]

I currently have 4 projects under development. All of them related to the same product (hardware) but different after all (desktop, android and web environments). That product, the hardware, is ...
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How to Deal With The “Automation is Easy” Mindset?

The title says it all. Some employees in our company believe that automated tests are "easy" and that it "should take a day" to write suites of COM and UI tests. What can be done to counter this? ...
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Extreme Programming for a single developer [closed]

I've been working with some basic extreme programming concepts for the last two weeks, for a small scale, for-profit, multiplayer, arcade game. I've spent a week developing user stories and ...
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Who should provide the Requirement doc / SRS? [duplicate]

I am creating a Mobile application (CRM) for another software company. They told me they need these these stuff from here and there, within 15-30 minutes. But they never provided a detailed client ...
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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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Managing Personal Projects As Solo Developer - Getting out of depth and failing projects [closed]

I need some advice on project management. I start a project, and often times it will a large project for a solo developer. Usually its a web project. I handle everything from the UI, to the JS, PHP, ...
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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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Managing p/t consultants like Open Source contributors?

I just assumed tech lead for a project which has had a problem with its very part-time (maybe 2-5 hours / week) contractors: submitting code that brings down the production app, pull requests that ...
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How to design (just the outline) an enterprise class PHP application

For the last year or so, I have been working on a very large application. I am currently on version 17 of it, and every time, I start over with some of the code from before. But now, this is starting ...
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How to educate business managers on the complexity of adding new features? [duplicate]

We maintain a web application for a client who demands that new features be added at a breakneck pace. We've done our best to keep up with their demands, and as a result the code base has grown ...
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How to educate business managers on the complexity of adding new features? [duplicate]

We maintain a web application for a client who demands that new features be added at a breakneck pace. We've done our best to keep up with their demands, and as a result the code base has grown ...
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Business Equity for Code. Is it advisable to enter into such agreements? [closed]

I have been considering this approach for a project I am about to embark upon and would like to hear from other programmers about their experience in contributing code for equity. Has anyone been ...