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

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What methods are available to show colleagues the advantages of a database+application solution over Excel?

I work in a company where there are Excel spreadsheets everywhere. As my colleagues are non-programmers, I'm sure they haven't contemplated that there might be a better/easier/more productive way of ...
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Strategy for keeping secret info such as API keys out of source control?

I'm working on a website that will allow users to log in using OAuth credentials from the likes of Twitter, Google, etc. To do this, I have to register with these various providers and get a ...
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How to represent days and time graphically for a project I have done

How to represent the days and hours of different tasks(design, development, testing) of a software project in a graphical way. I tried using a Gantt chart for it, but it does not represent the ...
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What is the advantage of using UI binder in GWT?

Mention the pros and cons of UIBinder in GWT. I want to develop a big project. Is it flexible to use UIBinder for my project?
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Working in a multi-disciplinary team; with a specific skill set - time management?

I thought I'd post this here for the anonymity of someone I was speaking too recently at a social event for developers. Amongst the trading of "war stories", he presented the following dilemma.. ...
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What are good reasons to drop Windows XP support? [closed]

Recently the software team in my company decide to use VS2012 (upgrade from VS2008) but we found out that VS2012 does not provide a nice support for Windows XP (e.g. really hard to deploy .Net 3.5 ...
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Business issues in the issue tracker?

Most issue trackers are targeted towards developers. But when working in a small team that includes business people: does it makes sense for them to put non-dev issues inside the tracker? I must say ...
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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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How to document legacy code (shell scripts)? [duplicate]

I got involved into a project where we are taking over a bunch of legacy code. Code is basically shell scripts and PL/SQL packages/procedures/functions. There is no documentation how the code works ...
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What's a good way to share assets between designers and developers? [closed]

Preferably something with project management and version control, and as easy to use as possible. I'm talking mainly about graphic assets, but it can be any output from a designer that needs to be ...
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How to convince team members of the existence of a “mandelbug”

We are developing an application; it includes a library developed by another coder, this library communicates with server via multiple network connections, and this involves multiple threads working ...
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Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer for software development?

Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer or Build-Lease-Transfer in software development? Does it even make any sense to operate such a project in software? Do you know of any projects in your ...
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How can a non-developer help promote/develop unit tests? [duplicate]

After some discussions with folks on the testing/QA side of our company, we're of the opinion that better unit-level testing by developers would greatly reduce bugs and issues and help development ...
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How to protect yourself as DevLead from political management games [closed]

As a developer/DevLead you've got your focus on developing software and you may be quite good in it. Developers are, however, in my observation often not so good at playing political games. This ...
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What can I use to keep track of the status of 60 software projects, some of which are obsolete? [closed]

I've taken a software development role in an engineering company(all software developed is for internal use only). The company has about 60 individual projects from past developers. The problem is ...
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Increasing User Changes/Requirements in Agile Methodology

My question is quite simple. How to handle a situation where the team is applying agile methodology in software projects and there so many iterations and change in requirements, that the schedule is ...
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Should the design take longer than code development? [duplicate]

I once heard that if you spend 90% of your time developing the design of your program the coding part will only take a trivial 10% of the time. I have found a lot more success in spending about 30% ...
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What to do as a Dev when for years their team has lacked product innovation, not used project mgmt methodologies, and kept bad Software Dev practices? [closed]

I am interested in knowing how to deal with a current software development process that has not been changed for years and will eventually lead to product and team failure. Yes, probably the easier ...
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How to document a project which is already developed?

I would like to know what options are available for documenting a project which has already been developed, as the developers who worked on didn't write even a single page of documentation. The ...
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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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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 ...