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

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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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What to do when the marketing department attempts to drive the development process? [closed]

I'm a fairly experienced web-developer working in a small startup, as the developer of an e-commerce website. The other three people involved are the Director, the Designer and the Marketing guy. The ...
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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, & 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 ...
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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

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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impact of product information leak due to matrix resource models for development projects [closed]

I read somewhere that Amazon has a dedicated team for each of its major products. This approach facilitates the growth of the domain knowledge for each product team and as a result of this retained ...
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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 ...
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As a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new skill in programming? [closed]

If I'm a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new technology? For example, every month every year, most language updates themselves, and a lot of new programming concepts become ...
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Is rotating developers on a project a good or bad idea?

I'm working on a small team that will begin working on a large new project with another small team. The other team is currently working on a legacy system that they have been working on for years. ...
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What project meeting structure should a single developer choose?

I am a solo developer working on a decently small project with about 3 other people (non-developers). These other people are involved in the project in non-development ways and one is also my manager. ...
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Can Scrum use technical specifications in the Product Backlog rather than user stories?

At the company I am currently working for we started to do Scrum projects. It was not so hard to convince the managers to move from waterfall to Scrum. We're doing a project where we rebuild our ...
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How to manage with less technical knowledge? [closed]

I've become a project manager in my company and here is what I've experienced till now: At first, I was trying to keep in shape technically with other developers of the team (about 15 developers) and ...
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How do you convince development teams to move to a new version of middleware? [closed]

I'm working on a project to update our (out of support) middleware stack to a stable but supported version. There are several teams with applications running on the version we currently have in ...
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What are the differences between functional, operational and technical requirements?

I have done tasks based on Java, but my seniors assigned me to collect requirements for creating a globalized bug tracking tool. I have read many types of requirements from Wikipedia and the ...
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how to reduce communication time in distributed teams [duplicate]

We have 10 distributed teams in our company and we are developing 3 huge web applications. A lot of time of our developers is spent with writing emails. We are using scrum and for that we had a ...
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Disillusioned with agile; how do you prepare for life after release 1.1? [closed]

My company is going full steam with the agile process, with multiple agile projects in work. The first agile team, the proof of concept, carried the product through release and the first post ...
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Is it okay to add time for “unexpected delays” to a time estimate?

I've landed my first contract (hooray, self employment!) and the company is asking for time estimates. Programmers are notoriously bad at time estimates, and I know I've been laughably wrong ...
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What's the best way to scale and split an agile team building a web app?

I've recently joined a company where I'm working as the scrum master on an agile development project building a web app. The team is just about to be the maximum size for an agile team (expecting 9 ...
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Graph to show decreasing desirability when taking shortcuts

I'm responsible for creating a presentation to management that details how a system should be refactored or rewritten. We have an existing system that has had production failures and the code base is ...
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Backlog item with preparation for future sprint Scrum

I'm currently at the beginning of a build. We are requiring a lot of back end functionality around Clients/Users/Groups/Roles. However, these aren't required for Sprint 1 which is acting as a MVP ...
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When to fracture a web application design into multiple products

Have you had this problem? You are building a complex web application for a target market, and after a while you reach a point in complexity where you can't decide if you are building more than one ...
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How can I deal a team member who is irresponsible and shows no commitment? [closed]

I am handling a team of a few guys working on a software module in a large project. As per our estimates our module is getting delayed by a week. Since we can not have this delay, our client and our ...
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Lead Developer responsibilities [closed]

At my current job (been here for 6 years). The VP of the company has decided he wants to make me the lead developer. I believe this is being done because my current boss who is a BA was pin holed into ...
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How can I use JIRA for project management with Green Hopper

I am thinking of using JIRA + GreenHopper for my project management. I have seen that Green Hopper is for making User stories, sprints. I am not able to find how do i need to add tasks, or how to ...
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How should we handle extra cosmetic features in Scrum sprints?

I was reading the Scrum documents and it says that the tasks in Sprint should be "potentially shippable". I am confused by what this means. Suppose in Sprint 1 the goal was, "user registration form". ...