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

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What would you add in this Software Development Project Checklist?

I'm a big fan of checklists. There is Travel Checklist, Moving Checklist and even a Scrum Checklist. Context: you have been hired by a large corporation and given the mission to setup the whole ...
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Are there any studies on the Efficiency/Effectiveness of Agile vs Waterfall

In a meeting the other day a claim was made that agile was only 60% as efficient in development time when compared to waterfall. I am not looking to validate or refute this claim. I am interesting ...
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how much time do you spend on Unit testing?

In a company I used to work for, executives insisted that the code coverage with unit tests must be 99% or more. This resulted in writing more tests than code. It took us literally 3 days to write ...
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How to Determine # of Programmers needed for a project

How do you know how many programmers a particular project needs to be successful? The company I work for fulfills orders for client companies. We have written an in-house warehouse management ...
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How can I maintain my technical skills after becoming a project manager?

As I advance in my career, I have found that I do less technical work and more project management work. I joke that I am getting dumber every day. Each time I go back to doing technical work it ...
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In Scrum, should tasks such as development environment set-up and capability development be managed as subtasks within actual user stories?

Sometimes in projects we need to spend time on tasks such as: exploring alternate frameworks and tools learning the framework and tools selected for the project setting up the servers and project ...
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How to recognize a bad client before you start to work for him? [closed]

I'm sure that many of you have encountered a bad client. I'm also sure you took some measures to prevent such encounters in the future. What is the most influential characteristic of a client that ...
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Why does adding more resource to a late project make it later?

It's a fairly common adage that adding more programmers to a late project will make matters worse. Why is this?
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Programming vs Planning

Recently, I have been tasked with more high-level planning assignments due to the lead developer of my team leaving. I hate long-term planning. My brain just doesn't naturally seem wired for it, and ...
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What is the minimum subset of best/well-known practices in software development for a solo programmer?

I've been the lonely programmer in my work for quite a long time. Usually I've read articles and posts about Version Control Systems Continuous Integration/Delivery Development methodologies: Scrum, ...
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What is the main job of a team leader? [closed]

In a project following agile programming model what is the main job of a team leader? What are the job differences between team leader and project manager?
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How should I manage a team with different skill levels?

I'll be working on a software project with some friends of mine, and I've been appointed technical lead. None of these guys is a bad programmer at all, but I do have significantly more experience than ...
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What recommendations can you give in managing a team of remote software engineers? [duplicate]

I am a Web application developer who also is responsible for project managing some projects, I sometimes have to manage remote developers, who work for me under a contract basis. I feel that sometimes ...
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How to lead a development project without technical expertise

I have been a hands-on developer for my entire career and love working with code. I have always resented the team lead who has little or no expertise regarding a particular technology and yet insists ...
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How to introduce Agile to a team that uses rigid non-Agile methods?

Consider a company that is proudly certified for some non-Agile methodology, uses it as a selling point to its customers to demonstrate accountability. How do you go about introducing Kanban or ...
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How secure is my private repository on bitbucket

Does anybody know how secure are my private repositories on bitbucket.org? Can I rely on that? I have some repositories and I only want them to be reachable only by me and two others.
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How to manage scope creep?

We often receive last minute requests from the business asking for an extra feature to be implemented. The project manager is usually responsible for filtering out these requests as "must haves" or ...
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How to move from Programmer to Project Lead

At my job, I'm currently a programmer, but in the next few weeks I'll be taking control my own project. I was wondering if anyone else here has been in the same situation, and if so, what advice you ...
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Burnout… Project Issues… Now They're Witholding My Salary… What Should I Do Next? [closed]

I've been working at a startup for 9 months. Except for the first 3 months, I've been miserable. It started when I joined the organization. I didn't join as a fresher. My first task was to create a ...
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How to deal with people who don't want to share knowledge? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you deal with an information hoarder? Often, in IT teams knowledge equals power. This is fine as long as (IT-)knowledge is equally accessible by all members of ...
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How to read thousands lines of code without any documentation?

Previously I was searching for a good TimeLine control for a WPF project. I found an answer in Here which direct me to this CodePlex project. Now I want to change code to feed my culture needs. But ...
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How to handle management pushing legacy systems?

I am currently on a paid internship, and have been tasked with maintaining an obsolete system that has been developed by multiple developers (at different times) over the course of the past 5 years. ...
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Is it significantly costlier to fix a bug at the end of the project?

In a blog post by Andrew Hay, the following axiom was posited: It costs significantly more to fix a bug at the end of the project that it does to fix the same bug earlier in the project. ...
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Project In A Week / development bootcamp [closed]

Our team is thinking of doing a "Project In A Week" (bootcamp), and I'm interested to know if anyone else has experience of doing this or has any advice? The idea behind it is to get away from the ...
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Quantifying the value of refactoring in commercial terms [duplicate]

Here is the classic scenario; Dev team build a prototype. Business mgmt like it and put it into production. Dev team now have to continue to deliver new features whilst at the same time pay the ...
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Can't work on real projects because I keep thinking about my side projects

I have a "real" project I'm working on to make money from, and a side project that is vastly more interesting. I'm having a problem where every time I go to work on my "real" project, all I can ...
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How do you manage projects left over by other employees? [closed]

It happens that some one just leaves the company all of sudden. Now his work needs to be completed and you are being assigned it. Having no idea what was he up to (was it 90% done or 9%), how do you ...
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How should I describe the process of learning someone else's code? (In an invoicing situation.)

Edit: Justin Cave made a good point that this sort of communication should be up front in my quoting / estimations. Is this case, I'm still interested to know what sort of language people use to ...
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How to Quantify the Value of Unit Testing [duplicate]

Our organization is considering integrating unit testing into our software development workflow. I've heard lots of anecdotal stories about how it encourages better, easy to maintain, and well-planned ...
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Are there general rules or best practices for building a new framework?

I need to start the design and development of a new framework to interact with an open source ECM. This inludes a customized data model to help web site developers interacting with this ECM, so they ...
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Are my team's processes out of control?

I'm a software dev team leader (I recently took control of a new team), and ultimately responsible for maintaining high productivity, good quality and organized priorities. I have 6 senior developers ...
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What to legitimately charge clients for

I'm not talking about fixed price jobs, they're fairly straightforward. But i'm on about an hourly rate project, my question specifically relates to what to charge for. If i have an IE/CSS issue that ...
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How to determine the priority and severity of a “code improvement”?

We have "priority" and "severity" fields in our bug tracking system. We define severity as "how it impacts the user" and priority as "how it impacts the product". My question is about how to ...
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How to organize a one-man project?

Every once in a while (read: about every day) I come up with a new idea, start a new project in my favorite editor/IDE, start coding and the next day I delete it and start something new. I've been ...
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What is needed for a self-taught developer to be able to move into senior-level and leadership positions?

I'm a self-taught developer that currently has more than enough experience to hold up against my colleagues waving their degrees. Still, I feel that I'm lacking some important skills to advance into ...
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How to stand ground when colleagues are neglecting the process?

The problem I am facing: My team members start working on projects without the functional/technical documents ready - even if our company process dictates these should be there before starting. My ...
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Guiding Management to the Correct Decision [closed]

My supervisor (also a developer) and I have a running joke about writing a book called "Managing From Beneath: Subversively Guiding Management to the Right Decision" and including a number of ...
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How to protect source code from remote developers? [duplicate]

My company is going to hire an external developer to create some new modules and fix some bugs in our PHP software. We have never hired an external developer by the hour before. How can we protect ...
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Should we encourage coding styles in favor of developer's autonomy, or discourage it in favor of consistency?

A developer writes if/else blocks with one-line code statements like: if (condition) // Do this one-line code else // Do this one-line code Another uses curly braces for all of them: if ...
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What to do when your “failing” project is actually “successful”?

What would you do if you were in a situation where the project you are working on is obviously built poorly and will have failures in the future and be a nightmare to maintain...but it is considered a ...
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Managing expectations

I am in my senior year of college. I am an intern at a $120 million a year company. I am responsible for maintaining three websites, I'm essentially the dba for the marketing database, and write and ...
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Should technical debt be scheduled as a feature or a chore (or a bug)?

I've added a couple of user stories that address some technical debt to my Pivotal Tracker board. Should I consider them as features (keeping my velocity level) or as chores/bugs (lowering my ...
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What is an example of a good SMART objective for a programmer? [duplicate]

Following on from this question, I wondered if folk might be able to suggest some samples of what might be considered a "good" objective in a periodic review cycle for a programmer? Let's define ...
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Software Developer vs. Project Manager vs. Product Manager [closed]

I've been a software developer for 10 years. I like being a developer and no surprise I strive for sense of achievement. However, I normally find myself doing stuff that needs to get done regardles of ...
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Project frozen - what should I leave to the people after me?

So the project I've been working on is now going to be frozen indefinitely. It is possible that if and when the project unfreezes again, it won't be assigned to me or anybody from the current team. ...
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What is the best way to bring a new programmer up to speed on a project?

When you add a programmer to a project with a large code base, what is the best way to get them involved right away? Do you give them formal training in the code base or let them figure it out ...
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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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My colleague doesn't understand things he works with. What to do? [closed]

I've spent 3 days debugging one very obscure bug in a library made by my colleague, this bug happens very infrequently. After all I found that this bug happens due to cross-thread access to an object ...
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Long term planning and agile?

My team recently went through the process of laying out a nearly one year plan for our work. We separated the plan into three phases. Each phase will include a couple of launches. I wonder, from an ...
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How can we plan projects realistically while accounting for support issues?

We're having a problem at work: we're trying to schedule work so that we can assess time scales and get deadline dates. The problem is that it's difficult to plan for a project without knowing ...