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

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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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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 ...
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Best way: restructure an existing Team Foundation Server (TFS) solution

In my department we are developing several smaller AddOns for some unified communication server. For versioning and distributed development we use a Team Foundation Server 2012. But: there is only ...
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Where did the estimation rule of thumb originate that time spent will be one-third in each of the following: design, implementation, and testing?

I'm looking for a reference to the following. I commonly hear that one-third of a projects time will be spent in design, one-third in implementation, and one-third in testing. The three phases of ...
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What is the standard term for my role?

I'm doing work that involves writing code and managing developers in a "special projects" division of a large company. I'd like to define my role better and figure out if there's an industry standard ...
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Evaluating a product owner

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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How do you balance between “do it right” and “do it ASAP” in your daily work?

I find myself pondering over this question from time to time, again and again. I want to do things the right way: to write clean, understandable and correct code that is easy to maintain. However, ...
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Should the analyst define the programmers and their seniority needed by the project?

It might be obvious, but I am not sure. Should the analyst who interview the client, gather and analyse requirements then give an estimate, also specifies how many and with how much experience ...
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What to do when a project is too difficult to continue developing?

As a developer, can you tell your project manager that an application is unworkable? Or, if you're a project manager, how would you need this presented to you in order to be compelled? This isn't ...
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Project Dashboards

I'm attempting to create a dashboard so that people not intimately involved with the project can get an indication of project's health. I'm struggling with determining what to put on said dashboard. I ...
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What are the best practices and strategies for transferring an outsourced software development project in-house? [closed]

What are the best methods of knowledge transfer? What kinds of documentation should be expected? What activities should take place before and after handover, both by the external party and ...
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How do I maintain a really poorly written code base? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? Recently I got hired to work on existing web application because of NDA I'm not at liberty to disclose any ...
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Agile project management, agile development: early integration

I believe that agile works if everything is agile. In software development area, in my opinion, if team members' code is integrated early, code will be more in sync and this has a lot of pros: ...
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When should I make the first commit to source control?

I'm never sure when a project is far enough along to first commit to source control. I tend to put off committing until the project is 'framework-complete,' and I primarily commit features from then ...
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What level/format of access should be given to a client to the issue tracking system?

So, I used to think that it would be a good idea to give the customer access to the issue tracking system, but now I've seen that it creates less than ideal situations, like: Customer judging ...
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Build one to throw away vs Second-system effect

On one hand there is an advice that says "Build one to throw away". Only after finishing a software system and seeing the end product we realize what went wrong in the design phase and understand how ...
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Hibernate set up for beginner

I am learning Hibernate (OR Mapping). I am using Maven for project management. However, I am currently reading a Hibernate book by O'Reilly, and they use ANT for their example. So my question is are ...
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Finding co-maintainers for open source projects [closed]

I have a number of open-source projects that have gotten some significant usage and would like to find co-maintainers so that I am not a bottleneck when it comes to maintenance and support requests ...
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Will SRS be sufficient enough for the programmers to do their work, without the additional overhead of FS?

We always make 2 documents the SRS (Software Requirement Specification) and the FS (Functional Specifications) documents for the coders aka programmers. As I have examined the SRS is more like ...
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Forbidding or controlling “Hidden IT…” Who should write and maintain ad-hoc software applications?

Bigger companies usually have the problem, that it is not possible to write all programs employees want (to save time and to optimize processes) due to a lack of staff and money. Then hidden programs ...