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

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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 ...
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Releasing Mobile Application under multiple platforms, same time or?

I've always had this idea circling around until I am facing this issue. We made an android app, it is ready, but we are planning to release the same app on iOS and possibly Windows Phone; Now, ...
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Solutions for Project management [closed]

The team consists of 3 people. The method of development is Scrum. The language of the project is C++. The project will be under the control of the git system. The start up budget is 0. The ...
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What kind of programs/solutions can only be written with OOP or are too hard to achieve without it? [closed]

Paraphrasing a recent question: What is Object Oriented Programming ill-suited for? I would like to ask the opposite question: What kind of programs cannot be written unless you use OOP? What kind ...
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Diminishing Returns on Additional Developers

Is there a term to describe the point at which adding more developers to a software project will provide diminishing returns? I realize that at a high level, it is more complicated that just a number ...
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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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Steps to manage a large project [closed]

Software development is an area where parallel development to its fullest form is very difficult to achieve, although you could get reasonably close with the right design. This is especially true for ...
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What to do when there are no logical user stories but separate development tasks?

We need to generate a release in 3 weeks, and for the planning we are doing today we don't have coherent logical user stories from the backlog tasks. Is valid to match say each development task is ...
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Numerous Unexpected Obstacles Ruining any Project Plans [closed]

I am working as software developer and struggling with this problem time and time again for almost thirteen years. There seems not to be any way out of the following problem. And it happens with ...
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Task ownership with Wordpress - CSS - Designer or Developer?

We have a dispute regarding who owns which tasks when it comes to the CSS on our live site. Our designer argues that he is not responsible to log-in to word press and modify the css or use ftp for ...
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How to visualize the design of a program in order to communicate it to others

I am (re-)designing some packages for R, and I am currently working out the necessary functions, objects, both internal and for the interface with the user. I have documented the individual functions ...
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Given a project and working with 1 other person - never worked with someone before [closed]

I'm taking a class where I work with a partner to implement the link layer of the OSI model. I've worked programmed with a partner once before and it went bad. Is the goal to divide the work up and ...
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How to balance programming projects between feasibility and usefulness [closed]

I've become fairly competent as a programmer, but I would not say I am a master. I work independently, most as a hobby, although I have done some freelance PHP work. I tend to find myself dabbling in ...
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What is the wireframe of a project?

What is the actual meaning of a wireframe of a project?
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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn?

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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How can I get better at explaining complex software processes to developers?

I'm really struggling with my software specs. I am not a professional programmer but enjoy doing it for fun and made some software that I want to sell later but I'm not happy with the code quality. ...
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In a team practicing Domain Driven Design, should the whole team participate in Stakeholder meetings?

In my experience, a Software Development Team that comprises: 1 Project Manager 1 Tech Lead 1 - 2 Senior Dev 2 - 3 Junior Dev (Fresh grad) Only the Tech Lead & PM (and/or Senor Dev/s) will ...
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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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Can Foswiki be used as a distributed Redmine replacement?

I am quite familiar with and love using git, among other reasons due to its distributed nature. Now I'd like to set up some similarly distributed (FOSS) Project Management software with features ...
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Community Programming

Background I just began working for a religious non-profit organization. As with most non-profits, the organization is resource-poor and has no IT department to speak of. In my two months here I've ...
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How to handle “porting” software that's still in development

My company is building an iOS version of an Android app that our client is developing (but has not yet released). We have access to the latest builds and source, however since the software is ...
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What should be the minimal design/scope documentation before development begins?

I am a junior developer working on my own in the programming aspect of projects. I am given a png file with 5-6 of the pages designed, most times in specific detail. From this I'm asked to develop ...
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How can we unify business goals and technical goals?

Some background I work at a small startup: 4 devs, 1 designer, and 2 non-technical co-founders, one who provides funding, and the other who handles day-to-day management and sales. Our company ...
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By what features and qualities are “free” and “premium” themes differentiated

I have a lot of time invested in creating Wordpress templates. I want to release combinations of these templates along with different styles and Fancy Front pages as "Premium Wordpress Themes". What I ...
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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What are some general guidelines for setting up an iOS project I will want to personally publish but sell in the future? [closed]

I have an idea for a personal iOS project that I would like to write and release to the iOS store. I'm the type of developer who enjoys developing and publishing. I want to write quality software ...
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Code bases for desktop and mobile versions of the same app

I have written a small Java Swing desktop application. It seems like a natural step to port it to Android since I am interested in learning how to program for that platform. I believe that I can reuse ...
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How do I hire testers by giving them a buggy app for testing their efficiency?

My boss wants to recruit testers based on their testing efficiency (number of bugs identified). So, he's shortlisted 5 people and I need to give them an app full of bugs and see how they fare in ...
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Good practices for large scale development/delivery of software [closed]

What practices do you apply when working with large teams on multiple versions of a software or multiple competing projects? What are best practices that can be used to still get the right things done ...
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How would you manage development between many Staging branches? [duplicate]

We have a Staging Branch. Then we came out with a Beta branch for users to move whenever they wanted to from old Production branch to the new features. Our plan seemed simple, we test on Staging, ...
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Software Management Tools for Agile Process Development [closed]

We would like to implement the Agile/ Scrum process in our daily software management, so as to provide better progress visibility and feature managements, here are some of the activities that we want ...
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What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Techniques to re-factor garbage and maintain sanity? I've inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? I'm currently working at a company with 2 other ...
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How to adopt scrum agile methodology for a small .Net team [closed]

I am working on a small product based company developing .Net applications. There is a small team with 5-6 developers. I am a person responsible for planning everything. But my primary role is ...
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How best to keep bumbling, non-technical managers at bay and still deliver good work? [closed]

This question may be considered subjective (I got a warning) and be closed, but I will risk it, as I need some good advice/experience on this. I read the following at the 'About' page of Fog Creek ...
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How to manage scripting language file (Python, for example)? [closed]

I am writing python, but I find that the I can put all the script files on the directory, but it seems very messy. So, is there any conventions in the community to deal with the script files? Thanks.
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What do I need to learn to decide on rename/recompile source package names because of company rebranding?

My company is currently at a rebranding process and the brand names have been used in the sources' package names but these names are only visible to developers who maintain this code so nobody from ...
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Version control and project management for freelancing jobs

Are there version control and project management tools which "work well" with freelancing jobs, if I want to keep my customer involved in the project at all times? What concerns me is that repository ...
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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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CTO has left — codebase is a huge kludge, any advice on how to manage/handle/damage control? [closed]

I began work at a company 2 months ago as a PHP developer. I stepped in to somewhat of a kludge, but I've yet to find a company that isn't... The development stable is currently two developers ...
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Git workflow / practices for a small project (flowchart in png)

I'm trying to come up with a personal workflow. I've put together a flowchart of the hypothetical lifespan of a release: one developer pushing to a public github repo + a friend helping with some ...
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How to manage/organise when you have to multi-task on multiple 1 man projects? [closed]

We are a team of developers working on multiple small projects - a developer could have 3 or more 1 man projects to work on and keep moving. It can feel like your time is pretty fragmented & ...
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How much should a floating license cost?

Floating licensing is a software licensing approach in which a limited number of licenses for a software application are shared among a larger number of users over time. Nice for the corporates to ...
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How to fix a project with basically no structure?

I've been working on a software project mostly solo for over 5 years. It was a mess to begin with (I am the third or fourth developer to be working on it), and although it's less of a mess now it is ...
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How big does my project need to be for me to unit test it? [closed]

I assume that my project is decoupled enough to allow for unit testing. But how big, exactly, in terms of clases and functions does my project need to be to make unit testing worthwhile? We all make ...