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Sprint planning and accommodating slack

After reading Tom DeMarco's Slack, I'm wondering how to factor slack into sprints. For those who haven't read the book, TDM describes 'slack' as providing time for innovation and other good things. ...
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Implementing Scheduling Within an Application

I'm building an app and the end user will be using an Admin screen to schedule content on the front page. They will be choosing two dates, a start date and an end date. Obviously I don't want to ...
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Why is it optimal to schedule shorter jobs first on a uniprocessor?

On a uniprocessor, it is apparently optimal to schedule jobs that take less time first assuming non-preemptive scheduling - once a job runs, it must finish. Why? I am confused about how the ordering ...
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User friendly scheduling feature

I'm trying to add a scheduling feature to my web scraping application that will let the user schedule scraping jobs so he can, for instance, perform a job every Monday, or every 2 hours or stuff like ...
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What should I do when my project manager does not care about implementation details?

My project manager, when providing requirements for specific tasks, does not care about the implementation details. Although he has a programming background and has some knowledge of the MVC ...
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Setting realistic expectations for deadlines

I'm a tech lead for a small team. One of the major tasks on my plate is communicating with the client. One thing I find particularly difficult is dealing with deadlines because they are mandated by ...
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Is it normal for a company to have programmers on such a rigid schedule? [closed]

So I've been working at this job for a couple of months. I'm a little frustrated because I do my best work from 2 to 7. In previous jobs, I've come in at 9:30-10:00 and leave at 7. Some companies ...
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Encouraging software engineers to track time

How can I encourage my coworkers to track the time they spend resolving issues and implementing features? We have software to do this, but they just don't enter the numbers. I want the team to get ...
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How can you make a cluster run a task only once?

If you had a task that you wanted to run only once on a cluster of servers, at a regular interval what would be the best way of achieving this? The definition of cluster in this case is 2 or more ...
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Task scheduling for software development

I'm managing a team of 10 software developers and I'm looking for a tool which can be used to schedule/assign tasks. I envisage a fairly simple web-based tool which each developer signs into. Here ...
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Why is software schedule estimation so hard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are software schedules so hard to define? I often need to explain to senior management why software estimation is so hard, and why our preliminary estimates are ...
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Does late have any meaning in Agile methodologies?

This came out of some of the answers and comments on another question (this one). I've worked primarily with waterfall projects and while I've worked on ad-hoc projects that have taken on agile ...