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

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Where should I start with an Integration Test for a Legacy Software in .NET? [closed]

Currently, I'm planning a new project of CI/CD with Azure DevOps (with Git, already committed) for an old Solution, which contains 17 C# projects. Technically, we have access to the source code and ...
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How to communicate a SWAG estimate

I support a large enterprise software project which frequently receives enhancement requests from our customer. The customer will only pay for the work up front in fixed-price contracts. We provide a ...
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C++ dependency management across projects

We are developing a benchmarking framework in C++, with Make and CMake as build tools. The aim of the framework is to allow others who build algorithms to perform head-to-head comparison against prior ...
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Is it a software engineer's responsibility to structure data as opposed to a DBA?

As a backend engineer at a small company, we're running into a question of whether we need a DBA or another backend engineer (SWE2). The reason why this is a question stems from a difficulty in ...
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Process For Closing Unsolvable Help Desk Tickets

Sometimes, on an IT helpdesk, you have tickets with a few shared characteristics. They're low priority--just minor annoyances to user They're extremely hard to reproduce for testing You've exhausted ...
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How to handle interface change between back-end and front-end during development

Introduction In our development team, we divide developers into back-end and front-end teams. To develop a feature for a website, the 2 teams have to work in parallel. We starts by analyzing the ...
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Develop distributed system contain application with poor architecture [duplicate]

In last months the business continues dynamic grow so we must develop new features along distributed system. Unfortunately we do not have much time to deliver new solutions. The application is ...
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How to lead a team full of junior developers? [closed]

Currently I'm leading a team of 4 developers, all of them started their careers 5-6 months ago. I can consider ourselves lucky, as we've been assigned to a greenfield project, it's completely up to us ...
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Is project planning considered an 'umbrella activity'?

Umbrella activities are defined as "the non SDLC activities that span across the entire software development life cycle". Considering this definition, can we say that project planning is an umbrella ...
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How to differentiate between done and closed-for-other-reaons issues in GitLab?

In GitLab, an issue is usually closed once a Merge Request is approved and merged into master. However, what should happen with issues that are closed because of other reasons? There could be ...
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Start frontend development with incomplete analysis, delayed backend and no API

To give a bit of context first, I have been tasked to mentor an internship on creating a UI for a certain business need: Already 4 months were spend on analyzing, creating the business use cases ...
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How to handle a software design project when I am the only member of the team with any design experience

Some background I am the newest member of a small team of 3 developers. For the past two years I have been working with them on an application the two of them made roughly 5-6 years ago. This ...
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How to efficiently handle a scrum project when part of development team are from external firm?

In my organisation for one of the project we follow Agile Scrum methodology and following is distribution of the man power for the project: Scrum Team: SM ProxyDev1(Internal): 50% in the project ...
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Does Scrum create additional overhead for projects where requirements don't change?

I'm reading the Scrum - A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen and it says: The Chaos report of 2011 by the Standish Group marks a turning point. Extensive research was done in comparing traditional ...
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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

I'm a junior developer that is given the ability to help shape my team's processes if I can justify the change, and if it helps the team get work done. This is new for me as my past companies more or ...
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How do you manage context switching overhead in software development when getting back to work over different parts of your project? [closed]

I'm really struggling with overheads of context switching. When I need to continue work on some part of the code after a break, it takes up to an hour to recall all the context of the problem I ...
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Does every member of an agile team need to be a software developer?

We recently started using agile methodologies at my company. Because I am quite new to agile, I wonder if our way of implementing it is correct according to the basic principles of agile. Previously, ...
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Why are burn down and burn up charts mostly used in agile projects?

Burn down and burn up charts are used in agile projects to visualize the progress of a sprint. The same type of chart could also be applied to entire projects, not only to a single sprint. Thus they ...
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how would you plan monthly refactoring days to eliminate technical debt in your team?

My team (yet) did not do much to work on technical debt and our code base includes huge amount of TODO code, unused code, 'could get better' code, @Ignore unitests and more. I am about to start ...
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How can I avoid always feeling like if I completely rebuilt my program from scratch I'd do it much better? [closed]

I have learned a significant amount of coding, however, it's always been in a scientific environment (not computer science), completely self-taught without anyone to guide me in the right direction. ...
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Dealing with non-reproducible bugs

Suppose your team writes a software system that is (quite surprisingly!) running fine. One day one of the engineers mistakenly runs some SQL queries that change some of the DB data, then forgets ...
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Can story points be used to describe size of several projects estimated by several teams?

KLOC has been - I think justly - criticized as too inaccurate to express size when comparing several projects. In only one source I found a calculation that uses Story Points and thus allow to compare ...
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User Story Time Constraints

My team has been trying to switch to Agile recently. The line manager has been taking 1-2 days per user story as a hard limit rather than a guideline, and framing it as a failure of the developer if ...
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Effective Project Management spanning multiple repos in Github

We've got a system called Foo hosted as a repository in Github. The system depends on a couple more microservices, called Bar and Baz. Each of these microservices is hosted as a separate repository. ...
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Working Through a User Story

I am trying to tighten up my process for tackling a feature request. Currently, we use trello to manage feature requests using cards. They typically look like this. Card Title: Invite a friend Card ...
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Deconflicting Role of Solution Architect and Product Owner

I currently work as a Solution Architect within a Scaled Agile organization. We also have Product Owners who are in terms of the Company a "higher rank" than the technical oversight group that the ...
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Is over communication a sign of bad software sometimes? [closed]

Currently, I work in a company that divides the product into squads, and each squad is responsible for a different product (or software). The squad that I've been working takes care of a software that ...
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Out of sync development in back end vs front end

We have two developers working on the same project. One is doing the front end and the other doing the back end. Everything is working well, however we have come across the developer doing the back ...
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Cloning Jira tickets at the end of a sprint - carrying over effort and points

I have been working with Jira within an Agile scrum like methodology for a while now. What happens quite often is a ticket is estimated and started on. By the end of the sprint 95% of the work is done....
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Dealing with software quirks

I was just reviewing some code and realised it is going to introduce the possibility for a situation where the numbers our staff use on a daily basis could be slightly out of line with the numbers we ...
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Self-organizing SCRUM teams and economic efficiency

As SCRUM teams are self-organized they are free to choose how to implement tasks. However, isn't there a risk that teams could end up deciding to do for instance full re-writes (instead of constant ...
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Who writes functional specifications and how to track what has been done in a clear and effective manner [closed]

Background: In a project where I work as a developer we did not use a functional specification at first. We relied solely on technical documentation, issues in Jira and mockups/detailed design for ...
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How to implement a development process with college students

At my first job as a software developer, my team used agile/scrum to manage our project workflow and it worked pretty good. I had some experienced mentors who set me on the right track - I owe them a ...
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How does the chance of project failure relate to project size? [closed]

A long time ago I learned that big projects are more likely to fail. One empirical study defined failure as "no line of code used in production". All the studies I know are decades old. In the hope ...
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Persuading management that good software engineering is worth the effort [duplicate]

Background: I work for a small company which does not have a set of established best practices for designing software. I was hired to work on a project which gathers data from a stream, does some ...
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How to split a monorepo accross multiple teams so that each has access to only a slice of the repo?

There are lots of advantages to a monorepo. We also read that large companies like Google and Facebook use this tech to keep all source code in a single repo. But how do you manage to limit access of ...
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If higher story points represent exponentialy more effort why are they allocated linearly?

This is a standard confusion I've always had with the concept of story points. I've always been told that the complexity of story points should go up roughly exponentially. Essentially a task pointed ...
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How to deploy a junior programmer

I just hired a junior programmer and he will be 2nd real programmer next to me. Our software is structured in git with the gitflow workflow. I normally develop and push straight on the development ...
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At which moment should event storming be used?

I've recently seem event storming as a quite reasonable way to get understanding form a domain, in order to build a domain model. We understand the events in the domain, which for the domain experts ...
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As an author of a Pull Request in TFS, how does the reviewer know the PR needs to be re-reviewed?

I am project manager and I struggle with gaining the attention of the Reviewer of a pull request when the author has replied to a question from the Reviewer. In other words, the Reviewer initially put ...
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When tracking a Project plan, how carefully should we track the real situation?

Eg: Assume a task has been estimated to take 8 hours working time, for 1 person to complete. Supposing that person takes a break of 15 mins every 2 hours. Obviously the task will take 1 hour extra and,...
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What options are there to administrate a database for an online business? [closed]

Say you create a small online business from scratch, a nice Rails or Django app or something to that effect. With luck, you end up with a database full of customer orders and things. Now, aside ...
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Frontend and backend developer working on a project - who starts the tasks first?

Even though it depends on the context, I was wondering: during a project that requires a frontend and a backend developer, who most often starts with the tasks first? This assumes the web design is ...
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How to make the most out of a beginner-level development team?

I now find myself in a scenario, mentoring no more than 8 beginner-level developers and tasked with the development of a reasonably complex SPA website. It is to be developed using React (which the ...
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How do you cope with a team who tends to underestimate time needed to complete tasks?

How do you cope with a team who tends to underestimate time needed to complete tasks and haven't been improving the accuracy of their estimates? Details: I work in a scrum team (7 engineers) in a ...
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CRISP-DM, which phase and tasks relate to User Acceptance Testing?

EDIT: The project is about creating an algorithm for Procedural Content Generation for a videogame. The actual game is secondary to the algorithm. It must be something basic to test the Procedural ...
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Handle changes to completed user stories

How can I handle change requests to already finished user-stories? Let's say there is a user story which describes how the user wants to list entities. The story describes further: which ...
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Should I create two Django API projects or a single API project for different front end projects connecting to the same database?

We have created an LMS using Angular JS 1, Python(Django ) API and mongoDB as a database. Now we want to extend the LMS to make it a job portal. We have decided to create another front end project and ...
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Is Scrum incompatible with public tenders?

I was asked by a public organization to give an informal workshop about the 101 of agile development explaining terms and concepts of Scrum, Kanban, and the like. I have worked in agile environments ...
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My client wants 25% of comments in my current project, how to react? [closed]

junior developer here. I am currently working alone on a web application for a big client of my company. I started last month. The client wants at least 25% of comments in each of its software ...