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Questions tagged [project-management]

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

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Work breakdown structure and activities on AOA

I have read some articles discussing how to go about work break down structure (WBS) in different (sometime conflicting) ways. In one example, suppose we have break down structure as follows: A, B (...
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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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What is the difference between Software Project Management Process and Software Development Process?

What is the difference between Software Project Management Process, and Software Development Process, or Software Life Cycle?
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How does one become a leader in a team of programmers? [duplicate]

What skills, knowledge and talents should a junior programmer aim to obtain in order to be qualified to become a team leader?
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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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Dealing with non-reproducible bugs

Suppose your team writes a software system that is running fine. One day one of the engineers mistakenly runs some SQL queries that change some of the DB data, then forgets about it. After some time ...
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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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Agile software development teams don't need project managers, am I wrong? [duplicate]

This question is not about Scrum, which is a specific agile framework, it's a more general question about agile software development. I've been working as a software developer for coming up on 12 ...
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Tips for / pitfalls of working on an outsourced project [closed]

My company has retained an outside firm to develop an iPhone app for us. As the only internal developer with any knowledge of Objective-C, I've been assigned to develop the relevant APIs on our site, ...
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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 ...
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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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What happens if a feature merged into develop is postponed by management?

We recently had a problem whereby a feature for our webapp (automatic signup) was postponed by management because they felt the start was too "cold" but they wanted all the other features we had been ...
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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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How large non-OO code bases are managed?

I always see abstraction is a very useful feature the OO provides for managing the code-base. But how are large non-OO code bases are managed? Or do those just become a "Big Ball of Mud" eventually? ...
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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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How to learn to make better estimates? [closed]

I suck at estimates. When someone asks me how long something will take, I don't even dare to make a guess since I will be completely off the mark. Usually I'm way too optimistic, and should probably ...
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How do you set a reasonable time-limit on some exploratory mission?

Given some legacy module in a ten year old project, where you have seen none of the code and not used the application, how long will it take you to grok 10000 lines of code from that module? The ...
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How do you deal with time estimates? [duplicate]

If given too little time, quality suffers. If given too much time, developers will find a way to use all alloted time, no matter what. What would be a good way with dealing with estimates? Are they a ...
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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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How to explain that it's hard to estimate the time required for a bigger software project?

I'm a junior developer and I find it hard to estimate how much time it takes to finish a bigger software project. I know how to structure the architecture in general, but it's hard for me to know what ...
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How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?

We, as programmers, are constantly being asked 'How long will it take'? And you know, the situation is almost always like this: The requirements are unclear. Nobody has done an in depth analysis of ...
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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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How to re-parent or move work items INTO a team backlog?

After asking this question: VSTS Scrum - What is the difference between Work Items vs Backlogs I then was left with another question, how does one re-parent or move a work item to a team backlog? ...
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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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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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Is DRY the enemy of software project management?

One of the most basic and widely accepted principles of software development is DRY (don't repeat yourself). It is also clear that most software projects require some kind of management. Now what are ...
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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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Strategy for keeping secret info such as API keys out of source control?

I'm working on a website that will allow users to log in using OAuth credentials from the likes of Twitter, Google, etc. To do this, I have to register with these various providers and get a super-...
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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 imperative is the need of specifications being written down in case of a new project?

I have a new project to deal with. I'm the only one to deal with it currently (a kind of a personal project). It's likely that in the future there will be more contributors to it. Taking in account ...
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Why can't the IT industry deliver large, faultless projects quickly as in other industries?

After watching National Geographic's MegaStructures series, I was surprised how fast large projects are completed. Once the preliminary work (design, specifications, etc.) is done on paper, the ...
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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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How to document a project which is already developed?

I would like to know what options are available for documenting a project which has already been developed, as the developers who worked on didn't write even a single page of documentation. The ...
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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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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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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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Manage several procedures

I have a software project which grows rapidly in an unexpected way, many customers request similar tasks but with slightly different needs and parameters. I start to dislike my current code structure ...
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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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Scrum team size - how small is too small?

How small can a scrum team before it's no longer effective? Are there diminishing returns or hard limits on team size before you should abandon scrum?