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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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Do good project managers need a programming background? [closed]

Sometimes I can't stand it when project managers ask me to estimate time to complete for various tasks. An estimate is a guess, and guesses can be wrong. Generally, bad requirements and ...
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How to handle demanding clients?

Frequently, I have been finding myself overloaded with contracts. Most of the time, I find myself juggling with at least 2 projects, in addition to the numerous websites I have to upkeep and perform ...
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How to bypass middlemen?

I'm freelancing on a project where I'm the only programmer, and find myself at the end of a line of four middlemen, who stand between me and the actual customer, each passing my work as internal to ...
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What “version naming convention” do you use? [closed]

Are different version naming conventions suited to different projects? What do you use and why? Personally, I prefer a build number in hexadecimal (e.g 11BCF), this should be incremented very ...
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About the book “Peopleware - Productive Projects and Teams” [closed]

I've read Peopleware in 2009. It was one of the best book I ever read. But this book is a little old. I'd like to know, in your opinion, what is and what is not relevant in this book?
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5 things before starting a project? [closed]

What are the first 5 things you do before starting a new project? Do you always spend a day researching new frameworks? Or, using similar or competing products?
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Why should we NOT do frequent deployment in PROD or to test server?

I was instructed by my project manager that frequent deployment in PROD or to test server should be avoided. But I don't understand why? We roll our testing copy to PROD on every sprint end but ...
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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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Is there any hard data to back up “Human task switches considered harmful”?

Joel Spolsky wrote a famous blog post "Human Task Switches considered harmful". While I agree with the premise and it seems like common sense, I'm wondering if there are any studies or white papers ...
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Business trying to make technical decisions

We've often run across scenarios where the business will promise a client a new feature. The business will promise that the feature be implemented in a specific way. These technical details promised ...
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How to manage scope creep?

We often receive last minute requests from the business asking for an extra feature to be implemented. The project manager is usually responsible for filtering out these requests as "must haves" or "...
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How much effort should be put in each part of a waterfall project?

Where waterfall commonly includes: Requirements Functional design Technical design Build Test Review (Deploy) And iterations across this list. If I forgot a step, let me know.
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Getting non-programmers to understand the development process

When starting a project for a company that's not primarily a programming company, one of the expectations is that there's a finished product at the end free of all bugs and does everything needed ...
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How do you handle your Project Manager

I currently work for a company that has recently downsized. I do all in-house work, client installs, builds, QA, and, well, basically all the in-house work. My direct boss is VERY nontechnical and ...
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Boss doesn't believe my time estimate… advice/backup? [duplicate]

I'm working at a startup software company -- 3 developers, less than 15 employees including the CEO. We deal exclusively with Windows Mobile, the .NET CF, and passing the information gathered from our ...
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How possible is it to estimate time for programming projects? [duplicate]

It seems like it is nearly impossible to get close because you could run into any number of issues and things not first anticipated. How close can we be expected to reasonably estimate? Our PM wants ...
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Dealing with awful estimates

A recent project I worked on was proven to be severely underestimated by the architect. The estimate was out by at least 500%. Unfortunately I was brought onto the project after the estimate had ...
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How managers choose programming languages

It's not a secret to anyone that managers can and often will impose the programming language that will be used for a project. Being a programmer myself, I have never been able to understand this. ...