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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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How to balance quality vs. speed during the development process [closed]

I've been in the professional software development world for over 5 years now. An intense frustration that I've had over the years is when a software product that I'm working on turns out unstable, ...
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Maintaining multiple versions of a library that all need maintenance and development

I'm writing an interface to a lexicon in Java. I just started this project, and the lexicon is on version 3.8. When a new version comes out, say version 4.0, database columns may be renamed, removed, ...
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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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What document/artifact should alert me when an old requirement changes the scope of new one?

I developed a software application a year ago, I delivered it with a simple documentation. For example, it has an special and complicated login system as requirement. Now the customer calls and ask ...
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COCOMO II SLOC count for web application development

What type of SLOC do you take into account for estimating web application development projects with COCOMO II? For instance, suppose you have to estimate a web application project that will probably ...
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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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How to explain to PM that a task is too small to be shared [closed]

There is task that from the business point of view is really critical but, even it has been estimated in 40 days of works [of course worst case], involves a really small part of the project (a couple ...
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Code review lags behind the Deliver/Test Cycle

In our Agile process we have 2-week Sprints. Tasks are delivered on a daily basis (daily builds), and the Test Team completes their testing immediately the next day or even the same day. We also have ...
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Are “technical user stories” allowed in Scrum?

Are technical user stories allowed in Scrum? If so, what is the standard template for writing technical user stories in Scrum? Is it the same As a <user> I want to do <task> so that I can ...
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The urge to organize code in a cleaner way [duplicate]

Every time I am working on a project, specially a project from scratch, I always feel like I am doing a messy job. I feel bugged all the time by the need or organizing code that is clean or proper way....
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When should I create separate projects in JIRA

I've been using JIRA for few months -we are following traditional development methods (no agile/scrum). One of the things that I cannot decide, is when should we create separate projects in JIRA, and ...
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How to make 100k lines of orphan code work [duplicate]

I've recently started to work on an old project, that was originally written by two professors with no programming experience. Those professors left the project before they have finished it. Meaning ...
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Has there been recent research on Fred Brooks's model of the “Surgical Software Team”? [closed]

I'm reading through The Mythical Man Month for the first time. In it, Fred Brooks* proposes a model of software development based on how a surgical team works. There is a "surgeon" (a senior developer)...
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Divide time available by task type [closed]

We’re a team of a few programmers working on different projects, enhancing current features adding new features and of course fixing bugs as they come to our attention. Problem is that we need a way ...
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How to quantify the work perfomed by a developer/programmer? [duplicate]

I know the best four naive ways of achieving this. Commit count: In the code repository count the number of commits done by a user. However this is just what the name says, counting the commits. It ...
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On testing the testers [duplicate]

My question is similar to Leaving intentional bugs in code for testers to find: We don't do this at our firm, but one of my friends says that his project manager asked every dev to add ...
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Design Pattern - DLL per Strategy

I usually found myself designing my application in the following way: One DLL containing interfaces for a desired subsystem. For example, Company.Framework.Persistence.dll. One new DLL per each ...
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Is it good that testers are competing to see who opens more bugs?

I'm a software developer. There is a team of testers who follow and run test cases written by the analyst, but also perform exploratory testing. It seems like the testers have been competing to see ...
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How do I deal with the following technical issue? [closed]

I am a Java Programmer and I am relatively new to Java(1 Year). I am working for a small startup company. My problem is a bit strange and I am facing it a bit difficult to deal with and explain also. ...
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Non-ambiguous wording for 'Backend' [closed]

When discussing a general and abstract project idea I often use the terms frontend and backend for GUI and well.. backend. Often however, some people misunderstand frontend as the part of GUI used by ...
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How to plan your software project if you are work depend on required deliverable with unexpected delivery date

I have worked for many software projects where I am developing software solution to the customer where I need to integrate with the customer back-end using web service provided by the customer in ...
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What to do with abandoned issues in GitHub?

If someone opens an issue on GitHub but more information to reproduce the error is asked and never given, what's the normal procedure? Example. Here the author states that the "nav breaks". While I ...
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Test and deployment environment design for small team

Question is about organizing dev environment for the web development. There is 2 things to deploy: web site and database schema We use SVN to keep track of source code We use RedGate tools to ...
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Project has become so complex and big that I am lost [closed]

Hello this has never happened with me before . I am making an online shopping android app which has become huge and complex . While developing the code I have followed all the clean naming conventions ...
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Remote server development [closed]

We are working on a django project which is hosted on an amazon ec2 instance. It is on very early stage, so changes are made constantly and the webapp should be updated more than once a day. Right now,...
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SRS document and version control

When working on relatively small projects, but a software requirement specification document is necessary, is it a standard to include said document on version control systems or is it managed ...
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What is an initial skeleton of the website called? A Framework? [closed]

I am building a website but I am wondering can I call the initial set of pages a framework? Say I have a project to build a website for a school. Before I start implementing the requirements I have ...
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How to perform MoSCoW prioritization in Scrum?

In Scrum, if the requirements are gather throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC), then when and how can you perform MoSCoW prioritization?
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Measuring new capabilities in a software project and comparing vs incremental capability improvement

Given two software projects X and Y relating to some Product A - Project X offers some new capabilities. Project Y offers incremental capabilities. Y's features can be measured: we know its uses, ...
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How to solve the Lava flow anti-pattern?

In this blog post, the author describes an anti-pattern called the "lava flow" In a nutshell, the lava flow anti-pattern happens when many programmers lead the development of an application, each of ...
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Best way to centralise a php project (except bitbucket)

The structure is as follows: A: this is the live/production website B: this is the staging, which is a copy of live C: this is the testing environment for designers 2 developer and 2 designers. Only ...
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Convince Windows SmartScreen and web browser that my application is safe?

I am developing a Free and Open-Source software (C++). When I download my own application from a web link, Microsoft Smart Screen and Google Chrome are getting in the way since it comes from and "...
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Suggestions needed for calculating efficiency of a task based project

I will be soon taking over management of a 10 member team. I will continue to code myself to another project and generally be available for the team for any issues surrounding processes or escalations....
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How can I implement scrum if management won't commit resources?

I want to try to apply scrum to a project. For the purposes of my question, let's assume that there are no other problems I'm trying to solve; I just want to practice scrum. Over the summer we're ...
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What to do with user stories that depend on horizontal integrations?

How do you handle a user story when it depends on horizontal integrations in an application? An example would be a user story such as, "I would like to have audio help on the start screen." Let's say ...
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Is it acceptable to refactor a collaborator's code?

When working with other people in a project, is it acceptable to refactor some of their code? I'm working with another developer and I notice a lot of duplicate code. To make things easier for myself,...
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How much detail to put into first iteration of project?

I have just started a new personal project (Python), and am writing what amounts to a "rough draft" of the program, the minimum required to do what I want to do. I am not yet putting in extensive ...
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Applying agile methodologies in a fast moving support environment

Do any agile methodologies have a place in the following setting: Small web development team, working on a mixture of frontend, backend, design work, with a mixture of new projects, inherited bad ...
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Software release question: do you refactor pre or post-release?

I work in finance and we have some calculators that I support. I can come up with programming solutions, but I don't have a lot of software design or release management experience. I was recently ...
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Using conditional feature compilation/inclusion for release versioning

I have been playing with the following idea: commonly when different release series (1.0.x, 1.1.x, development code) of a product are maintained in parallel one uses different branches within a ...
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How to reconcile “misc fix” commits with pull requests?

I work in a small company, where I used to be the only developer. We recently welcomed a few other people on the team, and started thinking about how to organize development efforts. I am pretty much ...
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Need an example of a real backlog task or how elaborate must it be? [closed]

I'd like to know whether a task must be self contained. Our tasks mostly contain a couple of sentences. To understand what you are to do you should: Read the requirements document for several ...
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Can BDD and Lean methodologies be used together?

I was chatting with my product manager last week and he was bemoaning the lack of progress on our product. It's a fair criticism, too. So we got to talking about to describe the writing of ...
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What's the purpose of keeping a changelog if everyone uses their VCS properly?

Every VCS that I've seen includes a means (and sometimes requires you) to make a log of what a particular commit does. If this history is being properly kept, what is the purpose of manually keeping ...
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How do you handle versioning in a multi-sided project?

I know it's a broad question so I'll try to be as specific as possible. This question is more an "organisational" question than a technical one. We have a multi-sided project with these main ...
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Why aren't there code overviews for open-source projects? [closed]

There are very complex open source projects out there, and to some of them I think I could make some contributions, and I wish I could, but the barrier to entry is too high for a single reason: for ...
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What is the appropriate way to handle implicit requirements?

I'm in R&D working on a new software product. Management understandably focuses on the primary features that most obviously give a customer an advantage. But there are many requirements that can ...
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How to deal with clients that only gives you huge flow of “how to do this”, but can't say “what and why” they need? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have clients that from start gives you huge flow of words about "how task should be done in details", like "you must use SQL Server here", "should do this in do-while-loop", "should make ...
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Can tags be used as bookmarks under semantic versioning?

Shameless plug: this question is for StackMode – a StackExchange client for GNU Emacs 24+. The product I'm working on, version-controlled with git, is a desktop application with an innately exposed ...
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What's a good way to explain that system configuration at run time should not be changed by code at compile time? [closed]

I am programming for a embedded system. When this system boots up it reads from a configuration file some data and execute rules to put the system state according to the configuration read. This ...