Project Management

Project management is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.

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How can "Issue" "Status" be changed from "TO DO" to "IN PROGRESS" automatically after "Log work" is submitted ?
Hello experts,

Could any of you proficient in technical projects (IT upgrades, migrations, etc) perhaps point me in the right direction as to creating a "Project Operations Manual"? I was asked to produce this by the management. Would appreciate any help provided.

This should cover:
      • how we should do projects
      • how we should plan
      • how should we measure
      • general rules relating to project issues
      • notifications
      • general management of the project
      • what happens before a project starts
      • checklists
      • who manages what
      • project plans
      • approvals etc.
This should also include procedures for:
      • how to monitor projects
      • ensure SLA compliance
      • formal procedures for the on call roster
      • weekly report to show after compliance
      • plans for work not compliant  
         any other general business related to any active or recently closed projects.

Thank you
Hi all,

How can I configure Atlassian Jira so that it can check incoming email ?

In the jira config page, I cannot see exchange server icon ?

And I cannot enable POP & IMAP on the Exchange server due to security issue it may have.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
is there any benefit of the ITIL recommended "forward schedule of change", as opposed to just sending all affected users communications about the possible impact/downtime of the change for each specific change....

what benefits is a forward schedule of change have over individual comms per change, or should you do both - if so why?
I am using powerppoint 2016 , say I want display all of the hidden slides just for a moment and then hide all of them again , is there a way to "show all hidden slides " or something like that?

thanks !!!
Hi Experts ,

Am in a situation to manage Web Development project and side by side i need to develop Website and Don't know how to do this . Any Suggestions ?
I had this question after viewing Training and Deployment Plan Template.

Can someone provide me with a checklist template for development of a application training plan?
I am working with a customer who is in the process of deploying an application to their users.  They wanted some feedback on steps for deployment and training.  Can someone offer suggestions or a template with a checklist of items on how to deploy to users.
I need quiz questions with answers for Earned Value Management calculations.
Thank you.
Is it common in IT sections that when users/departments are requesting RFC (request for change), to use a standard form to get all the background info on the change. I have found that our section has a very fragmented approach to accepting RFC's, and there is no consistent/standard template form completed by the change requester, each seem to communicate the info to the IT section in different ways.

I am trying to build a case for using a standrd RFC template, but some examples on risks in not using a standard form would help me build this case. Can anyone give any examples on risk of the lack of a RFC template form?
Hi Experts,

Can anyone who is a freelance developer tell me how they determine the project cost?

I had 1 client only who kept me busy, but as I have done pretty much everything for them I need to seek other clients. For a bigger project, I usually did a rough estimate of how long it would take me to write up a project scope, outlining major modules to the smallest radio button, this also helped me determine the project cost.

For this assessment and write up, I would request what I called "deductible quote" where if my client decided proceed I would deduct this cost from the final project cost; otherwise I would have been paid for the time spent on assessing and writing, but they can use my document if they wanted to proceed with another developer.

Now that I seek new clients, I have felt resistance with this approach and wanted to ask if there is something else or...?

I am talking about here a multi-month or multi-year development projects.

Thank you

I am looking for Project / Task Management software that allows one "simple" function:

Create a project, and sub parts of that project... but only share certain parts of the project with various people.

For example, we usually have 10-20 projects on at any one time with various stakeholders:

- Project Manager (needs to be able to access all sections of the project)
- Developer (should only be able to access the Dev tasks of the project)
- Client (should only be able to access the Scope part of the project)

I have tried and tested many different applications and i am shocked that i can't find just one that provides this feature. I have contacted support for each of the following and every time the customer service team suggested creating a different project for each stakeholder which is not practical or efficient.

- dapulse: no
- trello: no
- asana: no
- basecamp: no

Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
Currently I am using a spreadsheet to record the notes/comments for the hours I spent on a task. For example, I record my work hours in Resource Usage in MS Project 2013. Then I go to my spreadsheet and record my comment on that specific date and hours. Is there a way to record the notes/comments for the date and hours that the task is performed? Thanks
I am currently studying a module on Software Project Management - and have this book as one of my main tools.
Books is very thorough and informative, however it is hard-copy. And this makes quick reference and searching very time-consuming.
Do any of you know if there is a link to a "searchable" download library version, online?

This would make things so much quicker, and allow me to focus on my studies.

Any assistance gratefully received.
Can someone point me in the direction on how to test source target mapping of data?   I need a template or direction on how to create a test plan that tests source to target mapping of a web application.  The Web application source is from a Data Warehouse with SQL tables on the back end.  We are mapping to the application with Oracle tables.

I am asking testers of the source system to check that the data source is mapped correctly to tables and validation of the data.  I need suggestions or instructions on how to develop a test plan to provide to them.  


I am looking for project management software that i can use with my clients. I have started to use Trello however it is not very useful as i don't want to share all information on a trello board with the client... i just want to share some of it. The only workaround is two create two boards for each client which is not very efficient.

Could anyone recommend a project management app that meets the following criteria:

01 - not overbloated (i want simple task management with tasks allocated to me or my client... i don't need time tracking, expenses, payments, invoicing or any of that... just simple task management)
02 - ability to hide certain tasks from the client (internal admin tasks that I need to do)
03 - easy for the client to sign up to (and use)

Thanks in advance for your help.
I have a client who is going to use Microsoft Project to mostly design Gantt charts, assign people to tasks, the basic things.  I have no experience with Project at all, so I'm wondering if someone could provide answers to the following:

They run Server 2012 R2 on site and do not use Sharepoint. They'll store project files on a shared folder on the server.  They want multiple users to have access to the project files, but it is not necessary that more than one person access the files simultaneously.

If they get Microsoft Office 2016 Standard, is there anything useful in particular that they won't be able to do that most find important?
Hi There, I am working on a project and have been asked to setup a github account for all involved.
Because we want to keep the code private as its a private company, I'm going to pay for an account.
What I'm confused about is what paid account is best.
$7 a month V $25 a month

$7 means i can add users as contributors to each repository
$25 a month means i can setup an organization so anyone i add as a contributor to that organization can add repositories etc
(I think they are the main differences)
To me that doesn't seem like enough to valid the difference per month/year in costs.

Has anyone any experience in using Github ,and if so what scheme would you recommend and why?
Thank you!
Hi all,  I was hoping you could offer some best practice advice in terms of change management where multiple services are affected.

We currently have a change managmenet process in place but where a change encompasses numerous services I.e 20+ what we have been doing is creating one overarching request for change form. This works fine in the majority of cases but I'm concerned about the lack of detail in this form in terms of implementation plans testing,  risk assessments etc.  For example the implementation plan might say that server x needs to be shut down or moved to anothet DR site and thats it. Whereas if this was to be done on its own it would cover all the steps required to do this.
To overcome this surely you would need an RFC form for each affected service which  would be time consuming.

What's the best way of managing these situations as we have had issues arise because correct procedures weren't followed or testing wasn't completed because it was part of the overarching RFC.
When I attempt to execute a build I created on Jenkins I get the following error immediately:

FATAL: hudson.scm.SCM.checkout(Lhudson/model/AbstractBuild;Lhudson/Launcher;Lhudson/FilePath;Lhudson/model/BuildListener;Ljava/io/File;)Z
java.lang.AbstractMethodError: hudson.scm.SCM.checkout(Lhudson/model/AbstractBuild;Lhudson/Launcher;Lhudson/FilePath;Lhudson/model/BuildListener;Ljava/io/File;)Z
      at hudson.model.AbstractProject.checkout(
      at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractBuildExecution.defaultCheckout(
      at jenkins.scm.SCMCheckoutStrategy.checkout(
      at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$
      at hudson.model.Run.execute(
      at hudson.model.ResourceController.execute(

it appears that jenkins can't connect to the git server but not sure how to correct this. I am very sure that my credentials are valid because I checked outside of jenkins and it works.
I have a Gantt chart with resource names listed on the right of the start and finish task bar.

1. How can I add a duration amount of day’s data (this amount is different from the task start & finish bar time) to the bar with a text label:
Total Task Estimated Duration 10 days
==========================================  John

2. How can I not display this data (Total Task Estimated Duration 10 days) if the data is set to 0?
Tried this: IIf([duration2]=0,"",)     (circulating reference error)
I have 2  Tables  namely

User Entry - Primary Data with Fields ( SAP ID, Project Name , Project Manager, Group Head)
User Entry - Planning Data Fields(SAP ID, Project Manager, Project Name Group Head etc & many more other than Primary Data)

Fields of
User Entry - Planning Data Fields(SAP ID, Project Manager, Project Name Group Head)

are Updated with After Insert Event: MACRO (Create Record) in

User Entry - Primary Data with Fields ( SAP ID, Project Name , Project Manager, Group Head)

Successfully the data From User Entry - Primary Data gets Inserted to User Entry - Planning Data.

Problems what I am Facing is
1. Once after Inserting a data if I want to UPDATE any data in User Entry - Primary Data it doesn't Get updated the same in User Entry - Planning Data.

I tried After Update:
Edit Record :
              Set Field :
                       Name: User Entry- Planning Data.SAP ID
                       Value: [User Entry - Primary Data].[SAP ID]

it gives me following error

2. When I insert Values in User Entry - Primary Data it just remains for one record in User Entry - Planning Data.

After saving that record if I want to add a new Record it all the values will be blank, where as I want those values which are there in User Entry - Primary Data till I change them.


Kind Regards,
Satish Kumar G N
Is there a way to track just the time worked on projects in MS Project?  I need to the be able to track the date, time, description and number of hours worked on a project.  Is there a place to  to enter your start date and time and end date and time to automatically calculate hours.  Thanks.

Not sure if this is a valid question for Experts Exchange...

My team usually charge customers on a fixed price waterfall basis. More and more customers are asking us to work in an agile manner. Notwithstanding the fact that we'll need to train up on how to work in a successful agile manner, we're not sure how the billing would work.

Our customers very much like our fixed price approach as it gives them certainty for their budgets. But without a clear signed off Requirements Brief up front, we can't continue with a fixed price model can we?

One current client started a fixed price waterfall project and now wants to move to "agile" - i.e. they are disorganised and want to drip feed info to us over a longer period of time. By changing the phasing of deliverables (it was 1 phase now they want 2 or 3). We would normally charge extra to split a 1 phase project into 2 phases as we have more setup and testing etc across 2 phases.

So the key question is this I think: are all agile projects charged on a Time & Materials basis, or is it possible to do a fixed price agile project? The only way that I could think of doing it would be to say "you are paying for xx days and you can use them up as and when you want."

Thanks for your help!
I develop web applications on spring. Recently there was a requirement of creating an application which will show list of all notes created in a chat.
I started working on it.. And came across the following things i need to keep in mind  :
1) Need to provide a search bar where and user name can be entered and when it is entered the notes created by that user will be displayed
2) The notes will be in order of last updation
3) If user updates its name then the next time the sidebar open it should show the new name
So i need to have some way of getting new names.
The list went endless... And every point kind of needed some thought...
How do one manage such a list where number of scenarios are huge...
Currenlty i just made a note of it in a text file like a point...
But if the list is huge it looks very ugly and improper to go thru...

Something probably that comes to mind is flow chart or some other tool that could be of help to expose all sceniors etc... from a technical standpoint...
Like even after working on it i came to know that i will need a separate table for storing names etc...
Only once i see all the scenarios in it i can proceed to develop my application and code...and come up with db desgins, etc etc...

Please provide your valuable guidlines what tools or methods are available for developer in recording all this info.

Project Management

Project management is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.