A casual look at the math shows around 59% of the questions over a sample period are related to the broader project management field. Since frameworks like Scrum are valid project management methodologies, albeit with a shorter history than more traditional frameworks, the big surprise ought to be that there aren't more questions about these newer, ...
I'm not that negative all the time, but no offense, I don't like this proposal. Because, it takes away the experience which is most the valuable part of project management and we are creating more rules how a question should be written and answered, which is not good.
Personally, I don't care much about the officially recognized knowledge, because there can ...
While CodeGnome has about the most core issue laid out, I'm going to summarize the Community Team's last evaluation a little, since y'all asked.
We were very pleased with your evaluation overall. The results looked to be consistent with our analysis, and we're especially happy with the quality of your answers here. This site is doing well: users are getting ...
Pseudonymity on Stack Exchange is a feature, not a bug. It doesn't impact the ability to manage the site or handle "bad actors."
A More Detailed Explanation
Why do some moderators (and other users) use handles? There are a number of reasons. These include:
People are often well-known by handles they've been using for years, so it functions as an ...
I don't think they are necessarily off-topic; however, this could change in the future depending on community response (and the fact that we may be stealing traffic from Superuser).
Many of these software tools questions get answered regularly by other community members here, and there are plenty of pm-software tagged questions that I do believe have value ...
I'll shed some light on how I look at these, as you can get some useful information out of them. I'm not going to dive into each question individually. The exercise isn't one to find content that needs to be fixed (though you can fix things you spot), it's more to determine how the overall quality of the site seems when compared to similar sites.
First , a ...
In my opinion, those are all valid responses. Depends on what you mean by "dodgy". Below are some opinions about some of the related issues. I've tried to highlight the fact that these are opinions by being somewhat lighthearted.
Meta is where the culture is formed.
IMHO you've done right to ask in meta - this is where we form the culture, the norms ...
Disclaimer: I'll use 'post' to refer to both questions and answers. I believe the same applies for both.
So, all 'intervention' actions are ways to tell the original poster that something is not good or not good enough. The gap between not good and not good enough will likely help to define the approach.
From 'Not Good Enough' to 'WTF':
When a post is ...
I'm pretty new to PM:SE, but personally, I find that some questions - software-related, pure facts, etc. - are easily answered with a single reply, but the majority are difficult to answer in the format of the site, because they are so context-specific and require a lot of back-and-forth to truly help. Because of this, unfortunately, I often refrain from ...
To get closer to graduation, here is what we need to do:
Vote: Give more power to the people by voting. Encourage all users to Vote Early, Vote Often. Vote on questions and answers. Vote, vote, vote! Use all 40 of your votes for a day. Go through old questions and vote. Make it a personal goal to obtain the voting badges, as it's good for our site. This ...
I guess that's not a problem to have some fun during Xtmas time... some hats will add another (funny) way of saying 'thanks!' to our community :)
It's just another (temporary) kind of badge... and is there anyone around who does NOT like badges?
That's a very interesting question! I already had this kind of 'what the heck is this' feeling.
I've been asked to complete a SWOT analysis covering my small R&D
group with reference to an enterprise wide project combining R&D
groups from across the organisation.
What I'd do, in case I didn't know what these acronym's mean:
From the beginning, this site has leaned towards agile and software project management, most likely due to the influence of the Stack Exchange Trilogy sites, as you mentioned.
However, the site is open to all aspects of project management. Additionally, some of our top users have run projects outside of software project management. For instance, I believe ...
As of 2013-03-20, we have just 7 users above 5k. We also only have 12 users above 3k. If we graduate out of beta, most of those users will lose sufficient privileges to community-moderate the site.
My personal estimate is that we won't graduate until we have a larger core of 5-10k users. Honestly, I don't see how beta status hurts us, or why we'd be in a ...
The Privileges page is now part of the Help Center, and can be broken down into four categories.
One of the challenges a Stack Exchange beta site must overcome is gaining passionate contributors. To succeed, the site cannot rely on diamond moderators alone. Instead, users who have reached certain moderation privilege thresholds would step in and help keep ...
Recommended Wording for Closing Software Recommendation Questions
After giving this some thought, I came up with this suggestion for the new wording:
Questions seeking software recommendations are off-topic here, but may be asked on Software Recommendations if they meet the guidelines defined by that site's Help Center. For your question to be on-topic ...
Yes and no...
Yes - we definitely need a new moderator more at least!
No - on beta sites there's no election process. Instead, the current mods / SE staff invite valuable members to help on the burden.
We're discussing the latter with the community managers and we expect to have news very soon.
Update 1 (20/Mar): Still waiting feedback from ...
The latest rules for graduation are documented here.
As long as this community is actively being moderated, it won't be closed:
If there's enough moderation for a public beta site to consistently
remain free of spam, for flags to be cleared, and for our Be Nice
policy to be upheld, your site will remain open. However, if community
leaders drop off, ...
It's interesting to observe how some sites are more active than others in terms of questions yet are still healthy communities. The revisited policy seems to recognize that certain domains and communities may lend themselves to different dynamics than others. It certainly seems that pm, while technically a beta site, is healthy and helpful.
In comments, I mentioned that comments aren't mandatory on Stack Exchange, and that there almost 800 questions on Stack Exchange Meta about this issue. In general, the mechanic that applies is that people can do what they like with their votes, with or without comments.
The exception is serial voting. However, my personal guess (I have no inside ...
Congratulations, community! After 9 years, PM.SE has graduated!
I'd like to take this space to share some of the trending questions around the graduation. This information is likely to be kept updated in the near future.
Q: Yey! But... wait... What does it mean? What will change?
A: Catija has explained on her post... take your time and visit it. If you'...
I think that we should allow tags for PM software (not least because so many questions are about MS Project!) but I'm not convinced we need one for each and every version. For example, we have tags for ms-project, ms-project-2013, ms-project-2010, ms-project-2007 and project-server (the last of which should really be renamed 'ms-project-server' if it's going ...
No. This site has unique project management related content and it has been growing steadily over the course of the beta. The content is increasingly coming up in search results and visits are growing. I think it takes time (like most projects : ) ).
I'd put risk and risk management in the same bucket of being general categories of which schedule risk is a sub-set. There's not a huge volume of any particular one.
I'd vote for merging them all into risk management. Strikes me as more project management oriented and thus more likely to be a match for a search on the topic (from Google or within PMSE).
Definitions in the discipline of Project Management
Project Manager, profession or role?
What are the definitions and distinctions between Project x Program x Portfolio x Product Managers?
Team management and leadership
As a PM, How do you select your project team members?
How to Avoid Micro-Managing a Software Development Team?
Which skill set is ...