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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 ...


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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 ...


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For me, it's off topic. Perfect for Workplace, and an easy candidate for migration.


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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 ...


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Do people agree the site's focus is overly constrained to software development? It is a fact that majority of questions asked here are somehow related to software development, for which you have identified one of the core cause -- relation to Stack Overflow. However, I don't agree that the site focuses more on software development. I don't see anything on ...


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While there is merit in your suggestion but such efforts have failed to gather traction in the past. New Stack Exchange sites thrive on traffic and good content. There were such proposals on Area51 but got closed due to low activity. Here are four examples: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/7794/scrum http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/15585/...


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I find it helpful that the site embraces both classic and agile approaches. I'm relatively new to project management and to agile, and I work in an environment in which classic PM is still expected once we hit a certain point up the management chain. It is helpful to have both discussed so as to learn both languages, compare&contrast strengths & ...


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I think we should start by listing tags that we should eliminate. Clearing these tags first will then help us focus on the tags that are worth keeping but that are misused and in need of more guidance on how to use them. To start, here are some tags that I've had concerns about for some time: common-project-problems It seems difficult to differentiate a ...


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TL;DR Most of these questions will be off-topic. There may be occasional exceptions, but I wouldn't hold my breath. The question cited was answerable, but I personally consider it a poor-quality question. It could have easily led down a rabbit hole, but in this case did not. I'm inclined to leave it open, but would certainly revisit this particular ...


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I vote for of-topic. The situation described is one of a project manager, but the cause of the situation has nothing to do with project management, it's more careers, workplace or self management. I'm pretty sure Stephen Covey (the 7 Habits of Higly effective people dude) would chime in in the same direction, and maybe even with the same (on the surface) ...


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Quality Management is an explicit Knowledge Area in the Project Management Body of Knowledge. IMHO it is definitely ON Topic for this site.


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@Zsolt brings up a good point. Should the site's success be gauged by how well we answer people's questions or whether it is a source for cutting edge project management knowledge? We are doing well in the former, but not building up the latter. I would argue that we need to build up the site as a source of project management knowledge and that this, in ...


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One of the first things I learned about the PM was that there are no silver bullets and there are no solutions that work out of the box. Time after time, case after case, project manager needs to introduce an abstract idea into a real environment. So, in answers I mostly value experience of a writer contained in a response. Secondly, the recognized body of ...


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I think we need to consider the process of induction versus deduction. Induction is where we learn; deduction is where we confirm. This is important because many problems encountered on projects may not have been experienced before or at the level where documented solutions exist. Through induction, we find solutions through innovation, creativity, adding ...


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Project Management Stack Exchange is for questions about the field of project management; thus, questions about ISO documentation and ISO structure don't seem like things that would be on-topic here. What's more, our site does best when there's a real, actual problem to be solved. In this case, you're looking for links to documentation, which is really ...


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TL;DR Use tags such as scrum, pmbok, or prince2 to tag questions and filter your searches for a more optimal experience on PMSE. Questions here cover a wide range of frameworks, and represent a broad cross-section of industry experience. Analysis Scrum, Kanban, and Lean are examples of project management frameworks and methodologies, but there are ...


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I see this in a slightly different approach. What's more important? To accept as valid some questions that cannot have a canonical answer or to leave the community without any answers at all? I'd support the former. My reading of "off-topic" for general terminology was to avoid questions that are broadly answered all over the internet: "what's agile?...


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I originally looked at your question when you first posted it. I thought you had some good detail, but at the time my brain was slightly on overload after a long day. All of your content was squished together in one big paragraph. We're human beings, and sometimes the way something is written can have a huge impact on how the community interprets and ...


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If followed strictly, such a policy would effectively kill the site: anything you can't google won't be found by folks who could benefit from answers. What's your goal here?


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TL;DR Removing the ability to track on-topic questions about how to use or implement specific project management tools would be A Bad Thing™. The Underlying Problem The problem isn't questions about using tools, it's with questions asking for tool recommendations. By definition, the latter will solicit polling, debates, and unsubstantiated opinions. ...


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There are questions that simply begs for experience-based, sometimes even opinionated, answers. Zsolt's question that jmort253 mentions is a good example. By the way: I did an experiment and added a couple of referrals to my answer. Is it better now? And, before you rush to confirm, it is just reference to my earlier writings on the subject, which is still ...


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This question, Shall I use my project management style when I'm substituting for my colleague, while he is away?, asked by Zsolt and answered by our two top contributors, is a perfect example of why I think Yegor proposed this new policy. First, Zsolt asked a great question! Second, the answers are outstanding. Both answers are from respected experts ...


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@jmort253 brought up a ton of good points. I think it is helpful to have questions and answers about tools and problems since this is often a problem project managers face.


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I originally didn't vote to close, but I was on the fence about it. I was really hoping that the author would edit the question to clarify what he was looking for. It was difficult to tell if he wanted a source control solution (off topic) or a communication solution (closer to on topic). As he/she has accepted an answer without edit, I've since voted to ...


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I kept this question (and this meta one too) opened in my browser for a few days to keep thinking of it.. and I believe the best answer we can have is that this is a Shopping Question. It may be interesting now, but will be utterly useless 5 years from now, therefore it won't fit the Q&A format as we want. And I believe we don't need to have it in our ...


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I guess my main message is, we are not serving classic pm nor Agile much good by mixing both topics. Questions and answers should be addressing real-life PM problems, regardless of being waterfall / agile (or lean, or Kanban) projects... maybe, a problem faced in a waterfall project could have its solution in a agile methodology. The other way round is ...


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It was definitely off-topic, but in my comment I suggested to the OP that it could possibly be made on-topic through re-framing. After all, distributed teaming is PM-related, but distributed programming per se is not. Since the question was never re-framed, I would have voted to close the next time I ran across the question. After commenting, though, it ...


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Quality Management is most definitely a topic within the realm of project management. Project Quality Management is an explicit knowledge area in the PMBOK Guide. It is different then the colloquial definition of "satisfying a projects objectives and requirements." From the PMBOK Guide (4th Edition), Chapter 8: Project Quality Management includes ...


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Sorry for my harsh words on this one. But I really thought a degree of directness was appropriate. There is always something off a bit when someone says I am having all these problems due to everyone else....


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The question is about a team. We don't even know whether it is a project team, unless we assume every team is a project team. I would say, again, it is somewhere on scope's boundary. Depending on how orthodox we want to be it can be either in or out of the scope. It's just team management / leadership thing. Personally I'd vote for off-topic on the one we ...


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