While companies rightly spend a lot of time thinking about their business goals and technology choices, they often ignore how best to combine them effectively into a successful software delivery operation. We can all recount being in a software project that failed despite having good ideas and technology choices behind it, leaving everyone miserable in its aftermath: “Is it the team’s fault?.. But didn’t we hire the best? What could have gone wrong?” Join us in this series as we explore such questions and more...
Here are the first three talks in this series:
- Nov 3, Friday: A bird’s eye view of software project management - a conversation with Ranjan Sakalley
- Nov 29, Wed: Software Delivery: Prioritizing and optimizing for impact - by Gaurav Lochan
- Dec 21, Thu: When Quality Matters: Transcending resource barriers during software delivery - by Deepti Agrawal
Below is a selective snapshot of some major recent community conversations regarding how software projects are being run:
- Developer Productivity report by McKinsey.
- Response to above McKinsey report by Gergely Orosz and Kent Beck: Part 1 and Part 2.
- Software Development Analytics tools in the market.
- Some threads on software project management which popped up on Hacker News in the last week of August 2023. They contain many first hand accounts of things going wrong:
- DORA Metrics
- Software Developers: Participate to stay aware of current and future trends in how software projects are run
- Tech leads and Engineering Managers: You should find this series extremely relevant. You are the current and future practitioners of all these skills.
- VPs of Engineering or CEOs who are new to their role: Learn from experienced people how they run projects, and also their thoughts about what may/may not work in a context, rather than adopting practices blindly.
Pramod Biligiri is founder and CEO at Bitken Technologies. He works as a consultant for data engineering and data infrastructure related projects.
Mayankk Banerjee is CTO and founder. He views himself as builder of all things tech.
This project consists of a series of talks. The first three talks - from October to December 2023 - are lined up. View the schedule here. If you wish to speak on this forum, leave a comment.
The talks will be held offline and online. RSVP to stay updated.
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Curated by our speakers: Further reading and viewing
As part of this series, we are sourcing further resources about project management from each of our speakers. You can find them below:
Recommended by Ranjan Sakalley
Principles of Product Development Flow by Donald Reinertsen
To understand why queues, slack and in general value stream mapping is important for product delivery
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization (and the fieldbook)
You just need to read the 11 laws of the 5th discipline and you may understand why I recommend:
- Today’s problems come from yesterday’s “solutions.”
- The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back.
- Behavior grows better before it grows worse.
- The easy way out usually leads back in.
- The cure can be worse than the disease.
- Faster is slower.
- Cause and effect are not closely related in time and space.
- Small changes can produce big results...but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious
- You can have your cake and eat it too ---but not all at once.
- Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants.
- There is no blame.