Faster, Better, Cheaper - Together

Faster, Better, Cheaper - Together

Reflections on the craft and science of managing software projects

Why Project Management matters

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...

The current schedule of talks

5. Mar 1, Friday: Measuring engineering productivity: Old pitfalls and new approaches - by Sudheer Bandaru
4. Feb 1, Thu: Exploring connections between queueing theory and project management, by Harsha Honnappa
3. Dec 21, Thu: When Quality Matters: Transcending resource barriers during software delivery - by Deepti Agrawal
2. Nov 29, Wed: Software Delivery: Prioritizing and optimizing for impact - by Gaurav Lochan
1. Nov 3, Friday: A bird’s eye view of software project management - a conversation with Ranjan Sakalley

What is the tech community saying about software projects these days?

Below is a selective snapshot of some major recent community conversations regarding how software projects are being run:

Who should participate; who should attend

  • 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.

About the curators

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 a veteran CTO who has led Technology, Operations and Data science teams for global organizations like HelloFresh, Delhivery, Yahoo and Tally. He now spends his time being a fractional-Cxo at OldMonks,tinkering with code and coaching young engineering leaders and founders towards their next level of growth.


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Pramod Biligiri

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Measuring engineering productivity: Old pitfalls and new approaches

Submitted Feb 18, 2024

Can you measure how efficient and productive your engineers are? Or is it a fraught notion? Can you go beyond gut instincts when it comes to measuring how well your team is doing? Are there new metrics and analytics tools that can help you in this regard? What are DORA Metrics? What are SPACE metrics?

Join us for this talk as Sudheer Bandaru, the CEO of walks us through the pitfalls of measuring engineering productivity, and some new approaches that are more promising. With some actual, concrete war stories!

About the speaker
Sudheer is the CEO of and is striving to create an integrated platform that engineering leaders can use to make data-driven decisions.

As an engineering leader he struggled to tie in his engineering org’s value proposition to business outcomes. He was flummoxed to see tech leaders relying on their gut to take decisions around hiring, work allocation, project pipelining, and feature releases. Micromanagement and asking for constant updates were not his style. So currently he is on a mission to make engineering organizations data-driven and objective in their decision-making.

Date and Time
Date: Mar 1st, 2024 (Friday)
Time: 7 pm IST

This is an online only event and will be livestreamed.


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