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

Here are the first three talks in this series:

  1. Nov 3, Friday: A bird’s eye view of software project management - a conversation with Ranjan Sakalley
  2. Nov 29, Wed: Software Delivery: Prioritizing and optimizing for impact - by Gaurav Lochan
  3. Dec 21, Thu: When Quality Matters: Transcending resource barriers during software delivery - by Deepti Agrawal

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 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.
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Pramod Biligiri

Pramod Biligiri


Gaurav Lochan

Gaurav Lochan

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Software Delivery: Prioritizing and optimizing for impact

Submitted Oct 18, 2023

Date and time: Nov 29, Wed, 9 PM - 9:30 PM IST, followed by 30 min of Q&A

Any startup has more things to do than it has engineering bandwidth for. Yet, a common mistake fast moving teams can make is to pick projects without enough diligence on the potential impact. When the project is delivered, they don’t see the expected impact (or worse, don’t even measure it), theorise why, and then move on to the next project.

One thing I learned at Facebook was to invest time on understanding the problem, identifying levers, calculating the potential impact, and then agreeing on appropriate data to measure impact and progress. And when projects don’t deliver the expected impact, there is even more effort spent to understand why, and potentially iterate (or halt when appropriate).

I’m going to share a few examples and pitfalls, and maybe talk about cupcakes too. This is relevant to EMs as well as ICs, since impact is universally loved 🙂

About the speaker
Gaurav Lochan is a Head of Engineering (and US site lead) for PhonePe, where he manages the app platform team. Prior to that, he worked at Meta and WhatsApp for 8 years on mobile platforms and market specific efforts, at Little Eye Labs, Flipkart, his own Android startup (in 2012), and companies like VMware and Microsoft

About the moderator
Sanchita Agarwal is an engineering leader with more than a decade of experience building mobile first products. In her last role, she was Head of Engineering at Obvious, a digital product consultancy where she led delivery of multiple cross platform projects for products like Swiggy and Slice. Before that, she helped build the Android Partner app at Ola and the Health & Chat apps at Samsung R&D India.


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