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.
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When Quality Matters: Transcending resource barriers during software delivery
Date and time: Dec 21, Thu, 6 PM - 7:30 PM IST
Can the pressure to satisfy short term deadlines be detrimental to solving genuinely hard problems? Does it prevent you from iterating upon what you have achieved so far? How do you decide when to dig deep and ask for more time and resources in the best interest of a project’s success? Deepti Agrawal will reflect upon these questions based on her experiences.
About the speaker
Deepti Agrawal is a Director of Engineering at Flipkart. She is experienced in building large scale systems, managing teams, building scalable architectures and infrastructure. She likes to build products that are functional, resilient and have a great user experience.