Jerry Weinberg was my mentor before I met him! He’s now my mentor, teacher, and friend. Read any and all of his books. If you are ready to learn more about how to be a more effective manager or product developer, take his “Problem Solving Leadership” Workshop.
Naomi Karten specializes in customer satisfaction issues. In addition to her consulting, she’s a great speaker.
David Campbell hosts a radio show on all aspects of project management. I may have convince him of the futility of Gantt charts He’s quite experienced and our conversations always teach both of us something.
Cem Kaner specializes in legal aspects of software quality. In addition, Cem wrote a great book about Bad Software.
Idea to Business, a consulting firm based in Belgium, have a holistic approach to software quality.
Hung Nguyen and the other folks at LogiGear have some useful, practical, and pragmatic approaches to testing for the web that actually work.
Andy Kaufman understands how to make work happen in the real world. He’s a pragmatic consultant, focused on leadership, project management, and coaching.
Michael Mah has a great approach to project estimation and measurement. He’s also integrated negotiation skills into his measurement work.
I enjoy Kathy Iberle’s clear thinking and writing. I especially like her article on the developer-tester ratio.
Jonathan Ostrowsky is a talented writer, editor, and manager of writers. He’s now consulting to organizations helping them more clearly communicate. I’m proud to say that Jonathan was one of my early writing mentors – “A verb, JR, a verb.”
Larry Chait knows everything there is to know about knowledge management — and even more importantly — how to apply KM to your organization.
Luke Hohmann articulates and helps organization understand how to manage their architecture and products in the face of market needs.
Erik Petersen has a lovely list of links for the entire software project lifecycle.
Conferences I find Useful
Amplify Your Effectiveness, a different kind of conference — the sessions are experiential half-day tutorials. The conference is in early November every year.