Helpful Links

 

I’m busy writing the PM book, and saw these great posts. So instead of making myself crazy trying to write more good stuff for you, I decided you should read these.

What is managing software development? is a great read. BTW, the working definition I have of project manager is: the person who knows what “done” means and can steer the project to accomplish “done.”

Difference Between Planing and Scheduling talks about the difference. For me, project management planning is the identification of release criteria and other prose about the project. Scheduling is the WBS, whether that’s on yellow stickies or not.

One Reply to “Helpful Links”

  1. Johanna —
    You said: “..the working definition I have of project manager is: the person who knows what “done” means and can steer the project to accomplish “done.”
    I suspect there’s some short hand here, AND I’d add that the project managers definition of done needs to match the customers definition of done. The project manager isn’t the only person who needs to know what “done” means. The team needs to know, too. Without that information, they’re at a disadvantage and can’t manage thier own work.
    The team also needs to know what “done” means for each piece of work they are doing…. does it mean the code compiles? does it mean code written and passes developer unit tests, customer acceptance tests? Documented?
    So there are different flavors of “done” and those definitions need to be widely understood.
    ED

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