How to Keep Your Boss from Sinking Your Project

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jun 14, 2006 - Computers - 24 pages

Like it or not, your project needs management. Yet few good software projects can survive bad management. If you're a programmer on a high-visibility project, this PDF offers five principle guidelines for managing upward that will help you help your boss make the right decisions about setting project expectations, working with users and stakeholders, putting the project on the right track, and keeping it there.

Even if you have the best boss in the world, chances are he or she does not come from an IT or software engineering background, and may lack the time or technical focus to manage your project well. And if your boss sinks your project, you'll share the blame-even if you did everything right. The guidance in this document can help you understand what problems cause projects to fail and how to fix them, and what you can do to keep your software project from running into trouble.

 

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Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background, and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers, and developers. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. He and Jennifer Greene formed Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003, with a focus on project management, software development, management consulting, and software process improvement. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. For more information about them and their book, Applied Software Project Management, visit http: //www.stellman-greene.com.

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