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Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

I Need Your Feedback

I run Software Project Management for some time already and haven’t done it yet but it’s high time. I want to ask all of you for feedback on my work here.

To make the thing worthwhile I have a prize to give away which is a copy of the latest Scott Berkun book – Confessions of a Public Speaker. And it isn’t just a copy like every other; this one is signed by Scott himself. By the way I wish I could win one of these by myself.

I hope I managed to keep you attention to this point. Please leave a comment under this post sharing your opinions about the blog. Among authors of the most valuable advices I’ll randomly choose the person who’ll get the book.

Now I am aware “the most valuable advices” is pretty vague criteria but I couldn’t come up with anything better which would rule out “great blog, keep up good work” kind of comments. These are of course nice to hear (as long as they’re honest) but can hardly be called feedback.

So if you want to kick me, this is the best time. Go tell me how crappy is my English, how boring are subjects I choose, why design of the site sucks or how annoying it is when I try to be funny. Tell me what you want to read about and what would make you unsubscribe the blog instantly. Tell me why you hate me or why you like me or why you don’t give a damn about me.

And make this post the most commented post in the history of the blog.

I’m waiting for your advice to Dec 20. Then I’ll draw out the winner.

About the prize:
Confessions of a Public Speaker is the latest book from bestselling author Scott Berkun. It receives great reviews basically because it is a great book. This copy is signed by the author. You can sneak preview chapters two and three for free.

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10 comments… add one

  • Mike Haden December 10, 2009, 12:22 pm

    Pawel, I enjoy reading your writing because for me it's a voice of reason and experience amidst the babel of methodologies and processes. Reading your blog posts, and participating with you in the PMClinic mailing list, I think "you get it" when it comes to software project management. Keep up the great writing, we're still out here reading enthusiastically.

  • Laurent December 10, 2009, 8:03 pm

    I also enjoy your blog. Even if sometime I don't (totally) agree with you, I like to read your opinions ;) As a software developer reading a couple of management blogs, I would say that yours is in my top 5.

  • blink4blog December 10, 2009, 9:05 pm

    Hey Paw,

    I am a feed subscriber of your blog and it's been a while and I had never post anything in your blog.

    Since you are so eager to know readers' opinion and let's not say the great bait of the book (LoL), here i give my most honest opinion… not many just one.

    Myself same as you is PM of Software Development, on banking IT solutions. Now focusing doing BI (Business Intelligence). A little background here. My location could be thousands of miles away from you as I live in a country in South East Asia.

    What I plan to tell you is just a suggestion that ways to run projects in our region is greatly far different from the rest of the world, I anticipated.

    We do have customers in the US and things are just different when dealing with local banks. Here everything moving in a very fast pace, documentations always come after delivery and we do alot of ad-hoc support and development works just to meet the dateline. Not that we do not have any timeline planning but most of the bankers here practice the habit of having "this" tomorrow, "that" the following days. They do last minute notification, they don't have any ideas how far they want the system to be, therefore we are always under the risk of out-of-scope or overflow workloads.

    I do hope if you could have more articles about this kind of disorder Project Management, sometimes we named it as "Agile". So that I could learn more as I am still a freshman in PM roles.

    Thanks

  • Krzysztof Kotowicz December 11, 2009, 4:30 am

    I am a hard-core developer by nature, which implies I usually try to get as far as possible from the usual management/soft-skills mumbling. We seem to speak different languages and usually have at least a few contradicting objectives.

    Yet I keep reading your blog and, to my suprise, I also keep enjoying it. You seem to really share your opinions with readers without trying to look as The Guy That Is Always Right. You're humble – you simply saying what worked/didn't work in your case and why you think it did or didn't.

    As i'm working in a pretty chaotic environment, where requirements change at the speed of light and I, as just a developer have little impact on how to change the organization I'm working in, I may only try my best to find a way to deal with that chaos. We tried Scrum but it just didn't fit well – too many 'super-important' tasks were being forced to development team during the sprint and messed up our schedule. That's why I got so interested when you mentioned Kanban and I'm reading every post about it. Thanks for describing the whole process of introducing it, I eagerly await even more details on where it helped, what where the problems, how did you solve it. I value your personal opinion most.

    What would be helpful is if you could speak more about the tools that you're using that help in PM. Even as simple as post-it notes and a whiteboard. You mentioned MS Project, but I'm sure that you have many smaller tools in your toolbox.

  • Marko Bohar December 11, 2009, 7:36 am

    I enjoy reading your blog very much. I respect both your honesty and willingness to openly share your personal experiences.

    I am from Slovenia and I am constantly facing a huge additional process with my projects : the evolution of business culture. Being informed about tools, successful processes, methods and risks is definitely the first step but they can be implemented successfully only if people are willing to do it.

    Leadership skills, motivation, life energy, balance between personal and professional life, personal drive, innovation, intuition … I would certainly appreciate very much if you would consider adding some of the listed topics to your blog.

    Thanks

  • Lech December 14, 2009, 5:23 am

    Bearing in mind that we are of the same nationality, I don't expect to win the book (it would seem… inappropriate). But I'll use the chance to mention that I enjoy reading your blog and respect your work.

    Even if we are of different opinions re Google Wave ;-)

    No kicks from me. But wait till we have another chance to meet in person!

    Cheers, Mate!

  • olson December 17, 2009, 2:00 am

    hi the blog’s great man, really. an absolute treat :)

  • Allison December 17, 2009, 3:34 pm

    I really enjoy reading your insight and experience in trying/using kanban and scrum–adopting a new process is certainly not easy, and it’s comforting to know that the issues I may face in the workplace are not unique! Thanks for continually changing your process and sharing on your blog. :)

  • Craig December 18, 2009, 4:18 am

    Pawell

    I have been reading for several years now. I skip some posts, a recent example the Kanban series, but I have been coming back here for YEARS.

    What works for me are the articles on how you deal with people and the chaos outside the team.

    I am also a fan of your natural skepticism.

  • Rob R December 18, 2009, 6:08 am

    Hi. Great blog overall. My feedback: don’t forget that not all of us are in a position to try any lean/agile methodologies – your recent Kanban posts are interesting but some of us are working with customers who are completely unenlightened and take months to give us access to the production servers – so don’t forget about general software project management. Some posts about the basics of managing junior developers for the first time would be valuable to me.

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