I have been working in software development and more generally in IT for ten years now. I started working as a developer but early in my career I was involved in project management tasks and I was given, or I had to take, responsabilities in project management. I was a good developer, and as happens very often in the IT world, somebody thought I could be a good PM, what is called “the hallo effect”.
I have worked for start-ups, mid-size companies and multinational companies in different market delivery models: market product, internal product, turn-key projects, services and consultancy and I must say that I have great teachers, although I agree 100% with those who maintain that with the correct attitude you learn more from failure than from success.
I have had relatively few training in the PM area, till recently when I decided to apply for the PMP certification, but I don’t see that as training but more as the validation of the acquired experience and knowledge although, I spent a significant number of hours learning the terminology and methodology that PMI defines to provide a formal structure to the techniques that I have been using in my career.
From that, the main conclusion for me, is that apart from knowledge on how to use some PM tools and techniques, project management is mostly about common sense, analisys(and attention to details), communication and technical knowledge. We can discuss broadly about the weight of each one of this factors but I don’t think it’s important. To put it simple, if you fail to reach the minimum in one of them it doesn’t matter how good you are in the others, your project will suffer, really!
In this blog, I will write about the complexities I have found in my career both as a developer reporting to a PM, or as a PM myself and how I would solve them now. I am also particularly interested in tools, templates and methodologies for PM that can be applied to daily tasks very straigthforward.
I don’t know the regularity I will be able to write but I will try to contribute whenever I have the opportunity and the value of the ideas are worth the time for you to read it. I don’t try to teach anyone, and I would like these posts to be a starting point for open discussions and debate among whoever visits this blog and has had a similar experience.