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FroshKiller
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Well, it's not "the latest," and I have to think you've read it already, but Code Complete by Steve McConnell is required reading. Chapter 3 focuses on the prereqs of project planning. Chapter 28 is devoted to the management of a software development project. Chapter 33 has some further reading suggestions.

The Pragmatic Programmer by Dave Thomas and Andrew Hunt focuses on project planning and management in chapters 7 & 8. You could argue that it's basic knowledge, but it's basic knowledge motherfuckers don't put into practice, and I think the book has a lot of great tips for making sure you and others do the right thing instead of the easy thing.

[Edited on December 6, 2018 at 10:50 AM. Reason : Peace, we outta here.]

12/6/2018 10:50:31 AM

Lionheart
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"You could argue that it's basic knowledge, but it's basic knowledge motherfuckers don't put into practice, "


Yeah this is kind of where I'm hoping to kind of look for some pragmatic suggestions for incremental improvements. I mean I've practically thrown a copy of mythical man month at a managers face before for doing stupid shit that we've known is stupid for 40 years, but like most things there's all this advice and research that no one ever actually follows.

Basically my job is going to be as much cultural shift as anything else, getting our various PMs and HODs to stop falling into the trap of just turning on a dime and throwing resources late at whatever the current squeeky wheel is and thereby not only spending more time to transition than it would have been to stay the course but also making everybody miserable and what not.

Biggest challenges is that we are so lean and we can't go to a true Agile due to the QM and industry requirements we have to meet.

12/6/2018 11:33:25 AM

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