Submitted by matthew on Tue, 2011-11-08 13:10

Voting has opened for Drupalcon Denver with hundreds of submitted session proposals. The choices are wide and varied.

There are those trying to buy votes. Folks like Morten are trying to advocate change to how sessions are chosen.

StaceyH (my project management partner at Examiner.com) and I want to talk about what we've learned in the process sphere in the last 18 months.

Over the last 15 years or so, I've spent time in a variety of different shops building software. The last five have been in Drupal shops using the framework to create cool sites for clients and over the last two, I've been working with Examiner.com building one of the largest Drupal sites out there using technologies there are now becoming more mainstream. I have worked with distributed teams and with local teams - in agencies and internally for large and small companies. My work as a stage manager and technical theatre practitioner all colour my views on managing a project from ideation to delivery.

From the Denver Drupalcon Site

Very few shops use the purest version of any project management style. Whether it is Waterfall, Agile, or Cowboy - web development requires flexibility. Waterfall simply doesn't work in most cases – “fixed scope” is the Holy Grail of project management. Meanwhile, Agile lacks the level of predictability most clients or employers seek. Cowboy is effective in prototyping and extremely rapid development but drives stakeholders crazy. The truth is, project management requires a blend of techniques and tools to effectively shepherd projects from ideation to release.

I'll be doing a 1.0 version of this presentation in just a few weeks at Drupalcamp Austin. as one of the two keynotes. After that Stacey and I will "sharpen the stick" with an eye towards a 2.0 iteration of this presentation in Denver. (We promise to not poke you in the eye.)

So Who Are We?

Saunders has worked in project management at a variety of shops ranging from the Western States Arts Federation as Senior Director of Technology, pingVision as Senior Web Producer, one of several Principals in Vintage Digital, and most recently as Director of Technology at Examiner.com. He writes at Dogstar.org regularly - mostly on the business of open source and Drupal.

Harrison has developed and produced media, and managed people, and projects at companies such as Disney, Sony, ABC, CBS, Ninth House Network, OpenTV and pingVision. She is now Project Management Director at examiner.com.

Take a few minutes and vote for our session. We'd like the chance to share the process we've developed at Examiner.com - it should prove to be a fun session.


Submitted by matthew on Fri, 2011-11-25 19:27

Thank you to the selection committee for selecting this session for Drupalcon Denver. Stacey and I have some work to do to get ready!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2011-12-16 00:29


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