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5 Tips for working with a (SilverStripe) Project ManagerTweet
29 March 2011 | |
Here's something a little different, experienced SilverStripe project manager Kulsoom Kausher of digital agency Wandering Bear, tells us her top 5 tips for the SilverStripe developer to make their project managers life a little easier.
After more then ten years in the digital ‘pm’ game, most recently with Wandering Bear I volunteered myself to SSbits to write a post. What better way to share some of the tricks of project management I‘ve learnt along the way. I update sites myself, spend a lot of time working with developers, and am the link between developers and end users of Silver Stripe. (Developer – Project Manager – Client/User)
So here is my first post if you like it let me know @kulsoomkausher if you hate it tell me what you think you might want to hear about. My specialities are people, talking, listening and very recently coffee.
PM’s are funny little things. A lot of them run around waving their hands, speaking far too loudly into their iphones and drinking endless amounts of overpriced coffee. They also are sometimes the connection between you, Mr SilverStripe developer and the end user. So to stop the PM getting into more of a flap here are a few rules to work too…
1. White lies are good lies.
If you think it’s going to take you half a day to do a job, give yourself some breathing space and say one day. What you don’t want to see is a PM skipping away because you have made their day with an over ambitious deadline.
2. Do or die.
If you commit to a date for delivery stick to it (unless of course the ‘dog eat the code’). There is nothing worse for you or the PM to have to deal with a pissed off client.
3. Private Tour.
Nothing better then giving the PM regular tours of new features and uses of Silver Stripe. I loved being shown how to use the drag and drop feature, sure made my life easier. This way the PM knows what they are talking about and don’t just make it up.
4. KISS for the PM? Keep It Simple - Silly.
As much as the PM would love to hang out and find out the nitty gritty of Silver Stripe they probably only need to know what is relevant to them. Maybe even give them a checklist of stuff they need to remember when putting a page live. There have been so many times when I have forgotten to use that little ‘T’ or ‘W’ briefcase to copy in text.
5. Invite yourself.
To the planning stage of a project, that way the PM gets your thoughts, concerns, tips right from day one, instead of day 30 when they have already got carried away with what is being delivered.
Comments, thoughts, banter on the article or tips all welcome.