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I work for a small company and am usually tasked with front-end things such as design/UI/UX with some light php/mysql/ajax/javascript programming. I have done some pseudo-project management in the past for some small-scale projects but have a larger project looming. I was informed that I am going to be heading up a project in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone had useful resources on someone just starting a mid-sized project management I was just informed

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  • To what tools do you have access at your company? What are the methods or frameworks that are used? (eg: agile, scrum, project manager, kanban, waterfall, versioning)
    – Kennethvr
    Sep 19 '11 at 8:24
  • Forgive the delayed response. I've had a busy day. We do a modified version of waterfalling. I read a book on the agile method (Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary/Tom Poppendieck) and really like it. I may try to move towards something like that if its feasible.
    – tr3online
    Sep 20 '11 at 1:36
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I'm a big fan of Mike Cohn's writings. I came from a Web development background (.NET development) to a more of a BA role. His books and Website really helped me navigate the terrain. It is well written and logically organized.

http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com

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  • Yes, he does indeed have a good book called: Agile Estimating and Planning. Very good book to get to know agile in generale and how to plan and estimate.
    – Kennethvr
    Sep 20 '11 at 5:48
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Perhaps one of the things you can start doing is getting to know the different methods and frameworks that exist:

Scrum :

Kanban :

To improve your development and programming itself, or that of your colleagues, I want to recommend my personal bibles: Code complete 2 and The pragmatic programmer

This book helped me a lot and improved my coding the most over the years.

Podcasts on PM can be found in a previously asked question:

Good podcasts on current project management?

Tools: Take a look at tools to use like Jira with grasshopper plugin, MS Project, the good old whiteboard, ...

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  • Completely agree with Code Complete. Such an amazing, well written resource. Sep 20 '11 at 14:06

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