My concern here is how a new/or say 2+ years of exp. developer/programmer have an idea of PM practices/tasks? I was involved in managing team of 4 guys for 5 months after 5 year of my development exp. and truly saying that period opened my eyes to very basic things of PM. I must say ever programmer should have a basic understanding of importance of task allocations, code reviewing, test plans, development tasks and its dependencies, task priorities etc. What i got at end of that is more planned in my approach and having an fair idea of end-to-end vision of whole project/product development.
Is this book helps in filling this gap? I am confident in so. The teaching methodology by Head First is making things easy and fun to learn.
I will agree that project managers and developpers need to have a different set of skills. Besides the project management technical activities (estimating, planning, tracking), as a PM you have much more "people" skills (negociation, communication) that influence the outcome of your job. Part of them could be "naturally" part of your personnality, but you can also follow training to improve these aspects.
I know some PM has strong technical background as well, he worked his way from a develoer to a senior developer then to an architect and finally decide to take the role of project manager while providing technical guidance and leadership to fellow team members by acting as the architect as well(but no coding). [ December 05, 2007: Message edited by: Billy Tsai ]
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