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Managing Software Development


Peter Bell

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About This Class

You've got developers (contract or in-house) and you know what you want to build. How do you keep track of the process and make sure that you're getting the right software built and are getting a great ROI on the investment you're making in the code? In this practical session we'll look at a range of techniques to manage your development team to make sure you get the best possible software as quickly and cost effectively as possible.


  • Introduction 2:34
  • Managing Software Development 1:18
  • Building the Right Thing 6:48
  • Specifying Software 4:14
  • The Three C's 10:45
  • Managing the Development Process 3:41
  • Managing the Backlog 3:28
  • Story Tracking Tools 0:52
  • Keeping Track of Development 6:59
  • Approaches to Managing Development Teams 5:00
  • Lean and Kanban 18:33
  • Q: How do you track where you are on the project timeline? 2:03
  • Q: As a project manager how do you motivate and incentive your developers? 2:13


  • Specify business needs and translate them into software requirements
  • Use lean methodologies to optimize your team's development process
  • Employ the right tools to track your progress and make sure you are hitting your goals

About the Instructor(s)


Peter Bell

Peter is founder and CTO of Speak Geek. He teaches business people to more effectively hire and manage developers - even if they don’t know how to code. He also provides help with coming up with mobile strategies, lean product development and specifying software and provides due diligence on engineers and outsourcing companies.

Peter is also a contract member of the Github training team and teaches a wide range of developer topics - from git, github, chef, devOps and hosting/scaling topics to neo4j, mongodb, redis, client MVC frameworks, javascript, ruby, python and java.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, QCon (New York, San Francisco and Shanghai), RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

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