Project Management Should be Boring!

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 3:50 – 4:35pm in Marquam


Many people see project management as the art of trying to please everyone and pleasing no one, while trying not to go too far over deadline and too far over budget. It doesn't have to be that way. Good project management can be so predictable and reliable that it's almost boring. Here's what works in real projects.


Many software projects suffer from long release schedules, feature freezes, painful QA processes, awkward merges, version number debates, backwards compatibility paralysis — oh, and customers who aren’t completely delighted.

Project management doesn’t have to be this way.

Several real-world projects have solved these problems with a combination of iteration, refactoring, continual improvement, reflection, and low-ceremony processes. The solutions aren’t all simple or easy, but they’re easy to understand, and they’re within your grasp. This talk will tell you what’s possible and recommend concrete steps to improve your project management.

Speaking experience


  • Chromatic X

    Onyx Neon Inc.


    Chromatic has over a decade of experience contributing to free and open source software projects. He’s contributed to Perl 1, Perl 5, Perl 6, and Parrot. You may recognize him from myriad books, including Modern Perl.

    He is the publisher of Onyx Neon Press, which produces great books about software, technology, and modern living.

    He is also an entrepreneur involved in several projects, including Club Compy, a browser-based retro programming environment designed to introduce children of all ages to the joy of creating new things with computers.