Posted by: Anonymous
on February 27, 2008 01:17 PM
Joe, project management has nothing to do with implementation/architecture/design. The best implementer/architect/designer in the world may still be a bad project manager. A project manager's job is to control scope and ensure that the things that people promise are done when and how they were supposed to have been and ensure that the right deliverables are released at the right time. It's hard work that requires more diplomacy and being "the bad guy" than anything else. Of course, you don't need a Project Tool to do that job, a spreadsheet may be enough. Linus is a good example of what I mean. He was a bad project manager in the 2.2 and 2.4 days where things slipped because Linus tried to be the nice guy. He's now quite a good one in the 2.6 days because of his regular releases that refused to slip and his organization of a strong freeze date before each release. It seems like a simple job, but it's hard.