Svend Rost

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Wow - thanks alot for your tips. I will look into those titles.

Peopleware have also been recommended.

/Svend
Hi,

if you were to give a list of books for a new leader of the software development department (5-10 people). His aim would be to create a professional team of developers who will help the organisation reach its goals. Which would they then be?

From my point of view it could be a book on:
- Project management (he'll have to lead projects of different types)
- Software craftsmanship (to help the developers become better)
- Software architecture (important to be able to participate in the high-level discussion)
- Testing and continuous integration (important to ensure low level of errors)
- Agile methodology (they need to follow some kind of process)
- Leadership and motivation (he will ahve to motivate his team)

Have I missed any important "categories" or are any of them irrellevant? Suggestions for book titles will be appriciated.

Thanks in advance,

Svend
I think you'll find more information on the universities that offer this degree than here. For instance: If you can take a semester abroad depends on the university, some might offer this - others might not.

/Svend
7 years ago
Hi - does any of you know where it would be more appropriate to ask this question (since the response hasn't been overwhelming )?

Thanks.
7 years ago
Hi,

I am considering wheatear or not I should move to London next summer. I hope you might be able to give me some guidance – or lead me on the right path (perhaps another forum).

Facts about me: Scandinavian, male, married (1 child), 30 years old.

Education: M.Sc. in comp.sci (2006), GDBA (It is a 4 year part time program at a business school that you follow while having a full time job. I am specializing in organization theory, management and business development. I’ll graduate in one year)

Job: I’ve had part-time programming jobs while studying comp.sci. When I graduated I worked 2½ years as a developer and later a project manager in a consultancy firm for major companies such as Ericsson and Siemens. I then changed job to a research & innovation company (I’ve been here for 2½ years) where I work as a project manager.

What I do well: project management (classic as well as agile), people management, process development, “userdriven innovation“.

The job I am interested in: manager for a team (5+) or project manager.

Long term goal: management position.

It would properly be easier for me to get a team lead/IT-development manager job in my home country as my educations as well as employers are well known. However – I’d really like to move to London and work there but I am worried that it will be hard to get a position on “the same level” since I am a foreigner. What do you think?

Thanks in advance,
/Rost
8 years ago
Dear Subramani Shiva,
Thank you for responding to my post. I agree with your views, especially that a company would wonder "how long will he stay here". I know I would, if I was sitting on "the other side of the table" .

BR. Svend
9 years ago
Hi everyone,

Thank you for reading my post.

A few things about me:
29 years old, European.
Academics:
- Half-way through a 4 year MBA-like study at the business school (part-time, classes in the evening)
- M.Sc. in Computer Science (2006)
Experience:
Currently working as a PM on complex it projects. Been at this firm for 1 year. Prior to that I was a PM and (to begin with) a SW Developer at a consultancy firm(2006-2009) working for major companies like Ericsson. While at the university I work as a part-time programmer from 2003-2006.

I think it could be really interesting to work in a country like China for instance, but I don't know how "hard" it is to get a job. I guess the easiest thing would be if I work at a company that had a department in Asia, but my company is relatively small (90) so thats not an option.

Does any of you know how hard it is? and even if it is possible.

Thanks in advance,

Questions? fire away

/Svend
9 years ago
Hi everyone,

I think the subject line says it all: Do you think that in order to use an agile method (xp/scrum) with succes you need "over averag leveled" sw-developers?

What's your views/experiences?

References etc. will be appriciated.

Thanks in advance,

/Svend
Hi,

no, a HR department is not a requirement for a medium size company. We dont have one - all HR duties are handled by the dept. managers.

/Svend Rost
11 years ago

Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
As for a PhD, what do you think a PhD does for your career that a masters doesn't? I want to make sure you're getting a PhD for the right reasons.


I'd like to add to this: If you wish to conduct research then you should go for the PhD. However, if you wish to work as a developer then you wont benefit from the PhD.

/Svend Rost
11 years ago
Hi raminaa niilian,

This is just a guess.. but it seems as if the site has some kind of scale which is used to judge the required skill level. For instance, on a 1-5 scale the value 1 might mean "low skill level" and 5 "high skill level".

Does that makes sence?

The scales are often subjective which means you have to judge yourself.

/Svend Rost
11 years ago
Hi Rohan,

An MBA and the PMP certification are two different things. The one is concerned with business administration, and the other project management.

Ask yourself: What is my goal? You dont need an MBA to be a project manager.
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/Svend Rost
11 years ago
right brained: 11 questions / left brained: 8 questions
11 years ago
Hi - and welcome to the ranch.

What do you use UML tools for:
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UML (Unified modelling language) is an effort to have a unified "language" to graphicaly model, for instance, class diagrams or use cases. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Modeling_Language for more information


Which UML Tools are used today:
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I dont know which UML tools are mostly used at the moment. My favorit tools has always been the pen & a paper. Im not that concerned with obeying a standard - what matters is that the vision or idea can be communicated.

When I was studying it was possible to get a free edition of: Poseidon, ArgoUML and Visio. They are all "okay", but each of them has certian drawbacks.

Atm. im using either Visio or Rational Architect.

You can find a list of tools here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UML_tools

Hope it helped.

/Svend Rost
[ November 26, 2007: Message edited by: Svend Rost ]