Selling Executives, Planning, and Post-Mortems: Wisdom from software PM Barbara Zirolli of Hewlett Packard

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Abstract
See what a Senior Software Development Manager at Hewlett-Packard says about getting started in PM and her first project, the importance of selling project concepts to executives, her most important advice to new PMs, and more.


What this is

An interview with Barbara Zirolli, Senior Software Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard -- NonStop Enterprise Division (formerly Compaq Computers, formerly Tandem Computers).


Why it's useful

Our interview with Barbara was one of a series we conducted to give our members a chance to hear from fellow project managers about what they're doing, what works in their field, and their advice and lessons learned. This interview provides a window into the software development world from a senior management perspective.


How to use it

Read through this interview transcript for Barbara's thoughts on:

  • how she got started in project management, and her first project;
  • the importance of selling project concepts to executives;
  • her most important advice to new PMs;
  • her definition of "planning";
  • running informal post-mortems;
  • her biggest project challenges;
  • and what it means to be a leader as a project manager.


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