Tech Business MiniMBA #8: Effective Software Development Management

Event Info

Thu 17 Jan, 2013 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Young Foundation
18 Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green
London, E2 9PF, UK (Map)
Cost: Free, RSVP required


The driving force behind a web and tech business is often not a programmer, or software engineer however s/he can regularly have to make choices that require some level of technical know-how. This can range from what programming framework to use – is it Ruby, Joomla, Drupal, or PhP – to deciding what programmer to hire and how to keep them on target. It is their job to translate a project from the idea stages into a realistic plan that can be implemented within budget and on time.

For this event we will go through the various considerations needed to be taken when structuring and managing a team and a project. Topics covered will include:

  • Key components of software development management
  • Where to begin the recruitment process
  • What incentives start-ups have to offer
  • Due diligence 
  • Contracts 
  • Outsourced v’s in-house work
  • Agile software management
  • Web development management tools
  • Quality control
  • How to deal with problems when they arise 

This workshop will be presented by Peter Brownell.

Peter has spent the last 18 years as a developer and development team coach. He's co-founded a start-up (, the UK branch of the Drupal Open Source Developer community (, and runs one of the UK's most established Drupal consultancies ( Peter has significant speaking and teaching experience, and he's also an artist, activist and aspirational gardener.


Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, please arrive in good time so as not to disrupt the presentation. Drinks and snacks will be provided as we appreciate you'll probably have been working hard all day. If you have any questions relating to the series please contact Caroline Heron at carolineatmetamute [dot] org.

The Tech Business Mini MBA is delivered by Minibar in partnership with the ICT KTN


About the event series

The Tech Business Mini MBA series addresses common business issues in web and tech companies. Our presenters are successful entrepreneurs, CTOs, investors, accountants and lawyers, who are amongst the best in the UK’s web sector. To find out more about the series and RSVP to upcoming events please see here.


About Minibar

Minibar is London's largest tech meetup. Each month a brilliant mix of around 250 web professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, tech investors and other geeks gather at Mother in Shoreditch to chat over a few beers and listen to some short presentations on what's hot right now. To find out more about the Minibar meetups or other related events sign up now! 


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