Freaky Friday: A developer and project manager swap places, hilarity ensues


Facing deadlines, sprint goals, budget problems and slowing velocity, a Lead Developer and Project Manager are suddenly forced to switch roles. As they adjust with their new responsibilities, they begin to understand each other more and finally figure out how to finish the project on time and within budget.

Our PM-turn-developer contends with:

  • Sprint 0 and the art of the perfect integration environment
  • Why we can’t use the same contrib module from our last project
  • What makes this simple feature request  so impossible to implement?
  • Why automation is worth the investment

Our Developer-turn-PM learns about:

  • You mean there is a budget?
  • Balancing client and teams needs is trickier than it looks (or the fine art of saying no)
  • Developer estimates aren’t to be taken at face value
  • Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize

This is a  humorous look at the right and left brains of a great project, and how project management and development play a part in making projects successful. We hope to demystify the other side for both developers and project managers of Drupal projects.

We’ll cover:

  • Budget, estimates and prioritization
  • Client relationships
  • Team building and morale
  • Good planning
  • Choosing the right tools for the job


Session Track

Coding and Development

Experience Level


Drupal Version