Andrew Stellman, despite being raised a New Yorker, has lived in Pittsburgh twice. The first time was when he graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, and then again when he and Jenny Greene were starting their consulting business and writing their first project management book.
When he moved back to his home town, his first job after college was as a programmer at EMI-Capitol Records — which actually made sense, since he went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts to study cello and jazz bass guitar. He and Jenny first worked together at that same financial software company, where he was managing a team of programmers. He’s since managed various teams of software engineers, requirements analysts, and led process improvement efforts.
Andrew and Jenny formed Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003, with a focus on project management, software development, management consulting, and software process improvement. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. Their first book, Applied Software Project Management, was published in 2005 and has been widely praised by project managers, software engineers and academics. Their second book, Head First PMP, was called “the very best basic education and training book that I have read” by Dennis Bolles, the project manager and lead author of the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide. They regularly speak at schools, companies and professional organizations on project management, quality, software development and process improvement. Their third book, Head First C#, is one of the top-selling book for learning C# and Windows programming. Their current book is called Beautiful Teams. It’s a collection of stories by and interviews with prominent people from around the whole software industry.
When he’s not writing books, Andrew keeps himself busy writing useless (but fun) software, playing music (but video games even more), studying taiji and aikido, having a girlfriend named Lisa, and owning a Pomeranian.