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 were starting their consulting business and writing their first book for O’Reilly.
When he moved back to his hometown, 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 had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing programmers over the years, and likes to think that he’s learned a few things from them.
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.
Jennifer Greene studied philosophy in college but, like everyone else in the field, couldn’t find a job doing it. Luckily, she’s a great software tester, so she started out doing it at an online service, and that’s the first time she really got a good sense of what project management was.
She moved to New York in 1998 to test software at a financial software company. She managed a team of testers at a really cool startup that did artificial intelligence and natural language processing.
Since then, she’s traveled all over the world to work with different software teams and build all kinds of cool projects.
She loves traveling, watching Bollywood movies, reading the occasional comic book, waiting for her Xbox to be repaired, drinking carloads of carbonated beverages, and owning a whippet.
Jenny and Andrew have been building software and writing about software engineering together since they first met in 1998. Their first book, Applied Software Project Management, was published by O’Reilly in 2005. They published their first book in the Head First series, Head First PMP, in 2007.
They founded Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003 to build a really neat software project for scientists studying herbicide exposure in Vietnam vets. When they’re not building software or writing books, they do a lot of speaking at conferences and meetings of software engineers, architects and project managers.
Check out their blog, Building Better Software: http://www.stellman-greene.com