Andrew Stellman, despite being raised a New Yorker, has lived in Minneapolis, Geneva, and 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.
Andrew’s first job after college was building software at a record company, EMI-Capitol Records—which actually made sense, as he went to LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts to study cello and jazz bass guitar. He and Jenny first worked together at a company on Wall Street that built financial software, where he was managing a team of programmers. Over the years he’s been a Vice President at a major investment bank, architected large-scale real-time back end systems, managed large international software teams, and consulted for companies, schools, and organizations, including Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and MIT. He’s had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing programmers during that time, 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 both music and video games, practicing taiji and aikido, 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 engineer, so she started out working at an online service, and that’s the first time she really got a good sense of what good software development looked like.
She moved to New York in 1998 to work on software quality at a financial software company. She’s managed a teams of developers, testers and PMs on software projects in media and finance 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, playing PS3 games, and hanging out with her huge siberian cat, Sascha.
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. Other Stellman and Greene books for O’Reilly include Beautiful Teams (2009), and their first book in the Head First series, Head First PMP (2007), now in its third edition.
They founded Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003 to build a really neat software project for scientists studying herbicide exposure in Vietnam vets. In addition to building software and writing books, they’ve consulted for companies and spoken at conferences and meetings of software engineers, architects and project managers.
Check out their blog, Building Better Software: http://www.stellman-greene.com
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