Shoaib Sufi, Software Sustainability Institute, Robin Dasler, CERN, Chris Edsall, University of Bristol.
The accidental research software project manager
For many, the role of research software project manager (RSPM) may be an accidental calling. The career path for this role isn’t well-established, and research software development in academia may itself be something of a haphazard, nigh-accidental byproduct of conducting domain research. Individuals approaching this role may have little to no wider industry experience, instead approaching the project manager role from research or research software engineering.
For those in a RSPM role who do not have prior industry experience, there is no solid basis for comparison between industry best practices for software development and the observed practices of the research environment, nor even any sense of whether or not best practices between industry and academia should be identical. How do those in this position gauge whether the practices in place in their particular work environment reflect how a project should be conducted versus how it has always been conducted? And to what extent could this lack of relevant…Continue Reading