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The Successful Software Manager

By : Herman Fung
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The Successful Software Manager

By: Herman Fung

Overview of this book

The Successful Software Manager is a comprehensive and practical guide to managing software developers, software customers, and the process of deciding what software needs to be built. It explains in detail how to develop a management mindset, lead a high-performing developer team, and meet all the expectations of a good manager. The book will help you whether you’ve chosen to pursue a career in management or have been asked to "act up" as a manager. Whether you’re a Development Manager, Product Manager, Team Leader, Solution Architect, or IT Director, this is your indispensable guide to all aspects of running your team and working within an organization and dealing with colleagues, customers, potential customers, and technologists, to ensure you build the product your organization needs. This book is the must-have authoritative guide to managing projects, managing people, and preparing yourself to be an effective manager. The intuitive real-life examples will act as a desk companion for any day-to-day challenge, and beyond that, Herman will show you how to prepare for the next stages and how to achieve career success.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page

The stage-gate process

Most PMOs, if not all PMOs, are reliant on a stage-gate process (which has also been known as a phase-gate process) to govern their projects. This makes a lot of sense because it's simply too risky to give all the money to a project right at the start of its development.

Instead, it's much more logical and sensible to ration and release funding in tranches, aligned with the project's natural life cycle. This enables the PMO to effectively govern each project, in a controlled and consistent manner, based on its outputs and value delivered to the organization.

There are numerous and various stage-gate processes out there, even within the software project business. A lot of organizations have developed their own models to suit their context and needs, which is perfectly sensible and reasonable.

As we discussed in Chapter 4, A Week in the Life...