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The Successful Software Manager

By : Herman Fung
Book Image

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)
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Death by boring project status update

Let's face it, the world would be a better place if there was even just one less boring project status RAG update!

Joking aside, there is much to be said about projects endlessly issuing rather boring updates. The need for regular project status updates is certainly valid, especially given that your updates can be the trigger for your next project stage-gate.

In today's world of multi-channel rich media, it's no longer necessary or acceptable to send dull, text-filled emails into busy people's already-full inboxes because, the minute it arrives, it's probably out of date – that is, if the recipient even reads it. Just look at this typical, dry, dull, and boring project status update:

Dear all,


Project Status: RED



The project has been delayed by 1 week due to a serious bug found...