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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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Past mistakes and changing the status quo

Despite making things as simple as possible, the build process can still be difficult, but there are things you can do to keep the build focused on developing the product your customers truly need. These include learning from past mistakes and changing the status quo.

"Different is not always better, but better is always different."
- Anonymous

Acknowledging that your organization implements projects in a particular way and understanding the reasons why it's historically like this would be a good place to start. As we discussed previously, we are all heavily influenced by our past experiences, and we all have our "war stories" to tell. Consequently, we have our own preferences and biases too.

As the build stage progresses and pressure mounts, we naturally and subconsciously revert more and more into our biased...