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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)
Title Page

Always Be Shipping

"If you wait until you are ready, it is almost certainly too late."
– Seth Godin

These immortal and provocative words of renowned business guru Seth Godin have been repeated and evangelized by almost anyone who works on products, whether they're software products or otherwise.

A perfect business case, a meticulous project plan, comprehensive requirements, fantastic data models, detailed business process analysis and mapping, amazing user stories, ingenious technical architecture, the latest technological designs, original and inspired code – none of these will matter until, and unless, your software product has shipped!

As Jeff Atwood, the co-founder of Stack Overflow, writes on his popular Coding Horror blog (, Most programmers are introverts. In other words, stereotypically...