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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)
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The post-mortem

Now, let's say that your product has shipped, and the software is live. However, it's clear that for some reason the project didn't go well, at least in some respects. Perhaps it was over budget, it missed the agreed schedule, or the quality wasn't to the required standard, or any combination of these. Maybe your project did go well from a stakeholder point of view. However, there's always room for improvement. These are all situations where the rather ominous-sounding "post-mortem" is useful.

Before we dive into the post-mortem process, it's worth pointing out that there are two ways of thinking about this topic. A post-mortem could be positive or negative; or constructive or destructive.

If we start with the destructive, or at least non-constructive, way of thinking, then clearly this is a minefield of politics and possible...