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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


I want to begin by telling you a story about me as a rookie manager from my own personal perspective. This sets the scene and brings the themes of this chapter to life.

The first year in the new job was difficult. I had to understand the project, get to know and lead my team, and somehow find time between meetings for my own work. Past developers and architects had left a legacy system, and there were many hard problems to solve. We had to understand the old technology, while also trying to modernize and keep pace with the changing requests being thrown at us.

My team knew I was a first-time manager, but they had heard good things about my coding skills. I wasn't 24 hours into the job before one of them, a young guy named Ed, came to seek my advice. I was determined to be a good leader, and so made some time to work out a solution for what he was asking. I had...