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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

Navigating a new world of work

It doesn't matter how much we teach leadership skills to managers. As the complexity of work continues to increase, and lots of expertise must be routinely pulled together and coordinated to solve problems, having a single thinker (a manager-leader) in a team of doers caps the potential of the team. It is just too much to think about for a single person.

In this day and age, no manager or leader can have all the answers. We need every person in a team to be a thinker. Every team member needs to help with the heavy burden of making sense of the world and figuring out not only how to do the work, but what should be worked on in the first place. Otherwise, we quickly end up like the rookie manager described in the opening story in this chapter, trying to be the hero and running out of hours in the day.

Instead of prescribing exactly how the doers...