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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


The way most organizations operate is based on thinking that evolved during the Industrial Revolution. This is centered around dividing work between doers and thinkers.

Problematically, the world today is changing a lot faster and is considerably more complex than back then. As a result, many teams fall very short of their potential. This is especially true for software teams, who work within the complex process of software development and need to be continually creative.

In our day and age, a single thinker per team is not enough. That is why thinkers have increasingly been divided between leaders (those who inspire change) and managers (those who systematize and instill order). Both leadership and management are necessary, but a single person trying to do both will struggle as they are two very different activities. It is better to work as a team.

Co-leading and co-managing...