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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

Rationality and emotion in a manager

You might think that emotions are best kept out of decision-making. You'd be in good company. For hundreds of years, people have emphasized the importance of rational thought. We have systematically misunderstood the role of emotion. Recent research suggests this is a significant mistake.

Imagine you are a chess master. You have played many thousands of games; you can think 15 moves ahead. However, just how are you making your decisions? The chess board has around 10120 possible configurations. In order to cope with this complexity, expert players rely on emotion first, and then logic, in order to succeed.

Researchers looked at chess players as they were playing. The researchers observed that chess players use emotion to deal with the huge range of different directions the chess game could proceed in. Emotion is used to filter down to a...