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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

How leaders use alignment

There are choices waiting for every leader about which directions to take next. This can become something of a problem, because when we're faced with many hard-to-separate options, we tend to pick none of them! Part of your role as a manager is to limit the choices that your team is exposed to, so that the problem of decision making doesn't happen to them.

As the manager of yourself, you need to develop a process where your choices are focused. The key to narrowing options down to the point at which you can make a good decision is alignment.

If you are aligned, you know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You know what it is you're trying to do. Then, the people and systems around you will support your intention. Your team then works because everything is lined up and there is little to get in the way. Decisions, and work, and everything...