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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

Creativity bursts

Okay, so we've established that when you transition to a manager, you can still be creative. Let's move on to look at the other side: what about your team's creativity?

If you have found a balance between personally coding or not coding, knowing when and what to delegate, and created a culture of actively developing others, how can you tell if it has increased your team's effectiveness and creativity?

Software development can be a convoluted process, which makes it not particularly conducive to creativity, which is especially true in the group context. Even in a truly Agile environment, it's difficult to create and sustain an innovative mindset and approach. It takes everyone to get it going and to even keep it going, but only one member or moment to stop it.

Anita Wooley, from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, studied software teams working...