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The Successful Software Manager

By : Herman Fung
Book Image

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)
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Skill 1 – Flexibility and adaptability

Let's start with flexibility and adaptability. There is an important difference between being flexible and being adaptable. To be a successful manager, I believe you need to have the ability to be both, as they go hand-in-hand, and you will need a combination of both in order to make a meaningful and positive impact on your team, project, or both.

Every developer will already think that they're flexible, on some level. This line of thinking grows from their own experiences where they have:

  • Delivered something a little bit faster when requested to do so by the Project Manager
  • Successfully bent logic to allow more permutations
  • Made a calculation in a completely different way after a code review
  • Allowed for a different exception handling method, even though it may not be used immediately

These are all things an experienced...