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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

Skill 4 – Stakeholder management

This is a key skill in most, if not all, careers. As developers or managers, we all have stakeholders to be accountable to and to satisfy by fulfilling their requirements and expectations. Specific to managers, but often forgotten, is the fact that their own team is a key stakeholder. This could be their own development team or a matrix project team.

As we have already discussed Skill 3 – Team leadership, which covers the main principles of managing your own team as key stakeholders, for the remainder of this chapter, our focus will be on stakeholder management from a project manager's perspective. This angle covers the remaining key aspects of the essence of stakeholder management, which boils down to building and maintaining relationships, and setting and meeting expectations.

The Association for Project Management (APM) explains...