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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 6 – Using a chosen methodology

Which delivery methodology the project or team uses, if any, is not a manager's unilateral decision. It is the team's collective choice. Therefore, a good manager will not only realize this, but will also be prepared to adapt and embrace it. So, a good understanding of the most common software project methodologies is vital to a flexible manager's toolkit.

An effective Project Manager will facilitate the team's internal discussion to choose their methodology, as well as communicate it externally to inform other stakeholders. In this section, we will introduce the three most common methodologies:

  • Agile
  • Waterfall

There is no de facto best methodology in the real world. These three methodologies aren't even necessarily comparable or like-for-like. But neither are they conflicting or contradictory, either...