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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)
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As a manager, you now have more people to manage. This is a fact and perhaps a burden, but also an opportunity.

To be a true leader, in the most humanistic sense of the term, managing your team is your most important new responsibility. To do this effectively, you need to understand and appreciate the culture of your team, as well as the wider organization. You need to be able to work with, and within, this environment, but also be equipped and prepared to set the tone, which may mean breaking some rules. Welcoming and valuing diversity will help develop and elevate your team's creativity, productivity, and ability to solve complex problems together.

There are three practical things you can do to manage your team most effectively. Free up your time, exhibiting a true approachability, and using the most appropriate elements of radical transparency to bring your...