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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

Understanding situational context

Establishing and understanding the context of a question is vital when posing the right questions and communicating in general. There is simply no substitute for recognizing a situation and applying your judgment to it.

This is crucial to knowing what the right questions to ask are, as well as how to ask them, in order to get the desired response. This could be factual information, opinion, or anything in between.

Acquiring this skill takes practice and a large dose of common sense, which is sometimes not that common!

Like an airline pilot speaking on the radio to air traffic control and other support teams, there's a situational context that connects all of it. In this case, the safe passage and management of the flight. The way they communicate, the questions they pose, and the answers they provide to each other are all predicated on this...