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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

The five whys

Asking "Why?" appropriately is the most powerful discovery and discernment tool in a great manager's toolkit.

This is applicable in not just a project and delivery scenario, but a people management setting as well. Sure, you can do all the investigations and find out the technical answer yourself, if you can do so, but that's not scalable, and it's not an example of leading your team.

Understanding the true reason behind a situation, issue, or decision can be challenging, but also very worthwhile. Besides the obvious reasons behind, and benefits of, simply knowing more, it also builds a deeper relationship and bond with the people you're sharing the experience with.

It's also how children learn a lot about the world in general. A simple "Why?" and "because" conversation between a young child and their parents...