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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


In today's busy work environment, dealing with information overload is an unfortunate necessity. As you grow and settle into your role as a software manager, this challenge is likely to get worse, before you manage to make it better, or at least more manageable.

The same challenge exists for the people you need to engage with. Your team, your peers, your boss, and most of all, your users and requirement owners.

So, the art of asking the right questions boils down to understanding the situational context. Specifically, knowing what appropriate, pertinent, and high priority is, or is not as the case may be. All the while, balancing a neutral stance by refraining from posing overly leading questions, with sufficient encouragement and guidance for users to coax a more meaningful and specific response, beyond a "yes" or "no."

This requires an empathetic...