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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


When it comes to facilitating the design of your software, you're going to be working with various architects and test teams in an organization.

There are five fundamental design techniques you need to have in your manager's toolkit, which will help you communicate with and listen to your users and other design stakeholders. These five techniques are the most commonly used and trusted industry best practices to model and illustrate what your software will look like and what it will feel like to users:

  • Storyboards
  • Use cases
  • Wireframes
  • Mockups
  • Prototypes

Storyboards are exactly what they sound like, a series of drawings or illustrations with a narrative showing what each step taken by a user and the resulting behavior of your software. They can be as elementary or elaborate as you make them. Their key benefits and advantages are simplicity and clarity.

Use cases...