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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

No solution is perfect

Please do remember that no solution is perfect. The notion of a perfect solution and a perfect product will just hold you back, rather than help you to succeed. So, you need to remove any such ideas from your psyche and just as importantly then communicate this to your team. Don't forget to walk the walk as well in your everyday behavior, in order to set this right tone:

"Progress. Not perfection."
– Robert McCall

This is one of my most favorite quotes because I'm aware of my own tendencies to dwell and procrastinate, over-think, and unnecessarily plan the hell out of something. Back in the real world, though, especially in our time-pressed real world, the most important thing usually is just to start. This is something I wrestle with every day. However, when I remind my team of this, I also remind myself, and vice versa.