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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

Business validation

So far, we have talked mainly about validating your solution from a technical perspective. This is very important, not least because this is the bulk of what IT projects do, but also because there is a potential financial impact to consider on the organization over the long-term.

The most critical part of validating a solution is, arguably, from the business perspective. This is because the organization can overcome technical inefficiencies, and even unnecessarily high costs, just as long as it can actually function as a business. The organization must achieve its mission and purpose and create an overall positive business value. This is ultimately the most important and real litmus test, and it boils down to a single question:

Will the solution do what the business needs it to do?

The answer, or answers, to this question are clearly not as simple as the question...