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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)
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Design thinking

When used appropriately, design thinking is a fantastic way to innovate and solve problems that cannot otherwise be solved easily in traditional ways utilizing knowledge alone. Design thinking is certainly not a one-size-fits-all tool, though, and on the downside, it can be conveniently misconstrued as "winging it," in the same way that Agile can be falsely used to mask a lack of real requirements and planning.

So, what is design thinking? And how can it help your solution design and validation? Most fundamentally, design thinking is an iterative problem-solving process. Design thinking and real Agile are very similar, in that both happen to be a mindset and a set of principles and practices. And put together, they can help you and your team to think and create more productively.

In the software context, design thinking is a focus on being human-centric...