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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

Building consensus

Building group consensus is rarely easy. Specifically, when it comes to a software project, there are many stakeholders to engage and gain agreement with. Sometimes, in extreme cases, it may seem like you're herding cats, which is rather futile.

Focusing on the example of getting a design approved, this alone can be a difficult task, just within your own project team. There are always multiple ways of designing a solution. Each with its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses, advantages, and disadvantages. Furthermore, it can be a highly subjective choice, influenced by each team member's past experiences, "war stories," and technology preferences. It's also more of an art form, rather than an exact science.

Nonetheless, building consensus among your team and with your stakeholders is a vital step in progressing your project or your...