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Software Leadership: A Guide to Successful Software Development

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A book by Murray Cantor

Provides sound, practical guidance on how to be a good manager and how to build a competitive software team. For the manager with little software background, as well as for the seasoned software professional. Softcover.

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Author: Murray Cantor
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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Planning and limited hard work are the keys to success

  • Dec 20, 2001
We all suffer from a case of TDNAH (That Does Not Apply Here), but workers in information technology seem to be the pathological case. Despite years of repeated admonitions that the only way to build successful software projects is to have a specific plan and that extensive overtime is counterproductive, many still do not listen. While most of the dot-com failures were bad ideas, there were many good ideas that were poorly planned and organized. The hours that most of the employees worked were more than what one would expect from a slave, as that seemed to be the only strategy for success that many could come up with.
Once you finally admit that you are not an exceptional member of the business section of the human race, it follows that you should look for someone with accumulated wisdom regarding how to successfully manage software projects. Cracking this book open is a good place to start, provided that quality software is truly your goal. While the advice in the book is good, it is of little use for someone more interested in exercising power and fueling their ego. This book is about being a true leader that people would listen to and follow even when choices are available. Management is about motivating people with a feather duster rather than a bullwhip and this book contains a detailed plan for the creation of competent managers who can lead the development of quality software.
Perhaps we are finally at the point where the popularity of the Dilbert cartoon will be due more to the humor rather than the accurate way it describes the work environment. Wherever we are in that trend, this is one book that is helping the push in that direction.

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