Growing Software: Proven Strategies for Managing Software Engineers [NOOK Book]

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As the technology leader at a small software company, you need to focus on people, products, processes, and technology as you bring your software to market, while doing your best to put out fires and minimize headaches.

Growing Software is your guide to juggling the day-to-day challenges of running a software company while managing those long-term problems and making sure that your business continues to grow. With practical, hands-on advice, Growing Software will teach you how ...

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Growing Software: Proven Strategies for Managing Software Engineers

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Overview

As the technology leader at a small software company, you need to focus on people, products, processes, and technology as you bring your software to market, while doing your best to put out fires and minimize headaches.

Growing Software is your guide to juggling the day-to-day challenges of running a software company while managing those long-term problems and making sure that your business continues to grow. With practical, hands-on advice, Growing Software will teach you how to build and lead an effective team, define and sell your products, work with everyone from customers to CEOs, and ensure high-quality results.

Instead of learning by trial and error, you'll benefit from author Louis Testa's 20+ years of management experience. Testa combines big-picture advice, specific solutions, and real-life anecdotes to teach you how to:

  • Work effectively with your CEO and executive team
  • Improve development team efficiency and enthusiasm
  • Evaluate your software methodology to improve effectiveness and safeguard against failure
  • Use product prototypes to bridge the gap between marketing and engineering
  • Defuse technology time bombs

Whether you're new to managing software or newly lost, Growing Software will help you and your growing company thrive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593272258
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Louis Testa is Senior Engineering Manager at Galois, a small company that specializes in high-assurance software. He received his BS (with honors) in Engineering from Caltech and his MS EE from the University of California, Berkeley. He has managed engineering teams for over 20 years, and his papers have been featured at many technology conferences. He blogs at www.gspractices.com.

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Table of Contents

Dedication


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


INTRODUCTION


Part I: DEVELOPMENT TEAM


Chapter 1: GETTING STARTED


Chapter 2: MANAGING A DEVELOPMENT TEAM


Chapter 3: CREATING AN EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT TEAM


Chapter 4: GROWING A SOFTWARE TEAM




Part II: PRODUCT AND TECHNOLOGY


Chapter 5: DEFINING THE PRODUCT


Chapter 6: DRIVING RELEASES


Chapter 7: EVALUATING YOUR TOOLS AND METHODS


Chapter 8: ASSESSING YOUR TECHNOLOGY




Part III: OUTSIDE OF ENGINEERING


Chapter 9: WORKING WITH YOUR COMPANY


Chapter 10: WORKING WITH THE CEO AND THE EXECUTIVE TEAM


Chapter 11: LISTENING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS




Part IV: MAKING WORK FLOW: PROJECTS, PROCESS, AND QUALITY


Chapter 12: PROJECT ESTIMATING


Chapter 13: STARTING A PROJECT


Chapter 14: PROJECT EXECUTION AND TRACKING


Chapter 15: DESIGNING A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS


Chapter 16: PROCESS IMPROVEMENT


Chapter 17: UNDERSTANDING QUALITY ASSURANCE




Part V: PLANNING THE FUTURE


Chapter 18: SETTING THE DIRECTION


Chapter 19: PRODUCT ROADMAP AND STRATEGY


Chapter 20: GOING FORWARD


SOFTWARE COMPANY STRUCTURE


INTERNATIONALIZATION


CORPORATE WORKFLOW DIAGRAM




COLOPHON
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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Focused on small companies

    As you all probably know results matter. If you are a development manager in a small, growing company, you will be judged by the work and results of your development team. Your team must deliver quality software on time on budget and that software will have to please your customers.

    At first this book seems to be like other management books but one thing makes it really different. Growing Software is written for managers working in small companies. In fact it is about managing software engineers in a small firm. Luis Testa shows many interesting aspects of working in small environments as oppossed to corporate ones. In small companies development managers have more influence on processes and workflows and as a result in a product definition. In small companies approaches must be systematic, simple and relatively straighforward. This book is about how to start and avoid common pitfals.

    I work as a software architect managing software development team in a small company. For me this book is a nice, well written guide. It is an advice offer about how to succeed when faced with diverse challenges. It is about managing techniques, professional ethics and building relationships with other company's sections like Marketing or Sales. It also helps to understand and care about relations with other managers, CEO and team members.

    As I said earlier there are many good books about managing engineering teams and processes of these teams but this book's greatest value is focusing on how things work in small companies that want to succeed. I definetely recommend this book especially if you manage an engineering team in a small company.

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