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.
Über den Autor
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.
DedicationACKNOWLEDGMENTSINTRODUCTIONPart 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 TEAMPart II: PRODUCT AND TECHNOLOGY* Chapter 5: DEFINING THE PRODUCT* Chapter 6: DRIVING RELEASES* Chapter 7: EVALUATING YOUR TOOLS AND METHODS* Chapter 8: ASSESSING YOUR TECHNOLOGYPart 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 CUSTOMERSPart 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 ASSURANCEPart 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 DIAGRAMCOLOPHON
An instant classic among software management titles, focusing on the specific needs of small software companies.
- The most comprehensive book available on this topic
- Useful for both commercial and open-source based companies