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Manage It, for manager or for developers?

 
Hussein Baghdadi
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Hi.
Books like yours (Manage It) are geared to managers and architects (I think).
Do you recommend your book for developers too? or this will blow our managers plans up ?
What can I get from your book as I'm a developer?
Thanks.
 
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As a developer, there are several sections that might appeal to you. The chapter on estimation might help you see other ways to break down your work and estimate it better (possibly with a range of dates or in smaller pieces). The testing chapter is about how to integrate testing into the project, and developers are the perfect people to do that. The chapter on maintaining project rhythm might help you see a way to make progress in your project, and the chapter on managing meetings might help you see a way to supply status to your manager without having to deal with those awful serial status meetings.

And, if your manager is the one playing schedule games, the schedule games chapter has a bunch of suggestions to ways to work around the games.

Johanna
 
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Originally posted by Johanna Rothman:
As a developer, there are several sections that might appeal to you. The chapter on estimation might help you see other ways to break down your work and estimate it better (possibly with a range of dates or in smaller pieces). The testing chapter is about how to integrate testing into the project, and developers are the perfect people to do that. The chapter on maintaining project rhythm might help you see a way to make progress in your project, and the chapter on managing meetings might help you see a way to supply status to your manager without having to deal with those awful serial status meetings.

And, if your manager is the one playing schedule games, the schedule games chapter has a bunch of suggestions to ways to work around the games.

Johanna


I agree. Developers also do management in small ways, e.g. managing small changes to the system, etc. Management topics help the developers appreciate what their manager is doing.
 
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Which reminds me of these Rules for self-management - not totally the same breed of thing, but still...
[ November 15, 2007: Message edited by: Ilja Preuss ]
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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