From the Back Cover
"Fear not. This book will help you become an effective and respected team leader... the view from the trenches will help guide you in making your own decisions in the context of your own organization and its values... With Whitehead as your mentor, you can anticipate and diffuse problems. Soon you will be as effective as a team leader as you were as a developer".
-- Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
"This is a book for the real world. Suppose you are the team leader of a software project. You thought you did all the right things at every stage. Yet the project came in three months late and the application crashed continuously when it went live. What could you have done to prevent this? This book gives the answers. Structured round common questions which should occur to every new team leader -- 'How do I earn the respect of my team?', 'How do I draw up a project plan?', it discusses the activities which you need to master".
--Donald Matthews, Project Team Leader, AIT
Gain the confidence to take a leadership role, learn from your experiences and become a better leader of successful software projects!
The position of team leader is becoming increasingly recognized as crucial to the success of any software development project -- but how do you actually do it? This book is written by a practitioner who has faced the most common and difficult issues on a day-to-day basis. It takes the form of questions that you will inevitably find yourself asking, followed by practical answers that you can immediately apply in your own situation. This book gives sound, tried and tested advice on how to overcome problems and offers practical tips and techniques on how to lead other people, make good decisions and get your project out on time.
Skills you will learn:
- motivation and teambuilding
- leading technical people and dealing with problematic team members
- planning and project management
- winning management support
- leading an object-oriented project
- requirements capture and handling changes in requirements
- interviewing and presenting
- effective decision making