Seven Successful Habits of Effective Software Leaders
It is easy to find a million ways that software managers can fail with their teams and their projects. We’ve prioritized seven practical leadership tips and techniques that can help build great teams that consistently deliver great projects. These habits are so simple you can put them into practice immediately.
Is There “Trouble in River City?”
If your team is constantly motivated and focused, wonderful! If your projects are always on time and on budget, congratulations! This article will be probably be a waste of your time. Otherwise, please read on…
The wonderful book Troubled IT Projects gives us a “heartwarming” synopsis of what author John L. Smith believes represents the key root causes of troubled projects based on a study by KPMG:
- Lack of senior management involvement and commitment
- Failure to focus on key business and customer needs
- Failure to break complex projects into manageable “chunks”
- Poor (or unimaginative) project management
- Poor risk management and contingency planning
- Unclear contracts and poor contract management
- Insufficient focus on user training needs
With that background, I’ve amassed seven habits that you may wish to consider using on a daily basis with your teams and on your projects. And that’s actually the secret: to provide a
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