Results matter. As 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 projects on time, and that software must please your customers.

As you drive your development team toward success, you should expect to encounter some detours and hazards along the way. Few plans are executed as originally envisioned, so you will need to track and direct a project throughout its development cycle.

The good news is that you don't need to use complex project management skills to manage most projects in small companies. The general practices discussed in this chapter will help you locate and use the proper tools to ...

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