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Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams by Mickey W. Mantle, Ron Lichty

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5. Becoming an Effective Programming Manager: Managing Down

Everything that has been presented in this book so far has only set the stage for the real heart of the information we hope to convey: how to manage programmers effectively on a day-to-day basis. Since most organizations are structured hierarchically, we have broken this information into four basic topics in relation to your position in the organization:

• Managing down

• Managing up

• Managing out

• Managing yourself

These topics deal with managing your staff, managing your boss(es), managing others inside or outside of your organization, and managing yourself. Chapter 6 covers the last three topics, which are critical to being an effective programming manager.

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