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Leadership

The Coder's Path to Wealth and Independence
By:
Mark Beckner
Published:
2014

Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust: Building a Competitive Software Capability
By:
Watts S. Humphrey, James W. Over
Published:
2011

Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust discusses the critical importance of knowledge work to the success of modern organizations. It explains concrete and necessary steps for reshaping the way in which software development, specifically, is conducted.

Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders
By:
Jurgen Appelo
Published:
2011

In many organizations, management is the biggest obstacle to successful Agile development. Unfortunately, reliable guidance on Agile management has been scarce indeed. Now, leading Agile manager Jurgen Appelo fills that gap, introducing a realistic approach to leading, managing, and growing your Agile team or organization.

Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook
By:
Michael Lopp
Published:
2010

As a software engineer, you recognize at some point that there's much more to your career than dealing with code. Is it time to become a manager? Tell your boss he’s a jerk? Join that startup? Author Michael Lopp recalls his own make-or-break moments with Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Netscape, and Symantec in Being Geek—an insightful and entertaining book that will help you make better career decisions.

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
By:
Lyssa Adkins
Published:
2010

As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.

Driving Technical Change
By:
Terrence Ryan
Published:
2010

Finding cool languages, tools, or development techniques is easy-new ones are popping up every day. Convincing co-workers to adopt them is the hard part. The problem is political, and in political fights, logic doesn't win for logic's sake. Hard evidence of a superior solution is not enough. But that reality can be tough for programmers to overcome.

Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing
By:
Herman T. Tavani, Ph.D.
Published:
2010

The new editorial of this respected text continues to provide students the information they need to fully grasp the complex issues in cyberethics that computer and noncomputer professional alike need to navigate the challenging waters of cyberspace. Each chapter is updated with new examples and scenarios to provide the most current information.

Leadership Principles for Project Success
By:
Thomas Juli
Published:
2010

Filled with samples, templates, and guidelines that readers can immediately use in their projects, this practical guide covers the five principles of effective project leadership and how they can be applied in daily project work.

A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders
By:
Michael K. Levine
Published:
2009

A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders reviews two different fictional systems development projects: Cremins United (CU) and Troubled Real Estate Information Management (TRIM). Both were done at the imaginary Cremins Corporation, a venerable printing company trying to transform itself to survive in the Internet age.

Agile Coaching
By:
Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley
Published:
2009

To lead change, you need to expand your toolkit, and this book gives you the tools you need to make the transition from agile practitioner to agile coach.

Agile Coaching is all about working with people to create great agile teams. You'll learn how to build a team that produces great software and has fun doing it. In the process, you'll grow a team that's self-sufficient and skillful.

Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders
By:
Andrew Stellman, et. al.
Published:
2009

What's it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? How do you build an effective team? Can a group of people who don't get along still build good software? How does a team leader keep everyone on track when the stakes are high and the schedule is tight? Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams in software engineering history.

Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point
By:
Mary and Tom Poppendieck
Published:
2009

Building on their breakthrough bestsellers Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development, Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s latest book shows software leaders and team members exactly how to drive high-value change throughout a software organization—and make it stick. They go far beyond generic implementation guidelines, demonstrating exactly how to make lean work in real projects, environments, and companies.

Agile Adoption Patterns: A Roadmap to Organizational Success
By:
Amr Elssamadisy
Published:
2008

Agile methods promise to help you create software that delivers far more business value—and do it faster, at lower cost, and with less pain. However, many organizations struggle with implementation and leveraging these methods to their full benefit. In this book, Amr Elssamadisy identifies the powerful lessons that have been learned about successfully moving to agile and distills them into 30 proven agile adoption patterns.

Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game
By:
Alistair Cockburn
Published:
2006

The agile model of software development has taken the world by storm. Now, in Agile Software Development, Second Edition, one of agile’s leading pioneers updates his Jolt Productivity award-winning book to reflect all that’s been learned about agile development since its original introduction.

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders
By:
Jean Tabaka
Published:
2006

To succeed, an agile project demands outstanding collaboration among all its stakeholders. But great collaboration doesn’t happen by itself; it must be carefully planned and facilitated throughout the entire project lifecycle. Collaboration Explained is the first book to bring together proven, start-to-finish techniques for ensuring effective collaboration in any agile software project.

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
By:
Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby
Published:
2005

Great management is difficult to see as it occurs. It's possible to see the results of great management, but it's not easy to see how managers achieve those results. Great management happens in one-on-one meetings and with other managers--all in private. It's hard to learn management by example when you can't see it. You can learn to be a better manager--even a great manager--with this guide.

Agile Software Development Ecosystems
By:
Jim Highsmith
Published:
2002

In a highly volatile software development environment, developers must be nimble, responsive, and able to hit a moving target--in short, they must be agile. Agile software development is designed to address this need for speed and flexibility. Agility describes a holistic, collaborative environment in which you can both create and respond to change by focusing on adaptability over predictability, people over process.

Communication Gaps and How to Close Them
By:
Naomi Karten
Published:
2002

If you develop systems or software for a living, you know that communication is essential for success.

Developers, managers, and testers have to understand each other clearly in order to meet client requirements, build work-related relationships, and survive time pressures and market demands. So often, though, communication breaks down, and we shout at each other across communication gaps that widen into yawning chasms.

IT Leadership Alchemy
By:
Jeff Feldman, Lou Russell
Published:
2002

This book provides real IT examples, templates and resources for an IT professional to grow the ability to positively influence the people that define the IT leader's role.

Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring
By:
Margo Murray
Published:
2001

This revised and updated edition offers step-by-step guidelines for creating a cost-effective mentoring program that will foster employee learning and growth. Shows how these programs can be rewarding for mentors and can contribute measurably to both individual and organizational performance.

Leading a Software Development Team
By:
Richard Whitehead
Published:
2001

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. 

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