The Business Manager’s Guide to Software Projects: A Framework for Decision-Making, Team Collaboration, and Effectiveness
- Length: 331 pages
- Edition: 1
- Language: English
- Publisher: Apress
- Publication Date: 2023-04-12
- ISBN-10: 1484292308
- ISBN-13: 9781484292303
Every day, successful software projects scale and sustain businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Unfortunately, the reality is that many software projects still fail. The reasons behind these failures are seldom due to the underlying technology. Misunderstandings and communication barriers lead to wrong decisions, missed opportunities, communication breakdowns, or worse―huge economic loss.
In this digitally connected world, business professionals can’t afford to be hands-off on technical projects, but they also can’t be expected to have technical certifications. They have first-hand knowledge of the business processes, are subject matter experts in software requirements, and they finance the projects. Even C-level management or board members need to rapidly gain just enough understanding of technology to make mission-critical decisions for businesses to survive and flourish. In most software projects the number of non-technical stakeholders far exceeds the number of techies.
This book distills the world of software projects into simple terms and relatable metaphors for even the most technically adverse reader. Real-life examples, entertaining analogies, and hand-drawn illustrations will stick with readers throughout their own software projects, bolstering their success. Business requirements, use cases, process flows―the list goes on. It’s all broken down in this game-changing book aimed at delivering for business and tech teams what DevOps has done for developers and operations.
What You Will Learn
- Know the importance of good business requirements and how to write them
- Identify the most important business roles, key decisions, and critical activities involved in software projects
- Strengthen collaboration between non-technical and technical teams
- Grasp common software project terminology, required for non-techies
- Understand the software development life cycle
- Gain insight on the common software project methodologies and how they differ
- Understand what software developers do at a high level
Who This Book Is For
Non-technical business professionals (such as small business owners, startup founders, or employees of a business of any size or industry) who need to secure and implement a software solution. The reader may supervise or collaborate with technical teams, and may be a (beginning) software developer looking for practical insights and better ways to communicate with business colleagues.