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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Management Styles

Depending on who you talk to in this industry and where they have worked, the styles of software project managers range from highly aggressive to passive. These extremes are indicative of the lack of training and screening of project managers that exists in our industry. Let’s face it, at one extreme are people who cannot lead, and at the other are people who are likely to abuse the power that leadership bestows upon them. What’s worse, our industry focuses on success in terms of profit and spends too little time or money trying to separate the best managers from the poorest—as long as they perform. This fails to recognize how much more profitable a project could have been if it were led by a project manager who motivated the ...

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