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Growing Software by Louis Testa

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Chapter 9. WORKING WITH YOUR COMPANY

Since a company's practices, culture, and values set the tone for interactions within the organization, a development manager's success depends on her ability to work effectively within the company's culture and also her ability to influence it. Conversely, a manager whose style is contrary to company culture and practices will encounter friction with other managers and other employees.

To understand a company's culture and practices, the new manager must first inquire about it and then observe what behaviors actually occur in the workplace. If you focus on the following five areas, you can develop a good sense of your company's culture and practices:

  • Ask how decisions are made.

  • Observe how people reach agreements. ...

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