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Developer to Manager

by Stephen Haunts

In this course, we look at whether becoming a manager is the right decision for you. If it is, then this course covers how to tackle your first 90 days as a manager.

What you'll learn

There comes a time in every developer's career when they have to decide what direction they want to go in. For many, this may mean becoming a manager of a software development team. In this course, we look at what it means to be a manager, and whether it is the right decision for you. If it is, then this course covers how to tackle your first 90 days in your new role, as well as some essential management and personal skills that you can use.

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Course FAQ

What is the difference between a Project Developer and a Project Manager?

Project developers deal with the industry-specific duties related to carrying out a project. This means using their specific skill set to research, design, and implement solutions to the project. Project managers deal less with the technical aspects of a project and more with its overall organization.

What are a Software Manager’s Duties?

Software managers are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the people, resources and processes required to deliver new software or upgrade existing products. In smaller companies, software managers may take a hands-on role in software development. However, their primary role is project management, coordinating the work of other software professionals.

How long does it take to become an effective Software Manager?

In the first few years of the transition from engineer to manager, there are some key lessons to be learned. Because of the drastic shift in responsibilities and function, it can take time to get your bearing and become an effective manager.

How much do Software Managers earn?

The national average salary for a Software Engineering Manager is $130,998 in United States.

What do you need to become a software developer?

You should first earn a degree in computer science or a related field. You should have at least a bachelor's degree to begin your career as a software engineer. Majoring in computer science will offer you the most useful background for designing software.

About the author

Stephen Haunts is an experienced Software Developer and Leader who has worked across multiple business domains including Computer Games, Finance, and Healthcare Retail and Distribution. Stephen has worked in languages ranging from Assembler, various forms of BASIC, to C and C++, and then finding his love of C# and .NET. Stephen also runs a Software Development and Leadership blog called {Coding in the Trenches} which can be read at . Stephen also runs a small music ... more

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