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Often, especially when small companies grow, good developers get promoted into leadership or management positions: Scrum Master, Development Team Lead, Development Director, or even CTO. Back in 2007 I was in the same situation - barely graduated from university and all of a sudden assigned to manage and organize a development team of 8. Yes, and I must admit that I didn't have any clue about what it really means to manage and lead a growing development team in a permanently changing organisation... I was a software developer with interests in agile methodologies and fairly high standards for myself and others, but I still was a software developer and had never learned about the responsibilities, pitfalls and mindset you need to know to succeed in a leadership position.

I learned a lot since that time and thankfully I had a great boss who was and still is a patient coach and mentor for me. I read loads of different books, joined leadership seminars and talked to dozens of other development managers, consultants and senior developers. All this learning effort and the chance of gaining management experience within a growing and healthy company combined with the strong support from top management formed a quite effective stage for my leadership take off.

However, in the beginning I surely made lots of failures and the company had to invest in myself by accepting imperfections an experienced and highly skilled manager probably wouldn't have had. I lately read three different books: Peopleware, Management 3.0, and Growing Software. These books are great material to study for becoming an effective development manager in an agile and more and more chaotic world. I strongly would recommend these books to every management aspirant - not just in the area of software development. Back in 2007 I would have been really happy to know about these books...

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