For all new managers who are stressed out over how they're going to handle their new responsibilities, this book is the next best thing to a Swedish massage--the perfect stress reducer.
This indispensable guide prepares inexperienced managers for the realities of today's fast-paced business environment, providing real-world information that helps readers move comfortably into their new managerial positions.
Review By: Howard M. Agress 09/12/2002This book is for managers who want to acquire the base framework for managing in today’s fast-paced environment. Although the book primarily targets recently promoted managers, Straub provides a high-level framework that is applicable to experienced as well as new managers.
Straub divides managerial activities by chapter and provides reasonable and thoughtful scenarios. Chapters on time management, team building, delegation, resource management, project management, making decisions, and others are covered. Each chapter offers an introduction to each new subject with minimal fluff. Simple scenarios are provided for use in applying to concepts at hand. The writing style is direct and to the point.
For a newly promoted manager, this book is recommended as a “base” on how to manage. Straub explains managerial concepts, relates them to real-life business scenarios, and provides some “food for thought” at the end of each chapter.
Unlike other “management-in-a-nutshell” type books, Straub is concise in his writing and thought process. He introduces concepts, explains their relevance to managing, and provides necessary scenarios that are easy to understand. The book is organized in a progressively specialized manner. Starting with areas such as time management, which is essential for all managers, Straub covers more challenging areas as the book progresses.
Although the book has no direct relevance to QA itself, it would serve as a useful reference point for a new QA or Software manager who is interested in gaining insight into their new job requirements.