Well I'm 5 months into my new career, and this is for a small custom software company with some pretty big and important clients (wont say because I'm honestly not sure how much I can say). But they are on a manufacturing and production/importing level. Regardless, anything they've handed me, I've been capable of spitting back out as fast as it was handed to me, and of quality above everyone's expectations. Simply because I know how to code, and code well.. The only area I lack is understanding a business of this caliber. I don't have a business degree, and in fact I have no degrees whatsoever. I'm just a damn finer coder, and I don't mean to brag, but in 9th grade I was building fully functional AIM Client software comparable to the one provided by AOL at the time. This is why I got hired in the first place. Now this new project I'm being handed is way outside of my comfort zone. To build software for a company, you must first know how that type of company works. The pressure is on, and became real the day they promoted me to production manager for this project, and handed the responsibility for finishing the tablet version start to finish. So my true questions lay here; where can I read to begin understanding the inner workings of a production facility enough to begin writing software that manages one?, is there any advice anyone can give me from their own experience with a project such as this?, and what would be some realistic goals I should set for myself when working on this type of project?. Do take in account that for the most part, it will be me and my boss working on this project. Mostly me because I've come to realize I am his predecessor, simply so he can focus on running his business, while I take over doing what he had to, to start his business.
Thanks in advance everyone! Wish me luck!