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Worried about the language of an email from one of the managers indicating a negative impression about me

Disclaimer: All names used here are fictional, including mine. Yesterday, my manager told me and another employee to work together in solving several bugs of a project named "B" on an emergency basis ...
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Resource allocation: Allocating a resource of one project to another during a high-priority project [closed]

Is it possible for a manager to allocate a resource to another project while he/she has plenty of dependency in the current project, the other project being a maintenance project where some issues ...
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What to do when remote project manager isn't managing but still assuring his boss everything is ok?

here is the situation I'm in : I've been tasked by upper manager "B" to work on a specific project. To help me and manage me more directly I'm supposed to work under manager "A" (B being the manager ...
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How to introduce better software development practices/processes to the workplace?

I'm apart of a small software team that works on fairly large software systems, however we do not have any sort of code reviews, software design meetings (i.e., UML before writing code), or unit ...
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How to communicate with checkbox-tickers about CMS choices [closed]

A web department develops a lot of CMSes using developer-friendly tools and frameworks, mostly using open-source technologies. They are being asked to develop and support a website using Sharepoint ...
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Am I taking a risk or responsibility? [closed]

I am an associate developer in a team of 2 developers. We have been working on a very important government project lately. My only co-worker (very experienced and much my senior) has informed me he ...
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How to handle an incapable manager (bad project management and poor programming skills)

Alright, so I'm in a team of web developers (RoR devs), consisting of 4 other people. My manager's programming abilities are ridiculously low comparing to the other team members. So that's causing a ...
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Long meetings (6-7 hours a day): Being “babysat” by supervisor [closed]

I hold a PhD in mechanical engineering with a 7 year background in self-guided, self-paced research including 2 years as a graduate level course instructor and a subject matter expert for various ...
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How to handle the situation where the scrum master is not supportive [closed]

Recently I joined a software company, working in an Agile team of 6 people. The Scrum Master in my team has less software experience than me, but based on his project management and client management ...
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What is an appropriate way to tell a project manager their timeline is unrealistic? [duplicate]

I have a few project managers that I answer to, and therefore, every now and then I'll have to work out prioritizing my work, thus, delaying the work handed to me by other project managers. The ...
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How the questions are identified and prepared for different types of meetings

In workplace or any other place there can be lot of different types of meetings we need to attend. For ex. Meeting related to project performance, appraisal related meetings, trainings for trainers, ...
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Are these expectations of our offshore team unreasonable?

Context I'm an intern in the IT department of an engineering company working on a specific project. My boss is the lead on this project. The project involves taking requirements and ideas from the ...
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How do I request for additional softwares for development? [duplicate]

I'm working as Senior Software Developer and my company mainly deals in financial services sector. That's why high level security is implemented in our system and we cannot install any software ...
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Should I obey the direct manager's decision? [closed]

I have years of engineering experience and now I am taking the position of a jr. manager. I seek the opinion of the other managers about the case at my current project. I had a positive experience ...
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How could I have better handled this problem project?

I was working on a project with two other people, one of whom wasn't putting in any effort at all. Since our modules were different I didn't care about his work at first. After finishing my modules I ...
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What should i put on my resume as i have left the business to my other partners?

I had started a business in partnership and after 7 months left it and it is still running. How can I fill up this gap on my resume?
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What can a developer do to instill a practical team Agile mentality? [duplicate]

I have been at my new job as a contractor for about four months. Since I am very sensitive about workflow protocols and procedures, I made it a priority during the interviewing process to ask things ...
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How to deal with an bad project manager? [closed]

I am in charge of producing web applications, internal software, and other apps at MEGACOMPANY. I have pretty good say on these projects and can work on what I want within reason but at the same time ...
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My manager doesnt want anyone internal or external cc'd into email to him? [closed]

I'm working on a major project with my manager. I've got the impression for a while he is 'keeping me out the loop' - I'm not being told of developments in the project. I have become concerned as the ...
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Project Manager Has Difficulty Managing Me Remotely [closed]

I work as a software developer and I have a flexible schedule where I work a few days in the office and a few at home remotely. My project manager is relatively new as a project manager (he was an IT ...
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How do I navigate after an uncomfortable hiccup at work?

I came back after maternity leave and requested a flexible working arrangement: work 2-3 days in the office and a few at home. As a software developer this is a very reasonable schedule. The only ...
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How to work with a “fanboy”?

As an IT Professional, part of what I do when assigned larger projects from management is to meet either formally or informally with the stakeholders, work to establish a scope and a set of ...
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What to do when tasks I am to work on are all to be at “top priority at the same time”

You may skip to the last paragraph for condensed question, but read back for details. I have a somewhat of a consistent issue I deal with at the workplace. The issue is lack of clearly defined ...
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How to estimate tasks scope of which keeps sliding as I keep working on them?

Background: I am working on a legacy code base. It is huge. I did not write it. I have done a lot of work on it, but more work remains. There are still unknown parts in there for me. Scenario ...
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Should one lower standards of 'alienated' employees for projects? [closed]

I am a lead programmer on a small development team. Normally, I give my other subordinates less critical things to program and my 'second in command' has brought it to my attention that they feel ...
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How do I handle non-technical project manager whose estimation is always half than my estimation [duplicate]

How do I handle the situation where the non-technical project manager never agreed to our estimated time line and as per him it should be half or even less than what we had estimated? According to ...
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Considering job I am over qualified for--will it hurt future job hunt?

I'm considering a job that I am clearly over qualified for (I'm surprised they are even considering me). I'm considering the job, because it looks a good group of people, doing good things...and ...
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Is “garbage in, garbage out” a valid reason for poor-quality work? [closed]

I am what would be considered a junior to mid-level programmer, though at this company I am working at(which is my first job in the field) I am more realistically closer to being mid to senior. For ...
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Vacation Etiquette After Short Maternity Leave

I took a short maternity leave (3 months) and returned to work. I had 3 weeks of remaining vacation time that I didn't take, so I booked the entire Christmas season off (Dec 12th to Jan 4th). I have ...
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How do I effectively handle this situation of no workflow?

I am a software developer who makes games. I really am at my wit's end with the game because of the chaotic workflow. The workflow is getting in the way of me getting anything done properly. ...
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Management too-hands off and workplace is chaotic [closed]

Management in this company is almost non-existent. There are no procedures or processes and everything is up in the air. When new people starts there is no orientation process or training at all. ...
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In how much project management should a programmer be involved? [duplicate]

Given that there is no hierarchy in my poject team, i.e. customer liason, project manager, architecture consultant, developers are just different roles. Everyone listens to everybody, and we move ...
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How involved with project development should a programmer be?

Given that there is no hierarchy in my poject team, i.e. customer liason, project manager, architecture consultant, developers are just different roles. Everyone listens to everybody, and we move ...
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A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior?

I work in a matrix-management based company where multiple superiors decide my performance appraisal, salary increases, etc. I have no single manager. I have evidence that one of my superiors is ...
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How to introduce formal request system

I work as the head of a small team of developers for a business with around 100 employees. Our core work is handed to me by directors which I then assign to a developer (either myself or one of the ...
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What exactly is a (non-technical) manager for in a software engineering team? [closed]

I could be a completely ignorant person here, but that's exactly why I'm asking this. Why does an engineering team need a non-technical manager? What exactly is his job? I mean, I do understand the ...
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How much power does a 'project manager' have? [closed]

Consider a medium sized research group, say a dozen people or more. It's typical in certain fields to have a project manager that looks after finances and other admin tasks. Sometimes the person will ...
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How to document / track day-to-day activities? [closed]

Let me put first that there is no possibility of using any other software outside of MS Office. What would be a good way to document day-to-day activities ? We are a reporting team in a large ...
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Will PMP help a technical employee move to a management level position? [closed]

I've been technical for almost 3 years in the software industry, a lecturer for 3 years in a software engineering department, and an adviser for 2 years. Will a certificate like PMP helps me move to ...
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Getting your voice heard on out of scope problems

The situation: I work for a large European based multinational corporation on an IT implementation. I am based out of the only major North American location. My project is presently unfeasable due ...
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Handling a lack of leadership [closed]

I started my first ever job eight months ago, as a Junior Developer. Basically, my job is to write PHP, and up until now it's always been picking up small tasks that need doing, and doing them. Now, ...
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Is it better to job hop than stay on a death march?

The project that I am on consists of one fairly junior developer (me, with about four years experience) and a project manager/engineer. We are rewriting a piece of software but we keep getting ...
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How to effectively reject a new project assignment?

My boss recently asked me to prepare for an interview that will be on a new custom software framework developed by a client. If I pass the interview, I will be deployed at the client's location. I ...
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dealing with uninterested co-worker

I am working as a web developer on a huge project. I was hired to work only on this project with another person. We were both hired with 0 knowledge on the project and we were provided training. The ...
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My current task exceeds what is expected from an engineer in my position - what can I reasonably demand from management and when?

Six months ago I become responsible for an important engineering task within my company, since the person previously occupying that position was forced to leave (ahem). So far I have done a good job ...
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How to deal with a difficult team consisting mostly of senior members?

I am part of a software development team working on a project that is about 5 years old. I joined the project as an intern almost 2 years ago and i am a full-fledged software engineer now in the same ...
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How to deal with a team that does not let me talk or count my opinions, but later go through the same situation i was warning them of? [closed]

I am in a team that has very experienced members and I am the youngest in terms of knowledge and newbie in terms of domain knowledge. I have seen a pattern of us as a team overcommitting to work that ...
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Do I need to be honest with a client even if it would show my incompetence?

I am a new software Project Manager and facing an ethical dilemma. I have to deliver my software to my clients, who will use it to diagnose ill patients in a hospital. I have to deliver it on time, ...
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How do I get over the feeling that I'm the only one who does real work? [closed]

I'm working for a enterprise company doing software development. Our software usually doesn't require many design decisions. UI usually is very simple and all the complexity is in the "cloud". I'm in ...
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Difficulties with convincing when on any kind of project [closed]

Every so often I come across a person who won't heed to what I say to them especially in matters that are rather secondary. But sometimes these small matters later become counterproductive and I get ...