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Is there a good tool for versioning Word documents? [on hold]

Where I work, our source code resides in TFS allowing changes to be tracked easily, people can diff between versions, you get mails when something changes,etc.. However, the user stories we get come ...
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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? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Dealing with non-negotiable deadlines as the only resource on a software project [duplicate]

The question : How do I deal with unrealistic deadlines on a software project? How do I make sure I don't miss any deadlines when the deadlines themselves are unrealistic? What do I tell my manager ...
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Canceling a project gracefully

I'm a senior developer on an agile project. In that project, I and two other developers are to port an existing software to another target platform. I don't code, I'm mainly responsible for project ...
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How to deal with unrealistic deadlines as an intern in a startup?

I'm working as a software engineer / web developer intern in a start-up. After discussing with colleagues, I just realized that I am given unrealistic deadlines by my intern supervisor who is also the ...
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How can I deal with a non-technical team leader?

In the past few months the area which I am I working in has grown and I do not longer work directly with the area manager (who is uber techie but still knows how to manage people, I know, it's hard ...
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How to deal with a boss who has lost touch with modern software development?

I work (as a junior developer) for a medium-sized company which is the sole market leader in our industry. Our software mainly consists of old code which has been hastily ported/copied to a 90s ...
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Project timeframe issue

I have recently been promoted to team lead. My project manager is assigning a new project to me along with two team members. I have discussed the project scope and efforts with project manager and ...
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What would my actual duties be per this job description?

I am currently in university and a recruiter from a certain bank contacted me about an internship position and he sent me the job description but this stood out and I have done quite a lot of research ...
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Job responsibilities - Project manager vs developer [closed]

I am currently working with a project manager and not sure about some of the stuff she expects me to do. As a developer as well as writing code, quite often I am being asked to perform certain other ...
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What to do as an employee when I find possible problems in areas which are not my responsibility?

I am a programmer who has worked in an IT company for 1.5 years. During these 1.5 years I have only worked on one government project, which is among the worst in the 20 year history of the company. ...
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How to deal with small projects and leadership

I was recently given the opportunity at work to lead a small project. My manager told me that I was allowed (and was encouraged to) ask other people around the office for help. Initially, I felt ...
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Politics in implementing a belief for a project [closed]

I have been hired by a phone company to implement Google Analytics for their Android device. With my skills in Google Infrastructure, I can help them create apps using Google products. My goal is to ...
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How to Limit expanded project? [closed]

All my previous projects expanded to be 300% or 400% more than the original requirements. Somehow I fall in love with the project and try to make it better and better by adding new features and pretty ...
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How can I inform management that our time tracking procedure is flawed? [closed]

A director at a company I worked for mandated that all time-sheets be accurate to within 5 minutes for each task, so that future projects can be estimated accurately in terms of time and cost. There ...
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How to know whether reassignment to different team/project means criticism of my current performance?

I work at my company since three years and have been promoted to manager of the team I started in. I have brought a lot of innovation and efficiency to the team and always received top performance ...
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How many hours do you expect to clock in a 40 hour week? [closed]

I currently work M-F 8-5 with 1hr lunch breaks. Which leaves me with 40 hours of "work" a week. I am trying to come up with an ideal amount to use when setting up my sprint backlog. I can't use 40 ...
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How to encourage a team to face adversity and embrace challenges?

Just a little background: I have 10+ years experience as a developer. I've worked in many different teams with many different technologies (Java, C, .NET, PHP, etc). As a developer I have always tried ...
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Outsourcing some software development tasks [closed]

We currently have a development team of 5 people and a support team of 8. We are based in Ireland and are doing ongoing software development on a product we license and support to a number of ...
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How to apply measurable goals to manual data processing? [closed]

In my annual performance review, which in general was very positive, I was told I could improve a lot if I gave more measurable goals to one of my teams. In essence, they need to translate ...
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Is positive thinking enough to do well? [closed]

I feel that if habitual thinking of a person is positive, he/she feel more confident and get better result as most of us may know that majority of communication between humans happens in form of body ...
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Been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project delivered, would that let the team down? [closed]

I'm involved in a project that has a long running history of failure. Recently we've been approaching a deadline and subsequently been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project ...
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How to handle a project manager who is not getting satisfied with his own design/plan? [closed]

I am working in a start-up where we have a team that consists of 2 developers, 2 testers, and 1 tech lead, that's me. Database design, UI design, and the workflow are decided and managed by our ...
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Asking for more deterministic and easily measured work assignments in new job [closed]

I started a new job about two months ago as a senior software engineer at a software product company. After a few assignments that I found to be reasonably scoped to my level of domain experience, I ...
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How do I convince my co-workers to position me as CEO? [closed]

Me and a bunch of college graduates are in the beginning process of making a video game development startup. I was curious as to any arguments to use to position a person as CEO. Our team agrees that ...
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Is hiring a single software engineer common or reasonable for smaller companies? [closed]

I work as a software engineer at a small/medium sized company. I work alone as a software engineer. There are two other people in the building that know programming, but one is the head of the ...
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How to approach a manager to give a suggestion for reorganizing meetings?

I have recently started my first job after grad school. The size of my team is around 20. My manager is great. I meet (as quick meetings) most of my teammates at least once in a day to discuss what is ...
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How to backseat project manage when meetings are poorly/not facilitated?

Meetings without agendas which are poorly facilitated do NOT fall into the category of beneficial meetings. Unfortunately, a lot of PMs or managers do not have the expertise or skill leading ...
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How can I tell my manager the task I was assigned is beyond my current ability?

I was hired a year ago as a new graduate to my company. I have been learning the job as I go along, helping out with smaller tasks (modifications to C++, C#, vb6 programs) rather than being ...
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Should I ask my project manager to review my work?

I completed my coding part in our project and I would like to have a code review with my overseas project manager (who is also involved in code development). But I'm a little scared of asking him ...
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Participation in Product line testing

Once a week we perform a test where we encourage everyone who works on the product line (~100 people) to follow a script and test several different clients from the product line. At first we started ...
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How should I measure time spent on work assignments? [closed]

Background: I'm a vocational student and have recently received my Bachelor-Thesis project. Quite a cool thing imo - I get to completely build the customer reporting system for my IT department within ...
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Should I know what work/tasks/projects are next?

I've recently started working at a software development company where the style seems quite different to my previous experiences. Mainly, the work comes infrequently and after I finish it, I don't ...
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How can I break a verbal commitment without burning bridges with my current employer?

I have verbally agreed to a 6-month project through an outsourcing agency because I could not find any other work. Now that I have agreed, I suddenly have numerous opportunities from outside the ...
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Should I have input to an appraisal for an employee who no longer works for me?

For about four months I managed a small technical project, although my job title remained that of a person in a technical role. This was the first time I managed a project with this employer, and I ...
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How to ask software team for basic yet important tasks without lowering morale?

So here's the deal - I have a software engineering team I'm the lead of that is remote (different country and timezone - take strong note of this. Too many responses I think are from people ...
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Is it ok to ask for proof of actions taken to my project manager?

Here's the situation: I work in a team of 12 people, responsible for two applications. Our project manager has been working on one of the applications for over 5 years (project A), while the other ...
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Is documenting communication with my boss on expectations, targets, and promises wrong?

When I was working on my earlier project, the project management diplomatically played with the communication. There was big mess related to expectations, commitments and promises. At one point, I ...
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Juggling Projects in a Matrix Management Organization [closed]

I keep running into this problem over and over when I work in relatively large companies with a matrix management organization. Basically, I deal with multiple concurrent projects. My "deliverables" ...
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Too aggresive project estimation, what are my alternatives? [closed]

Our IT Managers give me a project and says estimate it, how long will it take to get it done. I say well 2 days or more. He think it can be done in 2 hours. Now the project is basically about adding ...
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How can I manage a project without authority to manage some of the people involved in the project?

I am currently in charge of the development and maintenance of all current and new web applications for the company I work for. I report directly to the president and VP of the company because ...