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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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Should a Technical Lead (senior developer) in an agency-type org handle multiple projects at once? [closed]

I am looking for people's own experience in this area. As a Technical Lead in an agency, is it expected for such a person be responsible for multiple development projects at the same time in terms ...
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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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Seeking Best Practices around project/time tracking for capitalized labor. [closed]

We are a small (310 employees) software company looking to reevaluate the way that we currently track projects/time. Our current homegrown time tracking systems requires employees to assign hours ...
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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 ...
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Introducing daily standup meeting to workplace without standup meeting tradition

To have a better understanding of the project status and a better relationship with the developers who report to me, I want to introduce daily standup meeting ( as per suggested) to the developers in ...
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Does a company need a meeting code of conduct?

A couple of months ago a teamwork consultant came in and assigned a few of us to write a meeting code of conduct. The sample he gave us to work on was several pages long. At this point, I looked up ...
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Diplomatically suggest involving another person in project

A product that I work on as a developer recently received a complaint from an irate customer because of data lost due to a usability issue. I want to suggest to the team that a friend of mine in the ...
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Most effective way to do daily standup meeting when a few people are remote

I am a software developer in a small team of seven. We are not an Agile (with a big 'A') team but are experimenting with some aspects of agile. One of these is the daily "standup" meeting. The ...
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How can I professionally and politely disagree with Management about my performance review?

It is my performance evaluation. In the evaluation the management is trying to put my rating and rate low by making me solely responsible for some of the the results which don't meet management ...
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How to be in safe and profitable situation while project management applying tactics on me? [closed]

I am working for an outsourcing company. I was working on a new project as my first onsite assignment in USA. The situation was tough over there. I was searching better opportunities in USA. At that ...
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How do I politely ask about the “urgency” of a work request - i.e. what date should it be completed by?

I work in an IT Help Desk role, and I often get requests that have vague "due-dates". So maybe a Project Manager wants a large database pull, which will take at least a week of my time. But they ...
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How can I constructively request well scoped project requirements?

Are there good ways to ask the management to improve the clarity and detail level of work requests and be more specific rather than just throwing you into a war zone and expecting you to figure out on ...
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What can I do when the answer to every question is “call a meeting”?

Background - I'm the technical lead on a software project. I came up from software engineering and I am responsible for technical interaction with the customer, other vendors, the software product ...
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Saying no to project managers?

There are 5 project managers who keep coming to me and insisting that their requests are urgent and I find myself switching between 4 different projects, while I am supposed to work on only 1 project ...
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How can I manage technical workers when I have no experience in their position?

I've been asked to manage a team working on a project with which I am only marginally familiar. Getting more familiar with the project (desired outcome, expected timeline, etc) won't be a problem, but ...
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How can I deal with a difficult developer that is holding back the project?

Our entire project is being held up because of one piece which is being handled by a single developer. When we did finally got the latest version of his code and started reviewing it, we found the ...
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What are some good seminar topics that can be used to improve designer&developer communication?

I'm development team leader in a internet service company that provides service that's very similar to dropbox. In our company we have mainly two divisions: the tech division and the designers ...
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I made a possible mistake on a live project at work, how to handle this mess?

I am a software developer that just started out in this company. It's been almost three weeks. On Friday when I was about to leave work, a co-worker stopped me and told me to make changes to already ...
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My manager always seems too busy to meet with me. How can I improve that?

He's a great guy, but it feels like he's always in meetings or going to conferences or on the phone on long calls. He has told me that he really enjoys those interactions. He and I work somewhat ...