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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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Was shown a salary of upper management twice in a week… Does that mean the company wants my promotion? [closed]

Give a little background: I'm a mid-level developer, working on a pretty difficult, but not critical for company, projects. Also I'm international, so my English is not at it's best as one might ...
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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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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 ...