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Delay in placing order and therefore the production stopped. Need to save my job [on hold]

how to save your job when you have forgotten to place an order and the production of plant stopped for more than 2 hrs? Please I need to save my job. Kindly guide me
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Present a document with estimations of duration of work [on hold]

Two months ago, I joined a software development company. They have just assigned me my first big task that consist in overhauling all the front end of one of our Rails apps. The project is still in ...
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How to provide constructive feedback on a colleague to the manager?

Background : I work as a senior engineer in a software project (~3 years old). Recently, a new engineer was added to work with me for a couple of months to help resolve some of the issues (bug fixes) ...
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How to turn an OK subordinate into a highly productive one? [closed]

I'm in the position of overseeing the work of several "interns" who perform to widely varying standards. While all do specific tasks assigned to them in a timely and high quality manner, some are a ...
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What would you say to bosses that think programming jobs are interchangeable?

I'm in this software company, and funny thing is, I've only experienced two managers so far, but both these two managers view programming jobs not much different than laying bricks. They always ...
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How can i become more alert while doing my work? [duplicate]

I work as QA analyst in a software company. My work involves testing of applications. I have worked on lot of small projects. The problem i have started to face is of low alertness. For example i was ...
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I am taking over all of a coworkers projects, but nothing is communicated to me officially

I work at medium sized (say 50-100 employees) a software industry company for about 2.5 years now, in Germany. We do not have a strict company hierarchy, so technically everyone can just go to anyone ...
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How should I behave well when I meet with my director? [closed]

Well, I'm doing a job in a private institute. The director is very nice person and supportive. I have to give status reports of my job, he has given me one job and it's going to one entire year and ...
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How to deal with a nagging co-worker who incessantly texts?

After my first internship got over, I moved onto a new one. Since I am slightly more experienced than the other two interns, boss made me the "project manager" for a proof-of-concept he wants to test. ...
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How to politely decline unproductive jobs assigned by my manager?

I'm working on contract basis with an IT giant. Since I have good experience on the project which I'm working now my manager asks me to train the new recruits whenever they join. Giving knowledge ...
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How do you deal with a boss with no skills? [closed]

The situation stands as follow: I am the only developer in this company and the degree of my boss has nothing to do with software development, consequently he has high/unrealistic expectations. He ...
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How to get/make a project manager answer a question?

I often work with the same PM on large application tasks. I am the main point of contact for all things technical. The PM is a bit of a disaster in that this person cannot keep anything straight, we ...
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Restricting outside activities of 'key' people in a project in order to reduce risk

Is it reasonable to restrict the activities of key people in a project outside of work (e.g. non-essential personal travel) as we head towards crunch time. The intent behind this being the minimizing ...
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How to manage other people who want to jump on board of your successful project?

I am currently working on a few high profile projects which are highly interesting for the company. I am observing lots of interest from my colleagues, and as projects start getting steam and first ...
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My colleague always ask for help. Should I help him always?

So my colleague always or at least most of the times ask for my help like he expects me to explain everything from scratch for every project. He wants to learn but doesn't quite catch up everything ...
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Best way to ask for a raise in my situation? Any advice aside from that also welcome [duplicate]

The company I work for supports large corporate clients, and a constant influx of new work is always expected. They are not a startup and have been in business for 15 years. We have six employees ...
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Should teams asked before business decisions affecting them? [closed]

With a coworker we have an ongoing debate about the said thing in the title. Should team-members or individual developers be asked about business and technical decisions affecting them or not? Is ...
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How to convince superior/boss to use software tool, so we can avoid constant status updates?

I have a boss in charge of Product and Marketing who seems reluctant to learn about a product management tool we use, called Pivotal Tracker. My boss started working with us long after we began using ...
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Which are the main limit(s) for tolerance? [closed]

As a manager we have enough situations which we do not like. However our 'gut feeling', a book, lessons learned etc. tells us to be tolerant. However I don't found a clear bullet list on which are ...
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Changes and Information coming in from all direction using

Background This is a small company where i work in roughly 50 ~ 100 employee. I have several departments in my company for example Marketing Department , Financial Department, HR Department and IT ...
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How to effectively manage team members when they are your friends?

Recently I've been promoted to Project Manager at my company and am responsible for managing team members to work on different projects. The problem I'm facing is that most of the team members are my ...
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What is my job role title? [closed]

Long story short, I am an IT professional that comes from a web development background. I have recently undertaken a new position as a front end web developer (contract) with a small start up. Upon ...
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Getting blamed for “not communicating” by manager to cover his lack of coordination/follow-thru [closed]

So I work for a small software company, where there are about 8-10 "programmers" ...as they call us. This company started in the 80s, thus a rift has developed and there is this "Old Guard" and "New ...
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Project Shutdown due to Legal issues: How to represent on resume?

This is a continuation of a question I asked last week found here: Bankrolled my way to lead developer, does this count as experience? Two years ago, me and a couple online friends decided to write ...
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Bankrolled my way to lead developer, does this count as experience?

About 2 years ago, me and a couple of online friends decided to write our own flavor of Linux, based off of Debian. Up to that point, I had been a regular user of Debian, but had no "accredited" ...
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Dealing with unrealistic deadlines

I'm seeking advice on how to deal with unrealistic deadlines at work. The issue is that the company I'm working for is making a huge pivot, however there is an expectation that the pivot will occur ...
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Do hours logged managing remote projects/teams count toward PMP requirements? [closed]

I'm an independent developer with several years of experience working on physical teams for six month to one year contract projects and also managed remote members (primarily designers and developers) ...
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Making code changes; doing things quickly vs doing them well? [closed]

I'm a software developer fresh out of grad school, been working in industry for 5 months now and I am very much still adjusting to the business world. Over the past 5 months I have learned a ...
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Who should I report to? Conflicting requests from different people

So right now I'm an intern, I believe I have a supervisor who is also supposed to be a mentor that can help me. I tend to send him the demos of my work and to report on progress. Hes also super busy, ...
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How to exempt oneself from giving project completion time estimates?

After all my subtle attempts to evade project completion time estimate requests ("when will this be done?"), I would like to directly communicate to my boss that I cannot and do not want to be ...
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Product Owner demanding overtime for writing Unit Tests. How can I address this?

Recently I started a new project at work (it was nice to shake off the cruft of an old project and pick up a new one) and my team and I are pushing harder for more professional development practices, ...
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How to make young software engineers improve the quality of their output?

During our last project, our team composed of young software engineers made a product which contains much more bugs than other teams. We have a senior engineer who was part of the team, but isn't much ...
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How to keep track of what projects direct reports are working on? [closed]

Part of my job as a manager is to manage workloads. I have 6 direct reports, and I'd like to keep track of roughly what is on everyone's plates. What methods do people use for this? Pen and paper? ...
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How to do effective daily reporting to Manager

I am a software engineer of 7+ years of experience and working in a application in which I am the only resource. My reporting manager is busy with other work and on daily basis we have very little ...
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Setting flexible project expectations [closed]

I work as a sole developer on a continuous stream of web projects. The issue I seem to have run into is that, though similar in style, each project requires a different amount of time to complete. ...
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Manager over interacting with developers

I'm working on a project where: Managers should have complete info on what work is going on and how the work in going on in the project and their interaction with developers is mandatory, but in my ...
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My boss is assigning my work credit to others. What should I do?

When I first joined my current company, there was a colleague(developer) on the same level as I was, who has got reputation of not producing any results, got involved in my first project during my 3 ...
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Worried about the language of an email from one of the managers indicating a negative impression about me [closed]

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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3answers
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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 ...