Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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My Old team are not happy with their new boss who reports to me

I have changed roles in my organization, and in that process hired a replacement for my old role. 10 sales people report into that role, and that role reports into me. The team have recently ...
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How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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Personal problems between employees

We are a technology startup, the problem i am facing is that my colleague(same designation as mine) Manager A and a member of his team (Coder A) have become incompatible.. it started out with ...
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What is the business management term for the 'tribal' behaviour in an organisation between competing funding pools?

I've seen this behaviour in a couple of different scales, but it appears to have the same root cause: The classic example was Motorolla with its 'Battling Business Units' - where whole business ...
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How to find a decision in a team without wasting much time? [closed]

I believe a team will find better decision/solution than an single person. That's why I like to find solutions in a team. But the draw back is obvious: It takes much more time. How to find a ...
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How should customer service be organized inside a company? [closed]

How should customer service be organized inside a company? For example lets use small e-commerce company that offers goods to end users (clients). On the other hand these goods are ordered from their ...
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How to prevent employees from escalating issues straight to the CEO?

I'm a CEO of a mid-sized company (40 employees). I tend to get along with most people and since the company is small, I have conversations every so often with new hires and interns. I don't mind ...
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How to request senior team members to prepare well for the team meeting?

I have joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big firm. I am the youngest person in my team (probably 10 to 15 years younger than the other members). I like my team very much as ...
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How to handle the assignment which I don't like but which I can not escape?

I am working as a Senior Developer for US based Organization. In order to develop and deliver the project, we have to have discussions with many other departments and key persons and have healthy ...
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Team makes excuses about bad software and practices instead of fixing it. How to head in the right direction? [closed]

At my new job I sometimes make mistakes. Usually these mistakes are because of assumptions I make based on other jobs I've had, other tools I've used, and other software I've developed on this very ...
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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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How to deal with jealousy after getting promoted?

I am part of a software development team in a big corporation. The team consists of the manager, several developers and one senior developer. The senior developer position recently became vacant and ...
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Project is due Monday but isn't finished because coworker didn't do his part. how do I explain this to manager without throwing blame on coworker? [closed]

My coworker and I were assigned a website development project. My team consists of me, my coworker and 4 other full time workers. I was the lead on this project. My coworker's task was to design a few ...
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Co-worker really upset at supervisor and manager for “shooting down” his suggestions / opinions and “lying to him”. How can I alleviate the situation? [closed]

I'm a student at a company and I work alongside another student (call him Jay. This is his first student work-term and has been here for 6 months). We work in the IT department. Both of us are ...
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How to prove the manager we need a a new QA hire in the team? [duplicate]

Just like many teams we used to have a manual QA member. After a while he transferred to developer's position. We don't have any automated functional or unit testing. What we do have is so-called ...
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How can I deal with someone who is always nitpicking?

One of the developers of my team is causing a bit of "stress" inside the team. We are organized in an Agile team (we use Scrum), and we meet regularly, both for the various "ceremonies" (estimating ...
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How to help a junior developer that refuses help?

In my team, I am the person with the most experience. We lack a strict junior/medior/senior split so we are all equals. I have been involved with this project from the start and because of that I have ...
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How can I help a new manager settle in without being patronising?

I have, up until recently, been the only member of my team after the team leader left a few months ago. The new one has just started, so naturally, part of my role is to help him settle in. I'm still ...
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.NET developer role/skills [closed]

I recently joined an organization heading up the Internet Marketing team. The company overall is dated, no place more than its use (or lack thereof) of technology. We interface extensively with our ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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Why can't many teams be self-organized and how to help them to self-organize?

Note: although the question talks about programmers, I imagine it applies as well to many other professions where self-organization is suitable: scientists, visual designers, etc. I remember from ...
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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 handle my boss suddenly not responding in the middle of conversation

Here's a (representative) conversation we just had. We were in the middle of a conversation about something else, where he did answer me - it's not like he was looking at code or doing something and ...
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Correcting an incorrect use of a word that has become vernacular at a company [duplicate]

I try desperately to be humble but it is so hard. Sometimes I feel like everybody on my team has Dunning-Kruger effect, while other times I feel like I must not be a very skilled or competent ...
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Asking for a raise for one of my team

I have a team of 8 members. i asked for a raise for three of them and the upper management gave me the approval for two and reject the third guy because he didn't finish a year yet. he is very ...
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Manager - Employee Conflict

I manage Jane, and she manages John. John complained to me once that Jane is unprofessional, rude, and disrespectful to him. I addressed the situation with Jane. Since then, John tells me that ...
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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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Team member is inexperienced and failing. How can I help him professionally?

I am a Technology Lead for a US based Organization. My Organization outsources some of the work to various Indian Outsourcing Companies. We started a new project with a new team 6 months back. It is a ...
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How to diffuse misunderstandings and rumors about me in the work place?

I am working for a US-based consulting firm. They have employed me at their client location based on corp to corp contracts. My employer is vendor to client. I have to report to a manager on the ...
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Starting/moving to a new office: how to make team feel their input is taken into account without turning it into design by committee?

I manage a team of 10 engineers, and after 3 years we are finally moving our engineering office outside the plant. Everybody is looking forward to it, and I have opened the process by putting all my ...
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How to not appear defensive when turning down requests from the rest of the company? [duplicate]

Our company highly emphasizes that everyone should do their best at cross-departmental teamwork and as such we also have 360 degree appraisals, not just from our direct line manager. People get fired ...
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Under which circumstances it's appropriate to pick up your colleague's phone if he's on leave?

I have this situation where my colleague, who is of similar rank as I am, went for a long holiday (approximately a week). There have been many calls coming in on his phone line, and I'm not sure if ...
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If a lot of people are leaving a particular team, does this imply that a person should also start looking for other jobs? [closed]

Suppose a team originally had 10 people. 5 team members left for other jobs. Does this indicate that a person in the team should also start looking for other jobs?
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How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
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What differentiates a manager from a team leader? [closed]

What differentiates a manager from a team leader (TL)? What is expected of a manager as opposed to a team leader?
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Team communication - what to use instead of emails?

Suppose I have a very important remark on some kind of technical convention or a rude bug in the code that everybody copy all over the place, how can I notify my colleagues on subject? Although we ...
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Managing very senior individual contributors?

I will be interviewing for a new position where I may be managing a software engineering team of very senior principal individual contributors (non-managers), like with 30+ years of experience. They ...
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How to cope with a “UX Expert” who has no experience?

We have had a self-proclaimed UX Expert foisted upon our development team recently and it's been nothing but headaches ever since. I am not sure what his background is but he does not know anything ...
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How do I tell my colleagues that the codebase they've built is a total mess and their practices are ancient?

The situation A few months ago, I've been working with a new team in a new company. The company offers some web services and the team's role is to develop and maintain those services. Problem #1: ...
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Should both points of contact reply to an email addressed to us? [closed]

I am one of 2 points of contact for a team. If someone addresses an email or question to both of us, and my other colleague replies to it, but I don't, then does it look like I am irresponsible? ...
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SW development team delegated to make tough decision that are related to management

We have a software development team of 5 people. All of them are developers and one is also a scrum master. Our line management has need to fulfill a business analyst position in our company. They ...
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What to do when I can't work with a colleague [closed]

I have a major personality clash with one of my colleagues. We both get along pretty well with the rest of the team, but we both have strong opinions and disagree frequently. The problem has been ...
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How to explain to my team why they shouldn't interfere when other managers or teams talk to me?

If a supervisor, another teams' manager or a different team member comes to my desk/area and asks questions or wants to discuss an issue, some of my more enthusiastic team members jump in and start ...
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How to be more assertive within a senior team [closed]

I've been working as a "Software Engineer" at a large, well-known tech company in the Valley for over a year and a half now. Previous to this, I've worked at another company straight out of college ...
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How to deal with a team member consistently showing up late

For a long time I was the only developer at my company. Last year, we hired two more entry level devs. I have no management experience or training and very few managerial duties, but by virtue of my ...
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How can I implement a sales incentive for a helpdesk type sales funnel?

We've got a team of sales people who handle sales in a self-elective manner from a helpdesk funnel. Basically the workflow is as follows: Customer places order Order appears in helpdesk Sales rep ...
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How do I motivate slackers (who are not on my team) to work?

I worked at the IT department of a company. This IT department hires 3 university students every 8 months. When I was working, one of the students (sat in the cubicle behind me) used to slack quite a ...
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How to deal with an underperforming engineering manager at a startup? [closed]

I'm at a startup that was an amazing place to work before we hired a new manager last year. In the time since morale has dipped drastically and amazing engineers feel they can no longer affect the ...
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Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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Motivate people in team in a non work environment [closed]

I have a small group working on a project together. I'm a team leader, but not the boss. The project is not for money, it's our thesis. We have around 6 months to finish this project. This is the 2nd ...