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What differentiates a manager from a team leader?

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 ...
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How to be friendly without giving the wrong signals

How do I be friendly at the office without giving mixed signals, i.e. getting unwanted attention. I've been through a rough patch this year, and my immediate co-workers suspect it (abusive ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be included in a chew out meeting?

After having a read of this question, and it's answers, a hypothetical-esque question popped in my head. Imagine if you'd heard some one/people had made a mistake on something you're involved with, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be excused from a chew-out meeting?

Recently some co-workers have fallen out of line with our standards for completing a well-documented task and need to be reminded of their duties and responsibility when completing said task. The ...
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What exactly is a (non-technical) manager for in a software engineering team? [closed]

I could be a completely ignorant person here, but that's exactly why I'm asking this. Why does an engineering team need a non-technical manager? What exactly is his job? I mean, I do understand the ...
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Should I point out typos to colleagues in meetings? [closed]

When in a group meeting with a projector on, if someone's making notes or typing out minutes for everyone to see, I'd occasionally point out typos to do with internal acronyms and terms. I try not to ...
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How to convince my team leader not to lose faith in me? [closed]

I am in a company for 3 months now in these 3 months I have missed my deadlines and gave faulty codes and each time I asked apology and assured him of better performance but I couldn't do due to ...
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Very wary boss keeps the team away from empowerment, how to deal with it?

Brief description of me I am in the electronics department of a medium sized engineering business, among my other five co-workers. I've been working for 4 years here in the same position, but the ...
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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I ...
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How to deal with team member who is picking argument always instead of understanding the point? [closed]

I am working for on IT organization as Team Leader. I have a team member who works as developer. In age he is elder than me. He is very prone is picking argument and making offensive personal ...
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What are the things that I should mention and avoid in the introduction e-mail to my team in my new job? [closed]

I am joining my first job after my graduate studies. My manager asked me to send an e-mail to him with my short bio so that he will use it to introduce me to the entire team. I would like to mention ...
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Is it bad to offer alternative solutions without recommending them?

Sometimes in a meeting where a problem is being discussed I'll say something like "Perhaps we should consider frobnigating the widgetron instead of hexterpating the frampilator. I'm not saying that's ...
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Being a team's representative to the rest of the company, but not its manager, how much am I accountable when something goes wrong? [closed]

I am an assistant manager with authority over part of our Team ("sub-team"), mainly in supporting the actual manager. Most of my and my sub-teams' duties revolve around being a link between the Team ...
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1answer
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Give team lead a couple of subtle hints, how? [closed]

Here's the situation: I've been with the company for quite a long time working with same people. From time to time we're organized into teams to work on different projects and about a week I joined ...
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Request to observe environment prior to accepting job

What sort of requests are reasonable for a potential candidate who is looking to see if they would be a good fit prior to joining a company - particularly is it reasonable to request to observe a ...
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How to build dialogue and cooperation when other managers bypass my authority as a manager?

I manage two internal teams (direct reports) and external contractors (matrix reports) in a relatively flat organization structure and casual workplace culture. It is common for employees to help ...
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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client

My junior colleague and I attend a meeting every week. Last week I was giving a presentation about the proposed work to be done and my colleague questioned my methodologies in front of the client. At ...
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How to deal with a “team leader” who hates it that developers contribute to Stack Overflow during work downtime

We are working in a software company in India, and in our team, we have a lead and he simply doesn't like the developers who try to contribute Stack Overflow in a regular basis (meaning try to hit the ...
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How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
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Older employees refer to me as an intern, how can I let people know I'm a permanent employee?

I work in a branch of a company that has 30 people. One week before I was hired, 3 college students were brought on as interns. As a result, three times in the past couple of weeks I've been referred ...
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How to handle special travel accommodations for medical reasons?

I am currently in the process of changing employers and will be relocating to a new area, and a new exciting position. This new job requires me to travel long distances by plane 3-4 times a year. My ...
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How to name 3 equal but separate teams? [closed]

We're trying to come up with naming schemes for a team that is splitting up into 3 equal but separate teams working off the same backlog. To most outsiders, we're seen as just one group. We're ...
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Handling low quality work from a senior

This is a question regarding the software industry, but would apply equally to any industry in which teams contribute work to a final product. How do I handle having to completely rework the work ...
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Working with team members who do not follow up with responding to task requests in the agreed time

I find I have quite a bad memory so when I ask a team member if they could do something and let me know when it's done I tend to forget about it and rely on that person to remember and hence let me ...
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How to handle a condescending co-worker?

It's my first time posting here so just bear with me. I work at a software development company that primarily focuses on C#-based web development, but they also work on desktop applications on ...
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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 can I correct an elder team member without causing offence?

I am working for a consulting firm and they employed me at their client location for their client project. My team consists of different team members who are also employed from different organizations ...
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How can I recommend that a colleague be excluded from my team?

The background My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I introduced encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have ...
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What to do when blocked by reviews and the team is busy?

I am a co-op at a company. Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I am making many pull requests for my project for review, but the team is busy with understandably more important matters. If ...
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How to deal with egotistical, arrogant senior colleague

My problem started from the moment when my client and my manager recognized my work. Sometimes he'd stop talking with me without any valid reasons. The first 1 or 2 such incidents I apologized, ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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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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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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Fitting in with strange or undesired aspects of company culture

I just recently started a position at a new company. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly, but they all share the same non-work-related hobby (a pretty famous trading card game). I don't mind that ...