Linked Questions

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Being nice only around the boss, does it benefit the team? [duplicate]

Before I ask my actual question, let me introduce our company structure in few lines: I work on a project that's completely agile in development. We are a team of 6 and we have 5 such teams in our ...
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2answers
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How can one politely keep a coworker on topic? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer in a small team of about 20 people, I have been working at this job for about 1 year so far. Every now and then I have to ask a question to my senior coworkers. Those questions ...
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1answer
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How to tell a coworker that their communication is confusing, because they speak off topic? [duplicate]

I thought maybe this would be a better fit for interpersonal.stackexchange.com but noticed a lot of answers given there are strange. I recently started working for a small company. In the interview I ...
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1answer
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How do you keep people on track/topic during meetings? [duplicate]

I work with a few people who like to go off on long tangents and/or go deep into unnecessary detail during meetings. What are some strategies that I can use to keep these people on track and keep our ...
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3answers
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Talkative Coworkers [duplicate]

I have a colleague that is really good at his job but sometimes we get off topic and explore a few "rabbit holes" onto more personal topics. I don't want to appear that I'm a chatty Cathy so I am ...
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2answers
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Dealing with verbose colleagues politely [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone has encountered a verbose colleague who doesn't feel any kind of need to 'get to the point'? I'm a lead developer working on a version of software. The lead stakeholder from ...
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4answers
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Is there a simple, non-offensive way to flag “bike-shedding”?

Is there any neat clean familiar way to get across the idea of "bike-shedding"? "Bikeshedding" is when legitimate agenda items or elements of a project which people enjoy or find easy to discuss ...
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6answers
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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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Dealing with “buzzword creep”

I am an employee with 1.5 years of total experience leading a team of 5 others, 3 of whom have 6 months of experience and 2 are peers. The accountability of the project lies with the team, but I am ...
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5answers
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How can I transition from freelancing back to the Corporate Workplace? [closed]

I've recently returned to Conglomo America after 13 yrs; a few in a different industry and 10 self employed (web development). I'm used to working at my own pace which was probably 12-16 hr days 4-6 ...
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2answers
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How to discuss career progress with boss who switches the topic to task assignments on 1 on 1 meetings?

Background: I'm working in a software company. I've had a new manager for a few months. 1-on-1 meetings are kind of standard for the company. Their main focus is usually career development, personal ...
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4answers
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How can a new manager deal with a report who is not productive and has communication issues?

I work in a small start up and have recently been made a Team Lead. I have some developers working for me; a product manager, a scrum master and a QA engineer. The job is largely going well but there ...
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1answer
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How to deal with a manager who is bad-mouthing my client?

I'm currently working in a small team where my client can be seen as my line-manager, although he is not. My client and me are working for department X of the group Z. I'm contracting. Another team, ...