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What should be the limit of someone's incompetence? [closed]

I joined a new team as a software engineer. I am helping fixing security vulnerabilities on these existing applications. The owner of these application has been working on them for many years but I ...
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Dealing with an incompetent colleague on a project

I'll try to keep the introduction very brief and elaborate further down. I work as a senior cloud engineer and our boss manages 4-5 teams of 3-6 people. My colleague - also a senior cloud engineer - ...
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Handling a perceived over-reaction to a bug introduced by my team

Background I run my company's central data team. Other teams depend on the output of our daily refresh pipeline which includes jobs that both my team has written (such as building our core orders and ...
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Giving credit to a colleague in a presentation that I was selected for

I recently gave a presentation with all the people within my department to several managers (mid-way up my org.) After that I was emailed, along with a select few, to repeat this presentation, in ...
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Can i ban technical scope extension as a tech lead [closed]

I am tech lead of a team with decided architecture and an action plan for development divided in different phases. One of the developers, a very vocal one, wants to pick a task from one of the later ...
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How to improve team collaboration in different time zone?

Recently, I started a new job where team collaboration seems difficult. Several of our business team members work in a different time zone that differs by ten hours. The only time I can get in touch ...
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How do you foster collaboration between foundation/service and product engineering teams?

Recently joined a company where the engineering teams are broken down by foundation teams and product engineering teams. The charter for the foundation team is to build products that are reusable by ...
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How to deal with a resisting collegue as a newcomer

I just started a new job. One colleague is supposed to help me with the onboarding, but from the first encounter, he seems very resistant. He never replies to kind words like "Thank you" and ...
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How to get co-workers to put in fair contribution to project?

I work as a public school teacher. My principal requires all teachers to join one committee. Each committee has unique responsibilities, for instance, the "Party Planning Committee" plans ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

I have a team-wide performance problem on the team I inherited about a year ago. No matter their title, the senior+ engineers on my team perform at the level of a junior engineer (objectively, ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

My highly technical department has historically had a problem of catering to every whim of everyone else in the company. If someone comes to my department and asks for a technical solution, they have ...
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What are some good questions for gauging what various software teams are like to work with? [duplicate]

I'm interviewing for software engineering positions for multiple different teams at a single large tech company, where cultures can be quite different among teams. In these interviews, what would be ...
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Is it an efficient strategy to deploy collaborative tools like Office 365 only to a subset of employees? [closed]

I work for an industrial company with a lot of business done in back-office (including design, engineering, R&D). The company has decided (and confirmed its decision multiple times) to have a very ...
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How can I politely ask my PM to stop calling me unexpectedly?

I am a software engineer. Sometimes, the project manager in my team will randomly call me out of nowhere on our communication software, without asking first if it's ok to interrupt me. They usually ...
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How to tell coworker in polite way to briefly describe things I need to learn instead of elaborating?

I am working on product in which I am a newbie, but in my group there are coworkers that know that product deeply in all the details. Those coworkers are busy with high-priority tickets and I am new ...
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What leads to a collaborative software development workplace?

My partner and I have worked as software engineers in academia for several years in multiple very different schools & departments. However every job has been very independent. I have a boss and ...
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How to give credit without creating a pressure?

I am creating some newsletters on which my colleagues can contribute if they want, in order for the info to be in one place and sent based on a schedule. But it is not mandatory at all for them to ...
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How to unlearn bad habits imbibed from ex boss

My boss in my previous project, was not a good manager, in my opinion. She had very controlling nature. She would treat me like a school child and put her nose in each and every matter and work. She ...
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Dealing with interference from my boss

I am the lead software developer of a startup since one year. We are 7 in the company and I will be promoted as CTO in few months, and I informally fulfill that role since I was hired. We have some ...
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Having failed to meet the timeline, my collaborator asks for my help and covers his mistakes

This is a project involving a lot of companies and teams. As a contractor working for company A, I finished my part, so I am not going to get more money from A. However, Bob from company B failed to ...
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What is the best course of action on a new side project. when a co-lead has a completely different approach?

Context We are both solution architects and fairly new at a company. This project is not related to our direct work but an initiative that involves the wider department. My colleague invited me to co-...
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How to handle overtime work?

I am working 20 hours per week as I am an international student, in my 20's, I was asked to help my colleague to do some task, my colleague also works for 20 hours per week. I was done for the day but ...
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What is this phenomenon in a company when it's difficult to find important knowledge?

I was told by colleague A that a database table would be helpful to me, but a field name and its comment in it were not that self-explanatory and detailed and I cannot get to know how the values of ...
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What should I do when I have nothing to do at the end of a sprint?

This is my first software development job. Initially I paired a lot with other developers but recently I’ve started doing smaller tickets on my own because I have just enough enough experience to ...
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How to use chat to address multiple questions and topics without cross interference?

We use MS Teams for team communications, which has become quite essential since we work from home several days a week and some of our team members are full remote (other city). We extensively use chat ...
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Working Collaborative with Other Departments

My team has owned a marketing a project for about a year now that the marketing department would like to start having more ownership in and collaborate in. We owned it by default because no one their ...
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How to deal with colleagues who provide partial information?

Some of my colleagues don't share information in general. They have their own cliques, sometimes they part of "rival" teams, but some in particular will systematically retain information. ...
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In hyper-competitive environments, what is the limit of "expect the worst from others"? [closed]

I work in a hyper-competitive environment. My team is very collaborative and we work very well with each other. Some other teams are extremely competitive. They want control, they want ownership, etc. ...
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Lack of Communication in Project

The teamlead kept talking to me about an upcoming project verbally since last December or January. The project formal kick-off was on April. When I was assigned a task, I started downloading the ...
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Lack of Visibility within the Team

Everyone in my team affirm that I do a great job and that I am an important team member. However, I always feel like I am out of the loop. I am not supposed to know anything related to backstage. When ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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How do companies manage to work remotely to meet client deliverable? [duplicate]

In this situation of COVID-19, many business have affected. still, some companies are performing well while working remotely to meet their client deliverables and deadlines. How are they managing to ...
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How to be collaborative & helpful yet concentrated on your goal

I like to help people and people show up to me for help many times. But many times in aggressive timelines on projects I am facing hard time to be both helpful & highly productive. I like to ...
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How do I deal with a senior coworker with argumentative and disrespectful tone in emails?

I am a remote worker on a mostly office-bound team. I am not particularly experienced (about 3 years out of college, all with this same company), but our team is mostly people around my age, with one ...
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Is it professional way to ask for recognition?

I have collaborators in other company who work on similar project. They specialize on technical details, we specialize on applications. We share a lot of information and experience. I shared an idea ...
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How can I warn another team that the boss is going to call them out?

Here's what has happened so far: Team X is supposed to do something for us, and the timing was kind of vague but it's been a long time now. The boss said he was going to send an email to them cc'ing ...
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Asking a team mate from a different company about job opportunities

I work on a project involves many companies, cooperating for the project. Outside of this and other shared projects, the companies are competitors. I really like the project and I am sure I am ...
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Hiring a graduate student for R&D research [closed]

Recently I started working in a company as an intern. The things that I am working are for the future of the company and applications that I develop solves companies existing problems. I am facing ...
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How to address a suspicion that my co-worker is not reviewing my work?

On each project we submit drafts for peer review. Whenever one particular colleague of mine performs a review of my work, she always returns it with no comments. I always get comments from everyone ...
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Potential new partner angry about first collaboration - how to answer email to close up this encounter in a graceful manner

I'm a in-house translator at a company. We sometimes test new freelance translators to help us when we are short of in-house resources. One of our criteria for collaborating is to have the same tool ...
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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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What are some techniques to improve collaboration inside a design team?

I work at a digital agency and we've got many different clients and projects, which is great, but we end up assigning each member to a few clients and getting evertone into their own client-bubble. ...
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Proposals and Solutions Frequently Dismissed

I work at a large company with different groups and divisions and things like that. We are made to participate in several cross-company workshops where many issues are discussed. In one group, ...
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How do I work with someone that shows no effort of working with me?

I have worked at a startup for 3 years alongside the CEO and another developer which I will refer to as Tom from this point forward. Tom is 35 years older than me and is seen as the more experienced ...
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How to like somebody who you dont like at work? [closed]

I guess its the most natural of all feelings, some people we like, others we dont. But at work, wanting to be professional and to the advantage of the business, I believe collaboration is best when ...
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Bringing up a slow colleague in a nice way

I am a mid-level developer and leading a project at my company. I am very strongly encouraged to pair with another dev who is relatively new (half a year now). He is a good guy, but working with him ...
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How do you respond to a colleague from another team when they're wrongly expecting that you'll help them?

Disclaimer: I've had this problem sometime back but want to find out whats a good way to handle it. Hence I'm posting this now because I feel that this might be a common situation. Here's the ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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Private or public agenda?

Question Question: at work is your agenda private or public? E.g., can colleagues see your agenda (subject + location) within, for instance, Outlook? Help request What arguments can I give to ...
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Feedback that an agreed tool is non-intuitive [closed]

In a meeting two teams, mine and another one, quite lightheartedly agreed to my proposal to use a common and very popular tool for a project. It is actually a market leading browser-based ...
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