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Colleague is not competent but gets away with it

We have a dedicated resource for CSS styling since we are working on a web application and are under tight deadlines. Me and 2 others are the main drivers behind this enterprise application. We simply ...
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Organization and efficiency of team meetings and 1-to-1

We are a small (5 people) team of geographically dispersed employees in a big international corporation. Up until now, our manager decided not to have 1-to-1 meetings with any of us, but a single ...
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How to tell my boss about a personal mourning? (Should I?) [duplicate]

Death of a relative, break up... Sometimes personal things such as these occurs. I think that personal life should be kept away from work. But sometimes, since we are human beings such events do ...
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How to efficiently work during a software update?

The computer provided to me to do my work on is mostly a workstation that accesses a virtual machine hosted elsewhere. Occassionally, about once or twice a month, there are software updates that ...
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How do you stay productive in an interrupt-driven environment [duplicate]

We are a small team of software developers where everybody knows everybody, and we work in an open space. Naturally, this means that whenever we need to ask a question or get some information that is ...
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Is quitting coffee necessarily a healthy thing? [closed]

I'm working in IT industry, and it's a well known fact that programmers are caffeine-to-code machines... I'm trying to avoid that though. I don't enjoy any kind of dependence, and recently I realized ...
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2answers
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Changing/appending last-name to avoid name duplication

My name is a very common one, and I'm not just talking about my first name. My first name + last name combination is so popular that there were three people with exactly the same name in my high ...
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Is it normal to take lots of breaks in a programming job?

I currently have an internship and I've been assigned to a single project and that project alone. While I'm usually several weeks ahead of schedule and put a lot of thought and detail into my work, I ...
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How to implement work-to-rule in software development [closed]

I'm looking for ways how to implement work-to-rule to make software developer work as inefficient as it can be but still follow the permanent job contract rules. The question is how to do strike but ...
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Efficient morning greetings [closed]

The Scenario We're an small IT firm with 10 - 15 employees split into three different offices (A,B & C): Each morning as staff members arrive, they make their way through these offices in order ...
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2answers
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Insight Into Applying for Jobs and Portfolios/Projects [closed]

I'm in the process of job hunting for something entry level programmer/IT related and I haven't had any luck for a few months now. I had one offer presented via LinkedIn because my skill set happened ...
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How to explain issues of momentum

I am a Web Developer, full-time, but that isn't so much important. At my current gig, and at previous jobs really, there is this issue of not dividing up work and planning for it far enough ahead of ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule [closed]

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...
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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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2answers
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Was I wrong in my approach ? Tips on becoming a more agile learner [closed]

I just got laid off of a job after just 5 weeks. I have worked, and was hired as Senior Engineer working middle-ware/server-side with a bit of client-side scripting work here and there(jquery comes ...
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3answers
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Need help in work management [closed]

I am finding difficulty in finishing tasks on time. And lately, this is affecting me and my professional life a lot. At work, my boss is getting judgmental about this and discarding all my good ...
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What sort of reasoning can I use to differently review two employees who provide the same output?

I have two employees, Alan and Beth. If I assign a task to be completed within 4 weeks (which is enough plus some slack to spare), both will finish on time with the same quality of work. The big ...
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9answers
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How do I eliminate a coworker from a project?

For a university project I grouped up with two random students in my class (let's call them A and F). A, F and I are working on a project together that all three of us are REALLY passionate about. Me ...
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Is the “open doors” policy for a project manager always beneficial? [closed]

I've heard that the "open doors" policy is beneficial, as it lets anyone come to the project manager with any problem that might arise. At the same time being interrupted at irregular times can be ...