Questions tagged [management]

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My boss has put me specifically for customer support role. What do I do?

I am working in the IT as a java developer for 2.5 years now. During the lockdown period, my productivity got a little low due to which, I think, my boss has put me on customer support role which ...
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How do I prevent scrum from turning great developers into average developers? [migrated]

I found this also happened in my team although he may exaggerated the situation a little bit. Scrum is a way to take a below average or poor developer and turn them into an average developer. It'...
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What should I do if I have sensed my guy wants to quit and I don't intend to keep him too? [closed]

There are signs that someone has plan to quit, e.g. suddenly calls in sick from time to time, frequently take "secretive" calls, avoids social interactions with co-workers, less engaged than they used ...
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How do I describe this to my CTO/CIO/EA about a line manager [closed]

So yesterday I got FYI'd on an email, that shows that a contract with a third party was never signed and that £1/4million has been paid on invoices from this unsigned contract. For me this is now the ...
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My superior has a tendency to launch into monologues overexplaining things - how to make them aware that I already know what they are talking about?

My boss (who is also the owner of the company - so there's an unequal power dynamic there) is great but they have a tendency to massively over-explain things. A simple question to expand out an ...
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How can we get the boss to stop using an anecdote during pitches that makes us look incompetent?

I work for a startup where we have to frequently pitch to customers and investors. I'm the most senior developer in experience, but I did not want the lead role, so I could avoid most client meetings ...
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Colleague nags and acts like my manager, should I be worried?

I've been working remotely as a software dev at a company I really like for a few years. One of my teammates, let's call him Bob, concerns me. Most of my colleagues work on one part of the product, ...
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How to finish my report? [closed]

I need some advice since the advice I have so far received from my friend can be considered dangerous. I was finishing up my report and although I was late my supervisor accepted the report. The ...
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How can a project with high turnover be stabilized even as staff change?

I'm the newly hired team lead for a project which is four years old. I'm two weeks into the job remotely, so I haven't had as many casual chats with new co-workers as I might have hoped, but one of ...
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Is this an adversarial statement? [closed]

“Developers need to be informed the scope, timelines, and other expectations that are material to the success of needed changes.” This statement was made by a developer to an executive, a non-...
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Micromanaging manager keeps asking “Do you agree?”

I am just going through a very annoying situation and wanted to know how to respond. Lately due to COVID-19 we all are working from home and my Manager is at the peak of micromanaging since I believe ...
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How to ask my team members for exact time they need for different activities?

I'm looking for a way to ask my team members what they devote their time to all day without sounding accusatory or micromanaging. It's about the amount of time they need for different tasks, not so ...
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How should I handle constant change on employee assignment from my manager?

I manage a team of 8 engineers, 3 of them are really strong while the other 5 are still mid and junior. They are professional and want to learn new things. My style of building team is to make sure ...
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How to identify why a software development team is failing?

Recently I became part of a new team as a software development coordinator. Basically it is a non technical job where I handle the operations work so the team lead has more time especially in this new ...
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Working for my cousin

So i have been working in a small company and the owner doesnt really take anything serious. My cousin is the general manager and to be honest he has been doing alot of things with out permission and ...
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How do I deal with my managers' and their inconsistent criticism of my work?

I work in networking support and have 2 middle managers and a project director, I've been in the company for 3 years and change and I've consistently received praise for my performance, capability and ...
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How to lead unproductive team

As a lead developer I have to supervise two very unproductive and irresponsible colleagues. The problems are: Deadlines are always missed by two-four weeks. Junior-level tasks may take a week instead ...
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How do I provide daily report to my boss during remote working?

Our company asked us to work from home due to COVID things. I am an R&D, my work is mostly programming. My boss asked us to provide a daily update, What is the best way to give my boss a daily ...
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Practical ways to hold peers accountable for their assigned tasks?

Recently, I and 4 other coworkers were working together on an internal initiative. Due to the nature of the project (internal rather than client-facing, etc), it was a rather "informal" project that ...
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Are the roles of boss, manager and owner clearly defined?

On the first look, the terms boss and manager are defined clearly. It is written in the English dictionary what the term manager means and the only problem is how to fulfill the role in reality. ...
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Manager proposes bold idea (for inspiration and boosting morale), that is complete nonsense. How to handle this?

Theses are challenging times for business. I work for software development company that has developed mainly desktop software (Embarcadero C++ Builder) for years (for sales domain). We have had ...
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Approaching at work with potential client for purchasing something

I was recently approached by an old acquaintance. He seems to be in charge of company who is official partner of say some major international technology brand, say for example Cisco. As I understood ...
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How to deal with responsibility enough to manage people but not enough to delegate and make my work easier

In my current company, I have been climbing non-stop for two years, to the point where I have now people I am responsible for. From the get go, I had to work over time since the job demands a lot, ...
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Employee assessment on a remote team

This is the first time that I'm asking about team management on this site. Please guide me I'm I did something wrong in asking. We have 9 employees that we were working in our office. These days, ...
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covid-19 UK remote working issue [duplicate]

I am currently working for a company located in UK. As the country has declared a lock down most companies have moved to remote working. However, I am a software developer in my company and it is ...
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Is there a way to effectively incentivize preparation, prevention, and risk mitigation rather than heroic action afterward?

This is admittedly a mostly hypothetical question as I am not yet a manager, merely a technical lead, so if you don't want to waste time on a theoretical question, this is your warning. Whether it ...
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I'm being overworked and my boss is ignoring that fact

I work tech support and I've been with this company for a year. I do like the work and I like to think I'm good at it and my efforts have been somewhat rewarded monetarily. However, the problem is ...
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Employee moved off project [closed]

If an at-will employee was working on a company's main project with a group for a year but had to be moved away from that group and project to side-projects due to a complaint on their supervisor... ...
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Supervisor Consistently Scheduling Meetings That Run Over Standard Work Hours

I am currently on a tiny software team of four people. We work very standard work hours and over time is not an option. Two of us get in at 7 and leave at 4, the other two team members get in at 8 and ...
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How to be appreciated for working alone and delivering results over “being a team-player”? Please see the description for more details

I have been working in IT as an employee for about 5 years. I have had many bad experiences working in teams. I like working alone. I am good at recognizing patterns, doing investigative and analysis ...
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How can I deal with a disruptive team member?

I'm currently acting as a Project Manager and Tech Lead within a really small team, as we are just starting out. I manage about 6 people so far, and the integration and communication between the team ...
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My trainee shows symptoms. How to tactfully send her home at the time of the corona epidemic?

The corona-epidemic has reached the city where I work. The number of cases confirmed by the authorities has been increasing day by day. My wife is pregnant. She is in the seventh month with our baby. ...
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Was it a selfish and immoral decision?

Today, I quit my current grpahic design job because I was getting a better offer. My current boss also agreed to pay higher, but I chose growth over salary. But I made a mistake, I broke a promise. ...
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I am promoted but my Manager did not announce it to the team

I was recently told by my manager privately that I will lead the software team and asked me to give a software update presentation to the team. I did that and I saw some surprised faces in my team. ...
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My new boss ask me about client's big boss hobby (B2B Account)

I am a B2B sales, and my new boss is asking me to disclose all of my account key person's hobby, and the personality trait and put on the email. Is this proper? He thinks good sales should know it ...
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How can I recover my reputation and trust after snapping at my boss?

I’m the second-in-command for a web dev team. Lately I’ve been really struggling with a task at work. I kept being pushed back with issues I didn’t anticipate, despite asking for help. Because of ...
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How to enforce the use of my full name at work, instead of its shortened version?

What way is the best way to enforce the use of my full name? I can't write this without actually putting my real names in the title of this post, because it's very specific to my name usage, and as ...
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Should you dress for the job you want and not the job you've got?

Currently I work in a position where I wear jeans and polos to work everyday. Sometimes I mix it up once or twice a week and throw on the slacks. I work in the office but I do spend some time on the ...
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Can layoffs have a positive effect for a business due to the remaining employees thinking “If I don't work harder, I may be the next”?

Letting go of an unqualified member is unavoidable sometimes. But my question is not about that. My situation is when the business is not thriving and my employer has to layoff people, anyone who is ...
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What is the best way to get out of the crappy assignments? [duplicate]

My company has good assignments and shitty assignments. The good assignments are greenfield projects like new flagship contract management system update or our new app build. The crappy ...
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Someone on my team is sending bigoted emails to another member on my team

I manage a dev and project team with about 15 people. Every morning we have a stand up. Fairly standard stuff for an agile team. However, about once a month, someone who clearly participated in the ...
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What is the rationale of announcing company restructuring months or even years before it actually happens?

I am working for a IT shared services company that belongs to a large group that operates in Europe and Asia. As I see it the whole group suffered a slight business decline and was forced to shrink (...
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How can I ask for the raise that I feel I deserve? [duplicate]

So when I started at this company, I had no experience in this industry. That being said, I was hired in at a pretty good rate as a level 1 Engineer. I knew my skills would latch on to the work being ...
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How can I keep employees motivated?

What are some effective tactics used to keep employees motivated and enthusiastic for the company vision and to achieve long-term retention? (developers mainly) Or if you are an employee: what have ...
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How does an IT professional realign to a new industry?

I have 10 years of professional experience in the fossil fuel IT industry. It has taught me many valuable lessons, and fairly compensated me, but there are a few major motivators for me wanting to ...
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Should I Accept the Title of Application Development Supervisor?

TL;DR I was offered the title of Application Development Supervisor, but a long history of dealing with non-technical management makes me feel this is not an appropriate title with a clear enough ...
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Direct report not doing what he was supposed to do

We recently hired a person that reports under me in the ecommerce department. He was intended to handle ppc marketplaces , analytics and website updates and he was up for it. However as soon as he ...
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One of my developers is gaslighting a horrible product owner. The results are great, but I am concerned about risks

Let me just state that I know I am in a toxic work environment. I'm in a small town with my wife who is studying at the university. There is only so much software engineering work. Most of my co-...
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I am a resource being fought over by several business units. Boss can’t provide clarification on what I need to be doing

I’m one of 10 software developers within a government organization. We support the 30 or so pieces of software that keep the organization running and build new software to ensure that we can continue ...
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I feel like my boss is being disrespectful to me, how should I handle it?

I am a newly appointed temporary teacher at a University and I have an issue with attitude from my boss from the very start. Some of the issues are as follows He rarely talked to me nicely. When he ...

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