Questions tagged [management]

For questions about the tools and practices of management, including business management, project management, performance management and other management disciplines in the workplace.

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Particular book on leadership [closed]

In the spirit of SE SciFi I am looking for a particular book. Although in this case non fiction. About 20 years ago I read a book on leadership/management. On the cover it had a circle divided into ...
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How do I deliver a negative performance review in a constructive way, especially in a start-up company

When I was a junior developer I got several negative performance reviews. The memory is so vivid that even almost 20 years later I can still remember those reviews. They just ruined my days and made ...
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how to deal with a passive/ unresponsive/ agreeable boss? [closed]

And as the title says it, I have a very passive/agreeable/ hands off boss who never wants to get into "conflict" with any other manager or even other worker (outside our own department). By &...
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Manager always removing employees from my team

In the past, my manager has given me additional employees which were loosely connected to my team's functions. Although it was outside of my zone, I was OK with it, because it was a growth opportunity....
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How can I convince my at-risk employees to come to the office? [closed]

A few of the developers at my company want to work from home because they have "pre-existing conditions" that mean they are "at risk" from COVID. I am firmly against this, as I ...
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I feel frustrated working for my boss who never listens to me

My boss keeps talking his way into making me work more. He calls me many times on a Sunday when it's a holiday. I have repeatedly told him not to call me after work hours but still he keeps calling me....
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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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How to manage the team efficiently in my new position as an inexperienced lead?

Background I have been working as a Software developer for more than seven years. I am going to start working on a new position as a Lead software developer in a new company. The company has a complex ...
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I haven't been doing my job for weeks. I don't want to lie to my boss about it or get fired. What should I do?

I am working from home as a web developer. Like the title says, I have really been slacking off lately. The changes that have come along with the virus have really had an impact on my ability to be ...
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How to handle a difficult employee as a new manager?

I'm a new manager who's getting extremely frustrated and stressed because of a team member: he used to work quite independently before I came, but team's results were bad so my predecessor was fired ...
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I'm a leader/manager. One of my team members told me they received a better job opportunity. Should I disclose this information with my boss?

Currently I'm working in a leadership/management position for a tech company. Part of my responsibilities is to help my team as a career advisor and guide them to improve their performance and achieve ...
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Why might my manager repeatedly ask me about my workload?

"How do you feel about your workload?" I get asked this probably once-twice per week. She's big on leadership books, so I imagine this might be a question she picked up from there. It ...
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Co-workers are fighting an idea that I think could double productivity

My team writes RFPs for our product and currently we do not coordinate much on writing them. I was thinking that we could just create a central database (I can code a bit and use Algolia) of questions ...
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How should I deal with a subordinate who is distracted and not performing well?

I'm the manager of IT department in my company. One of direct reports is sometimes browsing the web and reading articles instead of working. His performance is suffering and the project is behind the ...
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Frameworks to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

I am a manager at a mid-size software company where I am responsible for several engineering teams (30 people approx). I'd like to attract and retain more diverse talent but don't know how to advance ...
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I feel like I'm going to be telling tales to my bosses

This is difficult and I'm new here so some context first before I ask the question. I'm not very good at going to management to tell them stuff. I like to get on and do and listen to the politicking ...
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Increasing number of standups to increase productivity?

My team is working remotely because of the pandemic and project velocity has dropped. The Scrum master has suggested we move to three standups (so one before every 2 hours of core hours) to keep ...
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How to deal with a Manager with still have an old fashion outlook

I am currently a developer in Japan, and recently I am assigned with a new project. I will just list it up, so that it is easier to understand: The manager said that we will be implementing Agile but ...
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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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My boss wants me to inform him if I'm going to resign [duplicate]

My boss expects me to let him know if I plan to quit. He told me some time ago. So, the company that I work for is a small buisness and my workforce is not easy to replace.The hiring process could ...
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organisational reshuffle, my former line manger will personally will not accept the change

An organisational reshuffle has occurred and I no longer report to my former line manager. Except he is a difficult person. He has already decided not to accept it and is endeavouring to gaslight me ...
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Employees quitting soon after being denied promotion/raise

In our company I've noticed a pattern that about 2 months after someone asks for a promotion or raise and does not get it, they are out the door. Is this the expected result of employees being denied ...
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How to get employees to trust you? I lost out on a promotion because I am “not trusted by those who report” to me?

I wanted to get a promotion and in my company that is a very formal process where they have a committee which interviews you, asks your staff questions, etc. I got a 0/5 score (basically none of the 5 ...
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How to check whether I have realistic expectations towards my team?

I'm normally given the task of solving difficult situations, so I frequently inherit underperforming teams. Additionally, I frequently work with recent graduates. I would say I'm quite good in what I ...
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How can I retain developers when I am not given a chance to present a counter offer when they quit?

One of the things I have found frustrating as a manager is that I get no meaningful attempt by employees to negotiate a way to stay at our organization. I randomly get notice that they are leaving and ...
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Employee serving notice is refusing to take up new tasks and HR won't let me fire her

I am new to management and managing a team of 7. A month ago, an employee I manage decided to move out. All the knowledge transfer was complete in the first 2 weeks. I had assigned some long pending ...
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Concerned I'm being made accessory to fraud and unsure what to do about it [closed]

I work as the accountant for a small company in the UK. Classically the company wasn't doing well and they hired a new manager to try and turn things around. The company owners/directors all live ...
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Is career development more prevalent or expected in smaller companies for software development?

I know in bigger companies which I am in today expects career development within few years and they expect developers take additional responsibilities which falls close to product management. Also, it ...
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Lack of Role and Responsibility Definition and Overlap With Other Groups

I work at a very large company. Recently we went through an Agile transformation however parts were left out in this transformation. In that, some groups came along begrudgingly. I have been meeting ...
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Why don't people, in general, take any initiative? [closed]

I run a software team and am just a few months into the job. One of the things I have noticed is that nobody wants to handle certain tasks and when they spot bugs or things in need of updates they ...
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Becoming a strong decision maker

Consider the following list (from here) of "top 10" manager behaviors: The 10 Oxygen behaviors of Google's best managers Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an ...
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what does one say to a mediocre non-knowledgeable boss who manages by email only?

I have a new boss. He got us all WFH fortunately. He also got himself to be the CIO (Chief Information Officer). He talks the talk very well but many things he says and does indicate he doesn't know ...
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Management promotion bait & switch

I have been with my company as an intermediate software engineer for 2+ years under the same tech lead. In the most recent round of performance reviews, it was heavily implied that I would be promoted ...
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Paid vacation time

So where I work we are allowed 5 paid vacation days a year, but I'm having trouble with trying to get my boss to understand what vacation time is. For instance, I work sunday-thursday and have Fridays ...
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How to handle stubborn colleague who enforces her decisions?

Just for a context: I am in 4th month of my new job as software engineer, have been working in the industry from last 5 years. We have fairly small team of 3 members. out of 3 members, 1 Member is ...
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My boss is upset that I gave my doctors note saying I should self isolate for two weeks to HR and not her

I’d like to preface this that work knows that I have a disability. I have heard comments from my boss like “I want whatever your taking” because I was calm and professional in a meeting, in a ...
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New Team Leader, how to handle nomination criticism

I've been appointed yesterday as Team Leader; I was astonished as I am still under probation, but this means also that the company has given me an enormous trust and I've shown already plenty. There'...
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How can I retain a volunteer employee frustrated for not being promoted?

For context, I work in an organization that's completely pro-bono, so no pay is involved; all volunteer. I'm in the equivalent of the C-Suite for our org. We have meetings with the suite every week. ...
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How to give backend developers some limelight?

Recognition is one of the main topics discussed after employees surveys in our organization. One of the points raised in a recent survey is, developers want to get more chances to be seen and ...
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How to handle deadlines with manager?

I am a coder in a startup right now and we handle tasks step by step. I am switching context for codebases and change languages a lot and I like it. But I guess I have a problem. In a meeting with ...
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Is it beneficial to take a supervisory role for experience despite a pay cut?

I work as a medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist) in a large hospital lab and a supervisory role has opened at my workplace. The problem is that the position would result in a pay cut. ...
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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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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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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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