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New time logging initiative at work place

Management announced that starting on specific day all developers (small team) have to log all work time, including non-project work: meeting time, standup chats, walks outside (during non-lunch time),...
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How can a group of programmers sort their opinions and come to consensus on the best answer?

Our organisation is faced with a difficult problem to solve, where there is no "right" answer. Each solution has many advantages and disadvantages. I have given a group of programmers a ...
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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance?

I am a Mechanical Engineer, currently employed full-time for a large multinational. I am considering the option of leaving my full-time job to do similar work freelance, for a number of reasons that I ...
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Refusing a business trip of an indefinite length for personal reasons

My company partnered together on a project with another company, located in another country. In the near future, there may be need to have co-location to expedite debugging of issues that may or may ...
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How to make the severity of a problem clear to my boss?

I work at an "all-round" IT company that is focused on providing hardware and software infrastructure. I am the sole web developer, as such, I deal with everything on this front on my own. I do not, ...
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How do I get an unrelated group to recognize major problems I see in their operations that would negatively impact me?

I work for a tech company that has major assets, A and B. My team develops and looks after A, my colleague Bob's team develops and looks after B. Both the teams work independent of each other. My ...
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How to drop a difficult client without burning a bridge?

I've had a client for over 2.5 years, and the relationship has had its ups and downs. While I've learned a lot, I'm looking for new challenges and importantly, I feel I'm not being utilized to the ...
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What is the best way to do knowledge transfer? [duplicate]

I have just joined the team around three months and the lead developer is resigning. I just have two months worth of time on learning the devops, the workflow and the internal code of the application. ...
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what kind of training should I seek? [closed]

I work for a medium size company, that has no HR plan for training. My boss in this company agreed for training even though we are not sure on what kind of training and for what need as the timeline ...
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Meetings in short recordings - can they be prudent? [closed]

Not sure if place to ask; please advise either where i might ask or how else I might ask if not. Just some idea I had: is it prudent in anyway to have some sort of 'meetings' done in a series of ...
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I have been put on a project that's too hard for me and I feel like I ruin everything

I am currently working for the French company as a junior consultant. I started over a year ago here and successfully completed 2 programming projects. These projects went fairly good. It had it's ups ...
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How should I deal with constantly changing directions/tasks/requirements from boss?

We have a small team (9 total, 3 of whom are admin assist types and 2 of whom are part time specialists), and I'm in charge of this small but strong crew. The team is great, very professional, ...
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How to proactively deal with business plan that seems to phase out my position?

I work at a small marketing/web design company. While I do write some basic web code, here my job is simply to do web and graphic design. Currently I work about 25-30 hours a week, part time. At a ...
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I just started my first real job, and have been asked to organize the office party. How do I handle this?

I just started at my first “real” job as a programmer out of college two months ago at a large corporation. For some reason, my manager and other managers thought it would be an excellent idea for me ...
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Deadline getting closer, still waiting for others to finish

This is my first job, and I have no meaningful previous work experience. About 2 months ago I started at a company and was given information about my task with very limited material. I tried to ...
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How to help with technical planning for a project I am not familiar with?

For context, I am one engineer in a group of engineers and we have an engineering manager and a project manager. My team works on a product and for a few months one of our team members has been ...
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Defining terms: man hours vs. calendar hours [closed]

I find myself regularly expressing project schedules using two terms. I have made up one of them and it is clear to my listeners what I mean. However, I suspect that more common terms exist for these ...
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Starting fresh as an “old” new software engineer

I'm in school right now, and in a couple of years, I'm going to look for work as a software/systems engineer. The thing is that right now, I'm 32 years old. With age being a potential issue, where ...
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Can intellectual and constructive arguments lead to issues in the workplace?

My manager and I have arguments from time to time. Now these arguments are just part of the business, they're constructive to the tasks at hand and are calm and well thought out and ultimately lead ...
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How to communicate that the root cause of a problem is a manager's leadership style?

TL;DR A fellow manager is creating unnecessary rework for my team. The root cause is a lack of leadership skills. How can I effectively communicate to our leaders that they need to address the cause ...
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How to respond when your lead asks for an estimate when requirements and scope have not yet been defined?

EDIT: This question was originally marked as duplicate of 'How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?' I read over the answers, but I think my situation may be a little different, so I am ...
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Chronic late/understaffed projects [closed]

When I first started working for my current tech company as an intern, I jumped into a project that was late, and we had to pull lots of extra hours to get the project done. I didn't think much of it ...
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How do I Manage my own Exit Strategy?

So I've been interning for a small company the last year and a half while I finish up school. The pay is well below par, but it's flexible, easy, and close to school so it works. I graduate in May ...
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Is it an acceptable move to work for a low-quality company when looking for an entry level job? [closed]

First full disclosure - this question is actually about my wife, but she comes to me for career advice, and I'd like to give her an accurate answer. Recently, my wife got an interview with a local ...
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How can HR speed up recruitment and create a contingency plan in a company with severe attrition? [closed]

I work at a company with a software team of a little more than a hundred people, and the company is seeing at least three to four resignations every month from the software team alone. It takes HR ...
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Returning to professional work after travelling?

I graduated from university in July 2013, and have been working as a software engineer since December 2013. My first role was a 6 month contract that ended up being extended by a couple of months. My ...
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Can I wait until Monday to get work done if I'm on bereavement and PTO? [closed]

I have taken this entire week off from work. Due to the holiday, a PTO day yesterday for my birthday, and 3 days bereavement due to my grandfather passing away, I will not be back in the office until ...
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How should I calculate task value in hours? [closed]

I got new job and boss told that I should estimate value of the task, that he's giving, in hours, because salary is per hour, but I do not have idea how should I do that? Is there some formula or ...
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Deciding how many people to lay off, assuming attrition will follow

From what I've seen in the US high-tech sector, unless the job market is absolutely brutal, a layoff will be followed by more people leaving on their own in the next few months. Are there rules of ...
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How to Limit expanded project? [closed]

All my previous projects expanded to be 300% or 400% more than the original requirements. Somehow I fall in love with the project and try to make it better and better by adding new features and pretty ...
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Weighing pros and cons of quitting against other life circumstances [closed]

I know that it is debated whether quitting a current job before you have a new job offer is a good idea (conventional wisdom suggests that it's not). But in my circumstance, things at my current job ...
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My current boss asks surprising questions which haven't been asked by a boss before, how should I respond?

My current position is within the IT department for a large company. My boss often asks me questions that I didn't expect and am not sure how to answer. The questions are often sudden, making me feel ...
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Too aggressive project estimation, what are my alternatives? [closed]

Our IT Managers give me a project and says estimate it, how long will it take to get it done. I say well 2 days or more. He think it can be done in 2 hours. Now the project is basically about adding ...
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Onsite with two different companies in the same state, can I ask them to work together on their arrangements? [closed]

Recently, I have been phone interviewed by two different companies and both went well. The first company invited for onsite immediately and all the arrangements are made last week, the second company ...
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How do you balance long term and short terms goals? [closed]

We are a product company, where some amount of work goes on on the research front. On the other hand - product is deployed at various client places. And of course new classes of clients are ...