Questions tagged [productivity]

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How can I prove to the IT director that computer performance issues are memory bound and not CPU bound? [closed]

I perform workforce analyse duties at work and have consistent performance issuers with my device. I spend ~5 hours a week waiting. These devices are essentially thin clients. Mid grade i3's and 4GB ...
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Cannot accomplish a task I'm given - not skilled enough [closed]

So here's the deal. I got accepted to this job as a developer, and I've had a test to make a simple app which I did in the interview. Now at this job, I've been given a task that I can partly do, and ...
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What exactly is the meaning of taking ownership in a project?

What exactly is the meaning of taking ownership in a project? I have heard lot of managers say this. Since this is very commonly used and at the same time, not part of formal education, I want to know ...
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What should I do when everyone in my team is spending so much time at coffee breaks?

TL;DR: Everyone in my team, including our boss, is spending 1 hour and 30 minutes per day drinking coffee and talking. Since I don't want to be alone and without friends, I'm joining them and I feel ...
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How to turn an OK subordinate into a highly productive one? [closed]

I'm in the position of overseeing the work of several "interns" who perform to widely varying standards. While all do specific tasks assigned to them in a timely and high quality manner, some are a ...
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How to deal with less productive days? [closed]

Yesterday I had one of those days you get once in a while. You are less productive it is hard to focus on work related subjects or just any subjects at all and you cannot wait the day to be over. The ...
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How can i become more alert while doing my work? [duplicate]

I work as QA analyst in a software company. My work involves testing of applications. I have worked on lot of small projects. The problem i have started to face is of low alertness. For example i was ...
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How to urge the top management about resolving washroom crisis in office

This may sound funny, but in our country, this is a very common phenomenon, i.e. temporary shortage of water supply and the water supply line remaining closed for several hours. However, in a software ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have a team of 5 ...
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How to be productive on a 9 to 5 work environment as a new programmer? [closed]

I am a master student currently doing my Internship in a software development field. This is my first work experience and one thing that I notice is the fact that it is difficult to always concentrate ...
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How do I effectively handle this situation of no workflow?

I am a software developer who makes games. I really am at my wit's end with the game because of the chaotic workflow. The workflow is getting in the way of me getting anything done properly. ...
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Should I tell my manager that I'm having (more) personal issues? [duplicate]

My question is similar to this: Should I tell my manager that I'm having personal issues? I'd like some advice based on my situation. I'm a younger engineer. I was hired straight out of college ...
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How to politely decline unproductive jobs assigned by my manager?

I'm working on contract basis with an IT giant. Since I have good experience on the project which I'm working now my manager asks me to train the new recruits whenever they join. Giving knowledge ...
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How do we track the growth of a team? [closed]

I want to make my team productive and growing at a rapid pace. What are the factors I should consider while evaluating the progress of my team in that (or any other relevant) direction?
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In what ways can you adapt to a hot workplace?

I currently work in a large building with an open floor plan. Recently, the thermostat in the building was turned up to only start cooling when it gets to 76 °F (24.4 °C). With a lot of people, and a ...
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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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Is it good to get involved in another team's project without the knowledge my Project manager

I am new to the software industry, having worked in the manufacturing field before now. Currently I work on a project which is almost 50% completed, which means I have to grasp the technology faster ...
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Should I report a violation of company workplace policy if the manager already knows about it but do nothing? [duplicate]

A colleague in the same team spends most of his time (if not all) conducting private business activities through company’s electronic communication systems or his own cell phone during regular working ...
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Frequently changing responsibilities [closed]

I am working in a software product development company. I am leading small team of 6 to 8. As it is a product development, generally we work on some modules and we are good in those modules. My ...
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How to best organize in a heads down environment

I am part of a "heads down" team (a term I learned in my question [1]). My question to more experienced software engineers is, how do you best get organized and plan your day in such a team that the ...
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How to be more effective when working “alone” and with no prompt feedback

I am used to working (as a software engineer) as part of teams with team members working together closely, where the technical supervisor/lead more or less controls the flow of the work and interacts ...
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Disengaging from non-constructive conversations

Lots of people in my office seem to like giving me advice but sometimes not on productive matters. For example, someone spent 30 minutes telling me about why I need to be more general when it comes to ...
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How many hours a week, over the long term, should a software developer work in order to maximize productivity? [closed]

Something came up in another post that I think can be settled by reference to actual published studies: How many hours should a TYPICAL software developer work over the LONG TERM in order to ...
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How to deal with a new company's vastly lower pace?

I started a new job as a software dev about 4 months ago and have been mostly learning. There's about 8 new developers working in two teams on the same project. Initially, I thought the slow process ...
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Estimate the Value of my Work

I'm nearly complete with an internship and am expected to do a presentation demonstrating the value I have provided for the company. I am a software developer and have helped to write a new data ...
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Managing Productivity for Co-workers

I work in a software division of a non-software company. I am the lead of a two member team (one junior, one senior). Team members report to me; and I report formally to the department head, but ...
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Finish discussion with manager who then just sits there staring

I know this sounds strange, but there’s very long drawn out periods of silence with my boss. For example 1 to 2 minutes at least. I understand English isn’t his first language but I’m positive he hadn’...
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how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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How to handle being the new guy with not much to do? [duplicate]

I was hired at the end of April to fill a role for project that is just now starting to ramp up. The first two weeks on the job I spent time completing administrative tasks and various new-hire hr ...
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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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Pros & Cons of Contracting from Employer's perspective

What are the pros and cons of hiring contractors and consultants from the employer's perspective? If you are a manager, product owner, senior engineer, or someone higher up with the company's better ...
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What is an example/template of the “5 Sentence Email”?

I first heard about the "5 Sentence Email" in a comment that was in response to this question: I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way ...
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How to avoid the label of 'unproductive'?

I have recently (9 months) been shifted to a team which is handling one of the most critical project of our organisation as well as known for its extremely strict and pushy managers. The focus of the ...
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In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I did not even look for this job they found me on LinkedIn ...
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How can I become more valuable and indispensable at work?

I work in a medium-sized software company. My supervisor has always told me that I am good at executing tasks perfectly and delivering them on time, but that I don't take personal initiative to ...
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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How do I be more visible at work? [duplicate]

The firm I joined initially got acquired by a bigger firm couple of months back. After the acquisition, the work quality has decreased severely. I work as a tool developer for a semiconductor company, ...
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How to deal with non-objective co-workers

I work for a software development team in which some people just don't know when to stop talking. A very common pattern I have noticed is when someone comments something then another person states ...
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How can I make sure my remote workers are not slacking off?

I have a company (about 6 programmers, and 14 workers in total). As I am going to expand my company, I am thinking about hiring remote workers for programming jobs and get them to be involved in the ...
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Mental Issues from Lack of Movement - how to Address?

I'm a year into my first career step, working as a software -developer/-architect/-programmer/etc for a company of less than 20 people. During the past year, I've developed anxiety, depression, rage ...
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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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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Uncomfortable Culture at Work After Expansion [closed]

I work at a game development studio as a programmer. For the first year things were great but it started to expand and they hired a bunch of new people. One of the new people was a senior artist who ...
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I'm a slow learner, how can I speed up? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm in the software industry. 90% of the stuff I'm working on is/was completely new when I started in August 2014. I need to make the same mistake two or three times before I can ...
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How can I show my manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics [duplicate]

I'm wondering what's the best argument to prove to manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics? I work for a medium sized company (+-350 ...
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Is it immoral seeing tutorials and documentation and other information about an technology you are not very familiar [closed]

Recently I graduated with a degree in Computer Science. I have being searching for jobs ever since in Web Development. I've seen a lot of job opportunities are asking for MVC knowledge, especially ASP....
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I've just started an internship and have realised that I am disorganised and inefficient at work

I have had my current job for two weeks and it is an internship at a software company that makes financial products. It is an excellent workplace with smart people and a good atmosphere. I got the job ...
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How to not let co-worker's incompetence affect my productivity

How can I not let a co-worker's incompetence and sloppy work ethic affect how I treat him? He's a generally very nice guy who can't seem to adequately learn our business nor our product to be ...
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How to resolve an issue with air conditioning at work? [closed]

At work, the air conditioning grid is quite noisy (55 Db), too much air pressure. I asked to solve this to the technician but he told me there was not a solution since he cannot control air pressure. ...