Questions tagged [productivity]

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Staying focused during automatic processes, “It's compiling”

I recently ran into quite an ironic situation. After changing a small part in some code and telling my computer to start compiling, I switched to a website and ran into this: [xkcd comic 303 by ...
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How to handle it when you didn't do ANYTHING [closed]

So I'm an engineering student. I'm doing my master thesis project for a tech company. It started years ago, but I took a leave of sickness for 2 years due to depression. It was a pretty nasty story ...
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Figuring out non-existing problems [closed]

Recently I was facing several situations where a colleague was expecting, or “figuring out” a problem that may arise in a process that is to be done and trying to solve it preliminarily although they ...
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I have been asked to complete a project without any concrete specifications

I work in the software development domain. My team leader and manager have asked me to complete a project after calling a single meeting to discuss project details. In the meeting very little ...
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How should I deal with a Home-Offce request that wasn't even considered? [closed]

A little bit of background to this question: I work for a company, which some time ago (more or less 1 year) introduced home-office as a "benefit" for those, who cannot (for whatever reason) be at ...
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How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker

So I just got a new job that I really like A LOT, and the vacation policy is quite generous (15 accrued days and 7 floating days). I plan on taking them all next year due to planned outings and music ...
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Restructuring has killed my team's morale. How can I remain productive when my colleagues have started competing with each other?

My employer is a vendor for a US-based organization that I work for as a contractor. The team consists of employees from client side, Employees from different vendors. I am one of the most senior ...
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How can i show our client that we need to build tools to reduce bugs and improve productivity [closed]

I'm a software developer working outsourced to a client. Currently our productivity is low due to lack of tools to automate recurring tasks, also due to the lack of common software base, each project ...
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How do I know if my boss is having me do almost all of the work? [closed]

So I work in a small, two-person company (in America, Seattle if that helps anyone). Just myself and my boss. We are both (web - full stack) software developers. We share office space with a couple ...
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How do I stop being seen as a rookie with something that I am quite knowledgeable in? And treated as such?

I have been working in an agile environment for the past year and a half (PHP, Java). Before that I was an apprentice with the company I work for, for a long while where I learnt how to make websites (...
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Something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling

As always, I have something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling. This time is that the AC machine is a bit old and noisy and would like to suggest my boss to change it. In fact, ...
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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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It is a bad practice to study while in office?

One common thing in the software/web development world is that you never stop to learn. So I spend most of my time in my company studying and researching a lot of things (which language to use in web ...
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How to manage numerous interruptions?

With my job, I often feel unproductive due to having multiple interruptions per day that drain my time. I do not want to seem like I am not doing anything (if my productivity is look at in terms of ...
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Minimum staffing for a 24-hour coverage requirement [closed]

The company I work for has a requirement to provide 24/7/365 coverage for many of its products, and it tries to do so with only three people to cover the particular product to which I'm assigned. Up ...
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How do I overcome developer anxiety as a Web Developer? [closed]

Graduated with a Degree in Information Technology and have been building websites using wordpress for 2 years but somehow feel that doesn't make me an actual web developer and that I feel left behind. ...
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How to deal with under-qualified personnel in my department?

My four-person department has been using outdated software for years. Upper management hired me about eighteen months ago to begin a transition to an updated technical environment. I am the only ...
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Quality of work suffering due to workload [closed]

I am 25 and have currently around 2 years of work experience. Further, I have quite recently changed my job to another company in our group. I asked in my first position for review talks about me and ...
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How to deal with loud (temporary) construction?

We work in an open office, we didn't have upper neighbours for a few months. They will come soon, as of this moment there are builders constructing their office, and they are loud! I cannot tell them ...
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What's the relationship between working long hours and productivity for passionate people? [closed]

I've read that working excessively long hours hurts productivity. However, I also know that a large majority of people do not truly love their job. So, if these studies sample randomly from the ...
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OK to leave the office without permission to work from home?

Within the space of a week I have been given several time-sensitive projects to work on by top management. These projects are intricate and will be challenging. I am still the first point of contact ...
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What to do when my boss explicitly says he has nothing for me to do? [duplicate]

I work in a small office (three people usually) and I am fairly new (here less than three months). In general, I have things to do or can pester my boss to either give me something to do or make the ...
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Should I quit my job because I lack experience? [closed]

I'm just 18 years old, so I don't have a lot of experience. I currently work for a company that develops online games for a local casino. My job is to create servers that will support Flash clients. ...
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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’...