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How can I persuade my manager to change my project?

I joined a decent company almost a year back, SDE profile, and was recently(~1 month) assigned a project which does not align at all with my skills. I admit I am fresh out of college but the assigned ...
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The Dreaded project X

There's this project the place I work at, let's call it Project X for short. Everyone who's been on that project ends up leaving the company for one reason or another. I've been on it at one point, ...
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Is it wrong to be honest to the manager about a messed-up project?

Recently, I was shifted from one project to another. The project was developed by a small team of a small company, who could not continue the project because of resource crunch, and hence the project ...
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How can I pass an unfinished project to another organization without feeling guilty?

First time posting here, so please bear with me. My team had a project from one of our OEM customers which aged for a few years. Nothing special so far, project kept growing and more and more tasks ...
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How to discuss potentially dropping a Client I (and others) have a moral objection to

I work for a digital agency, and my team (that I lead) is set to inherit a long term client. Trouble is, a member of my team expressed a moral objection to working for this client and now that I have ...
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Co-workers doing extra work to an extent just to undermine my team contributions in front of manager

So I work in a small IT company where I am working on a small group project with two other coworkers. Based on what is expected from the manager, we frame our deliverables and divide the work amongst ...
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How complex a project should be to add to LinkedIn accomplishments?

I want to add a project I did, to LinkedIn. This is an ongoing project, and I completed some initial part of it, which involves one Python program (calling multiple functionalities from multiple ...
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Can I mention a very recently started project on my resume?

I'm in my penultimate year. I started working on a project from August 1st under my college professor in collaboration with Samsung research institute. Since it's just been a month, there wasn't much ...
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How to avoid volunteering for work on extra tasks

Summary: My colleague asked me for "recommendations" on how to fix something in their area of authority. I provided steps to resolve it. Now I feel that my colleague is trying to share these ...
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Is the concept of multiple projects normal in the IT industry?

I am in a service based IT company in India. I have been working on a government project for seven months (say Project 1) . I did almost 50% of the content here, and also, I have to deal with the ...
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Best way to convert and sync old handwritten notes [closed]

Background: I have gained a lot of expertise in my area of work, database. Over the past 2 years, I have written a lot of ideas and thoughts on my paper notepads, about 5 of them. Is there a software ...
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How to deal with a management culture (as an individual contributor) that's based on "hope" and "assumptions", and rejects contingency planning?

I'm an individual contributor in a company where our 'deliverables' are ultimately an information product that goes out to a customer. There is a kind of "assembly line" in the process of ...
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What is the best course of action on a new side project. when a co-lead has a completely different approach?

Context We are both solution architects and fairly new at a company. This project is not related to our direct work but an initiative that involves the wider department. My colleague invited me to co-...
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My colleague got upset, did I insult him?

I am an international female student, working as a part-time employee in a fairly big company in Canada with a group: 2 other international male students and one male employee, "Jack", who ...
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What to do when underperforming in project [closed]

I have joined a IT company in last November 2020. I didn't get any training from the company but other joinees had training. I am basically from an electronics and telecommunication background. So I ...
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How to handle overtime work?

I am working 20 hours per week as I am an international student, in my 20's, I was asked to help my colleague to do some task, my colleague also works for 20 hours per week. I was done for the day but ...
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How to add (or skip) projects to CV in a professional way?

I checked the forum and other online materials about what to state in the CV and what not to. Regarding projects, I couldn't find a unanimous agreement. I've heard from 1-2 recruiters that they prefer ...
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What to show to future employer as portfolio if my previous works are confidential? [duplicate]

I'm a UX designer and I work on several enterprise level applications at my current job, but I don't have clearance to share any detail about them. Nobody has. Although the applications are available ...
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Projects on resume

can I add projects that are not related to my specialization(backend web developer) to my resume. Ex: Algorithm Visualization, Chess Solver.
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Turning down project at work due to personal ethics

I work at one of the many aerospace companies that do work in the commercial, government research, and defense sector. I've been with the company for a little over a year and in that time I've been ...
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Including side projects on resume that have somehow negative connotation [duplicate]

(CS Undergrad) Hello! Since the hiring season is beginning, I thought I should create some side projects to put on my resume. Therefore, I created a couple of chrome extensions. But here's the problem:...
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How is working with IOT project being viewed in software industry?

I an working in a project company that does projects for government. My previous experience was in web mainly dealing with React, Vue and NodeJS. Today I was just approached by my boss to consider for ...
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Unfinished IT projects

I work as a self-employed full-stack dev and recently came across multiple projects which were started with a professional developers or development teams but then they left the client alone and for ...
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How do I approach my boss to be removed from a project?

I'm a Full Stack developer and I've been assigned a soul-crushing project that another developer couldn't finish. The code sucks, the workflow sucks and I've been struggling with it for months (even ...
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How to approach previous manager with an entrepreneurial idea?

I am into software development and was recently laid off from a North American Fortune 500 company (like a million others due to COVID-19). The project was twice unsuccessfully attempted in the past ...
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Joining open source projects

I hope anyone could give me their opinion or recommendation. I'm a PhD student from a life science field. But I have been teaching my self python and a little bit of MATLAB for the last few months. I ...
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How to properly give estimates on highly variable tasks?

I am an embedded developer, often tasked with bringing up prototype hardware. This tasks are highly variable in the tame it takes, mostly due to reasons outside of my control and this is not known ...
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How to handle work capacity across different teams

As a software developer with some years of experience, I seem to run into this same issue in one form or another, so I'l generalize it the best I can. Let's say I'm on 3 teams. Team A has given me ...
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What to do if I'm not allowed to work on the project I was hired to perform?

I work at a Hearing Aids company in Brazil and I'm a Marketing Coordinator/Specialist. We are in 4 marketers. I was hired to build and develop an e-commerce business for Hearing Aids, the actual web ...
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What might be the reasons I feel that I'm not really working?

As a software engineer. It feels quite disappointing when you are being assigned to some work that most of the time is out of your primary skill scope. I'm not really sure the company is out of ...
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How can I manage an impossible request?

I work with a team of GIS analysts. Increasingly, our work is moving online. The industry-standard software (ArcGIS) allows us to make and publish online maps without coding. We have limited ...
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What is the proper way to request team/project change?

I am working in a software firm on a project which doesn't have any work left. The team is of only 3 people, all three of us are from a different domain. Even If I ask for the project change, I don't ...
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Given an unrealistic project during probation

I have been working at a health dept. for almost 5 years. During that time, I got promoted twice (held 3 positions). My most recent one was about 4 months ago and I'm still on probation (I got a mini ...
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How do I communicate with the internal and external stake holders about project delay?

We have committed a one month timeline to the client for a project delivery. We needed some data from the client for meeting this dead line. We have emailed the requirement before timeline commitment. ...
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How to let my boss know that monitoring business performance is not my duty?

My boss has been asking me to monitor the business performance for the whole company. However, we have a business operating manager who is supposed to do this task. I have explained this to my boss ...
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I think my coworker went through my notebook and took my project ideas

I have a notebook that I keep meeting notes, current work and future projects I'd like to do. Oddly, all these future project ideas I had listed out are now being completed by my coworker. The ...
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How do I tell a coworker they are being set up for failure?

My coworker has been assigned a project for which he is completely unskilled. He is really smart and will eventually figure it out, but that could be inefficient and definitely mean the project goes ...
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How to improve quality on reports that clients don't read?

My co-workers think that because our clients don't read our technical reports, we don't need to do high quality work (i.e. spend time revising, correct spelling, proper formatting, grammar, etc. ). ...
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Love the role you're playing in your company

I am a frontend developer and I love to develop websites. But in my company I am only working on email templates for the biggest client our company has. Yes, I am playing a very important role for ...
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How to cover for my employment gap through my side projects?

I resigned from a software company recently to pursue my passion for developing web applications. After I've resigned I started working on building several side projects each day. I worked on making ...
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Am I being used more than my job role as a Graphic Designer? [closed]

I'm a Graphic Designer in a Digital marketing and design agency startup (8 months experience). I'm the only designer there. There's one person for copy writing and one director who checks my designs. ...
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How do I explain that I don't want to maintain old projects?

I am currently working as a programmer with 3 years of experience in the Netherlands. At the start I worked at some projects I started from scratch and I really enjoyed those. I also acted a bit as ...
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The new project my team is supposed to start makes me feel a déjà vu of a past failed project. How to proceed?

Background The company I work for has the HQ in the Central Europe and a very important branch in a Eastern European country (within EU though). Many important projects start in the HQ with hybrid ...
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What is the appropiate way to deal with employees wanting to lead the development of their "ideas"? [closed]

In my mind, an employee deserves credit for their work, and if the employee doesn't get just credit for such work, they have a right to be dissatisfied. As a manager, I am well aware of this and I ...
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Leaving job close to major deadlines

I've been at my current position for 11 months, and have been working on a pretty big project that I was hired to complete. I haven't made as much progress as expected by my bosses (for some good ...
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How to navigate stalled discussion on development environment location?

TL;DR: Boss insists on an expensive cloud-hosted VM for a development environment for a cost-conscious client. He has misunderstandings and reservations about using physical devices for development ...
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How do I deal with a coworker that keeps changing the look of a report I'm building, without documenting the changes in a design template?

Ideally this was to be an easy project. Create a report for a website. Something like this: I am provided a template (drawn up by graphics designer) I implement/update the programming to match (...
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Manager is not replying about permission to use dummy data

As part of the project that I was doing at a company that I recently joined I need to submit a report to my college. During the start of the project I made it clear that I would need to submit the ...
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My boss doesn't want me to have a side project [closed]

It all started back in February when I decided to start an e-commerce store. When my boss learned about it, he started talking less and less to me. Some days he doesn't talk to me at all, like he ...
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How to talk to a client about a poorly scoped project with changing requirements?

I am currently making a side project for a company. This company has had projects before on which I worked on. The issue this time is that, they had a tight deadline, they sent me the specs and I ...
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