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Questions tagged [software-development]

Questions regarding the Workplace interactions and considerations that are involved in the process of designing, implementing, testing, deploying, etc., a software product. Please refrain from posting coding questions, as those belong to Stack Overflow instead.

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I lied about my job title. Will that affect my background check or employment verification? [closed]

Let me be candid. I have worked as a software Engineer all my career with 2 years of product management experience (did a startup 4 years ago). I wanted to switched to PM full time but was not getting ...
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Dream job straight out of Highschool [closed]

I'm pretty lucky I think, I was able to get my dream job pretty much directly after graduating high school. Three months after graduating high school and doing some computer programming work for a ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a software developer about extra hours spent for side projects and open-source (as a hobby)?

Stackoverflow developer survey asked in 2015 about number of weekly hours dedicated to side projects / open-source outside of work (or programming as a hobby). This is an interesting question and I ...
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Should I accept the automation testing engineer job after getting hired as developer? [closed]

Being a computer science student i chose to go for web development, i learned basics of it and started working. In past six months i had worked with an IT startup where i worked on products using ...
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Is moving from the role “software engineer” to “Android Developer” considered as a career path/ job degradation? [closed]

I am currently working as a junior software engineer, engaging in multiple fields including Java, Android and web programming. Recently I got a job offer for an "Android Developer" with a better ...
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I'm a software engineer with no marketable skills [closed]

I graduated in ECE (Electric-computer engineering) with an emphasis in logic design and digital design. Straight out of undergrad I took an EDA (Electronic design automation) software job for a ...
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Responding to questions/requests from coworker who is known to shift blame

I'm the main software developer on one of the products for our company, my coworker 'Bob' is in another department but works with the product I build in some capacity (non-technical). The situation ...
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Is agile experience really necessary for an agile job? [closed]

I see job requirements such as 'Experience working in an Agile environment.' Given that about 1% or less of my working day will be concerned with the details of the design/development methodology in ...
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Are there guidelines how to find information on the net? [closed]

I am a junior developer. I usually google some difficult problems if I don't manage to solve problem myself. But today I googled a site that looked it might contain a solution. Unfortunately there was ...
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Contractor faced with scope screep - Should I fulfill none, some or all client requests?

I am a contractor in a software development project that is a bit of a nightmare and suffering from Scope Creep. Background: I took on a project to develop a web application for a client. I was to ...
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How to tell the boss that his “All hands on deck” approach doesn't work?

I'm on a development team with a total of five developers. The owner of my company quite often tells all of us to drop everything we're doing and focus on one singular task. The problem with that is ...
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How to align different scrum teams and promote cross team collaboration?

I'm currently working in a scrum-like development environment that holds 8 teams of developers (each with their own scrum master, project manager and analysts) that all work on different applications ...
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A Job in Data Science - What can I do if I can't meet target goals? [closed]

I've started a new job in data science a few months back. The problem I was assigned to was very challenging, but exciting. Our client was using a very simple baseline model to make predictions, and ...
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How to help senior developer who is beyond helping

I got recently promoted as a manager in a small company (less than 20 people), I have only been in the workforce ~2.5 years, and I'm a lead developer in our project. Senior developer has been working ...
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As a prospective intern, how do I evaluate how easy it would be for me to improve a team's practices?

I've been offered a summer software development internship on a close-knit team of four people. It looks good, except for some very troubling development practices. These include: No version ...
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Accused of working overtime and possible misconduct, boss admitted simple mistake but no apology

I received a troubling email from my bosses. I am a software developer at a small company and have been employed here over 7 years. Essentially I was accused of working 2+ hours extra (which I didn't ...
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Is it normal not to have much interaction with development team?

Background: In my previous jobs, I was Software Quality Assurance Engineer. The recent company had many running projects, I was QA for 3 projects, did both Manual and Automation Tests. We did Scrum, ...
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Final interview without experience on responsibilities of the role

I applied for a software developer job in a big retailer company and the main responsibilities of the role is to work on an e-commerce/m-commerce mobile application. I do not have any experience in ...
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Dealing with problematic SCRUM master/collegue [closed]

In Brief: I'm doing the same work all day and being passed over for more intersting work. I'd like to remedy this. I'm a member of a small Devops team. Team tasks can be roughly divided into two ...
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Informing colleagues that the project changes were not needed at all?

Recently I got hired as a software developer for one company in Western Europe. I passed the technical test and during my first week started working on my first project with only few hours of training ...
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How to deal with a senior coworker who wrote their own programming language? [closed]

I'm on a team with a senior developer who has been with the company for a long time (maybe 15 years) and works exclusively on the backend architecture of our 25-year old product. Recently, as part of ...
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Dealing with reactions from colleague about being self-taught

I'm working as a software developer for a big company in Western Europe. I have 2 years of industry experience and 2 more years as a freelancer doing web apps on the side. All in all, I've been from ...
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How to use substantial responsibilities outside of the job description (but still related) to justify a raise? [duplicate]

I'm currently a junior (back-end) software developer in the Netherlands. My job description only requires me to work on the back-end in one programming language. In practice I am required to work in ...
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How to I highlight that I am deputed and client location since I joing my company?

I am deputed at client location from very first day I joined my current Employer. Now it's time for my yearly appraisal. So how do I show it as a positive point and highlight it as positive point to ...
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Application project assigned during interview in a different language [closed]

I interviewed for a junior level C# developer job. After my technical interview they sent me assignment to build a GUI application in python that will take a csv file and convert to a sql database. ...
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Demanding time for continuous delivery as condition of taking job [closed]

I have been asked to interview as a software developer at an e-commerce company. As I am very interested in test automation and continuous integration / continuous delivery I have set systems up for ...
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How to best pitch my side project to my boss?

Our company develops and markets a series of software products. I'm a software developer. I've been working on a side project for the last month and a half outside of working hours. This is a product ...
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Ethics of the “Duck Technique” [closed]

In programming, the Duck Technique is a technique whereby you place an obvious, easy oversight in your code in the hopes it will draw attention during review and mitigate large, time-consuming design ...
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Contracting problems left and right - where do I start? [closed]

In April, I signed a contract-to-hire agreement with a company I’ll call LF - my first real contracting gig, since most of what I'd done since graduation was smaller projects (i.e., setting up ...
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I have a great idea for a complex software product - how to turn it into a business needing money and manpower? [closed]

I've been working for 9 years after my graduation as a software engineer in a big german company. Hence, I've always been a simple employee and never dealt with entrepreneurship/Start-ups. Now ...
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Should I Put Useful Java Libraries on my Resume?

I'm currently 2 months into my first full time software engineering job, and getting a lot of experience with technology they don't teach you in college, like Project Lombok, Mockito, Google Guice ...
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Point out errors in a company's website during interview [duplicate]

Today I was preparing for an in person interview at a startup company and happened to notice a couple of inconsistencies in their website (inconsistent product launch dates, some typos in unit ...
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New supposedly experienced software developer disrupting my existing work in volunteer organisation

Update: this situation is solved Read how it all ended at the bottom of the post. Background I am a graduating Software Engineering student, working as a backend application developer. About a ...
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What to do when someone is pushing to take control of a hobby project?

I'm working on a hobby project for a game - it's in an alpha state right now and I have users using it. For the past 9 months I have been the sole developer, but now I found someone who was willing ...
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My work is blocked by depending on another person who won't respond

At my company I recently joined, there is one main person who understands the database schema. There are many tables and many fields, and it is not at all intuitive what many of these mean. ...
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Asking for a raise as a graduate?

Currently a software developer working for a SAAS company and have been working here for a year while I've been a student finishing my degree. I took this job as it was a higher paying job then what I ...
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Junior Developer Burnout [closed]

Backstory ahead, but the question is: Are there any techniques to overcome job burnout when all techniques I have found don't work? If I quit, I will have to work outside of technology in order to get ...
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I wanted a coworker to offload things to. Now I have more work to do

Some months ago I asked the manager to add another developer to our software project, in order to be able to offload some things and parallelise a little more. The new guy is (and was already) a ...
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How to explain video game terms in a technical resume? [closed]

I'm a Software Engineer who has developed small video game projects in college and in my free time. I'm currently struggling with explaining video game concepts such as "health points", "level", and "...
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Software engineer position trial day - “Do”s and “Don't”s [closed]

After a series of interviews by Skype and even a test task, one IT-company from the EU invited me to a trial day (and I live far from this EU country and I'm even not in the EU) I've got no idea what ...
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Will working on an old technology stack affect my career?

I recently took a position at a new company. I have experience as a full stack developer for 5+ years. From my understanding of my new position, my main focus will be mobile development but I will ...
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Dealing with a request to train someone who isn't qualified as part of a job handover [closed]

In Germany, is it acceptable to ask an employee (a Werkstudent, in my case) to teach someone the prerequisite skills to do a job you're leaving? I'm not talking about a handover of tasks and knowledge ...
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Working at an outsourcing company for a client. I want to work directly for the client's company

So I basically have little to no connection with my company. My direct supervisor works for the client's company, not the one I'm hired at. I work on the client's site. I also work exclusively with ...
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Software companies who train from scratch: what's the catch? [closed]

Context I've started looking into programming/software development jobs. I don't have a computer science or software engineering degree. I did do two years of a Computational Linguistics degree, ...
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Can't meet deadlines because dev team puts me through the gauntlet before my work can be accepted

I started a new job about 2 months ago. I've been given a large amount of work and little to no guidance about the inner working of a very complex web app that is also tied to multiple IoT devices ...
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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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Submitting a more efficient solution to online coding test after deadline? [duplicate]

I just had an online coding assessment for a job, that had many multiple choice questions and two coding challenges, all to be completed in 90 minutes. I am confident about my multiple choice answers ...
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Worked for my dad's company but now want to apply somewhere else? How do I best present myself?

I think I've made an unwise decision. After I graduated I began working at my dad's company which is a very small company in IT. I did have a lot of freedom initially and learned a lot, but would now ...
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What to do about Software Project Managers aggressively overloading the Tech Leads?

We get this statement from the PMs quite frequently during sprint planning: I know our capacity for points is X story points per sprint - but we're taking on extra as a stretch target. The PM ...
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How should I informally criticize my coworker's code?

We don't have any sort of formal code review system in place. I'd like to have one in the future, but policy change can be incredibly slow to implement. In the meantime, I keep having to work with ...