Questions tagged [software-development]

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Why is it so acceptable for software engineers to job hop? I'm tired of constantly recruiting them

Basically how did it become acceptable for software engineers to always be job switching? I am a recruiter for my company of about 250 and we employ 15 software engineers. Half my time is spent ...
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How to identify individual accomplishments / successes for a resume, when I'm working in a Scrum team that is overall frequently failing to deliver?

I am a developer on a Scrum team which I joined in September and for reasons which will be evident, I want to leave and am trying to figure out resume lines. The Scrum team I'm working in is ...
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Applying for a job when you have signed an offer for fresh grad?

I am fresh out of university (CS degree) and was able to secure a job with the help of university with the condition that I will join it later on (as not joining strains university relations with the ...
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I am looking for a job change and wanted to know what roles have similar set of responsibilities as my current responsibilities stated below [closed]

Currently I am working as a Team Manager at my company. I am looking for a change but not sure about the roles my current skills and responsibilities could be applicable to. I am looking at doing a ...
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New boss said: “99% uptime is better than 100% uptime as nobody appreciates fire marshalls, just firemen.” Is he right? [closed]

I am on a dev team of 15 people and just arrived a month ago. Our team lead just left because he didn't get a raise. There have been massive problems as he was the only one who knew anything about ...
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Colleague fixes my bugs

I value my free time and try not to work from home on weekends as one of my colleagues. Recently I got into following situation: Friday evening (after working hours) QA hit me up on Slack about a ...
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The best outcome when leaving the company

I was working almost 20 years in the same company as a software developer. I've got two Abmahnungen (warnings) within last month and I am planning to leave the company. I will probably get a ...
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Company makes every software engineer a 1 year temp without benefits. This is leading to short termism in the code

I am recently hired (1-2 months) software development manager. Since I have arrived, I have found two problematic practices. Most developers start off on one year temporary contracts. Market rate ...
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Is a low bus factor a good or bad thing for those managed by the person who is the bus factor of 1-2?

Posted on behalf of a friend. My friend recently had her boss quit. Her boss had been there for 13 years and in that time, had never taken vacation and always did the oncall work. He abruptly quit ...
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How to let the manager know that I am available for the position I rejected earlier

I am a consultant at this company for long time now. I have a very good reputation as a person with good technical know-how, highly experienced in most of the bread and butter products of the company ...
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Should I put an old programming language to my CV?

I made several applications years ago programming in Visual Basic. Should I list that on my CV in part programming languages? The language is old and not developed anymore, however a few places ...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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How to communicate co-worker sharing company code on GitHub

I'm a software developer at a well-known financial company. My team consists of three junior software developers, and our team lead has taken more of the manager, hence there is really no supervision ...
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Manager asked me to reconsider my resignation and he sounded quite convincing, should I listen to him? [closed]

As stated in this question: Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job? I have resigned from my job as backend developer. Today my manager and I had a ...
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Technical disagreements with my boss

I have a disagreement with my boss to do with asserting floating point values in unit tests. It seems to me that he does not have a real understanding of the problem. His position: Tests should ...
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Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job?

I am an engineering graduate from a Non CS background. I have been working as a backend developer for almost two years now. The tasks had become a little repetitive for me and frankly speaking a ...
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Reviewing old code database, how to start interacting with the dev team?

TL, DR: There was this software product being developed in my company, I needed to review a lot of the codebase. How do I talk to the development team? The not-so-short version: Due to several ...
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Boss just abruptly quit after 13 years at the company. No replacement yet identified. Other developers have recently quit. Others seek to leave

I am a recent graduate in my first job after university and have been at my current company for 3 months as a software engineer. On Friday, it was abruptly announced that my boss (the guy who hired ...
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Am I fulfilling my senior developer role expectations?

I’ve recently joined a very large organization as a senior software developer in the US. This is my first senior position and my first company of such scale. I am very excited and overwhelmed at the ...
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Landed a software development job that operationally is a mess and has little potential career growth. What can I extract from this?

I am a recent graduate on my first full time software development job. The job promised mentoring and effective development, but has in the 6 weeks I have been here provided none of those things. ...
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Is it better to warn your boss about a mud puddle or be the one providing the towel and fresh clothes when he falls in?

I am one year into my first job out of university and am currently up for a promotion to the second level of our technical track. I was reviewing the original specifications of a piece of software ...
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How to handle a hostile and vengeful junior coworker(leased external employee) in my new job? [closed]

Background I am in the 3rd week of a new job as Senior Java developer. There is a scrum team consisting of leased external developers, some junior to me, some senior. Situation with junior colleague ...
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Management micromanaging sprints

I work at a smallish company as a software lead. So far I have lead one team for the full duration of the project, and have been managing my current team for about 6 months. While the previous ...
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One of my best engineers feels that he is slower than the rest of team, how can I determine the real problem (so I can solve it)?

I have a distributed scrum team and the developer in question is one of my best (produces quality code, knows his tech stack, can communicate well, etc). However, he keeps feeling like he doesn't ...
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how to switch from embedded to python? [closed]

i have 5+ years of exp in embedded system in medium scale company. here i am working on only PIC controller. so now it became difficult for me to switch to other company. may i know the courses which ...
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Employer hired the wrong skills, what can I do?

I have just been hired by a start-up as a back-end engineer, along with 1 other front-end dev. They want us to developer a complex mobile application within a short deadline. The front-end is a ...
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Heaviliy criticized by the senior developer - how to get out of it [closed]

I am a junior developer, I work in my company from about 1 year and 3 months and I was heavily criticised by my current senior developer, to the point that I start thinking that maybe there is ...
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How to I highlight that I am deputed at client location since I joining 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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How should I respond as a developer if manual testing is assigned to me?

I'm software engineer at a private service based company. Even as a developer, we generally get repetitive development tasks. Now today my manager asked me to help with manual testing to meet the ...
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Colleague used admin access to view my private employee order

A colleague of mine in a different department is a developer for an internal, employee-only discounted retail site within our company. Today, I made a rather large purchase on that site before heading ...
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I have wasted 3 starting years of my career. Is there any way to start over? [closed]

When I graduated I got a slightly above average job working on Java Servlet technology. But then I acted on some poor advice from people who were close to me. Although it was a mistake, I listened to ...
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What would be a fair split of ownership for a new service I and another company created [closed]

I am currently working at an online marketing company as a software developer. A few months ago I started my own software company (sole proprietorship, eenmanszaak in Dutch). I am still studying and ...
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Reconciling the “team” nature of software development with the need to have accomplishments on my resume as a contract worker?

I am a software engineer two months into a one year contract as an employee with a company. In this company, I have run into a dilemma. No particular engineer is responsible for any given part of the ...
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Should I add the less than 6 months experience to my resume(company thinks absconding)? [closed]

I worked for less than 6 months as a SD for a company But I left as I could no longer bear the unhealthy work culture as it was affecting my health also. So I took a few days leave (informed) but then ...
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How can I better communicate possible pitfalls?

In about a decade of working as a full-stack software developer, I've found that through experience I'm easily able to predict well ahead how things could possibly "go wrong". Most of the time I can ...
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(Alternatives to) Sensory Deprivation for Concentration & Productivity

I found that my concentration and productivity are higher (probably up to 50%) when I wear ear plugs and when I work in a relatively dark room (shutters almost closed). That's probably not surprising ...
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I feel I’m not growing as a professional in my current job [closed]

Since a month and a half, I started getting bored at my job (I'm a mid level SQL Developer): there's not tasks related to my job, and I don't see any projects coming (at least, my manager haven't told ...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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I dislike Front-End but a lot of Junior Positions are FE only. Can I take such a role with a view to moving in to Back-End /Full-Stack later? [closed]

I'm a Junior Dev with 4 months professional Full-Stack experience. I'm leaving my current job soon for a better fit, but don't have the technical background necessary for many positions I'd like. I'd ...
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Am I entitled to royalties on a product I created but didn't think of?

I've been working (unpaid) in my off-time as an Electrical and Software Engineer to create and develop a product for a start-up company. The original idea for the product was not my idea, but ...
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Are there drawbacks to first releasing all features, and then fixing bugs? [closed]

It has been decided that the software engineering team I work in should: write code for all the features our product should include by date X after date X, only fix bugs I want the best for my team ...
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Job is not exactly what I expected, I'm bored [closed]

I'm a young fresh graduated software engineer, I have started at my first position 5 months ago (once I graduated as a Software Development Engineer, basically a Java EE developer). I am getting more ...
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My boss wants me to use a certain program on my computer [closed]

So my boss wants me to use Outlook as my email client. His main reason is because he wants to standardize, which I can understand. Another reason he pointed out that he wants me to use Outlook is ...
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As a junior engineer I have been put in charge of a project outside of my capabilities. How can I communicate this to my management?

I am currently working as an electronic/software engineer at small Australian company. I started here as a part of my work experience required by my university. After I graduated, I have continued to ...
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why do software companies only typically have one or two related software offerings? [closed]

I really wish there was more freedom and more products being made. Instead of devoting more hours of effort to a product that is already producing money, why not start development on another project ...
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I find myself assigning blame and I don't want to

Back in June I completed a task and asked a project manager to notify the client it was completed in a public work chat. That project manager stated it is not their project but will talk to who they ...
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What does it mean to be self-organizing team in Agile Methodlogy? [closed]

As I am learning about Agile Methodology.Got confuse with Self- organizing team topic.I understood the theoretical concept of self-organizing team but want to know how does it really work in ...
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Bothered with direction co-op is going

I am 2 months into a 6-month co-op (extended internship for those unfamiliar) centered around machine learning. Thus far I have been assigned to work on a couple of projects, all of which have been ...
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Software Industry - How to succeed as a junior developer?

I was thinking for a while about the title of this question and I do not know it fits this well or not. I have already been working for 6 months as a software developer (C# developer) at one of the ...
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Is it unavoidable taking shortcuts in software development sometimes? [closed]

In my experience as software developer, I found work situations where you have to deliver a project in a very short time and with a very small number of resources (included team members). Your boss ...