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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If Devs And QA work together in the same office. Is that considered a DevOps practice?

I work as a DEV in the same office with the QA. We communicate together, the QA finds functional errors which are directly communicated to me in order to update or fix the code. Is that considered a ...
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Denied job, possibly since I am outside the country

I am a software developer looking to change current jobs. I went through a round of many interviews (all online) with a company that is stateside, plus received positive feedback on all of the ...
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How to improve ability to ask intelligent questions

Background I've been working as a Software Developer for about 4 years now, 3 of those being in an apprenticeship (Germany). Things are going very well for me. My direct supervisor is very happy with ...
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How do big development teams learn from their mistakes?

I am part of a software development team and I am looking for a way/process that we can collect information on any technical problems that recently happened and document them in a way that would make ...
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New job following bad practices due to being superstitious

I recently was hired from another country, made the trip to the USA to begin work as of last month. The company I work for had me unassigned for a few weeks before I was able to begin any work. During ...
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What to do about a colleague who doesn't have the experience

I joined a startup as a Software Engineer to raise a bit of cash for my own business however, I have stayed longer than expected as there is potential for me to make a name for myself and create ...
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I've given a very simple coding task but I'm not quite getting what asked, how to be more effective/efficient?

I'm leading a small subproject in my company, and I've never lead any project before in my career and this miniproject according to my manager is supposed to be an exercise on leadership. I did a task ...
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How to prepare team for layoff?

Our team consists of about 15 developers, we basically act as in house dev ops and think tank for our company. Our performance was fine until recently, but slowly it started to decline, and so did ...
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How do I resolve Product Owner and Team Lead giving contradictory requirements?

Let's say a Product Owner who approves all work before it goes to production, writes the requirements as X. The Team Lead (senior developer) who approves all code changes says do Y, which is ...
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How can I filter out software engineering jobs where I'll be asked to write algorithms in the interview?

I rarely act as a "programmer" in my daily job. I lead a team of engineers and consider myself and engineer. I build features, fix bugs, work on APIs, DBs, etc., but I rarely ever have to ...
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Handling user's expectations who doesn't want to do user end testing

I have a user, from an internal department, who requests many changes or points out bugs in our company website. We have very close and strong ties, but recently they have been getting upset with ...
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How to get team members to be more open with their opinions regarding architecture?

I have recently joined the architectural review board (ARB) at the place where I work serving as the security representative. The role of the ARB is to recommend and approve software design ...
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How to handle a boss not allowing the creation of commercial products outside of work (e.g. a SaaS) [closed]

Some time ago I had this idea for an app I could make outside of my job, but my contract states that I need permission from my boss. This clause isn't very uncommon where I live in Europe. What is ...
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Is it normal to have a lot of project management as a developer?

I work in a medium-sized tech company (~100 employees) as a developer. I work with product owners, QA analysts, and Devops, and we're all under the supervision of a few managers. Historically, those ...
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Fancy way to write self comments [closed]

I am software engineer. I have performed following task. How can I write this information in fancy manner in my self appraisal to make it sound more appealing: Led the development team. Managed the ...
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How can I get an information security team to see that their over-the-top security measures are only decreasing security?

Summary: I worked for a small startup, that was acquired by a mega corporation. Its IT security policies are excessive, but they don't add more security, and prevent me from doing work. How do I ...
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Is it normal to be given tasks verbally? [closed]

Maybe it is my lack of comprehension with the spoken words in general, and my lack of ease with the native language spoken at my company especially, but I wanted to ask, is it normal to be given or ...
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Am I overloaded or just slow?

I think there are multiple issues needing to be addressed, but the main one I want to resolve is in the question title. Some background context: I'm somewhere between a junior and mid level software ...
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Career path for experienced full stack web developer [closed]

Background: I'm self-taught and have worked as a full stack JavaScript developer in small teams/freelance for about 5 years, starting from basic JS projects and picking up skills as required by ...
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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par

For the last ten years, I have worked as the only senior developer in a team of 4-5 developers within a larger organisation, supporting a range of corporate systems. Within the first couple of years, ...
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Is it realistic to seek employment after 30 in software industry?

Two years ago I was working as a game developer in a relatively small company, which was acquired by one of the more big-name corporations. Needless to say this change of hands was followed by large ...
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How can I convince my at-risk employees to come to the office? [closed]

A few of the developers at my company want to work from home because they have "pre-existing conditions" that mean they are "at risk" from COVID. I am firmly against this, as I ...
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Resumes: How to discuss “growing out of incompetence” in a positive light?

Some background I'm currently entering my second year at university and I'm a computer science major. I did 4 years of FIRST Robotics FRC in high school, where I learned how to program robots using a ...
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Manager is hiring a new software engineer but wont let me help in hiring [closed]

I'm a sr. Software engineer on a small team. I have a great boss (not micro manager), but he is a non technical manager which is completely fine. We are really short on developers and after great ...
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Boss wants me to advance and asked “what he can do to help me get there.”

I've been a Junior Web Developer at a non-tech company for about a year and a half. The other day I had an informal mid-year review and my boss asked where I wanted to be in a year's time (a front-end ...
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Is it normal for a computer science intern to not work with any code or developers?

I am doing an internship at a company. For a while now I really have been disappointed with the sort of work I've been doing. I haven't really gotten to work with any code, with any of the developers, ...
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Co-workers constantly underevaluating work

I am not sure if this is exclusive to software industry but at every job I had this was the case. Management needs some features done/bugs fixed and when deciding who's going to be the person for the ...
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Rejection based on failing edge cases in take home assignment

I recently was subject to a take home assignment(a web project) as developer, it took a good 4 days to finish the working prototype of the coding challenge. With respect to the core features tests, ...
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How to decide which path to take? Embedded firmware or software engineering? Or don't decide? [closed]

I have looked far and wide and am confused about the path I am taking from this point forward. My background in short: Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, May 2018 (the combination of ...
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Support and skills needed for junior and intermediate software developers? [closed]

I have been tasked with supervising and up-skilling junior and intermediate software developers. When I was a junior/intermediate developer I was mostly just told to build this or fix that and had to ...
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how to talk to manager about missed twice delayed deadline

I took a task which our TL/team couldn't do but it soon exploded into a mammoth of a task and only way to make it work is to make it from scratch whilst the deadline was 3rd July (I wanted to prove ...
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How to deal with half my colleagues overriding development processes under the slightest pressure?

I'm a software developer. My team has a variety of development processes that code is technically supposed to go through to get to the master branch. Things like unit testing and code review. Under ...
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What is the best way to include a GitHub page in my resume?

I'm a rising sophomore looking for opportunities for my Major and career. I've been told over and over to include my GitHub page in my resume as it's a way for potential employers to gauge my skill ...
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Is career development more prevalent or expected in smaller companies for software development?

I know in bigger companies which I am in today expects career development within few years and they expect developers take additional responsibilities which falls close to product management. Also, it ...
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How not to grow a career within software development industry and still manage to be employed?

I am wondering if it possible to survive in the software development industry without thinking whatsoever about your career or giving any thought about where do you want to be within five or ten years ...
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How to still keep your job without taking additional responsibilities at work?

I am an UI developer at a large US firm and I was hired specifically to do the UI work. During my year-end review, my boss congratulated me for my work and told me he expects that I take additional ...
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Industry awards for software engineering

In many industries such as sales awards are common place. For easy to quantify metrics such as sales numbers it eases the management burden of giving awards for things like 'top sales person'. What ...
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New job is different than described during the interview

I'm a software developer with close to 6 years of experience. I switched jobs because the previous one (big corporation) had become unchallenging, stale, and the manager was unable (or not really ...
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A colleague who resists workflow

In a software technology startup team, there is a colleague who is perceived to resist this desired workflow: Use self-hosted GitHub: Open issues Regularly comment/update on in-progress issues ...
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too much pressure at work in the machine learning area

In short I'm a single data scienstist. I've joined recently a team of 4 python developers / machine learning engineers. The machine learning project we do is difficult as a machine learning problem. ...
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How to handle reappearing double standards during Job Interviews

I am a junior level Developer from Germany. After my bachelor’s degree in informatics, I worked for a company for two years. However only during the first year I worked as a developer. During the ...
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Is Electronics and Communication engineering a “related field” when applying to software development profiles straight out of college?

My Bachelors is in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) but after university, I'd like to work purely in the software industry. Every company that I aspire to work for almost always has ...
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How can I deal with an underperforming peer that does not express interest in following team conventions?

Overview I work on a project-oriented software development team, and we have fairly standard conventions for file organization, naming, code separation, and how to write code in general. These ...
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How to justify job change without being rude?

I'm working for 1.5 years as a software developer in a medium-sized company in Germany. We develop software for ourselves (in-house). Unfortunately, I'm not happy with some things. No clean software ...
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As a software engineer, How do you go extra-mile at a job? [closed]

I am software engineer working in a large-sized organization. At job I easily get 2-3 hours spare time most of the days of months. In the spare time could be done which will be helpful for personal ...
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What is the point of the HR questions during programmer interview? [closed]

Seriously, there is a set of HR questions which are IMO plain stupid and pretty ridiculous. I had interview today for a position which was 1000% match on my CV in my opinion one of two options ...
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How to improve code when there's pushback on following design principles?

I was hired 3 weeks ago because of my gained experience in developing webapps. Team members and all of the colleagues are very kind and friendly. During this short period of time they let me implement ...
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What questions do I ask during project induction/on-boarding?

Whenever I get into a new software development project and an induction program or an on-boarding session is being conducted, I feel that some basic questions are important to ask the respective ...
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Do you think I can skip being Junior Developer

Hi everybody so I've been working like Application Engineer for the last 2 years in one of the best known companies in my country. My position was not quite developer like it more consisted in ...
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I've been secretively removed from a major project. Is that a problem for me or the company?

I am the sole developer/maintainer for several projects, two of which are considered my primary concern. I was just removed from one of those two projects, without being consulted or warned (my ...

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