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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

I am part of a team: 2 senior developers (8+ Years, including myself and my colleague X), 4 junior developers. X is not my reporting manager, and my reporting manager doesn't involve herself in our ...
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How do I deal with offshore team who does not respond to my messages as they should or maybe it is not an issue in the first place?

I went through this question but the accepted answer did not adequately answer my question. Primarily it puts blame on the OP to be more considerate to the offshore team. It also assumes the OP is ...
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How to handle an employee being forced in to Team

I work in a small sized company as part of an IT Team of 5, which includes 2 software developers. A person was introduced to the company by a member staff as a potential hire as a software developer. ...
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Tech lead role in a team topologies type of team [closed]

In recent years in the country where I am positioned (Scandinavia) the role of the tech lead in a 10 person team has been reduced. More and more teams actually don't have a designated tech lead. The ...
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I think I've received an unofficial demotion, how should I raise my concerns?

I'm a senior software engineer that has been working in a small/mid-size company for 3 years. Recently, my team of around 20 people was restructured. This lead to my co-worker (the only person on the ...
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Brought on as a senior dev /tech lead, project manager sees differently. How do I make this job work?

I was rehired in a senior dev role to lead a small team for a company I use to work for. I worked for them for 6 years as a senior dev, a few years ago. However, the new project manager doesn't see me ...
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How can I deal with being in a de facto senior role when the depth of my experience is shallow

I have been with my company two years working with two senior software engineers. The other engineers created the bulk of our product catalog, including 10 years worth of legacy software. The two ...
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Asked to be lead of my slightly disgruntled team

I recently came on to a team as a senior engineer at the same level as my peers. Many permanent members of this team have long standing issues with the management. There isn't a lead person on the ...
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How to shut off an elder co-worker?

I work at a market research organisation mixed with many workers with various professions. I have a teammate who is older than me and has worked for 7 years more than me. Although, she has the same ...
89 votes
11 answers
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Hired for too high a level position

I'm an experienced developer with almost 20 years of experience. I have a history of being too weak in negotiations and getting too low compensation/position and then overperforming. Two months ago I ...
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Team member who works alone

I'm a backend engineer (age: 30) in a small startup (25 workers). I came to this company 6 months ago and my team consists of 4 engineers and a manager. A couple of months ago, my manager hired a ...
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Difficulty assuming ownership of a project from a colleague

I am a frontend developer and I have been asked from my boss to assume ownersip the project of a colleague, but it is not really official. This colleague is a backend developer with hardly any true ...
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How to avoid conflict with manager when he complains for situations beyond my remit?

I am part of a small team for a big region. Other teams, smaller or not much bigger, operate in other, smaller regions. Together, we cover "the whole world". I am working on projects focused ...
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1 answer
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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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3 answers
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Who is my authority on a project - my own manager, or the Project Manager?

Background: I am involved in a project, which has four people: Three people from my same team Me My manager Another person who outranks me, and who reports to my manager's manager. Another person ...
90 votes
14 answers
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How to ask a non-programmer not to advise me on programming tasks

I have this problem with an otherwise very respectable colleague, who holds the position of consultant/tester in my team. Due to them being in the company twice the years I've been working here, they ...
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Can I conduct quiz among my team to evaluate their understanding? Is this ethically correct thing to do so?

In my recent position as technical lead, I came to realize that some team member did not have a proper understanding of the whole process or what they thought was, was incorrect. We have experienced ...
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Is it right to ask candidate why he is applying for developer while he was a leader?

I got a CV to review of a candidate who was previously a team lead and now he is applying for a developer role in our team. I see it as downgrade of ones career but I don't want to make an ...
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My boss has put me specifically for customer support role. What do I do?

I am working in the IT as a java developer for 2.5 years now. During the lockdown period, my productivity got a little low due to which, I think, my boss has put me on customer support role which ...
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Resume - working alone

I am working alone on a software development project. I am employed for a year in an academic institution to complete this project. I am the only person working on this project. My tasks include ...
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I really like my workplace, but just can't pick up the new skills required to do the job. What do I do?

I'm a web developer and have been for 10 years. Currently I work in a large company that treats their employees pretty well. I get along with everyone and like the culture here. However, about 2 ...
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How can I say that I have a played a key role in a company's growth?

Basically I was an intern and the only employee at the company so I was the only front office staff. I was there to open and close the office when the boss couldn't, I would welcome and give ...
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How much should I involve in the business as a software developer? [closed]

The question seems to have an obvious answer for most you but stay with me for a while... In the world of agile Scrum which is nowadays the top used software development methodology either as-is or in ...
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2 answers
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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's the difference between a Team Lead and a Director?

As I reflect on my preparedness levels for a Team Lead role I'm interviewing for, I'm realizing I might be conflating Team Lead with Director. The Team Lead role I'm interviewing for would have a ...
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Disrespectful employee going above my head and telling me what to do. I am his manager

This time last year I hired 'Bill', someone a little older than I am, to take over some responsibilities I needed to start delegating. Despite his great interview and full understanding of the job ...
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11 answers
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Should I reveal productivity tricks to peers, or keep them to myself in order to be more productive than the others?

I am working as a Software Engineer and working with team on one of the products. While working I have developed some productivity tools and tricks which can automate some repetitive tasks and ...
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Email seeking expected job level change [closed]

I have been working as a software engineer in a company. I love my company, my job and my manager. Outside my regular works hours, I have also been helping my team by developing some automation tools ...
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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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In technology, what options does a jack of all trades have? [closed]

Subject: A jack of all trades (and master of none), in a technology company (for this question) would be somebody who is familiar with most relevant technologies and keeps up to date with them without ...
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Job role transitioned into that of a Team Manager from a Quality Manager. Basic Job Market research does not show avenues [closed]

Part of a re-org that happened in our company, several Dev and QA Managers have had to transition into a Team Manager role (I moved from QA manager to this role). In terms of responsibilities, it is: ...
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Team member gave himself a new job title

A team member gave himself a new job title in his mail signature and asked for new business cards. I was the team lead and moving out of this position at this moment. I can leave it to my replacement, ...
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How to motivate a junior team member who has been procrastinating and is being somewhat careless

I'm a team lead and I have a team member who has a little more than an year's experience. He is basically smart and capable but he has been having an issue for couple of months and I have not been ...
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How do you learn to work in team? [duplicate]

I often think that I should know something already. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that if somebody knows how to do something then he/she could do this by himself and when I ask for everything then ...
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Should I tell my new employer I feel incompetent to do the job?

I'm a software developer with 4+ years of experience. I'm socially awkward and always try to avoid daily meetings in my agile work environment. I'm planning to move out of my current company and I ...
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Name of General Software Position [closed]

We are attempting to create a position for an individual who creates custom software with VBA, SQL and possible PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript to help across our departments with things like automating ...
3 votes
1 answer
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Starting new role, another manager wants to control part of my role [closed]

I am starting a new role, where I will cover multiple functions. Another manager just got promoted (just after three months, they might have had plans since his hiring) and changed his title to add ...
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1 answer
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Being asked to write your new job description: can it be used against you? [closed]

I recently changed department in a software company. I did a bit of everything, but in this team roles are more defined. I expected to be told: "this is your box, you either fit or I can find somebody ...
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Unsure of my role at new company.....?

I started my new job 6 months ago and I still unsure what is expected of me. I do random tasks to help senior leads when they need help with their projects but when I ask what role I would be in, I'm ...
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1 answer
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Need help refining a role approach

I had an informational interview for a position, in which it was determined I was not a great fit, but we identified two other roles where I would potentially be a good match. One of the roles would ...
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PO (mostly) of a project dragging on; doubting team's decisions

TLDR: PO-like position (+ a little dev) in a project that drags on. Team members won't consider a less complex solution; after deadlines are missed and postponed, I suggest and proceed to implement ...
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How to deal with manager who keep leading project into wrong directions?

My current situation is as follow: i work in a software company, mainly focus on embedded system. i moved into current company in 2016 and started as fresh-man at division X. The current project was ...
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How to tell my manager that I don't want to be scrum master [duplicate]

So I work for an organization in a large company (for a little bit over a year) and recently the scrum master of our team has been promoted to manager so he is now a manager. This led to an open role ...
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Sr. Software Engineer vs. Management Responsibility?

[Question moved from Project Management queue] I have a question from a developer perspective. I am currently on a team where I likely have the most advanced technical skills, and the management team ...
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How to tell a core group member they give terrible presentations?

I am assigned to a group that has been tasked to give a presentation. I have worked very hard on becoming a good presenter, taking spare time to study subjectively good presenters/presentations (Steve ...
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Job role changed

I’ve been in my current position about 7 years, mainly as an IT resource on a small team. I enjoyed the work and challenge. Main duties were support, light coding, SQL, reporting. Over the past year ...
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Clear the misunderstanding regarding this situation [closed]

So I'm a new developer who joined recently in a reputed company. I've joined a small team with some other people. I'm learning from them and generally consult them, especially if I need any ...
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How can I deal with a dev lead who is interfering with resource allocations in my team?

I am QA manager with 5 reports. Our team also has a dev manager who is equally involved in the Scrum team. My concern has been slowly rising with the way she directly asks my reports about how they ...
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How to show effective leadership

In each review since I started at my current position, my manager has stressed that he is looking for someone to "step up and take a leadership role". I was hired just as his longest-working employee ...
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Helping a colleague take constructive criticism

I work with a colleague who is a very talented network engineer. He is in his late 40s or early 50s, and is probably the most experienced person on our team in his area. His work is always well-done ...