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How to "swap" team leads without upsetting the current one?

One of the teams in my department has a team lead that's not quite fit for the job - he is great on the technical and professional level but not made to lead a team. One of his guys has expressed an ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has a really bad performance

I am a team leader for a SW Team which got freshly merged with another team. One of the new team members (call him Member X) is showing really bad performance and most of his tasks only get finished ...
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How to handle management's expectations of new team members?

For context I'm a .Net Senior Software Engineer and Team lead. I recently started my current position and the majority of my team members are performing well. However, due to the general shortage of ....
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Should I talk to my manager about a snarky/rude task lead?

Currently, I am working on a new technology (for me) which my manager is aware of and thus assigned said task lead to help and guide me through what I need to do as things/issues come up. However, ...
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As a Tech Lead I feel more like a manager and I hate it

6 months ago, I became a Tech Lead, previously I was a Senior Developer. My team has around 20 members (including QA, UX and Devs). After I became a Tech Lead my work has become more like managing ...
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How to deal with low performer team leader from a direct report perspective?

Context The development team is basically made up of three devs and the team leader. This setup is in place for about six months. We are working using the SCRUM methodology. The main issue is that the ...
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How to react to team members feedback on task assignment?

I work in the cybersecurity division of my company in United States as a team lead / technical lead, managing a team of 9 security analysts. I worked at my current company for close to 9 years and am ...
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How can I accommodate all team members during time limited office hours slot?

I have been working in cybersecurity division at my employer for about 8 years and I'm the technical lead / team lead. I have 5 direct reports, with my manager having 9, including me. Our team is a ...
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How to prepare for Technical Lead Engineer position?

I just received an offer and starting in a few weeks as a .NET Technical Lead Engineer - and I am worried about 'pulling it off'. Since I didn't really expect to get an offer for this position (and it'...
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Helping junior team members grasp abstract concepts in a new IT domain

I work as the team lead on the IT Security team where I work. I have close to 8 years of experience in cybersecurity. Recently a junior engineer joined my team. He changed IT domains from development ...
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How to get employees to report to me as opposed to their previous boss?

First a bit of a background: The company I work for recently transitioned to a new ERP. This took about four years to go live with and we finally did so a few months ago. During this time, it was ...
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How to convince a resistant leader of new ideas?

I'm currently working in a startup that's incubated inside a much bigger company. We are a team of 4 people, including the leader (aka product owner). Our leader is a long time developer who has 15+ ...
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How can I convince my manager that I am overloaded?

I'm in my first year as a team lead, and the team I'm managing is mostly new employees who have all been hired in the past 6 months so they haven't gotten to a stage where they're comfortable with all ...
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Letting team present Strategy to CEO [closed]

Is it a wise decision as head of adepartment to let your direct reports present their strategy to the CEO, or would that hurt how you are seen as a leader?
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How to diplomatically decline a new tech lead role in a messy outsourced project to go back to a regular programmer role?

TL; DR; How to diplomatically decline a new role of tech lead given to me, because the project related to that role is a total mess? I'd like to go back to a regular programmer role. About me and ...
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Job searching. How to contact company to ask more information about the job description?

I found this company that advertises a team lead position in a software development team. It says they are looking for a person "to lead a team of developers in developing products for their ...
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What is the most effective way to deal with insolent team member?

I am the leader of a tech team. One of my colleagues, who was only one grade lower than me, not only satirized and antagonized me in public but also questioned or satirized me in the work chat group ...
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How to prepare for a first time meeting in a new role

I'm starting a new role as a development team lead in a large American corporate software development firm. Over the course of my first week, I'll be introducing myself to various stakeholders. During ...
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How to save my boss' face when his evidence to motivate us is wrong?

One day my boss sent in our team chat group a screenshot of his conversations with one of his former subordinates who is now working in a giant. In a conversation my former colleague(the mentioned guy)...
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Supporting colleague presented with racially discriminatory remark

I work as the team lead / technical lead where I work in a team of 8. I have been with my current company for just short of 7 years and am well respected by both colleagues within and outside the team....
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How to deal with a Team lead who expects me to deliver ad-hoc tasks and asks me to deliver it by EOD? [closed]

I have recently joined a new company, where my lead expects me to finish a task in a few hours, As I am new to this project, I am taking some time to figure out everything out. There are no ...
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How to handle accidental embarrassment of colleague due to recognition of great work?

I am a team / technical lead in the cybersecurity team where I work. Our current company has a peer recognition system where anyone can nominate anyone else for contributions above and beyond ...
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Should I continue to try getting promoted to team lead or quit? [closed]

Here is the context: I've been working in this tech company of ~1000 people for the last 5 years. For the last 2.5 years I've a position of "senior software engineer", where I feel I worked ...
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Am I responsible for teaching my manager? [duplicate]

My manager is a middle-aged man who has done software development for more than ten years but his skills are kind of out of date. When I was working he asked me very basic questions now and then. For ...
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Discouraging solutioning of user stories during Agile PI planning ceremony

I work as a technical lead / team lead in the IT security team at my workplace. We currently use the SAFe Scaled Agile methodology of organizing our features and user stories. During the most recent ...
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Should I become a senior programmer before I can become a software architect/lead-tech/CTO of a tech company? [closed]

I am a graduated CS, mid-level developer with few self project experiences in Angular/Android-Java/SQlite/JavaScript Node.JS/MongoDB/C#/Python/C++ embedded-linux systems- OpenCV, etc. I have a vast ...
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How to deal with an abusive boss

Our department has a very high turnover rate from people leaving after being repeatedly yelled at and demeaned by our boss. This is causing more strain on the remaining members due to unfinished ...
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How can I get a new developer to significantly improve their code?

I'm technical lead and we have a recent hire that's very inexperienced. He's also very opinionated and proud for a newbie and his code style diverges too much from the team. But he still produces low-...
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How to react to a colleague that subtly puts you down in meeting?

A few important bits of context: I am a team leader for a team of 4 + 1 temp. We have a few projects (reports, analyses for our department) in our pipeline and our director mostly lets me prioritize ...
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Am I wrong to expect more initiative from the tech lead? [closed]

I am new to the company and I feel like the lead behaves like a normal developer. Here's how our last conversation went: Me: "Hey I'm using this feature but it doesn't work. Is there any ...
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Asked to add someone who got their last manager fired to my team, am I right to be concerned?

I am a team leader* of 3 teams in a quite big company (about 1500 employees around the world and about 300 in my office, the headquarter). Recently I was asked to add a person (call them X) to one of ...
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Dealing with a supervisor who does not have subject matter expertise

I am working with a colleague who has asked me for guidance on how they can work with a supervisor who has a low "bandwidth" in understanding technical issues that relate to their job. The point is ...
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New Team Leader, how to handle nomination criticism

I've been appointed yesterday as Team Leader; I was astonished as I am still under probation, but this means also that the company has given me an enormous trust and I've shown already plenty. There'...
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Is it okay to have employees working after hours

This is a hypothetical from a team manager perspective. Assume that I have been leading a team of 20 people in a fairly big company. The work-life balance is very much respected by everyone and ...
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How to coordinate urgent video conferencing meetings with team when working remote with less than optimal Internet connection?

I work as team lead of the IT Security team where I work. Today we had a security incident (verified via tripped canary tokens / observed IOCs) and I had to coordinate all hands on deck meeting with ...
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What's the polite and friendly way to ask your lead for a call?

I am a university student and remotely work for a community, and always communicate with my lead (who is a working lady, and usually busy with her work) on WhatsApp and messenger. Before organizing ...
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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 am promoted but my Manager did not announce it to the team

I was recently told by my manager privately that I will lead the software team and asked me to give a software update presentation to the team. I did that and I saw some surprised faces in my team. ...
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My subordinates were dismissed two weeks after I was hired, should I resign? [closed]

TL;DR: I was hired to lead a team, but they were fired shortly. Company can't afford replacement now after 9 months. I applied for and was accepted for a lead role at an online retailer in London I ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company? [closed]

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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Should Non-Team-Lead Be Responsible for Team’s Productivity?

I have a question. I am a senior software engineer, not a team lead. I have received feedback on two annual reviews, from two different managers at two different companies, that team productivity ...
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How can I encourage a new team member to show more initiative?

I am team lead of the Information Security Operations team where I work. Several weeks ago, a new team member joined the team. This person a very strong technical background (several years of relevant ...
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Gift from a contractor to a contractor

I am an independent software contractor for an IT company and a lead for a small team. All the team members are contractors as well and we're pretty friendly bunch. We go out sometimes for drinks or ...
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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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Management is pushing 'pairing' on non-programming related tasks. Is this a correct use of pairing? [closed]

I recently became the lead on a new team. My previous team was more pure software development. We pair-programmed ~80% of the time utilizing TDD. My new team is in charge of supporting, maintaining, ...
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Problem working with project partner I picked [closed]

Soon I'm going to turn 16 and in school, I have to start work on a major project which will be very valuable for my end-year certificate. A few weeks back I engaged with a friendly student who just ...
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As an introvert team lead, how to make team members trust me with their future career plans

About me: I am an introverted team lead. My superiors and my team members do recognize that I am an effective leader. Also, I do not really get strict or angry usually when things go wrong , instead ...
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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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An employee has low self-confidence, and is performing poorly. How can I help?

I am looking for some leadership/management advice. My situation is quite similar to this one, but (as you'll see below) I'm already trying to do what was suggested in those answers. I manage a ...
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As a team leader is it appropriate to bring in fundraiser candy?

My kids are beginning that stage in schooling where we get fundraiser candy/candy bars to sell. I'm being asked to "take these to work" but I'm the lead of a team of six. Would it be appropriate for ...
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