Questions tagged [teamwork]

Working with others to complete tasks or projects.

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Am I helping co-workers too much [closed]

I am not a manager, but it is one of my goals to become one. When my coworker has an issue with something such as people not stocking when and someone else does it. I say sorry I will try help and ...
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How can I convince my boss that software development needs to be done in teamwork?

I'm a software developer in a 30 person company specialized in financial technology. I started to work here early this year. Over time I heard that the company tripled their employees in the last 3 ...
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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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How do I stopped being stepped on during group discussions

I'm part of a leadership group of 6 at work where we have to make decisions about the structure of the company (i.e. divisions, etc.) among other things. However, there are few, let's say very ...
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“rival” organised management meeting to pressure me: how to defend myself while being diplomatic?

Background This company has two divisions, A and B. For a year, my peer in A worked on tech X for A and B and was trying to position himself as "cross-divisional lead of X". B hired me to build and ...
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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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What to do with an expert coworker who is “stealing the show”?

I work in a mature company and I am the youngest/newest one. The team was stable until recent lay offs. I don't know if it was the lay offs, or me not being "a new guy" anymore, but recently I have ...
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What's a good way to foster an environment where colleagues feel free to express their opinions, if I'm not in a management role?

I'm a developer working in a team of around 10-15 people, with almost two thirds of them working remotely. We use scrum, and have daily standups, sprint plannings and other meetings over conference ...
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What to do if you are unintentionaly subject of favoritism?

I have the following situation at work. I am part of a team with people having different background age-wise and business wise. Since the beginning of the project It happened so that I took the role ...
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How to deal with a remote teammate who's not doing their job?

I currently work as a virtual assistant (VA) for a company abroad. There are three of us on the VA Team, and we are all accountable for one set of deliverables per day. Another thing that might be ...
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How to deal with people whose priority is to not get blamed?

I recently had a project which suffered a needless delay of a month because all three people involved thought it was someone else's turn to do something. My reaction was "Sigh, now finish the project"....
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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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How to ask for tasks in this situation [duplicate]

I am new to a place in which the team was formed out of another dev who is experience in the tech/product domain and myself. My problem is that this guy keeps doing the new/cool tasks leaving me with ...
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Provide 2nd line tech support without disrupting sprint

We have two teams: a customer support one and a development team - and they're both very small (1-5 people) Every now and then customers may raise issues that are too technical for the customer ...
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How to deal with situation in which a colleague is taking all the interesting tasks

Context: I work in a big company, I moved to this new department 4 months ago. At the beginning I had to take care of a legacy system meanwhile we built it again. Just since a month a new team was ...
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Team asked to stay late to finish another team's work. Finished my portion first and left, then criticised for leaving - was I in the wrong?

Our team of 5 (including supervisor) were asked by higher management to stay late after work to carry out a task that isn't part of our normal duties, but was necessary for the company as a whole due ...
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How to handle collegue acting as my manager and project lead? [closed]

I am working in team, where there is a guy who has same experience as me. However he has joined project few months before me. The person is acting like he is my manager as well as project lead. How ...
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Teambuilding: Breaking the five dysfunctions

Our team was asked to read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and we are working on breaking those to improve our teamwork and encourage the associated functions. These are the five dysfunctions, ...
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How can I get out of riding long distances with an obnoxious coworker?

My company has clients that are a 4 hour drive away from the office. Sometimes the project teams have to visit the Clients for update meetings. The last time this was the case the project manager ...
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How do you deal with the emotions of not being the one to find the cause of a bug?

I've had a couple of occasions where I've been trying to find the root cause of a bug. These are bugs that might originate with the code or server configuration but their effect is quite broad so ...
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How to deal with coworkers forcing themselves into every conversation?

I work in a team (~10) who follows Scrum, so we have daily stand ups and other scrum meetings. I have this coworker who is a senior. This coworker is from a different department but we all work very ...
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What are some techniques to improve collaboration inside a design team?

I work at a digital agency and we've got many different clients and projects, which is great, but we end up assigning each member to a few clients and getting evertone into their own client-bubble. ...
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How do I ask for help/teamwork on tedious tasks that don't require speciality knowledge?

I've been hired as a Statistician for biotech company and at first it was fun because I learned how to apply coding to solve new problems and I used my research skills to shed light on topics. More ...
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Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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Am I being used more than my job role as a Graphic Designer? [closed]

I'm a Graphic Designer in a Digital marketing and design agency startup (8 months experience). I'm the only designer there. There's one person for copy writing and one director who checks my designs. ...
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Extreme flexible working hours: how to get to know people and activities?

At the beginning of February I began a new job as full team manager (a role with aspects of project management, team management, technical leader, client management, etc.) in a new company (EU based, ...
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Best way to deal with non-developers in a scrum team

I'm working in a scrum team (about 8 people) without a scrum master and we have one team member that has a non-development role (difficult to describe, not PO, not PM, not QA). This person doesn't ...
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Intra-team friction

I joined a new software company and was put in a team that suffers from a bit of friction, in particular with one developer and a Product Manager. Apparently at times the PM has been asking the devs ...
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Responsibilities of 4th year IBEW apprentice

Hey so I'm just starting out on my 4th year of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and picked up a call for a fairly "wormy" contractor. They seem great though. I did have a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...
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Dealing with a co-worker in development undermining teamwork

My issue is on how to deal with obnoxious, conniving co-workers. I have never had an issue with the older team of developers back in the day; we then hired a phd graduate who worked in academics for a ...
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Employee is self-centered and affects the team negatively

I manage a satellite office of about 25 people for my company. This question is about Jane, a new employee. She is young, in her mid 20s. I was the one who hired her. She seemed very pleasant and ...
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Code Ownership Vs Responsibility&Credit

I'm having mixed feelings about a situation in my workplace. I’m getting the impression that a colleague wants to claim my work as his, but I’m also suspecting it might be unfair of me to think so. ...
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Should I address a coworker's performance when working in a temporary team? (software development, no real oversight)

I'm a developer who just started doing some consulting work at a small third party company on a temporary basis (a few months). I was asked to help out on a small side project in a different team, as ...
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Should I tell management that I intend to leave due to bad software development practices?

update: after reading the answers and comments below, I realized I started off with the wrong question, and actually just needed a change in perspective. The answers in this question are now much more ...
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How to deal with unfocused colleagues

A close friend of mine has twice expressed frustration in working on teams that are not focused. She has already switched teams once but again finds herself in a situation where she wants to switch ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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As an analyst, how can I mitigate the consequences of missed deadlines due to unforeseen blockers?

My company recently put a new set of CRM features into production and management is eager to find ways to monetize them. A large part of my job has become analyzing the new data and making ...
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What to do about manager who isn't assigning any work?

I was, a year back, reassigned from one job role where I had a manager who was assigning me plenty of work, to a new project role with a different manager, who generally isn't assigning me any work. ...
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Employee lack of ownership

I manage 20 software engineers divided into 4 sub teams. Every team has good work standards and a high-level of ownership except one. That team has one senior guy and three juniors. Every time there ...
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Dealing with a Coworker who always knows better [closed]

I am currently in my second year of my apprenticeship in Computer Science/Programming, located in Germany. At the moment I am working on a redo of a website for our customers together with the ...
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Recruited for senior (SME) technical role but assigned medium-term to much more junior project - how to recover appearance and reputation in company?

I was recruited to a senior (but still individual contributor, not a manager) role to a company as a "subject matter expert" (SME), to take on an advisory / strategic / architectural overview and ...
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How to end useless, drawn-out technical conversations?

For context, I work on a software development team and I have a teammate we'll call Bob. Bob regularly comes up with ideas on how we can improve things and proposes these ideas to his teammates. In ...
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How do I explain to my team members I can't debug their code all the time?

Background: I was hired along with 6 other people to help clean up internal webpages. A couple of months later, the manger and the people above him decided that when we're done with the internal ...
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How to deal with favoritism in a scrum team? [closed]

How to deal with a situation when a scrum team colleague wants to cherry-pick interesting topics, manage and oversee the work of others and gets the Manager and PO's unofficial support? Our company ...
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Objective analysis of the situation [closed]

I joined as a frontend developer in a large company. When I first came into my team, they handed me a project for supporting legacy code and developing new code. After some time, they told me to ...
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Email to ask for work

I have recently joined a software company and I have to write an email to my counter part asking him to assign me some work in my project.i have never dealt with him before and I am struggling as to ...
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How to have honest conversations with the project leaders about a difficult client

So similar to this question: How can I deal with a difficult client? Except that we know that the client is difficult and have had multiple meetings dealing with after-effects of the client's ...
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Subordinate who has a good reputation may be breaking company policies

I work in big engineering organization. I have a very efficient, dutiful and experienced supervisor working under me. He has gained a great respect for his longtime services in the organization. By ...
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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 ...